$2.7 Million Apprenticeship Grant Awarded State from Federal Dept. of Labor Funds to support apprenticeship expansion to new sectors and underserved populations

— from the office of U.S. Representatvie Rick Larsen — Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Denny Heck (WA-10) today [Oct. 21]  announced that Washington is being awarded a … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Invests in Outdoor Play


— by Margie Doyle — When Kaleidoscope Childcare Center was discredited for its play area, Director Amber Paulsen addressed the situation and turned it into an investment opportunity for Kaleidoscope kids and their families. Kaleidoscope’s playground ranked low in the “Early Achievers” score which came out April 2015, Paulsen explained, … Continue reading

Fadem Literature Class Reunion

Thursday, October 27, noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Andrea Hendrick, Mary Poletti and Howard Barbour — Everybody loves a class reunion, well, maybe not everybody! Regardless, all who attended one or more of Richard Fadem’s Literature Classes are invited to attend Richard’s Class Reunion, Thursday, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Reykdal Understands Challenges of School Students Candidate for State Superintendent is grounded in the real world


— by Kari Schuh — I first met Chris Reykdal in January of 2016 when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction spoke to a cohort group of WSU graduate students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the frontrunner of all the … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria participates in “Taste Washington Day” Local farms provide daily sustenance at school


— by Ashley Randall — On October 5th, the WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered to sponsor “Taste Washington Day,” an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. The Orcas Island School District was one of forty districts signed up to participate … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Celebrate the Change of Season with Salmonberry

Saturday, October 8, noon – 3 p.m., Salmonberry School — from Paul Freedman — Autumn fairies will greet, recite seasonal verses and offer small gifts to children of all ages as they are guided through the beautiful and reverent Fall Journey Walk. Seasonal crafts will include candle dipping, scarecrow-making and fall leaf crowns. There … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | School Music Matters: Finish the Music Building


— from Music Advocacy Group — We are writing to urge the Orcas School Board and Administration to make the completion of the school music building an essential priority in the upcoming school bond. For now, all music classes taught by Pamela Wright – including K-4 music, 5th and 6th … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Re-name the “Old Gym” Honor Coach Bob Curtis


— from Betty Jean Rodenberger, prepared for the Aug. 15-16 OISD Phase III Community Discussion — Sixty years ago, on March 13, 1956, the voters of Orcas Island School District (OISD) approved a bond to build a new physical education auditorium building to replace the aging gymnasium at the school … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Sponsors Tenth Annual College Counseling Event

— from Emilie Gincig — Funhouse Commons and Orcas Island High School are teaming up for the annual post-high school “Futures Fair” for Orcas Island students Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5. The Funhouse is bringing expert college counseling consultants, Craig Lewis and Julie Manhan, for a full schedule of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Calling All Gardeners to Annual Gardening Workshop Secrets of Wheat, Bees, Tomatoes and Deer to be revealed at day-long event


Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School, advance registration required — by the San Juan County Master Gardeners — Come join other garden enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual Gardening Workshop, Secrets of Gardening, at Friday Harbor Middle School, on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

Commmunity Discusses School Bond Priorities


— by Margie Doyle — The school cafeteria buzzed with hive-like activity as OPAL Executive Director Lisa Byers moderated a community forum about proposals for a “Phase III Bond” for the Orcas Island School District (OISD). After OISD Superintendent Eric Webb Webb acknowledged Board members Janet Brownell and Greg White, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Track Donation Brings Problems

— by Bea vonTobel — Updated Sept. 20: I would like to offer a couple revisions to my original letter. (Editor’s note: revisions are in italics) Sometime when you look a gift horse in the mouth you may need to say, “Thanks but no thanks.” The extreme generosity of a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Evaluate Elements of Proposed Bond on their Separate Merits Numbers of Students in the School Music Programs increasing


–from Miriam Ziegler– This letter is in response to Peg Manning’s comment following Martha Farish’s excellent “Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion,” published 9/19/16. I cannot address Peg’s question about construction costs of the track and the anticipated maintenance costs. What I do have is information … Continue reading

BBQ and Skate Party This Friday The whole community is welcome

Friday, September 16, 4:15 – 8 p.m., Orcas Elementary — from Diane E. Boerstler — The whole community is welcome at a Free BBQ (4:15  – 5 p.m.) and Skate Party( 6 – 8 p.m.) on Friday at Orcas Elementary School. All funds raised go to the Orcas Island Community PTSA to enhance … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Include School Music Programs’ Success in Phase III Bond

— by Jim Shaffer-Bauck — It’s time to complete the second half of the school music building program. I vividly recall the valiant first effort of a string performance at a MAG concert years ago, and I marvel at the remarkable achievements since. Our school groups have performed extraordinarily well … Continue reading

Kids and Canoes: a Lummi – Odd Fellows Project


— from Peter Fisher — Kids and Canoes! Dear to the heart of many of us over the years has been to find a way to get Lummi and Orcas Island kids together on a regular basis to create friendships and learn from each other. In 2000, at a celebration … Continue reading

Orcas Sends a Troubadour for Our Times to the Big Apple Call to Action: See "The Climate Monologues" and Spread the Word


— a review of “The Climate Monologues” by Margie Doyle — Update: Repeat performance on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Random Howse — Sharon Abreu is an inspired listener. She listens to the stories of West Virginian coal mining families, NW activists, Tribal leaders, Mississippi teachers, a Colorado cowgirl and Orcas’ … Continue reading