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Science Fridays

Did you know that every Friday lunchtime recess includes a fun weekly science experience? The goal is to show how fun science can be and to practice using the scientific process. So far we have checked out many areas of science including: chemistry, physics, weather, and physiology. Based on the crowds of kids, cheering, and amazing questions, it’s a pretty big hit.

To inspire your young scientists over vacation, we will be sending home a booklet of all the things we have studied so far.

We are always looking for new ideas so if you have an interesting idea, skill or job related to science let us know. We would love to include you in a future Science Friday. Contact Stephanie Frans at

Safe and Active Transportation to Schools: Happy Hour and workshops for parent champions

Are you a parent or teacher with a passion for walking or biking? Are you looking for a launching pad for your ideas and resources to make them happen in your school community?  Join the Cascade Bicycle Club on Wednesday, January 13 near Magnuson Park for drinks and snacks and learn from experienced community leaders about what it takes to start a Bike to School program, and walking school bus, organize a community bike event (bike rodeo),  or how to start a student safety patrol.   Free and open to the public.
RSVP to Clarissa at

5-5:30 p.m.      Happy Hour/Networking
5:30 – 6 p.m.    Welcome/Resources for starting and sustaining programs
Concurrent sessions
6 – 7 p.m.         Starting a Bike/Walk to School Program—learn tips from experienced leaders about starting a program or a walking school bus or bike train
6 – 7 p.m.         Bike Rodeo Community Event—learn how to organize a community event and set up bike skills stations  (hands-on demo)
6 – 7 p.m.         School Crossing Guard training—learn how to serve this important safety role in your community or organize a student safety patrol (presented by Dan Coon from AAA Washington)

Reading Partners coming to Olympic Hills

Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that works to expand life opportunities for elementary school children by empowering them with strong literacy skills.  At Olympic Hills Elementary, Reading Partners has transformed a dedicated space within the school into a reading center. Reading Partners recruits and train community volunteers to tutor students one-on-one for 45 minutes each week using a structured, research-based curriculum.

The Reading Partners program is designed to work with elementary school students whose literacy skills are between 1 month to 2 and a half years below grade-level benchmarks.

Founded in 1999 in the San Francisco Bay Area by three retired teachers, Reading Partners is entering its second year of service in the Seattle area.

In its founding year they served 112 students at Beverly Park and Sanislo Elementary schools in partnership with 167 community volunteers. In the 2015-2016 school year, they have expanded service to 200 students, incorporating Highland Park and Olympic Hills Elementary schools to the programming.

In their founding year, 85 percent of students accelerated in reading and 67 percent were able to make absolute gains in closing their grade-level reading gaps. Teachers also noticed that almost all students in the program increased in their overall confidence.

Sixty percent of fourth graders in Washington State are not reading proficiently. By tutoring for as little as one hour each week, volunteers can make an incredible impact on the life of a child.

For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sigourney Gundy at or by phone at (206) 992-4484.

To sign-up today visit: