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No school Friday, either (but a work party this weekend at Sacajawea)

September 10th, 2015 by Mike

This afternoon the Seattle School District announced that all schools will remain closed Friday.

The Seattle Times has continuing coverage here.

Meanwhile, Alex emails:

The new Sacajawea Elementary School playground is in the final stages of being built, and is still in need of a number of volunteers to come help assemble the last of the equipment this Saturday (and perhaps Sunday).

Apparently, a number of teachers who were expected to give a hand have been told by the district they should remain off school grounds while the strike continues, Alex says he was told.

Here’s the original announcement:

Playground Assembly by PTA

The new playground needs to be assembled. Two work parties are scheduled, please lend a hand and let’s get this playground ready for the kids.

The build will begin at 8 AM

we need 30-40 volunteers

kids can help too

dress for the weather (Sat. 9/12 forecast sunny with high of 73)

we welcome donations of snacks or drinks if you yourself cannot work

we will be building play equipment & moving materials

we could use a few people handy with tools but no skills required

Lunch will be provided

www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4cada72ba2ff2-playground

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Sacajawea Elementary seeking donations for annual auction

March 12th, 2012 by master

Maple Leaf’s Sacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., is looking to its neighbors for help with its upcoming annual auction, “Shanghai Nights,” on April 28. We’re helping spread the word:

Shanghai Nights is an Asian-themed evening of fun and fundraising in support of our wonderful, hard-working students, and any help from our neighbors in the community would be much appreciated! If you have any items you would like to donate (gift certificates, services, physical items, etc…it’s a terrific way to introduce your business to over to 200 local parents), please let us know and we will be happy to drop by for a visit! We will also have parents out in the area asking for donations over the next few weeks; please give them a hand if you can!

If you’d like to donate or have questions, contact Connie at constanze@villinesfamily.com or Ann at 206-525-5860.

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Sacajawea Playground & Park planning continues

February 28th, 2012 by master

If you’re not already involved in the public planning process to improve the playground and park just south of Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., the second of three public design meetings is from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 29, in the school’s lunch room.

SiteWorkshop, the design firm creating the master plan for the project, will present three rough design concepts based on feedback from the Jan. 31 meeting, but your feedback is still needed. Sacajawea says in its public invitation:

Come for their presentation, then ask questions, offer feedback, and learn more about how this project will move forward. We’ll have art supplies out for kids, and the steering committee will provide potluck snacks. Please help to spread the word to any friends and neighbors whom you think might be interested. Questions? Contact Tracy Patton at tracy_patton@msn.com. Thanks for your participation!

Can’t make the meeting? Give your feedback online.

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Stop by Sacajawea Math and Science Fair tonight

February 16th, 2012 by master

Experience feats of brain strength tonight 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. Thursday, Feb. 16, 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 only, please).

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Help plan Sacajawea park tonight

January 31st, 2012 by Mike

There’s a little-known  bit of green space just south of Sacajawea Elementary School, and tonight there’s a meeting over how to improve both it and the school’s upper playground.

According to the project’s website:

The school’s current play structure and asphalt surface are in extremely poor and unsafe condition, and both the playground and adjacent city park suffer from poor drainage issues from the connecting wetland that is contributory to Thornton Creek.

The meeting, from 6-8 p.m. at the school’s lunchroom, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., “is intended to gather community input and ideas and to discuss where to focus funding, with the wetland area being key.”

More details are available at the project website, but they are promising free pizza and activities for the kids attending!

If you can’t attend the meetings but would like to share your ideas or ask a question, fill out a feedback form. Thanks!

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Sidewalk construction on Lake City Way

December 19th, 2011 by Mike

By Mwiza Kalisa

In most of Maple Leaf sidewalks end around Northeast 85th Street, but a new stretch of sidewalk going in on Lake City Way this spring proves there is still hope that the North End will someday become more pedestrian-friendly.

The new sidewalk, bridging a span of Lake City Way from the staircase at Northeast 95th Street, is connected to a six-unit housing development being built at Northeast 95h between Lake City Way and 20th Avenue Northeast.

The Maple Leaf Community Council and neighbors have been actively supporting the sidewalk addition, which will provide safer access to nearby Sacajawea Elementary School, among other schools and bus stops.

Initially the developer had no plans to construct a sidewalk, arguing that since the houses wouldn’t have access to Lake City Way, a sidewalk didn’t have to be built. But with plans to convert the staircase just west of Northeast 95th into a driveway for a development, the Maple Leaf Community Council ensured that the city require the sidewalk.

“Because sidewalk funds are so limited in the city, as neighborhood advocates you resign  yourselves to the fact that you take what you can get,” said David Miller, a member of the council’s executive board. “We didn’t get everything that we wanted, but you never do. We get a sidewalk on Lake City Way, which never would have happened any other way.”

Many community members, especially parents, are concerned about the impacts of the construction site. Parents are worried about the safety of their children at Sacajawea, located on 20th Avenue Northeast.

Scott Kemp, a city senior land use planner at the Department of Planning and Development, said that the school district has expressed similar concerns. To protect schoolchildren during construction, the developer has proposed to improve the intersection of 20th Avenue and 95th street. [Read more →]

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Staircase at 20th Ave. and 98th St. repaired for now

April 8th, 2011 by master

It may not be as pretty as in its heyday last summer, but the multicolored wood now making up the staircase at 20th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street is better than the gaping hole that was in its place a week ago.

And there there will be more to come. Marybeth Turner with the Seattle Department of Transportation tells us repairs are done for now, but that this is just a temporary fix until crews can make a permanent repair when school is not in session. The staircase, which travels north over Thornton Creek from 98th Street to Northeast 100th Street, is near Sacajawea Elementary School and is used by many of its students.
 
Turner adds that the stairway was damaged by slope erosion two weeks ago.

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A “walking school bus” at Sacajawea Elementary

October 2nd, 2010 by Mike

Next Wednesday the students at Sacajawea Elementary will commute to school en masse as part of International Walk to School Month.

We’re sure it won’t look like this photo, taken in May as students in costume paraded as part of  an arts festival. But it should be impressive.

Sacajawea is one of six elementary schools in the Seattle School District touting walking to school as a physical activity. They will have assistance from Feet First, a local non-profit organization experienced with developing Safe Routes to School programs.

“Walking school buses,” the district says, are “essentially groups of children and parents walking to school together.”

Sacajawea will have four such “buses,” with kids joining in along the way, followed by snacks in the school cafeteria.

Students will receive information on how to walk safely, and will also get a “blinky light” with the school name on it. In addition, the school will offer bike-to-school groups for students who want to ride their bicycles.

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A "walking school bus" at Sacajawea Elementary

October 2nd, 2010 by Mike

Next Wednesday the students at Sacajawea Elementary will commute to school en masse as part of International Walk to School Month.

We’re sure it won’t look like this photo, taken in May as students in costume paraded as part of  an arts festival. But it should be impressive.

Sacajawea is one of six elementary schools in the Seattle School District touting walking to school as a physical activity. They will have assistance from Feet First, a local non-profit organization experienced with developing Safe Routes to School programs.

“Walking school buses,” the district says, are “essentially groups of children and parents walking to school together.”

Sacajawea will have four such “buses,” with kids joining in along the way, followed by snacks in the school cafeteria.

Students will receive information on how to walk safely, and will also get a “blinky light” with the school name on it. In addition, the school will offer bike-to-school groups for students who want to ride their bicycles.

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