An update from Lena Garcia, our amazing outgoing Board Chair and incoming Facilities Manager.
We are really excited about our new space which we get to move into this coming August. We will be just one block south of Ballinger Way on 15th Ave NE at Seattle Lord of Glory Church (sign outside says Myong Sung Church). Although our indoor space will be smaller than our current classroom space, we gain a wonderful outdoor space and an excited landlord.
Shorenorth will be renting the bottom floor of Seattle Lord of Glory Church’s “office/ children’s” building which is set back from the corner, and the fenced-in yard surrounding this building. At no additional cost, we will also be able to use their fellowship hall and kitchen for meetings (with advanced permission) and be able to park our storage (and shipping) container on the property. Inside there are 3 bathrooms, a small office, a small kitchen, a gathering space, and two classrooms. We still plan to have an art area, blocks, trains, imaginary play space, library, and more in this smaller classroom. Our loft and our large mats will not fit inside…but the loft may be able to move outside!
The fenced yard has mature trees, a small paved area for bikes, a play structure, and ample room. We are still dreaming about what we will live out there, but hoping to include a huge sand play pit, a water play area, slide for little kids, loose parts play, and more.
The Leadership at Seattle Lord of Glory Church is excited to have us come and energize their children’s space. They have a passion for serving families and dreamed about hosting a preschool in their building. Though there will be no formal partnership (aka Shorenorth is completely separate from the church) we are excited to have a landlord that loves kids and wants to be a welcoming place for families. The church will use the rooms, our furniture, and toys on Sundays for their Sunday School classes.
Please see Lena if you have thoughts or would like to be a part of this steering committee. Lena can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org