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i s s aq u a h +s a m m a m i s h Childhood Education in our neighborhood 5 stories to inspire you

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Re-discover Gilman Village As We Celebrate Our 40th Year!


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Issaquah’s premier chiropractic and medical massage clinic. Accepting medical insurance.

Offering wonderful music and movement classes for children, ages newborn–7 years.

Offering vibrant clothing, trendy accessories, stylish jewelry, and unique home décor.

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A nonprofit organization dedicated to NW writers and the development of writing talent.

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Bellevue College (coming soon) Bright Horizons Kumon Learning Center


YWCA Family Village Blakely Hall Walk! Jog! Play!


Occhio! Vision Bellevue Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic Swedish Medical Center, Issaquah Highlands Physical Therapy Proliance Medical Center Highlands Children’s Dentist


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ADDITIONAL DIGITAL RESOURCES COMING IN 2 0 1 3 Beginning this month, you will begin to see a major transformation of this magazine’s web site at We are launching a totally new way to share information with the entire community. In effect, we are creating the Main Street of the 21st Century, where you will be able to find a directory of every local business and the ability to post and read user comments about them. We will host a robust Events Calendar that will bring together all the events occurring throughout the community.

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We have always posted articles that appear in each of the six editions of the magazine. We are now taking this a giant step further by recruiting a panel of ‘category experts’ as online columnists to provide fresh articles every week and assist you in finding pertinent local, actionable information. Want to know about piano lessons? We have a PH.D in piano instruction to answer your questions and provide in-depth articles of interest. Experts in brain training, academic tutoring, preschools, and auto repairs are all being added. If a topic is of interest to you, let us know and we will select a local expert to provide fresh, vital and local information. The entire site will enable us and you to post articles and events of interest to the social media sites- Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and others to share with your friends. Get ready to bookmark our web site as the single most valuable place on the internet to easily find fresh and positive information about the greater Issaquah and Sammamish area. These web changes and new services for you will be impactful and allow us to fully participate in the blending of print and on-line communications. As publishers of this magazine and as parents who have lost a child, our heartfelt condolences go to the city of Newtown and the families of the young victims.

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By Mardi Nystrom All of the products featured in our Shopping section started as something else. The handbags and socks were scraps from factory floors and the bells were made from recycled metal products. These ‘new’ upcycled products are examples of how creativity is being used to intercept objects that would normally go into the landfills as waste back into useable items. These, and many more ecological products are found at the CleanScapes store in Gilman Village. This is the first store of its kind and is owned by our local disposal company in their commitment to our enhancing our environment.

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Brian rooney and his wife, Lenore, live in Sammamish. Brian is active in the Rotary Club of Issaquah, the Sammamish Little League, St. Monica Parish and the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association.

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nute Rockne from Notre Dame and Vince Lombardi from the Green Bay Packers are both legends who helped build the game of football from the ground up using out-of-the-box thinking. They used techniques not always understood by their players, contemporaries or bosses. High school athletic programs can learn a lot from these pioneering coaches. Skills, leadership, work ethic, practice, and execution are all associated with success on the field. They are also able to be applied off the field to help any sports program develop a lasting legacy. Coaching excellence at Skyline began with the first football season, when Dee Hawkes came out of retirement to help get things rolling. In 1998, when Hall of Fame coach Steve Gervais brought his experience to Skyline, things really took hold. The quality of his coaching staff helped teach the game to hundreds of young men and set the foundation for successes both on and off the field. His protégé, Issaquah native, Mat Taylor, took over in 2008 and has led the Spartans to five successful

