Welcome to The Bush School!

One of the best parts of the new school year is the opportunity to welcome new students and families to our school community. We can hardly wait to get started and are thrilled to have you joining the Bush community.

Save the dates for our spring welcome events below! Our division directors will be in contact with new families during the summer and by mid-June, parents of new students will receive a username and password to the Bush web portal which provides access to additional resources and back-to-school information.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in the coming months, and please be sure to reach out to us in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with any questions along the way.

Sincerely,
The Bush School Admissions Team

Information for New Families

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  • Start of School Important Dates

    New Student Orientation Sessions
    Tuesday, September 4
    Kindergarten Orientation: Kindergarten parents will receive a letter this summer from their child's teacher with a specific time frame for their child's visit.
    Lower School Orientation (Grades 1-5): 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    Middle School Orientation: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Ninth Grade Orientation: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Tenth Grade Orientation: 10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Convocation
    Wednesday, September 5 from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    First Day of Lower and Middle School Classes
    Wednesday, September 5

    Student Retreats
    Middle School Student Retreats: Tuesday, September 11 - Friday, September 14
    Upper School Student Retreats: Wednesday, September 5 - Friday, September 7
    Fifth Grade Camp Orkila Trip: Wednesday, September 12 - Friday, September 14

    First Day of Upper School Classes
    Monday, September 10

    Division directors will be in contact with families during the summer to provide more detailed information about the start of school.
  • 2018-2019 Major Dates Calendar

    New Student Orientation
    September 4, 2018

    First Day of Classes

    September 5, 2018

    Veteran's Day
    November 11
    Veteran's Day Observance (campus closed)
    Monday, November 12

    Thanksgiving Break
    November 19-23
    K-12 Faculty/Staff In-Service Day: November 19
    K-12 Faculty Work Day: November 20
    Thanksgiving (campus closed): November 22-23

    Last Day before Winter Holiday Break  (half day)
    December 21

    Winter Holiday Break
    December 24 - January 4

    Classes Resume
    January 7, 2019

    Martin Luther King Jr. Observance (campus closed)
    January 21

    President's Day Observance  (campus closed)
    February 18

    Mid-Winter Break (no classes)
    February 18-22

    Spring Break  (no classes)
    April 8 - 12

    Memorial Day Observance  (campus closed)
    May 27

    Last Day of School
    June 6

    Upper School Graduation
    June 9
  • Tuition Payment Information

    Families will receive their first tuition bill in the mail in June, to be due on July 1, 2018. Please note that on June 15, 2018, families will be liable for 100% of tuition.*

    Lower School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $8,253.33 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $24,760.0 due on July 1, 2018
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $2,861.16 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    Middle School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $10,101.67 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $30,305.91 due on July 1, 2018.
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $3,501.91 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    Upper School Payment Plans**
    Three Payment Plan - $10,576.67 due on July 1, 2018; September 1, 2018; and January 1, 2019.
    One Payment Plan - One payment of $31,730.00 due on July 1, 2018.
    Nine Payment Plan - Nine payments of $3,666.58 each, due beginning July 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, and March 1 and April 1, 2019. (No payment on February 1.)

    *Tuition liability varies depending on whether families chose to opt in to the tuition insurance plan.
    **Note that the above amounts are based on the full tuition for each grade level. Payment amounts for families receiving financial assistance will vary according to the parental contributions outlined in the enrollment contract.

    To find out which payment plan you selected, please email enrollment@bush.edu for a copy of your enrollment contract.
    For questions about tuition payments, please contact Student Accounts Manager Sandy Ryder at sandy.ryder@bush.edu.
    For questions about tuition liability or financial aid, please contact Director of Enrollment Management Polly Fredlund at polly.fredlund@bush.edu.
  • Health Forms

    In order for students to begin school on Wednesday, September 5, they must have completed medical forms on file. The updated 2018–2019 health forms will be available the week of June 11, and are due by July 17. All new and current families will receive an email notification when the updated health forms are available. This allows the school to properly manage any health emergencies your child may have while at school or while participating in school activities off campus. Unfortunately, your child will be sent home if the medical forms—vital health record, physician, medication, concussion, current immunization, and any applicable “action” plan—are not on file with Magnus Health.

