Ever wonder ‘who’s on those committees, anyway?’ Could be you! Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee looking for new members

April 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Lots of work in recent years on making the streets and sidewalks safer around West Seattle schools. Maybe you’d like to formalize that by being part of the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee? The search is on for new members – read on for the announcement:

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High-school sports updates: WSHS baseball; Sealth softball, baseball

April 15, 2014 at 4:27 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Great weather Monday afternoon for ballgames – and there were three locally, even though the schools are on spring break:

(Photo by Greg Slader: Spencer Elder, driving in WSHS’s only run)
West Seattle High School‘s baseball team played at Hiawatha, losing to Seattle Prep 4-1 (game stats here). From Greg Slader:

Kevin Cuddy pitched three good innings and held the Panther hitters in check, except one inning got away from the Wildcats as Seattle Prep scored three runs. Three double plays by the Panthers erased too many West Seattle base runners. Cameron & Spencer’s back-to-back hits scored West Seattle’s only run.

The Wildcats’ next home game is at 3:30 pm Friday vs. Ingraham.

Chief Sealth International High School‘s baseball team was home on Monday afternoon too, falling to O’Dea at Southwest Athletic Complex, 10-0.

(WSB photo: Evan Moe at bat)
Sealth’s varsity-softball team also played at SWAC on Monday:

(WSB photo: Sophia Bauer pitching for the Seahawks)
Sealth lost to Holy Names, 8-2 (game stats here);

Tonight (Tuesday), Seattle Lutheran High School plays at SWAC, 6:45 pm, vs. University Prep.

Pathfinder K-8 playground project update: 1st community meeting

April 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In How to help, Pigeon Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

(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:

West Seattle schools: New principal for K-5 STEM, Ben Ostrom, moving from Highland Park Elementary; HP’s new principal coming from Wedgwood

April 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 10 Comments

Thanks to everyone who shared the news of this – Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda has announced a new principal for K-5 STEM at Boren, Ben Ostrom, who’s moving from Highland Park Elementary:

I am writing today to let you know that your principal, Shannon McKinney, is taking a leave of absence, starting at the end of the school year. I know you join me in thanking her for all of her efforts to establish and build the STEM program. She has been an exceptional leader for a new school community.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ben Ostrom as your new Principal, effective July 1, 2014.

Mr. Ostrom comes to K–5 STEM at Boren from Highland Park Elementary, where he was Principal for the past four years. He is committed to STEM learning and your future expansion to a K–8 school, and will be a great fit for the K-5 STEM at Boren community. He is passionate about learning, and about students applying STEM subjects to understand and affect the world around them. Mr. Ostrom believes that families are our most important learning partners.

Prior to Highland Park, Mr. Ostrom served as Principal at Orca K–8 for seven years. Previously, he spent three years as Principal at Loyal Heights Elementary and has extensive classroom experience after teaching in the district for six years.

Mr. Ostrom’s professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He also completed the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. He received a Golden Apple Award for Educational Excellence from KCTS-Washington Public Television in 1999 and an A+ Award from the Alliance for Education in 1998. In 1997 he received an EDS Leadership in Learning award and Washington Software Foundation Innovation in Teaching Award.

I know Ms. McKinney and Mr. Ostrom will work together this spring to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Ben Ostrom to K–5 .

Ostrom will be taking over K-5 STEM in its third year, one which brings a new challenge because Arbor Heights Elementary will be co-locating with it in the Boren building for the next two years while the new AHES is built. Meantime, we don’t have the official district announcement on this yet but our friends at Ravenna Blog report that Chris Cronas, who has been principal at Wedgwood Elementary in the north end, is moving to Highland Park Elementary.

ADDED 9:09 PM: The original report of Cronas’s appointment came via Twitter but now it’s also on the RB website, here.

West Seattle schools: Arbor Heights Elementary celebrates writing

April 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Thanks to the Arbor Heights Elementary School parent who shared the photo from today’s Young Authors Day, an annual celebration of students’ work writing, editing, and publishing work (by reading it aloud in a small group – each group has students from kindergarten through 5th grade). After the small-group readings, there’s an all-school autograph recess, during which our tipster photographed teacher David Wilkie, with young fans clustered around.

ARBOR HEIGHTS SIDE NOTE: Principal Christy Collins and K-5 STEM principal Dr. Shannon McKinney have sent families an update about the status of planning for the schools’ co-location starting next year (AH will be at Boren for two years while its new campus is built) – you can read it online here.

