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March 6, 2013


That’s so math! Mead students have an adventure By Lillian O’Rorke

What does nearly three dozen activity booths times 300 children divided by 45 volunteers equal? Math Night at Margaret Mead Elementary School. After four years of not having the event, the school’s PTA resurrected the celebration of arithmetic, by turning the building into a carnival where children raced to add up equations in their head in a game of add-itN-slap it and stood in line to do “Skittles Math.” “It was pretty good,” said 5-year-old Keegan Allen, who swears he didn’t eat any of the Skittles. “I got to do all the fun games and stuff.” Morgan Kotowski, who attends fourth grade at Margaret Mead, said her favorite game was one where you arranged glass figures on a board without touching any of the corners. “It’s like combining a puzzle and math so you are kind of learning how to do a puzzle and math,” she said. “It’s really, really fun and cool and I really, really like doing math night. I like math and I love school.” Nina Smith is the parent volunteer that led the effort, spending the last three months organizing volunteers and coming up with ideas for games. “A lot of schools in the Lake Washington School District have math nights, math enrichment after school, and it was just something I thought we should have,” said Smith. In the beginning, she estimated around 200 children would

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A group of Margaret Mead students gather around to play a game of Zeus on the Loose. participate in the event. When more than 300 showed up, she spent much of the night refilling the different game supplies at each booth and hunting down more pencils. She said that she especially felt indebted to the mother who ran the Skittles table, which was constantly surrounded by a mob of children. “I think the volunteers are like ‘I didn’t sign up for this kind of crazy,’” said Smith. “Honestly, the volunteers are overwhelmed out there. There are so many kids and so much coming at them. I am just really thankful for the volunteers.” But if anything wasn’t going as planned, it wasn’t evident on the

Matthew Secrist shows off his addition skills.

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student’s faces. “There are things that are not right, but you look at a kid and they’re happy and you’re like ‘that’s what’s right’,” Smith said. “There are a lot of parents that care enough to be here and do this because I really don’t think they are having fun out there, to be honest – I really don’t. But they’re doing it, and the kids are having fun, and that’s what’s important…It’s been a good night.” See MATH, Page 9

Photo by Lillian O’Rorke

Olivia Snyder, left, and Beatrice Henry-Greard race to outsmart each other in a game of add-it-N-slap-it.

Photo by Lillian O’Rorke

From left, Morgan Kotowski, Ronan Manoske and Austin and Amber Shaw play a game of Sumoku.




March 6, 2013


Skyline girls end basketball season at Hardwood Classic By Lillian O’Rorke

Two weeks after a thirdquarter run gave the Inglemoor Vikings what they needed to swipe the KingCo crown from the Skyline Spartans, history repeated its self at the 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament. Once again March 1, the Vikings pulled away from the Spartans in the third quarter, this time beating them 44-34, knocking Skyline out of the state tournament before going on to finish in sixth place. “We hung our hat on hoping that the third time would be a charm,” said Skyline coach Greg Bruns. “In a game like that, a little run is what’s going to make the difference, and that’s what it was. It was just a couple, three shots in a row that changed the momentum and made the difference.” Inglemoor has repeatedly been the dark spot on Skyline’s nearly blemish-free season. The Spartans’ conference record of 13-2 was in part thanks to their

45-40 loss to the Vikings on Jan. 16. The two teams met again in the championship game of the KingCo tournament where Inglemoor won 54-36. Skyline’ s third and final loss to the Vikings March 1 gave the Spartans an overall record of 20-7. “They’ve kind of become our rival throughout the season just because they beat us twice, and we wanted to be able to prove ourselves today,” said senior Skyline co-captain Haley Smith. “I don’t think we can be unhappy with the season just because it ended with the two loses here. I think just the fact that we are here and we did so well this season – we can only be proud of what we’ve done.” Both teams entered the game having lost the first round of the state tournament Feb. 28, when Mt. Rainier jolted Inglemoor 61-56 and Mead, the eventual state champion, defeated Skyline 53-33. The Spartans and the Vikings See BALL, Page 11

Photo by Greg Farrar

Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

Skyline cheer takes 10th nationally

Photo by Stephania Lemeshko

Photo by Greg Farrar

Rachel Shim, Skyline High School senior guard, tries to put up points as Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother defends during the third quarter of their March 1 state 4A championship tournament loser-out game.

Skyline cheerleaders returned with high marks from the National cheer competition in Florida Feb. 9 and 10. While there, the silver team finished in 10th place overall in Small Non Tumbling and the green team took 15th in Super Large Varsity Division.



March 6, 2013


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Ready for long-term care? An unexpected illness or injury could wipe out your life savings. Learn about strategies to prepare at 11 a.m. March 23 at the Sammamish Library. Block Party, Lego time in the library is at 1 p.m. March 23 at the Sammamish Library.


Traveling to Rome and want to know the best sights? Get tips from an expert at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Sammamish Library.


The Magic Teakettle Puppet Show, a Japanese Folk Tale, is set for 10:30 a.m. March 30 at the Sammamish Library.

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Mars Hill Students is made up of sixth-12th grade students in Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah and surrounding areas. It meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. for a time of life music, teaching, food and connection. Visit MarsHillStudentsSAM.

Don’t Throw Out Your Old Personal Computer, join an expert as he explains different operating systems and software options from 7-8 p.m. March 13 at the Sammamish Library.

Native plant salvage and planting at Illahee. The plant salvaging begins at 9 a.m. and the planting at 2 p.m. March 23. A limited number of volunteers are needed to help with the project. for more information and to register, visit, http:// events/Default.aspx?ID=2806.


focus on faith

Seuss-tastic fun with Cat in the Hat, for children ages 3-8 with an adult, at 10 a.m. March 9 at the Sammamish Library.


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Passport Day in the USA, when the city of Sammamish and other local passport acceptance facilities will be open to accept applications and answer questions regarding passports, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9 at Sammamish City Hall.

The Teen Writers group lets teens do writing exercises while munching on snacks at 3:30 p.m. March 19 at the Sammamish Library.


1-2-3 Grown a Garden teaches adults about growing a vegetable garden 1t 7 p.m. March 6 at the Sammamish Library.

Grief Share Support Group meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Volunteer opportunities

Wednesday night youth group will have games, worship and fun for students in grades six-12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. Call 1-888-3837818. Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do light household work, or give a break to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. Call 899-1040 or visit hospice. The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified long-term care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a four-day training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected

monthly meetings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-694-6827. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m.noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 2353847. LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Email or visit

and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235. Sammamish Citizen Corps Council needs volunteers to help support the Community Emergency Response Team and other groups. Email, visit www.sammamishcitizencorps. org or attend the meeting from 7-8 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Fire Station 82. Volunteer drivers are needed for the Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206448-5740.

Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit

Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Email sjbonsib@aol. com.

Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 425-284-2240.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends share stories and grow spiritually. The group generally meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Visit A Toast to the Lord, a faith-based Toastmasters club, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday at the Fire Station 83 on Issaquah–Pine Lake Road. They offer job interviewing skill development for those seeking employment or a career change; motivational and inspirational speaking training. Call 427-9682 or email Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church youth groups are for children in sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grades. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Call the church at 3911178, ext. 129. Healing Prayer Service is for those who desire to experience God’s love through worship, prayer and healing. The fourth Tuesday of every month except November and December, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant See FAITH, Page 13