Back to School

  • Written by Don Mann

Back to school 

Photo by Don Mann

Two students from Arrowhead Elementary School in Kenmore get off the bus for the first day of school last Wednesday. Northshore School District is comprised of over 19,000 students at 22 elementary schools, six junior high schools and four high schools across Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville. 1,424 of the students in the head count are entering kindergarten.

Experience the spirit and history of the Tulalip Tribes at the new Hibulb Cultural Center

  • Written by Deborah Stone
An interior shot of the Hibulb Cultural Center. Courtesy photo.
Vision finally became reality for the Tulalip Tribes with the recent opening of their new Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve.

"It was the vision of the Tulalip people to build a cultural center where we could gather as a community to share our knowledge and stories with one another, a place where we could rediscover our traditions together, and a place that offers our children an educational experience so that they can carry our culture into the future," explains Mel Sheldon, chairman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. "And now the time has come when we can also share with the surrounding community our own story in our own words – so that visitors can learn in a place that truly expresses the spirit of the Tulalip people."

The $19 million center was 30 years in the making and its development was carefully planned and guided by the Tulalip Tribes’ elders and leaders.

It was named for a village that the tribes once lived in, which was located at the mouth of the Snohomish River. Translated, Hibulb means "place where the white doves live" or "place of a thousand fires."

The state-of-the-art facility includes a 23,000-square-foot cultural center, a 10,000-square-foot collections and archeological repository and a 50-acre natural history preserve.

Within the cultural center, there is a main exhibit wing, a gallery for temporary or rotating exhibits, two classrooms, a cedar longhouse, a research library and gift shop.

Aimed primarily at assisting young tribal members in learning about tribal traditions and history, the museum was created to be highly interactive with a variety of hands-on activities.

Themes within the permanent collection include the boarding school era in Tulalip, dating from the mid-1800s to the 1930s, when tribal children were taken from their parents to become "civilized" and assimilated into American society.

They were forbidden to practice their ways or speak their language and as a result, the Coast Salish culture and spirituality was suppressed and family life severely compromised during this time. A series of historical photographs and quotations from tribal members describing their experiences helps to illustrate this harsh period. The impact and effects of this era on four to five generations still lingers today, adding urgency to the role of tribal government in sponsoring cultural rediscovery.

There’s also an exhibit that tells the story of the Point Elliott Treaty, the land settlement agreement, which the Tulalip Tribes, along with other tribes in the greater Puget Sound region, signed in 1855.

A display on cedar honors the tree for its strength, beauty and ability to provide an array of materials for the people. Considered "the tree of life," cedar was used in all aspects of the tribes’ daily existence. Salmon is also given its proper homage with a colorful display depicting the salmon cycle and various fishing equipment and techniques utilized by the people.

For centuries, the Tulalip Tribes depended on the region’s natural environment for food, clothing, commerce, culture and protection. They hunted and gathered wildlife, seafood, cedar and plant life, and traded and socialized with hundreds of other groups around the area.

A large wall map indicating ancestral lands shows the extensive holdings of the Tribes within the Puget Sound region. In a display case nearby, there are clamshell discs and beads once used in trading. Of special interest is a value scale, explaining the worth of the various types of shells.

Four Dentalium strings, for example, were equal to one canoe.

In "Tulalip Today," the structure of the Tribes’ government is detailed, along with information on business and education.

The language of Lushootseed, the Tulalip’s native tongue has survived despite efforts in the past to vanquish it and it is now a mandatory subject for all elementary school students.

There are about 4,000 members of the Tulalip Tribes, with 2,500 living on the reservation.

A genealogy wall within the center lists every tribal member, past and present, providing a detailed ancestry record. Any Tulalip member can learn about their roots by entering an enrollment number into a system, which then lights up the names of their family relations. "Warriors: We Remember" is the subject of the exhibit in the temporary or rotating gallery.

