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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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The (re)return of the Maple Leaf coyote

October 26th, 2015 by Mike

Laure emails over the weekend:

“Pretty cool thing happening in our neighborhood: This is the second time in a week that we’ve seen a coyote in our backyard!

“The first time was last Friday at sunrise (around 7 a.m.), just passing through our yard. The second time was today while eating lunch. It was at first hiding behind the trees so we went in the back to see if it was the coyote or just the neighbor dog, and we saw it running away in the bushes just behind our house (running towards the forest west of the Sacajawea grass area). We live just next to Sacajawea school, on 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 96th St.

“Bring your pets inside at night, our neighbor just lost his cat and suspects now it was the coyote. The coyote looks well fed and in good health (although I’m not a vet…).

Previous coyote sightings here were in September, April and January, all of this year. That’s the January coyote in the photo.

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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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Comment by tomorrow on new school boundaries

October 20th, 2013 by master

UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.

We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:

Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.

In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.

But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: [Read more →]

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Foggy start for International Walk To School Day at Sacajawea

October 9th, 2013 by Mike

Photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger

Maple Leaf photographer Dane Doerflinger sent us these photos of Sacajawea Elementary School students heading out to school in this morning’s fog.

It’s part of International Walk to School Day (you can go by bike as well).

The Sacajawea walk was supported by parent volunteers, the Blue Saucer and Trader Jo’s.

Additional photos are on Dane’s SmugMug page.

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Maple Leaf family escapes fire with only pajamas, needs assistance

March 10th, 2013 by Mike

Update 3/13: The family wish list has been updated and converted into a Google Doc, (click through once): Wish List. Also, as of this morning the chickens were still there. -Mike


A little over a week ago both Lisa and MsDedy messaged us just after 11 p.m.: “Anyone know what all the sirens are about?”

We do now. The sirens were the sounds of fire trucks racing to an occupied home in the1200 block of Northeast 100th Street. The first engines arrived within minutes late on March 1 and called for more help. Within a half-hour, 19 trucks or other fire units had responded, including a public information officer.

Photo courtesy Seattle Fire Department/John Odegard

“At 10:54 p.m. a call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire at a house located in the 1200 block of NE 100th Street. A mother and two children safely evacuated the home by the time firefighters arrived,” the fire department reports on its Fire Line Web site.

The family says their lives may have been saved by their dog, Hank, who alerted them before the smoke alarm went off. “He is our hero,” emails Lucinda King, the mom.

The first arriving engine company found flames shooting from the back and side of the one-story home with basement. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to vent off the smoke and hot gases inside the house. It took about an hour to fully extinguish the flames. One firefighter received minor burns while fighting the fire. Medics transported the firefighter to Harborview Medical Center where the firefighter received treatment and was released.

After extinguishing the fire, crews found a deceased dog inside the residence.

The fire investigator called it an accidental fire caused by an overheated electrical outlet. The damage estimate is $150,000.

The family – Lucinda and her two girls – made it out  of the house wearing only their pajamas. Their cat Banzo (Garbanzo) also survived. “Everyone on 100th knows him, as he considers himself the official ambassador,” Lucinda emails.

The Kings were initially assisted by the Red Cross, and are now staying at the Silver Cloud Inn just north of University Village, at 5036 25th Ave. N.E.

Now they need the neighborhood’s help, with everything from a place to stay to a temporary home for their chickens: Sunny, Violet and Klaus.

Here is their Wish List. (Click through once.) Donations can be delivered to the Silver Cloud front desk, or if bulky to a location in Wallingford. The contact there is Karla:

Cash donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank to the account named Lucinda “Cindy Malone” King & Family Benefit Fund. Donations are also being collected at Sacajawea Elementary School.

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Sacajawea Elementary invites you to the Love Boat

March 5th, 2013 by master

This weekend, Maple Leaf’s Sacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Love Boat Spring Auction, and you’re invited.

The annual event from 5-11 p.m. March 9 at The Great Hall at Green Lake, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., features both a silent and a live auction, with all proceeds benefiting students at the school. According to the Sacajawea PTA, it collects 60 percent of its funding at the auction, and that the money will go toward support the school’s reading tutors, afterschool programs in theater and music, curriculum enrichment funds and more.

Although tickets to the dinner are sold out, standing room tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.

Last year’s auction. Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.

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Math and Science Fair returns to Sacajawea

February 6th, 2013 by master

Experience feats of brain strength Feb. 13 at Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., during the Maple Leaf school’s annual Math and Science Fair.

From 6-7:30 p.m., you’re invited to view the more than 150 science and math exhibits created by the students of Sacajawea, as well as exhibits from organizations including UW Neurosciences, The Audubon Society, IslandWood Outdoor Education Center, The Burke Museum and Lice Knowing You.

The event concludes with the catapult egg launch contest from 7:30-8 p.m. on the lower playground (rain or shine), which will pit Sacajawea students against one another to see whose entry (built from a standard kit of materials) can fly the farthest, while still protecting its delicate cargo.

To top it all off, Dante’s Inferno Dogs will be selling gourmet sausages, chips and drinks (cash or credit cards accepted, with a 25 cent service charge for credit cards under $10 ).

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Sacajawea Move-a-Thon is complete – raised funds for playground

November 3rd, 2012 by Mike

All photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

Sacajawea Elementary School has now completed its Move-a-Thon to raise money for the upper playground.

From an email by the organizer:

The Move-a-Thon is an all-school event, every student is walking/running for 20 minutes. They sought pledges per/lap and flat donations from family and friends. All students will receive a T-shirt that has been completely paid for by sponsorships of local businesses! The design is by a fifth grade student – they turned out GREAT!

Sacajawea, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., has been planning and fundraising to improve the park for months.

The list of sponsors for the October event includes:


Sacajawea Family business owners:

1. The Watershed Company, Dan Nickel

2. Pitcher Painting, Patrick Pitcher

And our community sponsors:

3. Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation

4. The Eye Site

5. State Farm of Laurelhurst

6. Kumon @ University Village

7. Site Workshop

8. PacLand Civil Engineering

9. Blossoming Buds Cottage

10. Polyclinic

11. Design One

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Welcome back to school! (Watch those school zones!)

September 6th, 2012 by Mike

First day at Maple Leaf’s Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E. Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.

Thanks to neighbor Dane for sending along this photo, which we are using as a reminder that reduced-speed school zones are back in force throughout the area – and will be enforced.

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