Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hopelink to offer Financial Education classes at the Redmond library

Hopelink has started offering Financial Education classes in Redmond.  Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd of the month from 6 to 7:30 at the Redmond Library.  Topics include budgeting, banking, credit and risk management.   They are free and open to the public.  Their next class will be held on February 16th

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce explains District and Police response to recent threats

By Superintendent Traci Pierce

District, police response to recent threats
Over the last week, threatening notes were found in bathrooms in district schools. The threatening notes found at Juanita and Redmond High Schools resulted in the closure of those schools last Friday. Making threats against a school is a serious matter. A letter to Juanita high school staff and parents from Chief Hamilton of the Kirkland Police Department demonstrates the seriousness of these situations and how our police partners are responding. Police have not found any of the threats to be credible.
Threats and behavior that disrupts the orderly operation of a school are included in the district's serious misconduct and discipline code. Individual students who are found to have made make such threats may face serious school discipline and legal consequences. Both Juanita and Redmond High School students and staff will be making up the missed school day later in the year.  
As a community, we can all work together to keep students safe and prevent disruption of schools by talking to students about why this kind of behavior is unacceptable and has serious consequences.

Source:  LWSD "Connections"   

Monday, February 8, 2016

Education Hill Neighborhood Association's speaker for the March 3 meeting will answer questions on the design and costs of building of our schools

Interested or concerned about the costs of building new LWSD schools?
Come to the Ed Hill Neighborhood Assoc meeting on March 3. This is a great opportunity to meet up with your friends. Eric Campbell, a developer and member of the District Bond Committee will be taking questions on building designs, costs, etc.

Thursday, March 3, 7PM, Baptist Church on 166th. Any resident is welcome. Please RSVP at email edhilna@outlook.com.

Bob Yoder

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NOTICE: Redmond Blog is now advocating for the LWSD bond measure

Thank you for reading my blog and posting your Letters!

My personal problems with the Bond measure have been resolved and I've recently endorsed it.  As a result, my blog is taking on an advocacy role..  Therefore,  I won't be publishing opposing Letters on the Bond measure until after the April Election.  

I'll still be publishing Letters on neighborhood issues other than the Bond measure.   Please send them in!

Letters on other neighborhood issues are appreciated and will be posted.  My blog is as only as good as the visitors who read it and participate in it.  

 If you want to say something to about this Notice --good or bad -- please COMMENT below.  If you're looking for an outlet to share your opposing views on the Bond you might  look into  the Education Hill Neighborhood Association here:   

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdHillNeighborhood/  

To become a member of Education Hill Neighborhood Association email:  edhillna@outlook.com

Thanks for visiting and participating!

Sincerely, 

Bob Yoder

Friday, February 5, 2016

City offers new tool to answer our questions about "What is Being Built in your Neighborhood".

Redmond, WA – The City is launching a new interactive project viewer that will help answer the question “What’s being built in your neighborhood?” The new viewer will display information about Capital Improvement Projects, Property Permits, and Land Use Actions around the City. To help you see information relevant to your needs, you can filter the information on the map by neighborhood, type of project and project phase (Design, Construction or Complete). By linking the project viewer to project information on the City’s website and our permitting software, customers can see detailed information on each project at a glance.
The goal of the viewer is to increase awareness of projects in the City and to inform and engage our citizens in development and construction activities. Check out the new interactive project viewer atwww.redmond.gov/projectviewer.
For questions and more information contact Steven Fisher, Planning Manager, at sfisher@redmond.gov or425.556.2432 or Jon Spangler, Engineering Manager, at jspangler@redmond.gov or 425.556.2823.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Saturday, February 13 Redmond Historical Society explores Redmond's first newspaper

Saturday, February 13th
Redmond’s Hometown Newspaper: History of the Sammamish Valley News
Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA.
$5 suggested donation for non-members
Speakers subject to change.

