Third grade students at Wilder Elementary School visited the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and learned about the life cycles of salmon.
Clara Barton Elementary School
New Elementary School - North Redmond
Most people know Clara Barton as the founder of the American Red Cross. But before she became the “Angel of the Battlefield,” Barton found her calling as a teacher.
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) School Board President Siri Bliesner highlighted Barton’s early life of teaching during the Grand Opening Ceremony at Clara Barton Elementary School on October 11. While teaching in Hightstown, New Jersey, Barton learned that the neighboring town of Bordentown had no free public schools. She persuaded the town to open a one-room school that grew from six students on its first day to a building of 600 students the following year.
Barton’s school grew with the support of her community. LWSD is also thankful to have community support behind its schools. Funding from the 2016 bond measure paid for this new school, which has a capacity of 690 students.
Principal Karen Barker and Superintendent Dr. Jane 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 Sue Anne Sullivan; Director of Support Services Forrest Miller; Associate Director of Support Services Brian Buck; and Director of Communications Shannon Parthemer.
Community representatives included: U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene; Washington State Sen. Manka Dhingra; Redmond City Council President Angela Birney; Director of Redmond Parks and Recreation Maxine Whattam; School Board President Siri Bliesner; School Board Vice President Mark Stuart; School Board Member Cassandra Sage; Lake Washington Schools Foundation Executive Director Larry Wright; and Lake Washington PTSA Council President Mindy Lincicome.
Members of the project team included: Ron Harpel and Andrew Cottrill from BLRB Architects; Robert Lund, Jason Limp, Mark Ronish from BNBuilders; and Project Manager Andrew Sahl from OAC Services. Dan Chandler and Gid Palmer from the Design and Construction Advisory Committee also attended.
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.
The first day of school at the new Clara Barton Elementary School in north Redmond is September 4. While preparing for the first day, Principal Karen Barker spoke about the school’s student-centered design. Clara Barton Elementary 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: BLRB Architects
Contractor: BNBuilders Construction
Location: 12101 172nd Ave. N.E., Redmond
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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