$50K from foundation

Bainbridge Schools Foundation has awarded grants to each district principal to address COVID-19 impacts on their schools.

Totaling $50,000, these funds can be used in a number of ways, from enhancing safety protocols to addressing program needs that have been created by both remote learning and hybrid reopening.

Bainbridge Schools Foundation, an independent nonprofit, exists to bridge the education funding gap. It funds many BISD programs from new teacher support to academic intervention to STEM.

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Teacher honored

Nicole Jastrzebski, a fifth-grade teacher at Sakai Intermediate School, has been named Teacher of the Week by The Week Junior, the only newsmagazine reporting current events directly to kids ages 8-14.

Anna, 11, said in her nomination: “Ms. Jastrzebski is truly an amazing teacher. When we have to do Zooms, she tries to make them nice. For example, she starts all our Zooms with music that the class picked. I’ve really enjoyed learning with her, and she always teaches about interesting subjects. She has brought our class together, even over Zoom, and that is not easy. My fifth-grade year would be a lot less nice without her.”

Jastrzeebski teachers language arts, social studies, math and science.

Climate change

Bainbridge Island, state and regional scientists will be part of a free virtual ongoing community conversation on stewarding forests through the crisis of climate change.

Held every Sunday through March, each session features presentations and breakout sessions on topics related to Forest Management, Habitat and Wildlife, Managing Fire Risk, and Citizen Science.

The keynote speaker is Hilary Franz, state Commissioner of Public Lands.

“Our Forests: Bainbridge Island and the Climate Crisis” is the focus of the 17th Association of Bainbridge Communities Environmental Conference.

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Local artist

Pacific Northwest artist, Marilynn Gottlieb of Bainbridge Island, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery. The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest.

Two hundred and ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State submitted 550 images for consideration. The competition’s juror, Michael D’Alessandro chose about 130 pieces from these submissions for inclusion in the show. The 2021 CVG Show be will begin at 11:00 am on Jan 23, 2021, and will continue through February 26.

The entire show, as well as several related art events, will be available virtually and in-person at the gallery if COVID19 protocols allow. Collective Visions Gallery is located in downtown Bremerton at 331 Pacific Avenue, just 4 blocks from the ferry terminal. Phone: 360 377 8327

For a complete list of accepted artists, the entire show, and exhibition events, visit

Utility poles

Puget Sound Energy will be replacing utility poles along Northeast Wardwell Road starting Feb. 15.

There will be intermittent restricted access along Wardwell from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. for about 20 days. There will be no weekend work.

Wyatt Way

The recent dry weather allowed Bainbridge Island’s contractor to continue progress on the Wyatt Way reconstruction project in preparation for asphalt removal and the new sidewalk layout that began this week.

The next stage of the project detour route began Jan. 25. The detour, which will last until mid-March, includes:

  • Traffic along Wyatt Way NW will be open in both directions, but eastbound traffic will face a detour at Grow Avenue.
  • Grow Avenue will be open in both directions with traffic calming measures.
  • Turns from Madison Avenue to Wyatt Way NE will be limited to local access only.

Drivers using Madison Avenue near Wyatt Way can expect flaggers with moderate delays during daytime work hours.