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community support. Many of 425.392.3131 our volunteers are in business, | 85 Front Steet N. so our approach to managing projects or raising money employs methods not usually used by fischerMeats-2in-MP-novDec-2010.indd 1 10/12/10 11:04:19 PM traditional booster groups.” Challenging conventional methods has proven successful both on the scoreboard and in the community. averages over Third Generation 60,000 visitors each year. Building Violin Maker a fan base beyond Friday night is critical to the year-round fund Voted Evening Magazine’s raising efforts. Best of Western WA Musical Skyline’s high profile program has Instrument Store for 2008 & 2009! attracted national attention, which also builds higher expectations for For Tickets, Call: (425) 392-2202 | 425 822-0717 continued success. Year-round or Visit: Sales • Appraisals • Repairs • Rentals activities for the program require resources beyond what a District or 1/31/10 10:30:54 PM ASB can support. The Gridiron Club bischofberger_08-is-ad-marApr-2010.indd 1 fills the gap providing a constant awareness of opportunities with individuals or businesses that want to be involved and they leverage these partnerships successfully. Other high school coaches and out and about shopping or running errands? teams have noticed. Gridiron founding director, Thorsen, now advises other programs on revitalizing their parental/ community support. “Skyline football is my passion and if I can help others give back to their high school sports program that is a very To meet your busy needs, we rewarding way to spend my time.” are now open on Saturdays. In the end, what high school sports do for a school, for individual athlete’s college education opportunities, and for bringing together a community can be astonishing. Many outside the Skyline community may wonder what next year will look like on the field. Those closely involved know everyone will continue to Protect the Tradition. ❖

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seasons. The results, so far, are seven state championships and two second place state finishes in 12 years. Looking beyond the dedication, skills and winning attitude of the players and coaches, you will find a vital additional ingredient that is part of the recipe for success. After the first state title in 2000, alumni parents organized the nonprofit Gridiron Club. Their motto is “attitude, work ethic and tradition never graduate.” Operations are managed by a volunteer board of alumni parents, who support the objectives of the head coach, who is

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an advisor to the Board. The club operates year around not just during football season. They develop projects and conduct fund raising, while nurturing traditions and providing year-to-year stability. “We’ve been there. We know how emotional parents get when their kids are involved. We encourage them to consider what’s best for the entire program…not any particular player or season”, says Gridiron President, Pam Thorsen. “This allows coaches to focus their energies on the players and playbook. Our efforts continue to help build traditions and increase

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Today is the perfect day to put your fitness resolutions into practice. By Paul Fraser

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Let’s start with the basics. CrossFit is not your typical health club workout. Founded on the principles of functional movements, combining weightlifting, powerlifting, sprints and gymnastics, CrossFit requires some serious effort. There are no isolation exercises and workouts are typically short (20 minutes) and intense. The result is a whole body, maximum effort workout which yields some impressive results. Fat is reduced, muscles built and midsections toned, a workout for everyone. For the more serious athletes, CrossFit builds explosive power and muscular endurance, useful in the pool and on the Football field. Everyone feels stronger. Once you’ve completed your first WOD, (The CrossFit ‘Workout of the Day’) good nutrition is next. No transformation can be complete without a solid nutritional foundation. Issaquah resident Aimee Holy, an avid CrossFittter, Fitness and Advocare Professional, puts it this way: “Results are based on nutrition and exercise; you can’t outwork a poor diet.” The 24-day challenge recognizes that strenuous exercise requires calories and the results are outstanding. Aimee tells us that the challenge which is a comprehensive nutrition and supplement plan, helps clients to “get great results quickly…. It’s about feeling great as you do it.

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e all approach the New Year with a plethora of resolutions set to change the way we think, look and live. Every year self-help books fly off the shelves and gyms overflow with new members. Unfortunately, according to the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans will accomplish their initial goal. The most popular resolution: Lose weight. The problem seems to be consistency, especially with fitness. By the time February rolls around, most people who joined in January are attending the gym less than twice per week. This year, to avoid that ‘February feeling,’ we recommend two of the most up-and-coming trends in fitness: CrossFit and the Advocare 24 day challenge. By combining the high intensity total body workouts of CrossFit with the time-specific nutrition program from Advocare, you should be well on your way to achieving your goals with days to spare. Maintenance is much easier than progression.


