FRIENDS OF THE BLAKELY ELEMENTARY JAPANESE MAPLE
In 1967, Blakely Elementary was just two years old. A 5th grade teacher asked a few students to come out to the front of the school during class one day, and he had a shovel and a very small Japanese Maple sapling just a few feet tall. These students planted the tree that now graces Blakely Elementary's entrance. It is Acer palmatum, a Japanese maple classic, and a magnificent specimen tree that brings character and imbues a welcoming spirit to all who walk under its boughs. With the construction of a new campus, this historic tree needs to be moved to a new location in front of the soon-to-be new Blakely Elementary! Unfortunately, the School District does not have enough funds to move this tree, which will cost about $15,000. This is an undertaking that needs to be done by professional tree movers; therefore, a small group of concerned citizens are organizing a fundraiser. In order to get the tree transplanted during its dormant period and allow for concrete around the tree on the front walkway to be broken, we MUST move the tree during mid-winter break (Feb 18-24). That means we need a lot of help to save it in a very short time! Will you please help us save this tree and a piece of Blakely and BISD history? https://blakelypto.ejoinme.org/savethetree
BISD'S MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL SALON NIGHT: DAWNLAND
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the BISD Board Room. Come view a film and join the discussion! The film this time is Dawnland, a film about Native children who were removed from their families by the federal government and placed in homes of "White" families. The documentary explores the negative impacts that this program had on these children and whether or not it is possible to bring resolution to this phase in our history that continues to affect people today. Salon Nights bring community members together so that we can discuss our thoughts about issues related to social justice and diversity of human experience, both of which are main concerns of MAC. We just talk, listen, question, and share as we puzzle through these challenging issues - together. Free.
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at Kitsap Fairgrounds Presidents' Hall, 1250 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. Admission is free but attendeees are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food for area food banks. This event is sponosored by Kitsap County Commissioners, The City of Bremerton, Olympic College and Ebenezer A.M.E. Church.
CHILDREN'S MARCH FOR PEACE & KINDNESS
Monday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Island Public Library. Free. Honor the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Write letters to the leaders of your choice, asking them to work for peace or thanking them for acts of kindness. Then march to the post office to mail our letters. Bring posters or banners from home. All Ages.
THE POWER OF HOPE
Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bainbridge High School Commons.
Bainbridge Youth Services invites you to enjoy a discussion on Hope by author Chan Hellman, who spoke at the BYS fundraising event in October. Hellman will be discussing the Science of Hope, which he outlines in his new book, Hope Rising/How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life. Hellman will share strategies to increase hope in our schools and our kids. The event is co-sponsored by BYS and Bainbridge Island PTO Coordinating Council.
MAKING SENSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Local climate change experts help make sense of the latest climate science and policy developments.
STYROFOAM AND CD RECYCLING COLLECTION
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, 2019 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Road. Bring clean, white, dry, breakable Styrofoam (EPS #6). Block packaging and coolers. Remove all tape and stickers. No peanuts. CDs, but no cases. A $0.25 donation is requested. For additional information, click here: http://www.sustainablebainbridge.org/bainbridge-island-zero-waste.aspx
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the BISD Board Room, 9530 NE High School Road. Cost: $35. This class is designed for adult members of the public such as school staff, coaches, youth workers, and volunteers who may become aware that a youth or young adult is exhibiting signs of emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. It also provides some useful information on how to assist a young person who has had long term mental health challenges or history of a serious mental disorder. The class is taught by Kitsap Mental Health and sponsored by Bainbridge Youth Services. Space is limited. Register: http://www.kitsapmentalhealth.org/mental_health_first_aid_training.aspx
BISD'S MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESENTS: MORE THAN A MONTH
Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Partnering with BIMA’s celebration of Black History, we will screen a movie by an African-American filmmaker who questions the idea of a Black History Month. He suggests that limiting Black History to just one month denigrates rather than elevates the topic and that Black History should not be conceptualized or taught as separate from US Cultural History. In particular, he looks at how the problematic nature of Black History Month relates to education, history, identity, and commercialization.
