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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS COMMUN [TY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 Newcastle elementary: home of the Lions Girl Scout shar- this surely be the =Cookie down to her last Mints or made on the out- and picked was him he told l Would make a to- Scout bought around all the I know it's know how Weeks,- he said. were Girl great ex- [just want cookies to the only and she would buy empty- the cookies to buy (store em- me great gave said. rest of need more to sold him the She had not the number needed to sell summer told him this as he said, BY SARA BADER hanks to the not-so-sub- tle background music of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," the cat was lit- erally out of the bag be- fore principal Christy. 0tley could finish her presentation and an- nounce Newcastle Elementary's mascot last week. With an emphatic "Hakuna Matata!" the school board ap- proved the lion and the colors een and gold to represent the trict's newest elementary, which is set to open this fall. "ffhe selection team] felt that the Newcastle Dons would be the most age-appropriate, gender-ap- propriate, fun, and it had allitera- tion with Newcastle and lent itself to many creative ideas we could implement in the upcoming year," 0tley said. Over the past month, future Newcastle Elementary students and families were invited to sub- mit suggestions for mascots. There were 27 responses, some of them duplicates. A committee of parents whittled the suggestions down to five -- Knights, Wildcats, Cubs, Stars and Dons. Those options went to the school's Core Team -- made up of staff and parents -- to make the fi- nal selection. The main guidelines for the mascot included ensuring it was appropriate for 5- to 11-year-olds and could be represented with a suitable graphic. Future Newcastle students were also asked to submit color Newcastle Elementar$ new logo was unveiled last week. schemes, and 35 did so. The com- mittees chose green and gold after making sure it would not duplicate other schools within the district or in neighboring districts, according to Otley. The new school, located on 136th Avenue, is entering its ninth C( ?,;TRI I ! ;TD month of construction and will open this fall. Steve Crawford, director of capi- tal projects for the Issaquah School District, said the buildings should be substantially complete by the third week of July so that school employees can move furniture and equipment into the building before the first day of school Sept. 8. Crawford said the district plans to open the school for the commu- nit), to see before the first day of school, but that date has not yet been decided. ]he latest report The contractor is working dili- gently to keep the project on schedule for opening in the fall of 2004. , Site work has been slightly de- layed because of the rainy season, snow and freezing temperatures; critical work is proceeding to help maintain a workable site and clean streets. Underground work to the build- ings has been completed. Basic framing olthe classrooms and offices is nearing completion. Block walls of the gym are com- plete and the covered play area walls are nearly complete. Masonry veneer is nearly fin- ished in the classroom wings. What prospective parents and students need to know Issaquah School District's School Age Care Program will open its doors at Newcastle Elementary when the school opens in fall 2004. Newcastle students currently at- tending Apollo may register at Apollo May 4, 6:30 a.m - 9:30 am. Students in the Newcastle atten- dance area but not yet enrolled in the district may call Colleen Car- roll at 837-5080. To learn more about the School Age Care Program, visit www.is- saquah.wednet, edu/district/de- partments/sac.sac.asp . Bell Times Start and dismissal times for next year are unknown at this point. Each spring, the district's transportation staff analyzes exist- ing enrollment and bus ridership and compares that to projected student enrollment for the follow- ing school year. Based upon that information, they set school sched- ules tied to efficient routing of school buses. This year they will do their analysis factoring in a new elementary school. Before the end of this school year, staff will know when the morning and af- ternoon bells will ring at Newcas- tle Elementary. "Grandfathed. next yaa$ Apollo fifth-grade students When Newcastle Elementary opens, it will include all of the tra- ditional classes and services avail- able at other Issaquah elementary schools. Consistent with practice in other school communities, fifth-grade stu- dents and their siblings who live within Newcastle Elementary School boundaries will be allowed to attend Apollo during the 2004-05 school year. The district will provide transportation for one year. There- after, Newcastle Elementary fami- lies who wish to continue attending Apollo may apply to do so through the open-enrollment process each February. Enrollment decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Anyone interested in joining the Newcastle Elementary PTSA should contact Andra Swegle at aswegle@comcast.net. , H, i 00,Vtlat's in a park name? History BY STACY GOOD.M[A" History seems to be a huge consideration in the naming of three parks at Issaquah Highlands. Having received two suggested names for each of the parks from the mayor's office, the council's Services Committee will recom- mend that 50-acre Central Park retain its initial name, primarily because Central Coal Mining Co. owned that land at one time. The administration had suggested either Central Park or Miners Park for what will be the city's largest park. A five-member Naming Committee ap- pointed by the mayor had sought input from the public, and submitted the proposed names to the administration. Councilman David Kappler, a member of the Services Committee, then recommended that different "pads" within Central Park (baseball and soccer fields) be named after local mining families. Councilman Russell Joe, also a member of Services, called Kappler's Central Park ideas "well thought out and historically based." Two other city-owned parks within the Highlands are finally getting formal names. The Services Committee will recommend that North Park be called Grand View Park. The second proposal was Mount Baker View Park, though Kappler said the name was too long and that the area was more than just a view. The committee unanimously agreed. North Park, while not designed yet, is about six acres. The city envisions it possi- bly as an unstructured park with a grass area for pick-up soccer games, flag football and the like, The idea of placing giant boul- ders at one end of the park has been tossed around. Adjacent to that city-owned part of the ark is a private mini-park where developer oft Blakely Communities is planning to put in a gazebo and spring-action toys, accord- ing to a city official. And it will be recommended that NP-2 be known as Black Nugget Park, rather than Miners Park. NP-2, which stands for Neigh- borhood Park, and is less than three acres. Two tennis courts and a basketball court are nearly ready for use. Construction on the grassy area is scheduled to begin early next month. The full council will make the final nam- ing decisions at its April 5 meeting. BY GREG FAIRAI A ROSY SMILE her husband Frank in the background, is all smiles ceremony at the Issaquah Senior Center March 26. Tucked-away Trinity Evangelical is small, and likes it that way FAITH IH FOCUS BY BOB TAYLOR ucked away at High Point near Preston is the small, old Trinity Evangelical Church. While the church is located off the beaten path of Interstate 90, people al- ways seem to find their way there. In fact the church has experiencedgrowing pains in the past five years with attendance more than doubling. In order to accommodate its 220 members, the 100-year-old nonde- nominational church is currently undergo- ing a $400,000 major renovation. The church s new look will incorporate modem aspects along with a touch of local history. "Our congregation respects the history of this church but our focus is also on today, said pastor Ronald "Scotty "S pence . . Spence hopes the project, funded by gh%... from church members and bank loans, will' be completed in late May. Much of the old structure remains. The old church consisted of two buildings, an office for the old High Point shingle mill and a schoolhouse that were merged to- gether several years ago. New features include two round win- dows. The first window is just above the entrance into the building, and the second is parallel and above the entrance into the worship area. There is a cross in the mid- dle of both windows. On i sunny day, light will shine through both windows and a cross will appear on an inner wall. Inner wails will have colors of light yellows and blues, the national colors of Sweden. see , page B3 ......... ii BY BOll TA1,OII Cad Shomlter, Don Schumacher and Pastor Ronald 'Scotty'  (from left) stana in front of Trinity Evangelical Church, which is undergoing a renovation.