Tilden School (West Seattle)

Academic, engaging, individualized K-5 education since 1985, in West Seattle

Tilden School (West Seattle)

Have you picked your poem for Poem in your Pocket Day tomorrow?

Tomorrow is Poem in your Pocket Day! Don't forget to tuck a poem in your pocket, and share it! It's always a special day at Tilden.

poem in your pocket day


Tomorrow is Poem in your Pocket Day! Don't forget to tuck a poem in your pocket, and share it! It's always a special day at Tilden.

poets.org Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets made the init...

Awesome Avery

One more gentle reminder: team Awesome Avery runs tomorrow in support of pediatric brain cancer research. Donations to the team are earmarked specifically for Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor research--this is the cancer Avery is fighting so courageously. You can still donate!

firstgiving.com Awesome Avery is fundraising for Seattle Children's Hospital

Karin Beck


Our fabulous 5th grade teacher is running a 5K to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's Hospital. If you'd like to donate, any amount is welcome. Here's the site: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/karin-beck/run-of-hope-seattle-2016

firstgiving.com Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I'm running for team Awesome Avery! For the 2015-2016 school year, I had the pure pleasure of having Avery in my fifth-grade class. Recently, …

[04/22/16]   We hope you had a poem in your pocket, today! As we do every year, Tilden students and staff celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day. We love pulling out our poems throughout the day, and sharing them on the playground, in the hall, in class, at lunch.
Enjoy this one!

A Lesson in Handwriting

Try first this figure 2,
how, from the point of the pen,
clockwise it unwinds itself
downward to the line,
making itself a pedestal to stand on.
Watch now. Before your eyes it becomes a swan
drifting across the page, its neck so carefully
poised, its inky eye
lowered in modesty.
As you continue, soon,
between the thin blue lines,
swan after swan sails beautifully past you,
margin to margin, 2 by 2 by 2,
a handwritten swirl of swans.
Under them now unroll
the soft, curled pillows of the 6's,
the acrobatic 3's, the angular 7's,
the hourglass 8's and the neat tadpole 9's,
each passing in review
on stilts and wheels and platforms
in copybook order.

Turn the page, for now
comes the alphabet, an eccentric
parade of odd characters. Initially you may tangle
now and again in a loop or a twirl,
but patience, patience. Each in time will dawn
as faces and animals do, familiar,
laughable, crooked, quirky.
Begin with the letter S. Already
it twists away from the point like a snake or a watchspring,
coiled up and back to strike. SSSS, it says,
hissing and slithering off into the ferns of the F's.
Next comes a line of stately Q's floating
just off the ground, tethered by their tails,
over the folded arms of the W's
and the akimbo M's. Open-eyed, the O's
roll after them like bubbles or balloons
flown by the serious three-tongued E's.
See now how the page fills up
with all the furniture of writing—the armchair H's,
the ladders and trestles of A's and Y's and X's,
the T-shaped tables and the upholstered B's.
The pen abandons a whole scaffolding
of struts and braces, springs and balances,
on which will rest eventually
the weight of a written world, storey on storey
of words and signatures, all the long-drawn-out telling
that pens become repositories of.
These are now your care, and you may give them
whatever slant or human twist you wish,
if it should please you. But you will not alter
their scrawled authority, durable
as stone, silent, grave, oblivious
of all you make them tell.

Tomorrow, words begin.

--Alastair Reid, Weathering

What is Kindergarten? | Tilden School

If your family will be embarking on the Kindergarten journey soon, we think you'll find Tori's post thought-provoking and encouraging.

tildenschool.org Kindergarten is a complicated year for children and their families. It is a year when a group of individual spirits come together for an adventure unlike anything else they have ever experienced. There is a new physical terrain to explore and adapt to, new social complications and expectations, new…

Researchers Find That Frequent Tests Can Boost Learning


We're often asked if we do "standardized" tests. We don't find the big high-stakes state tests to be worth the instructional time required to administer them, nor do we wish to narrow our curriculum focus to prepare for them. But we do use frequent, informal testing to monitor our students' progress continually. This kind of testing benefits students:

scientificamerican.com Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend

Save the date! We're celebrating our 30th birthday on May 17th, and we'd love to see as many of our current and former students and families as possible. Watch your mail for an invitation! (Be sure we have your current contact information--email info@tildenschool.org--and let other schoolmates and families know!)

Tilden School


Our wonderful alumna, www.facebook.com/adrienne.vonwolffersdorff, created this video for us. We think it really captures the spirit of Tilden!

Tilden School video created by alumna, Adrienne von Wolffersdorff.




4105 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA

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