Olympia Community School Welcomes New Teacher, Changes Location

first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Community SchoolJoanna Gibson joins the Olympia Community School teaching a fourth/fifth grade class. Photo courtesy Olympia Community SchoolThurston County’s oldest alternative secular elementary school will be all about “the new” this September – gleaming new child-friendly facilities, a newly added fifth grade, and now a new, highly skilled teacher.Joanna Gibson will join the Olympia Community School (OCS) to teach the school’s small fourth/fifth grade class. Gibson joins OCS from teaching fifth grade at Bordeaux Elementary in Shelton. She also taught at Lincoln Options in Olympia, the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, and the Twin Oaks homeschooling cooperative, also in Virginia. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.OCS students began the school year in a brand new building. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community School“We are thrilled to have Joanna join OCS,” said Jane Zerbe, OCS board president. “She is wonderfully suited to do what we do here – inspire, motivate, and challenge our kids. She will empower our students by nurturing their natural curiosity and desire to learn, their belief in themselves, and their ability to participate fully in their community with respect for self, others, and the earth.”“I’m excited to be joining OCS for many reasons,” Gibson said. “One big one is my ability to work one-on-one with each child when needed. My class will be small. In my experience, that is critical to effective teaching.”OCS class sizes never exceed 14 students to one teacher, which is significantly fewer than in public schools, where the number of students can be nearly double. Students at OCS enjoy a wide variety of activities and small class sizes. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community SchoolThe decision to add a fifth grade and become a complete elementary school is a natural progression “We are thriving. More parents are recognizing the value of an alternative elementary education,” Zerbe said.Founded in 1973, Olympia Community School offers two-year kindergarten beginning at age 4 through fifth grades to meet the demand for quality alternative education.The expansion is an exciting opportunity for the community, and OCS plans to host a Grand Opening event, as well as ongoing tours of their new facility.  Enrollment for the 2016/17 school year is nearly full, interested parents should contact the school at enrollment@olyedu.org or call 360.866.8047.last_img read more

Senate Majority Leader Tells Freshman Senators Not to Vie for President Pro Tempore Post

first_imgThe Majority Bloc  Leader in the Liberian Senate, Geraldine Doe Sherif, has admonished newly certificated Senators, known as ‘Freshman Senators’ to not race for the President Pro Tempore post, arguing that the second top seat should only be contested by veteran Senators who have spent at least three (3) years in the Senate.The Montserrado County Senator said the contest for the President Pro Tempore must be limited or restricted to only veteran Senators to set a principle in the Upper Chamber.Senator Sherif reiterated the advice to incoming senators over the weekend at the end of the formal program which marked the certification of 12 out of the 15 Senators.She argued that the President Pro Tempore must have the experience of representation, oversight crafting of legislations in the Senate, as well as the orientation of the governing rules of the Senate.”I think, generally speaking, it is proper to set a principle and create an atmosphere wherein our newly certificated Senators should know that to contest the President Pro Tempore you must be an experienced Senator,” Senator Sherif said. “We believe our message has been received and therefore hope for their cooperation,” she added.She further stated: “We are expecting our colleagues at the other side of the aisle [in the House] will help us convey this principle-minded idea.”Some political pundits have said that the contention that ‘no freshman Senators’ should contest for President Pro Tempore might be possible because of the denial of certification to Cllr. Varney Gbotonambi Sherman by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as winner for Grand Cape Mount County, due to the prohibition filed against him before the Supreme Court of Liberia by candidate Fodee Kromah.Cllr. Sherman is reportedly the would-be, lone freshman Senator who is capable of mounting a successful campaign for the post of Senate President Pro Tempore.  Pundits point to his wealth of legal and political experience, coupled with his financial strength as one of the nation’s leading and most successful lawyers.Atty. Morris Gato Saytumah of Bomi and Dr. Jim Womba Tornonlah of Margibi Counties were also not certificated because of the Prohibition from the Supreme Court for an alleged elections fraud.The 12 Senators who were certificated include Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), Jonathan L. Kaipay (Grand Bassa), Marshall A. Dennis (Grand Gedeh), Albert T. Chie (Grand Kru), Stephen J.H. Zargo (Lofa) and J. Gbloh-bo Bro (Maryland).Others are Senators George M. Weah (Montserrado), Prince Y. Johnson (Nimba), Francis S. Paye (Rivercess), Commany B. Wesseh (River Gee) and Milton J. Teahjay (Sinoe).Political pundits are also arguing that the likes of Amb. Commany Wesseh (River Gee) and Daniel F. Naatehn (Gbapolu) have political experience, and so does Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), but none of the three has expressed interest in entering the already crowded President Pro-Tempore field.Montserrado County’s number two Senator, George M. Weah, also failed to express his interest, meaning that the idea of the Majority Bloc Leader has been overwhelmingly accepted.Meanwhile, the Senate Majority has announced that so far, five Senators (of the old order) have expressed their interest in contesting for President Pro Tempore.They are Cllr. Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe), Senators Armah Jallah (Gbapolu), Oscar Cooper (Margibi) and Dan Morias (Maryland.   Though, he is yet to announce his candidacy, Grand Gedeh Senator Alphonso Gaye has hinted to the Daily Observer his interest in vying for the coveted post.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Camp teaches disabled youths yoga, life skills