It tells the stories of the Tulalip Tribes’ military tradition, which was born of a warrior spirit.

Here, the Tulalip men and women who served the country in times of conflict and peace are honored and celebrated on a wall covered with their portraits and quotations describing their experiences in battle.

A number of these veterans fought for a country that didn’t admit them as citizens, as Native Americans did not gain U.S. citizenship until 1924. Large handmade canoes, story poles, carvings and art-stenciled design elements adorn the main corridor of the museum.

They are examples of the beautiful craftsmanship of the Tribes’ contemporary artists. And then there’s the cedar longhouse, which has been built into the museum.

With the assistance of an interactive media system, visitors can sit, listen and experience a traditional Tulalip gathering place, learning about the role the longhouse has played in the Tulalip Tribes’ spiritual, political and everyday lives.

The Natural History Preserve, which adjoins the center, will eventually include large-scale environmental restoration projects, walking paths, an observational platform to view the estuary, a totemic sculpture garden, visiting artists’ accommodations, a carving shed, a canoe storage facility and various gardens that will supply food and medicine to the tribal membership.

"We have dreamt about this day for many years," says Hank Gobin, Hibulb’s Director. "Words cannot express the joy we feel that our cultural center is open and ready to educate and inform the Tulalip community and the world about our vibrant culture. While our priority will be helping our Tulalip youth and membership with the rediscovery of our traditions, values and life-ways, we will share our dream with everyone." He adds, "With our service to the community, we hope to remove stereotypes and barriers and promote more understanding and respect for our history, traditions and future direction."

The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is located at: 6410 23rd Avenue N.E. in Tulalip. For more information: (360) 716-2600 or


Tartar Prevention in Dogs

  • Written by Submited by Sno-Wood Animal Hospital
How does tartar form, and what does it do?

Plaque is a gummy substance that forms on the teeth within a few hours after a meal. Within twenty-four hours, plaque begins to mineralize by combining with salts that are present in the saliva. As the plaque continues to accumulate and harden, it eventually forms tartar. Tartar can cause dental problems such as periodontal (gum) disease if not controlled.

Tartar is harmful to the teeth and gums in two ways. First, it serves as a place where bacteria can grow and multiply in the mouth. Both the bacteria and the tartar cause inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, which often results in bleeding. Worsening of the gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, which leads to further inflammation. There is substantial scientific evidence that the bacteria on the tartar can be absorbed into the blood stream and deposited in various organs, including the heart and the kidneys. Second, as tartar builds up along the gum line, it pushes the gums away from the roots of the teeth. As the gums recede, they expose the sensitive, enamel-free part of the tooth causing and pain. Eventually, if the tartar is not removed, it will cause the periodontal disease to progress, and the teeth will loosen and fall out.

How can I prevent tartar formation on my dog’s teeth?

After your dog’s teeth have been professionally cleaned and polished by your veterinarian, we recommend beginning home dental care to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Some general tactics you can use to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth are:

• Feed your dog a veterinary-approved dental diet or a premium diet with scientifically proven tartar-reducing ingredients. These diets have been shown to greatly reduce plaque formation and tartar buildup. These diets contain unique additives that interfere with plaque development, and each kibble is extruded or structured to promote the physical or mechanical removal of tartar when it is chewed. By limiting plaque as it forms, tartar development is greatly diminished.

"Brushing should be done at least twice weekly."

• Brush your pet’s teeth. This is one of the most effective ways to remove plaque before it turns into tartar. Use enzymatic toothpaste that is designed for use in dogs and cats. Do not use human toothpaste. Many human toothpastes and other oral hygiene products contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that is safe for use in humans but highly toxic to dogs. Even if your human toothpaste does not contain xylitol, it will still contain ingredients that can cause an upset stomach or digestive disturbance if it is swallowed. Brushing should be done at least twice weekly (preferably daily), but we understand that not all dogs will tolerate brushing. Special finger brushes are made that make this task easier for you and your pet.

