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E-News: September 28

Upcoming Events

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. 6: Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride

Oct. 8: 7th Grade Social Event

Oct. 8: College Application Work Party

Oct. 8: Board of Trustees Meeting

Oct. 11: Board of Trustees Reception for New Families

Oct. 11: Curriculum Night

Oct. 12: No School (NWAIS Conference)

Save the Date! Our First Parent Forum: The Northwest School’s New Strategic Framework, Oct 18

  • 6:30 pm: Social Time
  • 7:00 pm: Program
  • 401 Dining Room

The Northwest School Board of Trustees invites you to a special Parent Forum on Oct 18 to learn about the school’s new Strategic Framework. This is the plan that will guide the school through the next five years. Several Board members and Head of School Mike McGill will be on hand to talk about the framework and answer questions. Stay tuned for more detailed information about the event in next week's e-news.

Fall Upper School Fan Nights Coming Up!

Don your maroon and white and come out to support our Upper School fall sports teams at any or all of special Fan Nights!

  • Sept. 28, 5:30 pm: Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Tyee at Starfire Stadium. We'll have pizza, and we'll 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!

Curriculum Night/New Parent Reception, Oct. 11

The Northwest School is hosting two separate events for parents on the same evening. First, new parents have the chance to meet with the Board of Trustees. Following the reception, all parents are invited to the school to experience a condensed version of your student's schedule during Curriculum Night. The Registrar’s Office will email a copy of the schedule to parents in advance of the evening to support a more efficient start.

New Parent Reception with Board of Trustees
5:30-6:15 pm: Meet in Dining Hall at 401 E Pike. Introductory remarks begin at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to this event by emailing Tiffany Lobner.

Curriculum Night

  • 6:30 pm: Refreshments available for parents
  • 6:30 pm: Upper School parents meet with advisors
  • 6:45 pm: 6th Grade parents meet as a grade level
  • 7:00 pm: 7th and 8th grade parents meet as grade levels
  • 7:15 pm: Class schedules begin
  • 9:15 pm: Curriculum Night ends

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. 8, 3:30-5:00 pm (please note date change from last week's announcement)
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.

Biking the Snoqualmie Tunnel, Oct. 6

We are excited to announce a special opportunity to bike the Iron Horse Trail through a two-mile tunnel under Snoqualmie Pass. More information for this Outdoor Program trip can be found here, and parents can sign their students up for the trip on My BackPack.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity with Dorm

Come join the dorm and our neighbors, First Covenant Church, on Saturday, September 29th, at 8:00-10:30 am. We will help set up the room, prepare and serve breakfast to clients, and assist with clean-up. Please contact Ruth Huang if you would like to join. We will meet at the dorm at 7:50 am and walk over together.

Upcoming College Events

12th Grade College Application Work Party—UW and UC Focus, Oct. 8, 5:00-8:00 pm
The College Counseling Office will present on the University of California, University of Washington (coalition), and California State University applications. All seniors are welcome to attend, even if they are not applying to universities in these systems.

PSAT for 11th Graders, Oct. 13
Juniors should plan to arrive at school by 7:45 am, as testing will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Following 11th Grade College Night, parents/guardians were emailed a link to confirm your student's seat. Please do so by Oct. 1.

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.

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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