Open House 2015

The Children’s School

New Family Registration
Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Click here for details!


TCS kicks-off its 
Harvest Canned Foods Drive! 

We will be collecting canned foods and other non-perishables for our neighbors in-need. The donations we collect will go to the University Food Bank http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org as well as the Ave Foundation Homeless Tent Encampment which is currently housed in a portion of our building's parking lot.

The food bank happily accepts:  

  • Canned foods
  • Soups and stews
  • Cereal
  • Cooking oils
  • Baby formula
  • Reuseable shopping bags
  • Toiletries and hygiene supplies
  • Pet food
The Ave Foundation, is an organized homeless community, that the University Congregational United Church of Christ (UCUCC) http://www.ucucc.org recently invited to erect its tent encampment on-site. There are approximately 20 people living in the encampment, they range in age from 18 to 37 years old, there are also two children - one is 10 months, the other is two years of age - along with a dog named Sassy and a hamster named Nugs. 
One of Maria Montessori's educational tenants was that when children are supported to explore, learn, and develop freely, they feel connected to everything; moreover, they are naturally caring to each other and the world around them.   
As a team, all of us at TCS see the encampment as a learning opportunity and experience - helping us on a micro-level better understand the larger, systemic problems that we know impact every community, big or small, across the entire United States. These issues are timely and align with our November curriculum which includes food, harvest, and Thanksgiving.

Thank you for helping us help others!


Emergency Preparedness and Safety Handbook

The Children’s School


Emergency Procedures at 
The Children’s School

Types of “emergencies” TCS Staff is Prepared for:
  • Lockdown or "Shelter in Place"- threat to the Program from outside the building (Room #340 is our pre-determined area)
  • Evacuation- (short term) threat to the Program from inside the building i.e.: fire or gas leak (16th Ave NE, north of the playground/alleyway, on the sidewalk is our pre-designated place)
  • Disaster- (long term) shelter in place i.e.: an earthquake 

In any of the above scenarios, your child will not be released to anyone who is NOT listed on your emergency contact sheet. Picture ID will be required for release.

In the event of a crisis or disaster, The Children's School will be fully prepared to care for all staff and children present during the crisis for 3 days. This includes (but is not limited to) food, first aid supplies, and emergency communication tools.

Should your child be at The Children's School during an actual lockdown, evacuation or disaster, please follow these steps:

  • DO NOT COME TO OR CALL THE SCHOOL! The Children's School Staff will be busy caring for the children, making sure everyone is safe and secure. Telephone lines will be for emergency communication only (police, fire, rescue) for the  first few hours. Know that your children are safe, and do wait for instructions via text or email. Please note: during a lockdown key pads are deactivated/ KEY CARDS DO NOT WORK.
  • Look for a text from a school staff member to be sent to the cell phone number you listed on your emergency contact information sheetDO NOT RETURN THE TEXT. It will not be answered.
  • Check for school updates via email, here on our blog or Facebook at "The Children’s School Seattle". We will make every attempt to use these secondary resources for communication.
  • Listen to KIRO Radio 710 AM for broader situation updates.
  • In the event of a crisis or disaster, we will leave a school situation update with our out-of-town resource, University Congregational Church in Missoula, Mt., PH: 406-543-6952. This phone number will have a recording of our status, including, if necessary, any off-site address to which we may have moved.

We ask your cooperation with our state of preparedness in the following ways:

  • Prepare your child by explaining to them, in a quiet moment, that if ever there was a time when you are not able to pick him or her up quickly, they will be cared for by their teachers until you (or someone from your emergency contact list) can come to take them home.

  • Keep your list of emergency numbers for yourself and your emergency contacts accurate and UP TO DATEIt is important to note that in the case of an emergency, your child will only be released to a person listed on your emergency contact list.

  • Make sure you have completed your child’s emergency/comfort packet 
    *see comfort pack instructions below

  • Provide a 72 hour supply of any medication or medical supplies/equipment that your child may need.

  • Carry a completed “Children’s School Contact Information” sheet in your wallet. 

    The Children's School Contact Information

    TCS Address: 4515 16th Ave. NE, SEA 98105
    TCS Landline: 206-523-6899 (outgoing msg. only)
    Director Mary Lloyd cell/text: 206-419-6479
    Fill in Your child’s Teacher (name and cell):                         

    Trettin Drop-in Preschool: 206-729-3723
    Out of State Emergency Contact #:
    University Congregational UCC, Missoula, MT.
    PH: 406-543-6952

  • Assist us in our collection of emergency supplies by donating the item assigned to your family. We will be putting a slip in your child's take home box at the beginning of the year notifying you of your assigned item.