High-school baseball: Shutout win for West Seattle Wildcats

April 10, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

(Cameron & Morgan get the scoring started with back-to-back hits)
Thanks to Greg Slader for the photos and report on West Seattle High School‘s Wednesday afternoon 4-0 win:

(Graham French driving in a run, with a hit down the 3rd-base line)

West Seattle Baseball snaps their 3-year losing streak at Nathan Hale as the offense steps up and scores runs on clutch two-out hits. Ben Wexler threw a complete game on 73 pitches as the Defense made all the plays. Next game is Friday against Nathan Hale at Hiawatha, 3:30 pm.

Followup: History-making South Seattle College team back from aerospace competition, sharing successes and gratitude

April 9, 2014 at 8:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, West Seattle schools | 5 Comments

(Photos courtesy CrystalRose Hudelson)
“The world of aviation is so vast, with endless possibilities waiting to be explored by young men and women!”

So says CrystalRose Hudelson, who you first met here in January as she shared the news that she and other South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) students had formed an all-woman team to head to the Aviation Maintenance Competition in Las Vegas – the school’s first-ever team to compete.

We also reported on their quest for – and acquisition of – the support they needed to get there, as well as their months of training/practicing. Now, they’re back and celebrating their successes:

Hudelson’s team, coached by longtime aviation mechanic Mary Hadley and also including Agnes Choung, Jennifer Lesher, Melissa Miedan Wang, and Sarah McKenna, placed first in one of the events in which they competed, the “Grey Owl Human Factors” event, with a time of 7:06. She explains that events were judged mostly on a 20-minute time basis.

Overall, she says, “The team did well in the competition. The judges and other professional teams commented on how well we did. This let us know that they know we are knowledgeable in the event materials. We did not, however, place overall. There is only 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall.”

Ahead, their other achievements, more photos, and what’s next:

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High-school soccer: WSHS shuts out Franklin in the rain

April 9, 2014 at 12:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

A shutout in the rain for the West Seattle High School boys soccer team on Tuesday. Our team-supporter source shares the photo and news of the 1-0 Wildcats road win over Franklin, with the goal by Brian McMonigle, who also contributed defense along with Thomas Mensig and Connor Elder, plus, they report, goalie Akili Kasim with some great saves. You can go root for them at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point on Thursday at 3:30 pm, when they host Ingraham.

High-school baseball: West Seattle HS shuts out Rainier Beach

April 3, 2014 at 4:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

(Larry Jensen throws a strike; photo by Greg Slader)
In the first of two consecutive games vs. Rainier Beach, West Seattle High School came away with a shutout win on Wednesday, 19-0. Greg Slader shares a photo and the summary (thank you!):

Senior pitcher Larry Jensen got his first varsity start on the mound as he delivered four shutout innings and the win as West Seattle Wildcats climb to a 2-1 league record. His fastball mixed with a crazy knuckleball was enough to keep the Viking hitters off balance.

The game was at RB, which visits Hiawatha to face the Wildcats again on Friday, 3:30 pm.

You can help! Last call for donations to Sanislo book sale

April 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

An update from Lynette Jeung with the Sanislo Elementary PTA, which presents its annual 4th-grade book sale fundraiser this Saturday: She says they appreciate each and every donation they’ve been receiving, and she’s putting out one last request for more. They’ll take any type of book but books for kids are especially welcome; they are also accepting DVD and CD donations. If a donor just can’t get to the school to drop off donations, she’s looking to make one last pickup run Thursday night. If you can donate and/or if you have a question, contact Lynette at ell1970sab@gmail.com; whether you’re donating or not, go check out the sale on Saturday (April 5th), 10 am-2 pm, benefiting the 4th-grade camping trip, bring cash and/or checks. Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle (map).

Update: 3 schools ‘shelter in place’ after report of person with a gun in Roxhill Park area

April 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 36 Comments

12:51 PM: We just checked out a report that Chief Sealth International High School students were asked to “shelter in place” – and here’s what Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson tells us: There was a report of “somebody with a weapon at Roxhill Park area – someone on the walking path that ends at the bus stop on SW Barton, and 10 males in a group, allegedly somebody had a shotgun. The group was looking at the gun, not brandishing it or anything, somebody called it in,” and police responded. They reportedly have found who they were looking for. No shots were reported fired, no one hurt; police say Roxhill Elementary also was in “shelter in place” mode. It appears this incident is wrapping up but that’s all the information we have for now – we’ll be checking back later about possible arrest(s).

