Life

Mercer Island school news in brief, Feb. 6, 2019

MIHS junior perfect ACT; Reception on Feb. 11

  • Feb 7, 2019
‘Defense Ninjas’ instructor Fauzia Lala and COO Kate Warady demonstrate how to break a wrist grab in a workout room at Redmond’s DaVinci Academy on Jan. 15. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Women become ninjas in local self defense classes

Instructor and Mercer Island resident Fauzia Lala aims to empower women to protect themselves.

‘Defense Ninjas’ instructor Fauzia Lala and COO Kate Warady demonstrate how to break a wrist grab in a workout room at Redmond’s DaVinci Academy on Jan. 15. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Mercer Island Art Walk is Friday, Saturday

Second opening added for month of February.

  • Feb 1, 2019
King County Library System (KCLS) is named the leading U.S. library with 4.8 million digital checkouts in 2018 for the fifth year in a row by Rakuten OverDrive. Photo courtesy of KCLS Facebook.

King County Library System exceeds 1 million digital checkouts in 2018

KCLS leads the record for the fifth year in a row

King County Library System (KCLS) is named the leading U.S. library with 4.8 million digital checkouts in 2018 for the fifth year in a row by Rakuten OverDrive. Photo courtesy of KCLS Facebook.
The Mercer Island City Council honored Kari Anderson (center) for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award at a council meeting in 2018. Also pictured is Jennifer Wright, MISD executive director of Learning Services (right) and Mayor Debbie Bertlin. Photo courtesy of Janet Piehl/Girl Scout Leader Troop 43142.

Eastside Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Girl Scout girls make a difference in their communities

The Mercer Island City Council honored Kari Anderson (center) for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award at a council meeting in 2018. Also pictured is Jennifer Wright, MISD executive director of Learning Services (right) and Mayor Debbie Bertlin. Photo courtesy of Janet Piehl/Girl Scout Leader Troop 43142.

See artists ‘in action’ on Mercer Island

Northwest Artists in Action will host a second pop-up demonstration on Feb. 2.

From left, keynote speaker the Rev. Harvey Drake, pastor of Emerald City Bible Fellowship in the Rainier Valley, poses for a photo with the 2019 winner of the Covenant Shores Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, Yosh Nakagawa. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Harvey Drake headlines MLK event

Covenant Shores held its annual Martin Luther King observance on Jan. 18

  • Jan 24, 2019
From left, keynote speaker the Rev. Harvey Drake, pastor of Emerald City Bible Fellowship in the Rainier Valley, poses for a photo with the 2019 winner of the Covenant Shores Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, Yosh Nakagawa. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Mercer Island’s newest peace pole unveiled at Covenant Shores

The pole is placed near the campus sign, which is the first mile marker of the Rotary Half Marathon.

Schools news in brief

Kindergarten registration; The Bridge recognized

  • Jan 20, 2019
Mercer Island cheerleaders (from left) Ella Simpson, Julia Chorak, Carys Ciobanu, Hannah Hobson, Stella Prophater, Lauren Nguyen, Julia Brondello and Kayla Friedman pose for a photo on Jan. 1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Photo courtesy of coach Alex Schwenke

Citrus Bowl appearance

Cheer squad traveled to Florida for Jan. 1 performance.

  • Jan 19, 2019
Mercer Island cheerleaders (from left) Ella Simpson, Julia Chorak, Carys Ciobanu, Hannah Hobson, Stella Prophater, Lauren Nguyen, Julia Brondello and Kayla Friedman pose for a photo on Jan. 1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Photo courtesy of coach Alex Schwenke

Jewish learning festival Jan. 19-20

The Puget Sound area will host the second annual Limmud Seattle at Bellevue Community College.

  • Jan 18, 2019

Let it begin with me

Dr. King’s song lives on today.

  • Jan 17, 2019

Changemakers for Good | Mercer Island Rotary Club continues weekly tutoring in South Seattle

The program has been going strong for 10 years.

  • Jan 11, 2019

New Year resolution: Love yourself

Set goals that are more about loving yourself and watch the positive changes happen.

  • Jan 7, 2019
Early World Montessori students walked in the Summer Celebration parade in July 2018. The theme of this year’s event was “Island Vibes.” Katie Metzger/staff photo

Budget challenges dominated 2018 on Mercer Island

But arts, new ideas and community also provided a reason to celebrate.

Early World Montessori students walked in the Summer Celebration parade in July 2018. The theme of this year’s event was “Island Vibes.” Katie Metzger/staff photo

Safety on the go: New recommendations and state laws

Know the laws and educate family and friends who transport.

  • Dec 18, 2018
From left, Mercer Island School Board director Deborah Lurie, Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) board member Tema Burkey, MISF development director Tammy Shoop, School Board president Tracy Drinkwater, Superintendent Donna Colosky, school board director David D’Souza and school board vice president Ralph Jorgenson pose for a photo after MISF presented a $600,000 check to the school board. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District

Foundation gives $600K to school district

Total contribution for year is more than $1 million

  • Dec 11, 2018
From left, Mercer Island School Board director Deborah Lurie, Mercer Island Schools Foundation (MISF) board member Tema Burkey, MISF development director Tammy Shoop, School Board president Tracy Drinkwater, Superintendent Donna Colosky, school board director David D’Souza and school board vice president Ralph Jorgenson pose for a photo after MISF presented a $600,000 check to the school board. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island School District
(Left to right) Julie Hamp, Andy Hamp, Sue Hamp and Sue Anderson provide musical entertainment at the 2017 Firehouse Munch. This year, the Barrelhouse Gang will offer New Orleans-style swing jazz. Photo courtesy of the city of Mercer Island

Mercer Island brings diverse holidays to Firehouse Munch

The annual Firehouse Munch will take place after the city’s Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 7.

(Left to right) Julie Hamp, Andy Hamp, Sue Hamp and Sue Anderson provide musical entertainment at the 2017 Firehouse Munch. This year, the Barrelhouse Gang will offer New Orleans-style swing jazz. Photo courtesy of the city of Mercer Island

Work party at Homestead

Another work party scheduled for Dec. 1

  • Nov 30, 2018

Caruccio’s culinary event center donates 20 Thanksgiving dinners

The meals, assembled by volunteers from a charity league, were given to Youth and Family Services.