As many of you know, we have purchased a building for our current 2 schools to move to. Our location at 4800 40th Ave is being sold to investors to build (wait for it…) condos. Our current lease is up at the end of August, so when we come back from our end of summer closure we will all be in our new digs! This date is a little later then we hoped for. There were a couple of unfortunate time setbacks with the bank/SBA and the department of planning and development that were not in our favor. We are VERY excited about this move and that we will all be together in the same building, but it means financially we are getting creative to make it work paying for 3 buildings (for the extended time frame) instead of 2 and construction costs on top of that. We have all started brain storming ideas to bring in some extra capital for the short term. A few of our ideas include, Friday night Date nights for parents to drop their children to us to get some adult time (2 nights have already filled up and a 3rd night has been added, thanks!), adult sports teams (co ed softball, volleyball, etc.), organized children’s sports/open kids gyms type weekend options, art auctions, Bake sales, participating in the west seattle community garage sale, etc. Many families have asked how they can help, I know how expensive childcare is and I want people to know that we are not asking you to give more of your hard earned money to support our school. We want to come offer ideas that can help you and your family and support our school at the same time. Many families have started coming up with ideas of their own and I am so appreciative of that. I’m writing this email to get more people’s ideas and communication going. Please respond to this email if…
1. you might be doing some spring cleaning and would like to get rid of baby toys, strollers, rockers, gently used clothing or shoes, board books, carriers/swings/seats, maternity clothes, old jewelry, furniture, etc. I will come pick up anything and everything with my truck to make it that much easier!
2. a couple of parents had the idea of paying in advance for tuition to receive a discounted rate, brilliant! So we figured out some details if anyone is interested in doing that. If you would like to pay in March for the next 10 months of 2014 tuition, we will give you a 4% discount on the entire total!
3. you love to play team sports and would be interested in getting to know other parents in our community while getting some exercise and having a great time, let me know what sports you would be interested in and we will be starting to make plans!
4. You can think of creative WIN/WIN ideas!
Here is a link to our youcaring page where we are documenting our efforts. If you have time to pass on information to friends and family that might be appreciative of our vision that would be so great! A few families have donated directly to this site and that Is so so amazing!