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PNB’s Nutcracker

Our much-anticipated field trip to Nutcracker was enjoyed by all. From the back two rows of the second tier of McCaw Hall, third and fourth graders experienced this top-notch production. The giant mouse king and the peacock seemed to be a couple of highlights for our class. Now that I have found the music on Youtube, I may continue playing it for the students for some time. ūüôā Prior to the show, we marveled at the details of the huge model railroad scene set up for the holidays in the Seattle Center Armory (the former Center House). We were all able to sit together to eat our sack lunches there as well. After pausing for photo ops after the show, we braved heavy traffic to return to school. All in all, we feel very blessed to have had this wonderful opportunity....

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...

Veterans’ Day

My dad was one of the guests who are veterans who came to our assembly November 10th. It was a privilege to sing patriotic songs together, listen to a short history of the day, and say thanks to the veterans who attended. After the assembly, my dad joined the third and fourth graders in the classroom to answer questions about his service in World War II. He was in the Army Signal Corps, working in England and France enabling communications from headquarters in London to the front lines.¬† Here are some of the questions and answers heard in Room 201: Was it scary? Sometimes. Where we stayed in Eastbourne, England, we were on the buzzbomb path. The one that landed closest to me was about two blocks away. It opened up a hole almost the size of the classroom. Working on antennas in 85-mile-an-hour winds was scary. Once in a very dark location, we were told the enemy had parachuted in behind us and was ready to destroy our communication set-up. Fortunately, it was unharmed. What was it like working on the Eiffel Tower? Normally we took the elevator to the top, but when it was cold, the hydraulic system didn’t work because the water froze. When that happened we took the stairs, 1700 of them. They were not in good repair so the handrail was not complete. We would almost hug the pole the stairs wrapped around, as the wind would be at our back and then the front as we went up. Once we had made the climb, we would stay at the top for three days....

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...