Dancing Classrooms - Colors of the Rainbow Competition
This program started as a grant request and has proven to be a very popular and well loved experience for our 5th graders. A few years back ESF decided to turn it into an initiative offered to our elementary schools if they want to participate. Sunrise and Black Diamond have enthusiastically accepted the offer every year.
Deryl Sleigh, former principal of Westwood Elementary who passed away last spring, and his wife Dorothy, a longtime community leader and first woman president of the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce, loved to dance. In recent years, it was common to see them dancing at both the Black Diamond Community Center and the Enumclaw Senior Center during lunch. After Mr. Sleigh's passing, the Sleigh family designated Enumclaw Schools Foundation as a place for family and friends to make a contribution in memory of Mr. Sleigh. Since they are dancers, they requested the funds be used to support Dancing Classrooms. Their friends and families were very generous and donations paid for much of the cost of Dancing Classrooms this year.
On February 1st, both Black Diamond Elementary and Sunrise Elementary performed in the Colors of the Rainbow Ballroom Dance Competition at Todd Beamer High School, and Superintendent Mike Nelson and his wife Britt brought along Mrs. Sleigh as their guest. In a recent email to district staff, Mr. Nelson had this to say about the Sleighs:
"During their work years, they both gave so much time, talent, treasure and leadership to make our community better for future generations. Mrs. Sleigh continues to model and live by thinking beyond herself. I am humbled by her tenacity....her love....her selfless actions of giving to others (particularly children....our students) so they may experience the joy of learning....the joy of life."
Above is a photo of Mrs. Sleigh surrounded by "her" dancers. She enjoyed her afternoon watching our students do what she and her husband Deryl loved to do.
This is a FREE event that is held each year at the Enumclaw Expo Center Hall, and is open to students in K-12 grades, as well as their families and members of the community. The purpose of the iSTEM Expo is to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and their connected career possibilities by engaging in hands-on activities.
Career Ready Day
All ESD 8th graders are provided an amazing opportunity to hear from industry professionals from our community and discuss careers and education.
Theater for Elementary Students
Every elementary student in each of our five elementary schools is given the experience of a live performance by our EHS Drama department. All 3rd-5th Graders will have the opportunity to travel to the EHS auditorium to get the full theater experience as they watch a special performance of EHS Drama's fall play, and all Kindergarten-2nd Graders will have their own special assembly just for them in the spring when EHS Drama travels to each of the elementary schools to put on a new play.
Birth to Five Initiative
We are excited to continue our support of the district's Birth to Five initiative by funding the new ESF Community Room at the Birth to Five Center. This year the funds went to help set up the room as a place for resources for parents in our community, as well as a location to offer parenting classes.
District Initiatives supported by ESF
Conscious Discipline is an innovative social-emotional learning and classroom management program with a proven track record of sustainable results. It teaches seven skills that transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments, equipping children with the social-emotional and communication skills needed to manage themselves, resolve conflict and develop healthy behavior.
Thinking Classrooms - Math
This year ESF supported the district in developing teacher knowledge and expertise in the area of math. We helped fund professional development for upper level math teachers to support their learning around Thinking Classrooms. The skills they brought back encouraged student-led learning with vertical surfaces, critical thinking skills, conceptual and procedural knowledge, and collaborative learning, to name a few. Feel free to view the below video for more information:
Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience. As a result, students develop deep content knowledge, as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.