Aptly named, the Tilden Learning Celebration is indeed a celebration of all the learning our hardworking students have experienced thus far this school year. It’s a joyous occasion, both for faculty and families, as everyone pauses to reflect on how far our learners have come.
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.
Next year the fifth-graders will be off to middle school and greater independence in many ways, including food choices, so we invited dietician Marcy Rebar to share her expertise. The kids learned everything from the benefits of consuming a variety of foods from the various food groups to which foods offer good fat vs. bad fat, from what role vitamins play to how to read and understand labels, and from how food companies target young audiences to the overwhelming use of sugar in many food products. We hope our fifth-graders make wise choices with their growing independence.
Tilden parents went all out for this year’s Valentine’s Day parties—typical. Love was in the air, love for our Tilden kiddos, that is. Decorations, games, crafts, and loads of treats were enjoyed by all! Our students and faculty felt the “love” and deeply appreciate the time, creativity, and effort made by our generous parents. xoxo
Lucky fifth-graders! Today they enjoyed a very special lesson with Tilden alum Nils Enevoldsen, visiting on break from his graduate program in economics at MIT. Having already read the Iliad and being part way through the Odyssey, the 5s were introduced to the ancient Greek alphabet. They learned to transliterate phonetically-spelled English into Greek, listened to the sing-songy recitation of the first part of the Iliad in ancient Greek, and were introduced to some roots and vocabulary of the Iliad. It was so cool! Thank you, ΝΙΛΣ!
Yo-ho-yo-ho, what a merry time we all had at this year’s Halloween Carnival! All hands were on deck as pirates (parents) sailed into Tilden, the Jolly Roger waving high in the wind. With loads of good cheer, adventure that would excite even the most seasoned seafarer, and plenty of loot for the wee ones, the carnival’s cap’ns (Wendy Jenkins Hanna, Mark Thomas, and Lisa Hewson) and crew (parent volunteers) declared victory…then likely swaggered below deck for a long nap. Thank you, pirates, for this incredible adventure!
Yesterday, October 23rd, fifth-grader Thuc and his parents successfully completed their Naturalization Oath Ceremony to become U.S. citizens! So today the fifth grade class celebrated in red, white, and blue attire with cheers, treats, congratulatory notes, and even a perusal of the civics questions for the naturalization test. All agreed this was an important event and a huge accomplishment, and we all feel very fortunate to welcome Thuc’s family as fellow citizens. Yay!
Gathering at Lincoln Park, returning staff and families welcomed new staff and families for a celebratory start to the school year. There were lots of introductions, handshakes, hugs, conversation, laughter, and of course, delicious food and time to play. Over too quickly, but it was a school night, after all.