    Be sure to schedule your child's annual physical if you haven't already!
  • Upper School Laptop Information

    Greetings,

    Since digital tools have become integral to student experience and workflow at Upper School, all students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with them to school. We have identified entry level models that will perform well, though virtually any modern Windows or Macintosh laptop with ample storage will offer students what they need for assigned work. Essentially, a laptop needs to be able to fully utilize Google Apps for Education and the Bush Portal, as well as a variety of other Web based resources.
     
    Some students do well with a large tablet, such as an iPad Pro or Android, but these will not run some of the additional programs that we offer to students for installation, such as MatLab, SketchUp, or Adobe CC. Please contact Director of Technology Ethan Delavan (ethan.delavan@bush.edu) if you have questions concerning the appropriateness of a device to your student’s course of study.

    For families qualifying for financial aid, charge backs to your account are available on the identified models, below, at the same level of aid applied to your tuition. Whether you purchase through Bush or on your own, the upkeep and repair of the laptop are your responsibility, though the Upper School Technology Coordinator will be available to help students with day-to-day usage of their personal laptops.

    Recommended Models:
    • Dell Inspiron 14 7000: $650+tax
      • 14” screen (non-touch)
      • Core i5 Processor
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • 4GB RAM
      • Storage: 128GB SSD + 500GB 5400 rpm HDD
    • MacBook Air (refurbished): $620+tax
      • 13" screen
      • Core i5 processor
      • Mac OS Sierra
      • 8GB RAM
      • Storage: 250GB SSD

    To make an order, please use this Student Laptop Purchasing form. If you have questions about these models, please contact Director of Technology Ethan Delavan (ethan.delavan@bush.edu). Orders are due no later than July 20th to arrive before school begins in September.
     
     
    Best regards,
     
    Ethan Delavan
    Director of Technology
    The Bush School
    206.326.7769
  • Summer Welcome Events

    Kindergarten Playdate #1
    Sunday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Madison Park Beach
    Please contact Krista Seery with any questions at klseery@gmail.com

    Sixth Grade Summer Meetup #1
    Saturday, July 14 from 3-5 p.m.
    Madison Park Beach*

    Kindergarten Playdate #2
    Sunday, August 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Jefferson Park
    Please contact Kate Bayley with any questions at lowx@mac.com

    Ninth Grade Summer Social
    Monday, August 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    The Bush Upper School Campus
    Please contact Cara Holloway with any questions at cara.holloway@icloud.com

    Sixth Grade Summer Meetup #2
    Tuesday, August 21 from 6-8 p.m.
    Seward Park*

    *For questions about the Sixth Grade summer meetups, pleas contact Kate Hinely at khinley@hotmail.com
  • Summer Programs

    Summer Programs offer classes, activities, and camps that provide a healthy, active, engaging, and safe environment for Bush students as well as for students from the broader community. They operate under the same guiding principles as The Bush School's academic-year programs. Summer Programs are dedicated to providing quality experiences for students of all ages.

    Contact summer.programs@bush.edu with questions.

    Summer Programs
  • Summer Sports Camps

    Register for Blazers Summer Sports Camps
    The Blazers Summer Sports Camps focus on teaching and developing fundamental technical and tactical sports skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere. Participants will be able to apply the experience they gain at the camps to their participation on recreational, club and/or interscholastic sports teams. The camps are open for Bush students and non-Bush students and all levels are welcome! Contact jo.ito@bush.edu for more information.

    REGISTER NOW!

    June 11–15
    • Grade 6–8 Boys Basketball: 8:30–11:30 a.m., Schuchart Gym – $210
    • Grade 9–12 Boys Basketball: 12:00–3:00 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Ultimate: Washington Park – $400 Full Day / $220 Half Day
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Volleyball: 3:30–6:30 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210

    June 18–22
    • Grade 6–12 Co-ed Fit & Fun — Speed & Conditioning: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Bush Turf Field – $210
    • Grade 9–12 Girls Basketball: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $150
    • Grade 6–8 Girls Basketball: 12:30–3:30 p.m., Schuchart Gym – $210

    August 20–24
    • Grade 6–8 Girls Tennis: 9:00–11:00 a.m., Madrona Playground Tennis Courts – $210
    • Grade 6–8 Boys Tennis: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Madrona Playground Tennis Courts – $210
  • Upper School Summer Sports Practices

    2018 Upper School Summer Sports Practices
    The Athletic Department plans to offer the following summer sports practices/workout opportunities:
    • Supervised Fitness Center Workouts
    • Boys Basketball
    • Girls Basketball
    • Co-ed Ultimate
    • Girls Volleyball
    • Cross Country Running

    If you are interested in participating in any of the offered activities during the summer, please carefully review the following information, complete the online sign-up form, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions. 

