The exterior of our new Lower School, designed by Hacker Architects and built by Skanska.
Directly to the left when one walks into the building is our Donor Wall, made with pieces of art created by Lower School students. The wall recognizes all those who generously supported turning the dream of the building into a reality.
Mrs. Breiten's Kindergarten class stands in the main foyer of the building as they prepare to enter the Library.
Currently on display in the main foyer are tack-fused glass portraits created by fourth graders.
The new Lower School library is a beautiful, bright space with plenty of room for sharing stories.
The library has a great view of the playground.
A kindergartener explores one of the central book bins to find a story to read on her own.
The Library has cozy, comfortable reading nooks.
Walking from the main floor to the first floor brings you down a beautifully crafted staircase with a surprise underneath. . .
. . .a den for reading and getting some quiet space.
The first floor has a vast amount of space on which to display student work, like this contribution from one of Ms. Burton's class members on how she and her peers can work together as a community.
On the first floor you can also find the Lower School Dining Commons.
Here our students gather together to share meals and enjoy each others' company.
These students were excited to be at lunch and have their picture taken!
LEGO storage is a must for Mrs. Kenney-Norberg.
Mrs. Kenney-Norberg, science educator and LEGO physics phenom, now has her own room for lessons!
Light permeates the entire new Lower School building, nourishing plants and people alike.
A member of the Class of 2020 helps set up classroom materials as part of her Upper School service learning hours.
A classroom setup overlooking the covered walkway, with the Upper School in the distance.
Classrooms are bright and welcoming.
Our educators have worked hard to make each of their classrooms a welcoming place.
One of the gathering spaces of the New Lower school, perfect for group work, reading, and individual attention.
This amphitheater performance space is easily viewed from the top floor of our new Lower School.
Third graders have been working on exploring identity through projects like this "Colors of Us" display.
One of the fifth grade classes' agreements for the year, posted in the hallway.
One class is hard at work answering the question, "How might raising salmon help us learn about our Oregon home?"
Who DOESN'T love a dance break before going down the slide?
Two girls work together as builders in one of the play area sections.
Building the new Lower School also meant expanding our playground.
The boat play structure tucked amongst the trees near the wood chip play area is a big hit.
A student excitedly waits for her turn on one of the playground structures.
Students hard at play and exploration.
Three friends test out one of the logs as a teeter-totter option.
Mrs. Williams' classroom provides her students with comfort in the midst of inquiry-based learning.
One side of our new Lower School building, which leads back up to the covered walkway.
Thanks for exploring the new building with us!