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Olympic View PTA has a request

February 1st, 2017 by Mike

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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Parade of Costumes returns! (plus a carnival at Olympic View)

October 22nd, 2015 by Mike

Update 9 a.m. There’s a Facebook page, too.

This came overnight from Donna Hartmann-Miller:

Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Rain or Shine — so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.

The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, at the north end of the parking lot at Rick’s Chevron, winding thru and trick-or-treating and ending at Maple Leaf Park. Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1.25 miles and will hopefully take about an hour to walk, including the trick-or-treating), whatever works with your schedule, walking endurance, and the length of your legs.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. If you don’t live along the route and would like to hand out treats, meet us at the end of the parade at the park. How many participants? Plan on 150, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 25th, 3 p.m.

Start Point: Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street

End Point: Maple Leaf Park [

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Stop by the Summer Soar Used Book Sale

May 31st, 2013 by master

Books for all ages will abound tomorrow at Olympic View Elementary School, where Day 2 of their Summer Soar Used Book Sale continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

Near closing of the kickoff event Friday, these were the titles that greeted customers at the door.

Photo courtesy Aiko Schaefer.

But there also were plenty or genres beyond popular fiction, including children’s books, books on travel, animals or cooking, DVDs, audiobooks for all ages and more.

Best of all, there’s nothing to feel guilty about since books you buy at this fundraiser will not only benefit your bookshelf, but also the students at Olympic View Elementary.

Don’t worry if you miss the May 31-June 1 book sale. Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View PTA says the event could very likely become an annual event to kick off summer in Maple Leaf after this year’s generous donation of books. Start saving books to donate now!

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More Maple Leaf trick-or-treating news

October 16th, 2012 by master

In addition to return of the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, there are quite a few other happenings taking place to honor Halloween and the abrupt beginning of fall:

  • Olympic View Elementary’s annual Fall Carnival returns from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, offering an afternoon filled with games, prizes, food and fun for the whole family. There are creative and fun game-booths where kids of every age can play for prizes, including a cake walk where anyone can win a Halloween cake. The event also has food, drinks and snacks, and don’t forget to come in costume! Proceeds go to the Olympic View PTA, which provides student enrichment programs, scholarships to help students  participate in school functions, and family engagement activities.
  • This Charming Candy is also bringing back its Grown-Up Trick-or-Treat event from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Wandering Cafe at 7533 Lake City Way N.E. Owner Susan Dziadosz tells us,
  • This Charming Candy had so much fun giving out lollipops last year, we’re doing it again! Whether you’re in costume or not, drop by our lollipop kitchen on Monday Oct 29 between 4-7, exclaim “Trick or Treat!” and pick out the sucker of your choice. We call it “Grown-up Trick or Treat” but all ages are welcome of course!

  • Zillow has ranked Seattle No. 4 on the nation’s list of the best places to go trick-or-treating, and within Seattle, our neighbors to the south in Roosevelt were ranked the city’s fifth-best neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. Brace yourself for possible spillover on Halloween!

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Get out your sequins for Olympic View Elementary's annual gala auction!

March 13th, 2012 by master

Are you ready to walk the red carpet to help benefit Maple Leaf’s own Olympic View Elementary? 

On March 31, the school located at 504 N.E. 95th St. is holding its annual gala auction: “Red Carpet Stars: Ensuring a Bright Future for Olympic View.” The theme is “Hollywood,” so expect guests to be dressed in their finest pearls and sequins!

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event takes place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.  

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased through Olympic View PTA Fundraising Director Alisa Penttila at

Money raised at the auction supports before- and afterschool enrichment programs, field trip and camp scholarships, instrumental music, and reading and math tutors.

Learn more about auction items and other details via the Olympic View Seattle Auction Facebook page

Questions? Auction Chair Michelle Schewe can be reached at

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Halloween festivities begin this weekend

October 20th, 2011 by master

Although Halloween is still more than a week away, you can spread out the festivities starting with myriad events taking place this weekend:

  • The fun begins Saturday at Northgate Mall, where little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are invited to the annual Simon Kidgits Halloween Bash. The event, from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ben Bridge Court, is free for Simon Kidgits Club members; annual membership cost is $5 and is payable at the event or at Simon Guest Services near JCPenney. Activities include making spooky hand-print spiders, lollipop ghosts and a parade around the mall with the Radio Disney Road Crew.

  • If the little ones aren’t tired after that, head over to Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., for the sixth annual Olympic View Fall Carnival, from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the school’s gymnasium and parking lot. There will be food, games, prizes and crafts, plus pie-eating contests and a cakewalk. Family ticket packs are available in advance from the PTA or at the door.
  • On Sunday, Oct. 23, The Little Gym of Seattle, 7777 15th Ave. N.E., is opening its doors up to nonmembers from 5-6 p.m. for its annual Halloween party. Nonmembers are asked to donate at least $5 per child to Costumes are requested, as is preregistration by calling (206) 524-2623.
  • The festivities continue Halloween weekend at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which has a Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, followed by a Toddler Halloween Play Time from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Both play times are for kids ages 6 months to 5 years, and will include trikes, scooters, bounce houses, balls and more along with a special Halloween treat. Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party is specifically geared toward twins and triplets. Cost for each event is $3 per child.
  • If you’re willing to stray just outside Maple Leaf’s borders, Mystery Machine clued us in to the annual Licton Springs Halloween Party, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at Licton Springs Park, 9536 Ashworth Ave. N. Just as the sky begins to darken, children follow the paths around the wetland, which is full of adult “Friends of the Forest” holding jack-o-lanterns and giving candy treats to the trick-or-treaters. For more information, contact the Licton Springs Community Council.
  • Also on Halloween day, Maple Leaf community members are hoping to continue what would be the third annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes. Stay tuned and we’ll get you the details as soon as we have them. If you’d like to pencil it in, the event previously took place from 3-5 p.m. and was centered around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street. But Halloween is on Monday this year so the time could change.
  • And not to leave out the adults who still like to celebrate Halloween, This Charming Candy is hoping you’ll to stop by The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., for “Grown-up Trick-or-Treating” from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Co-owner Susan Dziadosz writes: “How long has it been since you’ve personally knocked on someone’s door and exclaimed, ‘Trick or Treat!’ This Charming Candy knows you deserve a 10-minute treat, so we’re inviting kids of all ages to visit us in our lollipop kitchen. Everyone who stops by gets a free lollipop!” 

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Two election forums coming up at Olympic View Elementary

September 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Candidates for four positions on the Seattle School Board are expected at an election forum hosted by Olympic View Elementary School. Discussion of the proposed Families and Education Levy is also on the agenda.

The forum is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the school’s cafeteria at 504 N.E. 95th St.

“Meet the candidates and learn more about the issues—including pros and cons about the levy. Bring your questions!” states the sponsor, the Olympic View Parent Teacher Association. Free child care is provided.

For more information contact the PTA’s Carolyn Leith ( or (206) 375-2441. The election is Nov. 8.

And don’t forget about the candidate forum at the Maple Leaf General Community Meeting the following week, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the same location.

Although the school board won’t be represented at the meeting (the board has its own meeting that night), nearly all of the Seattle City Council candidates have confirmed; incumbent Sally Clark won’t be able to make it and Dian Ferguson hadn’t responded as of Sept. 21.

The community council has surveyed city council candidates here.

Tim Eyman also is expected to attend the Oct. 19 meeting. An Eyman-sponsored measure that would restrict the use of transportation tolls was leading 50-31 percent in a recent statewide poll.

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