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Crown Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting and Crown Hill Park Grand Opening, May 19th, 2012

Our Annual Meeting is May 19th at 10 AM, and we’re going to keep it short so we can all mosey on out the doors at Crown Hill Center to check out the long awaited, newly minted Crown Hill Park! Plans are afoot for a barbecue, special entertainment, tricycle parade and more. We’ll have on sale our fabulous Crown Hill t-shirts so you can show some pride around town. Much, much more. Stay tuned!

Crown Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting 10 AM (Room 5 Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW):

  • updates on a few projects around the neighborhood
    • Sidewalk on 90th between 13th and 14th (done!)
    • Sidewalk / pathway on 13th between 90th and Holman
    • Proposed improvement to the pathway between 89th and 90th at 17th/18th
    • Proposed improvements to the 8th and 100th intersection.
  • Volunteers needed
  • Board elections — we have to do this, all members are eligible to vote. Not a member yet or need to renew? No problem. We can take care of that too!

Crown Hill Park Dedication/Grand Opening 11 AM-1 PM

  • The fences have come down! (some of them anyway)
  • Bouncy house!
  • The play equipment will be available for inspection and “testing”
  • Barbecue
  • Skateboard demo
  • Tricycle/Bicycle parade (bring your own wheels for this)

2012 Musical Theater Workshop for High School Students

The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society will  again present its highly acclaimed
musical theatre workshop for high  school students.  Saturdays, January 7th through February 11th, 2012.  Classes are held at the G&S Rehearsal Studio at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW.    Pick up a flyer here and application form here.  $150.

2007 Class Selection from The Mikado
The 2007 Class Performs a Selection from The Mikado. Photo: Skip Barttels

Join  members of the Artistic Staff and performers of The Seattle Gilbert &
Sullivan Society  for  six ( 6 ) Saturday sessions of instruction and merriment,
designed for beginners as well as more experienced performers  who are students entering grades 9 – 12.

Learn dance, staging , scene work, choral ensembles,  improvisational skills and how to tackle tryouts and auditions through the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Small Faces to Celebrate Kathy Brockman’s 25 years of Service

Small Faces’ Assistant Director, Kathy Brockman Completes her 25th year of Purposeful Play

by Lynn Wirta (Director Emeritus, Small Faces Child Development Center)

Kathy Brockman
Kathy Brockman

It’s time to celebrate 25 years of Kathy’s dedication, devotion and commitment to the children, families and staff of Small Faces and the greater Crown Hill community! Kathy began her work here in the fall of 1978 after she graduated from the University of Washington where she majored in History and earned her Elementary Education teaching credential. Kathy heard about Small Faces from a friend so she applied for work as a substitute.  In those days, Small Faces was located across from Ballard High School on 14th NW in an old church.  Early in 1979, a regular position became available so Kathy gave up subbing for Seattle Schools and launched her career at Small Faces.  In early 80s, accreditation was unheard of and licensing of child care was pretty lax.  The class size was 12-15 four year olds and Kathy was THE teacher!  (Today, our rooms have 3 staff for 16-18 children).  Including the director and a part time cook, there were 5 staff and an enrollment around 55 children.

In January 1980, Small Faces moved to the former Crown Hill Elementary School.  Kathy’s classroom was in the current Kangaroo Room though it was called by the teacher’s name at the time. A few years went by and the community expressed a need for a program for children who turned 5 in late summer or early fall but could not attend public school.  The school year 82-83 inaugurated the Challenge Class for children whose birthdays fell between September 1 and October 31. Kathy taught that program for 7 years though it wasn’t named Challenge until a few years later when all classroom names were changed.  One year, there were 22 children enrolled in Challenge! Fees in 1984 ranged between $120 and $270/ month.  As the Center grew in the late 80s, Kathy became the Assistant Director with administrative duties in the afternoon.  By 1993, she had one son, Luke, born in 1985 and was about to have the twins, Steve and Joe, so she said farewell in December.  During the next 7 years, while raising the her own children, Kathy did childcare in her home for staff members.  In 1999, the Center needed a Challenge teacher so she agreed to return.  In 2000, the Assistant Director position became available and Kathy moved back into her old administrative job full time.

A favorite “kid story” that Kathy likes to recall is about the time the 5 year old asked her, “What part of you is ‘the bride’?”  Kathy asked what did he mean?  The child said, “I was at a wedding and the man said ‘You may now kiss the bride’.  Is the bride part your lips?”  Another time, a child asked Kathy what a ‘widget stand’ was.  Again, Kathy asked for more clarification. The child said, “You know, when we pledge allegiance to the flag for ‘widget stand’. What is a widget stand?”

