October 30, 2014

Why we do what we do

During the 2013-14 school year, in our newsletter, blogs and social media we highlighted an area of curriculum each month. We hope you learned a little more about how Seabury "does" math, writing, performing arts and more. This year we'll emphasize the "why" behind our mission to inspire and challenge gifted children in an environment that fosters their love of learning. We're proud to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Seabury's mission.

This article by Head of School Sandi Wollum offers an overview of what gifted children need from their education. In the months that follow, we'll tackle a specific need each month.

I wish you had the opportunity I have to spend time in Seabury's classrooms. To witness the "aha!" moments. To hear the endless questions. To see students engaged in discussions and debates that are often mind blowing.

Seabury kids are passionate about learning. We are thrilled that they often tell us they love school and they have fun every day. And how many schools have kids crying on the last day of school because they don't want the learning to end?

Doing science

Science is all about asking questions and Seabury School is full of natural-born scientists, from pre-k, through eighth grade. When we teach science we encourage the questions and help our students learn to ask the right ones. At every grade level, this involves DOING science, rather than just reading about it. 

Here's some science our middle schoolers are doing right now as part of their study of microbiology. 

The question: Which part of the middle school harbors the most bacteria?

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Save the date

Come celebrate Seabury's Silver Anniversary at our 2015 Auction on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre in downtown Tacoma. 

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The first session of our Saturday Jellybean class for 24- to 36-month-olds is in full swing and it's going great. The pint-sized students have been learning and playing in a classroom full of quality early childhood material, play-dough in different colors and textures, paint, farm animals in tubs of dried pinto beans, friends (so important!), and much more.

Good news. We've set the dates for our winter 2015 session of the Jellybeans! 

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Learning for parents, too

Seabury School is proud to offer SENG guided discussion groups for parents of Seabury students as well as parents of gifted children from the surrounding community. In SENG groups, parents of gifted children meet weekly for 8 weeks to discuss the social and emotional needs of their gifted children, and parenting issues related to those needs. 

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Shop & help our library

The holidays are fast approaching and we know lots of people do lots of shopping online. A few years back, we joined the Amazon Associates program and discovered a painless way that you can help the Seabury library every time you purchase anything on Amazon. If you use a special link at the start of a shopping session, a percentage of your purchases will be donated back to Seabury.

Simply type www.tinyurl.com/amazonseab into your address bar and you'll go to the regular amazon.com home page. The only difference? The site remembers that you entered through the Seabury portal and directs a portion of the proceeds back to the school.

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In This Issue

Upcoming Events

February 28th
Annual Seabury Gifted Education Seminar

March 5th
School Day Open House - lower school

March 6th
School Day Open House – middle school

March 14th
Seabury Annual Science Fair

March 16th
Middle School Mash Up

April 13th
Junior Daffodil Parade!

April 27th
Seabury Auction

May 9th
Seabury Family STEAM Night

Seabury School



Elementary Campus

1801 53rd Street NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 952-3111

Middle School Campus

925 Court C
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 604-0042

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