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E-News: September 21

Upcoming Events

Sept. 22-23: Camping 101

Sept. 23: PSAT Workshop for 11th Graders

Sept. 24: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Sept. 25: College Application Work Party

Sept. 27: After School Enrichment Class "Nature Spa" Begins

Sept. 29-30: Alpine Backpacking Trip

Oct. 1: Upper School Parent/Guardian and School Counselor Coffee

Oct. 1: 6th Grade Social Event

Oct. 3: International Trips Information Night

Oct. 5: Volleyball Fan Night

Oct. 5: 7th Grade Social Event

Oct. 6: Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride

Northwest's Annual Moon Festival Celebration, Sept. 24

On Sept. 24, 4:00-6:30 pm, in the West Court/Urban Farm and Garden, please join us for our annual Moon Festival celebration. Families and friends of the Northwest School community are welcome to celebrate this important fall holiday with our international students. Our kitchen staff will be providing authentic food, and mooncakes will be available!

Fall Upper School Fan Games Coming Up!

Don your maroon and white on and come out to support our Upper School fall sports at some special Fan Nights!

  • Sept. 28, 5:30 pm: Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Tyee at Starfire Stadium. We'll have pizza and take care of the driving (4:00 pm departure, approximately 7:30 pm return)
  • Oct. 2, 3:30 pm: Boys' Ultimate at Bobby Morris Park. We will have prizes for students with the best sideline spirit and burgers on the grill!
  • Oct. 5, 4:00 pm: Girls' Volleyball at Northwest. We will have free shirts!
  • Oct. 19, 3:30 pm: Cross Country at Lincoln Park. Our girls are chasing their eighth-consecutive league championship and the boys are aiming to defend their title!

Upcoming College Counseling Office Events

PSAT Overview Session for 11th Grade Students, Sept. 23, 1:00-4:00 pm, Raymond
Tutors from University Tutoring will facilitate this introduction to the PSAT. Eleventh grade students interested in attending the prep session should pre-register in Naviance by Monday, September 17.

12th Grade Application Work Party, Sept. 25, 5:00-8:00 pm, Computer Lab
The College Counseling team will be on hand to answer questions and review essays as 12th grade students work independently on college applications. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Please pre-register for this event in Naviance so that we have an accurate food count. Students with dietary restrictions can e-mail Anna Wilsey for accommodations.

Notes from the Dining Hall

A few quick words from the Dining Hall faculty:

  •  Most foods in the kitchen are labeled with dietary and allergen information. If you have a question about an ingredient or what’s in a dish, please ask any of the chefs in the kitchen. Students with severe food allergies and/or intolerances should see Chef Kris on the days when an alternate meal is necessary.
  • We are decreasing our use of disposable dishes and are implementing a “blue plate special” for students that need a to-go meal during lunch. All dishes (plates, cups, utensils) must be returned to the kitchen by 3:30 pm every day. Note: To-go meals can only be requested by students who are meeting with a teacher or taking a test during lunch. In all other circumstances, students should eat in the dining room.
  • The dining room is open for lunch daily from 11:15 am-1:30 pm. Students should come to their assigned lunch period. If a student is free for both lunch periods, please choose one or the other to attend. Beverage machines, salad bar, fruit, and the WB&J station are off limits outside of lunch.

Northwest Faculty Featured on New Cirque du Soleil Score

Are you planning on seeing the new Cirque du Soleil show Volta? Consider listening to the original score beforehand, which features Northwest Orchestra Director Jo Nardolillo on violin. The score can be accessed on most music streaming sites.

International Trips Information Night, Oct. 3

We invite students and their parents/guardians to attend an informal session about the international trips Northwest is offering this year on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6:15-7:45 pm, in the Commons. This year, we plan to offer three international trips during Summits:

  • El Salvador (open to 11-12th graders, no language requirements)
  • France (open to 9-12th graders studying French)
  • Greater China (open to 9-12th graders, no language requirements)

Sophomore students who are applying to study in France during the third trimester are required to attend this informational night.

If you have any questions about the meeting or about the trips, please contact Director of Global Programs and Outreach Dmitry Sherbakov or the trip leaders:

Upcoming Middle School Social Events

6th Grade Social Event, Oct. 1, 3:30-5:00 pm
Students have a unique opportunity to partner with the Freeway Park Association to design, paint, and construct lanterns to light the pathways of Freeway Park. We will make lanterns, listen to music, and make ice cream sundaes. If your student plans on attending, please fill out this sign up sheet by Friday, Sept. 28. Please pick up your student at the front of the main building on Summit Ave. This event is for students only.

7th Grade Social Event, Oct. 5, 3:30-5:00 pm
This event will include a board game party room and a dance/karaoke room. Bring your favorite board game or think of your favorite song to sing! If your student plans on attending, please fill out this sign up sheet by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Please pick up your student at the front of the main building on Summit Ave. This event is for students only.

If you have any questions, please contact Middle School Dean of Students Maria Moses.

Faculty Performance, Sept. 22

The Cumbieros, a cumbia band featuring Spanish teacher Clarke Reid, will be playing at La WashinFonda 2018, a Chilean Independence Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00-11:00 pm, at the Russian Center & Hall. ¡A bailar!

Heart Screening for Upper School Students, Oct. 3

We are partnering with the Nick of Time Foundation (NoTF) to offer an optional heart screening at school, at 9:00 am-12:30 pm, on Wednesday, Oct 3. NoTF is an organization dedicated to reducing the incidences of sudden cardiac arrest among youth via low-cost cardiac screening to assess undetected heart conditions. The screening is conducted and reviewed onsite by cardiologists and sports physicians experienced in electrocardiogram (ECG) youth heart screens. They use international criteria to evaluate an ECG, and in some cases, an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart. More information about the screening can be found here.

Note: The screening is only available to Upper School students due to NoTF’s requirement that students are 14 years or older. Interested families may register their student through their parental My Backpack account. The cost of the screening is $25 (this is covered for students receiving financial aid). For more questions, please contact Athletic Director Britt Atack.

Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey

The Northwest School is participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey during October 2018.

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse, and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities, and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter (English/Spanish) for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey. The Parent and Student Notification Letter is also available in other languages here. Additional information can be found at www.AskHYS.net. Contact Megan Reibel with questions.

Early Sibling and Faculty Child Applications

Applications for admission to the 2018-19 school year are now being accepted. For current families and faculty members with a child applying to 6th grade, please note that Early Sibling & Faculty Child (ESFC) applications are due October 19. For more information about the ESFC application timeline, and the admission process for siblings and faculty children applying to grades 7 and above, please click here, or contact our Admissions Office.

College Counseling Programs and Updates

Over 100 colleges visit The Northwest School in the fall trimester to meet with prospective students. In addition to coordinating these visits, the College Counseling Office offers resources and events to support 12th graders in the college application process and 11th graders as they begin the college search. Please click here to view college counseling announcements, upcoming events, and the college visits schedule.

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