With school back in session the need to raise extra money will start to boggle the minds of many parents. Wrapping paper, candy bars, cookies and magazine subscriptions are just a few of the many items kids take home to sell to neighbors and friends to support their schools.
A few year ago, owner of Ballard's Market Street Traders Tammy James teamed up with Annie Adams of Globaledventures, a non-profit organization formed to provide education to work toward alleviating world poverty, to create the Fair Trade Fundraiser program.
“People buy stuff in this store (Market Street Traders), so why not give to the schools through fair trade fundraising?” Adams said. “Why not empower and educate kids through fundraising?"
James and Adams realized that many schools go through large corporations when choosing fundraising items. But, Adams said that most of the money earned just feeds back into the corporations that are already making loads of money.
“So, why not do something that actually has meaning behind it?” Adams said. “Kids are able to see that they’re making a difference in somebody’s life and money isn’t just going back to big businesses.”
Students attending Seattle Public Schools will be heading back to school on Sept. 9 and West Seattle's School Board representative Steve Sundquist will be at Uptown Espresso at 9 a.m. tomorrow to talk to the community about any concerns or ideas.
Uptown Espresso is located at 3845 Delridge Way S.W.
Sundquist said anyone not able to make it can contact him with their concerns at (206) 252-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will offer a variety of programming for children and adults at the Alki Community Center and Alki Bathhouse this fall.
CHILDREN’S PUPPET THEATER
The area’s best puppet entertainers are coming to Alki Bathhouse on Saturdays. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss these outstanding performances.
All performances begin at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W. Stevens St., or by calling (206) 684 -7430. This program is appropriate for children ages 1 and older.
Location: Alki Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave. S.W.
Cost: $5 per person
Saturday, Sept. 19: CLAY MARTIN PRESENTS:"THE MATCHBOX AND OTHER TALES"
Saturday, Oct. 24: PENNY'S PUPPETS PRESENTS: "MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE"
Join Alleyoop for this one-time-only family experience for free. Enjoy music, games, stories, and puppets with one of Seattle’s best children’s entertainers. This show is appropriate for children ages 3 to 8.
Location: Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W Stevens St.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 Time: 1 p.m.
The free fifth annual Duwamish River Festival took place Saturday, Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S., in South Park, to celebrate the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River.
The family-friendly environmental festival provided updates on the Duwamish River Superfund cleanup, kayak tours on the river, live entertainment, water taxi rides, food, children’s activities, health information, natural yard care tips, give-aways and more.
A trio of plaintiffs has challenged Seattle Public Schools' recent adoption of the Discovering series of high school math texts.
The three Seattle citizens—a parent of a Seattle schools student, a grandparent, and a University of Washington professor of atmospheric sciences, contend that the textbooks will fail to adequately reduce the achievement gap between Caucasians and non-Caucasians, and between wealthy and poorer students. This failure will result from lack of "explicit instruction," according to the plaintiffs.
An appeal of the Seattle School Board's controversial decision on May 6 to adopt the Discovering series of high school math texts was filed in King County Superior Court on June 5. Plaintiffs are DaZanne Porter, a mother of an 8th grade student in Seattle Public Schools, Martha McLaren, retired Seattle math teacher and grandparent of a Seattle Public Schools fourth grader, and Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington.
Seattle Public Schools celebrates the academic achievements of its high school graduates with commencements occurring throughout the city, Tuesday, June 9 through Thursday, June 18.
Here are the dates and times for West Seattle High Schools:
West Seattle High, Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium
Chief Sealth, Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium
Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m. at Cleveland High School
Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D., will be speaking at four high school commencements this year: Ingraham High School, Rainier Beach High School, Roosevelt High School and South Lake High School.
Since the Student Assignment Plan Part I was introduced by Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, new details have been made regarding the choices parents will have regarding where they send their children.
Tracy Libros, Seattle Public Schools enrollment and planning manager, met with media on June 2 to discuss details of the plan. She explained that district staff have designed the new Student Assignment Plan to be much easier to understand and accessible to families.
“We’re going for clarity or simplicity,” said Libros.
The biggest change parents will see compared to the current plan is that their students will start with a predictable assignment to a local school based on their address. Each elementary school will have a specific reference area and groups of those schools will filter into middle schools and, later, high schools.
To ensure that all students have equal access to special services, middle school attendance areas will also become service areas. The district aims to offer all basic services in each of these areas and Libros ensures that all students with special needs will have access, including transportation, to the services they need.