Founded in 1946 by Bob Bailie, the Sammamish Valley News was Redmond’s community newspaper until 1997.  Jeanne Gustafson, editor of the Redmond Historical Society newsletter, takes a trip back through time via the pages of Redmond’s 30-year newspaper, exploring what the paper can continue to illuminate through images and stories of the town and the people who recorded it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LWSD School Board seeks funding for more schools, classrooms

Bond measure to be placed on April 26 ballot
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School district is growing rapidly. In fact, it has grown from the sixth largest district to the fourth largest district in the state since last year. The district has grown by over 3200 students in the last five years. That’s an average of over 625 students per year for the last five years, which is equivalent to five large elementary schools. Growth is projected to continue, reaching over 30,000 students by 2020-21 and over 32,000 students by 2029-30.
To meet these growing needs for classroom space, the district’s board of directors voted on January 25 to place a bond measure on the April 26 ballot. This measure, for $398 million in 20-year bonds, would fund the most immediate, high priority needs. The total tax rate will be maintained at the 2015 rate.
“Our district is at a critical point with regard to classroom space,” noted Board President Nancy Bernard. “Moving to all-day kindergarten and reducing class sizes thanks to new state funding increases our need for more classroom space. At the same time our enrollment continues to grow.”
The measure would build one new middle school and two new elementary schools and would rebuild and enlarge three schools (Juanita High School, Kirk and Mead Elementary Schools). It would also replace the Explorer Community School classrooms and refurbish the Old Redmond Schoolhouse for use by preschool classes.  Read More >>

The School Bond: Insight into LWSD's "Principles" for building cost-efficient schools


The School Board approved the 2016 Bond measure last night. There's been quite a bit of chatter about how future LWSD school buildings will be designed to be cost effective.  In my opinion, the District has more work to do to be specific and transparent about  cost savings derived from "rebuilds" and "remodels".  For instance, what are the specific savings derived from the "rebuild" of Kirk Elementary?  As you will note below, the District currently relies on vague "Principles" to express "specific cost savings".  I'm an advocate for the Bond measure but I think we need better information.  
Partly as a result of this situation, newly formed "Education Hill Neighborhood Association" (EdHNA) will be hosting Eric Campbell as a Speaker for their EdHNA March 3 meeting.   Eric has been involved in much of the effort around cost-effective design principles -- as a school Task Force Member and Bond Committee Member.  He was the owner of Kirkland based Camwest Development which has since been sold. Special thanks to the LW Citizens Levy Committee for lining up Eric.

As noted, the Task Force and District centers their report of building design savings around 7 "Design Principles", as follows:

1.  Aesthetics:  Emphasis is placed on aesthetics that are "pleasing and fit with neighborhood context but not on design awards".  A "consideration" is made that "limiting aesthetics on non-frontage sides could impact the 'look and feel' of schools to both students and neighbors."  "Specific Cost Savings" are "dependent on specific project/implementation of design principles."  That's it.

2.  Stacking Buildings:  Stacking "eliminates or minimizes 1-story designs."  "Specific Cost Savings":  " A cost study showed 3% savings for 3-story over two story buildings."

3. Efficient and Simple Design:  Buildings may be "designed in a more compact manner ie. Boxed shaped..."  "Specific Cost Savings" are "dependent of specific design, estimated to be 2-3%."

4. Grouping Multiple Projects To The Extent Possible:  "to consider combining together using the same design team."  "Specific Cost Savings":  "Potential 3-4% savings if two similar projects could be combined."

5. Accountability To Design Teams:  "The benefit is any required deviations from standards are vetted and approved."  (Other benefits are listed.)  "Specific Cost Savings": are "dependent on specific project/implementation of design principles".

6. Standards:  One of the "benefits is consistency among schools (replacement or new)".  "Specific Cost Savings": are "dependent on specific project/implementation of design principles."

7. Photo-Parts:  involves "re-using portions of design concepts across projects."  "Specific Cost Savings": are "dependent on specific project/implementation of design principles."

I hope some of you can make it to the March 3 meeting to hear Eric Campbell.  There may be time for Q&A.  Please RSVP so we can set up enough seats.  School Board Director Siri Bleisner is scheduled to speak briefly at the February 4th meeting.

The complete 257 page Task Force Document can be found here.  The building design recommendations reported above are located in Appendix F, Pages 64-65. My report contains only portions of the 7 Principles. Special thanks to LWSD Communications Director Kathryn Reith for her assistance in finding Appendix F.  

Bob Yoder

Notes:  Read More>>

Monday, January 25, 2016

City is offering the convenience of online utility bill payments

Redmond, WA - The City of Redmond is pleased to offer customers the convenience of online utility bill payments. With online bill pay, utility customers can:
     
     • Pay their utility bill with a Visa or MasterCard
     • View bill, current balance and due date
     • Access billing history, payments and charges
     • View historical consumption data
     • Elect to have only electronic bills

To sign up for online utility billing or make a payment, follow the instructions atwww.redmond.gov/ubonlinepayment. To access your account, you will need your full account number, plus the last name or business name on the account. Payments made by mail and via the automated phone system will continue to be accepted. 