first_imgThe Wednesday morning yoga session was among the many activities planned for Ryan and his buddies during their weeklong Spring Voyage to Independence Camp – a program making the most of spring break by teaching these special-needs students life skills they can’t learn in the classroom. “We are teaching them how to cook their own meals, shop for groceries, and even call for takeout,” said Krystal Curameng, Let Me Sail’s executive director. “This really empowers them and gives them the self-confidence to know they can handle situations on their own.” Curameng said physical activities are a big focus of the camp – the first of its kind for the two-year-old organization, but one Curameng hopes to bring back in the summer. Let Me Sail board member Gary Spindt said while this year’s spring break class is small – just five students paid $235 for the weeklong camp – that was intentional. VALENCIA – Breathing deeply, they rested. The group of novice yoga students had just finished contorting their bodies into several complex poses, breaking a sweat with “downward dog” and suffering through a few leg cramps during “floor bow pose.” But yoga for this special group of teens and young adults, clients of the Let Me Sail organization that works with developmentally disabled youths, was about taking home one more lesson. “I like learning new things,” 17-year-old Trevor Ryan said as he sleepily rose from his meditative state. “I can practice this at home.” “We wanted to keep it small to give each client more attention,” Spindt said. As the five junior yogis lay on their backs, yoga instructor Catherine Sjolumd bowed gently to end the class. “Namaste,” said Sjolumd, also co-owner of Hot Yoga studio in Valencia. Certified as a yoga instructor for special-needs students, she said increased concentration and tension relief are only a few of the benefits of yoga. “If done on a regular basis, it can really improve their way of life,” Sjolumd said. Sjolumd added that this centuries-old exercise, often touted for its spiritual qualities, doesn’t require a certain mental capacity. “You just put out positive energy and encourage them, and they can do anything.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Loew regrets telling Goetze ‘show you’re better than Messi’