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Learning a balanced and sustainable nutrition plan.” The challenge provides those who are willing to work hard with proper supplementation for exercise and also incorporates a gentle detox into your daily routine. This allows your body to become more receptive to the nutrients delivered by the new healthy diet. The program changes after a number of days and Aimee is always on hand to assess your response to the initial stages of the challenge. With such dedicated follow-up and assessment, the program, while universal in principle, is very much tailor-made to your body. Getting a personalized nutrition program can be incredibly expensive, but with the Advocare 24 day challenge, it’s available to all. Once you’ve completed the challenge and now sit in the CrossFit Congregation, Aimee suggests a more gentle approach. In Order to sustain a healthy lifestyle try “[eating] every two to three hours. Choose lean protein, lots of veggies, some fruit/ carbs and a little healthy fats.” So if you’re struggling to take your resolutions past February and you want to make significant changes to your health and physique, try combining two of the most popular up-and-coming plans for a nearly instant transformation, this editor did it and I’ve never felt so strong. ❖

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a n e v o lv i n g fa m i ly l e g ac y Three generations of community building. By Fred Nystrom


hen George Rowley first came to Issaquah in 1953, he found a small town of only a few thousand residents. Farms spread across the valley floor and a happily rural population. George was a visionary and saw the beautiful area as a wonderful place for returning WWII Vets and their families to ‘have that little home in the peaceful lush valley’. Over the next few years George began to build wellconstructed homes on the 640 undeveloped acres he purchased on Squak Mountain. Three hundred new families were able to claim Issaquah as their new home. By 1963, George completed the first new commercial building on 12th Avenue. The twostory building is still housing small commercial tenants. In the 1960’s, George W. “Skip” Rowley joined his dad as they began to expand adding more commercial, manufacturing, offices and storage facilities.

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Following George Rowley’s death in 1988, Skip took over the company and, in the early 1990’s was joined by his daughters Kari Rowley Magil, an industrial engineer, and Kelly Rowley Richardson, a certified commercial

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real estate investment professional. The daughters became the third generation of the family to begin adding their own touches to the Rowley legacy. The Rowley’s are each personally involved in numerous projects to improve the quality of life and to beautify the community. In 2000 they spent their own funds to reroute portions of the Tibbett’s Creek to reduce the flooding hazard and to successfully enable the salmon to return to the creek and spawn. The first 54 years of the Rowley family contributions to the greater Issaquah community are impressive, but what is coming over the next 30

years may even surpass the accomplishments to date. “Last December, we received the final approval from the City Council for a Development Agreement covering 80+ acres of our land. This will allow us to begin the process of creating new and vibrant mixed use neighborhoods.” said Kari. “What most people do not realize is that our family owns the property, designs and builds the structures and continues to own them. We do not sell! This is what makes us so entirely different from most commercial developers.” adds Kelly. What you can expect to see over the next three decades is a slowly evolving process, grounded in the precepts outlined in the Cascade Agenda, a 100-year action plan for lands and communities in King, Kittitas, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The plan resulted from the efforts of 100 business, organizations and governmental agencies and 750 community leaders to craft an environmentally sensitive and economically sound guide for innovative responses to growth. When the Rowley family says the process will be slow, it is likely to have a hiatus between the construction of each building in order to study how to make the next building even better. Remember the “We don’t sell” mantra? This family wants to get the development process right the first time since they will be living with and in these buildings for generations to come. It is reassuring to have the Rowley family take such an unusual long-term view of development and a deep consideration of how the newly envisioned neighborhoods can make a positive effect on the entire community. ❖


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Opposite page, top: The Rowley family, Kelly, Skip and Kari. Bottom: Properties in the Development Agreement.

