Daily Bulletin

Bulletin for Responsible Scholars, Wednesday 4/11/12

Welcome to Eckstein


We are creating a Community of Lifelong Learners!


4/2-5/24 Spring CLC Session
4/9-4/13 Spirit Week with an ASB Celebration Assembly on 4/13
4/12 Band/Choir/Jazz/Orch/Vocal Jazz Performances, 7:30p.
4/13 **Eckstein Bikes Donut Day
4/13 **6th Grade Dance, 2:30-4:00p. 
4/16-20 No School, Spring Break
4/24 Anti-Bullying Assembly.  Parent Informational Meeting in the evening.
5/7 **Band Parent Meeting, 7:30p, Room 118
5/8 **Orchestra Parent Meeting, 7:00p, Room 117
5/10 Eckstein’s Science Night, 6:00-8:00p
5/11 and 12 Eckstein Musical Performances, 7:00p.
5/16 District-wide Early Dismissal, 12:20p
5/28 Memorial Day – No School


Eckstein PTSA Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 in the school library.  Please join us on 5/14 or 6/11.  All are welcome!


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** 6th Grade Dance, Fri, April 13th  2:30 – 4:00 pm:  As a prize for being the top-selling class during Eckstein’s fall magazine sale fundraiser, the 6th grade class earned a school dance to be held on the Friday before spring break (4/13).  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone or can contribute bottled water or snacks (chips, pretzels, mini-bagels, cookies, etc.), please contact LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.orgStudents will receive permission slips this week that need to be signed by a parent/guardian and in their hands at the door to enter the dance.



**If your child is sick, have them STAY AT HOME until he/she has been fever-free (under 100) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.  This includes staying away from school, child care or other gatherings.


Seattle Public Schools Resource List for 2012 Summer Semester Programs:  This information is provided as a resource and does not constitute an endorsement for any organization or program.  It is the responsibility of parents/students to decide whether a particular organization or program is appropriate for their needs.  http://ecksteineagles.org/files/2012/04/2012-Summer-Semester-Resource-List.pdf


This week is spirit week at Eckstein (April 9-13). Here is the schedule:

  • Monday – Western Day
  • Tuesday – Crazy hair day
  • Wednesday – Twin Day (find a twin and dress alike!)
  • Thursday – Pajama day
  • Friday – Grade Level Colors Day
    • 6th grade – Wear White
    • 7th grade – Wear Blue
    • 8th grade – wear Black

The week will culminate with Spirit Assembly during 6th period on Friday. Go Eagles.


Eckstein Bikes Donut Day – Friday 4/13:  Encourage your kids to ride their bikes to school and we’ll meet them at the bike cage with a Top Pot donut and a cup of hot cider between 7:00 & 7:40.  With Bike to School month around the corner, it’s time to get rolling! Have your kids tell their friends to help get the word out.  Cheers and hope to see your kids next Friday!  The Eckstein Bikes! Team  Eckstein Bikes Facebook page is facebook.com/Ride2Class


Last Day of School for Students (as of 4/5/12) is June 22:  The Seattle School Board decided on Wednesday night (4/4) to extend the school year by two days to make up for January’s inclement weather. The last day of school will be Friday, June 22.  Seattle students lost three days of school in January because of unsafe winter weather conditions. One day was made up on Jan. 27.  In the next few days the administration will discuss the end-of-year activities.  The 8th Grade Cruise has been moved to the last day of school, 6/22.  Stay-tuned.


April PTSA Meeting Update:  Please note that Eckstein’s April PTSA meeting is a board meeting and closed to general membership.  The board will be preparing the annual budget and making plans for recruiting next year’s officers. All meeting information will be posted on the website and shared at the next general PTSA meeting in May. 



Current Volunteer Opportunities at Eckstein:

To volunteer, please contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org


Chaperones Needed for 6th Grade Dance, Fri, April 13th  2:30 – 4:00 pm:  As a prize for being the top-selling class during Eckstein’s fall magazine sale fundraiser, the 6th grade class earned a school dance to be held on the Friday before spring break (4/13).  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone or can contribute bottled water or snacks (chips, pretzels, mini-bagels, cookies, etc.), please contact LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org.


Student Store:   We are looking for volunteers willing to investigate the possibility of an Eckstein student store: What would it sell?  When would it be open? Where would it be located?  Let us know if this is an idea that interests you and you’d like to help make it happen! 


