Dear Pinehurst Families,
Monday, when we return from break, will be the start of open enrollment. The following is an attempt to answer some questions families might have about next year.
Where will Pinehurst be next year?
We will be in the south wing of the Lincoln High-School building, at 4400 Interlake Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103, in the Wallingford Neighborhood. This is a temporary site for the next three years. (Note -Lincoln High-school is not currently a high-school).
Will the teachers or staff be different next year?
All of the teachers will still be here next year, unless one choses to retire. Roy will be the Principle, and Francesca and Carole the office staff. If we can grow our enrollment, there may be an opportunity to add additional teachers, in which case we will be looking to hire teachers with experience with the Native American community.
If I currently have a child who is in K-7th grade at Pinehurst and want to stay at Pinehurst next year, what do I need to do?
Nothing. Once you are enrolled at Pinehurst you are automatically enrolled until you decide to leave.
What is our name next year?
The official name of our school will be Pinehurst K-8 in Partnership with Native Heritage AS-1. It is rather long and redundant and we will be working on a process to find a new name that is more in keeping with both our history and our new focus. One possibility is a name in Lushootseed, the language of the local Duwamish tribe.
How can I get to the new location?
There will be busses for all K-5 students currently enrolled in Pinehurst who live in the Northeast quadrant, East of I-5. Those who live outside of that area can also arrange to use a Northeast stop. One stop will be close to the current Pinehurst location, so if you are currently dropping your child off at Pinehurst, you will be able to drop them at the bus-stop.
6-8th grade students receive an ORCA card and can take public transportation. The new location is a right by the 44 (UW to Ballard) and 16 (from Northgate Transit Center). It is about 6 blocks from the Aurora rapid-ride busses.
Will there be free all-day Kindergarten?
Yes, we will continue to have free all-day Kindergarten.
Are there any before or after-school care options at the new location?
Wallingford Boys and Girls Club is just across the street at 1310 N 45th. Their number is 206-632-3510. http://www.
Kidsco operates a before and after-care program at the Lincoln building. http://www.kidscompany.org/
The Clear Sky Native Youth will also be hosting evening programs and tutoring for Native Youth and their families at the Lincoln building.
My family is not a Native American, will we still be able to go to the school?
Yes, Pinehurst is open to all and will continue to have a rich, multi-cultural community. While we will have a new focus on the Native community, we will remain a place where all families and cultures are respected.
How will the school be different next year? What is a Native Heritage program?
Next year we will have a number of changes in the curriculum to focus on the experience, history, literature, art, and culture of the Native people of the Americas. Our faculty are currently working with organizations in the Native community in order to create this new program and insure that we are providing authentic Native education.
However, much of what we consider to be the core values of Pinehurst will not change. We will continue to teach in a way that treats students as human beings with their own unique gifts and talents, and that knows that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their world rather than just sitting at a desk. We will still be doing the Family History Project, Discover Dance, and Rites of Passage. We will continue our unerring commitment to social justice, to fighting racism, to absolute equality for LGBTQ people, and to teaching our students to be compassionate leaders for tomorrow.
Part of the reason why we embarked on this collaboration is because both communities saw the similarities in our goals. Native students tend to succeed where their culture and history is respected, where education is more hands-on and experience-based, and where there is substantial connection and engagement between the school and the community. These have always been strengths of our school.
There will be many changes in order to fully and authentically teach a Native-centered curriculum, including new stories, new celebrations, new languages (we hope to eventually have a full-time Lushootseed language teacher). There will be more focus on place-based inquiry that focuses on the people and land in Puget sound where we live (like the 3rd-4th grade Salmon project). There will be greater focus on tribal sovereignty and social justice issues that affect Native People.
There will be challenges and changes, but in the end, we will be a stronger school for it.
Pinehurst K-8 Site Council Chair