West Woodland Elementary Annual Appeal Happening Now


The West Woodland Elementary School Annual Appeal for the 2016-17 school year is happening now through October 10, 2016.  This annual fundraising effort is one way the school raises funds in order to provide additional classroom support, arts, technology, and community building programs not fully funded by the current budget.

No school-age children?  No Problem!  Your generous donation will help kids right here in our community.  We all know that public schools are not fully funded.  Often teachers shoulder the burden of this legislative failure by purchasing needed supplies using personal pay.  Your donation will help bridge this financial gap and set the stage for a successful school year.

Click HERE to make your tax-deductible donation!

Where does your donation go?

west-woodland-elementary-chartClassroom Support: Instructional Support Staff, Tutors, Teacher, Spending Accounts, Library Books, Environmental Education, Assemblies, Scholarships, Art & Science Fairs, Field Trip Buses, School Gardens.

The Arts: 100% Parent-Funded Arts Friday Program, Instrumental Music, Recorder Program, Art Docent, Music Programs

Technology: Computer Lab Manager, Technology Equipment, IT Support, Computer Clubs, Robotics & Computer Driver’s License Program (CDL)

Building Community: PTA Meetings/Parent Education, Potlucks, Movie Nights, Blast, Bike & Walk Programs, Field Day, TCB Day, Directory, Enrichment Programs, Website, Talent Night

How to contribute:

Payment can be made online, click HERE to make your tax-deductible donation.

Tax Deductions & Corporate Match:

YES, your contribution is 100% tax deductible. You will be able to print out your own Tax Deduction Receipt once you’ve completed your transaction.  If your company offers a cororate match program, you will most likely need some tax information.  Please check out the Corporate Matching page for more information.


If you have any questions or concerns about your gift, please read through the Annual Appeal FAQ’s or contact the annual appeal team at wwannualappeal@gmail.com.


Free Emergency Prep Training: Stop The Bleed



A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, but bystanders are almost always there first. In the case of disaster and high casualty incidents, emergency services are often spread thin. Will you be ready?

The free 2.5 hour course teaches basic life-saving medical interventions, including methods to control bleeding and opening an airway to allow breathing. Taught by practicing trauma surgeons, the course was developed in response to the call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Hartford Consensus to improve survival during active shooter and other mass casualty events. In these circumstances, survival begins with bystanders.

Upon completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the principles of your response during an active shooter event.
  • Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.
  • Demonstrate wound packing and learn about topical hemostatic dressings.
  • Explain the rationale for early use of a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.
  • Demonstrate basic maneuvers to relieve airway obstruction.
This course is based on a curriculum developed by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and modified and taught by trauma surgeons from UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center.
For more information or to enroll in a course go to Stop the Bleed Washington.

Meet Jayapal and Walkinshaw at Peddler Brewing


Grab a pint and visit with Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw, candidates for Washington’s 7th Congressional District.  Question the candidates about climate change, carbon pricing, renewable energy, transportation, green jobs, and more. Forum moderated by Seattle Times Environment Reporter Lynda Mapes. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Information:

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Location:  Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way

Event sponsors:

1.  Citizens Climate Lobby: a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.  Find them online: citizensclimatelobby.org
2.  Cascadia Climate Action: a community calendar of climate events around the Pacific Northwest that facilitates public engagement in climate action. Find them online: cascadiaclimateaction.org

Additional Information:

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/201338333618069/ or contact Emilia Jones at mj.emilia@gmail.com or (206) 234-1500.


West Woodland cellist Lori Goldston included in The Seattle Public Library’s new PlayBack Music Service

lori-goldstonWest Woodland, Ballard musician Lori Goldston is included in the debut of PlayBack, a free downloadable music service provided by The Seattle Public Library.  A total of 50 current Seattle bands and musicians were selected by a jury of local music experts for this inaugural release.

Lori Goldston is a renowned cellist who has performed world-wide, including a tour with Nirvana from 1993–1994 in which she performed on-stage with them during their MTV Unplugged in New York performance. Her work has been commissioned by and/or performed at the Kennedy Center, Frye Art Museum, WYNC, and many more.  Additional information about the artist is available here.

Local musicians interested in learning more about PlayBack should be aware that another submission opportunity is coming this Fall. Watch The Seattle Public Library’s Information for Artists page for submission deadline information.



West Woodland author David Neiwert is finalist for WA State Book Award.

david-neiwertWest Woodland, Ballard author David Neiwert is a finalist in this year’s Washington State Book Awards. Neiwert’s book, Of Orcas and Men, has been chosen as one of five finalists for History/Nonfiction.

The Washington State Book Award, formerly the Governor’s Writers Award, is given annually for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.

The awards are presented in eight categories, fiction, poetry, biography/ memoir, history/nonfiction, children’s, middle readers, and young adults.

Winners will be announced at the awards celebration from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave. Learn more about this prestigious award HERE.

You can find Of Orcas and Men at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave North, and on Amazon.

Follow David Online!  Join the discussion on Facebook and his blog.

Safe & Healthy Communities Meeting With CM Mike O’Brien

You’re invited to a public forum hosted by Councilmember Mike O’Brien to review proposed solutions created as a result of the July 29, 2016 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum.

Date:  Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th Street
Event Information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/617387885088793/

The event will begin with an introduction from the Councilmember and descriptions of proposed solutions, which aim to address safety and public health issues. The audience will participate interactively and in small work groups to provide feedback and input on the proposals. There will also be opportunity for new ideas to be shared for community issues.


Proposed New Residential Construction Project: 6416 15th Ave NW

You heard it here first!  Back in August, we told you that the property owner of 6416 15th Ave NW had applied for a zoning change, asking the city to allow up to a 65 foot building height on this parcel, which is an increase of 25 feet.  Current zoning allows a maximum height of 40 feet.

6416 15th Ave NW is located in the northwestern corner of West Woodland, Ballard, and is home to el camion‘s brick & mortar restaurant (see “A” on map below).  This Ballard favorite started as a single food truck and now you can find el camion in north Seattle, SODO, and near the new StudioWorks Ballard building at 15th Ave NW and Market Street (see “B” on map below).


The proposal provides much needed detail regarding the future of this lot.  The owners are interested in building retail and housing on this parcel, which will go a long way to helping house Seattle’s ever growing population.  From the Land Use announcement:

“Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 6-story building with approx. 79 apartment units, 0 to 3 live-work units, 3,220 sq. ft. of commercial space and parking for 31-36 vehicles. Existing structure to be demolished. A contract rezone from NC3P-40 to NC3P-65 is part of the application.”

Public Meeting:

An upcoming public meeting on Sept. 19, 2016. Click HERE for full details.

Full Design Proposal:

View full proposal, detailed information and renderings:  6416-15th-ave-nw-proposed-new-residential-construction