December Newsletter 2019

Dear Kong Academy Family,

Our last big team meeting this decade. It’s so amazing to work with a group of passionate and talented people. Thank you all for making this possible!
Come and Cook with Us!
Semone Andu from YouthCare gave us a very inspiring tour of the Orion Center earlier this month. The Orion Center offers a full range of services to homeless youth and young adults: food, shelter, medical support, educational services and much more. We are very proud to be able to support the important work YouthCare offers to young people in our city.

In 2020, we want to be more involved than “just handing” over a check. We would like to organize a “stuff drive” (we’ll let you know what exactly is most needed), after-school parkour classes, and a meal service provided by our community. For the meal service, we will need a group of volunteers to join us at the Orion Center to cook for the youth. There will be an update with more details in early 2020. If you have any experience in cooking for a large group of people, please let us know and contact Nina at

Parkour Pilot at Seattle Public Schools

We finished our first two-week pilot program on December 12 at Cedar Park Elementary School in north Seattle! We covered Parkour fundamentals and introduced several Social Emotional and Executive Functioning skills, such as:

Growth Mindset
Self-regulation and impulse control
Diversity and appreciation of others (giving kudos to others)
Encouragement and support of group members
Making responsible decisions
We start the second pilot program right after winter break on January 6. This time, we will be at Fairmount Elementary School in West Seattle. The pilot in 2019/2020 will be completely self-funded (through the donation money we receive for our community drop-in classes, we really appreciate your generosity!).

Our goal is to bring our program to every elementary school in the Seattle Public School District. In 2020/21, the plan is to include 15 more schools. Though you have been very generous at our community classes, we will need additional funding for next year. If you have any ideas or suggestions or want to be involved, please contact Elke at

Our Drop-in Community Classes

We have made some changes to the schedule for our community classes starting in January 2020. Here is the complete list of our drop in classes for winter:

Adult classes
Monday: 6pm-7:30pm. Adult Low Impact with Eric (Gas Works Park)
Wednesday: 6:30pm-8pm. Parkour for adults with Ian (Seattle Center)
Sunday: 10:30am-12pm. Parkour for adults with Ian (Gas Works Park)

Kids on Sunday at Gas Works Park (age groups have changed!)
10am-11am. Tarsiers (3-5y)
11:15am-12:45pm. Chimpanzees (9-12y)
1pm-2:30pm. Gibbons (6-8y)
3pm-4:30pm. Troops (all ages including adults)

Please register on Eventbrite and sign our waiver before your first session.

Did you know … summer is just around the corner! And it’s going to be a fun one! We will be sending out an email to all our previous summer camp parents to give you a chance to register before we open registration to the public. Our 2020 summer camps will be action packed with lots of Parkour, LARPing, Circus Art, Swim Safety and much more … stay tuned!


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