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STEM: Environmental Science in 4th Grade

2019-12-10T06:14:09-08:00

Mr. Pan’s students have been studying environmental science in his fourth grade classroom this fall.  During a recent lesson, students were asked to determine if temperature changes affect the properties of yeast and, if so, to describe their observations of those effects. In the first experiment, students evaluated the effects of yeast and sugar mixed with cold water, warm water, and hot water.  They were asked to describe their observations in writing for each water temperature and summarize their findings.  The class also experimented with yeast that had been frozen or baked and then mixed with sugar and water, comparing the [...]

STEM: Environmental Science in 4th Grade2019-12-10T06:14:09-08:00

STEM: Lessons About Our Senses in Kindergarten

2019-10-23T10:32:02-07:00

STEM: Lessons About Our Senses in Kindergarten Our kindergarten students recently participated in a set of memorable experiments about some of their primary senses:  hearing, vision, smell, taste, and touch. Ms. Lee asked her class to create hypotheses about the contents of mystery items hidden in eggs, using only the sense of hearing.  She also encouraged guessing about mystery smells like pencil lead, coffee, vinegar, food items, and wax.  Finally the class was asked to make some educated guesses about whether some foods would taste salty or sweet, using their senses of vision and touch before tasting. To help the [...]

STEM: Lessons About Our Senses in Kindergarten2019-10-23T10:32:02-07:00

STEM – Project-based Learning

2019-10-16T09:43:27-07:00

STEM (STEAM) Learning at Eastside Christian School What is STEM/STEAM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.  We add an "A" (STEAM) to represent the artistic flair our students frequently add to their STEM projects.  STEM projects blend the subjects listed above, giving students the chance to learn some "21st century skills" they need to succeed in the workplace.  Skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, postulating a hypothesis and finding evidence to support or negate the hypothesis, and group collaboration are important tools for today's students.  Studying and applying lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math help build these important skills. STEM [...]

STEM – Project-based Learning2019-10-16T09:43:27-07:00

Best Private Middle School!

2019-10-16T09:46:45-07:00

The readers of 425 Magazine have once again voted Eastside Christian School as the "Best Private Middle School" on the Eastside for 2019! This makes the fourth year in a row that we have received this honor. 2019 Best Middle School (Private) 2018 Best Elementary School and Best Middle School (Private)2017 Best Elementary School and Best Middle School (Private) 2016 Best Preschool and Best Middle School (Private) Additionally, both of our first grade teachers, Carolyn Karkainen and Paula Satterberg, have been voted 425 Magazine's Best Teacher award in the last two years. We are so grateful to have a school full [...]

Best Private Middle School!2019-10-16T09:46:45-07:00

Good, Good Friday!

2019-10-16T09:52:37-07:00

Hallelujah, everyoneEveryone can come to the crossIt doesn't matter what you've doneEveryone can come to the cross ~Michael W Smith, "Come to the Cross" What a joy-filled week we have enjoyed during our annual "Faith Week," leading up to Good Friday today. Today we commemorate Jesus' physical death on the cross 2,000 years ago, but death itself is definitely not good. So why do we call this day "good" Friday? It is good because Jesus sacrificed himself in our place, taking the penalty of our sins on himself, even though he himself never sinned. It is good because God didn't abandon [...]

Good, Good Friday!2019-10-16T09:52:37-07:00

Our New Library: Preparing for Reading

2018-09-17T13:14:53-07:00

One of our top priorities at Eastside Christian School (ECS) is to help children learn how to read and enhance their verbal fluency and vocabulary. This is a focus area for our kindergarten, first, and second grades (K-2). Our teachers firmly believe that reading readiness begins at home. Parents who surround their children with age-appropriate books and, even more importantly, read to and with their children instill an interest in books that grows into a passion as children learn to read books for themselves and share insights and ask questions of family members. As described in a recent editorial in The [...]

Our New Library: Preparing for Reading2018-09-17T13:14:53-07:00

Staff Devotions: Trials

2018-02-01T10:50:14-08:00

The ECS staff gathers every morning for a staff-led devotional and prayer. The following was shared by 2nd grade teacher Carole Bell this week. We hope it is an encouragement for you!   PEANUTS(c) by Charles Schulz Most of us have heard the saying: “You are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or soon to enter one.” Yes, life is full of trials or tests.  These trials or tests come in various forms:  loss of a love one or loss of a job, health concerns, relationship struggles in marriage, singleness, parenting, friendships, or partnerships, frustrations or [...]

Staff Devotions: Trials2018-02-01T10:50:14-08:00

5th Grade: Biological Sciences

2018-01-02T13:52:23-08:00

Anatomy, a field in the biological sciences, is concerned with the identification and description of the body structures of living things. Physiology, a related biological field, is concerned with the functions of these living organisms and their parts. Our 5th grade students spent several days this year studying both anatomy and physiology of the human body. Working as teams, they learned more about some of the body’s major systems, including: Digestive Nervous Cardiovascular Musculo-skeletal Respiratory Each team created a 10-15 minute presentation to share in front of their peers and parents. Students donned their white “ECS Hospital” lab coats and presented [...]

5th Grade: Biological Sciences2018-01-02T13:52:23-08:00

Preschool Traditions: Pumpkin Patch

2017-11-06T08:37:54-08:00

Our preschool traditions are so important, and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch every fall is no exception!  Read on to hear about the experience from one of our preschool parents, Stephanie Hui: "It was a crisp, sunny morning on Tuesday October 24th and kids were excited. It was the first field trip - to Fox Hollow Farm - for Mrs Rebecca, Mrs Becky/Mrs Amy and Mrs Brooke’s half-day preschool classes. Kids and parents arrived by 9:45am and were greeted by free roaming chickens walking past our legs. We enjoyed exploring the farm, which was decked out in glorious fall decor. [...]

Preschool Traditions: Pumpkin Patch2017-11-06T08:37:54-08:00

First Grade: Reading for Life, with Mrs. Karkainen

2017-10-27T11:47:49-07:00

Eastside Christian School students consistently demonstrate reading test scores (along with math scores) well above the state and local district levels. One of the reasons for this is the differentiated instruction that our teachers use, beginning in the earliest grades. Additionally, our First Grade teachers use reading curriculum from A Beka Books, which ensures that students are taught new material along with a daily review of previously-taught materials. Our first grade students spend time learning: · phonics (correlating sounds with individual letters or groups of letters) · rhyming words (and their related spelling patterns) · punctuation and capitalization · root words, [...]

First Grade: Reading for Life, with Mrs. Karkainen2017-10-27T11:47:49-07:00