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E-News: September 7

Upcoming Events

Sept. 11-13: Peer Mentor Retreat

Sept. 12-14: 6th Grade Class Trip

Sept. 12-13: 8th Grade Class Trip

Sept. 12-14: 9th Grade Class Trip

Sept. 13-14: 7th Grade In-city Experience

Sept. 13-14: Senior Challenge

Sept. 20: 10th Grade Parent/Guardian Meeting and Study Abroad Information Night

Sept. 20: 11th Grade College Night

Sept. 22-23: Camping 101

Sept. 23: PSAT Workshop for 11th Graders

Middle School Trip/In-city Experience Information Email

Middle School parents should have received an email from Grade Level Coordinators this week with the details of their student(s) upcoming trip or in-city experience. If you did not receive an email, please check your "junk" or "spam" folder. If it is not there, please contact the school to receive the information.

Notes from the Dining Hall

A few quick words from the Dining Hall staff:

  • 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.

Announcing First Outdoor Program Trip of Year!

The Outdoor Program invites you on Camping 101, our first trip of the year. Come camp along the shores of the Puget Sound and learn or review essential camping skills, such as cooking, tent set up, and packing your backpack. This trip will prepare you for future Outdoor Program trips and connect you with our outdoor interested students and trip leaders. We will spend time exploring the plant and animal life of the Puget Sound inlet, take a short hike, and play frisbee and other field games.

Information about signing up for this trip will be in an email to all parents on Monday, Sept. 10. For any questions, please contact Sophie Daudon.

Announcing Parent/Guardian and School Counselor Coffees

Join Erin North and Megan Reibel, our school counselors, for a coffee/tea and conversation. The goal for parent/guardian coffees is to offer a space to connect with other adults parenting teens, build community, and have a safe and open forum to discuss the challenges and joys that come with parenting tweens and teens. These coffees offer a space to share resources, seek advice from fellow parents, or discuss a success that has transformed your home. Coffee dates for the 2018-19 school year are as follows:

Upper School
  • Monday, Oct. 1
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • Thursday, April 18
Middle School
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7
  • Thursday, Jan. 17
  • Tuesday, April 23

All coffees will be held from 8:10-9:30 am, in the Dining Hall (please enter via Pike Street).The first 10 and last 10 minutes of each coffee will be informal time to socialize and transition to the next part of your day. We encourage you to bring your own cup as well!

If you would like to connect with the counseling office in another way, please feel free to reach out directly to Megan or Erin.

Winter CSA Sign-Up: Fresh, Local, Organic Veggies

Last year, a handful of Northwest faculty participated in a scrumptious workplace winter community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, offered by Amy Frye and Jacob Slosberg '06 of Boldly Grown Farm in Skagit Valley. This program provides an opportunity to receive a regular supply of high quality, locally grown, certified organic veggies through the winter months, available for pick-up at The Northwest School. Boldly Grown and Northwest are excited to open up this CSA program to our families this year!

Boldly Grown's CSA runs every other week from late October through March. The Northwest School drop-off/pick-up is on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00-8:00 pm, in the greenhouse on West Court.

You can view the full program details and registration info here. Choose the NWS drop site on the registration form. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP! Email Jenny Cooper, director of environmental education and sustainability, with any questions.

Volunteer and Grandparent Forms Due by September 15

We would like to remind all parents (especially NEW parents) to please take a few minutes to fill out your Volunteer Interest Form, and your Grandparent & Special Friend Form by Sept. 15.

Study Abroad Program Information Sessions, Sept. 20 and 21

This year, we will be offering three Study Abroad Program opportunities for 10th graders, during Trimester 3, at our partner schools in France, Spain, and Taiwan.

On Sept. 20, at 6:30 pm, in the Commons, we will have a presentation for the families of 10th grade students interested in studying abroad during the Parent/Guardian Night.

Students who are interested in applying to participate in the Study Abroad Program should plan to attend a meeting on Sept. 21, during Flex time, in the Physics Lab.

Upcoming College Events for Juniors

11th Grade College Night, Sept. 20, 6:30 pm, Dining Hall
Erin Miller and Veronica Leyva will introduce juniors and their parents to the college search and application process, highlighting next steps and important events. 11th grade students and at least one parent/guardian from each family are strongly encouraged to attend. The program will begin with announcements from members of the Upper School administration, and the college portion will immediately follow.

PSAT Overview Session for 11th Grade Students, Oct. 1, 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.

Early Sibling and Faculty Child Applications

Applications for admission to the 2018-19 school year are being accepted starting today. 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.

Follow The Northwest School on Social Media!

Make sure to follow us on the various social media platforms. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also have a special Instagram feed devoted to environmental sustainability.

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 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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