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
This year’s spring musical was Seussical Jr. All of the students involved worked very hard to put on multiple incredible performances and they truly shined on stage and behind the scenes. Here is what some of the teachers who worked with them on this production had to say.
“As with Dr. Seuss books, Seussical is a fantastical and sometimes chaotic musical. The students needed an enormous amount of concentration and energy to keep all of those moving parts in order and to tell the story of Horton and the Whos. In both performances, never was a line dropped or an entrance missed. To a member, the cast was performing in unison to deliver a message of belonging. I am so proud of what they accomplished.” –Bryan, Performing Arts Teacher
“The students in Tech Theater worked tirelessly on Seussical to create a student-led production. Students in Technical Theater sewed costumes, touched up backdrops, and built props up until the curtain rose. Students created whimsical hair and makeup looks for each character and lights and sound added to the atmosphere and drama. Stage managers organized their peers backstage and ensured that every scene went off without a hitch. Each student should be extremely proud of their ability to stage a full musical production!”
–Anna, Interim Visual Arts Instructor
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Fred Northup is not only a parent of a pre-kindergartener and first grade student here at Westside School, but he’s also a local auctioneer and emcee. If you’ve attended a Westside auction in the past three years, it’s likely you’ve seen Fred livening up the evening as our excellent auctioneer. Fred recently had the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Mariners game vs. the Athletics. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.
I emceed the 2017 BECU company meeting, and afterwards the CEO said, “That was great! As a thank you, would you like to throw out a first pitch?”
I was lucky enough to have many friends who have done it before, from politicians to Chefs to rock stars! So I got a lot of great coaching in advance. The main thing I learned was that 60′ 6″ is a lot farther than it looks.
I chose to throw it out from the mound, got it to the plate, and the M’s won! It was nerve-wracking, but having Ashley and the kids on the field with me was so fun. Now I can check it off my bucket list!
All of us parenting children have stories to share about our children and the many ways they express gender from an early age. The idea shapes and colors many of our experiences — the ratio in a classroom, the clothes we wear, the messages we want our kids to hear and embrace.
In 2017, our language and our understanding of gender is shifting, becoming broader and more inclusive. Still, stereotypes persist throughout media and in the ways we talk with one another. It’s increasingly important that we make time to work with students to look critically at those messages and talk about gender in a healthy and open manner.
Indeed, the National Association of School Psychologists identifies “healthy conversations about gender and identity” as a key characteristic of effective schools.
That’s why we are excited to host gender and diversity expert, Rosetta Lee, to Westside on Tuesday, May 23. Rosetta will be speaking broadly about raising students in today’s climate, and how to support a broadly inclusive environment around gender and identity. She’ll be working with faculty in the afternoon, looking at elements of school culture and curriculum. In the evening she’ll be talking with parents about media, message and identity. In talking about the evening, Rosetta said, “There will be something in the conversation for every parent prekindergarten through eighth grade. We are all raising kids in today’s world, with today’s message, and we have to work together to create the kind of environment we want for our kids.”
I hope you can join us on the 23rd.
-Ted Kalmus, Head of School
RSVP is required for this event and childcare is available. Please RSVP here.
The Class of 2017 had a fun and successful final Westside School Outdoor Education trip! Students did a great job of helping to make the trip happen – starting with the planning process at school, and culminating with cooking meals, setting up camp and engaging in activities and discussions throughout the week.
The first destination was the Hummocks Loop Trail, where students saw firsthand the recovery of the Toutle River valley since the 1980 eruption, and enjoyed beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens. While it was raining throughout the hike, everyone still enjoyed beautiful scenery, and appreciated the group of students who taught the rest of the group about the origin of the Hummocks.
There was time for great reflection, games and community time, as well as traditional s’mores around the campfire!