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Richard H. Adler is the founding principal of Adler Giersch ps, and is dedicated to representing those with traumatic brain, spinal, joint, and musculoskeletal injuries. He spearheaded the coalition and drafted the legislation that became the Lystedt Law and is President of the Brain Association of Washington. Denise Steele Darnell grew up in California and was a middle and high school counselor before moving to Washington. She has called Sammamish her home for the past 7 years. She lives with her husband, three children, and two rescued cats. Susan Gierke taught in Bellevue Schools for over thirty years before coming to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, first on their Board and then as Director of the VOICE Mentor Program. Steve Hanson was appointed President of Renton Technical College in January 2010. He previously served as President at Spokane Community College and as Executive Vice President at Edmonds Community College.
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Happy New Year! With the holidays freshly behind us and with renewed appreciation of the importance of family and friends, we all can turn to making 2011 the best year possible. This issue has a heavy focus on the value of education and the variety of options available in our community. Pop out the insert and keep it for future reference. The strength of a community is decided in great part by the quality of the education provided by its public and private schools as well as by those who devote their energies and skills to teaching music, dance, art, and all the other nonacademic programs to our children. Without them, this would be a less colorful and rewarding community. On February 15, join us for the first Education Expo, starting at 3 p.m. at Pickering Barn, to meet more than 35 exhibitors and learn about their programs and services. In addition to the displays, the expo will include six presentations by experts on vital topics that affect children from preschool ages to post high school. The talks start at 4; Scott Oki, the final presenter, will speak at 7:00. This will be an exciting and wellbalanced series of presentations, with the goal of providing attendees with valued information. To register for the Education Expo and be entered in drawings for restaurant gift certificates, register at isandbeyond.com. While registration is not required to attend, the drawing is only for those who preregister. This will be the largest event ever to focus on educational options in the community, so be sure to attend. Check our website for updates on the speakers and the time of their presentation so you don’t miss any valuable information.
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Winter Happenings Free SAT preparation course for local students Instead of paying for expensive SAT and ACT preparation courses, try the free alternative. The federal government. through the U.S. Army sponsors an online training course. Visit march2success.com to learn about the course and to register. This is not a recruiting tool; in fact, a student has to opt in to receive any contact from the Army. Local graduates on the big screen, little screen, behind the scenes Congratulations to entertaining grads! DreamWorks’ Tim Lamb (Skyline High School, 2002) was art director for Megamind; Abel Charrow (Issaquah High School, 2003) is an 6 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...
NBC Universal executive assistant for the television series Community; Vicki Noon (Liberty High School, 2003) is green with talent as Elphaba in the national touring company of the Broadway musical Wicked; Brian Yorkey (Issaquah High School, 1989) won a Pulitzer Prize for his musical Next to Normal in April; and David Call (Skyline High School, 2000) currently plays Ben on the television series Gossip Girl, and has several movie projects. Online tutoring for middle and high school students Does your student need help when teachers might not be available? Or does your student need some extra academic support in general?
Good news: Online tutoring is now available to middle and high school students. Because of the Issaquah School District’s membership in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Learning, or OSPI, Digital Learning programs, this service is available to all Issaquah secondary students at no cost. The tutoring is accessible in two ways: Students can submit a question and receive written guidance within 24 hours or join a “live” session during a tutor’s scheduled online hours to work directly with the tutor. Need more information? Contact Susan Canaga, online learning coordinator, 837.7087.
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The gift of giving: Donate to Village Theatre It has been almost 30 years since Village Theatre first raised its curtain in the beloved 1913 theater now known to Village Theatre patrons and the community as First Stage. A $1,000 gift in support of that historic building, allows you to have your valentine’s name engraved on a brass plaque on a custom seat in the newly renovated First Stage. In addition, your sweetheart’s name will be listed in the program for the capital campaign celebration, and he or she will be invited to the exclusive campaign celebration. 392.1942. villagetheatre.org. isandbeyond.com - Jan/Feb 2011 - 9
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Add, replace, and reposition lights to brighten your home and your mood.
