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THE IS SAQUAH PRES S PAGE B4 WEDNESDAY) AUGUST 26) 2009 GOLD STARS Uberty High School Precision Rifle Team Liberty High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Precision Rifle Team has- n't let summer slow them down. In fact, the team was in- vited to Camp Perry, Ohio, to compete in two national com- petitions. The team placed sixth in the National Rifle Association's Ju- nior Air Rifle Championships July 1-3 and ninth in the Junior Olympics championships July 4-7. But the team has more to celebrate than scoring a few good rounds, said coach Art Weatherford. Emma Lorenz, a 2009 graduate, will report to the Army Marksmanship Unit after she completes basic train- ing. The unit travels through- out the U.S. and the world competing in rifle events. Senior Nathan Orr is also shooting well, Weatherford said. Throughout the summer, coaches at military academies and universities approached Orr about potential scholarships. Alexander Smith Alexander Smith, a 17-year- old Liberty High School senior, earned his Eagle Scout rank in April. His serv- ice project made im- provements to Timber- lake Park in Issaquah, including improv- ing the entrance, adding handi- cap access, building a retaining block wall and erosion control, and reforestation on the bank above the new wall. Smith joined Boy Scouts Troop 637 when he was 12 and then became a member of Troop 600 at 15. Today, Smith is an assistant junior Scoutmaster and has held the positions of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster and chaplain's aide in the past. Smith is also an Order of the Arrow member and attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2006. At school Smith is active in the DECA program. ~ Gold Stars highlights accomplishments -- big or small -- by lssaquah stu- dents. Send a few sentences and the student's name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if po'ssi- ble, to clusebrink@isspress.com. Community and church volun- teers paint an Apollo Elementary School portable classroom Aug. 22 during Help A Teacher Day 2009. The Aug. 22 event was one of two spon- sored by Pine Lake Coven ant Church. CONTRIBUTED By Chantelle Lusebrmk Issaquah Press reporter ringing an apple for teach- ers may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready? Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together. Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help. This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 Aug. 29. Vol- unteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classroom. Volunteer teams will work at Apollo, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley and Sunset elementary schools, and in special-education classrooms at Tiger Mountain Community and Skyline high schools. "The idea came in response to all the budget-cut news wires fill GET INVOLVED Volunteers are still needed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 29. Register at www.plcc.org. Click on =Help A Teacher Day 2009." Volunteers will be assigned to a school coordinator and given their assignment. Volunteers need to arrive at their school at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 29 for a team meeting before beginning work. they were sending outto keep the community informed, Beth Yea- oer, community mission pastor r the church, said about district and state communications. "Knowing teachers face chal- lenges in the year coming up, with increased class sizes and re- ductions in resources, this is a way to come alongside teachers. "We want to support them and to let them know the community is grateful for their teaching, and Sudoku Solution 1 5 4 6 918121713 3 6 9 7 21sl81114 7 2 8 3 114151619 8 3 1 4 619171512 9 7 s 8 312111416 6 4 2 5 7ll 131918 5 8 7 9 4131612ll 4 1 3 = 516191817 = 9 6 1 81714131s 0 2007. Feature 1~ change g roofing to a higher level! let them know we are behind and support them." School officials will direct grounds maintenance crews and teachers will lead classroom setup teams, directing volunteers to complete specific tasks, like un- packing boxes, setting up bulletin boards and preparing supplies. We are so pleasedto have the community helping our teachers as they prepare for the new school year," Sara Niegowski, dis- trict communications director, wrote in an e-mail. "Come Sept. 2, those classrooms will be hop- ping with students and the teach- ers will be off and running until next June, so it's wonderful to have the extra helping hands and the moral support. "I'm sure it will enable our teachers to be even more ener- gized and focused when children return." Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. 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"Being able to separate from their parents in a safe environ- ment eases the transition to ele- mentary school," said Emily Royce, mother of two. "It's impor- tant to have interaction with kids who aren't family, to be stimulated by new challenges and experience new situations. "Kids respond differently in a class. They can't manipulate like they try to do at home." Most important is learning to socialize in groups, make friends, share, listen and follow direc- tions," said Issaquah morn Brook Gouge, whose children attend Our Savior Lutheran Preschool. "They have to follow classroom rules, and they learn to become good students." For children who suffer from developmental delays, Gouge said preschool offers an added benefit. "Trained teachers can identify potential problems and direct par- ents to appropriate facilities for proper help," she said. "Studies indicate that early intervention can have a profound impact on future success." Connie Van Houten, director of Our Savior Lutheran Preschool, said, "Kindergarten teachers want to work with kids who un- derstand discipline, respect oth- ers, follow rules and get along in a group. Without pre-school, children start kindergarten with a disadvantage. That's why, at Our Savior, we focus on socializa- tion, learning through play and discipline. "Kids can choose not to obey," she explained, "but there are con- sequences. For example, if they won't wash their hands before eating, they get no snack." Other important lessons include responsibility and courtesy. "We don't accept rudeness," Van Houten said. "We ask them to re- state their needs politely." At Kindercare Pre-school, Di- rector Tiffany Bliss said, "We concentrate on academic devel- opment, preparing them to suc- ceed in kindergarten, where they are expected to know let- ters, numbers, shapes and col- ors. "Learning and language devel- opment come through play, so- cialization and science activities, like watching a volcano explode." "Our approach," said Mary O'Brien, director of Issaquah Montessori School, "stresses re- spect for the child's individual abilities and interests. Our teach- ers interact with children. We speak with, not at, them." At Our Savior, children of all faiths are welcome and comfort- able; the focus is more on values than on doctrine, and on learning independence. "Preschoolers are so much more capable than we think," Van Houten said. They can load the dishwasher, fold laundry, dress themselves and clean up their classroom. "It builds self-esteem," she said. "They're proud of their accom- plishments and feel like they own the room." So, ff you are seeking preschool for a child under 5, how do you choose one that's right for you? "Be sure to check out several places," Bliss said. "You'll know. Walk into a facility, and your in- stinct will tell you." Proximity is a consideration, but more important, said Royce, is to "feel completely comfortable with the environment. It has to be fresh and clean, spacious, bright and child-friendly, with lots of learning toys." She also watches her children's reactions. "If it isn't working out, leave and find a more suitable place," she advised. "Your child will be in school for many years, so you want the first experience to be positive." But for expert advice on how to choose a preschool, ask a 4-year- old. "The snacks," one said. "Good snacks." THOMAS R. QUICKSTAD, DDS FAMILY DENTISTRY ON THE PLATEAU SINCE 1989 ....... ~,~:, ~ SERVICES AVAILABLE: Preventive Cleanings Digital X-ray (75% less radiation) Cosmetic Veneers Sea l a nts Crowns Dentu res Teeth Bleaching Bridges Extractions Fillings Implants 425-391-1331 3707 Providence Point. Dr. SE NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Issaquah, WA 98029