As the country grapples with the implications of the recently signed executive order regarding immigration, I find myself thinking about our faculty/staff and families that have children at The Little School that are green card holders or are in the US on work visas. It is particularly powerful for me personally as the son of an immigrant mother who came to the U.S. as a child fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. It is important to state that as a school we are committed to building a community connected by its diversity. Children are served best in learning environments rich with difference – difference of opinion, experience, family structure, sexual orientation, religion, culture, country, language, ethnicity and economic status. If there are ways the school can support our non-US citizen families, please don’t hesitate to ask. In the meantime, our mission statement includes the phrase “to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.” Our commitment to education opens our doors in a wide welcome. Peter
We are very excited to invite you to this year’s All-School Curriculum Night on February 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Meadows Center Room. This year’s curriculum focus will be on reading. You will learn how we teach reading at The Little School, from the important foundations in early childhood to the mature reading skills that older students are able to apply to all areas of their learning. Teachers from every level, along with specialists, will give you an inside view of what reading curriculum and instruction looks like from ages 3 to 11, along with how reading is integrated into the work of our specialist programs and school-wide themes. You will come away from the evening with a greater understanding of your child’s journey as a reader, along with some good resources for you as parents/guardians to support their learning and share the journey with them. Please contact Autumn Morrison by February 6 to request childcare.
Celebrating the rich artistic expression of the Northwest, the Art of Discovery brings to schools a collection of artwork from the Junior League in partnership with the Bellevue Arts Museum. Thanks to the generous support of our Parent Association, The Little School will be exhibiting art by artists such as Barbara Earl Thomas, Joe Max Emminger and Kenneth Callahan in the hallway outside our library through February 16. Make sure to stop by for a gallery visit!
February 2 is the deadline for applying for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year. We encourage you to apply for financial aid even if you think you may not qualify. Our goal is to build an economically diverse school community. If you are interested in applying, you can do so online through the FAST system. If you have questions while completing the online application, please call FAST directly at their 24-hour call center: 1-877-326-FAST (3278).
What are you doing to Turn the World Around? The Little School auction is March 18 at the Redmond Marriott, and we want you to be part of it! The Redmond Marriott has plenty of space, so be sure to invite friends, family and colleagues to join us in supporting The Little School. Get your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird price of $100. After February 17, tickets will be $110. You can even make it a full night by staying in the hotel for our reduced rate of $99 through our special link.
The deadline for procuring and donating items to the auction is this Friday, February 3. As added incentive to support our school, TLS families who contribute an item by the deadline will be entered into a drawing to stay at the Redmond Marriott the night of the auction.
Items that have the most impact in terms of supporting the school tend to be those unique events or items that can't be purchased off the shelf. If you have a special connection or skill, think about how you can turn it into an auction item. Throw a dinner party if you like to cook. Donate a signed football if your best friend is Russell Wilson. Offer a week at your beach house or classes to learn a language. More information can be found on the auction web page, including donation ideas and tips in the Procurement Guide as well as procurement forms. We're more than happy to discuss your ideas with you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Camp, led by Chuck and other Nature Vision educators, will take place from February 21-24, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Extended Day will also be available to campers from 8-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. for an additional charge. Don't delay. There are a limited number of spaces still available, and registration closes February 10. This is the sole Mid-Winter Break camp offering this year; drop in childcare will not be available. Take a look online for more information about Nature Camp, and then contact Autumn Morrison to register.
On Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15, we will be giving tours of some of our elementary age classrooms for current Little School parents/guardians. These tours are an opportunity for you to peek at what lies ahead for your child as they continue on at TLS. We will begin in the Administration Building at 8:45 a.m. and walk through classrooms ranging from kindergarten through 5th grade. Alice Hauschka, our director of teaching and learning, will narrate these tours, explaining what you are observing in each classroom and the thought behind it. The morning will include a Q & A session with some Woods Building teachers to give you further insight into what our elementary level program looks like. The tour will conclude by 10:45 a.m. This is a great opportunity to find out how exciting your child’s future can be at The Little School! Please email Barb Cartmell if you would like to attend either one of these tours.