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Posted by Alice Hauschka, Assistant Head of School, and TLS Faculty on Tuesday, January 28, 2020
In Fathoms once a month between now and the end of the year we’ll dig deeply into a particular area of the curriculum to discuss why it’s important and what it looks like across the ages and grades here at The Little School. For each of these editions we’ll use content from teachers’ recent Friday newsletters to provide an authentic window into what this area of learning looks like, in action, during any given week of the school year. In this Fathoms we’re looking at math. In our Annual... Read More
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020
Construction Updates How was construction progress over December Break? Great! Bayley had people on site working tirelessly to complete work on the existing buildings and on the main site. Here are some updates.  Meadows, Woods and Cedars Buildings: “You made the classroom all new!” exclaimed one of our Meadows students. “I love the new bathrooms!” confided one of our Woods students. Over Winter Break, new cabinets, wallpaper and countertops were installed. The deep grey counters and wood... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Construction Updates It’s been a busy fall on The Little School campus. As children have played, connected, explored and discovered daily in our wooded canopy, our construction team has been hard at work preparing the campus for its new building. Here are some of the many accomplishments that have been occurring “behind the construction fences!”  Clearing and grading: To make way for our new building and parking, thousands of tons of earth have been moved and leveled. Structural fill has... Read More
Posted by Julie Kalmus, Head of School on Tuesday, November 19, 2019
As you drive into the Turnaround right now, it’s hard not to wonder what is happening on our campus. In a culture that values curiosity so deeply, the questions inspired by our construction site are countless. Each day, a member of our community marvels at the construction that is transforming our backyard.   Walking around outside time, kindergarteners gather at one of our viewing doors. “Yep. It looks flatter,” one student says after a conversation about grading the earth. “The dirt is... Read More
Posted by Peter Berner-Hays, Head of School on Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The office now echoes, the shelves are empty of books and the walls are cleared of posters and student art. It is almost time for me to turn out the lights! It has been a pleasure to spend the last nine years on The Little School campus. Not much is better than working in support of young children growing, learning, playing and laughing. I leave with deep appreciation for all the people that are The Little School community. As I go through files and folders, getting ready to closeout my... Read More
Posted by Peter Berner-Hays, Head of School on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Over the years I have heard Steve Goldenberg use the word authentic nearly countless times. While he used the word in different contexts and settings, it always referred to the experience of children. More specifically he was describing the type of learning that is the hallmark of his classroom. Further, it describes a must for all classrooms, a bar for all of us to reach toward. Substitute words might include real, serious, legitimate, pure, credible, accurate or convincing. These words are... Read More
Posted by Peter Berner-Hays, Head of School on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
My favorite public access library is the Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus. With two million volumes and lush wood and stained glass throughout, it is a temple to books and knowledge. The Little School has a different kind of library, though no less powerful. With 20,000 volumes, cozy nooks, stuffies in every corner and the famed bathtub, it is a sanctuary for children and to reading and learning. While the space itself is rich with opportunity and welcome, it is Nancy... Read More
Posted by Jenny Steen, Chair, Committee on Trustees (COT) on Friday, January 11, 2019
Dear Little School Families and Friends, This time of year, many of us are looking ahead to the future, making plans and resolutions for the days ahead. As a Board of Trustees, future planning is familiar territory. It is our responsibility to care for and preserve The Little School’s future, ensuring its vitality for the next generation and the next beyond that. Even as we celebrate this year’s 60th anniversary, the Board is making decisions with the school’s centennial in mind. It’s... Read More
Posted by Julie Kalmus on Saturday, October 27, 2018
Dear Kelly and Members of The Little School Community, What an honor it is to be offered the opportunity to lead The Little School into its next chapter! Every step of the interview process affirmed my decision to apply. I enjoyed my time with the community and learned so much about the deep and meaningful ways each of you cherish the school. Since my visit, I have reflected on what makes the community and culture at The Little School feel so resonant for me. The energy and engagement of... Read More
Posted by Kelly Chang, Board Chair on Saturday, October 27, 2018
To The Little School Community and Friends, A head of school search, while not a regularly occurring event for a school community, is a healthy aspect of school life, providing an opportunity for reflection and orientation toward growth and the future. It brings us into a conversation about who we are as a school, where we are going together, and who can lead us there. In August when Peter signaled that the school was ready for a transition of leadership, we began the search for someone with a... Read More