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Curious by Nature outdoor preschool adds new campus

Jan 18, 2023 | By:

The day the barred owl arrived, children at Curious by Nature outdoor preschool watched in rapt attention, listening quietly. Back in the classroom, their questions and speculation about the mysterious visitor came spilling out. Head teacher Deborah Toney used the conversation as a springboard for learning that encompassed math, literacy, science and, most importantly, wonder.

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Two in Tow & On the Go: Get to know Crescent Creek Park

Jan 12, 2023 | By:

Hey, guys! The new year is officially upon us and I’m excited to be writing my very first column in Gig Harbor Now, sharing all the local places to take kids in 2023. But, before we move forward, let’s take a quick look back. Way back. All the way to 1915 – when the site of Gig Harbor’s present-day Crescent Creek Park first took shape.

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Peninsula elementary students take their learning outdoors

Dec 15, 2022 | By:

A gaggle of 4- and 5-year-old students at Evergreen Elementary stood in line, squirming with excitement Tuesday at the gated entrance to a wide-open field graced only by a circle of tall fir trees. School staff are developing plans for an outdoor learning space here. For starters, plans call for rocks and logs to climb

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Discovery Elementary to get classroom doors

Dec 14, 2022 | By:

Last spring, parents and staff at Discovery Elementary School sounded off on a long-standing safety issue at the school, which lacks interior classroom doors in its main wing. The school, built in 1981, employs an “open concept” design that was popular before school shootings became an all-too-common occurrence. The Peninsula School District’s capital projects team

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Get information on Peninsula Schools’ levies at meetings in January

Dec 09, 2022 | By:

Peninsula School District has set three meetings in January to inform the public about two levies that will be on the Feb. 14 ballot. District leaders will present information about the Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy and the Safety, Security and Technology Levy, and they’ll answer voters’ questions. Times and dates The meetings will

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Henderson Bay High School provides opportunity to all

Dec 02, 2022 | By: Aspen Tsurkanu

Henderson Bay High School started out with very small beginnings, opening in 1972 on the property of the Civic Center on the Key Peninsula. HBHS moved to the grounds of Peninsula High School in 1977 and made a third move over to the old Harbor Heights Elementary School building in 1992. Henderson Bay left the

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Harbor Heights students want more accessible playground

Nov 30, 2022 | By:

Olivia and Maddie DeRespini have taken over the family’s dining table, which is covered in skeins of yarn, scissors and other crafting materials. The sisters are busy making as many pom poms as possible for hair ties and such. They figure they’ll need “hundreds.” The girls’ goal is to sell the pom poms and raise

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Peninsula High students collecting teddy bears for kids in Ukraine

Nov 23, 2022 | By:

Playing alone in a gymnasium with tall windows and green walls, Arseniy, 6, bounces a basketball and aims over and over for the hoop, impossibly high. “When they shoot, I run home. I think our flat (apartment) could be shot,” he explains in a voiceover video as his determined play continues. “I’m more worried about

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Renovated Arletta schoolhouse prepared to bond community for another 84 years

Nov 15, 2022 | By:

PenMet held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $1.6 million renovation of the circa-1938 Arletta Schoolhouse. Former students reminisced about attending classes there.

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Peninsula School Board approves levies for Feb. 14 ballot

Nov 10, 2022 | By:

The Peninsula School Board on Wednesday approved two levy measures for the Feb. 14 ballot that together would help fund operations, security and technology. Operations Levy The three-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy (Proposition 1) would replace the current levy, which expires at the end of 2023. The operations levy accounts for about 18

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