Rebecca Shirley, Manager of Student Life Programs, introduces incoming students to the events planned to welcome the 2019 cohort into The Seattle School community.

Welcome, 2019 cohort!  

It is August! Which means that the fall term is just around the corner.  We are thrilled to have you joining us on campus soon. I eagerly anticipate this time of beginning with you.

Here you will find the schedule of events for your first week on campus! There will be opportunities for information, for connection, and for you to breathe as you begin to get acclimated to life in this community. Spouses/partners/families are welcome at all of these gatherings.  Follow the links throughout the email for more information, including detailed schedules and registration. Note: you will need to register separately for Orientation and (Re)Orientation.

Feel free to ask any questions as you have them. 

Welcome (Back) Cookout

Thursday, August 22, 5:00-9:00pm, Golden Gardens

Our annual Welcome (Back) Cookout is a dearly-loved Seattle School tradition hosted by Student Leadership. We hope you’ll come, meet some of your classmates, and enjoy one of Seattle’s unbeatable summer nights with us on the beach before the school year gets underway. Student Leadership will be grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Full details are available online

New Student Orientation

Monday, September 9, 10:30am-3:00pm

Our entire community comes together to welcome, orient, and matriculate new students and their families. New Student Orientation covers logistical details from changing your address in our databases, turning in  your first assignment* and getting your picture taken for your student ID. The day is designed to introduce you to our community rhythms, to connect you more deeply with each other and with current students through conversations and activities, and to give you time to explore the building and its resources.

Spouses/partners and families (including children) are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Morning refreshments and Lunch will be provided. Full schedule, details, and registration are available online

*Your very first assignment as a Seattle School student is collected at Orientation. Stay tuned to the Matriculate blog to learn more about this “Who Am I” assignment.


Tuesday, September 10, 12:00-3:30pm

(Re)Orientation is a time when faculty, staff, returning students, and incoming students gather to (re)connect and (re)orient to the coming year. (Re)Orientation is an important rhythm in our communal life cycle. Participation is required for all students.  Lunch will be provided. Families are encouraged to attend. Full schedule, details, and registration are available online

Frameworks & Intersections

Wednesday, September 11, 9:00am-2:00pm
Frameworks & Intersections is designed to provide incoming students with context for our learning methods, orient you to the academic resources available to support your learning experience, and introduce you to your first-year Listening Lab groups. Snacks will be provided. Childcare will not be provided.


9:00am — Listening Lab Orientation
10:00am-12:20pm — Frameworks & Intersections
12:20-12:50pm — Lunch
12:50-2:00pm — Life Cycle Gathering: Generous Read Exercise

Login to your student account on MyCampus to register for this free, but required course.

The Seattle School Community Weekend

Each fall we set aside time to celebrate the start of a new year with ritual, play, reconnection, and feasting. Spouses/partners and families are a significant part of our community and are welcome at all Community Weekend gatherings.

Thursday, September 12 | Fall Vespers at The Seattle School at 6:30pm. Curated by Sacred Space.

Friday, September 13 | Activities will take place during the day around Seattle, followed by Neighborhood Dinners during the evening. Organized by Student Council and Anamchara.

Saturday, September 14 | Convocation at St. Mark’s Cathedral at 10am and the Community Cookout immediately following at Volunteer Park.

We are ever mindful of you as you lean into this final month of preparation. Stay tuned to Matriculate as our Admissions Team will continue to share timely information and support in the weeks ahead. If there are other ways we can be of help to you in your planning, do be in touch using my email address below.

With Excitement,

Rebecca Shirley, Manager of Student Life Programs