Dine Out at Anju!

This Thursday, November 21st you can support Highland Park Elementary by going to Anju! They will donate a portion of their proceeds for the day, as long as they know that you are there for HPE!

Anju is a relatively new Korean restaurant and bar in White Center – it has been open for a little over a year and a half and it is delicious!

Here is there link to the Facebook event: Dine Out at Anju!

Click here to see their website, they are located in the alley between 15th and 16th, just south of Carniceria El Paisano.

Remember to tell them you are there for Highland Park!

Salmon Fence Work Party and Reveal

We are getting ready to start installing Salmon!

Last year the PTA and Highland Park Plays began a project to bring a special art piece to our school. Every student and staff member was given the opportunity to paint a wooden salmon cut out. Members of the community who attended events at the school were given smaller cut outs to paint as well, and we are now ready to start hanging them in the playground!

The fronts of the fish are all unique, and from the playground will look like schools swimming around the children playing. From the park and street you will see the backs of the fish have all been painted yellow and blue – our mustang colors!

The installation will take place during the school day this Thursday, November 21st, so please check in with the office if you would like to check it out or lend a hand. We have been working hard to get the fish ready for hanging, to make it go as smoothly as possible.

This Saturday, November 23rd there will be an art project reveal and kickball party, if you are there for conferences come check it out. If you are not having conferences on Saturday come check it out anyway, we would love to see you there! We will be there from 9:30 to 11:00!

If you would like to participate and you have any questions please email us at hpemustang@gmail.com or click on the contact link above and let us know!

Well, if Aquaman approves…

Larry Gossett: an icon looks at his storied past

There is a very interesting story about Larry Gossett in the Seattle Times today. Larry Gossett is the incumbent King County Councilmember who is likely to lose reelection to Girmay Zahilay. I knew that Gossett was a local civil rights leader, but I honestly didn’t realize the extent of his work. Arrested in 1968 at the age of 23 “after a sit in at Franklin High School after the school’s decision to send two black students home for wearing their hair natural” – that feels like a headline ripped out of today’s news. Please read the full article here.

You can also read a brief biography here, from the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project and the University of Washington.

The fight continues, Mr. Gossett.

From the Seattle Times: Gap widens between state’s high, low performers in math and reading tests

Tl;dr Score gap widens and a lot of people have theories why.

One thing I liked reading is that “school officials and community members are debating whether to end a specialized program for gifted and talented students in favor of gifted programs at each neighborhood school.” Yes please!

You can read the whole article here, part of the Seattle Times Education Lab series.

Whale watching regulations

Passionate about our local whales? Our southern resident orca group is down to only 73 members. From the Seattle Times:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has opened a so-called scoping period for 60 days to take public comment on whether existing Federal Regulations adequately protect killer whales from the impacts of vessels and noise in the inland waters of Washington State, and if not, what action the agency should take.

Seattle Times, Oct 24 2019

You can send comments via email to OrcaRecovery.WCR@noaa.gov with the subject line “Comments on Protective Regulations for Killer Whale Scoping”, or mail written comments to Seattle Branch Chief, Protected Resources Division, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle WA 98155, Attn: SRKW Vessel Regulation Revision. You can also give comments in person at a public meeting to be held in Friday Harbour at the Brickworks Event Center, Nov 12 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Read the full article here.

Democracy Vouchers for Seattle City Council race

Just a reminder that if you haven’t turned in your vouchers for the Seattle City Council race, it’s not too late! I hadn’t done mine yet and it only takes a few minutes online.

For more information about the program you can go to their webpage, Democracy Voucher Program. If you create an account you can assign your four $25 vouchers to candidates which takes less than 30 seconds.

If anything, participating in this program makes me feel like I’m engaged in a grand social experiment. It hasn’t stopped certain companies from dumping a ton of money into this year’s race, so using my vouchers feels more vital than ever!

Go mustangs:)