West Seattle Blog... » Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 May 2015 05:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Election 2015: Your next 2 chances to see/hear City Council District 1 candidates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311409 Made a decision yet on who you’re voting for in the first-ever City Council District 1 race? Still lots of time to decide, with primary ballots due August 4th, and your next two chances to see and hear the candidates are coming up within the next two weeks:

MAY 27 (THIS WEDNESDAY): “South Park Shows Up!” is not your standard candidate forum, South Park community members promise. They are planning a pop quiz on South Park facts, in fact. But West Seattleites are invited too – and kids’ activities are promised as well as food. 7 pm Wednesday at the SP Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue S.

JUNE 8 (2 WEEKS FROM TONIGHT): Most local neighborhood councils have had visits from several City Council candidates. The Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council is planning a full-fledged forum, 7 pm June 8th at Pathfinder K-8 (1901 SW Genesee), all welcome.

Any other D-1 forum dates locked in? Please let us know – editor@ westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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Next Friday, last ‘Laps With Lou’ before Pathfinder PE teacher & Make-A-Wish hero Lou Cutler retires http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 22:39:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311232

It’s been one of our favorite stories to cover every year we’ve done this – but next Friday will be our last chance to report on another round of “Laps With Lou“: Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler is retiring. For 12 years now, on a day close to his birthday, he has been joined by students and other members of the Pathfinder community in running one lap for each year he’s been on the planet, with pledges for Make-A-Wish, the nonprofit for which he’s spent almost 20 years volunteering. This year, Lou and friends will run 64 laps around the field. You’re invited to cheer him on, one last time, starting at 8:45 am next Friday (May 29th) on the field at Pathfinder (1901 SW Genesee on Pigeon Point). You can pledge/donate in advance, too – just go here.

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UPDATE: ‘Discarded smoking materials’ blamed for fire at Pigeon Point house; SFD says two pets did not survive http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-response-on-pigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-response-on-pigeon-point/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 13:12:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310175

6:12 AM: Thanks to the neighbor who texted us about the Seattle Fire response at a house on Pigeon Point in the 4000 block of 23rd SW (map). They report firefighters put out a “visible porch fire.” No report of injuries.

6:20 AM: Adding photos texted by the same neighbor (thank you!). SFD’s fire investigator has been sent to the scene. One person was home, according to SFD, and got out OK.

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8:55 AM: SFD was just leaving when we went over for a look about an hour ago; they’ve now announced the fire’s cause, damage estimate, and that two pets did not survive:

Fire Investigators determined a basement fire in a 2-story home was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials under the porch of the house. The damage estimate is $50,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

The 911 call came in at 5:46 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the back of a home located in the 4000 block of 23rd Avenue SW. When firefighter arrived they found the lone occupant of the house outside. The crews searched the house and did not find anyone else inside. It took fire crews 20 minutes to control the flames and 40 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries. The occupant evacuated with one of his 2 dogs. His other dog and a cat did not survive the fire.

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You can help! Pathfinder K-8′s 21st annual auction in 4 weeks http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-pathfinder-k-8s-21st-annual-auction-in-4-weeks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-pathfinder-k-8s-21st-annual-auction-in-4-weeks/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:44:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301628 4 weeks to go until Pathfinder K-8‘s big annual auction fundraiser, and tickets are still available, as are donation opportunities. Here’s the update we were asked to share:

Calling all Pathfinder families and alumni! Pathfinder K-8 will be celebrating our 21th Annual Auction, “Starry Night,” on Saturday, March 21 (5:00 pm) at The Hall at Fauntleroy. All money raised will go directly to the unique programs at Pathfinder that support our expeditionary learning, like our Earth Project, tutoring, camping trips and environmental education. Pathfinder educates students to become passionate, lifelong learners, respecting themselves, others and the environment.

We have received several generous donations from West Seattle businesses and Pathfinder supporters. Our students and families are also creating original works of art and gift baskets for our auction. Donations are being accepted until March 2. It will definitely be an exciting evening of giving and community building.

Tickets are on sale at: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/auction/ which is also where you’ll find contact information if you would like to donate something.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash closes Andover east of Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297825 5:41 PM: The hilly stretch of SW Andover east of Delridge is closed right now because of a crash – for a while only half the road was blocked, but fluid from the crash has apparently caused vehicles to slide on the other side, so police have closed the entire hill. No word yet on how long cleanup will take; no major injuries reported from the crash.

8:07 PM UPDATE: Just went by – the hill is clear and open.

