IB Primary Years Programme Update

April 2019 - What's Happening in the PYP at Wade King?

We Appreciate the Wade King PTA

At Wade King, we are incredibly fortunate to have a PTA that supports our school’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in many, many ways. Each year, with the support of our families, Wade King PTA raises approximately $25,000. Almost half of that goes directly to our staff to enhance the six units of inquiry that each grade level engages in throughout the year. PTA’s support allows our students to take field trips beyond what our building budget would allow. It also enables teachers to purchase books and hands-on materials to support learning engagements with our units. This allowed our kindergarten teachers to purchase microscopes so their students could observe plants and animals up close, it allowed first grade teachers to purchase materials for a cooking day so that our students could see how liquids and solids change as they are mixed and heated. It allowed fourth graders to have special poetry notebooks and canvases to display their poems on during their inquiry into poetry. The list goes on!


PTA uses the additional funds they raise to support our annual school-wide inquiry into a country, moving from continent to continent each year. This year, PTA is supporting our inquiry into Japan. In November, PTA sponsored a Family Movie Night so we could watch a Japanese anime movie, My Neighbor Totoro, together. In February, they sponsored our Family Game Night that gave us a chance to play Japanese Jeopardy, along with our traditional game of Bingo. We were able to sample traditional Japanese foods, miso soup and mochi, while we played. A few weeks ago, PTA sponsored a Family Inquiry Night that allowed us to learn about the Japanese art form of Shibori. PTA is also funding an opportunity for all classrooms at Wade King to make their own Shibori cloth later this month. In addition to family nights, our PTA supported origami making, brought in storyteller, Linda Tiffany, to share Japanese stories during lunches in March, and is bringing in a cultural presenter to teach classes even more about Japan. Our school-wide inquiry into Japan ends with our culminating World Tour Family Event on Friday, May 31st. This evening of fun will include time to make origami, learn about bonsai trees, play Japanese games, and visit with other Wade King families. New this year, the Japanese dinner that is provided will be free for everyone. We are so fortunate to have a PTA that is so invested in enriching our student’s learning!


Our PTA is currently engaged in conversation about ways they can support elementary schools in Bellingham that are not able to raise the same funds that they are. They want every child in Bellingham to benefit from the same amazing experiences our students do.


Thank You Wade King PTA! We really appreciate you!

Field Trip - 2nd Grade Goes to the Bellingham School District Central Kitchen

As part of their inquiry into health and nutrition, second graders visited our new central kitchen. We weren't sure who was more excited... our students or the staff at the central kitchen! Our students were the first ever to tour this facility to learn how our school lunches are beginning to be made. They enjoyed a healthy school lunch, a hamburger made with quinoa, black beans, and hamburger. There was even a vegetarian mushroom burger. This was an opportunity for our students to see our district Good Food Promise in action and it was one of the field trips made possible by our PTA!
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Family Art Inquiry Night - Japanese Shibori Art

After learning about Shibori art from Seiko Purdue, an Associate Professor in the fiber/fabrics Department of Art at WWU, students and adults made their own Shibori art. There were several WWU students who came with Seiko as volunteers to make this night a success. This was another great PTA sponsored Family Night!

PTA Supports the Learner Profile Attributes Too

In addition to supporting learning that is connected to our units of inquiry, our PTA volunteers plan and coordinate an Annual Talent Show. The Talent Show gives our students opportunities to share their talents with our school community, as well as further develop the attributes of the learner profile within themselves. The International Baccalaureate Program focuses on developing ten learner profile attributes. These are being caring, knowledgeable, balanced, being a risk-taker, communicator, principled, open-minded, reflective, an inquirer, and a thinker. These are attributes that enable students to make positive contributions to our school community, as well as to our greater community and world.


A special thank you to Kathi and Gabrielle Phillips for making the Talent Show possible!

Do you want to know more about the PYP Learner Profile?

IB Learner Profile

The Learner Profile in Action - Talent Show Photos

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Action Team

Taking ACTION to support our school and community is an important component of the PYP. During the Talent Show, our 4th and 5th grade student Action Team sold treats for people and pets. Their proceeds were used to purchase hygiene items for our school district Family Resource Center and to purchase pet food and toys for the Whatcom County Humane Society.
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