For more information or to access the online utility billing system, go towww.redmond.gov/ubonlinepayment or call the Utility Billing Office at 425-556-2152. This press release is available on www.redmond.gov

Thursday, January 21, 2016

RPD Attempts to Identify KKK Harassment Suspect

Man leaves KKK-type robe and rope at local business
Redmond, WA - On Jan 20th, 2016 at 5:45pm, Redmond Police responded to a local store near the 16000 block of Redmond Way when a store employee called to report they felt threatened. A white male, mid-20s, brown hair, 5'10'' with an athletic/stocky build, had entered their store and left behind items that resembled Ku Klux Klan items.
 
An employee and the store owner reported that he came into the store and offered to sell some clothes. The store purchased some articles from the customer.  After exhibiting some suspicious behavior, the man left the store and the staff noted that he left another bag behind. After looking through it, they found a white robe, white hood with eye holes, and a loose rope, all of which appeared to be items similar to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan. The store owner, who is black, believes this was a threat to herself.
 
Redmond Police is taking this incident very seriously and immediately started a thorough investigation. We have determined the robe has two patches on the back that resemble the "Blood Drop" symbol associated with the "KKK".
 
We are not aware of other incidents, but as a precaution, we have increased patrols in the area and are engaging closely with store employees.
 
We are currently attempting to identify the harassment suspect, depicted in this sketch pictured below. If you have information that may help with this investigation, or believe you know the identity of this man, please contact Detective D'Amico at 425.556.2669, email: nldamico@redmond.gov. We will release updates when appropriate.  

Local basketball legend Lenny Wilkens to headline 2016 "Invest in Youth Breakfast"


BELLEVUE, WASH. — Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lenny Wilkens felt looked down upon when his struggling single mother took him and his siblings to free health care clinics.

“I never forgot that,” Wilkens told Forbes magazine in February 2015.

On March 24, the basketball legend will address nearly 1,000 community leaders and youth advocates at Youth Eastside Services’ annual Invest in Youth Breakfast. The event will be held from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.  Read More >>

Proposed Redmond Zoning Amendments inspired by interactions with the city on the mosque project

LETTER:   I wanted to bring up something that may be of interest to you since I know you are advocating greater public involvement in the city decisions.

Last year I have submitted (on behalf of our group of neighbors) two amendments to Redmond Zoning Code.

First amendment was to require any allowed non-residential uses in residential areas to go through Conditional Use Permit, so that instead of non-elected bureaucrats in the city's planning department the new developments go through the city council and get decided by our elected representatives. That allows public better chance to participate.

Second amendment requested heigh overlay on the boundary of our neighborhood so that there is transition zone between office buildings on campus and residential area,

Both amendments were inspired by our interactions with the city on the mosque project (and I do believe should those have been in place the project may have been developed along different path).

Not surprisingly, City's Technical Committee recommends to deny the amendments on the grounds that a) Conditional Use Permit adds unnecessary burden on the applicant (for the first amendment) and b) OBAT height overlay may interfere with allowed uses in residential zone (for second amendments). Full reasoning is in the document at the link http://www.redmond.gov/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=177798

Planning Commission will have a public meeting to discuss the amendments and Technical Committee recommendations on February 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.  I'm planning proposals.

Thanks,
Eugene Z

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Commentary: It's a good thing to have stand alone ER's in Redmond

Commentary by Johnathan Wilbourne:

I believe the free-standing ER's are in place to provide emergent care to those when time to care is critical, 10 minutes less without proper care in an ambulance can actually mean life or death in some cases.

I would argue that as population increases in such areas, those free-standing ER's create a perfect landing zone to build a medical center around an existing, well-known facility. In addition, the stand-alone ER's create a wise business incentive that can meet the needs of the community and the hospital network. Hospitals are a business. They must make money or at least break even.

They may be costly but nonetheless I would argue that there has been at least 1 life saved by each of these free-standing ER's.. 

How many lives does it take to justify the cost of building the facility?

Note:  This comment was published under a post about a Swedish Hospital stand-alone ER facility.  



Mayor and City Council to visit neighborhoods 4-6 times/year

UPDATED:  An exciting, uplifting presentation on the goals and progress of city communications was given by the city's Communications Manager Lisa Rhodes at last night's City Council Meeting.  Council President Hank Margeson was the acting Mayor in the absence of John Marchione.

