Dyslexia Awareness & Music4Life

  • Written by David B. Clark

As Summer’s warmer weather shifts to Autumn’s changing leaves and cool breeze, the Northshore School District is welcoming October and the fall months with good news, advocacy, and awareness. Northshore Council PTSA president Carrie McKenzie was present for Northshore School district’s most recent meeting and was eager to inform attendees and the board members about this October being Dyslexia Awareness month. McKenzie shared with the board the Washington State PTA 4 D’s Resolution. The ‘D’s being: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia (math dyslexia), and dyspraxia. Though these latter three are not the same, they often get blanketed under the term dyslexia. The resolution lies in advocating for early screening with parent notification. Dyslexia causes difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. The other ‘D’s are a bit more specific making it rather axiomatic why continued education and a dedicated month to the disability are so important.

McKenzie continued when she addressed the board and stated that she, “appreciates your help through disseminating awareness through whatever channels you have.” McKenzie went on to remind the board members of the Angst: Documentary on Social Anxiety at 7:30 p.m. on October 16 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011), the WSPTA Legislative Assembly in Tacoma at the Hotel Murano on October 20 and 21, and the Presidents and Principals Luncheon at the Evergreen Church at 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on November 2. For more information visit

HiCap Council president Austina DeBonte brought her knowledge and personal experiences with her son forward when she shared that, “Dyslexia is a big deal.” She said it was the elephant in the room and continued, “If I had not known what I know it would have been so easy for him to never have been identified as dyslexic. I wonder how many kids are in that situation. Many of these kids can compensate until middle school or even high school until they hit that wall.” Again, these personal stories exemplify the necessity for education that can ultimately lead so many young people to more fulfilling lives.

Sam Ames, who has two children in the Northshore school district, addressed the board with numerous facts about dyslexia and offered many suggestions about what the Northshore School District  could  do  to  better  help children who may suffer from dyslexia and those children’s parents. Statistically, Ames stated, there is, “4,400 students in our district with dyslexia.”

While much of the meeting focused on dyslexia and ways to better Northshore School District’s students, there was a happy high note when Northern Music Partner Representative Patsy Treece shared with the board that the organization had joined Music4Life and that she and the community have been very happy with music education now coming free of cost to elementary school children’s families. Treece is helping gather instruments for children not able to afford their own through the help of Music4Life. “We have a saxophone donated by a board member, a viola, and 12 to 13 more [instruments] getting ready to be donated,” happily exclaimed Treece. “We need a groundswell of instruments this being the first year.”
If you are interested in donating an instrument please contact Patsy Treece via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about Music4Life please visit their website at

Little Bear Creek and Old Woodinville School  

  • Written by David B. Clark

Council Meeting Recap for October 3

Woodinville values its natural allure and has always held its rustic charm in importance. With developments in the city due to tourism, the population boom, and an increasingly buzzworthy downtown, city council has had many pressures to weigh and balance. The developments of DeYoung park are a clear symbol of the city’s dedication to peace, prosperity, and growth. It is extraordinarily difficult to try and maintain a perfect public image but the members of city council have showcased their determination for a Woodinville that will cater to its citizens while being environmentally and economically responsible.

Gary Harris had come forward with hopes to expedite some progress concerning the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse and its transformation into a civic center during the last City Council meeting. Harris, a big believer in Woodinville’s established image and character, made his worries substantial when he stated, “there have been five proposals over the last 10 years… none accepted for the Old Woodinville School to be turned into a civic center.” Though no decision has been made, these concerns being voiced by community members make a substantial and persistent point.

The word “complex” was a bit of a hot-button during the conversations regarding the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse. With many different visions of a fully functioning, community center, it is understandable with just how complex this project is. Concerns draw back again to finances and Woodinville’s image. The city is steadfast in their determination to move forward with this project when it is financially responsible and its end-product fit the appeal of Woodinville.

The council sought direction concerning the Little Bear Creek Parkway Property acquisition. Management Analyst Lauren Broudy Thompson brought her detailed research to the council members explaining that this is a 7.7 mile stretch that contains a salmon bearing stream. Currently, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) owns this land and the city of Woodinville would have to purchase this to acquire it. Mayor Bernie Talmas stated that the area suffers from traffic but that does not discount the area’s importance. Talmas said, “The noise is horrendous… it’s not suitable for a bike trail or a pedestrian path… it’s worth buying to protect the stream.” Buchanan concurred, “I don’t disagree one bit.” With the grand idea of preserving a quintessen-tial piece of Woodinville, the council is opting on an appraisal of the area to see just how much it will cost to procure.


  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

With the change in the weather, flying season ends and meeting season begins.  Cascade Warbirds will hold its first meeting of the winter at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Saturday, October 14.  According to Squadron Commander Ron Morrell the meeting will begin “precisely at 10 a.m., more or less”.  Held in the North View Lounge the meeting’s agenda will feature a recap of the Squadron’s extensive air show and flying activities this past summer; and a presentation by Kent Johnson, Naval Aviator, retired airline Captain, and CWB Board Member.  Johnson flew most of the noted Navy attack aircraft during the Viet Nam era.   Anyone with an interest in historic military aircraft is welcome and there is no admission charge to attend.
Cascade Warbirds is Squadron #2 of EAA Warbirds of America and is a non-profit organization of local aviation enthusiasts, many of whom are pilot-owners of historic military aircraft.  With over 250 members and the largest squadron in Warbirds of America, Cascade Warbirds is centered in the Puget Sound area.  It meets at the Museum of Flight in Seattle from October until flying weather returns in April.  Its mission is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft (Keep ‘em Flying), to honor Veterans, and to engage in aviation education.  Find more about them on the web at

WA State awarded $66.7 million to help students GEAR UP for college

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has received a seven-year, $24.5 million grant to increase college readiness and success for 5,500 low-income students in 48 schools statewide through the Washington State GEAR UP Program. WSAC is one of three organizations in Washington State to receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP programs at the University of Washington and Washington State University will receive $12.2 million and $30 million.

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. WSAC will administer the grant in partnership with 26 low-income school districts, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, colleges and universities, and Washington State Employees Credit Union.

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  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

In the September 25th edition   article   titled  "Chief of Police  gives   glowing report of peace in community" the informa-tion regarding mental health calls was incorrect.

Please note that the following statistics are the correct ones directly from a statement from Chief of Police Kathleen Larson:

"We had a total of 92 mental health calls in Woodinville last year. We have already responded to 75 at the end of June this year. Of those 75 we involuntarily committed 25, who were sent to the hospital for evaluation/treatment.

"In King County last year excluding the 92 in Woodinville, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 4,125 calls for service (Mental Health) as of the end of June 2017 they have already responded to 2,538. We are all experiencing increased calls for service related to mental health."

Chief Larson reiterated the importance of the upcoming Woodinville Police Winter Workshops and that everyone is invited to attend these informative and useful courses.  Note: The Woodinville Weekly will print the workshop schedules when they are available.

In the October 2 edition Woodinville Water District article, we sent a list of questions to each candidate and created a story based on their answers.  A couple of the candidates have contacted us regarding that story.  We are researching the items the candidates have brought to our attention and we are planning to publish a follow up story in an upcoming edition.