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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.