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Neighborhood art walk this evening, plant sale later this month

April 4th, 2017 by Mike

This evening is St. Catherine School’s Art Walk and Open House, starting at 6 p.m. at the school, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E.


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free dinner while you check out amazing student work, including the middle school science fair projects!

Please RSVP to

And, at month’s end, the Olympic View Elementary plant sale returns for the final Friday and Saturday of April.

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Two local elementary schools – Olympic View and Sacajawea – have requests

February 8th, 2017 by Mike

Kam writes: “I noticed there’s a Maple Leaf school- Sacajawea – raising money for books.

Here’s the link. There, teacher Mrs. Meir, pre-K through 2nd grade at Sacajawea Elementary School, explains why she’s asking for donations up to $599:

Our classroom has a daily book circle in which the teacher reads to the students. The students in our classroom also have free time with books in our book area during choice time. Handling books help them to develop an understanding that pictures tell a story as do the words.

Please support this very worthy project to help students from high poverty situations with special needs and some of whom are English Language Learners to benefit from wider variety of classroom literature.

For a complete list of the book titles and costs, follow the link:

Over at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., Melanie writes: 

ASK: The Olympic View PTA has generously funded the items needed to repair the lower playground rope/climbing net. Now what we need is “someone who is either by (1) a NPSI-Certified Playground Inspector (CPI), or (2) as a ‘community build’ under the direct supervision of an insured NPSI-CPI person.”

Are you that person or do you know someone who is? It would save the PTA an additional sum of money. Please contact if you can help!


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Olympic View book sale is this afternoon, Saturday

June 17th, 2016 by Mike

From Maple Leaf Parents:

The Olympic View “Summer Soar” Annual Children’s Used Book Sale is tomorrow Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View in the hallway in front of the main office. We have books for kids from birth to young adult. Prices are only 50¢-$2. Come and stock up on books for the summer!

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Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at

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It’s plant sale time!

April 26th, 2016 by Mike

Here come  the spring plant sales!

* This Friday and Saturday Olympic View Elementary School holds its 15th annual plant sale at the school, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on April 30th.

Nathan Hale High School’s spring plant sale is the following week, at 11051 34th Ave. N.E.

And the annual Master Gardner sale is May 7th and 8th, with a preview on May 6th, at the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St.

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Striking teachers to volunteer Friday on 9/11

September 10th, 2015 by Mike

Update: Support has been strong at the QFC, with donations totaling at least a dozen large boxes of food by 12:20 p.m., three hours after the drive here began.

Striking staff and students from Olympic View Elementary School collecting for the University Food Bank Friday morning at QFC, 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Update Sept. 11:

This just in: Roosevelt (High School) will be cleaning up trash around the school  starting at 9 a.m.. We will work our way to Cowen Park to pick up trash and pull weeds and invasive plants. At 1 p.m., we are having a potluck under the picnic canopy. We have invited the community to come and discuss the issues. Everyone is welcome!

Also, the Associated Press has written a story on Seattle  teachers and community service today. Here it is in the Huffington Post.


Kathi has posted on the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook site:

If no agreement is reached and the strike continues Friday, instead of walking the picket lines, SEA (Seattle Education Association) teachers and staff will be dedicating their time to community service in honor of 9/11.

Olympic View – SEA teachers and staff will be holding a food drive on Friday, September 11 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the following locations

Safeway: 7300 Roosevelt Way N.E.

QFC: 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Fred Meyer: 13000 Lake City Way N.E.

In addition, she says: “Hazel Wolf K-8 is giving blood at City Hall. Green Lake is volunteering at a women’s shelter in Ballard. Eckstein will be at Green Lake Park for grounds service. Olympic Hills is cleaning up neighborhood parks in Lake City.

“Sacajawea teachers are meeting in the park south of our school at 9 a.m. We are cleaning up around the neighborhood, including the stairs that lead down to LCW. We are also walking the safe routes to school and cleaning those routes.

“Northgate Elementary will be at Northacres Park picking up trash. JAMS (Jane Addams Middle School) teachers will be doing volunteer work: splitting between the UW arboretum or joining Eckstein’s teachers for a Greenlake clean-up. A lot of JAMS teachers will also be donating blood tomorrow. Nathan Hale is donating blood at Bloodworks NW.”

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The coyote of Maple Leaf?

January 20th, 2015 by Mike

Greg emails under the subject line: “Coyote spotted in Maple Leaf”:

Not sure if someone else sent this tip in, but we saw this guy last Thursday on the corner of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th street at 8:20am. He looked pretty happy and comfortable…not sure if he is a regular.

Given that Thornton Creek cuts though Maple Leaf, this seems possible.

(Maybe he’s on his way to class at Olympic View Elementary.)

Any other sitings?

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Two personal notes to Maple Leaf neighbors

May 4th, 2014 by Mike

Notes about last week’s Olympic View book sale and about Fine Impressions Gallery.

At the book sale, we purchased (for a gift) a fine copy of “Mapmaker’s Art,” seen at right.

Inside we found a handwritten note concerning the family tree of a previous owner, and signed “Love, Mom.”

If the previous owner would like that note returned, just tell us.

The other note is from Fine Impressions, which faces loosing their picture framer for the past 13 years.

“The landlord is selling the building. She does not drive, so we are looking for somewhere within walking distance of the gallery,” Carol writes. “Mai Ling suggested we contact you to find the grapevine.”


Looking for neat, quiet, sunny (for Seattle) place in the Maple Leaf, Green Lake, Ravenna, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge area. Woman, professional picture framer(Maple Leaf )and artist, neat and quiet, no pets (but pet friendly), no car, single. Willing to assist with gardening. Over ten years at current address (owner selling building). Prefer under $950 with utilities. Thanks for your consideration.

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Olympic View plant + book sale this weekend

April 24th, 2014 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School’s highly popular plant sale has been combined with its annual used book sale this year, and both are this Friday and Saturday.

Together, they’ve been rebranded Books & Blooms, and as usual will take place at the school, 504 N.E. 95th St.

Hours are:

Friday Blooms 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Books 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Books and Blooms 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A flier about the event is here. (pdf)

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Don’t forget about tonight’s Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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