Hall Parents:  Once a week or every other week, Tues or Thurs 11:10 – 12:40 / Mon, Wed or Fri 10:50 – 12:20.  Our fantastic Hall Parents have made a big difference in Eckstein’s lunchtime atmosphere this year, but a few of them have had schedule changes this winter and we’re in need of additional volunteers. Hall Parents provide an adult presence at lunch, keeping students safe and where they need to be. Volunteering as a Hall Parent can be a great opportunity to find out more about what middle school life is all about at Eckstein. Please consider supporting our staff and students in this important way! Three additional volunteers needed per day.


Tutors:  Help support a student in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies or Science!  Even one hour a week can make a real difference for a struggling student!  No tutoring experience is needed – just a little patience and a desire to help a student be more successful in school.

To volunteer, please contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org



The Art Department is in need of shoe boxes.  If you have any shoe boxes you would like to donate we would really appreciate it.  We are will be using the boxes the first week in May.  You can either drop them in the Main Office or bring them to room 125.  Thank you very much.  Mary Wellehan


The Spring CLC Session will run from April 2nd – May 24th.  Completed forms are due in the Main Office on Tuesday, 3/27 :  Registration forms are out and due back on Tuesday, 3/27. Forms are in the Main Office or you can download them at www.ecksteineagles.org/clc




Roosevelt Youth Soccer Camp:  The camp is the RHS men’s program major fundraising effort and will be held Monday-Thursday of Spring Break (April 16-19). Camp is open to both girls and boys grades 1 through 6. The camp is a great chance for both the high school students to give back to the soccer community and the younger players to see that they can play at a high school level and be mentored by some really outstanding kids both scholastically and physically.  For information and registration forms visit www.rooseveltsoccer.comhttp://www.rooseveltsoccer.com  Information contact- Tina Carpenter dtcarp@comcast.net


Roosevelt High School Band Booster Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, featuring the Rough Rider Band under the direction of Scott Brown:  Date:   Friday, April 13, Time:   6pm – 8pm, Location:  Roosevelt High School Commons; enter from the parking lot on 12th Avenue NE, Tickets:  $10 per person – RSVP to reserve a space.  The RHS Band Boosters are making Friday 13th a lucky day! Come and experience the amazing sound of the RHS Marching Band under the direction of Scott Brown, and enjoy a spaghetti dinner along with delicious desserts provided by the Boosters – all while helping raise money for the band program, including scholarship funds. At just $10 a ticket, how lucky can you be?  Tickets will be sold at the door, but please RSVP to reserve a space. It’s going to be a fun night with great music and fantastic food. We’ll even be raffling off a very sweet gift basket donated by The Confectionery!  For reservations, contact – Mina Wirth, minaroxanne@gmail.com



Letter from the School Board:  Regarding the search for a new superintendent.  http://ecksteineagles.org/files/2012/03/Letter-from-the-School-Board-3-23-12.pdf


The Eckstein Library recently mailed home overdue and, in some instances, fine notices to all Eckstein students.  We have done this in an attempt to reclaim and/or replace lost or missing materials before the school year ends.  Please help your students look for both Eckstein Library books AND books that may have been borrowed from classroom libraries.  Currently, of the 2,190 books checked out from the EMS Library, 993 are overdue; totaling $9,635.37.  Please help us keep our collection moving!


Anecdotally, of the 3 titles in the Hunger Games series (33 copies in the EMS Library), 16 are overdue and an additional 17 are checked out to students.  We’d love to have the books back when students are done reading them – we have others who are waiting.  Thank you!  Rebecca Wynkoop


Yearbook Sales will temporarily close after 4/13  and will restart on 4/30 for accounting:   Students can place their order in the Main Office at lunch by bringing a check made out to Eckstein Middle School or cash in the amount of $30.00 (names will not be engraved on the cover). Yearbooks will be sold until they run out.  Yearbooks arrive at the end of the school year.  Any questions, please email Kathy Sherman (kasherman@seattleschools.org).


We have started our Science Projects for Science Night 2012! This will be an exciting opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to further develop their science skills around a topic they have a passion for, challenge themselves as a scientist, and teach others about what they have learned. There will be two opportunities for students to showcase their work:


1)   Thursday, May 10th at Eckstein’s “SCIENCE NIGHT”: this event will be from 6:00- 8:00 PM in the “science wing” at Eckstein where students will display their work and/or give presentations.


2)   Thursday, June 7th at the Museum of Flight for the Seattle Public Schools “Science of Discovery” science fair: this event will include displays of our top “Science Night” projects along with hundreds of student projects from throughout the district, scientist judges, a lecture from a prominent local scientist, and an awards ceremony (and free admission to the museum). More detailed information TBA.


