Letter to Editor | Thank You, United Way

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — We would like to thank the United Way of San Juan County for generously supporting the Funhouse Commons’ out of school time programming and expanded learning opportunities for Orcas youth during 2017. In partnership with United Way, we are providing the … Continue reading

Larsen, Colleagues, Lead Effort to Prevent Mass Shootings in Schools

— from Douglas Wagoner — Bipartisan School Safety Act of 2017 would renew federal program – unfunded since 2010 – to address school safety U.S. schools could receive additional resources to prevent mass shootings under bipartisan legislation led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and cosponsored by Reps. Mike Coffman (CO-06), … Continue reading

NW Play & Learn Week Comes to Orcas Special invitation to community leaders

Monday, April 27 on Orcas — from Joyce Sobel — Northwest Early Learning invites you to experience the power of Play & Learn groups and how they develop future scientists, teachers, and community leaders. NW Play & Learn is a campaign to increase access to high-quality playgroups for young children and … Continue reading

Community Contributions Prove School Music Matters

— from Catherine Pederson, Music Advocacy Group — YES! SCHOOL MUSIC DOES MATTER – to the over 100 members of our community who responded to the Music Advocacy Group 20th Anniversary School Benefit Concert fund raising appeal. MAG’s letter, published in Orcas Issues last week, expressed thanks to the community for … Continue reading

Inslee Says Trump Budget “Incredibly Harmful” to State and Local Governments

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — President Trump today released a federal budget proposal that would make significant cuts in state and local government programs, including education, environmental protection, health care and many other critical services that Washingtonians rely on. “The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly … Continue reading

Upcoming Science Fair Promises to Delight, Inspire Featuring gizmos & gadgets, marvels & wonders, mysteries & magic

Saturday, March 25, Noon, Funhouse Commons — from Emilie Gincig — Join us for an exciting performance by scientist professional, Hazen Audel – featured on National Geographic television. This free family event is open to the whole community. K-12 students have started planning their projects. Funhouse staff and volunteers can … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Grateful that School Music Matters to Orcas Community

— from Catherine Pederson, President, Music Advocacy Group — Last Sunday supporters of our Orcas School Music Program filled the school’s Old Gym for the 20th Anniversary School Benefit Concert presented by our community’s Music Advocacy Group. Our community is rich in its support of the arts. This concert is … Continue reading

Ranker: Levy Extension Prevents Schools From Largest Education Cut in State History

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement on [Wednesday’s] passage of the levy cliff extension: “I am relieved that the Senate took action to prevent our children’s schools from an immediate loss of nearly $400 million in short term funding … Continue reading