Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool to Host “Fiesta in December”


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On Saturday, December 5, the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool will host its annual fundraising dinner at the Griffin School. This year the SICP has joined with Steamboat Grill & Greens to create a taco bar. Olympic Mountain Ice Cream will supply the dessert. There will also be a fun photo booth, arts and crafts for the kids, and a silent auction with many items donated from local businesses.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (360) 866-1819 or at the door the day of the event.

Fiesta in December to benefit the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool
6:00 PM
Saturday, December 5
Griffin School

Since 1972, the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool has provided an exceptional early learning experience for the children of our peninsula. Click here for more information about the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool.

Steamboat Grill & Greens to Host Fundraiser for Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool

201509_SICP_fundraiserSteamboat Grill & Greens (formerly Steamboat Annie’s) is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool. For food purchases on Tuesday, September 29, Steamboat Grill & Greens will make a donation to the SICP.

On Tuesday, just mention that you’re there to benefit the preschool.

Fundraiser for Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool
Tuesday, September 29, 11 AM to 8 PM
Steamboat Grill & Greens
3634 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

There will be a limited menu of burgers, veggie burgers, fries, shakes, and eggrolls. But if you’ve visited Steamboat Grill & Greens, you probably know even a limited menu is one of the best drive-in menus you’ll find.

Are you familiar with the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool? Operating since 1972, SICP has offered an outstanding experience for children just starting their school years. It’s a school where past students are now enrolling their own kids! Three different classes provide programs for children ages 2 to 3 years (the Chipmunk class), 3 to 4 years (Otter class), and 4 to 5 years (Orca class).

“Our goal is to provide a balanced preschool program for the whole child, by providing opportunities and activities that will nurture children’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development.”

Led by a professional teacher, with parent involvement overseen through a program by the South Puget Sound Community College, SICP gives parents the opportunity to take part in their child’s early education.

The Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is one of the local institutions that make living here on the Steamboat Peninsula so good. We welcome the chance to support the SICP in this way and thank Steamboat Grill & Greens for their donation.

The Way It Was: Griffin Area Pre-School 3 (Now More Than 4) Decades Ago

SICP_Open_HouseThough I had grown up in the Griffin area, I found when we moved into our half-finished new home in 1971 that I really knew very few “younger” people. So when Mrs. Groeschell, Scot’s kindergarten teacher, mentioned that there was a group of mothers interested in starting a preschool, I was curious — even if Greg was only twenty months old.

It was in the days when Evergreen-State College was just getting under way and there were many new families of staff and faculty moving into the area. They were accustomed to a more urban life style and missed having next-door neighbors and organized opportunities for young children. In a matter of weeks a group of women were meeting semi-weekly in homes, exchanging experiences with preschools in other areas, talking philosophy of childrearing, drinking coffee and just getting acquainted.

I believe it was Sandy Nisbet who first met with Griffin principal Eunice Carter, to present our proposal for utilizing the unused portable building behind the school (now one of the maintenance sheds) to house the prospective Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool Permission. The request was granted by the Griffin school board.

Now the work really began! We started moving out lumber scraps, broken chairs and miscellaneous “junk”. Then came the cleaning, painting and decorating. (Greg always did like having the left-over Winnie-the-Pooh wallpaper from his bedroom in the new “story comer”). Soon appeared the block area, painting place and housekeeping space all furnished with donated items from members and the supportive community.

It was time to get the fathers involved. The outside play area was their project. As with everything else, it was done on shoestring. There was a sandbox, a jungle-gym made of used tires bolted together, the ever-popular old wooden rowboat, and the low, peeled-pole territorial fence that doubled as a balance beam. It was as much to keep our little ones in as to keep out the curious grade school students.

We now had a name, bylaws, a building, two teachers, two sessions of eager students and many involved parents. It was March 1972 and school was open! Out of those six months of hard work had come new friends, new parenting skills, new opportunities for our children and a legacy of learning and laughter for years to come.

By Marilyn Calkins

Reprinted from the March 1999 issue of “Neighbors”, the newsletter of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. This is part of a series of articles reprinted from earlier publications in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

This Saturday, August 8, from 10 AM to 12 noon, Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool will host an Open House. Interested families can meet Teacher Alex, tour the classroom, see the new play area, and chat with other preschool families!

Visit the school’s web site at or on Facebook at for more information.

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool’s 3rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, December 6

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool’s 3rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday, December 6
6:00 PM
Griffin School Cafeteria

Featuring a 50/50 Raffle, Silent & Live Auction, Kids Music Feature, Photo Booth, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Ice Cream.

General Admission: $15
Members, Alumni, and Children under 12: $10

For more information, call (360) 866-1819 or

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool Open House is Saturday, August 9

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is having an Open House for prospective parents for our Otter Class (ages 3-4 years old) on Saturday, August 9th from 10:00 AM until Noon. Stop by and meet our teacher, take a tour of the school, and talk to current members to learn more about SICP!

For more information and our address, visit our website at:

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool Open House August 18

Come and see what we have in store for you this school year! Meet our new teacher, find your cubby, listen to a book in the new reading nook, play on the playground, and much more. This open house is for registered and interested families. We would love to see you there!

Date: August 18, 2012
Time: 10:00-12:00noon
Where: 6240 41st Ave, Olympia


For more information about the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool, see their web site at

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool Open House and Golf Carnival

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool will hold its Open House Week May 14 through 18. Please call 866-1819 to schedule an appointment for Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:30-3:00.

Bring your preschooler to check out the preschool and learn the benefits of this parent cooperative preschool.

There will be activities to engage your child and knowledgeable people to answer your questions!

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling for 2012/2013 school year!

Serving 18 months -5 year olds. Since 1973 this non-profit school has provided a place where families come together to share in their children’s learning experience.

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is conveniently located at 6240 41st Ave NW, Olympia 98502. This is near the corner of Steamboat Island Road NW and 41st Avenue.

Golf Carnival Fundraiser: May 19

May 19 from 1-4pm at Steamboat Island Golf

Come for a fun family afternoon of golf challenges, kids games, a silent auction, and food!

All ages welcome! Kids events will included balloon animals, face painting, games, and much more!

Tickets are $10 each; includes admission & raffle ticket.

For more information about the preschool or the Golf Carnival, call them at 866-1819 or visit them at, and Friend them on Facebook.

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool Open House

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is currently enrolling for their Orca and Otter classes.

OPEN HOUSE: Monday, Wednesday and Friday during class the week of March 12. Come, bring your future Orca or Otter to join in the fun during class time.

Please call ahead at (360) 866-1819 to reserve a spot.

We will also have open house on Thursday evening, March 15 from 6:30-8pm.

Orca Class – Ages 4-5
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 3:00

Otter Class – Ages 2-3
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 11:30

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit preschool located on the west side of Olympia. We serve families in both Thurston and Mason Counties.

For more information please click here to visit our website.

Email or call for a brochure.

Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is located at

4261 41st Avenue
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 866-1819