    The Children’s School

    Fire drills are conducted once a month by facility management. During a fire drill, EVERYONE is required to evacuate the building. We keep a log of the fire drill dates, number of students and staff, and any results or special circumstances that may have arisen during the drill.

    For your information, here are the steps followed at TCS during a Fire Drill:

    • Alarm goes off (this is a VERY loud buzzer noise).
    • STAY CALM.
    • Cover ears until the alarm stops.
    • Each class heads for the doorway, and waits.
    • Children line up, single-file, behind the teacher.
    • Account for all children and check the bathroom.
    • Classroom bag and class sign-in sheet are collected by a teacher.
    • Teacher falls at the back of the line, closing the classroom door as the class heads outside.
    • All classes proceed down the stairs. (All children must be walking on their own.)
    • Last staff member does final check in hallways and bathrooms before leaving the school, closing doors as he/she goes.
    • Once outside, account for children, and:
      • If a drill, sit down on the sidewalk and wait. (Good time to sing!)
      • If a fire, proceed to designated place.
    • Wait for the “All Clear” signal.
    • Return to the classrooms.
    • Account for all children.
    • Designated staff member records fire drill information on form.
    • Earthquake drill is practiced by each classroom:

      • Stop drop and cover.
      • Is everyone here? Are you ok?”
      • Sing “earthquake” song (e.g. “ABCD”).
We finish with our ritual of songs/stories and marshmallows on a blanket...

You can also help by teaching your child how to 
be prepared for emergencies at home. 
Together you can:

Make a plan
-Plan for people, pets and property
-Make a family emergency communication plan
-Review and practice your emergency plans

Build a kit
Water for 7 to 10 days- 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation
Food for 7 to 10 days- At least a 7 to 10 day supply of non-perishable food per person
Cash- ATMs won’t work without electricity. Small bills are best.
Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Filter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
Moist towelettes for sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed
Manual can opener for food
Shelter items like tents, tarps and rope
Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Unique family needs- Supplies for infants, pets and elderly, prescriptions, and important family documents 

Identify critical documents that are important to keep safe. These may include items such as:

  • Birth certificates
  • Passport/Identification
  • Social security cards
  • Real estate contracts
  • Insurance contracts
  • Bank records
Make copies and save them with your kit and in a safe deposit box. If possible, save files on a USB drive and keep in both locations.
visit: www.makeitthrough.org for more detailed information
Help each other
Being prepared isn't only about identifying an emergency contact and storing food and water- it's also about learning how to help each other.

Helping Children Cope with Disaster
American Red Cross/FEMA

Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior.
For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with time. However, reminders of what happened could cause upsetting feelings to return and behavior changes to emerge again. Watching scenes of the disaster on television can be distressing for children, especially for younger children. 

Some children are more vulnerable, and their reactions can be more severe and last for a longer period of time.
Factors that contribute to greater vulnerability include:
  • Direct exposure to the disaster
    This includes being evacuated, seeing injured or dying people, being injured themselves, and feeling that their own lives are threatened.

  • Personal loss
    This includes the death or serious injury of a family member, close friend, or family pet.

  • On-going stress from the secondary effects of disaster 
    This includes temporarily living elsewhere, losing contact with their friends and neighbors, losing things that are important to them, parental job loss, and the financial costs of reestablishing their previous living conditions.
  • Prior exposure to disaster or other traumatic event 
How parents and caregivers react to and cope with a disaster or emergency situation can affect the way their children react. When parents and caregivers or other family members are able to deal with the situation calmly and confidently, they are often the best source of support for their children. One way to help children feel more confident and in control is to involve them in preparing a family disaster plan.

It is important for parents and other caregivers to understand what is causing a child’s anxieties and fears. Following a disaster, children are most afraid that: 

The event will happen again.
Someone close to them will be killed or injured.
They will be left alone or separated from their family. 

Parents and caregivers can clarify misunderstandings of risk and danger by acknowledging children’s concerns and perceptions. Discussions of preparedness plans can strengthen a child’s sense of safety and security.
Listen to what a child is saying. If a young child asks questions about the event, answer them simply without the elaboration needed for an older child or adult. Children vary in the amount of information they need and can use. If a child has difficulty expressing his or her thoughts and feelings, then allowing them to draw a picture or tell a story of what happened may help.

