TCS and the Future of Preschools in Seattle

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We feel so lucky to be one of the small preschools maintaining a voice and creating a "new" future in Seattle. 

Here's where TCS stands with its move to 7400 Woodlawn: 

  • Final Draft of LEASE (check); 
  • Building Renovation Plan (check); 
  • City of Seattle Building Permit (check); 
  • Contractor's bids (nearing completion); 
  • Capital Funding and Grant Proposal (being written for submission); and,
  • Valentine's Day Party Invitations ❤️😍 (students working them).

$2500 Year End Match

TCS is both humbled and stoked by the ongoing support of our families, present and past.

Generous donations this season (specifically, a $2500 Match) have inspired us to 'challenge' and ask those of you still wanting to make your year end charitable gift go even farther!     

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TCS is excited about welcoming our students and families into our school’s new home in September 2018.

Final regulations from the city permitting office are expected in a few weeks. Check out our proposed BLUEPRINT to transform the 7400 Woodlawn space into a more formal learning environment.

From all of us at TCS - Teachers and the Board - we hope your holiday season is full of peace and joy.

Cheers! 

Future's Update

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Hurry up and wait seems to be the mantra... Since June, our Future's Committee has plodded along this summer; let's chalk it up to the current heat wave for slowing things down. 

 

August is a new month, and with it, we should start to see some movement. Our Preliminary Permit Meeting with the City of Seattle is scheduled for August 31st.

 

From there, we can solidify our blueprint and list of tenant improvements as well as complete the formal lease agreement with 7400 Woodlawn. We'd like to give a big shout out to both Daniel Bugbee and Jerry Buss for their expertise and legal advice.

 

In the meantime, TCS is looking forward to starting its 53rd year of operation. This will be our last school year the UCUCC building - our classes are full, teachers are prepared, and students and parents (in particular) are anxiously awaiting our first day of class September 5th.

 

We'll keep you posted of our progress and ways to be involved.

 

Stay cool,

~Team TCS 

TCS' New Home

It is with great anticipation, excitement, and a gigantic sigh of relief we are writing to announce that The Children's School has found a new home! The Children’s School will be located at 7400 Woodlawn Ave NE in the east Green Lake neighborhood in the former Bethany Lutheran Church. (map)

Our search for TCS’ new home has been both enlightening and arduous. "Seattle on steroids" has made it especially challenging. We are extremely fortunate to have found a site that is so well-suited - it's charming, functional, centrally-located, community-focused, and affordable.

Now is when all the ­fun work begins! We hired architect Matt Wasse of Shurgart Wasse Wickwire (sww-ai.com) to develop plans and navigate the prickly city permitting process. He is hard at work drafting a preliminary design to transform the existing "Fellowship Hall" into a formal school setting.

In June, the TCS board will meet to establish our short- and long-term fundraising plans. We solicited the support of grant writer Rachel Bravmann, who already identified appropriate family foundations and funders matching our mission and capital requests.

We know our legacy and future success rests in the hands of you, our base. We are so grateful to the thousands of families - current and alumni - that have remained steadfast and loyal for more than 50 years. Stay tuned for details about how all of you can be involved in the transition into our new home and into the future!    

Our entire team is thrilled with the opportunity to continue the TCS tradition of teaching and supporting young children and their families in the formative years, all while planting new roots in the community and discovering a fresh perspective to better inform our vocation.     

For more information on our progress, please visit our website and blog for updates (tcs seattle.org).

Cheers,

Dr. Mary Lloyd, Executive Director

Future's Committee Update - April 2017

April 3, 2017

 

Dear TCS Families, Friends, and Supporters -

We are writing you to update you on The Children's School and our search for a new home. Our lease with UCUCC will come to an end June 2018 - and although that is a year out, our window of time and opportunity to secure a new viable location is quickly closing. 

It has come to our attention that during the last two years, 12 different preschools and childcare facilities in northeast Seattle have been adversely impacted - and in many instances, closed - due to increasing real estate costs. We have not only met with the University Partnership and Representative Rob Johnson, but also enthusiastically explored potential partnerships and shared space options. Meetings with the UW, private elementary schools, like-minded preschools, co-working spaces, and other non-profit organizations unfortunately yielded no partnership opportunities and only served to reiterate the challenging reality of the current real estate market.

Since July 2016, our Future's Committee has held regular meetings, pursued any-and-all leads, as well as pounded the real estate pavement to find a new home for TCS. We wanted to take a moment to share with you the most essential specifics of our search:  

 

July/August:

  • Magnuson Park ended up being too expensive (more than $1 million retrofit)
  • New construction, although it seems to be everywhere we look, is also pricey and the timeline is either too soon (move in tomorrow) or too far out (move in 2021).

 

September/October:

  • Contacted every church (via email and snail mail) in the 98105 and 98115 zip codes - this resulted in six options - many churches are looking for innovative ways to generate revenue and others have lost their congregations. 

 

November to Present:

  • Of those six churches, we have been in negotiations with TWO church spaces, both of them have lost their congregations and plan to manage their buildings as rental properties.

1.     Maple Leaf Evangelical Church (1059 NE 96th Street)

2.     Green Lake New Start (7400 Woodlawn Ave NE)

  • We submitted Letters of Intent and Lease Proposals to each of them. We also worked with an architect and contractors to draft plans for redeveloping the open-spaces into formal classrooms, an entrance, and storage. 
  • Because the city permitting process is time-consuming (6 months for a permit), and construction will take 2 to 4 months, along with physically moving our school and equipment, we set a deadline of May 15th for a lease agreement.    

 

At Present:

  • We recently heard from Maple Leaf Evangelical Church and regrettably, after some deliberation, their leadership has declined our proposal. We feel that we have reached the end of our negotiations with them. 
  • We are still progressing with Green Lake New Start and remain hopeful that our proposal will be accepted - the final deadline is May 30, 2017. We will be in touch in the coming weeks to let you know what transpires with GLNS. 

 

In closing, we know our TCS base is strong and deeply rooted in the community in which we live, so if ANY of you know of ANY other potential real estate possibilities, please contact me immediately, as our need is urgent, and time is of the essence.

Thank you, as always, for your steadfast loyalty, and support. 

Cheers,

 

Mary Lloyd, Ed.D.           and               Members

Executive Director                               TCS Future's Committee