Schools Notebook for Aug. 1

  • Tue Jul 31st, 2012 7:07pm

Planning a PTO? Check this out

Parents who will be serving in school booster or PTA-type groups are invited to a special orientation 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Edmonds School District Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Meet potential partners, such as the PTSA Council, and learn about state and district rules. RSVP by Aug. 20 to DJ Jakala, community relations director, at or 425-431-7044.

Help send student musicians to Vienna

The Mountlake Terrace High School Music Boosters present “A Night In Vienna,” a jazz concert fundraiser, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Matthews Estate winery, 16116 140th Place NE in Woodinville.

The school jazz band will perform along with guest band Fusion. There also will be food, wine, raffles and a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit music programs at the high school – specifically, a possible trip to Vienna for the jazz and chamber wind students.

“This will be an opportunity not only to travel abroad for the first time for many students, but to participate and perform with other musicians in Vienna,” said Sherrill Leppich, president of the boosters group, in an email.

Tickets are $6 prepaid or $12 at the door. Prepaid tickets receive one free raffle ticket: email or go to the Matthews Estate website at Checks also can be sent to MTHS Music Boosters, P.O. Box 474, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

New courses at EdCC

Edmonds Community College offers four new visual arts degrees this fall – graphic design, studio art, photography and architecture – which will make it easier for arts students to apply to four-year art schools.

Other new fall classes:

• “International Relations (and Zombies),” a political science course that includes reading “World War Z” by Max Brooks and the textbook, “Theories of International Politics AND ZOMBIES,” by Daniel Drezner

• “Bond … James Bond,” a history course that examines the history and politics behind the spy with a “license to kill”

• “Archaeology Lab Methods,” an anthropology course in which students process Japanese-American artifacts from a pre-World War II site in Mukilteo.

Classes run Sept. 24-Dec. 13. For more information, call 425-640-1459, email or go to

Host families needed

International students attending Shoreline Community College often live with local families as arranged by agencies such as ABODE Homestays. ABODE is looking for additional host families for students attending the college this fall.

A host provides a student with a private, furnished bedroom and three meals a day. Hosts are not required to provide transportation. A monthly stipend of $625 aids the costs of hosting a student.

Students will arrive in mid-September; applications must be received at least one month before placement. For more information, go to, call 206-527-8654 or email