    SIGN-UP:
    • Please complete the 2018 Upper School Summer Practice Form to sign up for any of the below listed offerings.
    • Only families who complete this form will receive summer communications from the respective sport coaches.
      • Note: Girls Volleyball practices are cancelled.
     
    FITNESS CENTER:
    • The Fitness Center will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. starting on Monday, June 11.  Regan, our certified Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach, will be available during these times to assist with fitness programs.
     
    SUMMER TEAM PRACTICES:
    • The following teams will offer practices this summer: Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Co-ed Ultimate, Cross Country.
    • Click here to access the 2018 Summer Team Practice Schedule.  The document includes specific practice times/sites, and the coaches' contact information.  
    • Please note that all listed information is subject to change. Be sure to frequently check for updates before the start date for each offered activity.
     
    PARTICIPATION FEE:
    • The flat rate Summer Practice fee is $110.00 and will be charged to family accounts.
    • The flat rate covers participation in multiple sports and the usage of the fitness center, regardless of how many sessions a student attends.
     
    PARTICIPATION PAPERWORK:
    • Returning Bush students:
      • You already have all required paperwork on file and do not need to submit additional documents.
    • Newly admitted students:
      • Please complete the sign-up form  (see link above) or contact the athletic office to share your family’s email address. Once we receive your contact information, we will email a set of paperwork that needs to be completed prior to participating in summer workouts. Completed paperwork can be dropped off at the front desk, the athletic office, scanned and emailed to jo.ito@bush.edu, or mailed to:
      • The Bush School, Athletic Department, 3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98112.
  • Upper School Sports Sign-ups

    2018–2019 Upper School Sports Sign-ups
    If you are interested in participating on a Bush Sports Team next school year, please carefully review the following information, complete the online sign-up form, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions.

    FALL SEASON INFORMATION:
     
    SIGN-UP:
    • Please complete the 2018-19 Upper School Athletics Sign-up Form to sign up for a fall sport.  The form also allows you to sign up for winter and spring sports.
      • Students are not making a firm commitment to participate by completing this form.
      • Families will be included in team specific communications for each sport they sign up for.
     
    START OF SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
    • Click here to view the Start of Season Practice Schedule which includes the head coaches’ contact information for each offer sport.
      • The athletic department is finalizing this schedule.  Missing information will be added shortly.
    • The fall season begins on Monday, August 20, 2018 (before the start of the school year). Students who plan to play a fall sport are expected to be in attendance.  Per WIAA rules, participants must complete ten practices prior to competing in the first scheduled contest. Coaches will begin keeping track of these practices starting on August 20.
    • The regular season practice schedule (starting the week of September 3) will be communicated directly by the head coaches.
     
    START OF SEASON TEAM RETREATS:
    • The following teams will go on an overnight retreat during the first two weeks of the season:
      • Girls Varsity Soccer: Trip to Camp Casey - August 21-23
      • Varsity Cross Country: Trip to Vashon Island - August 22-24
      • Possible Retreat (TBC): Boys JV & Varsity Ultimate- August 28-30
    • Families whose children have signed up to participate:
      • Please mark the trip dates on your family calendars
      • The respective head coaches will share the trip details in early August.
     
    GAME SCHEDULES:
    • Each team’s game schedule will be available on the Athletics Page on the Bush website by the end of July.
     
    SCHEDULING CONFLICTS/ABSENCES:
    • Be sure to communicate directly with your child’s coach if you anticipate any scheduling conflicts.
  • Middle School Sports Information

    2018–2019 Middle School Sports Information
    If you are interested in participating on a Bush Sports Team next school year, please carefully review the following information, and contact the Athletic Department if you have any questions.

