Mercer Island School District: Back To School 2015-2016


00439455Back-to-school time is quickly approaching! The first day of school for students of the Mercer Island School District is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. It’s time to finish up your school supply shopping, get back into the swing of preparing lunches and backpacks in the evenings and get organized for the upcoming school year. Here’s a link to the one page year-long calendar with all the important district-wide dates incorporated on it. It’s a pdf – so handy to print out and hang up in your family’s school day command center. Here’s a link to the more comprehensive calendar set up by month. You can choose which school’s calendar you want to view, along with holiday and fine art event calendars.

Are you new to the Mercer Island School District? New families can get the scoop on the district, and how to connect with the school your children will be attending, by clicking here. The district has a handy pdf of required vaccines for the 2015-16 school year here. The district will be publishing the school bus routes for this year soon. You can check out last year’s bus routes to get an idea of where your children will be catching the bus this year. The district did not anticipate any large scale route changes for 2015-16.

If you would like to add some lunch money to your child’s account during the school year, you can send a check made out to Mercer Island School District-Food Service. If your kids are in elementary school, the checks need to be delivered to the front office administrative assistant at your school. Islander Middle School and Mercer Island High School students can give a check directly to the food services cashiers at their schools. MISD also offers an online payment method via Skyward Family Access. Log in and choose Food Service from the left hand sidebar area. Instructions for how to add money to your kids’ account are available here in a handy, printable pdf form.

Important Dates For All Three Elementary Schools: 

  • The schools’ offices are open now, 9am to 12pm Monday through Thursday.
  • September 2nd – View classroom placement for K-5th Grade on Skyward Family Access starting at 5pm
  • September 3rd – Meet Your Teacher 3-4pm

Islander Middle School

  • School office is open now, 8am to 3pm Monday-Friday
  • August 27th – View class schedule on Skyward Family Access beginning at 10am
  • August 27th – IMS Back2School Day: 6th Grade, 10am to 12pm; 7th and 8th Grade, 1-3:00pm
  • September 3rd – New Family Event, 9:30-10:30am

Mercer Island High School

  • School office is open now, 7:30am to 3pm Monday-Friday
  • August 27th – MIHS Counseling Center begins new student registration
  • August 28th – View student schedules on Skyward Family Access starting at 5pm
  • August 31st – MIHS Fees & Photos for Seniors, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • August 31st – MIHS Fees & Photos for Freshmen, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • September 4th – MIHS Fees & Photos for Juniors, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • September 4th – MIHS Fees & Photos for Sophomores, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Click here to access school specific supply lists, and important beginning-of-the-year activities planned at each school.

School Days on PinterestIf you are in search of fresh ideas on how to tackle the school lunch blahs, WindermereMI has you covered! Check out our Pinterest Board School Days for lunch box suggestions, free printables, bento box inspiration and even lunch prep video tutorials! I think the free joke printables would be so fun for younger elementary school kids. My kids loved it when I would leave a little note in their lunch boxes. And the plethora of sandwich suggestions!! I’m amazed at the combinations.

Cheers to a fun, organized, successful school year Mercer Island School District families!

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market: Sunday August 30, 2015

photo by Frances Gaul This Sunday’s MIFM theme revolves around Grown By Nature. You are encouraged to explore how you can incorporate 5 fruits/ vegetables a day into your meals as you walk around the Mercer Island Farmers Market. The local farmers and food vendors have such great ideas, and their produce is so delicious. If you need some way to track your progress, here’s a handy chart where you can track your daily servings of fruits and veggies, along with 30+ minutes of exercise daily, for a week. Check out the tomato-corn salsa recipe from Aljoya’s gourmet chef, Jonathan Tilleron, on the MIFM recipe page for one delicious way to eat more vegetables daily.

Here’s the scoop on what else is going on at this weekend’s market day:

Live Music: Jazz Connection will be on hand to play Jazz Standards, Blues and Original Compositions.

Children’s Table With Judy: Stop by to create your own flower prints. You can paint something in the colors of the market, using flowers for imprinting. So fun!

Master Gardeners: Members of Master Gardeners Foundation of King County will be on site to answer questions. Stop by their booth to learn more about gardening best practices and find answers to those tricky garden problems you have been dealing with.

Representatives of Sound Transit will be at MIFM sharing the latest news regarding the East Link Light Rail Extension Project.

Open Houses: Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 2015

Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThis final weekend of August is packed with free music and activities around the Puget Sound area. The last performance of Summer at the Mural will be tonight at Seattle Center’s Mural Ampitheatre. Theme is Swingin’ Roadhouse Night, and the music starts at 5:30pm. There will be live performances Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 2pm, at the Ballard Locks. The last day in the Summer At The Sam series is tomorrow over at the Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavillion. Jazz Connection will be performing at Sunday’s Mercer Island Farmers Market. Even if there a few raindrops over the weekend, I hope you get out to enjoy some adventure and free music!

WindermereMI brokers will be hosting some open houses this weekend. You can preview a waterfront condo in Leschi, a waterfront beach home on Mercer Island and an elegant estate on acreage in Issaquah. Stop by to see these beautiful properties – your dream home awaits!

Have a fun, fabulous weekend!

$1,580,000 l 784178 l 12331 Upper Preston Rd SE l Video Tour l Cherrie Lee l Sunday August 30, 1-3pm

Mercer Island
$3,125,000 l 736212 l 4645 Forest Ave SE l Video Tour l Cynthia Schoonmaker l Sunday August 30, 1-4pm

Seattle (Leschi)
$409,900 l 839462 l 510 Lakeside Ave S #12 l Video Tour l Chad Dierickx l Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 1-4pm

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Windermere Mercer Island Volunteers At Mary’s Place

It’s amazing how international a smile is. ~ Doug McKiernan

On Monday, August 24th, several Windermere Mercer Island brokers gathered to load up all the shoes collected during the Kicks For Kids Shoe Drive. It was time to take them over to Mary’s Place in Seattle. Kids from around the city would be arriving with their families to take part in a back-to-school event at Mary’s Place, so they could get fitted for a new pair of shoes and receive a backpack filled with school supplies. It took two good-sized vehicles to transport all the shoes, and a few more to transport all the WindermereMI volunteers over to Seattle.

