West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle’s only charity-fundraising Christmas-tree lot is open for the season. Holy Rosary School is selling trees again this year just north of the school.
Many options – you can shop in person or online, pick it up at the lot or have it delivered for an extra fee. They have 2′ to 10′ Noble, Douglas, and Fraser firs.
If you bring five non-perishable food items for the West Seattle Food Bank, you get $5 off the tree price.
They’re also selling wreaths, as well as poinsettias from nearby Seattle Lutheran High SchoolPar.
The lot at 41st/Dakota is open 4-9 pm weekdays, 9 am-9 pm weekends, through the weekend before Christmas. Part of the proceeds go to the WSFB and to Hickman House.
All West Seattle tree sellers are listed in our Holiday Guide – if we’re missing something, please let us know!
Almost two years (and one pandemic) after the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) announced its plan for a new preschool/child-care center on the north side of Westwood Village, it’s finally getting ready to open. We toured the space with its director, Jill Mudge:
She’s worked with the Y in West Seattle for 29 years and is excited about not just how the new center is coming together, but about what it will be like to work with 124 kids ages 4 weeks through 5 years. “It will be amazing to watch their growth.” The rooms at the center are spread across two levels of what used to be a vision clinic. Even former patients wouldn’t recognize the configuration – walls have been moved and removed to create the big, bright rooms.
The West Seattle area has desperately needed more chlid-care/preschool options, Mudge says – some couples whose babies haven’t arrived yet are already on a waitlist. Each infant room will have two staffers caring for up to eight babies.
While most of the rooms are age-specific, there’s also flexible space where smaller groups can have lessons, The preschool instructors will teach with The Creative Curriculum:
You might notice in that photo that some books are in Spanish – Mudge says they’ll have some bilingual instructors who can teach in Spanish as well as English. Lots of opportunities to play, too.
That includes outdoor play – by the time the center opens, an expansive playground will be set up a short walk away, in what’s currently little-used parking-lot space immediately south of the Westwood post office. Mudge also foresees the Y’s facility being a boon for the shopping center, too, with an infusion of families shopping and dining before/after picking up or dropping off their little ones. The center’s even designed with hygiene in mind – two little tot-height sinks close to the entry:
They’re expecting to be open by the end of January, 6:30 am-6 pm weekdays. Right now, the Y is offering tours of the space and taking applications – go here to find out more.
The photo is from Our Lady of Guadalupe School – near the city’s highest elevation at 35th/Myrtle – where the Huskies’ flag is flying this week. Here’s why:
Monday morning, Principal Anton Kramer raised the University of Washington flag above Our Lady of Guadalupe school. UW came out on top at last year’s Huskies v. Cougars spring-auction showdown, which means the highest point in Seattle will be flying Purple and Gold for this weekend’s Apple Cup.
At OLG’s 50th Golden Anniversary auction, in March of 2022, we will again be auctioning the honor of raising either the WSU or UW flag at OLG. Who will come out on top? Will Crimson and White be flying above OLG this time next year?
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P.S. The principal’s flag-raising assistants in the photo are Husky fans Stella and Gresham.
This week’s report about COVID-19 cases at Seattle Public Schools shows more new cases than the previous week, 70 newly reported among the district’s 90+. schools, up from 45 new cases in last Monday’s update. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, cumulative school-year totals plus the changes from a week earlier:
Denny International Middle School – 21, up 1
Chief Sealth International High School – 20, unchanged
Highland Park Elementary – 13, up 2
Roxhill Elementary – 12, unchanged
Arbor Heights Elementary – 11, up 3
Madison Middle School – 11, up 1
Genesee Hill Elementary – 11, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 9, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 8, up 2
West Seattle Elementary – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 8, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 7, up 1
Pathfinder K-8 – 4, up 1
Alki Elementary – 4, up 1
Sanislo Elementary – 4, unchanged
West Seattle High School – 4, unchanged
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged
For the next three Wednesday afternoon, West Seattle High School‘s Teen Health Council is hoping you can help them collect items to create winter-break care packages for schoolmates in need. Here’s how WSHS junior Mevina Ott explains what they’re doing:
Addressing a wide spectrum of needs of our community at West Seattle High School requires attention to the diversity of situations and circumstances experienced by my peers, something very important to be considered.
