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Student Activities





In addition to the core academic, music and physical education curriculum, John Stanford International School offers a 
variety of extracurricular activities which compliment the classroom learning and encourage participation  in the global community.

Activity

Coordinator(s)

After School Activities

 Michele Englehart

Annual Trip to Japan

 

Art Enrichment Program

 Allison Hogue &Diane Sandoval

Arts

 Julie Pellegrino Gilbert


Balloon Drop
Pat Dailey

Camp Kirby

Day of Action

El Dia de Los Muertos and Obon

 


Educational Trip to Mexico
Maestra Priscilla

Ice Skating Social

Matt Chadsey

Japan Night

Glen Mitchell

La Fiesta Latina

Tania Hino

Monster Mash

Midge Bradshaw and Jan Nicosia

Plant Sale

Margretta Murnane

Poetry Aloud

Erika Bigelow and Meg Chadsey

Science Fair

Sabine Mecking

Wally!

Margie Butcher

Young Authors' Day

Lucy Atkinson



After School Activities


The goal of the JSIS ASA programs is to provide all students access to fun, convenient, and affordable opportunities for curriculum enhancement and social enrichment.

  • Every after-school activity must be approved by the PTSA board
  • Every after-school activity must have a current parent volunteer
  • Parent volunteers must be PTSA members and have a background check on file with the office
  • No classes at school on early dismissal days or no-school days
  • No classes may pull students out of class during school hours (9:20-3:30)


Please see the external ASA web page for details re: the current programs being offered and who to contact for questions


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Art Enrichment Program



John Stanford has several arts opportunities for students.  Annual artists in residence work with students and classroom teachers of all grades on projects in visual art, music or dance. Individual classes also produce various works of art reflecting the culture of their immersion language.  Students are encouraged to submit art for the PTSA Reflections Program.


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Arts


The JSIS ceramics program has been volunteer led and funded by the JSIS PTSA for over 10 years! JSIS is fortunate to have our very own kiln onsite. The students currently create one project a year that consists of two in-classroom sessions. The first session builds the project and the second session is for painting or glazing. Since this a purely volunteer-run program we need YOU and you don’t even need experience in ceramics to make an impact!

If you are interested in dedicating your time and talents to a very worthwhile arts program that will not occur without you please contact Julie Pellegrino Gilbert.

Visit our Ceramics Program page.



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Balloon Drop


Held in September every year, this event involves creativity, water balloons and a chicken suit.  Visit our Balloon Drop
page for highlights of our most recent event.



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Camp Kirby


Every fall, our 5th graders experience outdoor learning at Camp Kirby.  Visit our Camp Kirby page to see highlights from
their most recent trip.


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Day of Action

Each year, the students participate in a Day of Action to help raise awareness of a global issue.  In 2012, we participated in Walk for WaterThe 2013 event, Read to Feed, benefitted Heifer International.

 

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El Dia de los Muertos and Obon


Each fall, some of the classrooms at John Stanford International School celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos and the Obon Festival. 

More information about El Dia de los Muertos and the Obon Festival:

On November 1st and 2nd, some parts of Mexico celebrate “El Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead”. This festival 
grew out of the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating death and two religious holidays. One is All Saints Day, a 
celebration for the souls of children who have died. The other is All Souls Day, the time when adult souls return to 
visit their families. On these days, religious ceremonies are held to hone the dead. Many families set up pictures 
and photographs of honored relatives beside or on an altar in their homes.

The mood of El Dia de Los Muertos is a cheerful one. The color yellow is widely used n flower and candle decoration. 
Toys, masks and candies in the shape of skeletons and skulls are sold. Bakeries sell Pan de Muerto,  a special 
bread baked to represent a skeleton. It has a nob for the head and twists for the bones. On these festival days, 
families and friends gather at cemeteries to clean and decorate the many graves. Sometimes, families will decide 
to hold a feast among all the beautiful flowers and decorations. Often, special meals will be prepared in honor of 
visiting spirits.

Obon is an annual Japanese event for commemorating one’s ancestors. It is believed that each year during Obon, 
the ancestors’ spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses 
to guide the ancestors’ spirits, Obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food and offerings are 
made at house altars and temples. At the end of Obon, floating lanterns are put into rivers, lakes and seas in order to 
guide the spirits back into their world. The customs followed vary strongly from region to region.


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Ice Skating Social



The Annual John Stanford International School Winterfest Ice Skating Social takes place in the Seattle Center Fisher
Pavilion in early December. 2012 Registration forms are HERE.


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Japan Night


Japan Night is an exciting all school event that highlights Japanese culture.  On this evening, we celebrate the art,
music, food and popular culture of Japan.  There are free activities and games for students.  Tasty Japanese dishes
are for sale.  Kendo martial arts and taiko drummers have performed in past years.

Visit our Japan Night page for details of our most recent event.


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La Fiesta Latina



La Fiesta Latina is an exciting evening to celebrating Latin culture by coming together as a community, enjoying live Afro-Cuban music, a Capoeira demonstration, sharing a delicious meal, and dancing.


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Mexico Educational Exchange



Every year, the students of John Stanford take a trip to our sister school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The visit is during
Spring Break and is open to all John Stanford students and their families. Students attend a half-day of classes at our
sister school, Juan de la Barrera (JB). Parents are encouraged to volunteer, either in the classroom or helping to improve
the school grounds and infrastructure.

Escuela Primera Juan de la Barrera - Our Sister School
Escuela Primera Juan de la Barrera is our sister school in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.
Website:  http://juandelabarrerapv.blogspot.com 
Email:  escuelaprimariajuandelabarrera@gmail.com

Visit our Educational Trip to Mexico Page for more details.


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Monster Mash



The Monster Mash is the SPOOKIEST event at JSIS all year!  There are lots of carnival games to play, pizza and
treats to eat, music to dance to, and of course, the 5th grade Haunted House!

Visit our Monster Mash Page for all the details of our most recent event!


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Plant Sale



First graders hold an annual spring plant sale to raise funds for sister school, Juan de la Barrera in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Visit the Plant Sale page for more information.

                                
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Poetry Aloud



Poetry Aloud has been held on Thursday mornings as part of the morning announcements.  All students will have a chance to read, speak or listen to poems by a wide variety of poets (including our very own JSIS students). Poetry Aloud provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about cadence and rhymes and to really think about words, their meanings and how they fit together.

                                
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Science Fair


The goal of the John Stanford Science Fair is to develop the students' skills in investigation and communication 
when it comes to science. Students will actively be involved in designing a question, developing a hypothesis, 
conducting an investigation, observing processes, gathering data, tabulating results and expressing a conclusion 
about a project.

Judges will be recruited from the scientific community: academia, non-profit research laboraties and the private sector. Families will be invited to see the science displays and meet the junior scientists for a Family 
Celebration of Science. 

Visit our Science Fair page for more details.


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Wally!



Wally! is the student-run newspaper. Read how to contribute and see archived issues at the Wally! page.

                                
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 Young Author’s Day



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