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of the room and adds dimension and interest; task lights provide focused light to illuminate counters, desks, and tables where bright lighting is needed for specific jobs. In family, dining, and living rooms, and in bedrooms and entries, begin with accent lighting around the perimeter of the room. For example, recessed ceiling lights with wall wash hoods or spotlights can illuminate walls, artwork, and fireplaces. Sconce lights located symmetrically around a room are another
way to accent walls. If rewiring is not part of the plan, small plug-in lamps, uplights, or art lights around the perimeter of a room can provide the same effect. Adding a dimmer switch to ceiling lights or sconce lights is great for a family room and perfect for anywhere you might watch TV. Adding under-cabinet lights to the kitchen provides both accent and task lighting, drawing the eye to the perimeter of the room while creating focused light for specific tasks. Bookshelves and cabinets and furniture provide another opportunity to use this type of lighting. If there is space between upper cabinets and the kitchen ceiling, installing singletube florescent light fixtures on top of the cabinets will add a sense of height to the ceiling. (This same technique can also be used above furniture pieces such as bookshelves.) Pendant lamps can be suspended above a kitchen island for added task lighting. To effectively light a vanity mirror, position fixtures above and on either side of the mirror. Combining sconce fixtures at each side of a mirror with a fixture above the mirror will even out light on the face. Select fixtures with a translucent lens; a clear lens will cause glare, and a solid hood may not provide enough light. To further reduce shadows, florescent fixtures are a good choice. Powder rooms have a tendency to be overly bright. To avoid this, convert from ceiling fixtures or a light bar over the mirror to softer sconce lighting on either side of the mirror. Changing the light in your everyday spaces will have a dramatic effect on the feel of your home. Lightening your mood can be as simple as adding lamps and up-lights or changing bulb types, or as complicated as adding new wiring. Either way, you will be happy to have quality light in your home this winter.
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Pruning: It’s an Inside Job Prune like a pro and your trees will love you for it.
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s I drive through neighborhoods, I am constantly amazed at the horrific pruning I see. While some plants are meant to form a hedge and should be sheared, most plants should not be. It pains me to see beautiful Japanese maples, flowering and fruit-bearing trees, and others lose their character and beauty by being sheared. Properly trained pruners know that, to bring out the natural beauty of a plant, it is important to always start “inside” the plant and prune toward the outside. Always use the following checklist, especially when pruning deciduous trees. • Remove all dead branches. • Always remove “suckers,” branches that often grow straight up from the base of the plant; if left unpruned they can overtake the main tree. • Remove crossing branches. • Remove branches growing toward the center of the tree. • Make sure all pruning cuts are clean, diagonal, and cut to the nearest branch; never leave stubs. A correctly pruned plant will maintain its beauty and character throughout the landscape seasons. Upon completion of pruning, you should be able to see though the plant. This will allow for a healthier tree or bush that can now “breathe.” The optimum time to prune is after the temperatures have dropped and the leaves have fallen. The plants are now at a dormant stage and will not be stressed or bleed sap from pruning. Properly pruned plants will be healthier and add value to the landscape for years and years to come. 12 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...
The right way to prune
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Education E X P LO R AT I O N Keynote Speaker: Scott Oki - 7:00 PM
Scott Oki is the Founder and Chairman of Oki Developments, Inc. and is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, author and community activist.
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Online Learning Is it right for you?
t’s hard to miss the many advertisements attracting families and students to the opportunities of online schools. The appeal of online learning is obvious. Students can take a class to free up their schedule so they have room for an elective, learning is individualized, students can set their own pace, and they can learn anytime from anywhere in the world. In addition, new technologies appeal to students of any age and promise engaging experiences that m a k e learning fun and interactive. It’s little wonder, then, that over the past five years Washington state has experienced an explosive growth of online learning. During the 2008–2009 school year, a state Department of Education study found that more than 15,800 students took nearly 51,000 courses. These courses may provide a viable learning alternative, but the important question to consider is: How do you know if online learning is right for your child? You will want to consider the following issues when weighing important educational options for your child. Teacher-to-student ratio: Personal contact and a strong relationship with the teacher are consistently identified as key factors in student success. Knowing how many students each teacher is ex-
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pected to work with may help you gauge the level of attention a teacher can give your child. In a typical high school there is approximately one teacher for every 30 students per class. You should look for this ratio or one more favorable, for your student in an online learning environment. Technology may help teachers be more efficient in managing the learning, but teacher-student interaction is still a critical piece to ensure the student’s success. Testing requirements: Make sure the online program has easy options for meeting statemandated testing r e quirements. Many programs are connected to districts in remote areas of the state. It is important to know where your child will be expected to take the required state tests, such as the high school proficiency exam, and how the program will support them. Success rate: Each program defines success differently. In the 2008–2009 study mentioned earlier, more than 8,000 students failed to complete the online course(s) they were enrolled in. Another 16,000 students received a failing grade. In addition, only about one-third of the students who were enrolled in an online program in 2007–2009 stayed with the same program the following year. It is important to ask about completion, success, and retention rates to understand
the comprehensive view of any online program you are considering. Technological advances are changing the way people think about learning, while expanding the opportunities available to benefit children and families alike. These advances need to apply to the world of learning in ways that improve academic success for each and every child. For more information about online learning, please come to the Education Expo February 15th at Pickering Barn.