During school closure in winter break (12/18 2021-1/2 2022), the Teen Health Center will be closed and students will not be able to access the Health Center’s services. The 16-day break can become a gap for those students who regularly rely on the Teen Health Center for access to hygiene products. With that issue, I proposed the idea to assemble winter care packages to provide the appropriate hygiene necessities needed throughout the break.
Here are hygiene necessities that would be included in care packages:
– packaged masks
– unopened hand sanitizer
– unopened protein bars/granola bars/snacks
– unopened bars of soap
– unopened deodorant
– unused toothbrushes
– unopened toothpaste
– unopened chapstick
– hand warmers
Donations of clothing (used): jackets, sweaters, pants, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, t-shirts, blankets
Donation collecting events:
at WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL’S HISTORIC ENTRANCE
3000 California Ave SW
– Wednesday, November 24th from 3-5 pm
– Wednesday, December 1st from 3-5 pm
– Wednesday, December 8th from 3-5 pm
The Teen Health Council will then assemble care packages and students at West Seattle High School can pick them up during the week of 12/13-12/17, the week before winter break starts.
The “historic entrance” is on the north side of the school, facing Hiawatha.
(Photo credit: Joe Mabel)
Update from one of today’s vaccination clinics – the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) clinic is no longer restricted to SPS students – ALL 5-to-11-year-olds are welcome, no appointments needed. Just be there before 3 pm.
Thanks to Tracy for sending the photo! That’s the view Madison Middle School students and staff had, minutes ago – at 11:11 am, Tracy says – as that beam was hoisted atop the ongoing addition project on the campus’s north side. This is a tradition for “topping out” the steel bones of a building; note the beam inscription for Ironworkers Local 86. Construction began over the summer for the a href=”https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/capital_projects_and_planning/school_construction/projects/madison” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>2-story, 8-classroom, 12,500-square-foot, $10 million project.
(WSB video, photos)
On her second day in office, Mayor Jenny Durkan came to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge to announce a plan to expand the Seattle Promise “free community college” program. Today, with weeks left until she leaves office, Durkan returned to SSC with word that the city’s partnering with the state to support some Seattle Promise students as they continue on with studies in STEM, health care, and the trades. “An almost-bookend,” she called the visit. She was there to announce that the city is contributing up to $400,000 of federal pandemic-relief money to help dozens of Seattle Promise students extend their education via the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. WSOS will match that money, so this makes the city the first “Municipal Match” partner for the WSOS. Its board chair, Microsoft president Brad Smith, said this will enable more local people to “fill high-paying jobs.”
Kitsap County State Rep. Drew Hansen, who advocated for this type of scholarship expansion, reiterated Smith’s point simply and enthusiastically, “A couple of trillion-dollar companies in this state hire kajillions of people from all over the planet” – and more of them should be homegrown. City education director Dr. Dwane Chappelle agreed, and said “Equitable access is the key.”
Equitable access is the hallmark of the Seattle Promise program. As SSC president Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap noted, SSC is the “birthplace” of Seattle Promise, which offers up to two years of free college to Seattle Public Schools graduates. It began as the “13th-Year Promise,” one year free at SSC for students from certain Seattle high schools. Participation has quadrupled since the program expanded, she said – 230 Promise students in 2018, 1,100 this year.
From the city’s announcement, here’s how the new partnership will work:
The City will invest up to $400,000 in WSOS through 2023 as part of the City’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Washington state will match the City’s investment dollar-for-dollar. The municipal match partnership will be funded by Federal Coronavirus Local Recovery Funds (CLFR), resulting in a total of $800,000 in new scholarship funds for up to 60 Seattle Promise scholars. While all students in the State of Washington are eligible to apply for the WSOS, only Promise Scholars will be eligible for funding made available through the City of Seattle’s new partnership.
The city’s announcement also describes the two WSOS “scholarship pathways,” which offer mentorship as well as money:
-The WSOS Baccalaureate Scholarship (BAS) will provide students pursuing bachelor’s degrees up to $22,500 in financial assistance to continue their third year of college. Scholars could use the funding to pay tuition, fees, and additional student costs including housing, transportation, food and other expenses.