The good news!  Two-way communication between the city and neighborhoods is improving by leaps and bounds.  Besides a recent update of the city website (check it out!) Rhodes reported the following communication improvements:

1) The city "is in the process of searching for a new Community Outreach Member to function as an ambassador with the community and hopefully enhance our 2-way communication."  This Member's responsibility will be to provide "PR and community outreach and engagement."

2) The Communications Department is in the planning stages for putting on a Community Outreach Roadshow!  Rhodes said "Four to six community meetings per year, focused on one or more key messages, are being planned so yourselves (council) and Mayor to communicate directly, face-to-face on a consistent basis with the community."  Council members Kim Allen and Hank Myers have been pushing for this for some time, and the Mayor has delivered.

Take a quick look at the city website and you'll notice important neighborhood information is now at your fingertips!  One of my favorites is "Issues and Questions" where you can get answers to your traffic concerns, drinking water issues, and more. (When in doubt don't by shy about contacting our city Ombudsman about anything that bothers you or things you're seeing in the city you like.)

Council Member David Carson had some very good questions about the city website during the meeting.  He asked Rhodes to include the email addresses of all city council members and key staff on the Staff Directory page. His concerns were about citizens wanting to "communicate something after hours."  Rhodes said she'd update it. Carson reported the website's Search Engine "is kinda awful."  Rhodes agreed and said they are working on it with a "revamp" hopefully by the summer.

Redmond's newest Council Member, Angela Birney suggested a more interactive webpage for our parks -- perhaps a place for maps, tennis court reservations, park area reservations, and the like.

Council Member Vice President Kim Allen touched on one of Education Hill neighborhood's key issues surrounding the city's rapid growth. Allen said "we're halfway there on my pet peeve for the website -- which is under the development tab.  How do people find out about land use actions?"  Rhodes said she'd fix the "development tab" right away.  Allen thanked Rhodes for her hard work saying, "One of the key focuses of the Council Retreat is going to be developing our own communication strategies."

Council Member John Stilin (can't remember his email address) was concerned about "civility" on social media sites.  Rhodes said her department is planning innovative online face-to-face webinars which is expected to help.

REGARDING TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION:  I'm excited to announce the new "Redmond Hill Neighborhood Association" (EdHNA),  It is in the forming stages and now holds monthly meetings at the Baptist Church on 166th Avenue.  You don't have to be a "member" to attend.  EdNHA is the brainstorm of activist Paige Norman.  Many, many thanks to Paige!  (She runs a good, fun meeting, too.)   Hank Myers, David Carson, Planning Commissioner Scott Biethan, Arts Commissioner Rob Levitt and Steve Fields participated in the first meeting along with about 25 other residents  All are welcome to the meetings.  Please RSVP here so we can set up enough chairs. EdHNA's new email address is:  edhillna@outlook.com

Bob Yoder

Friday, January 15, 2016

LETTER: Water main break on Redmond Way

LETTER:  With the news this morning (or late last night to be accurate) of the water main break at the west end of town on Redmond Way, and with the other water main break that occurred in November on Old Redmond Road between 140th and 148th, I'm wondering if this warrants a post or an inquiry to the city as to what they found to be causing these breaks.

Do we have a situation where our municipal water piping is nearing the end of its service life?  Corrosive water?  Iron-gnawing burrowing rodents?

Last night's water main break:



Last month's water main break:


By J.P Panesko

Thursday, January 14, 2016

LW School District meets with Redmond Council on portables, traffic issues and bond uses

Last Tuesday the City Council scheduled a joint Study Session with LWSD to discuss overcrowding in our schools and how to fund for new schools. 

In the meeting, Superintendent Traci Pierce reported that the $398,000,000 April 26, 2016 Bond measure will fund:  1) a remodel or replacement and enlargement (RR) of Juanita HS, 2) a RR of Kirkland El, 3) a RR of Mead El, 4) a new middle school on Redmond Ridge, 5) a new elementary school in north Redmond on 172nd, 6) refurbishment of the Old Redmond School House for preschool space, 7) a modular replacement of Explorer school. 8) Rockwell El will not be remodeled or replaced on any Bond. Pierce said the Capital Funds Levy would cover maintenance.  The "ask" includes $21K from potential State construction funding and $10K from impact fees.