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Thin stone facing with with new doors and gas service transformed this fireplace.



stuck in the 80s? Is it possible that your fireplace is one of the least attractive parts of your home? By Jeff Skierka

Dimensional tile was installed

In many homes, the fireplace is the centerpiece of relaxation and where home activities take place. Too often, this centerpiece is dated in another era and does not fit in with the appearance of the rest of the home. During the 80’s and 90’s, it seems that every new house was built with a standard used-brick fireplace facade. The majority of these home fireplaces were wood burning and let in cold air, offsetting the heat the fire produced. The fireplace options available today are well beyond the used brick and the design options are unlimited. I n up g rad i ng you r old f i r epl ac e functionally and aesthetically, the first step to consider is bringing gas service into the fireplace. This involves a tap at the gas meter and running a line to the fireplace, which is not a difficult job and rarely causes any disturbance to the home’s interior. Then, decide if you want a gas insert that will help heat the home or just add new doors that reduce heat loss. With these key questions decided, it is time for the fun part, deciding what the fireplace could look like. As a designer, when helping my clients make the correct decision, I consider following: ❉ What is the style of the home and the elements surrounding the fire-place? While the fireplace is the centerpiece, it must connect to all surrounding elements.

❉ Are there plans to change any existing elements, such as remodeling the kitchen or other areas surrounding the fireplace? ❉ I ask the clients to give me words to describe the way they want the home to feel. Descriptive words often range from ’Nantucket and Cape Cod’ to ‘Salish Lodge’ and ‘log cabin’. These words help to focus on the design decisions. Once the design process begins, it is time to do a reality check to insure that the design is affordable. It is important to note that in many cases, the transformation can take place in phases over a period of years. ❉ When applying a new ‘facing’ to the fireplace, there are a wide variety of options. For example, if a thin stone is chosen for the new exterior, it may not be necessary to remove the existing brick. Dimensional tile works well for this ty pe of application. Another relatively new stone option is thin set

stone strips that are glued together. They give the fireplace a beautiful color scheme that will compliment the other design elements of the home. The labor for this application is greatly reduced by having all of the stones preglued so that the install is almost like working with Lego’s. The brick that is on many existing fireplaces is only for looks and not a part of the chimney construction. Therefore, changing the layout of the new fireplace does not have to be based on the shape of the existing layout. The only limit to the new shape is the designer’s and home owner’s imagination. Several of my clients were able to go from a brick “goal post” look, to a very dramatic solid looking new stone fireplace. ❉ Hearth and mantel options present another design opportunity. The options range from no mantel, to stone slabs, concrete, and traditional wood mantels. For a client who wanted a lodge-like feel in her home, large pieces from a tree were cut to create the desired effect.



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Regardless of which design features you select, a modern appearing fireplace should be a visual anchor to your home. And with a simple addition of gas service, it can also be a heat source on those dark and stormy nights. ❖

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David Lutrick sculpts wood into vessels and other objects that have become treasures for those who appreciate the beauty of natural wood.

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trees are getting an after-life thanks to David Lutrick, who molds them into artisan bowls, vessels and even birds. Using a lathe, he spins the wood and slowly chips it away to create artistic, one-of-a-kind wooden pieces. “I don’t use much surface decoration or surface coloration in the majority of my work. I do use sea urchin shells and my daughter Lara’s lampwork glass beads as accents on my turned pieces, which is unique,” he says. “I probably make more vases and tall urns than most turners, plus many pieces that are strictly decorative rather than functional.” Lutrick learned to work with wood from his father, who had a carpentry

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shop. After moving to Seattle for graduate school, he and his wife bought a home in Ballard, which inspired Lutrick to buy some power tools. “I used to go dumpster diving at the lumberyard near Lake Union,” he says. ‘Let’s just say I made some very primitive furniture with the scraps I found.” Lutrick found his niche after he bought a lathe and began creating bowls and vessels in 1975. While living in Redding, CA before settling in Issaquah, he studied with master turner Yosh Sugiyama and learned to turn pieces featuring segmented sections of contrasting woods. Lutrick recently participated in The Rookery Project with ArtEast,

