A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Viewlands Elementary receives matching fund from city to beautify school grounds

April 18th, 2013 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary School in North Greenwood is one of 33 community organizations that received a total of $606,000 in matching funds from the city. Viewlands’ Parent-Teacher-Student Association will receive $25,000 to create a master plan for beautifying the school grounds.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund program provides money in both small and large grants for community organizations for purposes from building a new park to a community celebration. Organizations must match the funds in money donated and volunteer hours.

The next round of the Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again to applications in the fall with a deadline of October 7.

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Help local schools, hungry kids, at 2 neighborhood fundraisers

March 5th, 2013 by Doree

Tonight is Phinney Market Pub & Eatery’s weekly Trivia Night, with the winning team receiving $100 for the school of their choice. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. at 5918 Phinney Ave. N.

And from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Chuck’s Hop Shop’s Good Cause Beer Tasting will benefit the Hunger Intervention Program at Viewlands Elementary, in North Greenwood/Crown Hill.

For a donation of your choice, you can sample some great beers from Pelican Brewery and support HIP while you are at it. We are raising money for our Healthy HIP Packs program, which sends home nutritious foods with 60 kids at risk of hunger each weekend. We have a goal to grow this program to feed 120 children every weekend and you can drink beer to help us do that. HIP Cookbooks, a true collector’s item, will also be available for sale.

No reservations required. Just bring yourself and a friend to Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. on March 6th from 6 – 8 pm. Kids are welcome at Chuck’s too! Caravan Crepes will be on hand and Chuck’s serves ice cream as well.

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Viewlands Elementary students, community partners pack up 25 holiday food boxes for families in need

November 19th, 2012 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary students collected 992 non-perishable food items over the last few weeks to give to 25 school families in need this holiday season. More than a dozen students, parents, and volunteers from 10 community businesses and organizations gathered last Wednesday to pack up the special food boxes, thanks to help from the Hunger Intervention Program.

Photo courtesy Viewlands Elementary.

The Starbucks on Holman Road also gathered food at the store and sent volunteers to help at the packing party. Lenny’s Produce and QFC also donated boxes of fresh produce.

Michelle Ota, Viewlands Elementary principal, was approached by a mother who had self-identified as a family that was in need and was so relieved to receive a full box of food because she was going to be able to provide dinner for her child. “I am thankful that her student will be able to arrive at school tomorrow ready to learn. The relief on her face was all the reward I needed to know we are making a difference in our community,” stated Ota.


Free six-week parenting workshop at Viewlands Elementary

April 26th, 2012 by Doree

Sanity Circus is a free, six-week series for parents, teachers, and caregivers “who want more cooperative, respectful, and joyful relationships with children.” The series is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, starting April 30 and running through June 11, at Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW.

Free childcare provided for kids ages 3 and up. Register online.

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Community tour of re-opened Viewlands Elementary today

August 18th, 2011 by Doree

The community is invited to tour the newly-reopened Viewlands Elementary School, 10535 3rd Ave. NW, from 4-7 p.m. today.

Viewlands closed in 2007, but is reopening on Sept. 7. School hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

There’s also a grand opening celebration at 5 p.m. on Sept. 1, and a school beautification work party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 3.