first_imgLoew says he feels partly responsible for the pressure the struggling Goetze has been under to prove he is still the player who won the World Cup for Germany nearly four years ago.“That sentence was a spontaneous idea,” said Loew at an event in Berlin on Friday.“Whether this was good in hindsight, I do not know.“In that moment, you don’t think about things that could happen afterwards.“I made the mistake of making the sentence public afterwards.”Loew uttered the immortal words to Goetze shortly before the midfielder ran on in the 88th minute of the final against Argentina at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana with the score goalless.Goetze, who was only 22 during the Brazil 2014 finals, wrote himself into World Cup folklore when his chest-and-volley goal in the 113th minute of the final won Germany the title.Superstar Lionel Messi had to settle for a runners-up medal with his Argentina team after losing 1-0 as Germany lifted the trophy.However, since then Goetze has struggled for form following injury and illness in his two seasons back at Borussia Dortmund after an unhappy three-year stint with Bayern Munich.Loew says the 2017/18 campaign has ‘not been his (Goetze’s) season’ and admits it was a hard choice leaving the Dortmund play-maker out of Germany’s extended 27-man World Cup squad, which was named last Tuesday.The head coach feels his ‘show you’re better than Messi’ comment “didn’t helped Mario over the following few months” after the World Cup as “he was always measured” by his stunning impact off the bench in the final.“If a player scores the decisive goal in the final at such a young age, it can be a burden later,” added Loew.“This season was not what we have all wished for from Mario Goetze.”Having scored 17 goals in 63 appearances for Germany, Goetze has vowed to win back his place and wished the champions all the best for the World Cup.“Of course I am sad that I won’t be participating at the World Cup, but I will do everything I can to get back into the squad,” Goetze wrote on Twitter on Saturday.Germany open their defence against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn Sweden and South Korea in Group F.“I hope the guys, the coaches and the back-room staff have a good time in Russia and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for all of them that they become world champions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Goetze came on and won the World Cup final for Joachim Loew four years ago but is not in the Germany squad for World Cup warmup gamesBERLIN, Germany, May 19 –  Germany coach Joachim Loew has said he regrets telling Mario Goetze to ‘show the world you’re better than (Lionel) Messi’ during the Brazil 2014 final as the midfielder has since struggled to live up to his billing as a World Cup winner.Goetze, 25, has been left out of the squad for 2018 World Cup, which kicks off on June 14 in Russia, after an erratic season with Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: THE ROYAL & PRIOR PROM

first_imgAll glammed up girls at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonTHERE was no shortage of glamour at this year’s Royal & Prior Prom at An Grianan Hotel, Burt…including loads of attention for the Best Dressed Man.Pictures: Clive Wasson PhotographyTory Stewart and Dillon O’Loughlan at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonGirls and their dates at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson  Who’s best dressed- Sameed Arshad and Lucy Morrow at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Kirsty McKinney, Naomi Wasson, Julie Moore and Jenny Mooney at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Liam Boyle and Tracy Neely at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Lyndsey Tinney, Amy Lowery, Helen Roulston, Jessica Goudie, Megan Clay and Hazel Alexander at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson  Timmy Doherty and Karen Buchanann at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Nicole Parke and Luke Johnston at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Julie Moore, Head Girl and Gary Stewart at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Mark Magee and Naomi Wasson at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: THE ROYAL & PRIOR PROM was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTformaPromRaphoeRoyal And Priorlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST.MARY’S, CONVOY NOTES

first_imgBingo continues in Convoy hall @9 on Tues Lotto results CW,MH,MN,WW Jennifer O Keeffe,Paul Martin,Christine Johnston, Donna Slevin and Sadie Henderson Next week’s Jackpot €2200 Lotto available from committee members.Under age Training continues on Fri evening from 6.30 to 7.30DIV 2 COUNTY CHAMPS Pride of place this week has to go to our Minor boys who won the Div 2 County Final at O Donnell Park with a score line of 5-11 to 1-13A super game of football but St Marys didn’t have it all their way the first half was very closely contested with both teams battling hard with Naomh Columba going ahead by 4 points to 1 point at one stage but the St Marys lads started to settle into the Game with Goals from Gavin Sweeney and Paul O Leary and points from Ryan Bonner and Peter Blake there wasn’t much between the teams going in at the break with St Marys ahead by 1 point 2-04 to 0-9.The teams battled hard in the second half and with about 10 min to go there was little between the sides and a Peter Blake goal kept the game close St Marys 3-05 to 1-10. St Marys lads started to push ahead with points from Dean Mc Connell, Peter Blake and Jack Blake and then Raymie Mc Namee scored 2 super Goals and a point from Gavin Sweeney as St Marys ran out the clear winners in the end .Final Score 5-11 to 1-13Scorers R. Mc Namee 2-0 P. Blake 1-04 G. Sweeney 1-02 R. Bonner 0-2 , P.O Leary 1-0 J. Blake 0-1D. Mc Connell 0-2GAA NEWS: ST.MARY’S, CONVOY NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoySt Marys GAA club noteslast_img read more