All students are asked to bring their family and friends along to participate in the fabulous, informative and exciting “SCIENCE NIGHT”. **If you would like to volunteer to help set up, take down or monitor a classroom during this event, please contact LauraLeigh Young, Volunteer Coordinator, at (206) 252-5010. Thank you for your support!!


Your input is needed!  Parents and guardians of Eckstein students, please take a quick (less than 5 minutes) anonymous online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EcksteinParentSurvey.  The survey will help guide future activities for Eckstein families that provide information about supporting healthy teen development.  If you have questions about the survey, please contact the Prevention WINS coalition coordinator at inga.manskopf@seattlechildrens.org.  For information about Prevention WINS, visit www.PreventionWorksInSeattle.orgThank you! 


Varsity Volleyball Practices:  Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45-5:00.  Coaches: Head Coaches Leslie and LaMar Hurd and Assistant Coach Rachel Desler.


Track Practices:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:00p.  Coaches Sean Baughn and Dharma Beatty.


Boy Soccer Update:  Tryouts are the first week are Tuesday (2/14) and Thursday (2/16) from 2:35-4:05.  After that practices will always be Monday and Thursday at the same time.  All paperwork must be turned in before a student can practice.  The first varsity game is March 3rd, the JV usually follow the next week.  Thanks!  Coach Shawn Kenyon.


Lost Wallet?  Are you the owner of a missing wallet that was found with money in it.  If you are, please contact Security Sue at slutovsky@seattleschools.org. Describe the wallet and how much money is in it. 


Does Any One Have Any Gently Used Bean Bags or Camping Chairs?:  Teacher Deneen Evans is looking for gently used bean bags or camping chairs (3) for the reading area in her room. 


Do you have basketballs or soccer balls at your home that aren’t being used? The Community Learning Center would love donations of used sporting equipment for Eckstein students to use during their free time at lunch. For additional questions contact Connor Durham at crdurham@seattleschools.org .


Winter weather Notice from the District:  How to find out if your school is delayed or canceledYou can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:

• local TV and radio stations;
• the District website at www.seattleschools.org;
• an automated phone call you will receive; and
• the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at www.SchoolReport.org



Community News

(not endorsed or sponsored by Eckstein Middle School)


**Registration opens soon for your local youth recreational level soccer club, LVR (Laurelhurst-View Ridge-Ravenna, for players of all abilities ages 6-18.  Go to our website beginning April 18 to register for this coming Fall Soccer season.  http://www.lvr-soccer.org  Parents of players new to LVR will need to create a member account to register your child(ren).  Parents of last year’s LVR players already have accounts;  please do not set up a new account for a returning player because their birth date verification will not be reflected which causes the registrar to have to ask for a copy of the birth certificate again.  Please see our tutorials if you are unable to log-in.  Players register in the “Play Fall Soccer 2012” registration event. Coaches, Assistants, and Managers must register using the “Coach or Manager Team for Fall Soccer 2012″ registration event.  Players who wish to play a year ahead of their natural birth age group must register with their natural birth age group, and then check that they wish to “Play Up” on the registration form.  Partial or Full Scholarships are available.  Sign-up by May 31 to guarantee placement on a team for next Fall!


Applications are now being accepted to the Friends of the Hidden River’s July 9-13 Ground to Sound STEM Challenge Camp!  The goal is to become stewards of the Sound through positive action for our local community.  The Ground to Sound STEM camp is for  4th, 5th, or 6th grade graduates who want to actively support their local environment while having something fun to do this summer at the new Brightwater Environmental Center.  http://www.friendsofhiddenriver.org/  Dates: July 9th – 13th.  Ages: 10-13, Times: 9:30a.m. -3:30p.m., Tuition: $275, Registrar: Marie Hartford mhartford@lwsd.org

Y.E.S. at Theatre9/12, Seattle newest acting school for youth (ages 3.5-18), which will take place downtown and run June 25-August 31 and culminates with a performance.  All camps are Monday-Friday, 9:00-2:00p.  $235/week.  To register go to www.theatre912.com  or contact Michael (206)790-8583, yes@theatre912.com  For flyer click here: YES-at-Theatre-StageCamp2012


Film School for Kids:  An 8 week class for pre-teens and young teens to watch, analyze, discuss and learn from classic films.  Ages 11-15, Grades 5-9.  Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30p, April 11-May 30, Hamilton Middle School, 1610 N 41st Street.  Contact Robert Stern, (206)-632-3525 or email shalomchaver@comcast.net .  Cost of 8 week class is $59.00


Blanchet Braves Women’s Hoop Camp:  July 9-July 12:  4th-6th Graders, 9:00a-12:00 noon; 7th-9th Graders, 1:00-4:00p (entering as of September 2012).  Location: Blanchet H.S. Gym, 8200 Wallingford Ave N., Seattle.  Information: Coach Bryan Willison @(206)369-6354.  Fee: $125.00.  Registration forms are outside the Eckstein Main Office.


