Free Kids Music Together Sample Class (Virtual)

Sunshine Music Together, the eight-time ParentMap Golden Teddy Award Winner for Best Music Program in Seattle, is taking registrations now for their (virtual) spring session! Register for a free sample class before the start of the semester at https://bit.ly/SunshineMusicTogetherDemo.

Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children aged birth to five and their parents or caregivers. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play—forty-five minutes of pure fun with your child every week!

Check out the spring schedule of classes at http://bit.ly/MusicClassSchedule, and watch a video to learn what a Music Together Class is all about at https://bit.ly/FamilyTestimonials.

Free Kids Music Together Sample Class (Virtual)

Sunshine Music Together, the eight-time ParentMap Golden Teddy Award Winner for Best Music Program in Seattle, is taking registrations now for their (virtual) spring session! Register for a free sample class before the start of the semester at https://bit.ly/SunshineMusicTogetherDemo.

Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children aged birth to five and their parents or caregivers. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play—forty-five minutes of pure fun with your child every week!

Check out the spring schedule of classes at http://bit.ly/MusicClassSchedule, and watch a video to learn what a Music Together Class is all about at https://bit.ly/FamilyTestimonials.

Children’s Film Festival Seattle: “Rocca Changes the World” Film Screening

Goethe Pop Up Seattle is again partnering with the Children’s Film Festival Seattle to present this year’s selection of German-language films for kids.

** Filmmaker Katja Benrath in attendance! **

11-year-old Rocca is a clever, creative, and brave girl who lives all by herself in defiance of her teachers and the authorities — why not, since her astronaut father taught her everything she knows? But Rocca must fight to keep her independence and prove to everyone that a child also has the power to change the world.

This film is recommended for kids ages 8+ who can read English subtitles, but younger German speakers will also enjoy the film.

Helping lead the push for early childhood development, Perigee Fund makes home on E Pike

(Image: Perigee Fund)

There’s something new on your walk down E Pike that is not a restaurant or bar. And the work inside — with a view of all the good and the bad of the city streets of Pike/Pine — is helping advocates fight for more resources for early child development.

Executive director Becca Graves calls it upstream mental health.

“You can’t get more upstream than working prenatally,” she said.

The offices of the Perigee Fund are now resident on the street level of the auto row-era Greenus Building. The space formerly home to an upscale furniture store and interior boutique is now being used to plan a national philanthropic effort launched in 2018 to help advance work related to early childhood mental health and perinatal mental health. Continue reading

Seattle Girls Choir Presents Carmina Angelorum: Songs of the Angels

 

Seattle Girls Choir Presents Carmina Angelorum: Songs of the Angels

December 13, 8:00 PM
St. Joseph Church
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Seattle Girls Choir invites you to an elegant and reflective concert celebrating the holiday season.
The program includes Benjamin Britten’s stunning choral masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols for harp and treble voices. You’ll also hear beautiful new setting of ancient carols by John Rutter, Paul Carey, and Sarah Quartel. Featuring Prime Voci of Seattle Girls Choir, Juliet Stratton on harp, and Susanna Valleau on piano.
Visit our website for more information: www.seattlegirlschoir.org.

After falling short in run for City Council, Zachary DeWolf still has plans for the school board (plus, a children’s book)

The evening after this summer’s primary election for City Council, at a public forum on the appointment of a new representative on the Seattle School Board for South Seattle, it was back to business for Zachary DeWolf.

The Primary candidate and Seattle School Board representative hadn’t given himself much time to think about the results, which were disappointing. He received 12.54% of the votes on election night, not enough to make it onto the November ballot.

“I probably didn’t get enough time to really kind of sit down with the whole experience of it,” DeWolf says today. “By and large, I can say I’m really grateful to have done it. There’s probably a whole list of 10 or 15 things I could do differently, (…) strategy stuff.”

DeWolf had announced he was running for City Council in April, a little over a year into his four-year term on the school board. Though he chiseled away a substantial chunk of labor support from Sawant’s base and was seen as one of the frontrunners, the Seattle Education Association (the city’s public school teachers union) endorsed Ami Nguyen and Kshama Sawant in District 3. It also didn’t help that local blogger and education advocate Melissa Westbrook wrote a searing editorial dis-endorsing DeWolf on Seattle Schools Community Forum, calling out his “lackluster record and lack of community meetings.”

In a recent phone call, DeWolf didn’t really feel like revisiting the issue.

“I’m not going to respond to a blogger [who] clearly doesn’t understand my work and my record,” DeWolf said. “What this comes down to is who I serve: the students and the families in my district.”

DeWolf brought up the example of the student Luna, a trans student who had asked that Seattle Public Schools fix its databases so that all correctly identified the gender and names of trans and gender-diverse students. DeWolf said the issue is now fixed because of her advocacy and his pushing for it. Continue reading

Tentative agreement on new contract for Seattle teachers

(Image: SEA)

The Seattle Education Association, the union representing around 6,000 teachers and educators in the Seattle Public School system announced over the weekend it has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

In its latest bargaining update, the SEA team said it was moving toward a tentative agreement focused around racial equity and fair compensation.

SPS, In its most recent bargaining update, meanwhile, called educator salary increases “important” but any increase “must be balanced with spending within our means.” Continue reading

New Seattle School for Boys private middle school opening in the Central District

Seattle School for Boys will open near 23rd and Madison for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing an all-boys private middle school option to the Central District.

“I started my career teaching at an all boys school on the East Coast, and after seeing the impact a single gender environment has on the boys, it made sense for there to be an all-boys middle school in Seattle,” said Nick Creach, head of Seattle School for Boys.

Creach left his position as head of Seattle Academy’s middle school to teach and serve as the head of Seattle School for Boys. Creach co-founded SSB with fellow teacher Jerome Hunter, and Drew Markham who will serve as the school’s board chair.

The partnership behind the school believes fulfilling the need for an all boys middle school option in the Central District was necessary after exploring research on differences in learning and identity development between the sexes in the middle school years.  Continue reading

Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our city.  Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 2011 to unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.

The ninth annual Seattle Design Festival features citywide tours, exhibits, outdoor installations, activities, neighborhood design crawls and more from August 16 -25. Our 2019 theme explores how we achieve the BALANCE that is needed for our earth, our communities and our families. 

‘We don’t want to do that’ — Following rare strike in 2015, Seattle Schools, teachers work on new deal

A 2015 picket outside Garfield High during the first Seattle teachers strike in 30 years (Image: CHS)

With just two weeks before students are set to arrive, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association (SEA) are still hashing out details of a new contract for the more than 3,200 educators in the district.

“I know that for many of us we are feeling the crunch of time now,” Laura Lehni, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Washington Middle School, said.

While strides have been made on student safety, race and equity concerns, and the size of school nursing staffs, the discussion regarding compensation for educators has moved slowly. Both sides desperately want to avoid the heightened tensions that led to a five-day strike in 2015.

“We don’t want to do that, but we also need a competitive professional wage,” SEA president Phyllis Campano said. Continue reading