Sally Lancaster will be a featured speaker at the Education Expo on February 15 at Pickering Barn, where she will elaborate on online educational options.
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Preschools: Are they an important option for your child?
Waiting patiently in line, being a supportive friend, and following directions. Great skills for everyone to have, right? But they are also perfect examples of what kids learn in preschool. by Denise Steele Darnell
n these economically uncertain times, parents naturally question if a preschool environment is beneficial for their 3-or 4-year-old. Helen Glenn, co-owner of Sammamish Learning Center, comments that although parents and other family members are by far the most important factors in terms of teaching and nurturing, a preschool can offer a new social experience. It is a great chance for children to be in a social group other than their family, and can give them an advantage when they go to kindergarten.
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As children learn how to share, eat snacks together, and be in a classroom with others, they are learning important social skills. Sharon Romppanen is a parent educator at Bellevue College’s cooperative preschools in Issaquah and Sammamish. In working with children, she finds the social-emotional support that preschool provides can be instrumental in establishing lifelong social skills. She notes they start to get what “school” looks like and words and phrases such as “circle time,” “line leader,” and “cubbies” become common vocabulary.
Bonnie Steussy, the founding director of The Children’s Garden School, also emphasizes the importance of preschool for communication skills. Preschools strive to teach children how to let their needs and wants be known. They emphasize making eye contact and learning how to ask for something, whether from a teacher or another child. In addition, Steussy notes that preschool is a great window of opportunity to teach kids how to work with others and create a love of learning. Romppanen explains that every child faces the difficult developmental milestone of separating from their parents. Preschool helps support 3- and 4-year-olds as they learn to feel safe with a teacher and in a school environment. School can benefit moms and dads too. Depending on the preschool, parents can enjoy education classes, conferences, volunteering in the classroom, and having camaraderie with other families. Ironically, the prevalence of technology for kids plays a role in the importance of preschool. At preschool, children are unplugged from all the game and movie time. Glenn says children are spending more time with technology, but spending less time learning social cues. They are playing with a screen more than with
each other. At preschool they learn what it means to get along with others. This can be as simple as asking another child to pass the water pitcher at snack time or taking turns with a shovel in the sandbox. Parents certainly contribute to teaching important social skills, but it is hard to duplicate a preschool environment. Most kindergarten teachers are able to tell which students have attended a preschool. Because a kindergarten day consists of more academics than ever before, teachers have less time to spend on honing kidsâ€™ social skills. Those students who are able to work well with their classmates, listen and respond to the teacher, follow directions, and make friends are further along at being successful in a kindergarten classroom.
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The new Zackery Lystedt Law A common sense approach to preventing brain injuries to youth athletes.
overnor Christine Gregoire signed the nation’s toughest and most enlightened returnto-play law on May 14, 2009, requiring medical clearance of youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion, before sending them back to the game, practice, or training. The new law, known as the Zackery Lystedt Law, prohibits youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion
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from returning to play without a licensed health-care provider’s approval. The new law is the most comprehensive return-toplay law in the United States for athletes under 18. This common sense law makes youth sports safer and helps avoid preventable brain injuries. I was the attorney who represented Zackery Lystedt, now a 17-year-old Maple Valley boy, who suffered a life-threatening brain injury
during a football game on October 12, 2006. School coaches returned him to the field after he sustained a concussion, without first obtaining a complete evaluation by a licensed health-care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. The young football star underwent emergency brain surgery at Harborview Medical Center after he collapsed on the field. He remains dependent on a wheelchair and requires 24/7 supervision for his needs, but continues to improve in the areas of speech, memory, and mobility. Zackery’s injuries were not unusual. More than 3.5 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This legislation provides the protection Zackery should have received. Wellestablished return-to-play rules following a concussion must now be communicated by school officials to coaches, student athletes, and parents.
