Lower School

Kindergarten students weave fabric studies and snuffle mats into a service project for Seattle Humane Society

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Westside School’s kindergarten classes have been studying fabric in science. When we heard the Seattle Humane Society needed some fabric mats, we decided to team up for an adorable service project! The kids spent the last two weeks weaving snuffle mats designed to help eliminate boredom for the shelter dogs. Together we created ten mats for the dogs, and were fortunate to have some extra visitors come to campus when the Seattle Humane Society came to pick up the mats.

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Zelda, a trained therapy dog, as well as several adoptable cats came to meet the students and interact for a fun filled afternoon. Kindergarten students had the chance to learn about safe interactions with animals, and how to approach an unfamiliar animal. The students loved getting to pet the animals, and see some of Zelda’s many talents.

Congratulations to the kindergarten classes and teaching team for doing something wonderful for the animals!

Giving back in honor of MLK Day

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With an upcoming day off, why not make it a day on!

Spend the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a community service project. By lending a hand, you’ll help spread his legacy of compassion and service to the whole community.

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Here are some suggestions of kid-friendly service projects going on in the Seattle area with links to websites that have more information about project details and registration.

1. City Year is organizing a service day at MLK Elementary School. In just one day, you will make MLK Elementary School a more vibrant and engaging learning environment where students can truly thrive. Service projects include painting educational murals, hands-on beautification projects, and participating in social justice conversations. Click here to learn more.

2. Nature Consortium is hosting an eco-work party in the Duwamish Greenbelt. You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by Nature Consortium staff. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment! Click here to learn more.

3. United Way is partnering with many organizations to lead a wide variety of community service projects in neighborhoods all over King county. Click here to learn more.

4. Help create a healthy forest at Cheasty greenspace. Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership as they continue working in this 43 acre green space. MLK Day of Service participants should expect to learn a brief history of Cheasty Greenspace and an overview of Seattle’s urban forests and participate in forest restoration work. Click here to learn more.

Growing professionally in the New Year

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On Tuesday January 3 Westside School faculty came back to school for a day spent on professional learning. Specifically, teachers worked in their multi grade level Professional Learning Community (PLCs) teams. These PLCs provide the framework for working together to strengthen the Westside curriculum and provide a professional growth experience for teachers. Our PLCs are focused on the theme of providing the highest level of student engagement and meeting the needs of each student in our school. PLC’s are grouped by the following topics: reading, writing, math, positive school culture, documentation of student learning and re-imagining the role of an instructional assistant.

PLC’s are the key to help us have an aligned curriculum built on research based best practices in education applied by our teacher. By collaborating in multi-grade level teams the PLC’s allow teachers to explore what a truly cohesive student experience can and should be for a Westside student. We are very excited about the work we are doing and are looking forward to how it will impact the Westside student experience in positive ways.

A Wonderland of Talent at Winterfest!

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It wouldn’t be the holidays without our students taking the stage to perform holiday classics, seasonal songs and a showcase of their performing arts work over the last semester!

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Thank you to all of our guests who joined us for an evening of wonderful talent. We wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!

 

 

Sounds of the season – our tiniest voices

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We appreciate all of the families who joined our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for their Winterfest performance yesterday morning! We hope to see you this evening for the first through fourth grade student Winterfest performance and the Middle School Showcase beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the theater!

Creative connections to real-world challenges

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Inspired by the recent news of the rerouting of the Dakota Access Pipeline, third grade students designed, built, and tested their own pipelines.

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Using straws, tape, wood sticks, and cups, they were challenged to create a pipeline with as few leaks as possible. When three straws were attached to the starting point, they were asked to build around sacred ground to get to their end point.

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Water was poured from one end and had to travel to the other end. Each group presented their pipeline by identifying what they thought would work well and where the potential weaknesses were located.

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There were many different styles of connecting the pipes and ways of using gravity to make the water flow.

An Exhibition of Learning

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On Thursday, December 1 our students – grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade – welcomed family, friends, and community members and engaged them with a snapshot of the learning process at the moment.

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Our guests served as the students’ authentic audience, and took time to visit not only their own child’s work but that of others.

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The fifth grade also put on a special performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Thank you to all who joined us!