High school students go back to preschool

April 14, 2015

Deep within Skyline High School, there’s a room that serves as a quasi-laboratory for preschool students trying to learn vital social and academic skills, and high-school students looking to take the first steps on a possible career path.

The Skyline preschool has been around for many years, but some parents might not be aware of its existence, said Michelle Campbell, the program’s lead teacher.

The upcoming closure of the Sammamish Learning Center, a popular preschool that has been operating for 20 years, is forcing families to look elsewhere to fulfill their children’s early-learning opportunities.

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Popular preschool is set to close after 20 years

March 31, 2015

The Sammamish Learning Center, which has been serving Eastside families and their preschool students since 1995, will permanently close its doors in June at the end of the current school year.

It wasn’t the original intention of the school’s directors, Jill Porter and Helen Glenn, who sold the property to a developer last year.

By Neil Pierson Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

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Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

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Application period opens for special education preschool program

February 3, 2015

The Issaquah School District is accepting applications for children to participate as “Peer Models” in its Early Childhood Special Education Preschool for the 2015-16 school year.

The district provides special education services and peer model tuition programs for children ages 3-5.

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Lasting legacy

December 10, 2013

Children’s Garden School founder retires after 36 years

It all started with three $20 travelers checks and a contract written on construction paper.

The year was 1977. That summer, Bonnie Steussy and her husband David Edfeldt traveled from South Carolina to Steussy’s home state of Washington. At the behest of her sister, Steussy went to an open house for a small property across the street from where she lived in Issaquah.

Steussy and Edfeldt were both teachers. Steussy said education was a lifelong passion.

Contributed Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

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Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

“I can remember sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about being a teacher” as a child, she said.

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City offers new afternoon preschool class

August 20, 2013

The city has opened registration for a new afternoon preschool class during the 2013-2014 school year.

The class is open to 3-year-olds, and takes place at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The class will be from 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The school year begins Sept. 5.

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