Rain City Rock Camp:  From their website:  http://www.raincityrockcamp.org/SummerCamp.htm is a day camp for girls ages 8-16. Girls come for a weeklong crash course in playing an instrument, songwriting, zine making, self-defense, and more! At the end of the week, campers get to perform their original song with their band at a local live music venue. Campers do not need to have any prior music experience and instruments will be provided.”  Applications are available April 1st.  See Ms. Metter in room 134 if you would like help applying for this camp.  There are a number of full scholarships available!


Serious Singing…Serious Fun!  Summer Music Day Camp – Full Day for girls 2nd-5th grade, Musical Mornings for boys and girls 4-6 years old.  Sessions the week of July 19th, and July 23rd.  Visit the camp page of our website for more information:  www.seattlegirlschoir.org today!

Placement Auditionsscheduling now for fall semester start.  Seattle Girls’ Choir is where girls, ages 6-18, come to gain serious music skills, while having serious fun. The lessons learned from making great music in a group flow into the rest of life: teamwork, discipline and confidence help our girls accomplish anything they set their minds to. But also long lasting are the friendships, camaraderie and the joy that comes from achieving excellence.  For more information visit:  www.seattlegirlschoir.org or email info@seattlegirlschoir.org


Researchers at the University of Washington School of Nursing and Seattle Children’s want to find ways to learn about your child’s sleep, thinking, and behavior.  This research study is for 6-to-11 year-old children and their parents. Children and their parents who take part receive $120 to thank them for their time and effort.  To take part in this research study or for more information, please contact Teresa Ward at 206-221-6576


As a result of continued fiscal challenges and cuts to The Seattle Public Library funding, the Seattle City Council is considering placing a Library levy on the Aug. 7, 2012, ballot to supplement city funding. 

The City Council will hold a public hearing to receive community input on this proposed levy. Everyone is welcome to attend and address the City Council.  City Council Public Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor 2.  For more information on the proposed levy, please go to “Libraries for All.”


Free Gardening Classes on Food and Landscape (Sponsored by: Seattle Public Utilities):  Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and how to care for your home landscape in a way that is safe for kids, pets and the environment, conserves resources and can save you money.  Where: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE. When & What: Wednesday evenings from 7‐9 PM

April 25: Soils & Composting, Food Gardening

May 2: Choosing the Right Plants, Natural Lawn Care

May 9: Natural Pest, Weed and Disease Control, Smart Watering

To register or for more information, go to www.GardenHotline.org.  Questions: Call the Garden Hotline at 206‐633‐0224 or email help@gardenhotline.org.  These classes are FREE.  Presenter: Our primary presenter is Emily Bishton, a landscape professional with many satisfied clients and years of garden design, installation and maintenance experience.


Ravenna Eckstein Community Center:  The Player Development Program groups players by ability based on a variety of measurable skill sets. Players that reach a defined skill level or complete a skills challenge advance to the next level. Each class has a color name and each player is given a color-coded wrist-band to wear to their weekly session. The curriculum is customized for the skill level of each class color. There are 6 levels in the program, all with progressive skill challenges involving footwork, conditioning, basketball IQ, and basketball development. Players must practice and ultimately complete these challenges before graduating to the next level.  To sign up or get more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/ravennaecksteincc.htm


One-on-One Basketball Player Development Program at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center: The Player Development Program (PDP) is a focused fundamental skills curriculum that teaches young aspiring basketball players how to practice efficiently and we set goals that are challenging, but attainable with sustained effort. This program is suggested for players who are intent on getting better at basketball, as they will be assigned drills each week to practice outside of class Instructor: Stewart Michie


Ages 6 – 8 / WHITE: #85289 3/26 – 5/14 Fri 5 – 6 pm $120; #85293 3/28 – 5/16 Wed 5 – 6 pm $120

Ages 8 – 11 / YE LLOW: #85290 3/26 – 5/14 Fri 6 – 7 pm $120; #85291 3/28 – 5/16 Wed 6 – 7 pm $120


Boys: Ages 11 – 13 / RED; #85287 3/26 – 5/14 Fri 7 – 8 pm $120

Girls: Ages 11 – 13 / RED; #85288 3/26 – 5/14 Wed 7 – 8 pm $120


Get Online with Internet Essentials from Comcast:  Affordable internet for eligible families.  For more information visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.  Flyers available in the Main Office.


