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“We are basically just learning about our new classes. This is my second year at Weston. It has been kind of nice getting back to school to see old friends again who you aren’t able to keep in touch with over the summer. It’s nice to get our (school-issued) laptops back if you don’t have a computer at home.”

Gym construction slated for North Middle School

Construction is expected to begin later this month on a new auxiliary gym at North Middle School in Everett.

The 5,700-square-foot gym will be built to the northeast corner of the existing large gym and be ready by next August.

Kirkland-based Saxas Construction, which is majority-owned by the Chehalis Confederated Tribes, won the contract with the base bid of $2.46 million.

North was the Everett School District’s only middle school whose auxiliary gym has a low ceiling.

The project will include a remodel of the girls’ locker rooms and a standby generator for the school.

The space where the old auxiliary gym now stands will be converted into a weight room and classroom.

Saxas Construction came highly recommended from the University of Washington and King County Health District, district officials said.

Woodway Elementary plans Peace Day event

Hundreds of colorful pinwheels carrying messages of hope, peace and harmony will be planted by Woodway Ele­mentary School students and staff in a ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in honor of International Peace Day.

Expected to join the celebration is Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, who is making a proclamation commemorating the event, as well as Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit and representatives of the Edmonds Fire Department. Several children will read portions of their own pinwheel messages.

The school’s participation was originally planned as part of Woodway Elementary’s commitment to promote global awareness, diversity and creative expression among its students and the community at large.

However, the event has taken a significantly poignant turn. The school’s most recent PTA president, Don Kreiman, died earlier this month.

“We have decided to dedicate our school garden to Don,” said teacher Dara Barker. “Don was so devoted to our school, and this project was very important to him.”

The garden will be named the Don Kreiman Memorial Peace Garden.

Edmonds seeks new school board member

Dr. Bruce Williams, a long-time Edmonds School District Board member, has resigned because he is moving to a new home outside of the area he represents.

The school board accepted his resignation during its Sept. 11 meeting.

Williams started serving on the board in 1997.

“In all my experiences, what I have valued most is seeing the children of this community thrive in myriad ways — with ease, with disabilities, challenges and against substantial odds,” Williams said. “This organization, in supporting all these students, has stretched, bent and renewed itself, always keeping the focus on supporting children and families, empowering teachers, supporting staff and schools to make the process of learning as effective as possible.”

The term for the District 4 director seat runs through 2009.

The board is required by law to appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term within 90 days. Residents who would like to submit a letter of interest for the appointment must be a U.S. citizen, a state resident and live in the district 4 director area. District 4 covers the upper southwest portion of the school district.

Anyone interested can send a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Oct. 17 to the attention of JoAnn Kerns, Edmonds School District, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036, or call 425-431-7003 for more information.

Community classes set to begin in Monroe

Sky Valley Community Schools, sponsored by Monroe Public Schools, has several classes beginning over the next two weeks.

They include beginning guitar, a sewing workshop, Web page design, a knitting workshop, wilderness hiking, protecting yourself online, piano for kids and adults, writing and editing, beginning Spanish, gardening 101, Internet basics, Mediterranean cooking, baby-sitting basics, MS Windows, clean up your credit and kitchen remodel.

Visit for complete details of all classes or for registration information.

Other classes will be offered from the middle of October through early December. Visit the district Web site or pick up a flyer at your the library or the Monroe Public Schools administration building for detailed information on all fall classes.

Ongoing “open enrollment” classes are also available — students do not need to pre-register for these classes but simply pay-at-the door when they are able to attend. Those classes include women’s volleyball, co-ed volleyball, adult basketball and belly dancing.

More than 300 online classes are also available through Sky Valley Community Schools. Each class runs for six weeks.

Registration fees vary with most classes ranging from $69 to $89. To learn more about taking a class online, visit, complete the enrollment information and try the first lesson before you register to see if it meets your expectations. Online classes begin the middle of each month.

To teach a class, contact Kristine Johnston at 360-804-2570 or e-mail

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