Life at Valley

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!

It’s NOT Greek to Them!

What do you get when you add an even number to another even number? How about an odd plus another odd number or an even number plus and odd number? This week our first graders traveled back in time to join Euclid's Secret Math Society and to test some of his mathematical theories.

Fifth Grade IslandWood Trip

Fifth graders returned from IslandWood (many students reluctantly), spilling over with information to share. They report the four-day trip was both educational and eye-opening. This annual trip for Valley School's graduating class is a capstone event, as they reflect on the transition to middle school.

Cama Beach

Valley School students and their families descended upon Cama Beach on Camano Island last weekend for the annual Valley School Family Camping Trip.

First Grade Wraps Up Their Unit on Snails

There was an abundance of learning during the first grade snail unit. After getting their own snail, children weighed and recorded their snail’s weight using a digital scale.
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