-The WSOS Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) will provide scholars pursuing associate degrees, certificate or apprenticeship programs up to $1,500 per quarter. Similarly to the BAS pathway, CTS funds are flexible and can be used to cover costs beyond tuition.
SPS seniors graduating next year can apply now for Seattle Promise; January 5th is when WSOS applications open. You can learn about the fields of study available at South Seattle College by going here.
Another local school is asking for community support. The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA Direct Drive is under way through Sunday (November 21st):
Help support the Chief Sealth High School Community by donating through our direct fundraising drive and be entered to win great raffle prizes!
Funds will help support a variety of programs at Chief Sealth, including music, athletics, student activities, library supports, the Chief Sealth clothing bank, college prep services, and many other empowering services for our students and families.
For more details and to donate, please go to this link – Chief Sealth PTSA Direct Drive
Thank you for supporting the Chief Sealth Community!
If you’re still looking for COVID-19 vaccination availability for your 5-to-11-year-old(s), appointments remain for the next Seattle Public Schools regional clinic in West Seattle, 9 am-3 pm Saturday (November 20th) at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW). It’s open to all SPS students in that age range, and an update sent to school health-care providers today says “many appointments (are) available and walk-ins are OK too” – the clinic has capacity for about 800 vaccinations to be administered that day. You can make an appointment by going here. Districtwide, today’s message to providers says, 28 total clinics – regional and individual scholols – have vaccinated 4,330 students.
Today we’re welcoming The Bridge School as a new WSB sponsor, which means they get the opportunity to share information about what they do:
The Bridge School is a cooperative, multi-age, progressive elementary-school program that fosters authentic learning through whole-child development.
We are a cooperative learning environment that supports creativity, exploration, community building, academic growth and connecting to nature. We do this by using a progressive, multi-age, child-centered, constructivist approach that includes a variety of curriculum and activities selected for the age and needs of current students. Families who choose The Bridge School want to be involved in their child’s education, which builds a strong, supportive, and friendly community and helps keep tuition low.
We are a Washington State Approved Elementary School Program serving ages 5-11. Our multi-age classes include regular instruction in math, literacy, science, social studies, music, art, theater, outdoor education, and social-emotional skill development. For students ages 4-5, we also offer our nature-based Cedar Play School on Friday mornings.
Our teachers plan and create challenging, dynamic, emergent learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom. We believe that there are unique benefits to multi-age classrooms including allowing students to grow at their own pace in a non-competitive environment and deep peer-to-peer learning and mentorship. Many teachers have the same students for more than one year, which allows them to deeply understand their students and their families, and develop strong, trusting relationships.
The Bridge School does not discriminate in any programs, activities, the hiring of employees or selection of volunteers on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our school community.
We thank The Bridge School for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Here’s another opportunity for you to support a school community in West Seattle. This announcement is from Friends of Roxhill Elementary:
We learned that the organization that provided Roxhill families with holiday support in the past cannot provide the same level of support this year. Every child should have a holiday meal and present, and parents and caregivers could use less stress this holiday season. You can make a difference by donating today to Friends of Roxhill Elementary, the school PTO. All donations are tax-deductible.
Many Roxhill Elementary families have already donated, but we’re a small Title I school of about 240 students. 56% of our students are on free or reduced lunch and 30% of our families are supported by the Seattle Housing Authority. So we really need help from the great folks in West Seattle, not just our school, to hit our fundraising goal.
4:08 PM: We’ve received two notes about this: Though today’s Pathfinder K-8 COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic was described on the district website as “full,” we’re told hundreds of doses for 5-to-11-year-olds are available to walkups until 6 pm. The school is on Pigeon Point qt 1901 SW Genesee.
4:15 PM: The district confirms this. But they have 5:30 pm as an end time, while the clinic was originally listed as lasting until 6 pm. (Added: A school employee tells us 6 pm is correct.)
We’re continuing to spotlight school fundraisers when we get information about them – several more have come in, starting with this list of 8 from the Lafayette Elementary PTA:
Here are several ways to support Lafayette PTA through the end of 2021. The PTA is raising funds to pay for reading tutors, eBook subscriptions for every student, and more. Thank you for your support!
