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Nutcracker! (Dec. 5) December 5th, 2014

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?!  

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Decorating the Tree! (Dec. 1) December 2nd, 2014

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!  

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The Puzzle Challenge December 2nd, 2014

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 team!

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International Dress Day (Oct. 22) October 22nd, 2014

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 class!

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Seattle Children’s Theater Field Trip (Oct. 21) October 22nd, 2014

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 morning!

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Remlinger Farms Field Trip (Oct. 9) October 22nd, 2014

The first and second grade class visited Remlinger Farms on Thursday, October 9, for a fun and educational experience. Some of the activities were touring a pioneer village (and grinding corn into flour), learning about and feeding barnyard animals, riding on a train, and navigating a hay-bale maze. Everyone had a wonderful time, and it was a beautiful day to be outside and exploring!  

Kate Henderson - Bio

Kate Henderson

For over seventeen years, I have worked in various capacities with children (including child care and K-12 education.) I taught ESL for four years; middle school language arts and social studies for five years at Fairview; preschool for two years in a Bellevue school; second and third grade for one year and Summer Academy for six summers in a Bothell school; and this is my second year at Fairview teaching first and second grade. I also was a junior high Sunday school teacher for fifteen years. I received a BA in Christian Ministries from Grove City College and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Reading from Duquesne University. As part of my student teaching experience through Duquesne, I had the opportunity to fulfill half of my student teaching at a primary school in Dublin, Ireland. The past two summers, I have taught English in China (in Tianjin and Beijing.) Some of the activities I enjoy in my leisure time are hiking, cycling, attending Huskies men’s basketball games, reading, and crocheting. An exciting point to note about my cycling endeavors is that I finished the Seattle to Portland ride two years in a row with my Team in Training team while also raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One of my favorite Scripture passages is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." I’m so excited to be at Fairview where we get to see how He will guide each student’s path!