Seattle Public Schools

New 'Bell Times' will mean much later start and exit times for many SPS students this year

Changes made to better suit teens

Seattle Public Schools will introduce new "bell times" across their entire system when the new school year starts on Sept. 7. The district has sent letters to parents announcing the changes which can be as much as 45 minutes later than they were in earlier years.

Bell time revisions for local schools can be found below and the complete list here:

From the letter sent to parents by Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent Operations:
"Research has shown that teenagers benefit from later start times resulting in more sleep, better health, reduced discipline and improved truancy rates. During the district’s community engagement process, most feedback from the community supported earlier start times for our younger students. Additionally, research has shown no negative impacts on elementary students when school begins earlier.

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On the Go Week of 8-22-16

Discovery Shop
4535 California Ave. S.W.
Starting Aug. 27 More good deals to support a good cause—funding cancer support services and finding a cure. August 27 is Scenic Saturday with 40% off on all pictures and frames and all items with yellow tags are $1.00 starting August 28. Plan ahead because our store wide clearance of summer clothing, shoes and accessories starts September 1. Seniors get 20% off their entire purchase all day Tues., high schoolers with student ID get the same all day Sat. and all men’s wear if 40% off every Sun. The all volunteer run non-profit American Cancer Society shop is open every Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., all other days 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Follow our blog at and LIKE us on Facebook.

Sealth High School Class of 1961 55th Reunion
Rainier Golf & Country Club
Des Moines, WA
Thurs., Aug. 25, 5–9 p.m. Dead line to register/buy ticket 7/30/16. Contact Duane Stober at 253.638.2607 for more info.

Lincoln Park Tree Walk
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Meet at the info kiosk in the parking lot along Fauntleroy Way

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22 of the best restaurants in Seattle come together to train participants in expert food preparation during Cooking with Class an event set for Sept. 15 at Saltys on Alki. The event gives people insight and knowledge about how to cook a gourmet meal, pair it with wine in a very intimate setting. Cooking with Class is a benefit event for the Pike Place Market Foundation who provide assistance to low income seniors.

15th Annual 'Cooking with Class' at Salty's will benefit Pike Place Market Foundation Sept. 15

The 15th Annual Cooking with Class event on Sept. 15 is a remarkable combination of 22 chefs, wines, and a learning experience all to benefit low income seniors through the Pike Place Market Foundation.

During the event participants choose three chefs and interact with them, actually making the dishes and learning their techniques. 22 of the top Northwest chefs are there to provide hands-on training to small groups of 8, with each chef training three groups of people for 30 minutes each. Northwest wineries pair their wines with the chefs' food.

In addition to the classes and food a live auction with door prizes will be provided, hosted by John Curley and Chef Jeremy McLachlan of Salty's Seafood Grills.

The evening starts with fresh-shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish on the front deck: fresh oysters, oyster-friendly wine and beer.

Cost is $150 per person.

This year's event takes place again in the banquet rooms at Salty's on Alki. Check in for registered attendees begins at 6 p.m. (pre-registration is a must for this sell-out event). Classes begin at 6:45 p.m.

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