Issaquah’s local art cooperative and gallery. “It started with one artist creating a heron piece, which led to fantastically creative energy as more artists decided to build upon the piece and create herons in their own unique style,” he says. Lutrick wanted to participate but initially could not figure out how to create a wooden heron with his tools. “I had an a-ha moment when I looked at a piece that had been a failure from an earlier attempt on a vessel,” he says. “It just hit me that I could use this piece, cut it and make an S-shape for the heron’s neck. The rest just fell into place.” After creating two prototypes, Lutrick sculpted a heron, which is now

known lovingly as Robbi, a tribute to the black locust wood used to make the piece, Robinia pseudoacacia. “Creating this piece was so much more enjoyable than just making another bowl,” he says. “I used special techniques and did things I don’t normally do, such as dye the wood blue.” Lutrick’s favorite common woods are madrone and black locust, while cascara is his favorite rare wood. “It has a beautiful color and contrast,” he says. “People describe it as tiger’s eye because when you move it creates the optical phenomenon that it changes.” Lutrick describes himself as a traditional woodturner. “I enjoy using natural materials. There is beauty

From left to right: The artist with Robbi, the heron, Can Can, Madrone Vessel, Cascara Bowl.

and complexity that comes out when making an object out of wood,” he says. “The colors and grain patterns in each piece are unique and can never be duplicated in a man-made material.” In addition to ArtEast’s Upfront Gallery, Lutrick’s work can be found at The Wood Merchant in La Conner. The sea urchin shell ornaments are in five art galleries stretching from northwest Washington to Calistoga, CA. He also does commissions and displays work in his home studio gallery. For more information, visit ❖

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THE UNKNOWN FUTURE Preparing our children for a world that does not yet exist. By Polly Skinner


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approach and embrace change. From Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol S.

o compare going to school to being in the military might sound either over-the-top or appropriate, depending on your personal experience. But the U.S. military offers good thinking that transfers to civilian life. After all, ancient militaries brought us the idea of strategic planning. Educators have been taking a page from the military playbook to help articulate and describe the general learning environment for today’s students. As the pace of change increases, one of the greatest challenges for educators has been to answer the question: How do you prepare students for a world we do not yet know? Our children’s jobs have not yet been invented and will require as yet unknown tools and skills. No one can predict the future economic environment to help them prepare with a measure of certainty. The military refers to this future environment as VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. To prepare young people for a VUCA world, we teach them how to think and to maintain an attitude of lifelong learning. To help parents and educators 18 issaq uah sam mam is h .com

prepare for the future, it is essential to ask ourselves several complex questions: ✖ Values and priorities: What do we stand for? What is important to us? Are we clear about this with our children? Do we talk about our values? Why are these values important? ✖ Resources: What do we believe needs to be done? How do we spend our time? How do we spend our

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money? How do we make our community a good place to be? How do our actions say what is important to us? ✖ Aspirations: What are our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future? What are we passionate about? What are we responsible for? What are we willing to work toward or for? ✖ Looking forward: What will we commit ourselves to do in an intentional way? How can we make a positive difference? This helps our children understand that no matter what the future may bring, there are fundamental beliefs that will hold us and them in good stead and provide a solid grounding. An important part of living in a rapidly changing and uncertain world is the attitude with which we

Dweck, Ph.D. , our abilities and talents are not the key essentials to our success. The way in which we approach our goals influences success. Our mindsets influence our success. Specifically, the ability to embrace a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset is often the single determining factor in our success. Children with a fixed mindset want to make sure they succeed, and they believe that smart people should always succeed. They think that there is a fixed reality based on one’s ability, talent or intelligence. But for children with a growth mindset, success is about stretching themselves. It is about becoming smarter. It is about learning from a mistake. It is about getting better at something through hard work and persistence. Parents need to keep things in perspective. Embrace lifelong learning and model it for your kids. Remember, our kids are immersed in the new normal: To know themselves and to keep looking at new possibilities and ways of learning. Look for intentional ways to model this organically. It is summarized well by Jim Collins in Good to Great: “No matter what you have achieved, you’re only as good as what you become. Continue to grow and improve.”. ❖