Shoe Drive Fundraiser: Date extended until mid-January 2022: The PTA has partnered with Funds2Orgs to raise money for the PTA and repurpose shoes by sending them to developing countries around the world. Please drop off your gently used shoes at West Seattle Runner at 2743 California Ave SW. Our goal is to collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Paper Boat Booksellers Book Fair: 11/16/2021 – 11/21/2021, 6040 California Ave SW; please mention Lafayette PTA to the cashier and a portion of sales will be given back to Lafayette PTA.
The Good Society Dine-Out: 12/12/2021 – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm – 2701 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server); this is a recurring event on the second Tuesday of each month.
Bellevue Ice Rink Fundraiser: 11/19/2021 – 1/9/2022, Mention “Lafayette” when you check in with admission staff and a $3 donation will be made to Lafayette PTA for each paid ticket during the 2021-2022 season. Visit www.bellevueicerink.com to purchase tickets online, check pricing and special events.
Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens, now – 11/15/2021 (5 pm): purchase a digital dozen for $10 using this unique link to redeem at any Krispy Kreme location; digital dozens will be emailed to you at the end of the sale. OR pick up a dozen at Lafayette on November 19th. Either option, order here.
Scholastic Book Fair, through 11/21/2021: All orders are shipped directly to your home; free shipping or orders of at least $25 (books only). Please use this unique link to shop
Boon Supply, now-12/31/2021: Beautiful items that are good for you, good for the planet, and good for Lafayette PTA! Lafayette PTA earns 40% of sales when you use this unique link to shop.
Minted, now-12/31/2021: Please check out Minted for gifts and holiday cards. Lafayette PTA earns 15% of sales and you receive 20% off your order when you use promo code FUNDRAISELAFAYETTE at www.minted.com.
Got a few minutes? The newly launched Westside HEY Coalition has a survey for you:
The Westside HEY (Healthy Empowered Youth) Coalition, a school and community coalition formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in West Seattle, would like your help in learning more about community concerns related to drugs and alcohol. This anonymous survey asks about one’s perceptions of drug and alcohol use among youth in the community. Adults ages 18 and over, who live, work or frequent the West Seattle area are eligible to take this survey. We will use this information to help us understand your thoughts and feelings, in order to better serve youth in our community. The survey typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Survey Link: research.net/r/KIWESEEN2021
The data from these surveys will be used to implement evidence-based prevention programs in middle and high schools in the community, including Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!
Westside HEY Coalition
Live theater is coming back – including schools. Tonight and tomorrow, the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama program invites you to come see their new production:
Seattle Lutheran Drama is proud to present Crazytown by Jonathan Rand.
In the weirdest town in America, let Jim and Babs of Crazytown Action News break down all the top stories of the day. In politics, the race for president at Crazytown Elementary is really heating up! In public safety, citizens are being brought in for questioning by police for being too kind and considerate! A fierce competition is underway by two professional sports-watchers! All that, along with weather and traffic, tonight on Crazytown Action News.
Crazytown will be performed in person in the Menashe Gymnasium at Seattle Lutheran High School. Audience members will be seated in distanced household groups. Masks are required for audience members. We hope to see you there! Crazytown is appropriate for grades 5 and up.
Friday and Saturday (November 12th and 13th) at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door (Cash or credit card payment accepted):
$7 for adults
$5 for seniors and non-SLHS students
Free for SLHS students (bring ID) and children 6 and under
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The gym is at 4100 SW Genesee, just north of The Junction.
After a 19-month pandemic break, a program teaching bicycling and walking safety to Seattle Public Schools students is getting up and running again, starting with a special delivery Tuesday morning in West Seattle. A Cascade Bicycle Club truck rolled up pulling a trailer with 31 bicycles for Louisa Boren STEM K-8 students to use over the next three weeks during PE class.
The program is called “Let’s Go” and has been offered to elementary students in Seattle Public Schools since 2015, with a pandemic break starting last year. The announcement of its resumption says that it teaches “physical fundamentals of helmet safety, balancing, steering, pedaling, and stopping, (and) the rules of safe and courteous riding along with skills to cross a street at intersections.” The city is paying Cascade $2 million over the next five years to bring the program to more than 20,000 students each year.