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Will sign stop rulebreaking dog owners? Pigeon Point NC hopes so http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:09:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297335

The photo is courtesy of Pigeon Point’s Pete Spalding, who explains:

One of the issues the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council has been looking for ways to address has been the ongoing issue of folks letting their dogs run loose at the fields at Pathfinder School. One of the ideas discussed at our last meeting was putting up a sign. Here is the sign.

West Seattle’s official off-leash area is at Westcrest Park (map and info here).

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West Seattle schools: Personalize Pathfinder’s playground http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:09:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293238

(Photo by Holli Margell)
Glass art as a holiday gift? That’s one way to support the playground project that Pathfinder K-8 has embarked on. Organizers explain: “Having been awarded significant grants from both the City and County, we are working to raise $50,000 in cash from our school families and broader community. We have a lovely donor recognition program that will be a lasting symbol and legacy
of your gift to our community. Please see the giving levels” here. Hint – the glass tiles are part of it; you can fund one (or more) with an inscription to forever be part of the new playground; see the design here.

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West Seattle back-to-school: Pathfinder barbecue Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-pathfinder-barbecue-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-pathfinder-barbecue-thursday/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:32:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283632 Another back-to-school event announcement to share:

The Pathfinder Back-to-School BBQ is August 28 from 5-7 pm. The PTSA invites the Pathfinder K-8 school community and Pigeon Point neighbors to celebrate the new playground paint and kick-off our 2014-2015 school year. Food and drink provided. Details about this and other events can be found at our new PTSA website. pathfinderk8ptsa.org

P.S. Thanks to ALL the parents, PTA leaders, volunteers, staffers (and sometimes students) who share announcements/news here so we can help get the word out too – here’s how

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Happening now: ‘Paint party’ as Pathfinder preps for playground http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-paint-party-as-pathfinder-preps-for-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-paint-party-as-pathfinder-preps-for-playground/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283142

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
As the new playground for Pathfinder K-8 and its Pigeon Point neighbors gets closer to reality, today’s the “paint party” announced in the most recent project update. Until mid-afternoon, more than 100 visiting volunteers are at the school to help the PF community, courtesy of a grant from Capital One. Their projects include, above, the “braided river” that’s part of the new-playground plan; below, a map:

Even curbs are getting TLC:

More photos later! P.S. Here’s the full-size design rendering for the new playground.

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West Seattle schools: Pathfinder playground design debut http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-playground-design-debut/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-playground-design-debut/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:15:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276689

(Click image for larger view)
What you see above is a major step in volunteers’ quest to get a better playground for Pathfinder K-8 and its Pigeon Point neighbors (along with anyone else in West Seattle who’ll want to come play there): The design by Johnson Southerland debuted at a meeting Monday night. It’s the result of a community-participatory process, and dozens of people were there to get a look:

The meeting also was an ice-cream social, popular with the youngest participants as well as the parent volunteers.

Next step for the playground committee and its helpers – fundraising to get the playground built!

It could cost up to $100,000; grant money (beyond what was obtained to make the design happen) is being sought to cover at least part of that, with more fundraising details to come. It’s hoped that ground can be broken next year. Watch pathfinderplayground14.wordpress.com for more on the design and the project!

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Pathfinder playground plan: See the design Monday night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pathfinder-playground-plan-see-the-design-monday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pathfinder-playground-plan-see-the-design-monday-night/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:11:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276502

The big moment is almost here: The Pathfinder K-8 PTA invites you to be there Monday night as its playground design is revealed:

Pathfinder K-8 and our neighbors are very excited about next Monday’s unveiling of the playground design that was created through a community process funded through a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Grant. The design took pieces from three distinct concepts and integrated comments from many. Once this playground concept is built, it will truly be a resource for not only our school, but a destination for all of West Seattle. To that end, everyone is welcome to join the design unveiling on Monday, June 16th at 5:30 at Pathfinder K-8 School in the Pigeon Point neighborhood. Ice cream social to follow immediately! For project details, please visit our blog (here).

Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.

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Video: He did it! Lou Cutler’s annual Make-A-Wish birthday run @ Pathfinder K-8 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-its-on-lou-cutlers-annual-make-a-wish-run-pathfinder-k-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-its-on-lou-cutlers-annual-make-a-wish-run-pathfinder-k-8/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:09:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275239

9:09 AM: The sun’s out and they’re off – Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler and hundreds of students, as Lou’s annual Make-A-Wish birthday run began minutes ago on Pigeon Point. He runs a lap for every year of his life – and he’s about to celebrate his 63rd birthday, so it’ll be 63 laps this year.