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remember the day when my son was born. He was a little guy, less than 6 lbs., thin and lanky. I thought maybe he would become a runner, a golfer, or learn to play tennis. I had that new dad excitement and had a name picked out that I thought sounded like an attorney’s name, Preston. The following morning, when I learned he had Downs Syndrome, my life changed.” This is the way it began for Steve and Stacy Burk. Preston was born on April 15th 1991 and from that moment on, it has been a different journey than either parent would have initially chosen: A path filled with trepidation of facing the unknown, the warmth of a growing love of their child and the preparations to give Preston the skills he needs to succeed. Having a special needs child has been described using a travel analogy. For months you have been preparing for the trip of your life. You are going to sunny Italy to enjoy the foods, sights and history. Your expectations are so high; you can hardly wait for the big moment. But when your plane

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During those few hectic weeks after landing in ‘Norway’, Stacy was on the phone researching the next step for Preston, which turned out to be The Kindering Center in Bellevue. Preston began play groups, therapy, and eventually daycare. Students entering the school system with a diagnosed developmental Clockwise from above: Preston with dad, Steve, at Pine Lake QFC and with Annalise Deutsch at Issaquah Rotary.

finally lands you step out into Norway. This is not the sunny warm place of your dreams, why did this happen to me? I don’t want to be in Norway! I want my dream! Slowly, you begin to realize that Norway is beautiful, different than Italy, but still beautiful. In fact there are some things about Norway that are fascinating. Over time you realize that Norway was where you needed to be all along.

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disability receive specialized services and a “tailored” education. Their Special Education Teacher develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This is updated yearly, assesses progress on goal areas and requires close supervision. Areas of need are agreed upon by educational staff, family and student input. The final component of a young adult’s public education is a Community Based Transition Program. These programs are functional in nature. Students learn how to manage money, take public

transportation, plan and follow through with activities all while creating “life after school” activities and skills. Students experience non-paid internships developing work skills, with the goal of having a paid job prior to exiting the school system. They have learned valuable skills to offer the workplace, yet their employment rate (30%) is very low. King County has partnered with Rotary to improve the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities. As the coordinator for Partners for Work, I coordinate with Rotarians, school districts and employment support agencies to provide volunteer and paid employment options that enhance their lives. For Preston, he was offered a job with the Issaquah Rotary Club to be a greeter, to help clear tables after lunch and to interact with adults. The next time you go into the Pine Lake QFC, you may find Preston by the front door to happily greet you and hand you current shopping information. Preston’s journey continues as he learns to be a valued and trusted employee. While he still lives at home, there is the opportunity provided by Issaquah based Life Enrichment Options (LEO) to someday move into a professionally managed group home for adults who just happen to have some special needs and attributes. ❖

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l o o k i n g f o r t h e r i g h t p r e s c h o o l? Accreditation is one place to start. By Clay Eals

based in the nation’s capital, NAEYC offered accreditation to programs in early-childhood education for 27 years. More than 6,500 programs have this status, including 88 in this state and three on Seattle’s Eastside: ❉ Encompass, based in North Bend ❉ Sammamish Learning Center ❉ The Learning Garden / Bright Horizons at West Campus in Bellevue


ou have an infant or a toddler, or maybe you are expecting a child. You want the best for your youngster, and that includes a great preschool experience. How do you start? Many parents across the country consult the National Association for the Education of Young Children, with the unwieldy acronym of NAEYC. Operating since the early 1930s and 2 2 issaq uah sam mam is h .com