According to Assist Sup.Janine Forgard, the bonding schedule is intended to reduce and eliminate portables.  Councilmember (CM) John Stilin asked Traci Pierce "Do you own the portables and how are you going to re-purpose them? Could we relocate them in a park to be used as community centers?  Could they be retrofitted as housing? Could an organization like Hopelink pick it up?"  Pierce answered "We didn't really talk about this" but that the District does own the portables and "green portables" could be relocated if needed, though it's expensive.  She said they would "get rid" of the old portables. School Director Siri Bliesner mentioned one green portable is at Redmond MS and four are at Redmond El.  They are presently building a permanent six classroom wing at Redmond El and CM David Carson wanted to know what they were going to do with the green portables there.  The answer was vague.

Traffic:  CM Stilin asked for a study on how many hundred trips could be moved off of 166th once the new "Pope" elementary school on 172nd in north Redmond is built.  He thought the voters would be very interested in this.  School Director Bliesner said "the middle school on Redmond Ridge would help reduce traffic on the Avondale corridor".

Pierce said the proposed 2018 Bond ($288M) would fund:  1) an addition to Lake Washington HS, 2) a new elementary school in the Lake Washington Learning Community, 3) a remodel or replacement (RR) at Kamiakin MS, 4) Eastlake/Redmond Learning community Choice School, 5) a RR at Alcott El, 6) land, 7) Special Ed learning spaces.

The proposed 2022 Bond ($278M) would fund: 1) a Lake Washington Community Learning Center (LWCL) Choice school, 2) a new LWCL Elementary school, 3)  a new Redmond Learning Center elementary school, 4) a RR of Evergreen Middle School, 5) a preschool on the westside, 6) Special Ed learning space, 7) land.

The proposed 2026 Bond ($207M) would fund:  1) a Finn Hill middle school addition, 2) a RR at Smith Elementary school, 3) Special Ed learning space, 4) land.

Superintendent Pierce emphasized the present 2015 tax rates will not increase during the 2016-2026 bond funding period.

Bob Yoder

Note:  I updated an earlier opinion post on the District's bond schedule.  The proposed Bond in 2018 is $288M,  The total 2016-2026 Bond amount is $1171M.  Capital Project Levys are planned for 2018, 2022, and 2026.  








Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Local rescuers and cardiac arrest survivor awarded medal

Redmond, WA –The Redmond Fire Department will award the CPR Gold Lifesaving Medal to Brian Funk and Teresa Kingsbury for saving the life of Jason Kingsbury, (45 YOA)  when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at an indoor recreation facility on September 7, 2015. 

Mr. Kingsbury was playing soccer at the Arena Sports Complex in Redmond when he collapsed and began to turn blue. Referee Jeff Bochner and soccer player Shannon Funk were next to Mr. Kingsbury when he fell to the ground unresponsive and immediately began calling for help. While waiting for help to arrive, Jason’s wife Teresa and teammate Brian Funk applied an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that was available at the sports facility and began CPR. Mr Kingsbury was successfully defibrillated with one shock and was breathing on his own before Fire and Paramedic crews arrived. He was further stabilized by Paramedics and transported to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center where he was released days later.  Read More >>>

UPDATED: Superintendent Traci Pierce quotes funding schedule for building more schools -- my opinion

Superintendent Traci Pierce laid out the funding schedule for building, more schools at last night's city council study session.

$398,000,000 Bond measure will be put on the ballot on April 26, 2016.  
$288,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2018
$278,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2022.
$207,000,000 proposed Bond measure in 2026. 
EP&O (Educational Program and Operations) Levy/Capital Project Levy measure on 2018. 
EP&O Levy/Capital Project Levy on 2022.
EP&O Levy/Capital Project Levy on 2026.  
It's obviously going to take a lot of community backing to"catch up" from the previous bond failures. The good news is all the above bond measures will maintain the present 2015 tax rate. Board Director Chris Carlson said the tax rate can be maintained because "the l998 bond will be ending and the 2016 bond will replace it."  Pierce went on to say that "growth" and "assessed valuations" will maintain the present tax rate over time. Councilmembers Carson and Myers had good follow-up questions on the matter.  
In my opinion, these Bonds are needed or the serious over-crowding that exists today will be severe tomorrow and our children with suffer. Accordin/g to Pierce, the District has grown an average of 625 students/yr for the past five years -- that's equivalent of one elementary school per year.  In five years the District anticipates it will move up from the 4th largest District in the State to the 2nd largest.  The District grew 1,114 students last year -- equivalent to 34 classrooms.  By the beginning of next year 168 portables will have been installed -- the equivalent of 7 elementary schools.  This year and next the State will be funding "all day kindergarten" putting even more pressure on space. (Presently 70% of the students go to kindergarten all day).   
According to Pierce, six schools are scheduled to be "remodeled OR replaced and enlarged" between 2016 and 2026.  (Juanita HS, Kirkland El, Mead El, Kamiakin MS, Evergreen MS, Alcott El). Pierce didn't identify which of them would be remodeled and which would be replaced and enlarged. Why didn't she?  Of note, Pierce never once used the term "modernization" which in the past had been a confusing catch phrase for "tearing down, replacing and enlarging." Transparency is slowly improving.
Pierce said her Task Force made "recommendations around well built, cost effective building designs that don't compromise quality."  What are these cost effective, practical and functional designs?  She gave no details and in my opinion many voters want to know before opening their wallets.  
Bob Yoder


