Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
Love is in the Air
Love is in the Air

Then came February which somehow always feels like the longest yet shortest month of the year! Reports cards have gone home, we've celebrated Valentine's Day, managed two awesome ski days on Mt. Bachelor, survived a mellower version of snowpocolypse, embarked on the 21-Day Happiness Challenge, and are all looking forward to our upcoming lower school music performance on February 28th in celebration of Motown and Black History Month.

Schools are busy places. So, what ties it all together? Quite simply, love. Love for each other. Love for our teachers. Love for our administration. Love for our students. Love for our families. Love for our friends and for our neighbors. And love for ourselves. As we are slowly coming out of the long, dark nights of winter remember to treat each other gently - both in your words and in your actions. And more importantly, treat yourselves gently. After all, it's all love.

-Natalie Wilhelm, Lower School Head

The Hidden Values of Ski School
The Hidden Values of Ski School

"This is challenging!"
- Dylan

Ski school has begun, and our friends in kindergarten and first grade are so excited! Actually, so are the teachers because we can see how much children learn through this wonderful experience offered at Cascades Academy. No, our little ones aren't receiving formal direction in math or literacy on these ski days, but they are learning skills that they will take with them long after ski school is over. When our little guys are participating in a group ski lesson, they are learning patience while the instructor works individually with another child. When a child falls down and gets back up, they are learning to power through the tough times. When a child feels cold but continues on with lessons while keeping their discomfort to themselves, they are learning grit. And when they succeed in all the many skills that they are being exposed to, they are learning that when they show fortitude in learning something new, patience, grit and determination all pay off in the end. Learning and playing in the great outdoors supports emotional, behavioral, and intellectual development. Studies have shown that students who learn outdoors develop a sense of self, independence, confidence, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, empathy towards others, motor skills, self-discipline and initiative. What wonderful life lessons we are exposing our children to through ski school!

Have a great week, everyone, and enjoy the photos!

-Ms. Jane and Ms. Hermes, Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers


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