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Accreditation, achieved by fewer than 10 percent of programs nationwide, requires preschools to follow strict, child-focused quality standards, from staff degrees to classroom setup. Such schools maintain detailed portfolios documenting the fulfillment of every step. This process is no mere paper exercise. Professional site visits occur every five years, and drop-in checkups can happen anytime. Staying in compliance requires vigilance, resources and countless hours of extra staff effort, making accreditation an intentional investment for qualifying preschool programs. “It gives us evidence to share with parents that all of our teachers and administrators know what we are talking about,” says Julie Forslin, manager of early learning at 46-yearold Encompass, whose program has been accredited for 17 years and serves the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah and Sammamish. “Everything we do has to meet very high standards.” For Jill Porter, co-owner with Helen Glenn of 18-year-old Sammamish Learning Center, accredited by

NAEYC for 10 years, accreditation itself is less important than the process leading to it and maintaining it. “Ultimately, it’s the process,” she says, “and in the end we are being held accountable to offer the highest quality program possible.” Examples of the influence of accreditation abound. Forslin notes that accreditation bolsters the Encompass approach that preschoolers “learn through everything they do in the classroom.” At family-style meals, for instance, students learn counting, weighing and measuring while developing social and motor skills. “They pour their own milk and water,” she says, “and it’s a science experiment about how far they can pour before it overflows.” Porter says that because of NAEYC’s emphasis on community ties, her preschoolers and families feed about 45 homeless individuals in Issaquah six times a year, put on fundraising events and collect and deliver donations for Eastside Baby Corner and area food banks. “We already were focusing on children, families and staff,” she says. “NAEYC encouraged us to be more aware about how important it is to support the community.” Many local preschools offer exceptional programs and choose not to seek the NAEYC stamp of approval. But accreditation is one way to stand out—and can be a boon for families relocating here from regions where NAEYC is better known. “Our newest student is from a family who moved here from New Jersey,” Forslin says. “They were looking online for NAEYC-accredited preschools in our area.” “It has made a difference,” Porter says. “There are so many preschools to choose from, and accreditation allows us to offer a program that is unique.” For more info: The NAEYC website, with a fountain of information for parents and schools, is Encompass is at, and Sammamish Learning Center is at ❖

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hough we live in Sammamish, with one of the best school districts in the state, Lenore and I decided to send our two boys to St. Monica School on Mercer Island. As Catholics, we are called to know Jesus Christ and to live with God forever. St. Monica’s academic curriculum anchors itself in this foundational truth. For those that decide to send their children to a Catholic school, there are several to choose from on the Eastside. While I am focused on St. Monica in this article, there are many other Catholic schools and other religious/private schools that offer similar faith-based programs. St. Monica, Sacred Heart, St. Louise, St. Madeline Sophie and Emerald Heights Academy (all in Bellevue), as well as St. Joseph School (Issaquah) all offer Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade curriculums. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue is available to young women from 5th to 12th grade. Finally, Eastside Catholic School (my alma mater) offers a 6th through 12th grade curriculum, and is the only coeducational Catholic high school on the Eastside. Each Catholic school adheres to a 2 4 issaq uah sam mam is h .com

Top to bottom: Father Patrick Freitag blesses the 7th grade class at St. Monica on the first day of school this year. Max and Conner Rooney ready for the morning drive to school.

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specific philosophy which challenges students to improve the world by sharing Christ-like values and living Christ’s message of salvation. The students grow to understand their special place in the family, the Church and society as well as exploring their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church and morality. A Catholic school typically has smaller class sizes than those at a public school, resulting in more individualized attention in students’ academic pursuits. The benefits are evident nationally, as extensive research shows that students who attend Catholic schools consistently score higher on standardized testing. One of the greatest benefits of St. Monica School is its’ commitment to a

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performing in carnegie hall Local students perform as Hurricane Sandy lashes New York City. By Fred Nystrom


s an incentive for a year of diligent practice and winning competitions, Dr. Ivona Kaminska and Dr. Chris Bowlby, the co-directors of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah, decided to set an audacious goal: Take some of their most talented piano students to New York City to perform at prestigious Carnegie Hall. “It took us six months of negotiations with the Carnegie staff to secure a date for our performance,” notes Chris. Finally in February of 2012 the performance date and time, Sunday, October 28th was secure and everything was looking bright. By summer, 11 highly motivated students qualified for the trip. Plane reservations were in place and accommodations were even made to include a student who had moved to Shanghai. Dr. Ivona Kaminska notes that “to move ahead in music, students need both competition and to learn how to perform under pressure.” Little did she realize that their little group of nine families with 11 kids, ranging in age from eight to 13 were about to encounter professional-level pressure both culturally and atmospherically.