Key provisions of the new law require: â€˘ Youth athletes who are suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury to be removed from play. When in doubt, sit them out. â€˘ School districts to work with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to develop information and policies on educating coaches, youth athletes, and parents about the nature and risk of concussion, including the dangers of returning to practice or competition after a concussion or head injury. â€˘ All youth athletes and their parents/guardians to sign an information sheet about the signs and symptoms of concussion and head injury prior to the youth athlete initiating practice at the start of each season. â€˘ Youth athletes who have been removed from play to receive written medical clearance from a licensed health-care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion prior to returning to play. â€˘ Private, nonprofit youth sports associations using publicly owned playfields to comply with this law. As a direct result of the Lystedt Law, Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Childrenâ€™s launched the Seattle Sports Concussion Program to evaluate, treat, and provide medical clearance for athletes to return to sports following a concussion. And momentum to extend Washingtonâ€™s Lystedt Law to all other states is on the fast track, as it has been adopted in other states and approval is pending in many more. The National Football League recently banned helmet-to-helmet hits for all its players, sending a clear message to youth sports. The NFL also recently announced its support to have Washingtonâ€™s Lystedt Law adopted in all states within the next one or two years.
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Montessori Education What are the differences with this approach to educating children? “Good morning, Lukas, it’s great to see you.” “Mr. Sean, I tied my own shoes this morning.” “Way to go—your practice has certainly paid off. What do you want to tackle next?” “Today I am going to work with the golden beads.”
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from the Issaquah Valley principal requesting funds for students struggling. Susan, a new board member and recently retired teacher who was familiar with the Bellevue VIBES mentoring program, leaned over and said, ‘Don’t we have a program similar to VIBES? That’s just what these students need, a mentor.’ Susan was determined to get such a program started and worked gratis for the first year establishing the program at Issaquah Valley Elementary School and Issaquah Middle School.” That first year ended with 25 students matched with mentors. Since then, word of the program has spread and the work of the mentors with their students has been so valued by district personnel that the program has grown significantly. Today the VOICE Mentor Program is in all 23 Issaquah School District schools, with more than 150 mentors working with 182 students. With this wonderful success, however, comes a need for more VOICE mentors for Issaquah schools. VOICE recruits community members to work one-on-one with students. Mentors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade for one hour per week during the school day, on the school campus, under the direction of school staff. If you have one hour a week to devote to a student in the Issaquah School District, please contact me at 425.837.6801, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at issaquahschoolsfoundation. org/programs/index.htm#VOICE to find out how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community.
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are realizing that they need some entrylevel skills in order to compete in today’s job market. As more students opt for a post-secondary education, there has been a change in what the typical student looks like. For many years, nurses were fema le and welders were male. Not anymore. Women are discovering careers in the welding industry, as well as in construction, automotive fields, and technology. Men are training for careers
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The Education Effect by Jay Kipp
t is a fact that there is a positive correlation between the quality of public education in a local community and that communityâ€™s residential real estate values. From coast to coast, buyers agree that good schools create desirable neighborhoods, resulting in sound investments. In Issaquah and Sammamish, there is no doubt that the quality of the school districts is a key inducement for families to move here. Often, these buyers specifically identify the Lake Washington and Issaquah school districts as critical
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to their neighborhood selection. These two award-winning districts, along with the Mercer Island and Bellevue school districts, seem to attract the most attention from homebuyers. Even redistricting can have an impact on real estate values. Often, when a district constructs a new school or moves an elementary, middle, or high school boundary line, families make the switch too, selling to escape the old neighborhood and repurchasing within the new boundary. These moves often correspond to buyers’ perception of better schools. According to former Federal Reserve Bank of New York economist Sandra Black, “Buyers are willing to pay about 2.1 percent—or $3,948—more for houses in districts with test scores that are 5 percent higher than the mean. In a 1999 study, it was shown that, a move from a school that scores in the 25th percentile to a school that scores in the 75th percentile would result in a house price increase of $5,452.” Ranking among the top five school districts statewide, the
Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts continue to drive demand in the local market. These numbers are supported by research from the National Association of Realtors and are applicable across the country. A 2008 study of Ohio school districts showed that an increase of about 20 percentage points in the proficiency test pass rate increased home values in a school district by about 7 percent, even after other factors that can have an impact on home values were considered. Time and again research finds general confirmation that communities with better schools are rewarded with higher housing prices, that the premium commanded by good schools can be quantified, and that ongoing investments in schools are returned more quickly to taxpayers in communities experiencing high housing demand. This is why even empty-nest households know that a vote for good schools is a vote to maintain their real estate investment.
