Students toured Google’s Kirkland campus and learned about STEM careers before attending a luncheon at the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.
Ella Baker Elementary School
New Elementary School - Redmond Ridge East
“One of the most important jobs…” began Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent. “Is to be a changemaker?” a student in the front asked earnestly. Dr. Stavem smiled and agreed with the student that changemakers are important – especially those who choose to teach!
Empowering students to be changemakers was a common theme during the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Ella Baker Elementary School on Oct. 5. Ella Baker was a leader and mentor during the Civil Rights movement.
Teachers joined fifth-graders and 4/5 Quest students in singing, “Together We Can Change the World” by Mark Shepard. The whole school echoed a famous quote from Baker: “Give light and people will find the way.” The quote was put to music by Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino in the song “Give Light.”
Principal Kim Bilanko and Superintendent Stavem cut the ceremonial ribbon.
District staff in attendance were: Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem, Deputy Superintendent Jon Holmen, Associate Superintendent Matt Manobianco, Associate Superintendent Mike Van Orden, Associate Superintendent Barbara Posthumus, Director of School Support - Redmond Learning Community Sue Anne Sullivan, Director of Support Services Forrest Miller, and Director of Communications Shannon Parthemer.
Community representatives included: Washington State Sen. Manka Dhingra, School Board President Siri Bliesner, School Board Vice President Mark Stuart, School Board Member Cassandra Sage, Executive Director of Lake Washington Schools Foundation Larry Wright, Lake Washington PTSA Council President Mindy Lincicome, and Chris Ricketts and Kevin LeClair from King County.
Members of the project team included: Lisa Johnson, Noah Greenberg and Miranda Karli from DLR Group; Andrew Johnson, Matt McKinney and Bill Michie from Lydig Construction; and Project Manager Ethel Vural and Steve Murakami from OAC Services.
As a thank you to our community, we want to share these new schools with you. LWSD, Ella Baker Elementary, Clara Barton Elementary and the PTSAs are teaming up to offer tours to the public. Each school will have more details on its website closer to the event.
Open House tours for Ella Baker Elementary
Saturday, October 6 from 10 to 1:30 p.m.
9595 Eastridge Drive N.E., Redmond, WA 98053
Open House tours for Clara Barton Elementary
Thursday, October 11 from 4:15 to 7 p.m.
12101 172nd Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98052
Excited parents and students filled the halls of the district’s two new elementary schools during Meet and Greet events on Aug. 30. Ella Baker Elementary at Redmond Ridge East and Clara Barton Elementary School in north Redmond celebrate their first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Families met teachers, signed up to volunteer and saw the decorated classrooms for the first time. One student was happy to find that a friend from a previous school was in his class.
Hand-written messages on SMART boards encouraged students to sign their names or complete an activity to help them get to know their classrooms and meet other students.
After visiting the classroom, students participated in a scavenger hunt to explore the library, the commons/gymnasium, the music room and the playground.
While preparing for the first day, Principal Kim Bilanko spoke about the student-centered design of Ella Baker Elementary School. The new school at Redmond Ridge East incorporates features that conserve natural resources and reduce energy costs.
Redmond, Wash. – Students in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) will have a little more space to learn this fall. Two new elementary schools will open in September: Ella Baker Elementary, located in the Redmond Ridge East Community (9595 Eastridge Drive NE, Redmond); and Clara Barton Elementary, located in North Redmond (12101 172nd Avenue NE, Redmond).
These schools were approved by voters in 2016 and each school will provide additional space for 690 students. The first day of school for students in the Lake Washington School District is September 4. Kindergarten students begin September 7.
“We are excited to open these two new elementary schools,” said Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent. “As the district continues to grow, we are building new schools, expanding opportunities, and improving our existing programs. We value our partnership with parents, families, and the community, as we collectively support all our students."
The new schools are named after Ella Baker, a civil-rights leader and mentor, and Clara Barton, a teacher and founder of the American Red Cross. These two women made a difference by dedicating their lives to service – a cornerstone of learning stressed by the principals of each school, Kim Bilanko and Karen Barker.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
Architect: DLR Group
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: 9595 Eastridge Dr. N.E., Redmond Ridge East
Square Footage: 78,000
Capacity: 690 students
Spaces: 30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost: 43,257,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million in 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $4 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: 2018
Neighborhood boundaries: Boundaries were developed in a process including public feedback. The final boundary recommendations were approved in November 2017.
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