Late summer nights at Lytle Beach | Jen Pells Realtor

Late summer nights at Lytle Beach.

10. The sun shines a lot and the days are long. Like light until 10pm long . . .

Point White Pier | Jen Pells Realtor

Pier jumping off of Point White Pier . . . at high tide.

9. Pier jumping out at Point White Pier . . . watching my kids do this, that is.

8. Having bonfires on the beach, or in the backyard, with friends.

Gasworks Park in Seattle | Jen Pells Realtor

Day trip to Gasworks Park in Seattle.

7. Being able to ferry over to Seattle for the entire day.

6. Enjoying toast and jam outside at Blackbird Bakery.

Mora Iced Creamery on Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells Realtor

Mora Iced Creamery on Bainbridge Island.

5. Mora Ice Cream in the evening.

Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction | Jen Pells Realtor

The sea of bikes at the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction. We dropped one off yesterday.

4. The Annual Rotary Rummage Sale & Auction. Drop off started yesterday, the sale is Saturday, June 30th, 2012.

3. Saturday mornings at Farmer’s Market. The best place to get salad greens (and pot stickers) on the island.

2. Cool runs in the shady Grand Forest. Or a sunny run along the water out at Fort Ward Park.

4th of July Parade on Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells Realtor

The Grade Ol’e 4th of July Parade on Bainbridge Island.

1. The 4th of July Parade Bonanza downtown.

On June 23, 2012, in Activities, Community, Personal, by
The Sea of Clothes at the Rotary Auction | Jen Pells Realtor

The Sea of Clothes at the Rotary Auction.

Today is the last full day to drop off and you have until 8:30 pm. Tomorrow drop-off was just addedand the hours tomorrow are from 7 am-5 pm.  I have taken four loads now and have never had to wait in line at drop off.  Everyone is so nice and helpful.  And they’ll tell you how great your stuff is (I think they must be trained to do that).

Rotary is on Facebook

And if you go on Facebook, you can see your stuff waiting for its new home.  Who is going to take our Burley-type trail a bike (the one on the left) and pink Barbie bike – with steamers and a handy basket – in like-new condition I might add (at right of pict)? Great idea auction organizers for putting pictures on Facebook.

Loads and Loads

So, yes, some kids stuff, clothes, a table and chairs amounted to four Volvo Wagon loads.  I think my next door neighbors have taken five loads in their Subaru Wagon.  Plus, when you drop off, you get to preview what is already there.   I have my eye on a few things already. See you Saturday morning at the Auction – can you believe they have done this for 50 years?  The madness, I mean fun, starts at 8am.

On June 23, 2010, in Community, Personal, by
Sakai Intermediate School (5th-6th grade), 2009 Washington Achievement Award Winner

Sakai Intermediate School (5th-6th grade), 2009 Washington Achievement Award Winner

The Bainbridge High School Class of 2010 graduated on June 12th, one of the few sunny days so far this June.  The bright day was fitting for the high achieving class that is now entering the “real world.”  If you read my blog regularly, you’ve heard me say more than once that one of the reasons we moved here was because of the high quality schools. This year’s graduating class illustrates that very well:

Class size: 315

Number of National Honor Society Members: 104

Average GPA: 3.268

Principal’s Scholars: 10

Washington Scholar: 1

National Merit Semi-Finalists: 1

National Merit Commended Students: 18

Washington State Honor Awards: 145

Valedictorians: 10 (tied for highest GPA)

The Bainbridge Island School District also got a nod from one of my favorite school research sites, Greatschools. They profiled Bainbridge Island in their article Best Cities to Live and Learn 2010. The fact that one-third of the district’s teachers have Master’s Degrees is cited as one major contributing factor.  Test scores and small class sizes also play a major role in how Bainbridge stacks up. I taught in large inner-city and suburban schools for ten years before becoming a Realtor.  What I saw and experienced was that many of the problems in those schools were born from too large of schools.  Too many kids, too many cracks to fall into.  I love the small schools here on Bainbridge and the district strives to keep them even smaller by breaking the schools up by K-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Small schools, smaller classes.  I like that the school staff knows my kids’ names.

More Bang for Your Buck

Another big factor for our family personally choosing Bainbridge was the ‘more bang for your buck’ aspect that Greatschools also points out in their article.  We knew we could find a good school system in a San Francisco suburb, but that came at a price, a very high cost of living.  On the flip, we knew we could live in or around Sacramento and have a lower cost of living, but that meant so-so schools, which meant private schools, which meant a higher cost of living for our family. Greatschools ranked Bainbridge Island as the 6th best school system for cities with median home prices between $400K- $600K (Bainbridge Island’s median home price is currently $526K). Another reason the school system rises to the top is due to community support for passing bond and levies.  The community, even those without school aged children, see the perpetual value of quality education.

For us, the numbers added up – and padding those numbers where factors you can not really quantify on a chart like, the small friendly neighborhoods, no bumper to bumper traffic, and countless community-centered events like this weekend’s annual Rotary Auction.

Bainbridge may be a small town, but it is surely not small-minded.  Here’s to the class of 2010 . . . and here’s to the class of 2020, I am hopeful they too can achieve the same high merits.

Explore Bainbridge Island Schools further on Greatschools.

On June 22, 2010, in Community, Schools, by

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