Island Educational Services
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April 2014 
Summer 2014
Summer Fun! Social Skill Group
Embracing Autism
Bainbridge Schools Foundation Breakfast
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This newsletter was started almost two months ago; articles were written and just a few final edits were left.  Then our main tutoring office flooded during the heavy rains and the newsletter was put on the back burner. I apologize for the delay, but we are now moved into our new offices and running at full speed.

Island Educational Services would like to invite you to an Open House on Friday, May 16, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  We will celebrate our 20th anniversary as well as the opening of our new offices.  Please join us for food, drink, and raffles.  We will send out a more detailed invitation the first of May.

Although it is hard to believe, the tutors and I are already discussing summer opportunities for our clients and other interested community members. After reading about the options we offer, please email me or call with questions, comments, etc. And please share with friends and colleagues.  Thank you for the referrals!

Happy Spring!

Lydia Harrison

Summer 2014
Did you know that Island Educational Services offers an array of services and support throughout the year? We offer a variety of these services for students during the summer as well. Our programs and services include the following:
  • Keyboarding Class: Small classes (4 students) support students fluency with typing.    
  • Writing Workshops: Students work on organizational and/or creative writing skills. We can pair students with similar needs into writing groups.  
  • SAT Prep: One-on-one support that tailors the support to the student's needs.
  • College Application Preparation: Many of our rising seniors work on their college essays, scholarship applications, and college applications over the summer. In a recent Seattle Times article, almost all of the college students interviewed stated they wished they had started the process earlier than fall of their senior year.  
  • Math Previews for Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus: We review the skills needed to transition into new math classes and review previously learned skills to support retention.
  • Reading Support:  We can support the emerging skills of children just learning to read or help support older readers with targeted reading strategies.
  • Online Class Support: Many of our students take online classes over the summer and we can provide content support. We are familiar with the major online programs.   
We also are happy to create summer enrichment programs tailored to the individual needs of students. Last summer we supported students in math, science, language arts, and social studies.  Just ask!
Summer Fun!

Island Educational Services will host once again this summer a social skill group for students in grades 5 to 8.  High school and college age students mentors support students in various activities around the Kitsap Peninsula. In the past we have had eaten dinner at local restaurants, watched movies at the Pavilion, bowled in Silverdale, played miniature golf, spent the day at Woodland Park Zoo, built log structures at Fay Bainbridge, painted pottery, and learned how to play Ultimate Frisbee. At our first get-together, the students choose the activities for the summer.

The group is facilitated by Lydia Harrison who has a master's degree in counseling, participated in numerous social learning trainings, including Michelle Garcia-Winner workshops, and has facilitated small group work for twenty years.  She welcomes questions! Please email Lydia or call her at (206) 842-8240.
Embracing Autism
When?   Sunday, April 13
Where?  Strawberry Hill Park
Time?     1pm to 4pm

John Baker, a senior at Bainbridge High School and one of the mentors for our summer social skill group, is hosting a fun afternoon for children on the Autism Spectrum.  John has put together fun activities for children, including Legos, arts and craft activities, sock puppets, and bubble fun for his senior project.

Parents are encouraged to attend as well; this is a drop-in event so families may participate at any time during the event. There will be adult and student volunteers participating, too. John will need to take photos and/or videos for his project, so he will have a photo release for parents to sign if he takes a child's photo.

Need more information? Please email John!
Bainbridge Schools Foundation Spring Fundraising Breakfast

When?  Thursday, April 17
Where? Bainbridge Performing Arts
Time?    8:00am - 9:30am

Robotics Dynamic guest speaker, Paulo Younse, a young Robotics Engineer from Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA will share his enthusiasm and experiences designing robots for exploration on Mars. Come meet Paulo and see our K-12 BSF Robotics program in action. A light breakfast will be served. This event is free.

For additional information, visit the Bainbridge Schools Foundation website.