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Memories From Our Spectacular School Years:

Congratulations, Class of 2017!
We are so proud of all your accomplishments!

Congratulations, Class of 2018!
We are so proud of you, Ellie and Taluah!

Congratulations, John, for winning the
National Scholastic Create-a-Holiday Contest!
John's holiday is Dinosaur Day,
which is celebrated every May
at Stillpoint School.

* Photo Credits: The incredible Dylan and AnnaMaria from the
Burke Museum! *


We enjoy wonderful, sunny maypole dances as part of our
annual Stillpoint School May Day celebrations!


Awesome Arbor Days!

We love to celebrate with our annual Stillpoint tradition:
planting native trees on our playground!


Thank You, SJI Daughters of the American Revolution!
Congratulations to 6th Graders Jersie and Danica,
who received Certificates from the DAR
for participating in the American Revolution Essay Contest!

Stillpoint School Wins
"Most Dramatic Display"
in the Chamber of Commerce's Winter Decorating Contest!


Stillpoint School "Shakes Out!"

We proudly participate in the world's largest earthquake preparation drill every October.

State Approval Renewed!!

Stillpoint School is pleased to announce that we have received Washington State approval to
enroll students from kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2018-2019 school year.  
Stillpoint School is the only State approved private elementary school on San Juan Island,
and has been so for the past 12 years.

To receive State approval, a school must meet state standards concerning curriculum,
teacher certification, health and safety conditions, and other requirements to demonstrate
our ability to provide a quality education for our students.   Applications for State approval
are reviewed by the Washington State Board of Education, which has issued Stillpoint
School a Certificate of Private School Approval for "having met all the conditions specified"
in State law for private schools.

Students who are not home schooled are required by State law to be enrolled in a public
school or a State approved private school. For more information about a Stillpoint education,
please call the school at 360-378-2331 (during the summer months, when the school is not in
session, messages are checked regularly) or email

Stillpoint School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school.  Donations to the school or to the
Sally W. Bryan Scholarship Fund are fully tax deductible.

Stillpoint School is very proud to be the island's only state approved private K-6 school.
We are proudly listed on the following websites and publications:

Education Bug

OSPI Approved Private Schools
Stillpoint School
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                                                                                                               November 16, 2018
Dear Families,                                                
We had a fantastic four-day week! We hope you enjoy reading about our weekly highlights
and special visit.
Wonderful Wolf Hollow Visit!
On Wednesday we welcomed Shona, the Education Coordinator at Wolf Hollow Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center, for a fabulous hands-on presentation about local owls. We learned
about four island owls and used scientific observations to compare and contrast the
shapes, patterns, colors, and functions of their wings, beaks, and feet. Her  interactive
presentation included measuring life-size owl heights and wing spans, testing the weight

of each owl, and listening to their special calls. We learned many new facts and were
inspired by Shona with our own owl studies!

Math Highlights

Our Math enrichment this week focused on geoboards and reflective symmetry. Primary
students used geoboards with pegs in squares and triangles to create shapes and designs,
while intermediate students practiced completing complex reflective symmetry with

designs on geoboard paper.                 

Success Day!
Our first semester Success Day will be on Friday, December 7! It will be a half-day

ending at 11am. Student-led Success Day tours will begin at 11am. We are sending home
a sign-up sheet for planning purposes. Please complete and return your form by Friday,
November 30!

Renoir Reflections
During Art this week we practiced complementary colors for shadows in reflections based
on Renoir’s reflections and Impressionism techniques. We were also inspired by two
fabulous books by Ann Jonas, Round Trip and Reflections, which were done in the stye of
“reverse illustrations” where the artwork changes completely into new pictures when the
books are turned upside down.  

Owl Feather Science
During Science this week, we focused on the feathers of our owls. By examining the
patterns, shapes, and colors of our owls’ feathers, we discovered how they fly or glide
silently, where they live, and how they are camouflaged during the day. We each drew

an oversized owl feather and plan to share them as part of a school Success Day display!

Home Connection: Thanksgiving Break
With next week shortened due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no newsletter

sent home next week. Over Thanksgiving Break, we encourage our students to spend as
much quality family time together as possible. We also encourage all students to read
every day, find opportunities to write, gather ideas for Free writing, play Math games

or practice Math facts in a fun, low-stress way, and enjoy as much active outside time
as the weather allows! ☺
Dates to Remember                                 
Wednesday, November 21: Half-day ending at 11am
Thursday, November 22-Friday, November 23:
               School closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Friday, November 30: free sharing; Success Day forms due
Friday, December 7:
Success Day! Half-day ending at
       11am; student-led Success Day tours begin at

We look forward to a terrific week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday! We hope all of
our students and families have a safe, fantastic Thanksgiving Break.

Mrs. D and Mrs. K