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Nutcracker! (Dec. 5)

On December 5, kindergarten through fourth grade had the delightful opportunity to enjoy the final season of the Stowell and Sendak Nutcracker (at McCaw Hall). In preparation for the ballet, the first and second graders read a children’s book representation of the story, listened to the Nutcracker music, and attended to Mrs. Rochleau-Rice as she shared about many of the intriguing parts of the ballet’s storyline (giving suggestions of fun things to watch for). Dressed in their best, the children enjoyed lunchtime in the Seattle Center Armory, where we were able to take class pictures by the beautiful Christmas tree. Then we headed to McCaw Hall for the main attraction, where we were greeted by Sendak-inspired statues in the main lobby. Finally, we took our seats in the theater and were treated to a wonderful production filled with fabulous and creative scenes, sets, and costumes; amazing choreography; and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. The children were captivated by the performance and enjoyed discussing the parts they recognized from Mrs. Rochleau-Rice’s description. It was a wonderful day for our students and their families, and here are a few pictures to share the joy! Weren’t the children adorable?!...

Decorating the Tree! (Dec. 1)

If you visit the first and second grade classroom, you’ll be greeted by our Christmas tree and the beautiful ornaments that the children made to decorate it. We hope you’ll be inspired with Christmas cheer when you see it!...

The Puzzle Challenge

One of the work stations in the first and second grade classroom is puzzles, and the children typically work on 50- to 75-piece puzzles. I gave them the challenge of working on and completing a 300-piece puzzle, and they were a little concerned at first. However, as they continued working away at putting the pieces together, their excitement mounted until the final piece was placed. It was a joy to see their pride in working on this challenge together, with a terrific result! Here is our dedicated...

International Dress Day (Oct. 22)

International Dress Day was a fun highlight to our Social Studies Week! We enjoyed getting to see our friends throughout the school wearing clothing that represented numerous countries. Check out our...

Seattle Children’s Theater Field Trip (Oct. 21)

The first and second grade class had a fabulous time visiting the Seattle Children’s Theater on October 21! We watched Rikki Tikki Tavi (about a mongoose who lives in India and wants to become a member of a certain garden community.) We learned that the playwright decided to make a few changes from the original story (which was written by Rudyard Kipling) to focus on the story of friendship and working together. The four actors and the beautiful set made the story come alive. What a great way to spend our...