Join the Viewlands PTSA for Fun, Food and Friends at Viewlands Elementary Winterfest, December 13, 2013!
This year’s event will include: • Games and Crafts for the Kids • Bake Sale and Hot Cocoa Bar • Book Walk • Holiday Wreath Sale • Silent Auction (a perfect opportunity to stock up on those last few Holiday Gifts!)
Don’t miss the fun!
Viewlands Elementary Gym 10525 3rd Avenue NW, Seattle December 13, 2013 6pm ~ 8pm
All proceeds to benefit Viewlands PTSA
Containers will be in the courtyard for collecting “Winter” themed new or gently used children book donations for “Winterfest” and kid friendly non-perishable food donations now until December 13th for “HIP”. Please consider picking up a snowflake in the courtyard for giving a donation back to “Viewlands Teachers”…items to purchase for their classroom wish list.
For other children book donations, specifically in science, geography or biographies, we would like to help children abroad in LaPaz, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. One of our community helpers has a connection with this school serving approximately 1,000 students, grades 1-6. Students receive instruction in English, in a school with no library. Can Viewlands students help build a small library for children abroad by donating books they no longer need?
Thank you Office Depot 907 and especially Darbi, the assistant manager! Darbi did not blink an eye in helping us with school supplies for our donation of thirty back packs stuffed with essentials for students in need at Broadview-Thompson School in Seattle WA.
Steve Hill, Sandra Brenner and Our Windermere Colleagues
Windermere Real Estate
Schools are a contributing factor for anyone buying a home. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, your next buyer might, and they might base their decision to buy on the school district which serves your home.
The question remains: How do you evaluate schools? What’s the best approach for understanding if your local schools will score your property an “A” or relegate it to the land of “D-”?
Luckily, there are some excellent resources out there for vetting schools online. Here are a few I’ve come across which provide a good place to start:
Education.com: A major portal site for education everywhere, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the schools section, found here: http://www.education.com/topic/school-and-academics/
GreatSchools.org: A good search engine for researching schools, you can do zip code based searches and learn lots about the public and private institutions in the area.
ProjectAppleseed.com: A website dedicated to improving public schools, you can learn a lot here about the crucial elements of what makes a local school and excellent local school.
Finally, here are a handful of questions to ask yourself if you’re doing research:
How comprehensive is the school’s safety policy?
What social/support services are available at the school?
How does the school handle discipline?
Are people involved in a parent/teacher organization?
How healthy is the school district’s annual report?
Finally, be sure to ask your broker!
Looking for neighborhoods with great schools? we can help!
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
Best In Client Satisfation
Windermere Real Estate