  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Developer plans to build two, 9-Story Towers on the old Post Office site

I found out on social media today that two, 9-Story Towers are planned for the old Post Office site on 16135 NE 85th Street. You can contact city planner Gary Lee for the specifics of this project at glee@redmond.gov and to make comment about parking, traffic, the aquifer, etc.

According to the Public Lane-Use Notice:  The applicant, "Redmond Projects" plans to construct 250 dwelling units, 25,000 sq ft of retail space and 83,000 sq ft of office space on a 2.29 acre site.  No Public Hearing is required but you can Comment to the Administration by calling Gary Lee (425-556-2418) or emailing him.  The City is only accepting Comments until January 27th.

Gary Lee writes:  "Construction is anticipated to begin between the 4th quarter of 2016 and the 1st quarter of 2017.  If things go as planned the first tower will be completed in the Spring of 2018."

As for parking, Gary Lee writes:  "There should be sufficient parking (with 362 stalls). Because the office use and residential uses have opposite peak hours, they can realistically share a lot of the parking stalls (and it's close to the transit center.)"

Personally, I was blind-sided to learn the City zones for 9-Story High Rises in the Downtown. I had earlier been informed only 6-story buildings were allowed.  When was the zoning changed?  Why wasn't the public notified of this change?  Will the boutique hotel planned for Redmond Town Center be higher than 6 stories?

What part, if any, does One Redmond play in this?  Why can't they give the community timely development updates?

Bob Yoder

Footnote:  
This project (and others) are buried in the City Web Site "Design Review Board Agenda".  There is presently an opening on the Design Review Board for a "Redmond resident".

One Redmond Facebook page

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Much Ado About Nothing" plays at Bear Creek School



The Bear Creek School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Directed by Dr. Ron Lynch
         
(Redmond, WA) – William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Much Ado About Nothing will be performed by The Bear Creek School’s Upper School students on January 14 and 16. You are sure to enjoy this lively romp through the Italian city of Messina!

The story is one of love, hate, deception, and redemption, and the main plot revolves around the relationship between Benedict and Beatrice, two caustic individuals, who spend most of their days trying to outwit each other with barbed remarks and unflattering nuances. A smaller but very important theme is the love between Claudio, a soldier, and Hero, a beautiful maiden. Shakespeare introduces a problem to be resolved when Don John schemes to undo the marriage of Claudio and Hero through a series of lies. Read More >>

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Redmond Elementary wins award, runs a vibrant Lunch Buddy program, and is now constructing a wing of six classrooms

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) has named Redmond Elementary one of its “Schools of Distinction.” Redmond El. was among 90 schools statewide in the top 5 percent for improvement on the state’s English / language arts and math index test scores for students.

To be recognized, Redmond Elementary had to show improvement across the past five years, over three grade bands (grades 3, 4, and 5) in both areas: English / language arts and math.

Redmond Elementary serves more than 550 students. This is the third time that Redmond Elementary has received this award. It also was recognized in 2011 and 2012.

I go to Redmond El once a week to mentor a 5th grade student as part of the LINKS Lunch Buddy Program.  My kiddo is a terrific little boy, really values the one on one attention and we have lots of fun playing chess, board games, basketball, wall ball and other recess games.  AnneMarie, the Instructional Assistant  who runs the program is fantastic.   

I'm, amazed how fast this school is growing.  My Lunch Buddy has to use a portable for his classes and the school grounds are presently being torn up with construction to build a wing of 6 new classrooms.  (Special thanks to Paige Norman for clarifying the construction project.)  

Bob Yoder 

 
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