Auction Item Pick-up will be on Monday 5/1 from 3-4pm and Wednesday 5/3 from 6-7pm at Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool located at 19931 Forest Park Dr NE, Shoreline, WA. Please make every effort to pick-up your item(s) during one of these time frames. If you are unable to do so, please contact Jen Belcourt at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time when the item can be delivered.
Successful Family Meals with Cynthia Lair
Tuesday, April 25th at Shoreline Community College
What should you feed those you love? And how can you get them to eat what’s best for them? In this uplifting and practical class learn to set sturdy yet flexible boundaries that can help make mealtimes successful for everyone. Let’s talk about which foods are worth eating, how to serve vegetables, just how much sugar is okay, and the true value of sharing home-cooked meals.
Parent Education will take place at 7:30pm in the PUB main dining room.
Preschool meetings will begin at 6:30pm, locations TBD.
Check out the event flyer here: Cynthia Lair Flyer
Spring Carnival 2017 is coming up soon! Get crackin’ on those auction donations! Word on the street is that homemade items are hugely popular!
Here are some important dates:
Monday, April 11: Carnival/Silent Auction Donations are due
Friday, April 28: Carnival Set-Up Work Party, 4-9pm (event is mandatory)
Saturday, April 29: Spring Carnival!, 10am – 2pm
Saturday, April 29: Carnival Clean-up, 2-4pm (mandatory)
On Wednesday March 29 our 2017 PAC night speaker will be Ilsa Govan, M.A., “Talking With Children About Race”
The event will be at Shoreline Community College PUB, 7-9pm. There will be NO class meeting before the event. The event is free for Co-op families, but space will be limited because this event is for all the SCC Co-op schools, and it will be open to the public (donation suggested). We strongly suggest that you register for the event at Eventbrite.
Ilsa Govan is co-founder of Cultures Connecting, a consulting, workshop, and coaching team that focus on “Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century”. She has more than 15 years experience as a teacher and anti-racist community activist, including working with the Seattle School District as an Equity and Race Specialist.
This event also has a Facebook page
On February 28 we had an amazing speaker for Parent Ed night at SCC: Amy Lang, The Birds & Bees for Parents of Preschoolers
Here are a few highlights from the handout.
Bodies: “It’s normal for young kids to be curious about their bodies”; “The very first sex talk is the correct names for privates”.
Boundaries: “You are their model for safe boundaries!”; “They are the boss of their bodies”
Baby-Making: “Stop thinking they are ‘too young’ to learn about sex”; “‘Don’t ask – don’t tell’ doesn’t work for kids”
Books for Ages 3-6:
It’s MY Body – A book to teach young children how to resist uncomfortable touch, Lory Freeman and Carol Deach
Don’t Be Scared to Tell, Kathy Delgado Chatteron and Sam Lotfi
It’s NOT the Stork! A book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends, Robie Harris and Michael Emberley
What’s the Big Secret?, Laurie Krasney Brown and Marc Brown
Qustodio.com, Monitoring software
StopItNow.org, Child sexual abuse support and information
SavvyParentsSafeKids.com, Sexual abuse and abduction prevention tips and classes
Porn-Ed.com, Tips for talking to kids about pornography (coming soon!)
BeHeroes.net, Family contracts for safe internet use
BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com, Amy Lang’s site with video tips, book suggestions, and online learning
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 email@example.com
I read recently, to my astonishment, that Stonehendge sits at a
site that is not its original location. Wow! How can this possibly be?! That “even the most impressive– and immovable– seeming of monuments” was at one point “taken apart and pulled on sledges” over a hundred miles (New Yorker, January 4, 2016)?
Well, some geologists argue that it was “not human intent but mere glacial action that accounts for Stonehendge’s relocation.” However, Adam Gopnik argues, “whichever turns out to be true…the message remains.” In other words, when it comes to massive moves, there is a “mutability of our monuments.” Yes! While there may be “some trepidation” that comes with relocating, “the lesson in recovery of all kinds is that more is usually recoverable than we imagine,” and that new places can become new homes. In fact, Gopnik wrote his article in part to address the feelings around the move that the New Yorker headquarters was making itself, from one building to another. Well, there you have it. In Talmudic terms, kal va’chomer. That is, if in a case that is generally strict (the location of Stonehendge, or even the New Yorker) there is a particular leniency (it can move!), then a case that is generally lenient (the location of Shorenorth) will certainly have that leniency as well (we can move too!).
Or as Bob the Builder says, “Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”
Susie teaches the Groovers class. If you have any questions or concerns, fell free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Families of Shorenorth,
Another school year is over…almost. No, this year we don’t get to close the door and say to our school, “See you in the fall.” Instead it’s sort, toss, and box. As we take down what we’ve built up through the last 8 years, I think back to all the fun we had making it into the invigorating environment it was. The fresh challenge lies ahead once again and I’m excited to see what we create for children and families in our new home. There are many things to still decide and do when it comes to systems and we’ll do our best to make it the best.