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Thinking About a Puppy This Year? Some help in making the correct choice.
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ssuming you are prepared to have a puppy in your life and you have the time necessary for such a challenge—er, joy—the next step is go get the puppy. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and some recommendations to think about as you begin your journey.
What type of dog matches my lifestyle? This is the first question to ask yourself, as it is so important. You want to avoid that situation in which your adorable puppy grows into an adult dog that is completely incompatible with your lifestyle. You might like the looks of an energetic Siberian Husky, but if you dislike dog hair, lead a sedentary life, and live in a small apartment, a Husky is probably going to be a disastrous choice. Think very carefully about how you live and what your needs and wants are; this will help you to make an intelligent, informed choice. Run your breed preferences by someone you trust, who knows you and who can be objective. Also, read Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Unlike most breed books, this one is arranged by owner lifestyle rather than by dog breed. You’ll find good options for city dogs, nine-to-five dogs, and low-shedding dogs, including pluses and minuses for each breed type. There’s also a handy section I wish everyone would read: not-for-everyone dogs.
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Where should I get my puppy? If you are interested in a purebred puppy, you should consider a reputable breeder. A good breeder will ensure that your pup is healthy and properly socialized when you are ready to take one home. Consider going to a dog show, such as the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show (March 12 to 13, at the Qwest Field Event Center), where you not only will have a great opportunity to talk to many different breeders, but also can meet some purebred rescue dogs as well, all under one roof. Another option is rescuing a puppy from a shelter or foster home. This can be a very rewarding experience, and there are several good ones in the area. Many shelter dogs make fantastic companions, and simply need an opportunity to settle into a forever home. Find out as much of the dog’s history as you can from the shelter, and specifically ask whether the pup was able to stay with its mother for at least three weeks and with its littermates for six to seven weeks. If so, the pup will have a much better chance of developing the social skills that he/she will need throughout life.
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his story goes back a few years, to the 1960s, when Jim and Liz Perry were living in Santa Clara, California. Jim was a policeman and Liz was tending to three young children. Looking for spare work, Jim began building workbenches for a local glass studio, which in turn led to a job offer to learn the art of designing and creating fine stained glass. Wanting to move back home, Liz and Jim packed up their family and arrived in Seattle in 1971, during the height of the Boeing crunch, and were greeted by the famous roadside sign “Will the last person leaving Seattle—Turn out the lights.” They liked the country feel of Issaquah and opened their first studio here in August 1971. Their focus then, as now, is the creation and restoration of beautiful church windows. As Liz recalls, “Our first location was a storage unit in Rowley Center. There were very few affordable spaces for start-up businesses at that time, and we made do with no running water or heat. We look back on that time as our ‘starving artist in the garret’ episode.” With their stained glass business growing, they soon needed more space, and in 1981 they purchased the old Pacific Telephone exchange building on Front Street, built in the 1940s. This has been their location ever since. Thousands of people pass this small nondescript building every day without realizing that some of America’s finest stained glass work has been created inside.
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For the past 40 years Perry Stained Glass Studio has been one of the most respected and sought-after studios for church window restoration and new stained glass designs. Their beautiful work can be seen across the state and throughout the nation. As dad Jim says, with a knowledgeable nod of consent from son Jim, working on reglazing a window panel, “We do both contemporary and traditional stained glass. Our traditional glass is made in the same way they did in the Middle Ages, only now we have better kilns and firing methods. We are blessed that one of only two places in America to produce glass using the antique process, Fremont Antique Glass Company, is here in Seattle. When asked to describe their most creatively challenging work, the Perrys all agree it was the massive 24-by-24-foot stained glass window using 1-inch-thick glass installed in the clerestory of the sanctuary of St. Francis Catholic Church in Bend, Oregon, in 2009. Locally, you can see some of the Perry’s’ beautiful creations in the Community Church of Joy in Sammamish and the Fall City United Methodist Church in Fall City. The next time you drive along Front Street, take a moment to register that Jim, Liz, and their son, Jim, are in their studio working on their newest creation, which will bring much enjoyment, faith, and inspiration once it leaves this tiny studio to be installed as a treasure in a waiting church.