HOMECOMING ORGANISED FOR IRELAND HERO SEAMUS COLEMAN

first_imgFOOTBALL: A homecoming will be held for Ireland hero Seamus Coleman tomorrow night in his hometown of Killybegs. Coleman is expected to arrive at The Bay View Hotel between 9-10pm tomorrow evening, and a large crowd is expected to come and welcome Seamus home. Coleman took over the captaincy for the Italy match, and famously led Ireland to one of their greatest ever victories.He kept that captaincy today for the clash against France, and produced another superb performance from right-back.However, unfortunately Martin O’Neill’s side bravely bowed out of the competition at rhe hands of the hosts.Robbie Brady gave Ireland a dream start, but a brace from Antoine Griezmann dashed Irish dreams. Coleman has been superb and his hometown of Killybegs couldn’t be any prouder, and they’ve organised a homecoming in acknowledgement of his achievements.Well done Seamus, Donegal is proud of you.#COYBIG HOMECOMING ORGANISED FOR IRELAND HERO SEAMUS COLEMAN was last modified: June 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEuro 2016HOMECOMINGIrelandKillybegsnewsseamus colemanSportlast_img read more

THE FINTOWN TRAIN COMES ROLLING AROUND THE BEND ONCE MORE

first_imgAfter months of quiet toil by its dedicated community of volunteers, Co Donegal’s Fintown Railway yesterday commenced its summer schedule along the shores of scenic Lough Finn.The railway, Donegal’s only working line, first began operation in 1995 after a group of local people came together with a dream.Their vision was to recreate the days when railcars were a common sight across the North West of the country by linking Fintown with the nearby town of Glenties via an old railcar. Due to a lack of finance, that dream has yet to become a reality.But they have managed to renovate up to 5 kms of track as well as building a souvenir shop and play area for children.It’s a far cry from when there was 212 miles of railway stretching across Donegal from Ballyshannon to Stranorlar and across the border into neighbouring Strabane and Derry.Last year more than 8,000 people paid for the trip during the months from June 1st until the last day in September. Chairman of the Fintown Railway, Oliver McDevitt, said it is an undoubted labour of love for people of the gaeltacht village.“It’s most volunteers and people on Workbridge schemes who do all the work.“I think the people of Fintown are very proud of the railway. The location is simply stunning.“We are completely dependent on funding but that funding is matched by the hard work of many local people,” he said.The railcar used today is an original Railcar 18, which is on long-term lease from the Foyle Valley Railway and which originally operated in the 1940s. The car contains a Gardiner diesel engine that was guaranteed by its makers to do one million miles.As well as a breath-taking half hour journey through the spectacular highland scenery, passengers also receive a replicate ticket stub from the first journey that took place in 1885.Playwright Brian Friel enjoyed his journey on the railway so much that he pronounced “What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota.”There are still plans to make improvements to the Fintown Railway and its environs. “We have plans to renovate the old railway station and we also have a steam locomotive in Boness in Edinburgh under renovation.“We have been forced to put those plans on hold because of the economic situation but we have not given up on them.“The Fintown Railway is something the people from the area have worked very hard at to build up and we will continue to do that quietly,” added Mr McDevitt.The official launch of this year’s summer schedule will be carried out by Udaras na Gaeltachta member and county councillor David Alcorn tomorrow (SUN) at 2pm.For further details see www.antraen.comTHE FINTOWN TRAIN COMES ROLLING AROUND THE BEND ONCE MORE was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian FrieldonegalFintown TrainOliver McDevittlast_img read more

