The Perkins School

The Perkins School is an independent kindergarten through grade five school located in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood.

I don’t know about you, but I have seen every one of these reactions over the last 3 weeks. It’s so important to remember that some actions are really an expression of sadness. This is such a long time in the life of a small person and sometimes they need some extra love and hugs and forgiveness.

One of our kindergarteners has a mathematical message for everyone: love is greater than coronavirus. Or, in his own words: “The virus is very little and love is much gianter.”

Some of the lovely signs 4th and 5th graders made to hang outside their houses as part of a recent [email protected] assignment. Teachers are helping kids know that they have an important role to play here and that it really will be OK if we all do our part!

Eight Acts of Goodness Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Help your children focus on the nice things that are happening, not on all the scary parts. Teachers have been talking to students about how we are community helpers. We can help by staying home and keeping each other safe. We will get through this. There is no shortage of goodness, kindness, and heroism as the world battles the novel coronavirus.

The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

Need some read alouds to get you through the weekend? This is a giant list of authors doing online activities! Get reading and writing!

Bunny's Not a Rabbit

This song will make your day! This is what happens when Andy decides to “make a quick video.”

This video is about My Movie 1

Ms Frizzle would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It was one of her favorite holidays as a teacher, and she’s enjoying a mellower version this year in retirement. She is safely quarantined in her new home in Mt Vernon, and says to tell everyone she is thinking of you all!

The Perkins Staff says “hi!!!” We miss you all!

Teacher-recommended online learning resources, and how parents can support remote learning

Perkins community! Your teachers are hard at work figuring out how to do engaging hands-on learning without the hands-on part. To tide you over until Tuesday, here is an article from last week with some great online resources. Have you found a great one? Add it to the comments! Teacher-approved, kid-tested online learning resources in case of school closures, plus non-screen tips from a 2nd-grade teacher.

Staff meeting today to plan distance learning. We met in the gym so we could try to be several feet from one another, with our most vulnerable staff members joining virtually. It was actually an inspiring and joyful day. Teachers are really pulling out the stops to make this new adventure the best it can be for our kids. We made videos and found fun online games and sprayed everything with bleach. This is an amazing staff and they are working so hard, putting aside their own stress and uncertainty so we can keep Perkins full of bravery, curiosity, empathy and joy!!

One of the awesome things that happens during Arts Week, apart from all the art, is the special guest read alouds from Barry and the 4th/5th grade teacher, Ali.

In between hand washing there was still tons of learning at Perkins this week!

How are you washing your hands? Classic ABCs? Happy Birthday? Macarena? Apparently the British are recommending God Save the Queen...

How to talk to kids about the novel coronavirus

This is a helpful article about talking to kids about the coronavirus. In uncertain times, children look to their adults for calm and stability. Be honest, but try not to spend too much time talking about it, and try to stick to as many routines as you can. Keep calm and stick to the facts: local experts weigh in on how to chat with kids about the coronavirus.

[03/05/20]   We are really enjoying the cheerful sounds of the ABCs echoing out of the bathrooms multiple times per day.

Did you hear that Admiral One Hundred came to the kindergarten yesterday? We usually get visits from Lieutenant Ten. Every 10 days he helps us count the days of school. But yesterday was the hundredth day, so his boss came and gave students special counters and helped them write the number 100!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The first edition of the Perkins Post came off the presses today. Written entirely by 4th and 5th graders, it’s an all Perkins newspaper. Nothing like seeing your hard work in print!

Magical Moments in science. Second and third graders dissected fish and were fascinated by finding all the organs

Did you love seeing the sun today? It was a great day to play outside and all the rain we had left us with loads of mud and wet sand that became all kinds of food and treasure.

What a fun time bowling at our winter social event! Many thanks to the Perkins Parents Association for putting it together!!

What’s at the end of a rainbow? Perkins! Just kidding, Perkins kids know it’s a scientific phenomena! And it’s just as exciting for the grownups as it is for the students!

We examine our natural world in many ways. Today first grade scientists took advantage of the snow to build towers and think about what you need to make them tall and how spraying them with colored water helped or didn’t.

Cozy reading by the "fire."
In some places 4th and 5th graders would be too busy worrying about being cool to suggest a pajama party as an end of the unit celebration... Childhood is alive and well at Perkins!

The Perkins School – Seattle, WA

The Perkins School community cultivates curiosity, bravery, empathy and joy.

Friday’s talent show was pretty epic! We have some talented 4th and 5th graders! 2nd and 3rd grade will perform at assembly on 1/24!

Scooping up words! Reading several words in a row is easier to understand than when you read them one by one, and scooping them up with a ladle is more fun than... well, not!

4th and 5th graders attacked some BIG math by developing BIG questions, determining a mathematical process, and presenting their BIG answers at assembly.

What are you doing in math this week?

Dogzilla! The only problem with the first grade learning about area and perimeter through building paper farms is the occasional school dog invasion. Just kidding! Bunny is always welcome!

King George visited the colonies today. This was his first visit and he was very pleased with what he saw, as our fourth and fifth graders have been working in their colonist “families” for some time, learning about life in early America. Tomorrow they will get to have a pizza party and earn loads of points. There was mention of taxes, but they aren’t worried about that yet.... stay tuned....

Pics from last Saturday. What does it say about a school when the staff get together for fun? This was not organized by the school but every staff member was invited because we genuinely like each other. I wish this wasn’t so rare because it makes for an amazing place to work and learn.

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to Coffee with Barry. We heard from our Head of School about how far the school has come in the last 10 years! If you couldn’t be there, look for the notes coming out soon!

Robotics club!

Feel the love!

Here’s some special Perkins math:

What do you get when you add our big chestnut trees and the organizational wizardry of the Parents Association and multiply it by the nearly endless ability of first graders to collect chestnuts?
Answer: a wonderful big donation to a local food bank. There are two big boxes you can’t even see in the picture and those trees are still full!

Kindergarteners meet the science class animals!

Today was the 10th day of school, LieuTENant Ten came to visit the kindergarten and talk to the students about the number ten. The kindergarteners thought he bore a striking resemblance to their teacher, Grant, but he had a mustache, so it was clearly not the same person!

The first full week was a success! Way too many exciting things for just one picture!

The Perkins School's cover photo

Self Portraits through the years. Every class starts the year with a study of self. So much understanding, perspective and hand eye coordination happens in 6 short years. @ The Perkins School

We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Some of our teachers tried out the new play structure today. They claimed they were thinking about how kids might use it, but they were having an awful lot of fun...

Something exciting happened today...

Alumni introduce young learners to sustainability at Seattle's Perkins School

A few of our amazing teachers share their passion for sustainability and working with young children. When teaching is a passion amazing things happen. A handful of UW College of Education alumni are helping children at the school in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood see the impact they can have on their local community and environment.

Can you spot what’s missing? I bet you children can! Imagine what is coming...

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