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An Easy Way For Parents To Monitor How Well Their Children Are Doing In School Here’s the problem: public schools are sometimes mediocre; children learn little; but parents don’t find out until it’s too late. Question is, how can parents check on a school’s performance? How can they know if children are falling behind schedule? “What parents need,” according to Bruce Price, the founder of ImproveEducation.org, “is simple benchmarks suggesting the subjects that children would typically study in each grade. I’m talking about really simple rules of thumb, comparable to ‘children usually walk by two and talk by three.’ We need the same sort of guidelines for each grade. It probably doesn’t matter if the child is a year ahead or behind. The big danger in that students slip several years behind. That’s what we absolutely need to stop.” Improve-Education.org has just added “43: American Basic Curriculum,” which is intended to help parents monitor how their children are doing. “The material is very brief,” Price points out. “It has to be. This is not a curriculum in the sense of listing everything a child studies. This material is designed to set brackets on where a child should be.” For example, the entry for 2nd-grade math says in toto: “Count to 50; add and subtract 2-digit mumbers.” Point is, it’s easy for parents to assess these skills. American Basic Curriculum (ABC) gives parents a little more insight and control.


Odyssey,The Maritime Discovery Center Pier 66, 2205 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington 206-374-4000; Fax: 206-374-4002

Victor Steinbrueck Park 1600 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 206-684-4075

Fantasy Cruises, Inc. M/V Island Spirit, 1121 NW 45th Street, Seattle, WA 360-378-1874; Toll-free: 1-800-234-3861

Pacific Science Center 200 Second Avenue N, Seattle, WA 206-443-2001

Waterfront Park 1407 Alaskan Way. Seattle, WA 206-684-4075

Victoria Clipper 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 206-448-5000.

Center of Contemporary Art 1420 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA. 206-728-1980

Pike Place Market 85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 206-682-7453

Holland America Line (HAL) 300 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119. 206-281-3535; Toll-free: 1-877-932-4259

Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 206-622-9250

Tillicum Indian Village 2992 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 206-933-8600

Port of Seattle 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 206-728-3000

Experience Music Project Seattle Center Campus 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA 206-367-5483; Toll-free: 1-877-367-5483

Argosy Cruises Pier 55, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 206-623-1445; Toll-free: 1-800-642-7816

Bay Pavilion Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 206-623-8600

Catalyst Cruises, LLC. P.O. Box 45014, Tacoma, WA 1-800-670-7678

The Comedy Underground 222 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 206-628-0303.

CEO Expeditions, Inc 10500 NE 8th Street, Suite 1500, Bellevue, WA 206-390-0100

Early Music Guild of Seattle 2366 Eastlake Avenue E, Ste. #335, Seattle, WA 206-325-7066

Tillicum Indian Village 2992 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 206-933-8600; Toll-free: 1-800-426-1205 Kubota Garden 51st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 206-725-5060


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La Dolce Vita 234 1st Ave WSeattle,WA981194203 (map) (206) 283-2198 www.ladolcevita.com

Fuji Hibachi, Sushi & Steakhouse 16549 Aurora Ave. NorthSeattle,WA98133 (map) (206) 533-8800 www.fujishoreline.com

Benihana 1200 Fifth Avenue IBM Building PlazaSeattle98101 (map) (206) 682-4686 www.benihanaseattle.com

Los Agaves

Pizza Ragazzi 5201 University Way NESeattle98105-1904 (map) (206) 925-3714 www.pizzaragazzi.com

Grazie Ristorante Italiano, Southcenter16943 Southcenter ParkwaySeattle,WA98188 (map) (206) 575-1606 www.grazierestaurant.com

Crash Landing Pizza

Helen’s Subs

702 NW 65th StreetSeattle,WA98117-5049 (map) (206) 706-1480 www.crashlandingpizza.com

4209 21st WSeattle,WA98199 (map) (206) 286-0800 2 Blocks NW Of Fisherman’s Terminal In Magnolia

La Casa Del Mojito

Mayan Family Mexican Restaurants

7545 Lake City Way NESeattle,WA98115 (map) (206) 525-3162 www.lacasadelmojito.com “Best Latin American Food & Fun”

(425) 241-8131 www.losagaves.net

Grazie Restaurant

2120 Marvin Rd. NELacey, WA 98516 www.mayanmexican.com

Kokoras Greek Grill Treehouse Bar & Grill 4332 Leary Way NWSeattle,WA98107-4537 (map) (206) 297-8888 www.ballardtreehouse.com Romio's Of Magnolia 2001 West DravusSeattle,WA98199 (206) 284-5420 www.magnoliaromios.com

6400 1/2 California Ave SWSeattle,WA98136 (map) (206) 913-0041 www.kokorasgreekgrill.com

Ballard Mandarin Chinese Restaurant 5500 8th Ave N.W. Seattle,WA98107 (206) 782-5531 www.ballardmandarin.com

Mehak Indian Cuisine 12327 Roosevelt Way N.E.Seattle,WA98125 (map) (206) 632-5307 www.mehakindia.com