12:38 PM: Thanks to the readers who just forwarded this message saying Seattle Public Schools will be closed Friday as well as Thursday due to “an unusually large number of SPS staff taking leave on Friday, and do not believe we have adequate personnel to open schools with the necessary environment for high-quality learning.” The district’s message adds, “This learning day will be added to the end of the 21/22 school year to ensure all students have access to the full number of educational hours.” The originally scheduled last day of the year is June 17, 2022.
2:03 PM: Some are noting in comments below that at least some district-distributed calendars listed this as a four-day weekend earlier in the year.
This week’s update of COVID-19 cases in Seattle Public Schools shows fewer new cases than a week earlier – 59 newly reported cases among the district’s 90+. schools, down from 65 new cases in last week’s update. Here are the school-by-school breakouts for our area, with the changes compared to what was on the dashboard last week – as always, the totals are cumulative for the entire school year so far:
Denny International Middle School – 19, unchanged
Chief Sealth International High School – 19, unchanged
Roxhill Elementary – 12, up 1
Genesee Hill Elementary – 11, up 1
Highland Park Elementary – 11, up 1
Madison Middle School – 10, up 1
West Seattle Elementary – 8, up 3
Arbor Heights Elementary – 8, unchanged
Lafayette Elementary – 8, unchanged
Gatewood Elementary – 6, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 6, unchanged
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 5, up 2
Sanislo Elementary – 4, up 1
West Seattle High School – 4, unchanged
Fairmount Park Elementary – 3, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 3, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 2, unchanged
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged
In discussion following last week’s report, a commenter reported that four cases attributed to the IN/Tandem program elsewhere on the dashboard were from the program’s location at the old Roxhill Elementary site. This week, one more case is attributed to that program, but we don’t know whether that case also has a local link. Meantime, now that vaccination is authorized for children 5-11, the district is offering clinics – dates, times, locations, and registration links are all here.
Two West Seattle elementary schools’ support groups have dine-out fundraisers this week:
ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: Wednesday (November 10th) at MOD Pizza in Westwood Village, 10:30 am-10 pm:
20% of your order will be donated to Friends of Roxhill Elementary.
1. Visit MOD website: orders.modpizza.com
2. Choose MOD Westwood Village location
3. Use the coupon code: GR207998F and 20% of your meal’s price will be donated back to our school.
STOREFRONT WALK-IN ORDERS:
1. Mention that you are with Friends of Roxhill Elementary before placing your order and 20% of your meal’s price will be donated back to our school.
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: 4-9 pm Thursday, Proletariat Pizza in White Center (9622 16th SW):
Please join Highland Park Elementary and Proletariat Pizza for a fundraising event on November 11 to raise money for Highland Park Elementary PTA. Order food, eat pizza, mention Highland Park Elementary, and a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the school.
On Friday we showed you the sendoff for West Seattle High School cross-country athletes who qualified for the state championships. Here’s how they did in the events held Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The boys – the first WSHS cross-country team ever to make it to state – placed 12th; team members are Elliott A., Asher M., Tao N., Ewan K., Dylan W., Elliott B., and Ethan K.. Two WSHS girls competed individually; the results list shows Anika P. finished 91st, Sylvie G. finished 95th in a field of nearly 200. Congratulations to them all!
As that traffic-camera image from mid-afternoon shows, it’s already snowing in the mountain, and skiers are looking ahead – including organizers of the West Seattle High School ski bus, which is open for registration:
WSHS parents & students, ski/snowboard enthusiasts: The WSHS ski bus will be back this winter. This is primarily for WSHS students, but if we don’t fill the bus, others can join! We have a few changes coming this year, as SPS’s risk management team will not allow the buses to pick up from HS parking lots, due to social distancing, nor will they allow equipment to be stored in the school. The bus will stop on Walnut or California, in front of WSHS, & gear will have to be stored in cars or dropped off after school. Ski bus will run on Fridays, Jan 28th-March 11th 3:45-11 PM.
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As reported here last weekend, West Seattle High School‘s cross-country athletes are making history this year – the first time an entire WSHS cross-country team has qualified for the state championships. The boys’ team, and two individual girls, will compete at state. So this morning, before heading to the Tri-Cities for the championships, they led a parade – with cheerleaders and the marching band – in the school hallway:
The championships are tomorrow (Saturday, November 6th) at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.