Friday, March 25, 2011

Carkeek Park's EarthKeepers Summer Day Camp - 2011

EarthKeepers Returning to Carkeek Park this Summer!  

EarthKeepers is a environmentally-based summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors.  It offers activities for children ages 6 to 12 to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership.  EarthKeeper Educators have backgrounds in the natural
sciences/environmental education and experience working with school-age children.

What Do EarthKeepers do at Camp?
On any given day, EarthKeepers may find themselves exploring Carkeek Beach, hiking through the forest, playing in a field, learning about nature or creating art.  Each weekly has a different theme:

      Week 1 (June 27- July 1):  Wet & Squiggly Tidepool Wonders
      Week 2 (July 5 - 8):  Feathered Friends (no camp Monday, July 4)
      Week 3 (July 11-15):  Tidepools - Window to Puget Sound
      Week 4 (July 18-22):   Survivor Island
      Week 5 (July 25-29):  Buggin’ Out
      Week 6 (August 1-5):   Furs, Tails, Tracks & Trails
      Week 7 (August 8-12):   Carkeek’s Incredible Time Machine
      Week 8 (August 15-19):   Survivor Island

2011 Camp Cost:
The cost for each week of EarthKeepers Day Camp is $215, except Week #2 is
$175.00 (as there is no camp on Monday, 7/4). 

Early and Later  Camp Programming:
Parents can enroll children in Early Camp session (from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) if an earlier starting time is needed.  The fee for Early Camp is $10 for the hour.  

Likewise, Later Camp is an option for families who need an extended day (from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.). The fee for Later Camp is $10 for the hour.

For more information and registration, call 206-684-0877 or visit

Viewlands Elementary Has New Principal

Viewlands Elementary School, located in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle, is re-opening for the 2011-2012 school year.  Prior to closing, the school had a long and successful history with environmental education, in partnership with Carkeek Park and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council.

Below are letters from Viewlands' incoming principal, Lisa Escobar, and Seattle Public Schools' interim Superintendent, Susan Enfield, Ed.D.

Part of the vision of the "New Viewlands" is to continue environmental education.  More details to come.

A letter  from  Lisa Escobar, incoming Principal for Viewlands Elementary:
Dear families and students of Viewlands Elementary School,

It is with great enthusiasm that I write my first letter to you.  I am very excited about being your principal and I look forward to working with you to create a wonderful learning community that reflects your hopes, dreams and expectations for your child’s educational experience.

I bring many years of experience in public schools as a teacher and an administrator.  I have devoted my life to education as I believe it is the most important work I can do.  I believe in educating the whole child so that we have strong balanced leaders to move us forward into a sustainable future.  My favorite moments are visiting classrooms and participating in activities or teaching mini-lessons.  I am always amazed at the magic created in the classroom through the interactions between a student and a teacher. 

I have a strong background in elementary education, special education and bilingual education.  I look forward to sharing my expertise with an exceptional staff to ensure the success of all children at Viewlands Elementary School.  I am known as a collaborative and compassionate leader and I believe the partnership between families and communities are critical for the success of our children. 

As the mother of four children and the proud grandmother of a 20 month old granddaughter, I can honestly say I understand the importance of having a safe, positive school environment with a strong academic program.  I can assure you that we will work very hard to create the school community we all envision for our children.

I am planning a time that we can get together and actually meet face to face this spring.  Stay tuned for details on our first “get together.”  I look forward to meeting you!

Take care,
Lisa Escobar

A letter  from  Susan Enfield, Ed.D., Interim Superintendent

I believe that Ms. Escobar will make an excellent match for the Viewlands learning community, given her extensive classroom experience and strong educational leadership. Ms. Escobar has been an administrator in the Seattle Public Schools since 2004.  She has been a principal at Nova, The Center School and is currently co-principal at Rainier Beach High School. Her administrative experience also includes an elementary school principalship and assistant principal positions at the middle school level. Ms. Escobar is known as a creative and compassionate leader who is passionate about children. She is a “hands on” principal who believes in educating the whole child.  She is an effective instructional leader that has high expectations yet works collaboratively with her staff to deliver an innovative, child-centered curriculum.  She believes strongly in the involvement of family and community partnerships to create a rich educational program where all students thrive.

In addition to her service with Seattle Public Schools, she has been a classroom teacher at schools in Issaquah and districts in California.  Ms. Escobar taught general, special and bilingual education for several years at the elementary and secondary level and did her administrative internship at an elementary school.  She has a strong background in health, biology and chemistry with a passion for environmental science.  She believes strongly in creating a healthy school environment where students cultivate a love of learning and an awareness of their impact on the world around them.

Ms. Escobar received her degree in health science with minors in chemistry and biology from Chico State University, California.  She has a master’s degree in special education from San Jose State University, where her focus was on engaging Spanish-speaking parents in the IEP (individualized education program) process. She received her administrative credential from Chico State.

I look forward to working with Ms. Escobar to build a positive learning community at Viewlands that supports the success of all students. She will be in touch with you to set up opportunities to meet and get to know her, and to be involved in planning for a very successful program.

Security Contacts for Carkeek Park

For concerns regarding security in Carkeek Park, please contact the Community Police Team, Officer David Gordon at 206-684-0899

Officer Gordon is the best person to call first for questions about neighborhood police patrols, etc.

Non-Emergency Seattle Police Department: 206-675-5011

Emergency: 911

For Security Concerns related to Carkeek Park:
Seattle Parks Security: 206-684-7088 (During weekday working hours)
After 5:00 PM and on Weekends: Page the Parks Duty officer at 206-982-4583