Yen Wor Village Restaurant 2300 California Ave SW Seattle,WA98116 (map) (206) 932-1455

Eymans Pizza 5607 Rainier Ave SSeattle,WA98118 (map) (206) 420-1349 www.eymanspizza.com Home Of Halal Food

A Pizza Mart

Snoose Junction Pizzeria

Romio's Pizza & Pasta

2305 NW Market StSeattle,WA98107-4027 (map) (206) 789-2305 www.snoosejunctionpizzeria.com

8523 Greenwood Ave NSeattle,WA98103 (map) (206) 782-9005 www.romiospizza.com

5026 University WaySeattle,WA98105 (map) (206) 517-4000 www.apizzamart.com


AREA 51 For over a decade, AREA 51 has been a leader in the Seattle design community. With a vast collection of new and vintage furniture, AREA 51 strives to offer the best available design at affordable prices. 401 East Pine Street Seattle,WA 98122 206.568.4782 info@area51seattle.com

Aviva Holistic Skin Spa

City Cellars

Seattle Lighting

Animal Talk

(425)454-2374 136 102nd Ave SE Bellevue, WA 98004

(206) 632-7238 1710 N 45th Ave, Seattle

(206) 632-7238 222 Second Ave. Ext S Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 526-1558 6514 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, Washington 98115

Since 1917 Seattle Lighting has been the Pacific Northwest's leading source for an exceptional choice of quality lighting fixtures and accessories. With six locations in the Pacific Northwest, plus our clearance outlet in South Seattle and our newest store – Destination Lighting – on the World Wide Web, we've got you covered.

If you are looking to adopt a cat or kitten, then consider saving an animal's life through our partnering non-profit, Animal Talk Rescue. The Rescue operates from the same location as our store and provides temporary shelter and foster homes for hundreds of abandoned or neglected animals. Cat adoption comes with free neutering, free microchipping, free shots, and a free vet visit.

The Puget Sound area has a spa and treatment for every possible mood and condition, whether you're pampering yourself in an urban oasis or living it up with gal pals for a wedding or special event. This peaceful spa pays attention to details, from the organic snacks and teas offered in the quiet lounge to the select skin care lines used in treatments. The spa emphasizes a holistic approach to skin care from waxing to facials. www.avivaskinspa.com

This unassuming shop has been around since 1989. While they have some representation from most areas around the world, they focus on European wines, primarily French and Italian. They also have a good selection of Washington and Oregon wines. As you step in the front door, look to your left for the 100 wines under $10 rack. Fun! Tastings occur every: Friday from 5pm to 7pm

www.seattlelighting.com

www.animal-talk.com Cost: FREE


The Real Estate Short Sale Process Step-by-Step By James Kimmons, About.com Guide

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eal estate investors can frequently make very profitable purchases of real estate through a short sale. Many short sales do not get approved or fall through for a variety of reasons. Learn here the step-by-step process to initiate a short sale, starting with the homeownerborrower and moving through lender negotiations to the closing.

The Property Valuation Analysis for a Short Sale Short sales will not work if there is sufficient equity in the home for the lender to sell it and at least break even in a foreclosure. The homeowner must be "upside-down" in their loan. Learn how to determine if this is the case.

Learn About How to Determine If The Homeowner Is Upside-Down Sponsored Links Should You Short Sale? Do You Qualify For A Short Sale? Find Out In 30 Seconds. Start Now! www.AmericanFamilyShortSale.org Guide To Real Estate Investing 2010: The Year to Buy Foreclosures.

Webinar - Weds Feb 3rd, 6pm. PSTwww.ForeclosureS.com Transactional FundingTransactional Funding For Short Sale Flips. No Credit Needed. www.ivisionaryfinancial.com


The Seattle club scene features no shortage of places where you can showcase your dance moves. These hotspots move to their own beats, and the sounds of house, Top 40, disco, and Latin rule the night. From red-carpet clubs to joints where everybody can enjoy great dancing in Seattle, these places are tops.


CityTrip - Helping you navigate the byways, highways and waterways in Seattle Fun Facts: Seattle, covering 238 square kilometers, is built on steep hills and surrounded by bodies of water. The city is laced together with bridges that open to let ship traffic through and close to let land traffic across. Seattle is shaped like an hourglass; Interstate 5 runs north-south up the middle of the city. There are other State-owned and run highways such as I-90 and I-405, as well as 1,524 lane miles of arterial throughways, 2,706 lane miles of streets and major thoroughfare structures such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The city’s transit commuters are served by 4 different regional transit companies; Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit. On any given day, about 250,000 automobiles are in use in Seattle; 100,000 cars, taxis and trucks compete for space in Central Business District alone. The city has a parking meter program in the business districts and a residential parking zone program in some neighborhoods. Depending on time of year, between 4,000 8,000 people commute around the city on bicycles. Seattle has 27 miles of off-street bikeways. A key city bikeway is the Burke-Gilman Trail.


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