I’d like to thank this year’s board for all their dedicated work on running our school, working on finding a new home, rocking the fundraisers (such a good year to do it!) and keeping us in the know. If you haven’t yet, thank your Parent Coordinator or any other board member for their service this year that has benefited us all. Our board of 2016-2017 also looks very good and raring to go. We just had our first gathering on June 6th at the college at a Leadership Training that we go to so that we may better serve our school.
Cooperative Preschools do take all of us to keep running and any organization is as strong as their weakest member. One of my biggest jobs as Director is to keep us focused on building community and honestly, in times of change and growth, cohesiveness can really rise to the top; so I know this next turn in the river will pull us together even more and I look forward to it. Please stay in touch with each other this summer, take advantage of the fun gatherings and don’t parent in isolation, you are part of the Shorenorth Village and I’m thankful I am too!
Jan is our fearless Director and teaches the Baby N Me, Explorers, Toddlers, and Movers classes! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact her at email@example.com
May 8, 2016
After 40 years of renting from Shoreline School District, Shorenorth needed to find a new landlord and the search is finally over! Seattle Lord of Glory church (19931 Forest Park Dr NE in Shoreline) had a quiet little education building that they use on Sundays that they are willing to lease to us M-F. The church leadership is very focused on family and are so excited about us filling the space with families, education and community! They generously have offered to let us use their fellowship hall on scheduled community events/parent ed nights, will permit us to park our huge container on the property, and come June we can remodel, paint and transform the space into a wonderful environment for children. Generosity is mentioned because they are not charging us rent until September 1st! It is a smaller space than we have had the past 7 years, but we look forward to building closer community and getting to “manage” and clean less space, giving us more time together and with our children.
The lease has been signed! Shorenorth officially has a new home this Fall, at Seattle Lord of Glory Church (formerly Myong Sung Presbyterian Church) at 19931 Forest Park Dr NE in Shoreline.
An update on the recapture was included with the January 2016 Newsletter:
Shorenorth Relocation Update: It’s a new year and the start of some NEW beginnings. I am happy to say after quite a few site visitations and meetings with the college, school district and other directors in the building (of all the programs in our hallway), Shorenorth is now beginning to have some choices of where we will be able to move next year!
There are a few very nearby churches who want to welcome any type of community into their space, we have two realtors “out there” looking for us and the school district has made us a new temporary offer. Myself and the two other co-op directors met with Asst Superintendent of Shoreline Schools Marla Miller Dec. 20th and she offered us an extension of a move out date. From June 1st to August 31st! Then she also listened to us telling her how difficult it was in Shoreline and LFP to find another site with so little time and she will recommend on the January 11th School Board Meeting to let us lease temporary space in the Shoreline Center. 185th and 1st Ave NE. We had a deadline of January 7th to let her know if we were interested and all the tenants in our hall way said yes. We will not stop looking for a better place that we enjoy more, but it is a wonderful secure thing to know that we do have one sure thing. If we do find something we like better, we will give immediate notice and not go to Shoreline Center. In the meantime, bring on regular registration for next year because we will have an address folks!
Another dream that our 3 co-ops have set in motion is the idea of an Early Childhood Center! This may be 3-5 years down the road but there never has been a riper time for Early Childhood to receive assistance for the crucial role we play in education. Again, we spoke to the district(who own most properties in the city of Shoreline) and they mentioned that the Cedar Brook site(Perkins Way) may be perfect for our needs. Yes, this is “Pie in the Sky” talk but when we are talking pie with city officials, king county, presidents of the college, legislators and senators…and they are all getting excited about it, then we have to keep the conversation and dream going.
Please look forward to learning how the job of moving is going to be distributed fairly by us all and even be enjoyable!! Can you say, “Toss and Tidy???”
November 16, 2015
On October 19, 2015 a letter from Teacher Jan was sent to everyone regarding future plans of our school’s building. This page will become a permanent place to find updates on the issue.
Oct. 19, 2015
A link to the letter from Teacher Jan.
Fall 2015 PAC Speaker: Tim Andrews
Big thanks to PAC for arranging such an incredible Parent Ed. speaker: Tim Andrews. Tim’s expertise is in Early Childhood Special Education, which he shared with us in his talk titled “Strategies for Supporting All Children in the Cooperative Classroom.” Tim quickly engaged the entire crowd and drove home 2 critical points: “Inclusion Matters” and the value of positive attention. He challenged us to rethink our responses to challenging behaviors, and reminded us of the early state of “emotional literacy” in our children, then gave us new tools to help us stimulate that growth. Shorenorth classrooms are already abuzz with the introduction of the Turtle Technique.