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Orca Annual Fund

The Seattle School District is the largest public school system in Washington. It contains 97 schools and serves about 45,000 students. Unfortunately, every year the Parent-Teacher-Student Associations have to raise money on their own to keep programs, retain teachers and support staff, and safe-guard things once believed to be inextricably linked to proper public education, [...]

Goodbye Orca at Columbia

Orca Mural 26 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Today was the last day students will be at Orca at Columbia. Our award-winning student gardens will make way for portable classrooms as our students are relocated to a new school and a different school program moves into Orca’s building. I tried to capture the gardens, the [...]

Katherine’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Kate’s pants 1 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Yesterday I opened the door to find a tear-stained Kate on the front porch. That hasn’t happened in a really long time and Kate doesn’t tend to get too bent out of shape over the little stuff anymore so I was immediately worried.

“What happened?” I [...]

HOLY SHIT!

This happened ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL WHILE THE KIDS WERE OUTSIDE WAITING FOR THEIR BUS!

Man Gunned Down Outside Seattle Restaurant

She came home and told me about hearing shots, being herded back into the school, seeing the Kiro News helicopter circling the area… I tried to be calm, told her [...]

Schedule Whining

Don’t mind me, I’m just looking at my day planner for the next month and shuddering at how ugly it is.

Rumor has it that Pramas leaves for England on Sunday. I have no confirmation of that at this moment but am proceeding with things as if he is. If true, I expect him to [...]

First Day of Fifth Grade

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It’s that time of year again. Kate is off to her first day of fifth grade. All indications are this will be her [...]

The Non-Policy Policy

In general, I like Kate’s school. It is my choice to send her there. I like the environmental educational opportunities, with the Orca community garden, the way the school hatches and releases salmon eggs every year, the outdoor school “get in touch with nature” stuff they do. I was born in Ely, Minnesota and spent [...]