    Middle School Sports Sign-Ups

    • The sign-ups for Middle School Sports are organized as part of the E-lective sign-ups by the Middle School Office. Students will be asked to sign up for fall and winter sports towards the end of the school year. Spring E-lective (and sports) sign-ups take place in December/January.

    General Information

    • Middle School teams practice two to three days a week and compete once or twice a week during each season.
    • Game schedules for 2018–2019 will be published on the Athletics Page once they are finalized.
    • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the Athletics Info Night at the beginning of the school year (Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room)

    2018 Middle School Fall Sports Information:
     
    TEAM ROSTERS:
    • Students who have signed up to participate in a fall sport will be divided into the following teams in the first weeks of the season.  The rosters will be established based on a combination of grade level, and overall and ability.
      • Girls Soccer
        • Navy Team
        • White Team
      • Boys Soccer
        • Navy Team
        • White Team
      • Girls Volleyball
        • Navy Team
        • Royal Team
        • White Team
      • Cross Country Running
        • Navy Team
    • Navy teams (D1) will mainly consist of returning players who will work on advanced skills and
      Strategies.
      • Sports that field only one team (e.g. Cross Country) are considered Navy by default.
      • Navy teams practice three days a week (Tuesdays and Fridays during the E-lective period plus
        an additional afternoon practice on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:30-5:00)
    • Royal (D2) and White Teams (D3) will mainly consist of players who are new to the sport and are
      learning basic skills.
      • White teams practice twice a week during the E-lective period only.
     
    START OF SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
    • Click here to view the Start of Season Practice Schedule which includes the head coaches’ contact information for each offer sport.
    • The fall season begins on Monday, August 27, 2018 (before the start of the school year). Students who signed up to play a fall sport are expected to be in attendance.  
    • The first regular season practice (during the e-lective period) will take place on Friday, September 7.
    • Afternoon practices for Navy teams will begin the week of September 10.
     
    GAME SCHEDULES:
    • Each team’s game schedule will be available on the Athletics Page on the Bush website by the end of July.
     
    SCHEDULING CONFLICTS/ABSENCES:
    • Be sure to communicate directly with your child’s coach if you anticipate any scheduling conflicts.

    PARTICIPATION PAPERWORK
    • All families have been contacted and asked to complete their children’s participation paperwork through the online Magnus Health Portal (MHP).
    • Please follow the MHP instructions and ensure that all required paperwork is completed by the given deadline.
    • Note: Be sure to provide ample time for the review and approval of submitted documents. Unapproved and/or missing documents will result in athletes not being eligible to participate.
  • Extended Day Program

    The Bush School's Extended Day Program is a child-centered environment focused on the development of social skills, intellectual curiosity, self-esteem, and a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. Extended Day runs from dismissal to 6 p.m. Special schedules are communicated ahead of time.

    Extended Day meets the needs of students through a variety of activities and programs, ranging from free play to guided experiences in art, science, music, and physical education. Students can use the resources of the library as well as a large assortment of materials in the Extended Day main room. After-school clubs consist of enrichment courses inspired by Bush's progressive, hands-on approach and are taught by quality contractors. Offerings include robotics, LEGO engineering, Mandarin, sewing, chess club, smart art, and more.
  • Families Association

    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.

    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 two years 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).

    Look for specific calls for volunteers via the weekly E-News, division bulletins, or direct notices from your grade-level rep. You are also always welcome to send a general inquiry by emailing familiesassociation@bush.edu. We will connect you to the appropriate committee or area of interest.
  • Divisional Contacts

    Lower School
    Priyanthi Alahendra, Lower School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7739 / email: priyanthi.alahendra@bush.edu

    Eileen Schiller, Lower School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7738 / email: eileen.schiller@bush.edu

    Middle School
    Jay Franklin, Middle School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7754 / email: jay.franklin@bush.edu

    Victoria D’Amelio, Middle School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7755 / email: victoria.damelio@bush.edu

    Upper School
    Ray Wilson, Upper School Director
    phone: (206) 326-7743 / email: ray.wilson@bush.edu

    Sharon Turner Mulvihill, Upper School Assistant
    phone: (206) 326-7734 / email: sharon.mulvihill@bush.edu