COMING SOON: SEATTLE EARTHKEEPERS PRESCHOOL OPENS AT RAINIER BEACH PRESBYTERIAN CURCH DECEMBER 2!
Beginning December 2, South Seattle will have a new preschool with an environmental emphasis! Read this article to learn more:
INTRODUCING SEATTLE EARTH-KEEPERS PRESCHOOL
We are excited to announce that beginning December 2, Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church will open a new dynamic, inclusive, preschool centered on eliciting wonder, delight, and respect for the natural environment using urban farming, outdoor play, and cooking (using food grown on site). Earth and animal biology will be taught with stories, songs, play, and hands-on activities. A chicken coop with live chickens, a sunken boat, a spring and summer garden, and other new playground features will be installed over the next year. A heavy art emphasis will encourage expressions of joy and delight.
In addition to the environmental element, Seattle Earthkeepers Preschool will emphasize intentional learning through a pre-reading and writing curriculum, new puzzles, games, and manipulatives, and new learning centers (art, reading, building, imaginative play, etc.).
Bilingual Buddies Learning Center, the current preschool operating at RBPC, will close on November 30. Current BBLC teacher Jenna Shames will join our new teaching director, Natasha Pauw, who is a Seattle University graduate, a long-time preschool teacher and Boys and Girls Club Assistant Director. She is passionate about the environment, marine biology, and art. She also works as a substitute teacher for the Seattle School District, currently subbing at Emerson Elementary, and volunteers as a display docent/instructor at the Seattle Aquarium.
Although Seattle Earthkeepers will be owned by the Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church, the preschool is non-religious and will not explicitly teach our faith. We will, however, operate with and honor our Christian values of inclusion, diversity, welcome to all-including LBGTQI and all other types of families, compassion, mercy, empathy, social justice, environmental stewardship, kindness, and the dignity of each person.
We look forward to creating one of the best Preschools in the city, as an outreach and act of love to our Rainier Beach neighborhood. We'll be publishing a wish list each month, so you can get involved in your new preschool in many different ways. We hope you will join us! For updates and additional information, call (206) 399-2318 (Director Natasha Pauw). We will be having a community meeting about the school soon. Stay tuned.