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what I did on my summer vacay: staff edition!


Nic: "At 6:30am on July 1, my friend Adam and I stepped onto Columbia Crest, the 14,410-foot summit of Mount Rainier. This was the fulfillment of a years-long dream and many months of training. I returned to the lowlands without injury or incident. I've been looking at Rainier for my entire life — my childhood bedroom window had a view of it — and I will never look at it the same again."

Chrissy: "My summer was spent visiting with family and reconnecting with friends new and old (including Crysta and Daisy, pictured top right). I traveled to Couer d'Alene, Minneapolis, and Regina, Saskatchewan. I also enjoyed spending as much time as possible outside, playing with my cats and getting to know my new nephew, Finn."

Sam: "I spent two weeks in Tanzania visiting my son, Frederick, who's serving there in the Peace Corps. Although we didn't get to his village, in Njombe, centering around Dar es Salaam (Dar) we traveled to Zanzibar, and through other parts of the country.

Transport in Tanzania is challenging—the photo of us on a dalla dalla (above) captures some rare smiles during transport. We were also able to take a surprise safari where we saw just about all of the charismatic mega-flora of Africa!"
 
Liana: "I spent much of this summer just hanging out with my son, but we also went to Lake Chelan for a long weekend with several other families and took our annual trip to Twisp, where we floated the Methow River! Oh, and I played some music this summer too!"

Andy & Melinda: "We enjoyed a trip to France to reconnect with dear friends and to visit places that have become important to us over the last several years. We spent extended time in our secondary hometown of Nantes, renting two separate AirBnB homes, including one just a block from the place we lived while on sabbatical 6 years ago. We also visited Normandy (where we were pleased to find treasures in tucked away antique stores), spent a day in Paris (where Melinda got to paddle board in the city), and took special excursions to the Atlantic coast, which included a day-long bike ride on the Île-aux-Moines (Island of Monks)."

Sieglinde: "I went to three awesome weddings, for three (different) awesome couples, in three beautiful areas of Washington State. It's been a crazy summer with the expansion at school, oh, and Drew and I bought a house. NBD!

 

a note from andy...


Welcome to the newly expanded PSCS! Yes, I say expanded as we have recently increased our square footage by quite a bit.

It seems as though our expansion has been years in the planning, but as I write this, the work is practically done. In short order, all of us, students and staff, are going to benefit from the labor of the large number of people working behind the scenes to help move the school forward.

Seven new rooms, a new music studio, a full shop, two new bathrooms, sliding "barn" doors, and a drinking fountain! Who knew a drinking fountain could create this much excitement?
 
And with this increased excitement and success, PSCS has a new 5-year lease with an option to renew for an additional 5-years. Yes, we are now even more firmly established in the ID in downtown Seattle, and intend to be here for at least 10 more years. Hooray!

Continuing on the theme of expansion, I'm also excited to share that this year we will be providing expanded attention to the school's vision statement established by the Board of Trustees (see? see what I did there?):
 

"PSCS envisions a community of global ambassadors for a philosophy that values kindness, wholeness, and social justice."
 

Global ambassadors! Whoa. No small thing, right?

Huge neon arrows pointing to our long-held values of kindness, wholeness, and social justice? That's a big deal.

Students will now see classes tagged with these words and opportunities to consider them in greater depth will be added throughout the school year.
 
If you know me, you already know that my enthusiasm for PSCS is always massive. But as I consider this year and all its excitement, my enthusiasm has also expanded. There is a positive energy surrounding us that you have to see to believe.

Expanded space,
expanded vision,
expanded enthusiasm.

It all flows. Or to put it another way: everything is lining up for our 23rd year to be one of the best ever.

Stop by some time and see for yourself!

Andy

Andy Smallman
PSCS Co-Founder &
Executive Director
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