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Leaving Carnegie after their performance, the kids were looking forward to a celebration dinner at a fancy, pre-chosen restaurant, only to arrive to find it closed and dark. Not to be deterred, the group pressed on and found the only open restaurant within blocks, an Irish Pub. As the winds raged, the celebratory dinner Jay Grinols plays piano at Carnegie Hall. commenced. On Monday they awoke to As the group left Seattle on Friday, find all flights cancelled, a crane on October 26th there was some the 90th floor dangling above their discussion of a possible ‘Weather hotel, and the city shut down. Even Incidence’ affecting the east coast. finding a croissant for breakfast was a Arrangements had been made for the challenge. Undaunted, they patiently students to practice their compositions worked to have this experience one of on Saturday, the 28th at Steinway a lifetime. Hall, across the street from Carnegie. What is a little pressure to these By now, the discussion of Hurricane kids? In the words of nine- year old Sandy was becoming more detailed Arthur Yan of Sammamish, “I was so and it was apparent that many nervous while I was playing in such a working in New York City were beautiful Hall that my legs kept leaving ahead of its arrival. shaking. After the concert, I was very On Sunday at 1:30, the students took satisfied and hope to play again there. the stage at Carnegie Hall and played I had fun watching movies and playing flawlessly under both performance with my friends during the hurricane and weather pressure. Outside the which didn’t bother us at all.” high winds and heavy rains were These hardy Northwesterners made causing devastation for hundreds of the best of their time visiting Juilliard miles along the East Coast. School and as all kids love to do, Issaquah’s Chopin Academy students playing games and hanging out with were the last group to perform that their friends until they were able to day, as the hall cancelled later get a flight home on Wednesday. Of performances and sent their employees course, they were all back to piano home as the storm worsened. practice on Thursday. ❖

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A selection of local restaurants 12th Avenue Café

Coho Café

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Rogue Issaquah

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Seafood Casual American 885.2646

Steaks & Chops 657.0373

Italian with full bar 391.9097


Amante Pizza

Egg & Us

Flying Pie Pizza

Malarky’s Sports

Pizza and pasta 313.9600

Casual American 557.1919

Pizza 391.2407


Shanghai Garden

Casual American with full bar 392.6356

Chinese 313.3188

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Pizza with full bar 392.7111

Pizza 391.9690

Mandarin Garden

Similian Thai

Fins Bistro

Gaslamp Bar & Grill

Chinese with full bar 392.9476

Thai 677.8159

Seafood with full bar 392.0109

Burgers and Casual American 392.4547

Frankie’s Pizza

Casual American 392.1100 Cascade Garden

Chinese with full bar questions@cascade 391.9597

Hop Jacks

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Fine Dining with full bar 369.1181 Stan’s BBQ

Noodleboat Thai

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Thai 557.9930

Japanese 391.4295 Sunset Ale House

Pabla Veggie Cuisine

Vegetarian 392.4725 Pine Lake Ale House

Brew Pub 898.9099

Casual American 391.8385 Tantalus Restaurant

Greek Bistro 391.6090 Triple X Root Beer

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Joker’s Pub

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Red Robin

La Casita

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Mexican 391.5911

Classic Barbeque 392.4551 Sushiman

O’Char Thai

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Burgers, Hot Dogs & Shakes 392.1266 Tutta Bella Neapolitan

Pizzeria 391.6838 WildFin American Grill

Casual Asian 369.8445

Casual American with full bar 427.0727

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Classic Italian 298.4960

Pizza with full bar 681.7785

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