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PAS DE DEUX with MIKE AND IRIS

After days and (for some) weeks of wearing pajamas inside out and backwards and sleeping with spoons under pillows, the snow finally arrived in Seattle. And there could not have been a more magical setting on the Valley campus for the All-School Sing performance that took place on a snow filled Friday morning in the Big Room!

STAY PUT, STAY SMALL, CELEBRATE WOODCHIPS

by Alan Braun, Head of School
During my time at The Northwest School, I knew lots of Valley graduates. I always admired the fondness they had for their elementary school. There was something special about Valley that always led them to consider this their favorite school.

DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE ON THE STAGE AND IN THE CLASSROOM

It isn’t easy growing up in our world today. Social media is distributing messages before families have time to process and discuss. And the messages being delivered are often talking over or at people instead of creating moments for thoughtful discussion. Which is why the recent field trip to the Seattle Rep by Valley 4th and 5th graders to watch their classmate Jalani Clemmons perform in A Raisin in the Sun was so timely. As Mary Louise commented upon returning from the play and having a dialogue in class, “We had a powerful discussion to reflect on our feelings about the play. Jalani asked the kids what made them uncomfortable, and it was so inspiring to hear all of the kids reflect so deeply.”

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Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
Date: 1/24/2017, 5:45 PM 8:45 PM
Coffee and Conversation with Alan Grades 3-5
Date: 1/25/2017, 4 PM 5 PM
Location: 5th Grade Classroom
Coffee and Conversation with Alan Grades PK-2
Date: 2/1/2017, 4 PM 5 PM
Location: 5th Grade Classroom
How to Raise a Wild Child Book Discussion
Date: 2/8/2017, 7:30 PM 9 PM
Location: Valley School Big Room

We are a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, independent school located in Seattle's Madison Valley. We carefully attend to the individual development of each child and encourage their innate passion for learning through intellectual exploration, imaginative thinking and the practice of kindness.

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.