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Join “Jane’s Walk” This Sunday for School Safety

Pink indicates Walk Zone for Cedar Park site, white indicates future enrollment boundary for Cedar Park Elementary. (photo courtesy of Seattle School District website)

Pink indicates Walk Zone for Cedar Park site, white indicates future enrollment boundary for Cedar Park Elementary. (photo courtesy Seattle School District website)

Community members are invited to join “Jane’s Walk” this Sunday, May 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. The purpose of the walk is to identify challenges children might experience as they cross Lake City Way and NE 125th Street while walking or biking to school.


Olympic Hills Elementary students will be relocated to the Cedar Park site while their building is rebuilt. For many, this will mean crossing Lake City Way – a state highway – to get to school. The walk zone for Cedar Park (indicated in pink on the map) includes areas both east and west of Lake City Way, as well as areas south of NE 125th.  After the new Olympic Hills Elementary is opened, crossing Lake City Way (LCW)  &  NE 125th will remain an issue, since the enrollment boundary for the new Cedar Park Elementary crosses both arterials.


Walk zones for Seattle’s elementary schools are typically established by a 1 mile radius from the school, as the crow flies. However, the walk zone boundaries usually avoid crossing state highways or busy arterials where crosswalks are unavailable. For example, students who attend John Rogers Elementary but live east of Sand Point Way are eligible for yellow bus transportation, even though they live less than a mile from the school. At Olympic Hills, the current attendance area spans Lake City Way, but children living east of LCW are eligible for yellow bus transportation.

A family rushes to cross Lake City Way

A family rushes to cross Lake City Way

Sunday’s walk will be led by Katie Sheehy from the city’s Dept. of Planning and Development. Ms. Sheehy is currently involved with an urban design framework project for Lake City, so short-term and long-term ideas for improvements could be incorporated into that project. The walk will depart from Kaffeeklatsch (12513 Lake City Way NE) at 2:00pm.


If you’re interested in broader traffic safety issues for students, please consider joining the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee, which is currently seeking new members. This is a volunteer board that advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety. For more information visit the Council’s website.

Yoga Class to benefit local hunger program this Saturday

Packing Healthy HIP Packs

HIP volunteers packing Healthy HIP Packs at a monthly volunteer event. (photo courtesy of Craig P Stehling)

What better way to start your weekend than by doing yoga while helping to feed Lake City kids.

On Saturday, May 3rd, people are asked to join Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and Two Dog Yoga at their second annual benefit class to support the Healthy HIP Packs Program. This program sends home packs of nutritious foods with 130 children who do not have enough food at home. HIP works with two schools right here in Lake City – John Rogers Elementary and Olympic Hills Elementary.  There is a continued need to grow this program to more students and more schools in the area. And you can help by doing yoga this weekend.

Watch HIP’s new Healthy HIP Packs video to see the program in action.

What: An all-levels yoga class to benefit HIP
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:15 – 11:45 am
Where: Two Dog Yoga, 12549 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 367-9608
Suggested Donation: $25 (Please donate what you can. It’s for a good cause!)
Advanced Registration and Payment required. 
To Register, Click Here

*Space is limited to 40 and will be filled on a first come first served basis. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) a Lake City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.For more information visit www.hungerintervention.org

For more information on Two Dog Yoga, visit www.twodogyoga.com

School District Boundary Changes

Purple area indicates new middle school service area for Lake City

Last winter, voters approved the BEX (Building Excellence) IV levy to help fund Seattle schools. As a result, all Lake City area schools will see changes over the next few years. These include: building improvements, new buildings, addition of portables and boundary changes as the district works to accommodate changing capacities.


Seattle School District is currently seeking input on proposed boundary changes. Visit the district’s Walk the Boundaries website for detailed information (maps of middle school service areas and data maps showing existing APP, Spectrum, and Special Education stats). If you’d like to give feedback on the proposed changes, email GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org.


Several meetings are also being held throughout the district. If you’d like to participate, join the meeting this Tuesday at Nathan Hale:

September 24, 6:30–8 p.m.
Nathan Hale High School Commons
10750 30th Avenue NE
(Includes Spanish and Somali interpreters)


What Will the Changes Be?


Elementary Schools

Olympic Hills will be torn down and rebuilt to a new capacity of 650 students. During construction, Olympic Hills students will attend a newly reopened Cedar Park school.

