On most days of the week, I carve out time in my day for a “walkabout,” my tour of the Valley campus and of each classroom. Always my favorite part of the day, this tour lets me see for myself what kids are learning.
by Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations
Quiet, shy, introverted: these are not words you would associate with Valley alumna Sally Roberts. In the middle of the summer, Sally stopped by Valley to visit her former school and see all the changes that had taken place in the ten years since she had graduated.
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.
___ The topic of how kids respond to the news keeps coming up. A recent faculty meeting, a lunch for Heads of School at the NWAIS All Schools Conference, sidewalk conversations with parents – these are all settings where conversations have turned to the anxiety and confusion about the impact of news on our children.
In our meeting before the start of the school year, the faculty discussed teaching about the upcoming presidential election. Would teachers handle this contentious election any differently than previous elections? How can we promote Valley’s values of kindness and empathy in an environment where the adult discussion is often angry and insulting? The current state of politics is definitely not following our school rules!
All the Valley School children who have been wearing their pajamas inside out and backwards, and sleeping with a spoon under their pillow, have gotten their wish. Snow has fallen in Seattle! Valley opened at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 9 to celebrate their success at the Friday All-School Sing. Congratulations kids!