Northshore honors students’ achievements

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Contributing Writer

The weather is still beautiful, the leaves are still green, but summer is coming to an end regardless. In just a week, students in Northshore School District will go back to class. But the school’s academic calendar will be more than school holidays and events; each month will feature a student who in some way inspires others. Leanna Albrecht, the director of communications for NSD, asked for nominations of students who did exceptional work. “It’s not just about a test score,” she said. “It’s not just about how they did on the sports field.”  

These are some of the NSD students whose experiences and hard work have inspired others.

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2014-15 Transportation Information — Northshore School District

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Northshore School District will make this year’s bus stop information available on Aug. 25. After reviewing your child’s information, please contact Transportation immediately at (425) 408-7900 if something looks amiss or you need additional assistance.

Students are routed and assigned to buses at a single stop location based on the address they have registered with their school. Waiver students and walkers are not eligible for transportation and may inquire about available space on a bus by completing a Transportation Request Form,

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New private middle school opens in Redmond

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

This fall, families on the Eastside will have another option for middle school. The founder of Bellevue Children’s Academy is opening Willows Preparatory School in Redmond, which will welcome about 100 fifth through eighth graders when classes start on Sept. 2.

Founder Yuka Shimizu and Headmaster Francisco Grijalva say Willows Prep’s international curriculum, small class sizes, and diverse student body will be big draws for the school. There are still five openings to attend the school this year.
Willows Prep’s eventual goal is to offer the middle school International Baccalaureate (IB) program, but it will take two to three years to implement that curriculum, Grijalva said. Until then, Willows Prep will use the curriculum from Bellevue Children’s Academy (BCA), which Shimizu developed for her own kids.

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The Benefits of Reading to Children


One of the greatest investments a parent, relative or caregiver can make in the lives of children is to take the time to read to them. So often we get caught up in the frenzy of daily tasks, work, calls, emails, chores, and even in the personal indulgence of the many forms of social media.

With these distractions we need to remember to create the time for simple pleasures and to slow down the pace in order to focus completely on our children. Reading to children shows them they are significant and deserve our uninterrupted attention.

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Adventures of a single parent: Yurts revisited

  • Written by Julie Boselly

When I asked my son what he wanted to do this summer, he chose yurt camping. It has been six years since our first attempt at “camping” two-kids-plus-one-mommy-style. We yurt camped at Tolt MacDonald in Carnation in 2008 when the kids were ages 7 and 3. This time we stayed close to home again, but headed north about 45 minutes. Destination: Kayak Point. New: Bring friends!

We drive to Kayak Point often. It has a fabulous playground and a beautiful beach to look for rocks, shells and wildlife. Visitors can camp, day camp, hike, golf nearby, boat, fish and go crabbing.

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