Lower School

This Week at Westside: May 22-26

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With less than two weeks left in the school year, student’s are working hard on their final projects and presentations for EOL, Spring Flings or Showcases, and also getting out to enjoy the sunshine! Here are a few snapshots from around our community this week.

To see more of what the students have been working on, come check out these events:

Tuesday, May 30
5:30-6:15 p.m. Seventh and Eighth Grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Middle School Showcase

Wednesday, May 31
8:15-9:00a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Coffee in the Gallery
9:00-9:30a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Spring Fling Performance

Thursday, June 1. 
6:30-7:30pm. Lower School Spring Fling Performance


Year-long salmon study concludes!

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The second grade classes culminated their year-long study of salmon by releasing 144 Coho salmon fry into Fauntleroy Creek on Wednesday. 150 salmon eggs arrived at school in early January and the students took care of the salmon as they hatched into alevin and subsequently turned into salmon fry. The second grade students complete scientific observations starting with drawing a diagram of the tank and continuing through the egg-hatching, alevin, and fry stages of the life cycle of the salmon. Students start feeding the salmon blood-worms toward the end of their time with us and observe their changes in behavior. They become much more aggressive as they get ready to enter the wild and, for salmon, that’s a life-sustaining behavior. As the second grade students studied salmon, they also learned about ecology, habitat, and became experts on the life cycle of a salmon.

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Preschool returns to Westside in 2017 – 2018!

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Westside School will once again open its doors to three- and four-year-olds for a half- and full-day preschool program for the fall of 2017. Expanding upon our current pre-kindergarten program, we will offer emergent curriculum focused on experiential learning and inspired by a variety of teaching practices. Preschool students will have access to many of our specialists, such as visual art, performing arts, physical education, and world languages.

Great early-childhood education has been a hallmark of Westside School since its founding in 1981 and we are thrilled to announce the return of our preschool after a several-year hiatus. We encourage families to join us for our Preschool Preview or a tour.

Westside School is now accepting applications for preschool and other grades (depending on availability) for the fall 2017. For more information, please contact Ted Holmes in our Office of Admission, tedh@westsideschool.org or 206.932.2511.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, May 9: Preschool Preview, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Meet the preschool teachers and learn about the program in detail. Parents and guardians only, please.

Tuesday, May 23, Student Observation, 10:00 to 11:00 am. We will meet prospective students in a short observation session.

Tours for all grades: Available upon request: 206.932.2511

Spring is the air!

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Our first and second grade students celebrated the season this week with songs, spring decorations, and spirit during their How Does Your Garden Grow musical performance!

Happy spring everyone!

Without Tuition Assistance ‘Who Will We Be Missing Out On?’

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As part of the program during 35 Years: A Community Celebration & Auction, our community raised their paddle for Tuition Assistance.

Westside School’s Tuition Assistance program provides need-based scholarships to one in four Westside students each year.  The strength of our student body, and who we get to learn beside, affects every student at Westside School. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the video below. The lights on the 2017 Auction have been dimmed, but you too can make a difference!


Rockets + Animals = Westside School mid-winter break camp!

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It’s been a fun week at Westside School for students enrolled in mid-winter break camp! Some students hung out and created rockets, tying in some physics, and they checked out animal super powers to tap into biology.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a fantastic break, whatever you’re up to!

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.


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!