News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


No school Tuesday; talks continue

September 13th, 2015 by Mike

Although talks between eductors and the Seattle School District continue, classes have been canceled for Monday.

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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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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

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Update: No school Thursday – Seattle teachers launch first strike in 30 years

September 9th, 2015 by Mike

This morning outside Olympic View Elementary School.

Update 3:30 p.m.: The school district has canceled classes Thursday as the strike continues.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is following the school strike here.

The Seattle Education Association web site is here.

The Seattle Public Schools web site is here.

An option for school-less kids is here.

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All-day kids’ camp if teachers strike Wednesday

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

The Northgate, Meadowbrook and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers will hold all-day camps for school-age kids if Seattle teachers strike next week.

The three locations in northeast Seattle are among 16 throughout the city that will stay open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 9-11 in the event of a strike.

The Northgate Center, the only one in Maple Leaf proper, is at 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

There will be no costs to parents.

Details from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are here.

Additionally, all locations of The Seattle Public Library are open regular hours and Library staff members are ready to support students and families with resources and programs. Visit or call 206-386-4636 to find out the nearest library, the hours of operation and scheduled programs.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story, complete with illuminating comments, here.

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Northgate, Ravenna-Eckstein picked as day care centers in event of Seattle teacher strike

August 31st, 2013 by Mike

As negotiations continue over whether Seattle schools will open as planned Wednesday, the city has announced it will open 20 community centers to provide free day care for some children during the work day.

They include the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6536 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Although the city is characterizing the service as “drop-in,” it is limited to children on free or reduced lunch programs, and registration is required.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted as space permits each day. All students must have a completed registration form, which can be obtained at open community centers starting this weekend, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or online at A registration form still must be printed and brought to the community center if registration has been done online. Parents can secure a spot for their child in advance by going to beginning Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., but those spaces will not be held past 9:00 a.m. each day of the drop-in service.

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