Renovations at Cedar Park are underway to accommodate interim use by Olympic Hills students. After the interim use, the district plans to maintain Cedar Park as a neighborhood elementary school.

As a result, boundary changes are in the works for all three Lake City elementary schools. Click on the school name to see Draft Growth Boundary maps for each school:  John Rogers, Olympic Hills and the newly reopened Cedar Park.


K-8 Programs & Middle School

The Jane Addams K-8 ESTEM progam, currently housed in the Jane Addams building, will be relocated to the Pinehurst/AS-1 site. Plans are underway to tear down the current Pinehurst building and rebuild it to a new 680-capacity school.

The current plan is to co-house both the K-8 and new JAMS program at the Jane Addams site until the new Pinehurst building is ready. This will require addition of multiple portables.

To clarify – the “Jane Addams” name will stay with the current Jane Addams building and refer to the new Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) planned to open there next year. The current “Jane Addams K-8 ESTEM” program will remain a K-8 school focused on environmental science, but will be renamed when it moves to the Pinehurst site.

The district’s plans to address the current Pinehurst K-8 program are still unspecified. The new Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) will become the feeder middle school for all Lake City area schools. This includes: John Rogers, Cedar Park, Olympic Hills, as well as Olympic View. Currently, all of these schools feed to Eckstein Middle School.


Highly Capable Programs

The plans also call for changes to the district’s APP program (Accelerated Progress Program), currently housed at Lincoln. Olympic Hills elementary will serve as the pathway for APP students and will then feed into JAMS. This means JAMS will provide the APP option for students within the Jane Addams, Eckstein, and Hamilton Service Areas.

Two Dog Yoga benefit class to support Hunger Intervention Program project

Volunteers, including Harmony and Evan Coppi, pack food during a Healthy HIP Packs Program packing party. (seattlepi.com photo, used with permission)

Volunteers, including Harmony and Evan Coppi, pack food during a Healthy HIP Packs Program packing party. (seattlepi.com photo, used with permission)

Two Dog Yoga and the Hunger Intervention Program will offer an all-levels yoga class taught by Annie Stocker, owner of Two Dog Yoga, to benefit the Healthy HIP Packs Program. Space is limited to 25 and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

When: Saturday, March 23rd, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Where: Two Dog Yoga, 12549 28th Ave NE

Suggested Donation: $25 (Please donate what you can. It’s for a good cause!)

Advanced Registration and Payment required. Once you complete the registration form, you will be directed to HIP’s Donation Page (through PayPal) to complete payment.

To register click here.

Hunger Intervention Program expanding service to feed low-income school kids on weekends

Aidan Cummings, 8, tries to keep cereal packages from toppling over during a "Healthy HIP Packs" packing party at Lake City Presbyterian Church. The food is packed by volunteers coordinated by the Hunger Intervention Program for low-income students that rely on free and reduced school lunches during the week, but on weekends do not have proper nutrition at home. (seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

Aidan Cummings, 8, tries to keep cereal packages from toppling over during a “Healthy HIP Packs” packing party at Lake City Presbyterian Church. The food is packed by volunteers coordinated by the Hunger Intervention Program for low-income students that rely on free and reduced school lunches during the week, but on weekends do not have proper nutrition at home. (seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

Lake City’s Hunger Intervention Program has expanded its much-needed service that provides food on weekends to low-income students that rely on in-school free and reduced meals.

The program has expanded from serving low-income students at John Rogers Elementary to include students at Olympic Hills Elementary and Viewlands Elementary in Greenwood. The two schools added to the program have some of the highest rates of students in the district on the in-school free and reduced meal program.

The group hosts monthly packing parties at its headquarters at Lake City Presbyterian Church, where volunteers assemble meals for students. The “Healthy Hip Packs” are then discreetly given to students that need the nutrition on weekends when they are not getting meals from the schools.

The group’s efforts were profiled in the Seattle P-I on Wednesday.

From the P-I story:

When people think of low-income areas, they typically don’t think of this part of Seattle, said Murphy, program manager for HIP, during a packing party at the group’s headquarters at the Lake City Presbyterian Church. But Northeast Seattle, particularly Lake City, is home to many struggling and low-income families.

