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Sue replied 2 months ago

How did this school year go? What are your hopes for the next school year?

In a Q&A with The Seattle Times last week, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said the three main lessons he learned this year were that human contact is a "great strength" in public education and we need to return to it; kids need things like mental health support, food security, transportation, not just academics; and inequalities and institutional racism are manifested in schools.

As Wenatchee schools approach the end of the year on Friday, what do you think? How did this school year go for your family and friends, and what would you like to see change or continue into the fall? Reply to share your thoughts and read the full Q&A here. 


Living Well FREE Senior Home Placement

(Originally posted on January 6, 2021)

Living Well is now in Douglas Chelan and Grant county's serving our seniors. As Living Well Advisors we offer personal touch to clients with a free home placement service that helps seniors to make the very best retirement living decisions. Besides finding that perfect new home for our seniors within the Assisted Living Memory Care and Independent Community we come along side as an advocate in helping to make the right decision. Living Well is the only service of its kind available in the area. National placement services such as a Place for Mom have limited local resources and most of them are not free.   Our services on the other hand, cost nothing to our senior clients and their families . (Living Well is paid a commission by the facilities.) We are not a corporation or making sales decisions, it is a opportunity for us to work with individuals and guide them through a very difficult process in life.  

I have developed a real passion for seniors, and I am honored to have an opportunity to help them everyday.


Dan replied 5 months ago

Understanding Referendum 90: What are your thoughts?

(Originally posted on October 6, 2020)

What are your thoughts on the referendum? What are your questions regarding curriculum? Tell us your thoughts here.

Alongside general election races on the November ballot, Washington voters will find ballot measures they can vote to approve or reject to pass to law. Perhaps the most well-known measure in Washington is Referendum 90, the Sex Education in Public Schools measure.

In March, the Washington State Legislature passed, with Gov. Jay Inslee’s approval, the Senate Bill 5395, requiring sexual health education to be taught in public schools. Opponents of the bill collected signatures for a referendum to be added to the November ballot, which would allow the general public to vote on the measure for a direct decision.

A vote to approve the referendum would require public schools to provide comprehensive sexual education for students, though students may be excused if requested by a parent. A vote to reject the referendum would not require public schools to teach sexual education.

If approved, Bill 5395 would require grades 6-12 to begin teaching sexual health education in the 2021-22 school year, then extend to require grades K-5 in the 2022-23 school year. Grades K-3 would be required to instruct social-emotional learning, which would teach students how to manage emotions, establish positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Sexual health education for grades 4-12 would teach the physical and psychological development of puberty, developing relationship skills, affirmative consent and medically and scientifically accurate sexual health education approved by... (More)

Madeline updated 5 months ago

How much is going back to school costing you?

(Originally posted on August 11, 2020)

As more schools across the country switch to remote learning, parents might be feeling the stress not only with additional work, but from their pockets. Consumers plan to spend a record amount on back to school gear as more purchase laptops and computer accessories, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Parents with children in elementary school through high school plan to spend an average $789.49 per family, surpassing last year's record of $696.70. Spending is expected to total $33.9 billion, up from $26.2 billion in 2019 and the record spending of $30.3 billion in 2012. How much are you planning on spending for back-to-school supplies, child care, etc.? How is the school helping or not helping? 

Of those included in the study, 72% believe they will need to buy computers, accessories or other supplies for online learning. 36% expect to buy laptops, 22% computer speakers/headphones, 21% other accessories such as a mouse or flash drive and 17% printers. 

Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts announced that they would start the school year with online instruction. In the state of Washington, 13.5% are without broadband internet, according to Census data. Most are in rural or low-income neighborhoods.