Sumner kindergarten readiness classes begin in February
Sumner School District’s Ready for Kindergarten program will start its winter class sessions in February. The program provides parents and caregivers of children (ages newborn to 5) a readiness program that gives kids a head start before they begin school. It is offered free to families residing in the Sumner School District. Out-of-district families will be charged $60 per class. Classes begin Feb. 3 and continue at various locations through Feb. 26. To register, go to sumnersd.org
Kindergarten registration, information sessions, coming in Sumner
Kindergarten registration will begin Feb. 2 for the Sumner School District. Parents can attend one of four district-held kindergarten kickoff events. The information sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 and 29 at the school district central office, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sumner Middle School and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Mountain View Middle School.
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All children enrolling for kindergarten must be five years old by Aug. 31. Families should contact their neighborhood school for registration information beginning Feb. 2 or download a packet at sumnersd.org
Celebrate new Bethel kitchen-transportation center
Bethel School District opened its new Central Kitchen and Transportation Center this fall and will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 3. A performance by the Spanaway Lake Music Company, refreshments and tours of both facilities will be part of the event, which begins at 10 a.m.. The facility is located at 5625 192nd St. E., Spanaway.
Orting superintendent in the running for Longview job
Orting schools superintendent Michelle Curry is one of three finalists for a job as superintendent for Longview Public Schools. Curry has been superintendent in Orting since 2009. She was previously an administrator for Seattle Public Schools.
In 2012, Curry was one of six semi-finalists for superintendent of the year for the National Association of School Superintendents. The Longview School Board has named three finalists for its top job and hopes to hire one of them Feb. 9.
Whole Kids Academy opening in Gig Harbor
Whole Kids Academy in Gig Harbor is scheduled to open Feb. 2, with classes running through June, followed by a summer camp.
Co-founders Julie Rockness and Heather Olson want to provide an education program designed for children ages 3 to 6 years old and includes pre-school and pre-kindergarten programs. The academy is located at 5800 Soundview Dr., Suite D101.
The school will include research-based academics, daily outdoor activities, whole food cooking instruction and an emphasis on social skills and manners. For more information email email@example.com
Mount Tahoma High School garden seeks volunteers
The Mount Tahoma High School Community Garden invites the public to volunteer in the school garden either after school or over the summer.
The garden, which has expanded to more than 1,800 square feet of growing area, donated over 1,400 pounds of fresh vegetables to local food banks and individuals, during the summer and fall of 2014.
If you would like to help with gardening tasks, contact teacher Eric Knight at 253-571-3618, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers