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    Composting Program | Leschi Peace Garden | Pacific NW Ballet


    School-Wide Programs

    In addition to the programs listed at left and described below, Leschi also offers a variety of specialist classes throughout the day including Art, Music, Library, Technology, and Physical Education.

    Composting Program

    In 2010, Leschi Elementary was the recipient of a generous grant from the Seattle Public Utilities Waste Prevention and Recycling Matching Fund. This grant has made it possible for us to collect lunchroom food waste and have it containerized, hauled away and recycled by Cedar Grove Composting. Select students in grades 3-5 have been provided the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by helping educate the rest of the school about composting and recycling. These students also serve as role models as they guide their classmates in the daily sorting of waste materials in the lunchroom.

    Leschi Peace Garden

    The school garden is up and running! So far, students have helped clear the garden beds for planting and on Friday, September 19, five classes will come out and sow fall-loving seeds. Keep an eye on what’s growing in the school garden throughout the months of September and October! This school year, the Garden Club will be scheduled with as many classes as possible depending on volunteer capacity.

    Also this year, the focus of the garden will be to link Common Core Standards to garden education using the book The Growing Classroom. In addition to Garden Club, there will be forestry visits to nearby Frink Park to teach students about the natural world and ecosystems around them. Volunteers are always needed to help make this outdoor education happen for as many classrooms as possible. Please contact Kim Blakemore (kblakemo@uw.edu) if interested in helping in the garden, or Jana Robbins (jana_b@earthlink.net) if interested in helping with forestry walks. Garden Club or forestry walks occur on Fridays from 10:15 am to 2:30 pm. There may be more days added depending on the number of volunteers interested. Some volunteer jobs can be done remotely.

    Pacific Northwest Ballet Discover Dance

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    We are very excited to have been chosen to participate in a 4-week Partnership Residency with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in a program called Discover Dance. All 2nd grade students participate in two forty-five minute dance classes each week taught by PNB teaching artist, Rochelle Rapaszky. Students learn dance steps, vocabulary, and choreographic concepts, all while using 2nd grade curriculum as inspiration for creating movements. This program is the start of a brand new partnership with Pacific Northwest Ballet with an opportunity to expand the program next year into a long-term residency culminating with a student performance at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Leschi Elementary is very fortunate to be able to offer our students this unique opportunity which is being made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and other generous contributors. Please join us in sharing in the excitement and supporting our students as they experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

    The following year, in 3rd grade, students have a chance to participate in PNB's Dance Chance program. Taken from their website www.pnb.org: “Pacific Northwest Ballet’s DanceChance program strives to reach into the community and discover talented, Seattle-area elementary school students. Children who show they have the physical ability to become professional dancers are provided with classical training, allowing them the opportunity they might not otherwise have to pursue a dance career. Students attend classes twice a week on full tuition scholarship with dance attire, transportation and complimentary tickets to company performances provided…” In the fall, the DanceChance screening team visits our school to audition 3rd grade students. Students are selected on the basis of their musicality, physical ability and coordination. Several past and present Leschi Elementary students have benefited from this program.