Encourage your children to talk and listen to their concerns.
Calmly provide factual information about the disaster and plans for insuring their ongoing safety.
Involve your children in updating your family disaster plan and disaster supplies kit
Practice your plan.
Involve your children by giving them specific tasks to let them know they can help restore family and community life.
Spend extra time with your children.
Re-establish daily routines for work, school, play, meals, and rest. 

Especially for younger children, repeatedly watching images of an event can cause them to believe the event is occurring again and again. 

-when people feel prepared, they cope better.

Learn more:



This colored envelope is the beginning of your child’s “Emergency Comfort Packet.”
It should be filled with the items listed below. These envelopes will be placed with 
The Children's School Emergency Supplies. In the event of an emergency while your child is with us at school, we will have these “comfort packets” to pull out to comfort and reassure the children. We certainly hope that we will never need to use these during our time with your child, but they could be invaluable in some circumstances.

Items you should consider placing in the envelope:
  • Family Photos
  • Special bedtime story, poem or song
  • Small stuffed animal or toy
  • Reassuring note from family members
We appreciate your cooperation in creating this comforting experience for your child. At the end of the school year, your child’s teachers will review this packet with your child before returning it to you. This year-end tradition is a sweet experience for each child. Please do your part by completing your packet and returning it to your child’s teachers during the first week of school.


LunchBunch starts the second week of school - Monday, Sept. 8th

Useful LunchBunch Tips!

by Ms. Lloyd

LunchBunch (LB) is one of my favorite times of the school day because I get to watch ALL of our students interact and socialize. This makes for yet another teaching moment – the big kids modeling and assisting our little friends!

LB offers students more opportunities to share and more activities to experience including Yoga with Miss Tierney, creative art projects and games, elaborate LEGO construction with Teacher Caitlin, and a myriad of thematic choices aligned with our curriculum.

LB also means a bustling-buzz-of-busyness for TCS teachers. Empowering your children to be self-sufficient and responsible is one of our goals. Additionally, we are committed to our building's Greening Initiative, which means reducing the amount of garbage generated and sending home non-recyclable food waste.

So here are some simple LB tips to keep in mind as you pack your child’s meal:

1.      Please pack lunches in a separate reusable container (e.g., a Lunchbox), not loosely in their backpack. This enables each child to carry his/her own lunch from their assigned coat hook to the room where they will eat.

2.      Please pack items in Snap- or Tupper-ware when possible. Rinsed and reused take-out containers work great too!

3.      Please pack reusable utensils when needed. Bamboo or stainless steel utensils will be rinsed and returned. Using a cloth napkin is also a smart alternative.
4.      Please pack a beverage in a recyclable or reusable container. Use a Thermos or sippy cup for water, milk, or juice!

We really appreciate this extra effort on your part; it will benefit both your children and our planet!

A wonderful book by Laurie David, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with your Kid, One Meal at a Time (2010) talks about the importance of family meals and steps for making it happen, as well as fun recipes and healthy choices for young eaters.

For more simple suggestions packing a lunch, check out www.wastefreelunches.org.


The Children’s School
A Montessori-based Preschool established in 1965

Still a few spots open for fall -
3/4 year olds & Pre-K students! 

A student-centered learning environment.
Emphasizing creativity and play. 
Utilizing the best Montessori practices.
For pre-school children ages 2 to 5.  


The Children’s School
A Montessori-based preschool established in 1965

It's official… 

The Children’s School Board of Directors
is pleased to announce the appointment of
Dr. Mary Lloyd as our new director.

Ms. Lloyd brings an extensive background in education, as well as nearly 20 years of involvement with TCS. She first taught the Pre-3 M/W Class with Barb Friedhoff back in 1995. In addition, she helped start, and is still an active member of, the TCS Board.

Ms. Lloyd attended Seattle University where she earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Along with teaching both children and adults, domestically and abroad, she has operated her own consulting firm, providing professional and instructional services for a myriad of organizations – www.marylloydconsulting.com.

Ms. Lloyd lives in Ballard with her husband Gary Meikle and their pooch Finley. Gary too has been busy with new ventures, having recently launched his own local business Red Grotto, where he is building and selling outdoor pizza ovens. Together they enjoy good food and libation, chasing surf along the northwest coast, and spending time with close friends.


The Children’s School
A Montessori-based preschool established in 1965

Please note,
we have a new 
email address:


The Children’s School
A Montessori-based preschool established in 1965

…space is available in our Pre-K Program for 2014! 

Native American Unit - Button Blankets

…to learn more about our Pre-K Program

Click HERE



The Kaleidoscope: fun for all ages

Inspired by one. 