• Use a daily oral rinse. This type of product helps reduce the bacterial count in the mouth, resulting in improved breath. However, make sure that the product is designed for use in dogs. An increasing number of human oral rinse products now contain xylitol.

• Offer your dog specifically designed chew toys and dental treats that are designed to help reduce or remove mild tartar accumulation.

• Have your veterinarian perform a prophylactic dental cleaning every six to twelve months, or at the first sign of tartar buildup. Regular dental cleaning is as important in dogs as it is in people, and will prevent irreversible damage to the gums and roots.

Keeping a leash on allergies while living with a pet

  • Written by ARA
Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips:

• Shut the door.

Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom - and not just when you are sleeping. If you keep the door closed, it will prevent cat or dog hair from drifting in during the day.

• Keep pets off the furniture.

You can do this by placing a plastic cover on the furniture or by placing pieces of aluminum foil on areas where pets settle. They find the noise disturbing.

• Ditch the carpets.

Pet hair tends to stick to carpets, especially soft, shaggy carpet. Try area rugs on tile or wood floors. They are convenient because they are portable and usually machine washable.

• Bathe pets.

Use an allergen-reducing shampoo and clean dogs at least twice a week.

• Clean the air.

Remove irritants with an air cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

• Vacuum and dust frequently.

Use a vacuum designed especially for pet owners. The recently-introduced Cat & Dog vacuum, by Miele, is built with a sealed system designed to prevent dirt, dust and allergens from escaping back into the air.

NSD and YMCA support English Language Learners

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Courtesy photo Alieu Diaw
BOTHELL – Alieu Diaw encountered an entirely different culture and language when he moved to Bothell from Gambia, Africa in the spring of 2010 after being separated from his mother for 8 years. The Crystal Springs student was selected to attend the summer YMCA ELL Enrichment Day Camp and has participated for the past two summers.

"It’s fun," said Alieu. "You learn a lot and improve your skills for school." Alieu enjoyed going on the field trips, learning new things and making new friends. The camp has helped him improve his English language skills, learn about his environment and American culture, develop friendships, and have a different outlook on how things work in this country.

The Northshore School District has partnered with the Northshore YMCA since 2004, under the leadership of camp coordinator Jayne Ritter, to provide the English Language Learners (ELL) Enrichment Day Camp for elementary-age students to help prevent the loss of newly acquired English reading, writing and oral language skills during the summer, and allow the students to build social skills, understand cultural cues and connect their families with the community.

September reading test scores for these students have either maintained or increased from their June test scores. Teachers have reported that students who have participated in this summer program retain more of their English language skills over the summer, require less work to catch up and adjust to school when they return from summer, and they tend to be more comfortable communicating with teachers and classmates.

"While many of these students are struggling academically, they are not underachievers," said Sue Moeller, Northshore School District ELL coach. "They have a tremendous amount of potential and through this camp experience are given extended time to learn."

The district selects 60 students from the six schools that have the highest number of ELL students with the highest degree of difficulty with the English language. Academic data for each student is shared to help place the students with the appropriate reading level materials as well as information about students with special needs or other concerns to create an individualized curriculum and program. The district also provides access to trained professionals, facilities and lunches. Staffing, instructional materials, facilities, transportation, field trips, volunteer coordination, financial support and the program’s operation are provided by the YMCA. There is no cost to the students participating in the program.

One aspect of the program that has evolved since the program began is the Counselor-in-Training position. Former ELL camp students still want to be involved when they move onto junior high school and several have been asked to help with the ELL camp every summer. "It’s an excellent opportunity for kids to stay involved in something positive and mentor others," said Ritter.

The Northshore YMCA recently received a $30,000 donation from a community member to support the ELL Summer Camp.

For more information, contact Sue Moeller at (425) 408-7723 or Tom Weiss-Lehman at (425) 485-9797.