Topic: Education

Intelligent Trees

Written on January 20, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

Did you know that trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young? The San Juan Island Library & The San Juan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society are presenting the film, Intelligent Trees on Saturday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the Library. Griffin Bay Bookstore will also be on hand to sell Peter  Continue Reading

Yi Renâ Qigong Class at SVC

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am, by

Islanders looking for an alternative approach to stress reduction and life-long vibrant health will be pleased to hear about the new class at Skagit Valley College (SVC) this Winter 2018 quarter. Randy Martin, SVC Director, is excited to bring in visiting qigong instructor, Jan Weedman, certified by the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM)  Continue Reading

Letter from Gay Graham

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: My husband and I had a wonderful experience Wednesday, January 10th:  we were a part of the SJIMA Art Excursions Program that took us to the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  Kudos are decidedly in  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Special School Board Meeting

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

On Wednesday January 10, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the District Office. This is an open public meeting. All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard during the  Continue Reading

Letter from Dr. Diaz

Written on January 6, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Dear Editor: By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in San Juan Island School District are entrusted by this community with responsibility  Continue Reading

2018 Master Gardener Native Plant Workshop

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Interested in using native plants in your landscape? There are many wonderful reasons to use PNW natives: they are often long-lived and don’t need maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate. And  Continue Reading

Best of the Fest

Written on January 2, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents their January  “Best of the Fest”, featuring two films nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary. First it’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” on January 2nd, followed by “Chasing Coral” on the 16th. Both films show at the Grange at 7:00 pm. Admission by donation. Begin the New Year with  Continue Reading

Two More SJISD Teachers Earn National Board Certifications

Written on December 28, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Island School District would like to recognize the recent success of two of our high achieving teachers, Friday Harbor Elementary School Teacher Diane Heller and Friday Harbor High School Teacher Kevin Cullen. After the completion of a rigorous course of study, Ms. Heller and Mr. Cullen have each been awarded National Board Certification.  Continue Reading

Santa Came Early

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

A few weeks ago, as an early holiday gift, a group of generous donors made it possible for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) to wholly own our building, hold its title, and retire its debt. This is a remarkable gift and investment in SJIMA’s future! We, and the 40+ volunteers who operate  Continue Reading

School Board & Superintendent Communique

Written on December 27, 2017 at 9:31 am, by

November and December, 2017 – This is the first of a regular installment of San Juan Island School District School Board school board meeting recaps. Highlights of the November 29, 2017 School District Board of Directors regular meeting: The district celebrated Brent Snow’s eight years of service to our schools. Former School Board Director Boyd  Continue Reading

The LEO Club “Roars” in Support of Literacy and Art

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The LEO Club, a youth service club affiliated with the San Juan Island Lions Club presented two donation checks to the San Juan Public School Foundation (SJPSF) in support of literacy at the Friday Harbor Elementary School and art at the Friday Harbor High School. The San Juan Public Schools Foundation helps supplement state and  Continue Reading

Free Life Transitions Program

Written on December 20, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Note: Information in this announcement has been updated… Skagit Valley College Life Transitions Program to be offered FREE in Friday Harbor Skagit Valley College’s (SVC) Life Transitions Program will be offered FREE at SVC’s San Juan Center in Friday Harbor. Classes begin on January 8, 2018 and will run for three weeks. SVC’s Life Transitions program is  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Our December Art for Fun pARTy is coming up December 21st from 5:45 to 8:00 pm at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art! To celebrate the season, our painting is “Noel”, a rendition of the scene along the waterfront in Friday Harbor. A fun night for family, friends and guests! To register, visit  Continue Reading

Participate in Prevention Survey

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Cynthia from SJI Prevention Coalition sends this request… Please take a moment (7 – 10 minutes) to complete the 2017 CPWI Community Survey. The December 30 deadline is approaching!  If you have completed the survey, Thank you! If you have circulated the survey, please do so again with a thank you and the ask… To date,  Continue Reading

Join SJIMA for a Tour of Wyeth Exhibit at S.A.M.

Written on December 15, 2017 at 10:18 am, by

On January 10, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is sponsoring an excursion to the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, 110 paintings from the American master’s 75-year career, now at the Seattle Art Museum. The San Juan Island community is invited to join the all-day expedition, part of SJIMA’s many ongoing art education programs.  Continue Reading

New Energy for the New Year!

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Here is some information from F.O.L.K.S. on their December 2017 Donor Matching Program… As we gear up towards the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial in 2019, F.O.L.K.S. board members have graciously offered to match $200.00 on everyone’s donations, up to $2,000.00 through Christmas! Please consider FOLKS for your end of year charitable contribution through this maximum  Continue Reading

SJISD Islanders’ Tech Academy

Written on December 9, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Do you need to sharpen your business, desktop publishing or IT skills? Thanks to a bond acquired by San Juan Island School District in 2016, we have over 2,000 FREE licenses to an incredible collection of online coursework to share with you. There are three sets of curriculum available: Business Curriculum Business Strategy and Operations  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: As 2017 comes to a close, I am excited to share some of the amazing things happening in our district. The implementation of the Balanced Literacy program at the elementary school is in full swing, the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel is complete and we have started our  Continue Reading

Waterfowl Walk

Written on December 7, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island Family Nature Club Monthly Event – Waterfowl Walk! Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00pm at Zylstra Lake, San Juan Island Shona Aitken of Wolf Hollow will lead a winter stroll around Zylstra Lake, a popular stop for overwintering water fowl, including Trumpeter Swans. Limited space available. Contact Tanja Williamson for  Continue Reading

Winter Classes at SVC

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Join a winter class at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College The quiet months of winter are a perfect time for reflection and self-awareness classes. Join one or both of the classes below to improve connection to yourself and the world around you. Call the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College, (360)  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Accepting Applications for Educational/Training Awards

Written on December 4, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply. The $2,000 Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman in financial need, who is enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program. The  Continue Reading