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Highland Park Elementary Square Dance!

Please join Highland Park Elementary for Dinner and a Square Dance on Friday October 24 from 6-9pm. (free) dinner at 6p, and the dance is from 7-9p. It’s a public dance with a live string band, everyone is invited, all ages & abilities! Every kid gets to take home a pumpkin! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser, Contact: if you have questions.

Upcoming Utility Work

The week of October 13, crews will be conducting geotechnical investigations and utility locates as part of the Delridge Natural Drainage System (NDS) project. The work will take place in areas along 17th Avenue SW from SW Kenyon Street to SW Henderson Street, and along SW Kenyon Street between 17th Avenue SW and 15th Avenue SW. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anticipated impacts include:

  • Noise from construction trucks, vehicles and equipment
  • Temporary traffic disruptions, including vehicle lane closures with construction flaggers, and closed sidewalks
  • Temporary reductions of some nearby on-street parking
  • Testing and utility markings on the ground

The project team will be presenting at our next HPAC meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, October 22, held at the Highland Park Improvement Club at 1116 SW Holden Street, 98106.

Contact the project manager, Don Anderson at (206) 233-1086, or
To learn more about the Delridge NDS project, please visit:

September HPAC meeting

We are hosting the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights (WWRHAH) Community Group this month for a joint conversation with the Seattle Police, including Captain Steve Wilske. Please join us at HPIC (12th and Holden) for a potluck at 6:30, and meeting at 7 on Wednesday, September 24th.

Highland Park Elementary Meeting Overview

We had an outstanding turnout for our Highland Park Elementary Forum last week. We had dedicated folks there from the School, from the School District Offices, from the Mayor’s Office, from City Council, Parents, PTA Members, Community members without kids at the school, and even our amazing Community Police Officer. Tracy from the West Seattle Blog has written an overview that is more comprehensive than anything I could post here. The most important event that happened at the meeting is people meeting each other, people with a similar vision of a school with a healthy learning environment for all students. We will be posting here any opportunities that we hear about for our community to be engaged with the school, and doing what we can to support the efforts made there. 

One thing we want to go ahead and get out there is that Connie Wolf started a group focused on families with toddlers in the Highland Park Elementary school zone called the “Future Parents of Highland Park Elementary” this past May. Their goal is to build community and excitement around the neighborhood school. Anyone who has an interest in Highland Park Elementary is welcome to join:

Free Trees!

Seattle’s amazing ReLeaf program is about to be open for it’s yearly applications for free trees. Available trees this year include the Persian Parrotia, and Tulip Tree- two of my favorite trees! They offer free trees, up to 4 per household- and beautiful trees are a huge part of the equation when it comes to what makes a neighborhood livable- so apply, it’s that easy. Applications are available on August 4, they’ll teach you how to plant it, give you a watering bag, apply for a permit for you if you’re planting in the right of way, and even send you reminders to water it when it gets hot. Check out their website for more information, and see what trees are available and make sure you get your applications in right away, it’s first come first serve. 

National Night Out Tuesday, August 5th

Tuesday August 5th, the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 30th Annual Night Out Against Crime. Last year, over 1,400 events were registered to participate- it’s a great way to build community on your block, get to know your neighbors, and have fun. Check it out here and register for a block party! 

Special Meeting about Highland Park Elementary on August 12

While we are not meeting over the summer during our regular meeting time, we are calling a special meeting in response to requests heard at our last meeting- Please join us at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden on Tuesday, August 12th at 7pm to discuss Highland Park Elementary. We sent the following invitation to school and city officials:

Dear Principal Cronas, your colleagues at Seattle Public School, City Council Members Burgess and Bagshaw, and Mayor Murray,

We are the Co-Chairs of the Highland Park Action Committee, a community group that advocates for the Highland Park and Riverview Neighborhoods in Southwest Seattle. Our role is to affect positive change in our neighborhood, and we have historically been active in bringing together a voice for our neighborhood, which has faced many challenges.

We hosted parent Peter Weiss at our May community meeting, who came to speak with us as a member of the Highland Park Elementary’s PTA. In discussing his ideas with us to organize a 5K as a fundraiser for the school, the community learned about the state of affairs for our local school- Highland Park Elementary is ranked last in the Seattle Public School System.

Some of our members were brought to tears with this news, exhausted by what feels like yet another blind eye turned towards our community from our leaders. We write to you in response to a request that night from the community to get some answers as to why our school is doing so badly and what the plan is for improvement. We have since discussed this idea with the PTA and have formed a partnership in our efforts. We, along with incoming PTA president Sol Mendez, would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the school, and answer some questions from our community.

Please let us know if you can join us at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden on Tuesday, August 12th at 7pm.

Carolyn and Billy Stauffer (Co-Chairs, Highland Park Action Committee)
Sol Mendez (President, Highland Park Elementary PTA)


Invitation Sent To the following (confirmed attending are bold):
Chris Cronas – Principal, Highland Park Elementary
Marty McLaren – School Board member
Israel Vela – Executive Director of Schools for West Seattle
Michael Tolley – Assistant Supt for Teaching and Learning
Shauna Heath – Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Cashel Toner – Director of Early Learning
Zakiyyah McWilliams – Executive Director of Special Education
Bernardo Ruiz – Director of School and Family Partnerships, Equity and Race
Mayor Murray
Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council’s Education and Governance Committee Chair
Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council’s Education and Governance Committee Vice-Chair
Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council Member
Kerry Wade, Neighborhood District Coordinator for the South Team, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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