1:14 PM: Our crew circled back around to Sealth a few minutes ago and confirmed the “shelter in place” has been lifted. Same for Roxhill, and for Denny International Middle School, which also had briefly sheltered, according to Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel, who said the three schools were under that status from 12:32 pm-12:59 pm, and she confirms police told SPS they had a suspect in custody.

3:07 PM: More information just in from police, via an SPD Blotter post – the person arrested was a 17-year-old with a sawed-off shotgun, and a badge, both of which were confiscated.

West Seattle weekend scene: Chief Sealth Flag Squad vs. weeds

March 31, 2014 at 6:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Here’s one of the more-unusual student fundraisers we’ve heard of lately: The Chief Sealth International High School Flag Squad is doing yard work on Sundays. They tackled the weeds in Leslie‘s yard on Sunday (she shared the photo): “Delightful young people, worked HARD! Great attitudes!” Janelle from the Flag Squad says, “We are offering yard work for $30-35 an hour (depending on the lawn size), and are available on Sundays from 10 am-5 pm, from April 13th-May 18th. There would be around 7-10 flaggers working each time.” They’re raising money for travel on future band trips – Portland this year, Ireland next year. You can inquire via e-mail at csiflagsquad@gmail.com.

Something to say to Seattle Public Schools’ superintendent? Strategic Plan meeting in West Seattle tomorrow night

March 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Looking ahead into the calendar for this week – big event tomorrow night if you have something to say about where Seattle Public Schools is headed. Superintendent José Banda will be at Roxhill Elementary (30th/Roxbury) 6:30-8:30 pm Monday for the last of five “town hall” meetings about the district’s Strategic Plan. West Seattle’s executive director of Schools Israel Vela will be there too.

West Seattle weekend scene: Big turnout for Co-op Preschools’ consignment sale

March 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 8 Comments

For the first time ever, the West Seattle (via South Seattle College) Cooperative Preschools decided to raise money via a big consignment sale of kid stuff – and today’s sale was a big hit. About midway through – not long after we took our photo – sale organizers said they had counted at least 230 shoppers. Numbers they had mentioned earlier: 7,300 items, from more than 100 consigners.

P.S. Any sellers with leftovers, remember that the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (organized by us here at WSB) is coming up May 10th – with registration opening this Monday (March 31st) – and “kid stuff” is always one of the most popular categories!

World Water Week: Sealth students host visitors from India

March 29, 2014 at 1:06 am | In Environment, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

(Photo added, courtesy Michael Bunch: Visitors with Riley Bunch & Randi Rankin)
The fourth annual World Water Week wrapped up at Chief Sealth International High School on Friday. Teacher Noah Zeichner sent word of just one of the aspects that again made it a “world” event:

The Global Leadership class at Chief Sealth IHS hosted a group from India who are in Seattle as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This three-week U.S. Department of State-sponsored project for five participants from India will provide an increased understanding of the milestones that various ethnic and religious groups have achieved and the challenges such groups continue to face.

The students discussed water related issues with the visitors including fresh-water scarcity and water pollution.

Plastic pollution was the main theme for this year’s World Water Week at Sealth.

Ready for spring break? 4th-8th graders invited to local music camp

March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Just two weeks until Seattle Public Schools‘ spring-break week – and if you have a West Seattle-area 4th through 8th grader interested in music, this might be the perfect way for her/him to spend that week:

Denny Sealth Performing Arts is once again sponsoring a Spring Break music camp this year, for 4th through 8th graders. Here’s the invitation from the Denny and Sealth music director Marcus Pimpleton:

The camp is a fun and laid-back way for students to spend the break exploring music with other youth from the West Seattle area. The camp will operate April 14th-18th from 9 am – 2 pm and be held in the music rooms at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.

Students spend two hours of each day specializing on their primary instrument in an ensemble (band, orchestra or choir) plus 45 minutes of sectionals with their primary instrument. They have another 45 minutes each day to explore a secondary interest (steel drums, guitar, drumline, color guard, choir or jazz band). The rest of the time consists of games and lunch. A suggested donation of $120 is requested, but families are welcome to give as much or as little as they can afford. For more information, please contact mjpimpleton@seattleschools.org.

