|Letters to the Editor - May 7, 2012|
|Written by Readers|
LETTER OF APPRECIATION
We, the parents from Cottage Lake Elementary, would like to recognize the teachers and staff of our great school.
Our kids look forward to going to school … most days … because of the positive learning environment at Cottage Lake. The entire staff has created the perfect balance of instruction and fun, which means … most days … our kids come home with smiling faces and fun stories to share.
This year, new programs and teaching techniques were introduced that have only enhanced the learning environment at our school. The entire staff worked very hard to make sure these new programs were in place before the school year began. The kids have responded well to the new classroom situation and it seems to have improved the morale at Cottage Lake.
Making a big change is never easy. But the ease with which the staff made this adjustment is a testament to their work ethic and their love of our school.
Their dedication to our kids, and our kids’ education, is evident in the amount of work that was needed in preparation for these new programs. This was truly a group effort.
One gets the sense that Cottage Lake is one big, happy family. There seems to be a high level of respect and friendship among the staff. There is always a lot of laughter at Cottage Lake and that translates to happier teachers, a warm, friendly environment and happier students.
We want to thank the teachers and staff of Cottage Lake Elementary for creating a wonderful and positive learning atmosphere. We truly appreciate all that you do for our kids each and every day.
Cottage Lake Elementary Parents and PTA
To the church group who cleaned up the Leota Junior High neighborhood on Saturday, April 28:
Thanks for your service. Missing a rake? You left it at my house. Come and get it!
Penny Kjelgaard, Woodinville
Are we ready to close a school in the Woodinville area in order to build more schools in Bothell?
An associate of mine who is involved with the Northshore School District’s Demographics Taskforce has informed me that the school district’s director of capital projects, Daniel Vaught, is proposing to close a school in the Woodinville area in order to build more schools in the Bothell area. He is pushing to build another high school and possibly another elementary school on the north end of the school district, while proposing to close a school on the east side of the district. This new high school is slated to be a 4-year high school, which will cause a ripple effect of boundary changes across Northshore.
In the last several years Northshore has completed the remodel of two of its existing high schools. Why weren’t those schools remodeled with an eye to future growth? The building of a new high school could cost taxpayers over 100 million dollars, and that is in addition to the $2 million already spent to purchase the property for the proposed high school. In addition to the recently acquired piece of land purchased for the proposed high school, the school district purchased property on Maltby Road just two years ago, allegedly for a future elementary school.
Is this the best use of taxpayer money? We are still in a recession, yet Vaught wants Northshore residents to foot the bill to build new schools, while closing existing schools.
The last time the school district tried to close a school it met with strong opposition from the community.
Will this time be any different? If it were a school in Bothell or Kenmore, would the outcry be less? What if it were Maywood or Moorlands elementary schools? Would those communities quietly accept the closure of their beloved schools in order to finance a new school? I would hope not.
Mark Tapley, Woodinville
I am writing to make sure the entire Hollywood Hill community is fully informed about the proposed zip line thrill rides in our Gold Creek Park. This commercial business will effectively change Gold Creek’s status from a rural recreational park to an expensive amusement park.The current hiking, equestrian and nature appreciation uses of the park will be ruined if King County grants Gravity Works permission to install 14 zip lines throughout the entire park. Who would choose to hike in our local park when hundreds of people per day are zipping overhead and screaming as they descend. And don’t forget the ever present hum of the “scenic chairlift” further destroying the peace and quiet of the park. Horse riders won’t even have the option to continue riding the established trails because zip lines and horses are absolutely incompatible. The bobcat family, eagles, owls and other wildlife currently in the park will also be driven out. The only people who would enjoy Gold Creek Park under Gravity Work’s business plan would be $100 -a-head users from the Seattle area and beyond. Our local community would be stuck with thousands of cars, with no adequate parking in the plan. I urge everyone in Woodinville to oppose zip lines in Gold Creek Park and to support the preservation of Gold Creek Park by signing the online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com and by attending the public meeting at Northshore Junior High on June 6.
After all: “Don’t [sic.] it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.”
Sandy Sivinski, Woodinville
Heather Hawley, Woodinville
Although Gravity Works claims that horses will get used to the zip lines, I contacted some of the places advertised on the web that claim they have zip lines and horse trails. The zip line trails are NOT near the horse trails. I doubt very much that Gravityworks has done a thorough investigation. Request that they provide the names and telephone numbers of those they’ve contacted and allow those in the horse community to contact those horse facilities.
Horses are animals of flight. Something low flying over them will cause them to run like the wind. Add screaming people and horses will run all the faster. Add inexperienced riders who may have also been imbibing at the local wineries and it is a recipe for disaster.
King County Parks should consider what they will need to do to warn horseback riders of the dangers of riding horses underneath zip lines. What education will the county need to do to educate novice horseback riders on what to do if their horses bolt? What arrangements will the county make if the horses bolt and their riders are bucked off or fall off? Has the county consulted its insurance company?
Ziplines in the Northwest would probably only be used for the three months of summer. Be generous and say maybe five months. Gravityworks claims that it will attract 40,000 visitors. First of all, what data can they produce that supports their claim? Then look at that data: 40,000 claimed visitors divided by five months of use = 8,000 people/month supposedly! 8,000 divided by 30 days/month = 267 people/day supposedly, day in, day out for 150 days. Highly unlikely! What happens when the thrill of ziplines wears off? Will the community then be left with the ugly ziplines and no money to take them down? The claimed $160,000 Gravity Works hopes the county will make really isn’t that much money. And it certainly won’t be enough to remove the ziplines, particularly because the county will have already spent the money.
Even if the contract provides that Gravity Works would have to remove the zip lines if they aren’t generating $160,000/year for the county, what if Gravity Works files for bankruptcy? The county needs to decide where it stands: Is it willing to ruin the quality of life that the Gold Creek area has provided to many homeowners, horseback riders and wildlife over many, many years so it can support two guys who want to make money and give a little to the county.
Please do NOT allow our wonderful natural Gold Creek area to be ruined!
Rebecca Kenison, Seattle
The Bona Fide American Mission (B.A.M.) is happy to announce the official dates of the 2012 Sammamish Valley Festival. This year on August 16,17 and 18, B.A.M. will produce the 2nd annual Sammamish Valley Festival event with help from our friends in the community.
To make this festival even better, we invite you to be a part of it. Anyone and everyone can be involved. If you have a trade or apprentice style trait or cultured skill that you would like to showcase, and/or teach to the younger generation, this festival is the place for you. It’s also a place for community face- to-face networking where you will find the “art” in communicating face to face.
Here’s a list of possible ideas for the festival: traditional skills and crafts, traditional farming methods, sewing and knitting, hat making, glass blowing, bicycle repair, masonry, painting, wine making, clerical administration, canning, boat building, black smith, hunting, fishing, baking printing, carpentry, music, barbers, historical tractors and cars, shoe making, wood carving, watch and clock repair, foraging, weaving, iron work, analog sound, dancing, old school kids play. This year’s festival will be held on the same site as last year on Woodinville Redmond Road, south of Woodinville. To participate and showcase your talents, call us at (425) 394-3397.
Bona Fide American Mission, Woodinville