“This program is such an important resource for children when school meals are not available,” said Murphy.

The most recent data from Seattle Public Schools lists Olympic Hills Elementary’s free and reduced-cost students at 73 percent of the school’s population, Viewlands in Greenwood at 60 percent and John Rogers at 35 percent…

…The food in the packs emphasizes whole grains, milk, high-quality proteins, fresh fruits and products with no added sugars. Under current funding, the program hopes to provide weekend meals to up to 20 students at each of the newly added schools. Their goal is to increase that to 40 students per school for the 2013-2014 school year.

You can read more in the P-I story here, which includes photos of one of the group’s packing parties.

Update: KIRO/7 also featured the HIP Program in their Thursday newscast. You can see that story by clicking here.

Olympic Hills to be “Lab School” for Community

Curious about how reading is being taught these days?  Olympic Hills Elementary is hosting Seattle School District’s first ever “Lab School” for parents and community members showcasing Reader’s Workshop in action.   All parents and community members are invited to attend whether or not they have a student enrolled at Olympic Hills. Participants will be introduced to components of Reader’s Workshop and get to observe a classroom engaged in the workshop model from beginning to end.  This will be followed by a debriefing session with the teacher, school Literacy Coach, and the Principal.   The Readers Workshop curriculum provides a balanced literacy approach and is used at several Lake City area schools. This method of reading instruction was created by Dr. Lucy Calkins, a  literacy expert who continues her work at Teachers College, Columbia University through the Reading and Writing Project.   Due to the progression of topics covered, Olympic Hills administration requests that all participants attend the event for the entire duration.   Olympic Hills Elementary School Library 13018 20th Ave. NE Thursday, February 28th 9:00 am -10:30 am.

Lake City Lions Club Screens Students

  The Lake City Lions Club was out providing more community service yesterday. They helped staff this giant semi-truck health screening vehicle parked in front of Olympic Hills Elementary.   This health screening vehicle was purchased with donations from a variety of Lions Clubs and individuals. It is owned and operated by the NW Lions Foundation. In fact, it travels all over Washington and northern Idaho, providing hearing and vision screening for students and the general public. At each stop, local Lions Club members help staff the vehicle.         At Olympic Hills Elementary, Lake City Lions Club members were busily working, ushering students to and from the vehicle, keeping track of paperwork, and assuring each child’s needs were being met.

School Levies and Lake City

Have you received your February ballot?  Please vote YES on Prop 1 & on Prop 2!  These two levies are not new taxes–they are a continuation of expiring levies. A simple summary of the two levies is available here.  
What do these levies mean for Lake City area schools?
The Capital Levy (Prop 2) will help fund new construction and safety improvements at multiple Lake City area schools. The Seattle School District is facing severe capacity shortages, particularly in our NE corner of Seattle, just based on current enrollment. With projected enrollment included, the capacity issues worsen.  Without Prop 2 passing, we’ll see Lake City schools overcrowded and thriving programs dislocated or disbanded altogether. The Operations Levy (Prop 1) provides crucial support for everything from textbooks and transportation to student activities and support for bilingual and special education students. With schools bursting at the seams, whether or not the levies pass, the following Lake City area schools will be impacted:   Olympic Hills Elementary If the Capital Improvement Levy passes, Olympic Hills Elementary will receive a rebuilt and expanded school.  The Olympic Hills program would temporarily re-locate during construction – either to the currently closed Cedar Park site, or to another location. If the capital levy does not pass, Olympic Hills will not be rebuilt. Instead, neighbors would likely see a slew of portables added to house more students, putting additional strain on the school’s small infrastructure.   Cedar Park The Cedar Park site formerly housed a neighborhood elementary school, but has been leased to an artist cooperative for the last 30 years. Regardless of whether the levy passes or not, the school district plans to re-open this site. At a recent community meeting, Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, presented two scenarios: 1) if the levy passes, Cedar Park will be used as an interim site for Olympic Hills, then reopened as a permanent school, 2) if the levy fails, the district will need to reopen the school as soon as it can be made ready; a time crunch that will limit the district’s flexibility with how to redevelop the site.   Jane Addams To relieve overcrowding at Eckstein Middle School, the district will begin a comprehensive middle school at the Jane Addams site in fall of 2014, called Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS).  Currently, the Jane Addams site houses the Jane Addams K-8 option program (JAK8). It’s expected that these two programs may be co-housed at the site for one or more years. If the Capital Levy passes, the JAK8 program will be permanently relocated to a new facility at the existing Pinehurst site by 2017. If it doesn’t pass, it’s unclear what will happen to the JAK8 program. With JAMS will come a new middle school feeder pattern, with Olympic Hills, John Rogers and Sacajawea feeding into JAMS instead of Eckstein. This has raised equity concerns, as these elementary schools have much higher concentrations of low-income students than the elementary schools which will remain in the Eckstein feeder pattern. In a meeting last week, the School Board voted 4-3 to wait until 2014 to open JAMS in order to allow adequate planning time to address these concerns and bring this new school online.   Pinehurst  If the levy passes, the existing Pinehurst site will have a new facility built on it to house JAK8. District plans for the existing Pinehurst K-8 program aren’t specified, but the possibility of relocating it to the Cedar Park site was mentioned at the Cedar Park community meeting with Pegi McEvoy. If the levy doesn’t pass, the Pinehurst program may experience even more radical changes. It’s unclear what the district would do to relieve capacity issues, but almost certainly the Pinehurst site would get more students than it currently does.   John Rogers, Sacajawea & Jane Addams If the levy passes, these three schools will receive important seismic upgrades to improve earthquake safety.   In addition to benefiting Lake City area schools with new construction and seismic upgrades, these levies will also fund sorely needed projects in other areas of Seattle, such as replacement of the severely dilapidated Arbor Heights building.  If approved, these levies would equate to a $13/month increase for the owner of a $400,000 home. The following chart provides a comparison of how Seattle’s education levy tax rate stacks up against other cities:

