What do an Ili pika, a spider monkey, and an Asian elephant have in common? Just ask a 5th grader! Laura’s 5th grade classroom has been turned into a research laboratory full of fifth-grade researchers collecting and summarizing data about endangered animals of the world.
This week the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum helped Valley School decide on our fundraising efforts in connection to our 100th day of school. Tricia Lapitan, founder of Heroes for the Homeless, met with Pre-K as part of their superheroes and everyday heroes unit.
Just another exciting day in The Valley School Pre-Kindergarten with some of our favorite four-legged super heroes. As part of their study of real life super heroes in our community, our Pre-Kindergarten students met the King County Search and Rescue Canine Team.
When you sit down to talk with Valley School Chess Club teacher (and international chess master) Bill Schill, you can be sure that you will be gifted with a story. It will be a superbly-crafted narrative, complete with suspense, villains, heroes, close-calls, lucky breaks, and often the story will turn on a specific move: mostly, a chess move.
One fall day this October, Gillian Toledo saw a truck backing up to the Valley School property with a load of hay bales. Wrong address, she assumed, and as she was walking over to speak to the driver, a teacher reminded her that the bales of hay were a seasonal addition to the playground. Kids could play on them and use them as they like—one of the many ways that the school activates the space of “the second classroom.” She realized that the problem solving and imaginative play inspired by those hay bales was going to be part of the teaching and learning in this new setting.
Light-filled, collaborative, creative, and cozy. These are the ways that third, fourth, and fifth grade students and teachers describe the new Valley School classroom building whose doors opened at the Ribbon Cutting and Ice Cream Social on September 8, 2015, just six months after the demolition of the old administration building began.
You can tell from the smiles on these 4th grade faces that the Spanish game, El Museo, is a big hit. Valley students in grades 1-5 immerse themselves in Spanish class two times a week for a total of an hour; Pre-K and Kindergarten students experience Spanish once a week for thirty minutes.
The Community Alliance of Parents (CAP) is a parent-run collective set up to leverage parent talent and time for the benefit of our school, our children, and our community. CAP supports community building, volunteer coordination and support for teachers and administrators. All Valley School families are members of CAP.
This week 3rd graders completed mini-research projects about animals living in different parts of the world. As part of their larger project, which involves learning about countries of the world and what makes them special, each third grade student collected facts about a specific animal living in their selected country.
What do Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood have in common? Just ask a second grader! This month our students are exploring the genre of fairy tales and what makes them so unique and entertaining. Students are reading and listening to various fairy tales and working as a class to identify the different elements of a fairy tale. Some of their unique features include talking animals, royalty, magic, the concept of "happily ever after", some danger, a strong protagonist or hero, and a clear antagonist. Of course they learn that fairy tales aren't real but often include important lessons for us all. We invite all families to cozy up on a dark day this month and share a favorite fairy tale.