March 12, 2020: Emergency School Closure

Tilden is following the state-ordered emergency school closure order. We miss our students already, but teachers are working hard to ensure they can all continue learning (offline and online) during the closure. 

And Jan, our wonderful Kindergarten aid, is one of the dedicated Tilden staff taking time during the state-ordered emergency school closure to clean and disinfect! ❤

Stay well, and keep your 👐 washed!

–Tilden Staff 

February 4, 2020: A Gift to Our School

An absolutely HUGE THANK-YOU to our fifth-grade families for their generous gift to our school: funds for new recess and PE equipment! Having just arrived, this gear will soon be in the hands of our students to enjoy daily. Yay!

November 2019: PEMDAS Partner Challenge

Would you believe that this whole equation equals one?

It’s true! This is an order of operations problem created by fifth graders, Maryn and Jack, who, along with their classmates, took part in the PEMDAS Partner Challenge. Students were given tiles with the digits 0-9 and all the operations symbols and parentheses they needed. Then it was up to them to use as many of those digits as they could to create a complex problem with a simple target answer (in this case, one!). In several problems, including the one above, students were able to use all of the digits and a variety of operations from addition to exponents. In completing the challenge, students exercised flexible thinking, cooperation, listening skills, creativity, and teamwork. Way to go, 5s!

September 6, 2019: Teamwork

Today the fifth graders practiced teamwork to set the stage for a year full of learning with and from each other in math class. They were given a challenge that required full participation from all and they rose to it!  Between rounds, groups had a chance to reflect on what was and wasn’t working and adjust their strategies accordingly. Upon reflection, students said that good group work looks like “everyone taking turns and working together” and “people standing up for their ideas and helping everyone with the problem”. Others noted that good group work can sound like “calm voices talking together about a problem” or “encouragement and laughing”. Finally, one student said that good group work is simply “spectacular”.   

September 5, 2019: Story Writing Begins!

If you know Tilden, you know the tradition of Thursday stories. Each week students gather together to brainstorm with Whitney before writing about the assigned topic in their classroom. The kids learn not only the mechanics of writing, but also that they have valuable ideas and that those ideas can be expressed on paper. The topic for the first week? Summer, of course! 

September 4, 2019: Welcome Back Picnic

Welcoming, indeed! Thank you to all the Tilden families for making this such a warm community, and for contributing a delicious spread! It does take a village, and the Tilden staff is thrilled to begin another school year working with you. 🙂

Parents, teachers, students: a community

April 18, 2019: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Recently, the sounds of poetry could be heard drifting through the school as the students and teachers shared the poems they had stashed in their pockets. Every year, the Tilden community joins with the rest of the country to celebrate poetry with Poem in Your Pocket Day.   

February 14, 2019: Valentine’s Day

As is typical of Tilden parents, they went all out to host joyous and sugar-filled parties for each class! Thank you, parents, for your time, creativity, and sense of fun! With so many engaging activities and extra attention, the kids and staff loved every minute!

January 22-24, 2019: 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.