School Board Passes Resolution for $8M Bond Levy

— from Orcas Island School Board– At a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 22, the Orcas Island School Board passed a resolution to place an $8 million school bond proposition on the Feb. 2017 ballot. Until the resolution passed, there was no bond offering. Now that there is, we’d … Continue reading

Commemorating Veterans Day With School Music

— from Sharon Ho — The sweet chorus of elementary school children’s voices and beautiful selections played by Orcas Island School District Band and Strings groups, and the Orcas Island Community Band, set a moving tone at the Veterans Day Celebration held by the school district last Thursday, November 10, … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Quid Pro Quo or Hobson’s Choice?


— from Bea vonTobel — The OISD board will place an interesting proposal on the February ballot. It will pit the concerns and interests of three major island groups against each other: those who wish to bring buildings and grounds to health and safety standards, music program supporters, and track supporters. … Continue reading

School Board Reaches Consensus on Bond for Phase III Development Board hears different strategies for bond structuring, prioritized.

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov.14 at 2:30 p.m.— On Nov. 7 the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, administration and public members met to deal with the nitty-gritty decisions facing them in considering a bond proposal to complete several projects cut from previous bonds for capital construction. First the … Continue reading

Orcas Students Perform at Honor Music Festival


— from Kristen Wilson —   Western Washington University’s 650-seat Performing Arts Center hosted a performance by students from this year’s San Juan Music Educators Association (SJMEA) Senior Honor Festival on November 11. Nine musicians from Orcas High School’s Strings and Band Classes attended this year’s Festival.    Each year … Continue reading

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It! Try going a day without plastic

Monday Nov. 14 at 5:30 pm at Orcas Island Public Library — from Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange — Learn about the effects of plastic on our world. Join Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange to learn about the effects of plastic on our world. “Bag It” movie description … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in October


— from Ashley Randall — What happened in Farm to Classroom (K-5) during the month of October? We celebrated the process, practice and importance of seed saving. We harvested enough seeds to both save for spring and make multiple donations to the Public Library’s very special Seed Library. Katie taught … Continue reading

School’s Out Washington Features Funhouse Commons


— from The Funhouse Commons — (Originally posted on Schools Out Washington) When we imagine Orcas Island, many think of vacation, natural beauty, and often wealth, but as Krista Bouchey, Executive Director at The Funhouse Commons explains, “The majority of families who call the island home are working-class and struggle … Continue reading

School Board to Review Phase III Building Project at Special Meeting

Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Library — from Cathy Ferran for the Orcas Island School District — A Special School Board meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. to discuss, review and approve the plan for Phase III modernization and renovation. Possible … Continue reading

Orcas Schools Invite the Public to Veterans Day Ceremony RSVP to attend Veterans Day Assembly

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Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the School Cafeteria –from Cathy Ferran for Supt. Eric Webb– The Orcas Island School District would like to invite the public to an observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 10. The school  has prepared a breakfast prior to a school assembly that … Continue reading

EDC Gives Free Workshop on LinkedIn for Career Development

Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library — from Victoria Compton, Director, Economic Development Council (EDC)– Many people have joined LinkedIn, but how can it be used for career enhancement and to generate business? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE … Continue reading

Become a Master Gardener this Spring Nine-week session on Tuesdays, January 31- March 28


Applications are due November 1 — San Juan County WSU Master Gardener program — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 San Juan County WSU Master Gardener Training Program. Volunteer trainees will receive over 60 hours of training, both in the classroom and on-line. The training is taught by … Continue reading

It’s Time for Clay Café Art fun for all ages, courtesy of Education Foundation


Sunday, November 6, 2 – 5 p.m., High School Art Room — from Geri Turnoy for A-OK — On Sunday, November 6, 2016, A-OK (Art for Orcas Kids) will host another fun-filled afternoon at The Clay Café from 2-5pm at the High School Art Room. A-OK is a program of … 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