Our Newest Venture…

October 18, 2017

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In October 2015, Side-by-Side Associate Director Marla Malone met with a mother of two-year-old triplets (yes, two-year-old triplets!) who had been referred to Side-by-Side for Family Support. This mom was going through the unimaginable, single-handedly caring for two busy toddlers while her third child was hospitalized for organ failure. Needless to say, she was exhausted. Marla returned to the office and collapsed into her chair, overwhelmed for this family and others like them. She sighed, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a preschool for the families we serve?”   

Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) offers world-class medical care, Seattle’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH) expertly supports practical needs like housing and food, and the Hutch School provides a specialized K-12 school program designed to meet the needs of families who are visiting Seattle for medical treatment. Dozens of other organizations provide gifts, special experiences, and additional resources, including the various programs of Side-by-Side. However, this family helped us identify one significant area of need which is currently neglected: a preschool tailored for families who have relocated to Seattle for long-term pediatric medical care.

Emboldened by the generous enthusiasm of our supporters, we started to imagine sharing hope with families by starting a Side-by-Side preschool program. We gathered a group of trusted partners and advisors to explore this idea, including staff from RMH, social workers from SCH, educators from the Hutch School, and key SBS volunteers. We’ve researched, surveyed families, scouted locations, and gathered a team to pray and discern with us. We are eager to see what God has in store!

In September 2017, we welcomed the phenomenally talented Kelly Hampton to our staff as the Associate Director for Preschool Services. She brings thoughtful perspective and institutional knowledge as a long-time volunteer at Camp SBS, years of experience as an all-star preschool educator and director, and a joy-filled enthusiasm like you’ve never seen. She is the perfect person to help shape this exciting new endeavor!

In November 2017, we will launch a preschool playgroup on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the playroom of the Ronald McDonald House. We are eager to learn more about the unique emotional, medical, and developmental needs of the kids and families we will serve. As time goes on, we plan to expand this playgroup into a more robust preschool program, providing developmentally-appropriate support for preschool kids whose families are dealing with serious illness.

We can’t do this without you.  Here are some ways you can get involved today:

  • Check out our Amazon Wish List and help us gather all the supplies we need for crafts, games, and educational activities.
  • If you have preschool education experience, or if you’d like to help coordinate snacks, plan crafts and activities, or provide administrative support, please contact me at kellyh@upc.org.
  • If you’d like to stay up-to-date as this project grows and develops, visit sidebyside.org/preschool to join our Preschool Program mailing list.

Thanks for your partnership!

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Huzzah!

August 11, 2017

THURSDAY, DAY 5

Throughout the kingdom of Arnoldia this week, you could hear and feel the buzz of “Huzzah!”  There are so many causes of delight this week:

  • 22 fabulous families
  • 147 committed volunteers
  • surprises
  • lavish treats
  • moments of rest and creativity
  • friendship
  • stories and adventures

We’re grateful for all the ways we’ve experienced God’s great “Huzzah!” in our lives at Camp Side by Side 2017.  Thank you for participating with us.

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August 11, 2017

THURSDAY, DAY 5

To celebrate the Queen’s decision to allow dragons to live peacefully in her kingdom, she threw an extravagant feast.  The citizens were also knighted for their commitment to kindness, friendship and bravery.  Merriment filled the air.  Long live the Queen!

 

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Firemen to the Rescue

August 11, 2017

THURSDAY, DAY 5

With temperatures settling in the high 80s this week,  the queen’s fire department arrived to cool things down. Her citizens appreciated the gracious relief.

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Arnoldia Tales, The Squires

August 9, 2017
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WEDNESDAY, DAY 4

The medieval carnival :: Looking for adventure, lads from across the kingdom gathered at the carnival.  They found refreshment, dragons and spiders that gladdened their hearts.

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Arnoldia Tales, The Maidens

August 9, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DAY 4

The medieval carnival :: with the beginning of the day, people came from all over the kingdom to celebrate the Queen’s goodness.  Many of the maidens put flowers in their hair and traipsed through the carnival with sweets in hand.  Oo-De-Lally, oo-de-lally, golly what a day!

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Good Advice

August 9, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DAY 4

” Want to know how to get a horse to go?  Push that button on your saddle.  The horse will go forward when you push that button.  Push it again?  The horse will stop.  Ready?”

Laughter erupted as the young camper discovered that the horse would stop and go as he pushed the saddle’s button. [And the horse followed the gentle tug of the cowboy’s rope.]

When you follow good advice, sometimes magic happens.  Especially at Side by Side.

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Sunny SXS Summer Day

August 8, 2017

TUESDAY, DAY 3

How to spend a sunny SXS summer day?

The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few:

  1.  whistle a tune
  2. hammock with a friend
  3. bead a bracelet

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A Regal Morning

August 8, 2017

TUESDAY, DAY 3

How do you catch a dragon?  Train some knights, that’s how.  Young apprentices sharpened their skills with the help of Sir Tinly Goodnight and the Point Defiance Zoo.  The Knights of Arnoldia are ready to defend the kingdom.

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“Pretty Much Everything”

August 7, 2017

MONDAY, DAY 2

“What was the best part of your day?”

“Pretty much everything!”

We all agreed with this 5-year old camper as he answered the Jester’s question at tonight’s Talent Show.  Can’t argue with that logic. How could one really choose the best?  Giant slip and slide.  Fresh squeezed lemonade at the Tully’s Cart.  Haircuts for the moms at the Spa. Dragon waterslide at the pool.  Big talent at Jest Fest.

Yep, pretty much everything.  The best.

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