Community Briefing: June 5

A briefing will be sent to the entire community every school day at this time.

Take a Hike (from David Kelly-Hedrick)

Summer is around the corner if not already here.  Many of us are now adjusting plans and wondering what we might do with a Staycation in the next few months.  One of my recommendations is to go hiking.  I encourage and urge you to do any great outdoor activity that you can take on with a level of comfort and safety given the official guidelines for both travel and social distancing.

This summer will be a great time to check out one or more of the many amazing day and overnight hikes available to us in Western Washington.  There is nothing like a walk in the woods to clear one’s mind and get physically, mentally, and spiritually refreshed.  Sometimes, I even think about work and dream up the next devious assignment for my Literary Thinking class.  You can choose a nice mellow half mile hike with no elevation or a grueling and ultra-challenging twenty plus mile trek in the mountains.  Or something in between.  Or just drive out the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River road and amble down the slope and sit a log by the river.

This could be a great summer to expand your family adventure range in Washington state.  Set a good challenging goal for yourself or your family to achieve and then start working towards it.  Spend a night camping on the Olympic coast.  Roam the beaches and trails of Deception Pass State Park.  Backpack deep into the North Cascades National Park.  Day hike up to the Camp Muir on Mount Rainier (with the right gear and preparation!).  Or, just do an afternoon saunter on one of the Issaquah Alps–Tiger, Cougar, or Squak mountains (see if you can find the great erratic boulder on Cougar).  Or venture closer to one of the many city and county parks such as Discovery and Seward parks in Seattle, Bridle Trails in Bellevue, and Marymoor or the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond.

Take some family photos or pictures of your EPS selves out on your hikes.  I am trying to gather an array of photos of as many EPS students in the wilderness as possible.  Please send them my way.  Take a portrait with your favorite vegetation, geologic formation, or water feature in the wild.  Send them to me, and we will add them to our big board of outdoor adventure photos.

If you are new to hiking, you really do not need fancy gear or clothing for hiking in the outdoors, but please be prepared for inclement weather or other conditions.  Things can change quickly especially if you are going up in elevation.  Here are some great resources for getting out on the trail or in nature:

We hope to have a nice array of day hikes, overnight camping, snow-shoeing, and ski bus next year available to students at EPS.  Much of this will depend on our ability to operate safely and carry-out these adventures with confidence in our risk-management.  Stay tuned for more details.  Meanwhile, get out there and hike, paddle, peddle, glide, sit, or just relax and meditate in some of our wonderful wilderness and natural outdoors in the Northwest.  Happy trails.

Senior Spotlight

We’d love to highlight more seniors in this space — if you haven’t yet submitted information, please send it our way.

Laptop Warranties

If you have a x260 or x460 laptop purchased through Eastside Prep, the four-year warranty and accidental damage coverage expires on July 10th of this year. If you have any repairs needed, whether it is a cracked palm rest or a loose screen hinge, you want to get that processed before the coverage expires.

If your laptop falls into the above category, contact to tell us what the issues are and let us know when you would be dropping it off (after finals). We will take it from there and contact you when the machine has been repaired.

EPS Choir Performance

When Dr. Castro and Ms. Ellingson programmed a piece for the Winter Concert this year, they had no idea it would go on to define the final project in a remote version of Chamber Choir, nor how poignant the words would remain. The songwriter John Legend states, “’If You’re Out There’ reflects the themes of hope and change, responsibility and leadership, and commitment to a better tomorrow.” Congratulations and many thanks to the EPS musicians whose determination and creativity defined the music classes this spring. Video editing credit goes to Abby Kearny and Mr. Edmonds. Please enjoy.

Spring Music Performances

The entire Eastside Prep community is invited to enjoy musical performances by EPS students.  Videos are hosted on our youtube channel here:















Quarantine Question

For our next issue of Inspire magazine we’d like to highlight activities that members of our community discovered or re-discovered during quarantine. Maybe it was baking or puzzles or walking your neighborhood!  Whatever the activity, we’d like to hear about it. And if you have photos, please send them along with the description of your activity. This is for EPS parents, faculty, staff and students—we’d love to hear from everyone! Please send information to Vickie Baldwin.

Information/Activity Resources

Used Textbook Buyback and EPS Online Bookstore

2019-20 MBS Textbook Buyback
by EPS on behalf of MBS Direct

If you purchased textbooks for the 2019-20 school year through MBS Direct, you may have books that are eligible for buyback.

You will receive an email prompt from MBS to obtain a buyback quote two weeks prior to the end of spring term, when your books will have the greatest potential buyback value.

To obtain your quote:

  1. Log in to your MBS Direct bookstore account:
  2. Click into the Menu in the upper right corner of the webpage, and select Sell Your Textbooks:
  3. You will see items you have purchased previously, and be able to enter additional ISBNs.
  4. Choose your preferred payment method (check or PayPal.)
  5. Print quote and free shipping label to send.

General Information

  • MBS buys back used books (via check or PayPal) that qualify as useable inventory.
  • Families should log in to their MBS accounts to determine if they have books with Guaranteed Buyback.

2020-21 MBS Online Bookstore
In mid-August, textbooks and materials for each student’s 2020-21 courses will be available for e-purchase and home delivery (with a two-week free shipping period.)

Seen and Heard

More images from the senior’s pick-up of caps and gowns.















The perils of rowing:  Griffin Day spotted bears in his street while in rowing practice.