Posted by Joe Filbrun, SCS Board Member
For many people, the beginning of a new year is a natural time to assess the past, look to the future, make new goals, and recalibrate plans. I find myself doing that each January, too, and it can be very helpful. But I’ve also noticed something else that can sneak in with all that assessing and planning: dissatisfaction. If I’m not careful, looking back can become an exercise in dwelling on my failures or disappointments,
Posted by Eileen Faber, 1st grade teacher
I’m not only certified to teach First Grade, I have a K-12 English teaching endorsement. This summer when I renewed my certificate for the 6th time, I once again was told that I could take Joel Bratt’s job.
Language and words have always been important to me. I was the editor of the school paper in high school. I’ve always liked to write. Transformational grammar was my favorite college course. I have to make sure my texts have the correct punctuation or I just don’t feel good about sending them. We don’t write a lot in first grade, but we use lots of spoken language. I hope that my first graders leave my classroom remembering many things that I have taught them: (Some of these are grammatically related; some are just my first grade bits of wisdom to live by.) Read more >> about I am Grateful
Posted by Bev Koops, 5th grade teacher
Two years ago we had an elementary chapel about the need of people in Kenya to get water, especially clean water. Boni Piper had come back from Kenya after helping build bases for water tanks, and she shared with us how much getting clean water drastically improved their lives. Some of the kids were moved to help raise money for those tanks. Two of the current 7th graders are still raising money for WEI, the organization that helps with this. Now Agnes, a lady from Kenya who had received a tank several years ago, was in Seattle to give a speech.