January 11, 2019
Portable permit came up in cue and is being reviewed today. Septic design permit application was submitted yesterday. Progress on red house as well. Keep on moving forward.
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year all!!
I will be in the office later this week to get in touch with families. I hope you had fun ringing in the new year and are looking forward to a great 2019!! Please keep eye on your email and remember to add our Shutterfly address to your contacts so email does not get lost in your spam/ junk mail folder.
December 17, 2018
Families and Friends of The Little Red Schoolhouse,
As the new year quickly approaches, I am sure many of you
are experiencing some anxiety regarding where Little Red is in the process of
reopening. Take heart, we are too. Just a few days ago I sat down and started
this letter to you all with great anticipation and excitement inviting you to a
Back to School Sneak Peek the first week in January. While fully expecting an
unfinished site (ongoing project) we were ready to go with a start date of
January 7. As the week
ended however, a small hiccup turned into quite the brick wall and none of the
meetings I sat through made things sound positive. I can say my hope sank, my
patience waivered and my stress level hit an all-time high.
I spent the weekend processing the news and all the steps
currently in place I realized our brick wall was not impassable but in good
conscience I can no longer ask that you sit patiently waiting for our new
Little Red to open its doors, even though we continue to work tirelessly to
that point. I pray you do because the
thought of anyone not being able to return when we are ready is absolutely
heartbreaking to me, but this is not about me or my team. We have felt so blessed by all your good
wishes and unending support during the past month and a half. We have worked very hard moving and setting up
and planning new lessons for the start of classes all while we watched an army
of people working on our behalf. They
are go-getters on a mission and will get us to the finish line.
Unfortunately, a few misworded forms, a couple of
misunderstood statements and a scrutinizing neighbor have left us shy a few
required steps to reopen on any portion of our property just yet. Know that we have not and will not stop until
Little Red is up and running bigger and better than ever! We have permits submitted, and new septic
designs drawn and being looked over for submittal this week and are continuing
to work with the building and health departments, the engineers and the folks
at Designs Northwest to meet all requirements in the timeliest manner
possible. I am hopeful this will all
happen sooner than later but as I had stated many times in the past few weeks
with construction and permits you just never really have a solid timeline.
As most of you know, the week of our eviction left us
looking at purchasing a building in Stanwood that while far from ideal would
have been a possible new preschool with a number of fixes and continued
issues. It was not ideal from my
perspective but options in this town are very limited for any new preschool to
open. In the end the sellers never did
come to terms with any of the offers made and the initial punch list from the
city to get us started legally grew significantly in number of fixes and cost.
While those negotiations were in process, we looked at how
to use our own property to allow us to own our school and stay in the
environment we love and makes us unique in the community. A modular unit was purchased for us to store
all of our preschool stuff and we hope to be able to use it for classrooms in
the future as it was built for that use and is built to federal and state codes
(not Snohomish County). But for now,
while our new Conditional Use Permit is being submitted and plans for a new
septic system drawn up, we are put on hold to use any of our site for preschool
In addition, we had discussed use of the Sons of Norway hall
if all went poorly. We let this idea
slip away with plans to open January 7. The board there was so very amazing and
generous, I will forever be grateful to them. After a few gatherings with our
kiddos though it turned out the use of their site did not lend itself to
holding classes on a regular basis. Another reason to not begin there was that
paying for a security system for that site and the few other items on the punch
list to make that legal for more than occasional assemblies (parties) became
unreasonable financially while working on our new campus. This perhaps could have been shared sooner
but honestly up until Friday we truly anticipated being able to begin classes
on part of our campus.
Sometimes things just turn out so much better than you could
have ever imagined and I really believe that is happening on our new
campus. All in His timing, something I
seem to never learn even after 50 years!!!
For those of you who may not know Little Red will be at 2420 300
Street NW, just down the hill from our old site (which sadly sits completely
empty and unused:<). We will continue
to have access to all the Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens have to offer our
students and have a campus that has room to grow! While I am off site until after the new year,
please drive by to check it out and I will be in touch as soon as I return from
my family holiday trip. (There are a few of you I will get back to with refunds
as needed my first day back).
Thank you all and have a very Merry Christmas and Blessed
New Year! And as always you can reach me
via email. I have a new school address
and will try to reply in a timely manner over the holiday break.
Director, The Little Red Schoolhouse @ Pilchuck Learning