Rugby Washington…Growing Rugby…Developing Community….Our goal is to foster the positive development of our players as athletes, individuals, and members of their communities, support their development and provide opportunities for players to advance onto state, regional and national teams. Visit  www.RugbyWA.org today!    Click on Teams and learn more about the Seattle Vikings.  The Seattle Vikings want to hear from you!  We have boys and girls teams – it’s a fabulous way to stay fit in the winter and spring season. 
Look them up today!


International Student Visits/Exchange – Summer 2012:  An international student exchange hosting organization (Compass.org) offers scholarships each Summer to a group of international students with social service interests. This year, students are between the ages of 15yrs. and 23 years, from Spain and France.  Their stays are from three (3) weeks to twelve (12) weeks, depending on their goals and scholarship stipends. For students with extended stays of five (5) weeks or more, a stipend is offered to the hosting family. Visits begin in June or July and run through August or September (Most must return to school in mid-Sept). Alexa Berlow, Seattle Program Coordinator, 206-784-5765


April 10: Lecture on Parenting Essentials to Prevent and Address Bullying:  Rosetta Lee, national anti-bullying educator, gives parents tools to help their kids avoid bullying. Find out how to identify warning signs, gender bias, provide support at home and guide on speaking up.  Seattle Center, McCaw Hall, 7pm, $20. For school discount, enter: LSSCH12.   More details & tickets: parentmap.com/lectures


The Northwest School Summer Camp 2012:  Ages 10-18, July 2-August 10.  Session 1: July 2-13.  Session 2: July 16-27, Session 3: July 30-Aug 10.   www.northwestschool.org/summer  Brochures available outside Main Office.  Questions, email nwssummer@northwestchool.org or call (206) 682-7309. 


5th Avenue Summer Musical Theater School for Middle School Students:  Ages 11-13, July 23-Aug 3 or Aug 6-17.  Mon-Fr, 10-2:00p or 2:00p-6:00p. The focus is on the training.  Daily classes teach the fundamentals.  For information contact (206) 625-1418  5thavenue.org


Summer Camp YMCA:  Brochures are outside the main office, and upstairs in the counseling office.  Get more online at www.ysummer.org/uni     Includes Day Camps and Orkila and Colman Overnight Camps.  For more information call 206-382-5009.  For information about University Family YMCA call 206-524-1400 or visit www.universityfamilyymca.org


A GREAT WAY to SPEND your SCHOOLS OUT Days!  Spring Break is April 16-20, there is NO SCHOOL which means it’s ALL HOOPS!  Who: Boys and Girls, Grades 2-8, What: Join Husky legend Donald Watts, Sonic’s great Slick Watts and the world-class Watts Basketball trainers for a camp full of skills, drills, games and prizes! Camps and Clinics vary from event to event, no two camps are identical, keeping the purpose focused on working the fundamentals.. Where: Fremont Sound Mind and Body, 437 N. 34th Street, Seattle, 98103.  When:  April 16-20, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.  Cost: 5 Days $225 / 4 Days $195 / 3 Days $165 (T-shirt included).  Registration link: https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=756&GroupID=119945

More information: www.wattsbasketball.com


 Assistance League Summer Scholarship Forms:  Click the link; the application is located towards the bottom of the page.  http://www.seattle.assistanceleague.org/ps.projects.cfm?ID=2459    The Assistance League of Seattle is pleased to offer extracurricular Enrichment Scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in grades 6 through 11 in Seattle Public Schools, and this includes home schooled students with public school affiliation.  Almost any area in which students display a keen interest will be considered but preference will be given to applications for programs in music, art, science, debate, mathematics, language, drama, technology, leadership and journalism.  Exceptions not covered by the program include religious studies, sports exclusive camps, foreign study or exchange programs, private lessons or any transportation affiliated with a program.  The maximum award will be $500.00.  Before applying, the student should be sure they are committed to the program and be prepared to pay any additional costs, if there are any.  In some cases, partial scholarships will be awarded.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 12, 2012.  Please go to our website, www.seattle.assistanceleague.org, for the application package and feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions or need help.  Carol Singler  simone4@comcast.net, 206-782-2984 and Joyce Winter, lester-winter@q.com, 206-285-8928


Are you 14 or will be this summer?  Ecology Youth Corps is looking for hard working teens who want to help clean the environment and earn money this summer!  Pay is $9.04 per hour and you will be trained and provided safety equipment.  For more information, go to:  www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eyc/.