THE GRAND OLD 4th OF JULY POSTER CONTEST
GIRLS ON THE RUN
February 26 - May 22, 2019, Wednesdays & Fridays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Wilkes Elementary. $165.00 for the 10 week session, including 5k entry. Financial assistance is available. At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities, and running games, preparing for a celebratory 5k event. https://www.girlsontherunwestsound.org/
BISD'S MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESENTS: DARK GIRLS
Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the BISD Board Room. Dark Girls is a film that explores biases against dark skin both outside and within Black American communities as well as throughout the world. The documentary examines this issue from various vantage points including via the personal stories of women who describe their experience with these biases and what they have done to honor themselves for who they are. Salon Nights bring community members together so that we can discuss our thoughts about issues related to social justice and diversity of human experience, both of which are main concerns of MAC. We just talk, listen, question, and share as we puzzle through these challenging issues - together. Free.
A RECYCLING EVENT -- BEYOND THE PLASTIC BAG
From now through April 15, 2019, Sakai students are taking part in the Trex Recycling Challenge. Drop bins are near the side parking lot by the bike rack. What to donate (clean and dry!): Plastic grocery bags, Produce bags, Bread bags, Ice bags, Wood pellet bags, Dry cleaning bags, Newspaper/magazine sleeves, Wrapping paper tube plastic, Pallet wrap, Case overwrap, Shipping pillows, Bubble wrap, Plastic mailing envelopes (NOT paper ones, but you can still tear out the bubble wrap inside), Furniture & electronic wrap, Chicken feed bags (WITHOUT webbing), Cereal & cracker box liner bags (these are chemically congruent with Trex processing), Ziplock/Resealable bags (NOT frozen food bags or cheese bags). CAN I DONATE A PLASTIC NOT LISTED? YES... if the plastic film stretches and is tough to tear. Like a produce bag. QUESTIONS? CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS / CLASSES / CLUBS
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND GIRLS UP CLUB
Middle and High School girls are invited to join Bainbridge Island's new Girl Up club, a global program founded by the United Nations Foundation to empower girls to unite, transform themselves, their communities, and the world around them. There are also leadership training programs and conferences. Being a member is an exciting and unique opportunity to engage and be leaders on behalf of all girls and women in the world. High school members can also mentors younger girls, and our club can work with adult women advisors to advocate on important issues. We will learn or improve advocacy, public speaking, fundraising, and event-planning skills. Let’s change the world - join today! Register at the Girl Up website, then search for Bainbridge Island and join our new club! For more information, click here: https://www.girlup.org/take-action/be-a-leader/girl-up-clubs/#sthash.u8BIpV5t.dpbs
WINTER INDOOR SOCCER SKILLS CLASS
Mondays beginning Jan. 7 through February 25 at Wilkes Elementary School Gym. Kindergarten: 4-4:45 p.m.; Grades 1&2: 5-5:45 p.m.; Grades 3&4: 6-7 p.m. Cost: $85 per player. Classes are coed and will focus on guide and discovery activities and games. Rosters limited to 16 players. Questions? Email Ian McCallum, Director of Coaching. To register, click here: http://www.bifc.net/camps
GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane NE Bainbridge Island. BARN is starting a chapter of Girls Who Code, an organization founded with a single mission: To close the gender gap in technology. Computer coding is relevant to all sorts of interests, not just computer science. Come to this informational session to ask questions, meet the instructor, see the set-up and check it out. Parents, guardians as well as future coders are all welcome. Girls Who Code is free. There is no charge to participate in this program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Suquamish Foundation and support from BARN and local volunteers. For more information: https://bainbridgebarn.wildapricot.org/event-3070594
SPANISH AT WILKES ELEMENTARY
SPANISH AND FRENCH AT ORDWAY ELEMENTARY