Poem in your Pocket Day 2017

Poem in your Pocket Day is a beloved tradition at Tilden.

Adults and children celebrate, bringing poems for sharing with each other.

Throughout the day, poems are pulled from pockets and shared in the hall, in classrooms, and on the playground.

Spring Concert 2017

Nearly eight months of hard work by Tilden faculty and students culminated in our spring choral concert at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

After a light-hearted family singalong, rounds, folk, and silly songs with Whitney, Tilden music teacher Lou Magor led the students in several classics, plus the world premiere of local composer Bob Kechley’s “Every Kind of Flower”, a choral piece commissioned by Tilden School.

Kids, teachers, and families alike left the Hall feeling pride and joy in these musical accomplishments.

April 18, 2017: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at the Pacific Science Center

Lucky Seattle, hosting the world premiere of artifacts from the First Imperial Dynasty of China! The fourth- and fifth-graders witnessed real figures from the terracotta army, along with over 100 precious artifacts, all from the 2,200-year-old tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China. The age of the artifacts, as well as the attention to detail, structural integrity, and artistry, were all truly mind-blowing. Not to mention the scope of the site from which they came: a 22-square-mile tomb filled with a life-size army and palace, along with all its treasures and inhabitants. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we highly recommend.

April 12, 2017: Aviation Learning Center at the Museum of Flight

Please fasten your seat belts as we take off into a new learning adventure! Tilden’s fifth-graders attended ground school, plotted their flights, conducted their preflight checks (with a real Cirrus SR20 airplane), and flew their airplanes (simulators), landing safely (mostly). And that was just the morning! The afternoon was a little less intense, with a tour of the museum, and a movie on the wonder of flight and its impact on our lives. Airplanes never seem to lose our fascination, but these kiddos will now view them with a deeper respect for the science that enables flight.

March 22, 2017: Northwest Opera in Schools

“That was my first opera!” beamed fifth-grader Nessa. She, along with Tilden’s entire student body, was treated to a fully-staged adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman,” presented by Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera (NOISE). This professional opera company performs at Tilden each year, exposing our students to a different opera classic with each visit. The singing, acting, costumes, and sets captivate our kids from start to finish, especially as each opera is adapted with kids in mind. The performance is always over too quickly, leaving the Tilden community wanting more, but perhaps that’s the point.

March 13, 2017: Tilden Learning Celebration

Tilden students-turned-tour-guides hosted their families for an evening to reflect on all they’ve learned thus far this year.

From classroom to library, computer lab to hallway displays, every student shared their  language arts work and essays, literacy and literary work, science projects, Spanish studies, history units, math work and math games, computer coding projects, artwork, and other work in cultural studies, environmental studies, and more.

A huge turnout, Tilden families graciously navigated the busy hallways and classrooms, focused on their kids’ accomplishments.

Thank you to our student tour guides, and thank you to all the families in attendance! It is extremely motivating for our young scholars to witness parents’ enthusiasm for learning, and to know they have your support.

Jacob Lawrence at the Seattle Art Museum–2nd and 3rd grade field trip

Tilden’s second and third grade art history classes recently enjoyed a trip to Seattle Art Museum to see the special exhibit Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series. This series of 60 paintings was divided in half and sold to two separate museums: The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In celebration of the late Jacob Lawrence’s 100th birthday, The Migration Series was reunited for a special showing at SAM. In order to appreciate Lawrence’s masterwork fully, our students learned in class beforehand about the Harlem Renaissance, and the work of Jacob Lawrence and his artist wife Gwendolyn Knight. Our own staff member, Reeta Tollefson, a student of Jacob Lawrence’s at UW, shared her first-hand experience with our classes.

The series of sixty paintings hit a chord with our kids. In their own words:

I think Jacob Lawrence is an amazing artist. I really like how he told a story by his art. It was so amazing to see the real paintings at SAM.”–Maryn, 2nd grade

“My favorite picture that Jacob Lawrence painted is number 38; Pouring fire, in Chicago and other cities, they labored. I like it because I could feel what he was thinking when I saw that picture.”–Lewis, 2nd grade

“I like Jacob Lawrence’s painting because it comes alive.”–Pilar 2nd grade

February 21-23, 2017: IslandWood

Tilden’s fifth-grade class spent three days and two nights at IslandWood, an environmental sciences school in the woods on Bainbridge Island. The program provides exceptional learning experiences with the goal of inspiring lifelong environmental stewardship. Outdoors each day, the fifth-graders studied ecosystems while living in ways that are more sustainable. Now it’s up to the fifth-grade students to continue living in more sustainable ways, encouraging their families and friends to do the same.

February 14, 2017: Valentine’s Day

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Tilden parents throw the best parties;

Thus, we owe them a huge THANK YOU!

Face painting, mini marshmallow races, balloons, cookie decorating, craft projects, treats, festive decorations, and more—Tilden parents donated their time, effort, creativity, and love to make this year’s Valentine’s parties joyful and memorable. Thanks loads, parents!

February 6, 2017: A Tilden snow day is a so-much-fun day!

For those students who could safely get to school during Seattle’s recent snow storm, our playground was a winter wonderland filled with friends. Snow forts, snowmen, and snowballs were the main activities that day, with academic pursuits filling the time it took for the kids’ outdoor gear to dry—enough—to romp in the snow again. Such fun!