Here we are today, celebrating over 25 years of Kathy, an institution at Small Faces!  We estimate that Kathy has interacted with at least 2500 children and 150  co-workers; taken first aid/CPR class 10 times, taken the food handlers class 6 times and completed a minimum of  300 hours of Early Learning workshops. Kathy is always quick with a smile and a laugh; can see the bright side of any situation; never looks overwhelmed from too much paperwork; sometimes can’t find her glasses but will get right back to you when she does; can remember the names of current and alumni children AND their parents; rarely gets sick and if she does, she will get 3 more tasks done before she goes home all while raising 3 boys and a husband.  Small Faces is blessed to have Kathy in its family.

This year’s Fall Family BBQ on September 22nd will be in Kathy’s honor.  Past and present families, staff and her family are invited to celebrate Kathy’s dynamic personality, character, and the many other gifts she has given to the success of Small Faces.


Crown Hill Center Update and Work Party

We received the following good news update on the Crown Hill Center from Catherine Weatbrook:

This past spring, the Crown Hill team has been hard at work on a number of improvements to the Crown Hill Center building and grounds.  In that effort, we submitted a Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund to go towards replacing about 1/2 of the old roof surface.  We are pleased to announce that the Ballard as well as City Wide Review teams have recommended this project for the maximum grant amount of $100,000!   Thank you!   The recommendation still must be approved by the Seattle City Council and the Mayor.  We are hopeful that history will repeat itself and the review team recommendations will be approved as submitted.

We are moving forward with several of the projects involved in the matching for this grant.  The first work party, is Saturday, June 18th from 10-2.  Stop by for an hour or four and help out.  Rain or shine, we’ll be tackling projects that make the building a better community space.  Weeding, clearing, grading, cleaning, scrubbing, picking up trash, organizing, and maybe even some painting.

For more information, please contact Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com 206 372 2033

Volunteers at Work at Crown Hill Center

On Saturday, May 14th, a group of 10 volunteers working under the direction of Catherine Weatbrook spent several hours working on the grounds of and inside the Crown Hill Center. Catherine reports substantial progress on the following projects:

  • Playground landscape improvements
  • Spreading wood chips around the oak tree at 13th and 95th. This project effort is ongoing and was started by Doug Gresham and several other volunteers.
  • Back-filling behind the repaired brick wall on the side of the property facing 14th Ave NW
  • Assembling the new cabinetry for use inside the building to address earthquake safety concerns

Thanks to all the volunteers for their efforts. If you are interesting in volunteering on the next volunteer party, please contact Catherine at catherine.weatbrook@gmail.com

Crown Hill Center Grant to Repair Roof Moves Forward

At the Ballard District Council meeting on May 11th, a grant to repair the roof of the south wing of the future Crown Hill Center received an excellent rating. This means the grant will move forward to the next round, a city-wide review of all large project neighborhood matching grant applications for this year.  The Department of Neighborhoods administers the Large Project Fund for awards up to $100,000 to foster community members in projects which build community involvement in large projects.

The Ballard District Council review committee headed by Joe Wertz, rated the project at 96 out of 100.

The Crown Hill Center was purchased from the Seattle School District two years ago as the result of a community supported effort to acquire the former Crown Hill School, creating the Crown Hill Center and the soon to be Crown Hill Park. The roof project is one of the most critical at the Center, and will prevent deterioration of other elements of the building. Although this project is called the ‘roof project,’ it actually includes many additional elements:

  • Gardening, digging, planning including the rain garden for the west side to address drainage issues
  • Creating signage for the building
  • Building a fence between the playground and the new park
  • Restoring the south lobby
  • Turning the nook outside of the south lobby into an active space to compliment the park
  • Arts Festival activities (all aspects of)

Catherine Weatbrook recently appealed for pledges of community support for this project. Thanks for all the offers, and we look forward to completing the project with your help.  The actual roof work will be done by a contractor rather than volunteers, so no worries about climbing up there and toiling in the hot sun with roofing tar!

Crown Hill Center Volunteers Needed

Summary: The Crown Hill Center needs as many people as possible between now and April 11 at noon to pledge volunteer hours over the next year.  This is for funds matching  towards replacing the west wing roof.  Even an hour is a huge help because in part of the scoring for this grant is the number of volunteers we engage.   Please email your name, an email address, number of hours pledged for the next year, and any particular task with which you’d like to help to Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com

Besides pledging hours, please forward this to your groups and members and friends.   Thank you for your pledges and helping quickly spread the word!

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Crown Hill Center Playground Survey

Recently Small Faces completed work on a grant to install a new play structure in the playground area. This is Phase 1 of a plan to revitalize the playground area. The playground and new structure are open to the public when Small Faces is not using them.  Crown Hill Center/Small Faces are asking folk to complete a survey to be sure that the new Crown Hill Center Playground reflects the interests and needs of the Crown Hill Community at large. Please take a few moments to answer the four question survey here.  Thanks!