The registration form is available here.

Sale season! West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ sale on Saturday; WS Community Garage Sale Day signups start Monday

March 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

Two reminders tonight:

SATURDAY SALE BENEFITING CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: As announced a month ago, the big consignment sale benefiting South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschools is on for Saturday (March 29th), 9 am-1 pm, with more than 100 consigners participating, at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska). Lots of advance info on the official Facebook page. We also got word today that Mountain to Sound Outfitters across Alaska will have a free barbecue for shoppers starting at noon that day – hot dogs, turkey dogs, veggie dogs.

MONDAY = DAY 1 FOR WS COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY REGISTRATION: The 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is coming up Saturday, May 10th – coordinated by WSB again this year – and we start signups next Monday, March 31st. If you’re new to West Seattle, this is a day of sales all over the peninsula, from single homes/apartments to group sales to school/team/organization sales, all depends on who signs up! Watch here and on the official WSCGSD website at westseattlegaragesale.com for the link when the form’s ready on Monday.

High-school soccer: WSHS on the road today after home win

March 27, 2014 at 3:23 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

West Seattle High School‘s soccer team is back on the field today, playing at Nathan Hale, after another win on Tuesday, 4-2 over visiting Cleveland HS. Our reader correspondent (who also shared the photo – thank you!) reports, “It started off rough with a downpour of rain for the first half. But after halftime, the Wildcats came back strong with the next two goals winning the game.” Here’s the scoring list. Today’s match is between early conference leaders – Hale and Westside both have two in-conference wins.

Followup: South Seattle CC aerospace team in Vegas to compete

March 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 5 Comments

(Photo of SSCC team tweeted by @airsafe)
Back in January, we shared the story of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Aviation Maintenance Technology students who had formed an all-woman team determined to go to a national competition in Las Vegas. After school and community support put some wind beneath their wings, they worked hard to practice, and this week it’s showtime – they’re in Las Vegas at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We’re waiting to hear how they did in their events these past two days, but just the act of getting there was a celebration-worthy success.

3rd annual ‘Taste of the Arts’ ahead at West Seattle High School

March 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Just a week and a half until your chance to enjoy student artists’ work – performing arts, visual arts, culinary arts – in the third annual West Seattle High SchoolTaste of the Arts” benefit. It’s set for Saturday, April 5th, with the visual and culinary arts awaiting you 6-7:30 pm that night in the St. John’s Episcopal Church hall next to WSHS, and then the Westside Drama performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 8 pm in the school theater. See the official flyer here for full details; meantime, you can buy tickets online now, here.

New Genesee Hill school: No, it’s not demolition time yet

March 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm | In Genesee Hill, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

One neighbor reported that it looks like demolition is near at the old Genesee Hill Elementary – slated for replacement with a brand-new school – but it’s not happening yet, according to Seattle Public SchoolsTom Redman. He explained what IS happening right now:

We are not beginning demolition yet. We are currently abating/removing hazardous material from the existing building. We are also doing an archeological survey, based on the State Dept. of Archeological and Historical Preservation maps.

Also, per City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, we are doing required testing for pin pile foundation load test, which means we are driving a test pile into the soil and checking subsurface load capacity. This will give us an idea of what the planned foundation pilings can support beyond standard loads.

Background information about the new school is here. The old building has been closed for almost five years.

High-school baseball: First win for West Seattle Wildcats

March 25, 2014 at 4:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(Graham French‘s late-inning hit propelled WSHS to victory)
The first win of 2014 is in the books for the West Seattle High School Wildcats. The photos and summary are courtesy of Greg Slader (thank you!):

A wild “come from behind” game helps West Seattle get its first win of the season.

Lakeside ace pitcher and Stanford commit Andrew Summerville held the Wildcats to no hits thru Five innings as the Lions piled up four runs. But a sixth-inning walk and a failed pickle play got the Wildcats their first run. Things only got crazier from there as West Seattle scored two runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the improbable come-from-behind Victory.

(Kevin Cuddy held Lakeside to one run through three innings)
An excited assistant coach Brian Tupper had this to say: “Crazy game, but that’s the way baseball is. You know you just got to keep grinding. That’s why we play all seven innings; it’s never over till it’s over.”

West Seattle is on the road for the next three games; next home game is April 4th vs. Rainier Beach.