VOTE NO CAMPAIGN WELCOMES DONEGAL RESULT

first_imgThe Vote No Campaign has welcomed the ‘No’ vote in Donegal in the fiscal treaty referendum while expressing disappointment that nationally the treaty has been carried.Micheàl Mac Giolla Easbuig of the Vote No Campaign said: “The people of Donegal are to be congratulated in rejecting the Fiscal Treaty. They have seen through the government lies just as they did with the Household Charge.”“The past weeks have seen a succession of government figures descend on our county: Frances Fitzgerald, Ruairi Quinn, Brian Hayes, James O’Reilly and even Taoiseach Enda Kenny himself. “Now that voting is over we can expect that Donegal will once again be forgotten about until they want our votes again. Ruairi Quinn was nowhere to be seen when parents were marching against rural school closures recently.“James O’Reilly will not be around when patients are left on trolleys in corridors in Letterkenny General. Frances Fitzgerald will not be here when the next parents of special needs children find their Domiciliary Care Allowance taken away.”He added the government has only succeeded in getting a ‘Yes’ vote overall on the basis of financial blackmail.“They created a fear that the country would run out of money to leave people feeling there was no real choice. The vote does not represent a vote for them of for austerity. The austerity programme has been a disaster for the economy and will continue to cause hardship for many with no prospect of working.” “The fight against austerity will continue. Any attempt to collect the hated Household Tax from non-payers in Donegal will be met with ferocious resistance. There is no chance we will pay Property Tax or Water Tax either.” VOTE NO CAMPAIGN WELCOMES DONEGAL RESULT was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VODAFONE UPGRADE IN ARRANMORE EXPECTED TO CAUSE FURTHER DISRUPTION TO SERVICE

first_imgVodafone customers in Arranmore Island and other parts of West Donegal – are expected to suffer further disruption to their service due to more upgrades in the area.Vodafone users are up in arms.Customers have voiced their anger and dismay at the on-going service issues that have blighted the area for months. Earlier this week we ran an article which highlighted the problem and frustration among Vodafone customers in West Donegal.Some customers have gone days without receiving any signal on their mobile phone and are growingly increasingly frustrated at what they’ve deemed a ‘totally unacceptable’ service.Many are restricted from changing to another network provider due to being committed to long-term contracts with Vodafone.A press release today from Vodafone means there will be yet more woe for users in the area – as upgrades designed to alleviate the problems are expected to cause further disruption. Vodafone spokesperson Darina Sexton issued the following statement to Donegal Daily, ”“Please be aware that our site at Arranmore is being upgraded this week so that customers will receive improved voice call quality and data services in the area.“This site also provides coverage to a large region that lies to the west of Dungloe stretching from Bunbeg to Portnoo.“As a result of this planned upgrade, there is maintenance scheduled for today, tomorrow between 9am and 5pm and Friday between 10am and 1pm so customers in this region may experience some disruption to their service.“This is the current schedule which will not change unless adverse weather conditions will hit the area.“Once this site is upgraded we will have completed all the four main sites serving the area. “The upgrades will now mean that our customers in the area will now have improved voice coverage and in addition, will have a good mobile broadband, with 3G everywhere there is 2G coverage and 4G in great majority of the covered area.“Overall there will be a much improved experience for customers in Dungloe, Arranmore and the Donegal region overall.“The upgrade means that customers will experience benefits such as significantly improved voice calls and get data everywhere they currently can make a voice call.“In addition, they will also have access to 4G which gives superfast mobile data speeds. ” This will provide benefits such as seamless music streaming, watching videos without buffering and instant file and photo upload.“We appreciate that disruption to service for customers can cause frustration so every effort is being made to keep disruptions to a minimum during the upgrades across Donegal with the ultimate aim of delivering a much improved call and data experience to customers in the area.VODAFONE UPGRADE IN ARRANMORE EXPECTED TO CAUSE FURTHER DISRUPTION TO SERVICE was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DisruptionnewsserviceupgradeVodafonelast_img read more