The Middle School retreats were a huge success! The Sixth Grade traveled to Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, where their primary goal was to create a sense of community with each other. To accomplish this, students participated in a number of team building activities, wrote journal entries and poetry, and played field games. Photos from their trip are available here. The Seventh Grade retreat was held at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island. Each student rotated through four main activities: sea kayaking, nature and art, team building, and service to the camp. Students also learned wilderness skills, hiked, and bonded with their advisories. The primary focus of the Seventh Grade retreat was to foster trust, promote positive relationships, and encourage high levels of responsibility and respect for each other. View photos from the Seventh Grade retreat here.
The Fifth Grade recently returned from their annual retreat. They spent three days on beautiful Orcas Island at Camp Orkila. The weather was gorgeous and the Fifth Grade ambassadors represented The Bush School brilliantly. The goals of the trip were to explore nature, encourage the students to take healthy risks, and build a stronger Fifth Grade community. A variety of fun and exciting activities were offered. Students collected and studied water samples from Puget Sound, learned nature survival skills, and encouraged each other on the massive Zip Line and Giant Swing. It was a great way to kick off their final year in Lower School! See all of their adventures in this photo album.
During the first week of school, we asked faculty and staff to celebrate their tenure at Bush—from year one to year forty-two—with a photo. Check out this fun slideshow of pictures of Bush faculty and staff from the first day of school. Faculty have taught at Bush for an average of 9.6 years, and an average of 15.7 years of total teaching. As founder Helen Taylor Bush said, “The most important factor in any school is the teacher.” Each year, the beginning of school is an extra-special reminder that amazing teachers are the heart of The Bush School. Faculty and staff at Bush work with students every day to spark a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities. For those who have taught generations, for those who are in their first weeks at Bush, and for everyone in between—we are grateful.
On September 5, the Upper School embarked on their annual back-to-school retreats. Ninth Grade students participated in a wonderful trip to The Seabeck Conference Center. The retreat focused on building a learning community to sustain the students’ transition into high school. The Tenth Grade explored their sense of self and of community. Through personal and group challenges, community service, and reflection, students considered who they are as individuals and as a class, and how they can positively impact each other and the greater Seattle community. This year’s Eleventh Grade retreat included a college visit to The Evergreen State College and then a trip to The Naturebridge Retreat Center. The Twelfth Grade spent three days and two nights in the North Cascades at our new Methow Campus. Their activities were designed to stimulate reflection about their roles as student leaders and stewards of The Bush School. You can look through the photo album to see pictures of their adventures!
A Beautiful Start to The School Year: Convocation 2018
Thank you to Board President Karen Marcotte Solimano, FA President Karen Merritt, Head of School Percy L. Abram, Fifth Grade speaker Kiran ‘26, Eighth Grade speaker Tully ‘23, and Twelfth Grade speaker Dylan ‘19 for their speeches on challenge, fun, the future, and this year’s theme, “beauty”. Happy first day of school, everyone!
After Convocation, the Bush Families Association hosted a Volunteer Fair for all parents/guardians who wish to get involved. Even if you missed the fair, you can still find an opportunity that fits with your availability and interests.
Our Bush School Families Association mission is to promote awareness, a sense of belonging, participation, and education of our families at Bush. Our purpose is to nurture a spirit of involvement and community between the school and its families. Every enrolled family is a member of the FA—and all FA meetings are open for you to attend. We encourage you to visit this tile regularly throughout the year for updates on FA events and volunteer opportunities.
There are many ways for parents and guardians to contribute time and talent to the school. Whether it is chaperoning a single field trip or serving on a committee, there truly is “something for everyone.” Many volunteer opportunities are done during school hours, but plenty can be done at home, such as preparing dishes for the Faculty/Staff Luncheons, editing copy for the auction catalog or coordinating volunteers to work shifts at Sparky’s Grill (just to name a few).
We’ve seen them in movie theaters and in comic books, seen their names on products and different versions of them in pop culture. We all think we know the Norse gods and their stories, but there are sides of the mythology that may surprise you. Loki was not cruel, but clever. Thor was not brutal, but brave. And those are only the two most well-known in a pantheon that valued justice over everything, and believed that strength and cleverness must coexist. The Bush Upper School Drama department explored the rich history of Norse mythology in their summer production of Saga: Tales from Norse Mythology. Written by our own Jeremy Bryan and workshopped by Upper School students as part of the AMP program, Saga explored the lesser known stories of these familiar gods, the culture that worshipped them, and the power of stories to span thousands of years and miles.
Summer 2018 was a busy time at The Bush School! In June, campers experimented with 3-D printing, learned about the deep sea and its inhabitants, practiced sewing, and learned improv with Stone Soup Theater. July and August Lower School camps included Adventure Art and Magic Movement, Coding, and Magic. Middle School students chose from a variety of camps including Parkour, Paddle Boarding, Rock Band, and Self- Defense. In the Upper School, summer programs in writing, study skills, and self-defense took center stage.
On Sunday, June 10, The Bush School's Class of 2018 performed the graduation ceremony on campus, surrounded by family, friends, and K-12 faculty. Thank you to our student speakers, Ethan, Willa, Seb, and Rumi, and our faculty speaker, Melissa Lanctot. Thank you to Belqeis for introducing Melissa. Thank you to our Head of School Percy L. Abram, Board President Justin Moon ’91, and Upper School Director Ray Wilson for their part of the ceremony.
A video of this event will be made available to families over the summer. We will email it out when it's ready as well as add it to Vidigami.
For all photos including family photos and the presentation of diplomas, please log into Vidigami. If you have any issues, contact Katie Walker, Associate Director of Communications, at email@example.com.
Congratulations to our seniors who will be pursuing athletics or the arts in college! Athletes, top: Grace (ultimate at Carleton College), Ethan (track and cross country at Pomona College), Sophie (ultimate and basketball at Drexel University), and Noah (tennis at Brown University). Artists, bottom: David (visual art and design at Cornish College of the Arts), Oscar (communication design at Parsons School of Design), Harrison (theater and music at Whitman College), Sofia (acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Jackson (acting and directing at University of Washington), Charlotte (minor in studio art at Colby College), Lucy (art history with a minor in studio art at Vassar College), Willa (acting and children’s theater at Emory University), Keegan (art and design at University of Colorado at Boulder), Noah (English literature, creative writing, and children’s theater at Brown University), and Saffron (film, media, and theater at Smith College).