News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Still Looking For a Kindergarten? A New One is Opening Just You You!

January 30th, 2015 by master

I got an email from the Woodland Park Cooperative who are looking to get the word out about their new school! Of course, mywallingford, is happy to help!

Started by a group of parents in Ballard/Wallingford/Fremont/Phinney, they have worked for the last year to dream up and launch a new play-based Kindergarten as part of the Woodland Park Cooperative.

Their next Open House is Feb 14 at 1:30pm.

Contact Woodland Park Cooperative for more details.

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Nearby: strip club reopening, kids' store closing, more

April 1st, 2011 by master

Rising Stars children’s store on Phinney Ridge closing April 28

Strip club in U District plans to reopen

Giggles became Jiggles in Dec. 2010, then the city closed it in March

Pedestrian staircase collapses in Maple Leaf

2011 Top Pot 5K Doughnut Dash at Green Lake Park

Green Lake band ‘Hotels’ is a semifinalist in Billboard’s Battle of the Bands contest

Milstead & Company Bringing ‘Simple, Awesome’ Coffee To Fremont

Easy Street muralist recreates Pearl Jam Vitalogy on time lapse video

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Kids make art to benefit Operation School Bell

December 16th, 2010 by master

This Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Wallingford Center (1815 N. 45th St.), children from neighborhood families will sell their artwork (as postcards) to benefit other kids.

Angele Hunskor told us in an email:

The event was sparked by neighborhood kids wanting to help other kids in need. Four families got together and had our kids create some original art pieces which we then made into postcards. The Wallingford Center generously donated the space for the kids to have their “art sale.”

In addition to selling their cards, the kids will have an art station set up with a variety of art supplies for kids to stop by and make art together. Donations for the art station are appreciated.

All money raised during the sale will go to Operation School Bell located in the Wallingford neighborhood. Operation School Bell is a non-profit which provides needy kids in Seattle Public Schools with warm coats, new jeans and shirts, backpacks, new shoes, etc.

The kids will be set up right in front of Izilla Toys.

Operation School Bell is run by the Assistance League of Seattle at 1415 North 45th St. Here’s a video from 2008 that shows the impact it has on Seattle kids:

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Green Lake Comm. Center toddler space closing

October 20th, 2010 by master

Parents and caregivers of wee ones know that once the cold, wet weather arrives in Seattle (and it always does!), there are precious few indoor play options where toddlers can burn off some energy. Now one of those options, the toddler play space at the Green Lake Community Center, will close because of budget cuts. From our sister site My Green Lake:

On Nov. 4, the Parks Department will begin converting the entire second floor of the Green Lake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr N), including the large room occupied by the Toddler Play Space, into offices.

On Sept. 27, Mayor McGinn presented his 2011 City of Seattle budget recommendations to City Council.  If the Council accepts his recommendations, the Green Lake Community Center will lose six FTE staff and will operate under “Limited-Use Status.” 28 Parks Department staff members will be moving into the Green Lake Community Center.

Although final decisions about the 2011 city budget have not yet been voted on by City Council, the Parks Department needs to begin converting the space now, should offices be needed in January 2011.  Katie Gray, Parks Department North Recreation Manager, says that if the City Council’s budget does not necessitate moving offices into the Green Lake Community Center, the work will be reversed and the second floor rooms will once again be available for classes and the Toddler Play Space.

Read more details, including where the toddler equipment will be located for limited hours, on My Green Lake.

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Preschool to open in Wallingford Center

July 7th, 2010 by master

The voices of children will ring though a long-vacant corner of the Wallingford Center basement this fall, when a new preschool will open in the space across from the old photo center.

Michelle Warren, who lives in Wallingford with her husband and two school-age children, will open Exploration Academy in September and accept students from 30 months to 5 years old for half- and full-day preschool. Warren plans to maintain a class size of 18-20 students, and will have a student teacher ratio of approximately 6:1.

Warren’s husband Jonathan is a University of Washington professor; the couple hope to recruit teachers from the UW Early Childhood Education department, which also will be involved in curriculum development for the school. Warren herself is now completing her certificate in Early Childhood Education certification from North Seattle Community College and a master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. She worked in the infant and child product industry for many years.

The Exploration Academy classroom will look somewhat like this one, from the Community Playthings site.

The students will use the Wallingford Playfield playground in good weather. For rainy days, class gardening and science exploration, a new covered outdoor area exclusively for the school’s use will be constructed over the summer. Warren described the space as 750 square feet of the plaza area on the Wallingford Avenue side of Pharmaca. The area will not be open to the public during non-school hours, Warren said.

As for the 1230-square-foot classroom itself, Warren told us, “We are particularly concerned with providing a classroom that is esthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally conscientious. Flooring will be either cork or sustainable wood flooring, and learning tools made from sustainable wood and/or recycled materials are prioritized; as is organic foods for snacks and lunches.”

The students, Warren said, will be “deeply involved in their own curriculum,” which will focus on “the zone of proximal development and finding out how to find solutions.”

Want to see the new school? Warren is shooting for a construction completion date of August 15, after which families can tour the space. In the meantime, Warren is accepting applications for admissions this fall.

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Reminder: Wallingford wading pool schedule

July 6th, 2010 by master

Reader Jason sent over this photo earlier today of a disappointed little girl in her swimsuit. Her parents may not have known that the Wallingford Playfield wading pool is open only Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays this summer.

We’ve posted the wading pool schedule in our events calendar. Meanwhile, the Green Lake wading pool is open every day the temperature is forecast to exceed 70 degrees.

The pool will no doubt see heavy use during its open days this week, when temperatures are supposed to be in the high 80s and low 90s.

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Theater for the kids: 'Willy Wonka' at St. Ben's

April 20th, 2010 by master

Want to introduce the kids to live stage performance but don’t want to pay high prices? This Thursday and Friday evening the 5th through 8th graders at St. Benedict’s school will perform “Willy Wonka Jr.,” a show adapted for younger actors, but with all the familiar songs and characters from the movie version of Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Mary in the school office told us that there are tickets left for the Thursday and Friday performances ($5 for adults; $2 for kids), and that the $30 adults-only Saturday dinner tickets are sold out. She mentioned, however, that they’ve added $15 balcony tickets on Saturday, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and dessert.

There’s more information about the show at the St. Ben’s site.

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