Life at Valley


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.


By Marilyn Nicolai, Valley Librarian

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!

Why A Strategic Plan?

“If I were to ask you to describe The Valley School using single words or short phrases, how would you do it?”

Valley Third Grader is Making a Difference

Moira is a Valley third grader who is happy to be a kid in America, but she understands that not all girls in the world have the chances and opportunities that she has. When she learned about Razia Jan and her Ray of Hope Foundation, she decided this was a way she could make a difference.

Playground Provocations, by The Valley School Playground Committee

Welcome to another great year at the Valley School! We are excited to begin the year with a renewed passion and dedication to our fabulous playground. We have formed a Playground Committee to help ensure that the children have an exceptional outdoor experience and they are able to use our “second classroom” in varied and exciting ways during the year.

A Profile of Maintenance Mike, The Valley School’s Jack-of-All-Trades

“Some things you can see….Some things you can’t see. I am very proud of that.”

This is how Mike Miller (aka Maintenance Mike; aka Director of Facilities of the Valley School) describes the work he has done on the school’s behalf since October 2012 when he was hired, on a part-time basis, to help out with some light construction and maintenance.

Michael Shantz and the Steel Pan Drum Experience

On a recent weekday afternoon this spring, strains of jazz pianist Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” could be heard at the Martin Luther King Community Center, a short walk from the Valley School. This version wasn’t being played by a jazz ensemble, however, but by a group of fifteen Valley School fourth graders on steel pan drums, directed by their teacher and veteran steel pan bandleader, Michael Shantz.

Passion for Pups

This week Valley School second graders held a bake sale to benefit the Humane Society. We thought it best to let the students tell this story...

Valley School Carnival

Sporting flags, bubbles, and balloons, The Valley School welcomed our community, including neighbors and next year's incoming families, to the second annual Valley Carnival on Saturday May 21st!
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