Fourth-graders get tasty lesson in giving, teamwork

  • Tue Apr 10th, 2012 6:56pm

<b>SCHOOLS NOTEBOOK | </b>Herald staff

Fourth-graders from Soundview School, a private school in Lynnwood, recently served a bargain breakfast of pancakes, eggs, turkey bacon and drinks as part of The Sunrise Cafe.

The restaurant’s brief one-morning existence capped a term-long class unit on operating a restaurant and, at $2 a plate, raised more than $200 for the Snohomish Community Food Bank as a creative fundraiser.

As part of their learning, students toured a local restaurant, made financial as well as fun decisions about what their restaurant would serve and be named, came up with a menu and the meal’s needed ingredients, and cooked the food. They also toured River Valley Cheese in Fall City to learn about the cheese they served atop customers’ eggs.

“We all had really great ideas that lead up to this great restaurant,” student Bridget Smith said in a press release. “I really like writing in our restaurant journals and we learned a lot about how restaurants operate and what they do to make things run smoothly.”

Meadowdale senior’s photo at Schack

Chelsea Richardson’s photograph, “Exit,” was a Juror Choice in Schack Art Center’s 2012 Black and White Photography Contest.

More than 150 entries from high school students across Snohomish County were considered by a panel of three photographers who served as judges: Philip McCrain, Nat Seymour and Kathleen Williams.

Richardson, a senior at Meadowdale High School, is to be honored with other award-winners at the next Open Studio Night for Teens, at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

An exhibit of all the entries will be on display in the Emerging Young Artist Gallery through April 30.

Help Royal robot get to nationals

The Lynnwood High School robotics team is trying to raise $30,000 to compete at a national competition in April.

Donations will be accepted at a special Robot Day fundraiser, slated for 2:30-8:30 p.m. April 14 at Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road, Bothell. There will be Zumba dance lessons, video games, a jazz night, dinner and a bake sale.

Donations also are accepted online. Go to, click on the “Give” tab and then click on the “Donate” button under the “FIRST WA Support Your Favorite Team” cell to give to “2522 LHS Royal Robotics.”

Visit for more information.

The team earned sixth place last month at the Seattle Cascade Regional division event organized by the national nonprofit For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). They also won the Engineering Inspiration Award, which guaranteed them a slot at the national championship to be held April 26-28, in St. Louis, Mo.

Teen girls: Save the date for STEM event

Open registration continues until April 25 for Edmonds Community College’s Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics conferences, which aim to nurture high school girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

The keynote speaker is Celeste Baine, a biomedical engineer and director of the Engineering Education Service Center.

The event is set for May 4 at the college, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. More information and registration forms are at or email

BECU gives money for financial literacy program

Meadowdale Middle School plans to use a grant it recently received from BECU to offer the financial literacy program Civic Mirror. The online simulation educates students on how to run an imaginary society complete with decision-making challenges.

The grant money also will help fund a collaboration day for the five social studies teachers to share ideas, challenges and successes on the implementation of Civic Mirror.

Soundview holds open house

Soundview School, a private school at 6515 196th St. SW in Lynnwood, plans an open house from 10 a.m. to noon April 14. The preschool-to-eighth grade school uses the International Baccalaureate, Positive Discipline and Singapore Math programs.

Register at or 425-778-8572.

School district holds last budget meetings

The Edmonds School District hosts its last two community budget meetings to provide updated information on finances and gather public feedback:

• 7 p.m. April 11 at the Lynnwood High School theater, 18218 North Road, Bothell

• 4 p.m. April 18 at the Mountlake Terrace High School theater, 21801 44th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace

WWU brings classes to Seattle for summer

Western Washington University will offer summer session classes at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N in Seattle, starting June 19.

Western faculty will teach the 30 to 35 courses during the six-week Summer in Seattle session, both for-credit and adult enrichment courses. Formal admission to WWU is not required. A full course listing is at

Registration opens May 7.

Homes needed for exchange students

The nonprofit Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange exchange program is looking for host families for high school juniors and seniors from abroad who plan to study locally for the 2012-13 school year, from August to June.

Exchange students would have their own insurance, medical coverage and spending money. Host families are asked to provide them with their own bed and their meals. Sightseeing also is encouraged.

Students come from Europe, Asia, Russia and South America. For more information, call Kristi York at 206-387-6554.