Our Lake Washington School District tax dollars at work | Letter
March 1, 2013 · Updated 3:50 PM
Ah, Lake Washington School District! You keep coming to my rescue when I need a pick-me-up!
Every month, a two-sided color flyer comes home with both of my elementary school children with the elementary lunch menu. It seems like it should be posted on the LWSD website, or sent home with only the youngest child, but every month it comes home with both of my children at the same school. I am still waiting to hear back from LWSD on the monthly cost of the flyer … Now let’s talk about the content on the flyer our tax dollars are paying for.
On the front is the LWSD lunch menu and on the back one finds recipes, the “Did you know?” section and inspirational tidbits. My February flyer contained spelling, grammatical, and just plain weird errors.
1. “Than and Now!” (the correct spelling is “then”) was the title of their informational article.
2. “Remember, according to 2010 guidelines from the …(CDC)….” CDC guidelines were not discussed previously in this particular menu flyer. Perhaps the menus are meant to be read serially, like a monthly serial novel?
3. “This year lets all begin to be more of a ‘sport man’ than merely a ‘sport fan!’” First of all, this is a really weird statement. Second of all, congratulations on not using contractions correctly. Divertingly, my first grade daughter handed me this menu flyer in the same pile as her contractions worksheet, which did include “let us-let’s.”
4. February’s recipe is for a sandwich. The first ingredient is “silvered” almonds. I have not heard of “silvered” almonds. Is this like Goldschlager, but with a different element? Will silver in our food be the new cinnamon?
5. Under the “Did you Know?” section: “Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!” I particularly enjoyed this nugget, and not just because they added the very emphatic exclamation point to the sentence! It is as if they were texting this particular bit of trivia to me, but were only excited enough to use one exclamation point instead of three!!!
The origin of the fortune cookie is a hotly debated claim, so I am interested that they picked the Los Angeles side in this particular LA versus San Francisco feud. Additionally, I hear that the contested inventor’s name is David Jung, not Charles. (!!!)
“Remember,” “lets” do our best to enjoy our tax dollars at work!
Cynthia Hudson, Kirkland