Come support the team @ our Spaghetti Dinner April 5th at West Side Presbyterian Church – meet the players – free autographs and more!

High-school baseball: West Seattle Wildcats @ Safeco

March 24, 2014 at 1:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

This afternoon at Hiawatha, the West Seattle High School Wildcats host Lakeside. On Saturday, they played at Safeco Field:

Greg Slader shares photos and this summary of West Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Issaquah HS:

The baseball team played another pre-season game at Safeco Field, continuing the tradition of the High School Baseball Classic. Defense and pitching are still improving … Jake Magera and Larry Jensen held the Issaquah Eagles to two runs over six innings. Defense stepped up their game with a fantastic play @ home.

(Jimmy Mai tags out the runner at home)
The offense is still missing the clutch hits and left many opportunities on base.

This afternoon’s game is at 3:30. The WSHS softball team is at home today too, 3:30 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Ballard.

West Seattle weekend scenes: Statewide Chinese Language/Talent Competition

March 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Hundreds of students from kindergarteners to 12th graders were at Chief Sealth International High School today, for a statewide event – the Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. We hadn’t heard about it in advance but noticed the school’s parking lot was full, an unusual sight for a Sunday; a web search revealed what was going on, so a bit later, we stopped in to check it out. It was lunchtime for most participants, but performances were under way in the auditorium – dancers performed (top photo) while musicians practiced in the hallway:

Among the spectators during our visit: The renowned Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team – this might be the only time you’ve ever seen them NOT in motion:

In addition to music and dancing, competition was held in categories from poetry to public speaking to drawing to Chinese chess. The event was presented by the Cultural Exploration of Greater China Foundation, the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s World Languages Program, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, whose Education Center is headquartered on the Denny/Sealth campus.

Sports: Madison vs. Denny boys-soccer ‘Battle of West Seattle’

March 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Also on Saturday, a cross-town soccer match – Madison Middle School and Denny International Middle School boys’ teams facing off at Southwest Athletic Complex. Denny principal Jeff Clark shared the photo and reports, “The final outcome was 4 goals to 2, with Denny taking home the new trophy. Thank you to the West Seattle Soccer Club for your support! Congratulations to both teams on their effort and sportsmanship!” Clark says this, like the annual girls’ games between Madison and Denny (Madison won the last two years), was dubbed “Battle of West Seattle.” WSSC is involved with both – note the brightly striped WSSC scarf around the trophy.

Denny-Sealth Big Band Dinner Dance report: ‘Phenomenal’!

March 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(Photos courtesy Denny principal Jeff Clark)
Big night of music and dancing last night in the Sealth/Denny Galleria! From Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark, on behalf of himself and Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:

The Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School Big Band Dinner was held last night to the delight of all in attendance.

(Denny Jazz Band)
The music from all three performing groups, the Denny Jazz Band, the Sealth Jazz Band, and the West Seattle Big Band was phenomenal! Guests enjoyed great food and dancing to the amazing sounds or the performers.

(Dancing to the Chief Sealth Jazz Band)
Once again, Mr. Marcus Pimpleton has skillfully taken our music groups to a new level of performance–congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth musicians! A huge thank you to the West Seattle Big Band for supporting us with their time, talents, and donation.

(West Seattle Big Band)
Our volunteers are a group who continue to demonstrate unparalleled dedication to our kids and music program — thank you so much!

The West Seattle Big Band also performed for benefits at West Seattle High School and at Madison Middle School; supporting student music is their main mission. Watch for their local performances later this year, usually including the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park at Hiawatha in July.

Sanislo book sale ahead; donated books welcome now!

March 22, 2014 at 10:03 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

One of West Seattle’s biggest book-sale benefits is just two weeks away – at Sanislo Elementary School, 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 5th – and you have a chance to help beyond going to buy books: You are invited to donate them, starting now. Lynette Jeung from the Sanislo PTA explains:

This sale benefits the 4th grade class and their upcoming camping trip to Camp Sealth! We are needing lots of book donations so please dig through your shelves, closets, kids rooms for books that you no longer need. We could use all kinds of donations. Specifically, we are looking for both children’s and adult books (both nonfiction and fiction). No instruction manuals or old textbooks please. :) For more info, please e-mail ell1970sab@gmail.com – Go Sanislo!!

Lynette even says she’ll consider picking up donations, so e-mail to ask her about that too, if it would be helpful.

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