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
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!
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!
Thank you to all of our guests who joined us for an evening of wonderful talent. We wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!
Annual giving promotes a strong culture of gratitude with thousands of hours spent by students on community service each year.
Promoting a culture of gratitude and giving back is an essential part of Westside School’s learning experience. Each year students in every grade participate in meaningful and important service projects in the community, expanding their knowledge, citizenship, and leadership in the world around them. These experiences are integrated into Westside School’s academic curriculum, which gives students opportunities to use newly-acquired academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities and extends learning beyond the classroom. Ultimately, service learning helps foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
In the Lower School, service is a community effort that varies year to year. Whether students are running canned food drives, gathering supplies for families in need, or visiting the local retirement community, our students are making an impact – and feeling proud of their accomplishments.
First grade students began visiting the residents of Day Star Retirement Home last year. They will continue this year with four to six trips in the spring, where students will sing songs and mingle with the residents. In preparation for their trips, students learn appropriate songs, discuss how to introduce themselves, how to converse with adults in a respectful way, and how to present in front of an authentic audience. Last year our first grade class helped celebrate two 100 year old’s birthdays! The visits are powerful and emotional. The resulting friendships are beneficial to both students and residents. First grade loves their Day Star friends!
To gain further pride and understanding in their work, Middle School students participate service learning throughout the year. Not only are they weeding and planting at nearby forests, stocking shelves at food banks, or gathering supplies for teens in need at Youth Care, they are expanding their worldview and gaining necessary knowledge about the impact of their contributions.
In 2016, the fifth grade class participated in the service component of their Service Learning Project for four months in the spring. In line with their curriculum for those months, students worked to restore a local forest by removing invasive plants and preparing the green space to plant natives later that spring. Through the work of this significant project, the students learned how people, even kids, go about making positive change in their community.
Westside School first grade students have been visiting residents at Daystar Retirement Community in West Seattle this year, and this week made flowers for them to keep as a memory of this fantastic year with their new friends!
In Tech Lit class this week, first grade students read the book, Maddie’s Fridge, which deals with the issue of child poverty and hunger. They discussed how they could help in a similar situation and the character traits of the two main characters.
The first grade students then brainstormed characteristics about themselves and used the app, Shadow Puppet to create mini biographies about themselves.
Here are the results!
In 1970, on the very first Earth Day, first grade teacher Marsha Lovely’s high school Ecology class planted trees on her school campus in San Francisco. Today, Westside School first grade students are planting a tree on our new campus in honor of the 46th Earth Day.
The 2nd annual Middle School Trashion Fashion was held in celebration of Earth Day and each advisory brought the house down with their creative designs and use of recycled materials and trash! From cardboard to bottle caps, newpaper to foil, even old patio furniture covers to unwanted plastic, everyone pulled together to create a fun and earth-friendly event!
And fourth grade made our campus more beautiful this afternoon by working hard to pick up trash and pull weeds!