Volunteers unloaded the vehicles, transported shoes into the building and set them up the on tables in the fitting area. And when the doors opened to let the families in, our brokers were so happy to be there helping out. Windermere Mercer Island owner Julie Barrows shared, “It was truly heartwarming to be able to help fill a need so immense. The smile on so many faces made it all worthwhile.” Nicole Demers-Changelo had this experience to share, “I was greeted to smiles and clapping from a mother who entrusted me to take her 1 year old son, who wasn’t wearing any shoes, by himself with me to pick out a pair of shoes and a little backpack. I wrangled the wiggle worm and kept him happy while he tried on a handful of shoes and his mother was so proud that he came out smiling.”

Lara Baca really enjoyed meeting a special young lady at Mary’s Place. “I met a 15 year old girl. I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She replied a lawyer. She asked if I worked at Mary’s Place. I said was volunteering. She asked if she could volunteer tomorrow. When we got her shoes and backpack I introduced her to one of the head staff. They made arrangements to meet today so she could start volunteering. She was extremely excited. I was impressed by her courage and desire to help others.”

Doug McKiernan described helping a 4 year old girl pick out a pair of shoes, “[she] didn’t speak much, or any, English. She was so tiny, I must have looked like a giant to her. She held on to two of my fingers and we went back to find a pair of shoes and backpack. I showed her a pair of pink Cinderella shoes and her face lit up in a big smile. She tried them on and kept nodding her head yes to every question about how they fit. I finally got her to get up and walk in them and discovered that she had to shuffle to keep them on. Too big. Thankfully we found another pair of pink shoes in her size that she really liked also. It’s amazing how international a smile is.”

Erin Ewing shared, “I had the pleasure of helping fit two special boys for shoes. The younger boy is going into the second grade and was a Captain America fan. He was extremely happy when we found a pair of Captain America slip on shoes in his size. I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said he wanted to be a hunter. When he saw that there was a camouflage print backpack available as well, you should have seen his eyes light up! The older guy is going to be a freshman at Garfield High School. We talked about the school and all the cool stuff available for Garfield students. I recently showed a family homes in the Garfield service area, and was telling this young man about how coveted the school was and that he should really enjoy it there. He’s new to the Seattle area, so I think our conversation helped ease some of his anxiety about going to a new school.”

We owe a big thank you to everyone who volunteered to get the shoes to Mary’s Place and helped with fittings: Anni Zilz, Bonnie Sanborn, Cherrie Lee, Cynthia Schoonmaker, Doug McKiernan, Erin Ewing, Erin Sirianni, Julie Barrows, Kelly Weisfield, Lara Baca, Nicole Demers-Changelo, Peni Scwartz, and Seamus Pelan.

Photos Courtesy Of Anni Zilz, Cherrie Lee, Erin Ewing and Julie Barrows

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 08/24/15 to 08/28/15

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:

What I Saw Last Week

The NAHB Housing Market Index met my expectations by rising one point to 61 and is now at its highest level in 10-years.

HMI1HMI2The fact the builder confidence has been in the low 60’s for three straight month’s shows that single-family housing is making slow but steady progress. The report is consistent with my forecast for a gradual strengthening of the single-family housing sector through the rest of the year.

U.S. Building Permits in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.119 million, which was 16.3% below the revised June rate of 1.337 million (from 1.343M). I had forecast a drop to an annual rate of 1.257M.

PermitsThe big surprise here was that single-family permits dipped 1.9% to 679,000. To make matters worse, there was an expiration of a tax break for multi-family developers in New York, which put a serious drag on…

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HOUZZ Story: 9 Kitchen Color Ideas With Staying Power

Are you considering a kitchen facelift in the near future? Check out this Houzz Story featuring 9 kitchen color ideas with incredible staying power. Updates to your kitchen always have a good return on investment, and the 2015 Remodeling Cost VS Report demonstrated that simple projects often have a better ROI, and making those first impressions count is always a good value. Painting your kitchen with some new, classic colors is a low cost job you can do before the cold weather hits.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday August 23rd, 2015

Sunday, August 23rd, will be a hoppin’ day at the Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM). There’s so many fun activities going on— even a seasonal produce tasting event. Details are below by event category.

Besides being a celebrated shopping venue on Mercer Island, MIFM is a popular gathering spot for a casual stroll or to meet friends for a Sunday lunch date. If you haven’t visited MIFM before (or even if you have!), take a moment to check out the newest community video we produced. It features the many reasons why islanders love the farmers market so much.

Tasting Event: It’s All About Tomatoes. This week’s tasting event is compliments of Aljoya. Stop by to sample a delicious tomato recipe prepared with locally grown tomatoes.

Live Music: Enjoy an afternoon of “Americana Bliss” with Jill Cohn, who will be performing her own brand of modern folk songs and ballads.

Children’s Table With Judy: Garlic has been growing all summer. In this activity, kids can sprout some garlic of their own to add to a salad, or place in the ground to harvest next summer.

Master Gardeners: Members of Master Gardeners Foundation of King County will be on site to answer questions. Stop by their booth to learn more about gardening best practices and find answers to those tricky garden problems you have been dealing with.

Mercer Island Farmers Market is on also Pinterest, sharing recipes, shopping lists, urban farmer info, live music and sponsor websites. Click here to follow their boards.