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hat can parents do when their child has mental, emotional, or addiction problems? In the Issaquah community, the answer is sitting in a homelike office on Front Street. Friends of Youth (FOY) specializes in working with youths and their families to help both survive the rigors of growing up. Since 1951, Friends of Youth has been providing services to youths and their families to improve youthsâ€™ emotional stability and self-sufficiency. They have grown into five major divisions including residential treatment for youths, housing and services for homeless youths (more than 2,000 young people in King County are without a safe place to sleep each night), and workforce development. Last year FOY served more than 12,333 youths and their families with life-changing services. The local FOY office specializes in youth and family services. They are staffed with professionally trained counselors to provide four main areas of service, which are all available to any parent or child who needs assistance. They serve youths up to the age of 22 years. Friends of Youth 414 Front St N, Issaquah 392-6367
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The main service areas are: Mental health counseling FOYâ€™s skilled, masterâ€™s-level counselors meet with children and parents in oneon-one and family sessions. They are very experienced in helping children and parents work through issues such as behavior problems, difficulties in school, depression and anxiety, and anger and conflict management. They also provide a variety of parenting classes for parents
or caregivers of young children and adolescents to provide the tools they need to help in the development of strong, healthy families. Substance abuse treatment The professional staff works to address the causes of substance abuse. They work closely with Issaquah schools and other community agencies to identify and address the known risk factors that contribute to substance abuse. They provide both family- and schoolbased services, including individual and small group sessions, as well as parenting education. Healthy Start The third program is designed to provide mentoring, counseling, and support to mothers under the age of 22 who are having their first child. Often
these are single mothers who need childdevelopment and health-care education, and in many cases they are mothers who need to learn how to be a caring and supportive parent. Preventive services These services, provided to schools in the Issaquah School District, are designed to prevent or head off behavior that can lead to adjustment problems for youths. The available “Life Skills” course includes information on conflict resolution and developing positive friends. To accomplish this preventive effort, FOY works closely with the staff at Beaver Lake, Maywood, and Issaquah middle schools. When asked what she is most proud of, FOY director Paula Frederick is quick to reply, “Without a doubt, I am most proud of the quality of care our professionally trained staff continues to give. They are well educated and trained, yet kind, understanding, and welcoming in their work with our clients. What more could I ask for?” Indeed, what more could this community ask for?
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Saving for Higher Education H The key is to start early. by Susan Lawrence
aving enough money to educate a child or grandchild is on many people’s minds. One way to build your children’s or grandchildren’s education funds federal-tax-free is to establish a 529 college savings plan. Let’s face it: College is expensive. According to our research, an individual
entering a public university in the fall of 2027 will need more than $200,000 to pay for four years of full-time college costs. How can you help provide your children or grandchildren with a quality college education? A 529 plan may help you make the most of your education investment dollars. Why invest in a 529 plan? A 529 plan lets you: • Invest in your children’s or grandchildren’s education federaltax-free. • Contribute up to $65,000 ($130,000 for couples) per student without a gift tax.
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Sip at the wine bar & restaurant is everything a great wine bar should be. Welcoming. Sophisticated. Comfortable. Lively. Offering a well balanced American cuisine that spotlights bold flavors, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, & spectacular presentations; passionate & experienced culinary teams; attentive & knowledgeable wait staff. Life’s fast...sip slow. Weekdays Open at 5pm; Weekends Open at 4pm.
Serving up Japanese favorites, Sushiman is happy to be a part of Issaquh since 1990 and would like to invite you to enjoy our organic menu. Tues-Fri 11:30am2:30pm, 5pm-10pm.
Northwest steak & s e a f o o d with South American influences. You’ll find an abundance of savory flavors and mouthwatering meats, plus fresh, local seafood dishes and sweet treats to finish off your meal. With over 150 wines, 70 whiskies and great food Flat Iron Grill is the perfect place for any occasion. Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm.
