On Friday, December 8, Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho, spoke to Upper School students at Forum. Densho, which means “to pass on to the next generation” in Japanese, preserves the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in internment camps during WWII. Tom, who also visited the Japanese-American Experience history class this fall, spoke of the resonance of Pearl Harbor and Japanese internment seventy-six years later. He referenced a quote often attributed to Mark Twain: “History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”
"Climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." —John Muir
Fall was a busy time at the Bush Methow Campus. Middle School rock climbing trips, a fly-fishing adventure, the NWAIS risk-management conference and a Bush Family Open House rounded out a fantastic September and October in Mazama. Wildfires in the nearby North Cascade mountains did force us to relocate the Eighth grade and Senior retreats planned for the Methow in early September. Many programs, however, were able to take advantage of fantastic fall weather as cool, starry nights and brilliant autumn foliage set in.
On Thursday, November 9, two Buddhist monks visited Bush as part of a growing relationship between The Bush School and the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. Geshe Tsewang and Khen Rinpoche (founder of the Siddhartha School) first met with Bush Fifth Grade students who talked about their participation in Rinpoche's Heroes Project. They painted portraits of their local heroes and wrote accompanying essays. These portraits will be on display in shows in New York City, Colorado, and possibly Seattle. In the early spring Bush will host two Eighth Grade students and two teachers from Siddhartha School for two weeks of immersion in our school community. In the spring, a Middle School Experiential Week adventure will go to Ladakh for two weeks of local homestay and school experience.
The Bush School Drama Department presents: The Tempest
The Bush School Drama Department presents William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'! Come see our amazing Upper School drama students bring this tale of magic, revenge, and love to life with vibrant colors and live music.
'The Tempest' Opens Wednesday, November 1! Shows are November 1–4 at 7:00 p.m. in Benaroya Theater, with an additional 2:00 p.m. show on Saturday November 4.
Who’s your hero? This school year, Fifth Grade students have been thinking about what makes a hero. Students created portraits and wrote pieces about their heroes.
After choosing their hero, students collected photos depicting their personal hero. For some students, this meant going through historical family photos up to four generations back. For others, this meant honoring a classmate for their generosity and kindness.
This project was a truly interdisciplinary effort. Head of School Percy L. Abram, Lower School Director Pri Alahendra, and Middle School Counselor Gayle Gingold visited the Fifth Grade to share about their personal heroes. Lower School Art Teacher Li-Ting Hung led students through the complex work of translating a photo into a painting while Fifth Grade Teachers Mike Jackson and Rosemary Wheeler worked with students to create an essay about their hero. Lower School Tech Teacher Jeffrey Adjei is currently creating videos with students combining audio recordings of the essays and images of the portraits.
Last Friday, they sent their work to New York as part of the Heroes Elevate Empathy Project to be displayed alongside students’ work from schools all around the world.
One of the participating schools is Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. Middle School faculty Laurie Mathews and Ben Wheeler have been building connections between The Bush School and Siddhartha School, including a visit by Siddhartha's founder and head Khen Rinpoche last school year. This spring, Middle School students are planning to travel to Ladakh during E-Week.
Congratulations to our MS Cross Country runners on their successful individual runs and team performances at the Crosstown League Championships on October 17th! Our girls team (Liv, Romy, Ava, Ruby, and Elise) took 1st place out of seven teams. Our boys team (Amare, Calder, Carlos, George, Reese, and Kailen) took 3rd place out of nine teams. Click here for full results.
Special congratulations to Liv and Romy who took second and fourth respectively and to Amare for taking first with a time of 8:38 for the 1.5 mile race. Go Blazers!
The annual Lower School Family Overnight Adventure took place at Cornet Bay this year. With spooky cookie decorating, a cider press, and pumpkin carving, it was a fun fall extravaganza for the whole family. Thanks to Andrew Yates, Eric Aiken, Verena Kuzmany andAnna Belknap for the awesome photos, shared via Vidigami.