ECS BLOG

STEM: Environmental Science in 4th Grade

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

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

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!

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!

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

Moms In Prayer

Every week, women from the Eastside Christian School community gather together to pray for our children, our school, our teachers and our administrators. All ECS mothers and grandmothers who are willing to pray are welcome to join. We are an extension of "Moms in Prayer," an international organization of women committed to praying regularly, with a goal to cover every school around the globe in prayer. "I have been praying with ECS Moms In Prayer for the last 7 years.  There are no words that can express how deeply I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, and sisters in [...]

Moms In Prayer2019-01-28T16:47:52-08:00

5th Grade: The intersection of math and art

The students in Mrs. Turella's 5th grade class studied art in a new way recently, as they learned more about the viewer's perspective.  In order to make things appear shorter or longer, or to give the illusion of space and distance, artists may use linear perspective.  This technique has been attributed to Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, who devised it around 1415AD.  Linear perspective incorporates math related to lines, vectors, arcs, angles, and planes in order to create realistic art that appears three-dimensional although painted or drawn on a one- or two-dimensional surface.  Mrs. Turella led her students throughout the lesson by asking them [...]

5th Grade: The intersection of math and art2018-12-14T13:06:49-08:00

Equipping Our Kids

As I sat in the enormous, university auditorium I looked around at the other freshmen parents and couldn’t help but wonder why we were there. I had already been to college and earned my degree. This rite of passage was now my daughter’s, right? But there we all were at DAY ONE of our adult child’s’ college orientation. I have always had a love for learning, but this class didn’t feel quite right. Then the hands went up asking the orientation administrator things like, “what should my child do if they don’t get along with their roommate?” I became increasingly uncomfortable [...]

Equipping Our Kids2018-10-17T12:28:31-07:00

Middle School Retreat

The Middle School Fall Retreat is an annual event that registers as one of the highlights of our students' experiences at ECS. We spend two days and an overnight stay at Camp Sambica on Lake Sammamish to purposefully build community within our middle school. Grades are mixed for a variety of fun activities and zany games that allow relationships to be built and fostered across grade levels. Examples include: the Izzy-Dizzy Relay, Screaming For Distance, Gaga Ball, Team Skits, and a Freestyle Diving Contest. Our students share: “The retreat was great for bonding. I grew closer to my friends as well [...]

Middle School Retreat2018-10-09T10:08:05-07:00

Teaching Students How to Be Safe

For the third year in a row, RadKIDS Personal Empowerment and Safety Program has been provided to our 2nd and 5th grade classes. The course focuses on helping students find their voice, protect themselves, and empower themselves in the event that their safety feels threatened and they need help. Through a series of self-defense moves and extended classroom learning, students come up with their own "radKIDS Plan" to go from danger to safety if needed. Certified Instructors Bobye Turella and Annie Averett offer the eight-hour course here at ECS. The students love being empowered and brainstorming how to stay safe both [...]

Teaching Students How to Be Safe2018-10-03T12:12:50-07:00