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• Remove assets from your estate while retaining control over them. • Transfer assets to another family beneficiary, if necessary. • Make qualified 529 plan withdrawals federal-tax-free. • Potentially receive a state tax deduction on contributions as well as state-tax-free withdrawals. • Enjoy high contribution maximums. In addition, you can use 529 plan assets at almost any accredited two- or fouryear postsecondary school in the country to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and other required supplies. Withdrawals for nonqualified (not related to postsecondary education) pur-
poses will trigger a 10 percent Internal Revenue Service penalty on your earnings as well as regular taxes. State tax deductions and state-tax-free withdrawals are limited to residents of states that allow these benefits. These state tax benefits may have an impact on your federal taxes. It’s important to consult your tax adviser regarding your particular situation. Keep in mind, the value of your 529-plan investment will fluctuate. When you redeem your shares, they may be worth more or less than your original investment. Also, there is no guarantee that an account will grow enough to cover higher education expenses.
If you’re concerned about rising education costs, you may want to take advantage of this savings vehicle. If you would like someone to take a look at your situation and determine whether 529 plans are suitable for your portfolio, call 425.369.1423, and we would be happy to do so. We can also provide you with a complimentary education cost summary that will estimate your children’s or grandchildren’s education savings needs and/or a copy of “529 Plans: An Education Savings Vehicle with Multiple Benefits.”
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“Reactive Rover” class at Riverdog, where they use progressive positive behavior conditioning to develop new responses to situations that prompt your dog to overreact. This class is limited to six dogs to ensure effective learning and practice. Be prepared to learn new ways of relating to your dog that will in“Super Sitters” Babysitting Training crease his or her ability to handle challenging situations. For more information, contact Riverdog Canine Coaching at 425.427.5958 or visit riverdogk9.com.
Start Off the New Year With These Events Starting January 5, 7, and 8, and February 9, 11, and 12
Learn the fundamentals of blowing glass and create art; everything you make is yours to keep. There are no prerequisites, other than a desire to learn and have fun. Starting in January and February, classes run for four weeks, with classes once a week in four-hour blocks. Classes are limited to two to four students to ensure maximum individual attention and progress. Tuition is $475, which includes all materials, equipment, and instruction. For class schedules and to register, call Art by Fire, 425.996.8867 or visit artbyfire.com. January 8
January 10 to March 7
Premier Performing-Arts Training Program Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE is now registering students for its winter lineup of exploratory acting, fundamental acting, and musical theatre classes for students from prekindergarten to 20 years old. “Early Acting” classes for pre-K through second-grade students encourage confidence by building theater and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. For students in first to fifth grade, “Fundamental Acting” and “Musical Theatre” classes are offered. Tuitions range from $160 to $260. For more information about KIDSTAGE or to schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Sanders at 392.1942, ext. 124, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit villagetheatre.org/ks_classes.php. January 11 to February 15
Is your dog overly reactive to other dogs and/or people? Are frustrated with your dog’s barking and lunging on leash? There is hope! Enroll in the
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to 9 p.m. For further information, call 392.6367 or visit friendsofyouth.org. January 29
Issaquah Developmental Screening
Do you have questions about the development of your preschooler or kindergartener? Come to a free developmental screening, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, from noon to 3:15 p.m. at the Issaquah Library. Encompass will screen children age 2 to 5 for the development of motor, speech, self-help, social and cognitive skills. Follow-up reports will be mailed soon afterward. February 5
“Super Sitters” Babysitting Training “Super Sitters,” the popular Encompass-sponsored babysitting class, will be offered at the Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. NW, North Bend. During the six-hour class (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), teens age 11 to 17 will learn about parent expectations, first aid, child development, personal safety, the Heimlich maneuver, nutrition, home security, fire prevention, telephone tips, toys and activities, infant care, and other sitter responsibilities. The class costs $35. For more info, call 425.888.2777 or visit encompassnw.org. February 15
Education Expo Sponsored by this magazine and the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the first free Education Expo will be held at Pickering Barn; doors open at 3 p.m. Learn about local public and private schools and the enhancement programs available in this community from the 40 exhibitors in attendance. A series of presentations begin at 4, each addressing a vital topic of value to every parent. The final speaker, Scott Oki, speaks at 7 p.m. Register to attend at isandbeyond.com and you will be entered into a series of drawings for prizes.
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