*Levy rate chart available via www.seattleschools.org **Note:  With any school construction, the school district will work with the City of Seattle to address neighborhood impacts following SEPA and best practice protocols for community involvement.

Meeting tomorrow regarding new Olympic Hills school

For those who have not been following the Building Excellence IV plans, the proposal for Olympic Hills Elementary is for the current building to be demolished and replaced with a new building. There are significant changes proposed for other schools in the area as well. This will be a very large capital investment in our area and there will be opportunities ( like tomorrow night ) for us to provide Seattle Public Schools with the community feedback necessary for a successful redevelopment. 
Below is a repost from the Pinehurst Blog

SPS Capacity Management Meeting for NE Seattle
Northeast Community Meeting
Monday, December 17th 6:30-8pm
Olympic Hills Elementary School
13018 – 20th Avenue NE, Seattle WA 98125
Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Pegi McEvoy and School Board Director Sharon Peaslee will be attending an informal meeting to provide information and answer questions for the Northeast Region of school communities about capacity management, and the BEX IV plans for new schools in the region. School and neighborhood community members are invited.
Background Information:  SPS is currently working on short-term capacity management, and the New Assignment Plan Transition Plan for the 2013-14  school year.  The Transition Plan is scheduled to be finalized in late January, in time for 2013-14 open enrollment.  SPS will not begin interim planning until the Spring of 2013, with completion in time for open enrollment for the 2014-15 school year.  Interim capacity management is needed to bridge capacity shortages from the 2014-15 school year until BEXIV projects come online, and will involve interim housing for some school communities.
Planned Northeast-area projects, to funded by the upcoming BEXIV levy (if it passes), and the proposed timeline:
·        2016: New NE elementary school (650 seats) built adjacent to the existing Thornton Creek Elementary school (or equivalent capacity added at another location).
·        2017 (or 2016): New 680-720-seat K-8 building at Pinehurst site (tear-down/rebuild), to house the Environmental Sciences K-8 program currently housed in the Jane Addams building.  No plan has been announced for the current Pinehurst (AS-1) program.  The K-8 program is to remain in the building until their new building is ready, unless an alternative interim housing plan is announced.
·        2017: Jane Addams building repurposed as a comprehensive middle school (960-seats).  Interim housing of students within the Jane Addams Middle School feeder pattern could begin anytime between 2013 and 2017.  The location and implementation plan for the interim Jane Addams Middle School has not yet been announced.
·        2017: New building opens for Olympic Hills Elementary (500-650 –seat capacity).  The interim housing site for Olympic Hills has not been announced.