PROGRAM COMPUTERS:  Summer day camp for incoming7th, 8th, 9thgraders:  SESSION 1:July16-20; SESSION 2:July23-27.  COST:$220-scholarships available.  http://camps.cs.washington.edu  LEARN MORE AND APPLY:  LEARN MAGIC TRICKS: CREATE GAMES.  Spend a week on the beautiful University of Washington campus making new friends and exploring the exciting field of computer science!  Faculty members, students and industry members will lead a variety of presentations, games and hands-on projects. Lunch will be provided every day and parents will be invited to a closing ceremony.   Please contact camps@cs.washington.edu and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!


Calling all Eckstein Ultimate players! Team Ultimate Camp is back for its 4th annual Team Camp! Whether you have played for years or are brand new to the game, we would love to have you. Team Ultimate Camp focuses on building team chemistry, community and team skills all the while developing individual skills. Incoming 6th graders through outgoing 8th graders are eligible. We hope you will join us July 16th-20th, 9am – 3pm, at Upper Summit Playfield. If interested, contact, Team.Ultimate.Camp@gmail.com


THINK SPRING RECYCLE TO BENEFIT NORTH HELPLINE:  Saturday, April 14th, 9am to 1pm.  Lake City Christian Church, on NE 125th between Lake City Way and 15th NE.  (1933 NE 125th Street, drive thru and drop).  Free (Goodwill donation to North Helpline will be used to keep neighbors in need, housed and fed) Limited curbside pickup by appointment for nominal fee.  Recycle appliances, electronics and metal objects // Secure and safe sensitive document destruction in onsite shredding van.

North Helpline will partner with two job training / recycling programs, 1GreenPlanet and Sea Dru Nar. Irons Brothers Construction has donated appliance pickup assistance. More info and pickup requests at events@northhelpline.org or call 206-367-3477.


UW Summer Youth Programs:  Our Short Courses for middle and high school students offer a wealth of opportunities to delve into writing, technology and art.  Spend two weeks learning, exploring and having fun during half-day classes.  Registration is open.  Call (206) 543-2310.  Questions? Email info@pce.uw.edu  visit www.summer-camp.uw.edu


Stone Soup Theatre:  The Magical Land of Oz Auditions:  Spring classes and SummerStage 2012.  Go to www.stonesouptheatre.org.  Select on Youth Programs or Summer Programs, or call (206) 388-9212.  Three Locations:  Wallingford-Meridian Pk, Beacon Hill-Jefferson Pk, Redmond-Marymoor Pk.


Host an Italian exchange student. An incredibly enriching and fun experience for the whole family.  Contact our coordinator  Gunnel Tanimoto at  italexchange@gmail.com and learn more about Ergon exchange student program. Ergon, an Italian-based organization and partner with NorthWest Student Exchange, is looking for families to host a 16-17-year-old Italian student for a semester or year.  Italian families are in turn happy to host your child during summer vacations.  We specialize in rigorous selection criteria insuring that students are responsible, motivated, proficient in English and carefully match students with host families. They are fully insured and come with pocket money for all expenses. Several of our Italian students are attending Roosevelt, Garfield, Mercer Island and Nathan Hale.  Past and present host families are our best references and would be happy to share their experience with our program with you.   


Wilderness Awareness Summer Camps 2012:  Day Camps, ages 4-12; Overnight Camps, ages 11-17;  Teen Wolf Tracking, ages 13-18; Advanced Day Camps, ages 10-12.  On-line registration at www.wildernessawareness.org or by phone at (425)788-1301.  


Bigfoot Water Polo:  Does your boy or girl like the water? Enjoy team sports? Then Bigfoot Water Polo is for them. Our club is looking for new players to try out this exciting sport this spring. A flexible schedule, levels for everyone from beginners (Splashball from ages 5-9) to experienced players and an encouraging coaching staff means that Bigfoot Water Polo is great for those looking for something a little different. Check us out at http://bigfootwaterpolo.org/ or call 206-456-4282. Please feel free to try out Big Foot for one week with no commitment. Big Foot Water Polo is a non-profit organization.

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