Inset Kaleidoscope by Lucy

That's all it takes for The Children's School to break out the box of vintage optical toys! Perfect timing with our spring sunshine. Here's a few of our gems and their fantastic explosions of color...

1960's ZOOSCOPE made in England

Vintage Optical Viewer, with changeable color lenses, made in Japan
by よしにのかかく

1960's Kaleidoscope made by Galt Toys in England

The Karascope:
"The Karascope creates an optical fantasy in a tube by polarizing, refracting and reflecting light. There is no colored glass in the Karascope, only the spectral colors of light itself.
Ordinary white light which vibrates in all directions is polarized along one plane when it passes through the base of the tube. The light then enters clear, colorless pieces of birefringent material and is reorganized by the eyepiece to produce the startling colors that you see. The patterns, unlike those in a kaleidoscope, are asymmetrical.

Hold the Karascope toward the light, rotate the base, and the image changes. A twist of the eyepiece alters the colors of the image and causes the pattern to swirl to or from the eye. The spectrum also shifts as the Karascope is pointed toward different light sources".
 -Designed by Judith Karelitz, 1978 New York City.

Jupiter Scope: The Space-Age Prism by SolarGraphics 1981 Berkeley, CA

Rainbow Disk LOOK! Sticks to windows and creates colorful prisms.
The Magic Mirror Book by Marion Walter 1971 (with mirror intact)
Assorted PrismaScopes

Now let's play!


The Children’s School

Spring Fling Campaign
All proceeds benefit the program and students.

Help us reach our goal of $5000.


This is a matching grant so EVERY dollar you give is doubled.


Winter Olympics 2014 at TCS!

The Winter Olympics have been in full swing at Sochi, on our televisions at home and in the classrooms at TCS!
Some of our kids stepped up onto the podium and we asked them a few basic questions about their Olympics; what country they were representing, their sport of choice, the equipment and any special food that they require to be the best athlete they can be.
Here is what we found:

Sophia of Seattle
Sport: Ice skating with partner
Equipment: Ballet shoes on my shirt, ice skating shoes with socks that have unicorns
Food: Oranges, Apples, Bananas

Zoe of United States
Sport: Ice skating with partner and alone
Equipment: dress with polka dots and ponies, ice skates with princess unicorns
Food:pasta and meatballs

Tate of Seattle USA
Sport: Skiing on hills (medium hills)
Equipment: Jacket, coat, hat, helmet, ski boots and long underwear
Food: Pizza and noodles

Bethany of Seattle USA
Sport: Ice skating (alone)
Equipment: Dress with skirt, tights, ice skating shoes
Food: Bananas, apples and cheese

Daisy of Seattle USA
Sport: Ice skating with partner
Equipment: Butterfly dress, ice skates and unicorn socks
Food: Broccoli, carrots, bananas and cheese

Calix of United States
Sport: Skiing (flat and on hill)
Equipment: Jacket, hat, boots and snowman on ski's
Food: Banana

Zadie of Seattle USA
Sport: Ice skating with partner
Equipment: Skirts and pretty dresses, ice skates and gold medal
Food: Apples (whole)

Max of America
Sport: Skiing on hills
Equipment: Gloves, goggles and helmet
Food: Protein

Emily of Seattle WA USA
Sport: Ice Skating with partner (lots of time practicing!)
Equipment: Pretty dress and skirt
Food: Apples

Adelyn of Seattle
Sport: Ice skating with partner (3 days of practice)
Equipment: Warm clothes, safety clothes and skates
Food: Grapes

Roslyn of Seattle
Sport: Ice skating
Equipment: Skirt and shirt that matches
Food: Strawberries

Sport: Ice skating
Equipment: Dresses and skirts
Food: Carrots

Sport: Ice skating
Equipment: skirt and skates
Food: Carrots

Sport: Toboggan- Bobsled (fast and slow)
Equipment: Mittens and toasty-warm coats
Food: Chicken and fish

Sport: Ice skating with partner
Equipment: Sweaters, jackets, warm socks and really warm pants
Food: Broccoli

Sport: Ice skating
Equipment: Clothes I am wearing today and ice skating shoes
Food: Strawberries and Tofu

Sport: Bobsled (faster than a hot rod!)
Equipment: Helmet but no goggles
Food: Cookies, breakfast and milk

Sport: Bobsled Team
Equipment: Tools and stuff, helmet and goggles
Food: Cookies and milk. It makes me feel strong and healthy!

TCS kids showing their skills!

Gotta love the Olympics!