Students from the school join him throughout the morning, and were the first ones out of the gate (short video clip here, if you can’t see it below):

They started the run before 9 am to inspirational songs including Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us” and “Gonna Fly Now” (the “Rocky” theme).

Even if you can’t go cheer on Lou and friends in person (every lap, he stops at an easel on the sidelines to mark it off, as shown in the photo above), you can donate online. We’ll be checking back!

12:26 PM: He’s still going – about a mile’s worth of laps to go. (The entire 63-lap distance this year comprises more than 10 miles, Lou said toward the start.)

1 PM: He did it!

ADDED: The group photo is a post-run tradition:

Lou’s way in the back. The blue slips show how many laps were run by each participant – up to 63.

ADDED: Pathfinder parent and photographer Holli Margell shares two photos – first, one that shows how much the kids stake in their support of Lou – her son Cooper, exuberant over 27 laps:

And Lou with Teacher Andy, not only a one-man cheer squad but also emcee of the event, with his bullhorn:

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Followup: Southwest Precinct police find missing children http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-southwest-precinct-police-find-missing-children/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-southwest-precinct-police-find-missing-children/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 04:15:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273016

A (relatively) short but scary drama played out Friday afternoon on Pigeon Point – a search for two children who got lost. We did not have enough information to report on it until now, with the details that accompanied the photo:

Yesterday afternoon a large amount of SPD officers converged on the greenbelt behind Pathfinder (K-8) in search of two missing girls (ages 3 & 9). The younger one had run into the woods and her older sister followed to find her. They couldn’t find their way out and were missing for 2+ hours. Officers spent a long time searching the greenbelt for the children. Thankfully, they were found by Officer Nicholson. They were barefoot, soaking wet, and shivering. She carried them both out and returned them home. The girls were very cold and scared but safe.

I wanted to share this picture with your blog readers. All of the officers who searched for these children exude the professionalism and compassion that makes the Southwest Precinct truly outstanding.

Officer Jenifer Eshom
Southwest Precinct

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Pathfinder K-8 playground project update: 1st community meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/pathfinder-k-8-playground-project-update-1st-community-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/pathfinder-k-8-playground-project-update-1st-community-meeting/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:01:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270308

(Art by Pathfinder parent Shannon)
Our area’s latest community-fueled school-playground project – for Pathfinder K-8 School on Pigeon Point – is proceeding, and welcoming more help! Outreach co-chairs Holli Margell and Toni Wells share this update:

We have chosen a design company that has the skills to translate our needs and dreams into reality: Johnson Southerland. Their designs can be played on at Seward Park, Salmon Bay, and Concord Elementary.

Mark your calendars for our first community meeting on April 30th, 5:30-7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School. Please come, and bring your kids. Your participation at this meeting counts not only toward shaping our playground design, but also toward volunteer hours required for our next grant application (the big one that will help us actually build it).

The time you commit to volunteer will help us get the Large Neighborhood Matching Grant to build it. For example, attending each design meeting (3 x 2 hours) equals 6 pledged hours. We also need folks who can put up posters, help host our three community meetings, and make sure every family in the community knows about the project.

Want to sign up now? Click here. Want to stay in touch? Check out our blog.

Save These Dates: April 30th, 5:30-7:00, May 20th, June 18th (there will be ice cream)!
Where: Pathfinder K8 School, 1901 SW Genesee

And, here’s a photo from a table top display of sorts that a parent, Shannon, made:

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Pigeon Point’s place to play: Pathfinder project wants to know what matters to you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/pigeon-points-place-to-play-pathfinder-project-wants-to-know-what-matters-to-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/pigeon-points-place-to-play-pathfinder-project-wants-to-know-what-matters-to-you/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:38:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265073

(Photo by Chris Wells)
Give Pathfinder K-8‘s playground project a boost – if you use the playground there now, or expect to in the years ahead, answer a quick survey. Here’s the backstory and the link:

Pathfinder K-8 is pleased to announce that we won a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Grant to rebuild our playground! With $25,000 we can get started by hiring a designer, and recruiting volunteers to match the funds through donated time. Our plan includes hosting 3 public meetings to develop the playground in a way that best serves you, the school and community. A huge thank you to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for helping our community work together to build a better playground.

Want to help us get started? We need your input! Anyone who uses the playground is encouraged to participate. Please tell us what matters to you at the Pathfinder K8 Playground by filling out our short online survey.

Thank you,
Holli Margell and Toni Wells
Outreach Co-Chairs

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