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Bainbridge Island Destination Imagination Team Going to Globals

Destination Imagination is not a new ride at the Epcot Center. Instead, it is a global program that challenges kids to use STEAM—science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics—to solve challenges, some with public service benefits. Bainbridge Island Destination Imagination team SEQAT won the Olympic Regional Tournament and then on March 28 took First Place at…

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Tween Experts Coming This Saturday to Unlock Secrets of 3 Key Topics

This Saturday, April 11, you can get the skinny from three tween topic experts who know all about the trifecta of local parent interests: (1) physical, emotional, and social tween development; (2) Internet and cell phone safety; and (3) risk taking. The topics were selected based on input from Island parents. Development: You will learn about the developmental…

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In Memory of Two Bainbridge Girls, Two Doctors Ask for Your Help to Fight Cancer

Not that long ago, Hannah Hunt and Katie Gerstenberger were two lovely, lively girls growing up on Bainbridge. Hunt loved animals, especially the family’s dogs and cats. She was a dancer and a soccer and tennis player. Gerstenberger, who lived in Poulsbo but spent much of her time on the Island taking classes and visiting her…

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Sarah Mather in Carousel

BHS Junior’s Star Rises Again and Life’s a Carousel

Sarah Mather, a junior at Bainbridge High School, is an actor, a dancer, a singer—and a rising star. Again. She was recently selected by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre for the second year in a row to be part of the Rising Star Project, which stages a teen production of the same show being put on by…

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National Ambassador for Kid’s Lit. Kate DiCamillo Visiting BI This Week

It’s not everyday that Bainbridge Island hosts an ambassador. But this Thursday, February 26, Kate DiCamillo, who is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be paying a visit to Bainbridge to give an evening presentation to the public. Earlier in the day, DiCamillo will meet with more than 250 fourth graders from the public schools….

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exempt by Jerry "Woody"

Are Bainbridge Island Kids Under- vaccinated?

With an escalating Pertussis outbreak on Bainbridge Island and at least five confirmed cases of measles now in Washington state, vaccinating is on our collective minds. Here are some things to consider for your kids and yourself. “Herd” immunity is conferred when a portion of a community is immunized against an infectious disease. As long as a certain percentage…

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Three Teens Killed Early This Morning in Seabeck Car Crash

At 3:16 this morning, January 11, four teenagers in a Toyota Corolla 4-door were leaving a party when their vehicle rolled over in the 6600 block of Seabeck-Holly Road NW. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene at 3:27 to find the vehicle on its top in the drainage ditch on the east side…

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Parenting Right in the Middle Series Kickoff Draws Large Crowd of Parents of Tweens

More than 140 parents of tweens (grades 5 through 8) braved the cold last Wednesday evening, December 3, to learn more about Warmhearted-Coolheaded Parenting at the Bainbridge High School Commons. The event, which was the first in a series called Parenting Right in the Middle of several evenings planned to support parents of kids in…

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BYS Compassionate Action Awards

Bainbridge Island Youth Shine Sunday in Spotlight of Compassionate Action Awards

It should be no surprise that on an Island with such high volunteerism, our young people so eagerly take up the call of compassionate action. The service of 100 such local teens and tweens was honored Sunday night, November 23, at the 13th Annual Bainbridge Youth Services’ Compassionate Action Awards Ceremony at Rolling Bay Presbyterian….

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Islander Kate Matthews Earns Highest Girl Scout Honor

Bainbridge High School senior Kate Matthews is a member of a small, elite group: the 5 percent or so of Girl Scouts who achieve scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award. The award itself is not much to look at—as Matthews said, “It’s actually really small, a really small, gold pin.” But what it represents—dozens of…

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middle school by steven depolo

Parenting Right in the Middle: New Program to Help Bainbridge Parents of Tweens

The Bainbridge Island School District, Hyla Middle School, and Raising Resilience have partnered to help parents with that often troublesome and yet overlooked middle age: the Tween years (grades 5 through 8). Tweens are dealing with it all—identity formation, sexuality development, risk-taking behaviors, intergenerational communication challenges, and increased technology use—and yet often lack the skills…

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Two New Community Resources: One for Tweens/Teens, One About Mental Illness

Bainbridge Islanders can avail themselves of two new resources. One is the Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens and Tweens. The other is How to Get Help in Kitsap County. The Resource Guide is the outcome of a partnership among the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, the Bainbridge branch of Kitsap Regional Library, and the Bainbridge…

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Ferry Baby Zoë’s Family Meets Captain & Crew Who Assisted with Birth

A local celebrity was aboard the 9:35 a.m. ferry on Saturday. But unlike most celebrity appearances, this little star slept through the whole thing. Baby Zoë and her parents Christina and Chris Hammond and three-year-old sister Ava gathered to meet Captain Russell Fee and crew members who helped her sail into this world as her mother’s labor progressed…

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Bainbridge Youth Services by Nick Felkey

Bainbridge Youth Services Turns 50, Tells Powerful Stories About At-Risk Youth

More than 150 people attended the Bainbridge Youth Services “Voices Heard” breakfast October 29 celebrating the organization’s 50 years spent providing services to the Island’s youth. The event, held at the Wing Point Golf and Country Club, raised over $31,000 for BYS. The event stressed the empowerment for teens of personal narrative. Keynote speaker Ingrid Ricks…

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A Talk with Ferry Baby Zoë’s Dad

The latest Washington State Ferries (WSF) baby was born last Wednesday morning, October 22, on the Bainbridge Island boat to Seattle. I had a chance to talk with baby Zoë’s father, Chris Hammond, to get more details about the events of the day. Chris said that his wife Christina told him at about 3:30 that morning…

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Orange flags by Darwin Bell

Grown-ups Bully Too—Community Leaders Weigh in with Their Insights for Adults

Today, October 22, is Unity Day, the national campaign to raise awareness about bullying. Kids at Bainbridge schools dressed in orange to show their opposition to bullying and their desire to stand united with classmates against aggressive, mean-spirited attacks by classmates, both in person and online. But bullying doesn’t just happen among children. Dr. Justin…

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Sensory Processing Part 3: Disorder Kids or a Disordered World?

October is National Sensory Awareness Month. As part of this national education effort, Inside Bainbridge is publishing a series on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), citing the latest research, information from experts in the field, and personal stories from parents, caregivers, and kids affected by the condition. (Family names have been changed for privacy.) Read the other articles…

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fort making at Battle Point Park

Letter to the Editor: Why Kids Need Recess

I’ve been listening in on the national conversation about the amount of time that children spend at recess or in unstructured play and have come to believe that there is a big piece of the conversation that is missing. Some schools have decided to cut back on recess as a way to spend more time…

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graveyard by liz west

A Bloody Bainbridge Bullet List of Hellacious Halloween Happenings

Get ready for frightful fun on Bainbridge starting this weekend. The horrific Halloween hootenannies kick off Friday evening with the Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens and Spooky Woods Walk at Battle Point Park. Pumpkin Walk 21th Annual  | Bainbridge Gardens | Friday & Saturday October 17-18 | 6-8 p.m. | Free, with donations welcome. Bainbridge Gardens hosts this Island…

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The Pumpkin Walk: My Favorite Fall Night on Bainbridge

One of the pleasures of being a parent on Bainbridge is having an “excuse” to go to the annual Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens, which this year is this Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s a simple formula. Islanders carve pumpkins and donate them for the event. And people come…

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