The 2018 Graduation and Summer Send-off Celebration by Eileen

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Finnian, George, Julian, Griffin, Keefe, Madeleine, Maisie, Nadia, Pippa, Sophia, Ted, and Thomas

The of the school year is filled with many traditions at every school.  At Lake and Park we celebrate the graduates and send the whole school off for the summer with a community celebration.  Graduating students reflect on their time at the school and share their thoughts in a speech.  Below are this year’s graduates reflections, in order of appearance in the photograph from left to right.


Hello I’m Finnian, I started at Lake and Park in 1st grade and have been here ever since. It’s a good school and I’m sad to leave. I’ve done everything here from whale watching, and skiing to, digging clams, and seeing plays. If I’ve learnt anything at Lake and Park it’s that it’s ok to be yourself. Here at Lake and Park we’ve studied everything from soccer to botany. My favorite was the physics study. We used ramps, and Hot Wheels to show gravity, and the fifth graders hosted a science fair. I was in third grade and I was very impressed. Back in first grade I loved our Greek mythology study. I drew myself as Dionysus, the god of wines, and one of the lesser known gods. I loved learning all of the Greek Myths, some of the world’s best known myths. 2 years ago we had an ocean study when we did group presentations. I wrote about  ancient Nautiloids. If I learnt anything during this study itś that you can bridge studys. Another study I liked and want to mention is the mycology study in the fall of my fourth grade year.  Mushrooms are one of the most unchanged things in the world. They are pretty much prehistoric. I liked all the fun times we had outside during that study.  We went on mushroom walks and spent a day at Seward Park. Lake and Park has helped me unlock my brain by letting me learn at my level.  I have come to understand that quality is better than quantity. I believe that everyone can learn tons.  They just have to unlock the part of their brain that lets them. I’m sad that I’m going to leave my friends.  I’m going to Leadership Preparatory Academy or Lead Prep school.  I’m happy because it is basically Lake and Park school for 6th to 12th grade. Thank you to my class and to Quynh, Kristina, Eileen, and Andy. Thank you.

Finnian, first grade work time

My Years at Lake and Park

by George

My name is George and I’ve been at Lake and Park  for 8 years. I have learned so much at Lake and Park, everything from ancient Greece to the Silk Road and from oceans to electricity and Physics. I would love to go in to detail about each unit but that would take forever.       My three favorite units are the Silk Road, Botany and the Ocean. Last year we studied the Silk Road.  I like learning about the diversity and culture of the region. It was dangerous travelling through the desert but it was also rewarding learning about the different foods, dances, religions and goods.  It was the only way information and ideas could travel. I loved the Botany unit this fall.  We learned so much about simple and unique plants and how they connect to fungus and animals.  I loved the fact that we learned how plants make their food, how they pollinate other plants and how important sunlight and water is to make a plant grow.  Also how important it is to conserve plants. My other favorite unit was the Ocean unit.  I like the ocean because it had tons of life, coral reefs and sharks and interesting fish the farther you go down.  It really is an exploration. We have only seen 5% of the ocean so far. During that study I became an artist and made one of my best paintings of a squid including all of its’ tentacles. Thinking back over the years I’ve had a really nice time at Lake and Park and so many funny memories.  During the Silk Road study we were doing a play. We were choosing roles. I wanted to be the servant to the queen of the mongols but I didn’t get that role.  One role that nobody wanted was that of the merchant’s wife. I took that role. I was willing to do it, it was a girl’s role but I decided to take it. After school I asked my mom to buy me a wig.  We looked at wigs for awhile and chose a curly black wig. Then we looked for Chinese women’s clothing. We found the perfect dress robe. On the night of the performance I did my role so well that even Camille thought I was a new student. As I took my bow, the wig fell off and everyone laughed with surprise. I realize now that when I first came to Lake and Park I was a bit self-centered. I even circled every picture of myself in our first yearbook.  Looking back I hate that I did that, but it does show me how much I’ve grown. I’ve learned to respect other people and to see the value of different personalities in a school.  It is not all about me. This year Quynh and Camille have been helping me a lot with getting ready for middle school and preparing for the ISEE.  I’m glad I was at this school this year getting ready to go to Middle School because I felt supported and even had some fun and got into a nice school.  Quynh has helped me a ton this year. She is always nice and friendly and has helped with everything from spelling to math to writing. She makes jokes and is a great friend and teacher.  Thank you, Quynh. I’ve had a great time at Lake and Park.  I am sad to leave and in some ways I wish I had another year but I know I will have a great time at my next school. I will always look back at Lake and Park as a great beginning.   Thank you.

George at Issaquah Creek, 2014

 Through The Years

    By Julian

I have had some extraordinary years here at Lake and Park. I’ll jump right in by saying that Lake and Park has the most incredible teachers I will ever meet. Quynh broadened my understanding of math, Eileen taught me how to be a good person in general, Andy even taught me how to tie my shoes! Before I go on I would like to thank the teachers for their flexibility, encouragement, and rigor. There have been many units of study during my years at Lake and Park but for me one stands out. In 2nd grade we had a study of religion, I was placed in the Hinduism group. It was my first chance to work with older students. We read books and focused on our assigned religion so much I felt like I myself was Hindu! At the Lake and Park School we play lots of sports, from baseball and soccer to Ultimate and badminton. Playing these sports with my good friends has made me a better sport, on and off the playing field. One thing about sports here at Lake and Park is that everyone honors everyone’s opinion, so if there is a debate over a play everyone gets heard. My favorite sport that we play at Lake and Park is Ultimate Frisbee because it’s a very friendly game. Another reason I love this school so much is because of the fun kids. I remember my first day at Lake and Park, knowing only 2 or so kids. That day was not awkward or uncomfortable, the kids were welcoming and kind and I felt included. As I go to middle school next year I am confident that I will bring that lesson in kindness to my new school. My last 4 years here have been full of fun times with kids and teachers alike. As I move on I hope that other kids can get the opportunity to go to this amazing school. Thank you.

Julian and Max collecting physics data.

A Happiness for Learning

By Griffin

My past 5 years here at Lake and Park have been fun, exciting and extraordinary. We’ve been to the tops of mountains and to the ocean shore. We’ve gone to farms, temples and churches. Some of the units that stand out are the study of  Greek mythology, the ocean and botany.

Friendliness, excitement, and happiness for learning are the three qualities I feel I have gained here at Lake and Park. Friendliness because everyone at Lake and Park is welcoming and for the most part I have enjoyed coming here every day.  I hope to feel that way about my next year in Middle School. We create excitement for most people at Lake and Park through the things we do, the field trips we take and the projects we make.  I have gotten to know the neighborhood better by going to places we’ve been together year after year, like Seattle Center, the garden, Description Issaquah Creek, the library, and woodworking at Franklin. I think everybody has helped me understand the importance of knowledge, literature, math, and reading, and art.  I feel a happiness for learning, now- after this school has taught me all of these things. I would like to thank all of the teachers and kids for encouraging me through the years.  And I hope that all of you will continue to feel the friendliness, happiness and excitement for learning. Thank you!                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Griffin at Issaquah Creek

Through more than half my life…

By Keefe

7 years. I have gone here for 7 years, and I’m only 11.

Back when I first came here, back on my first day, I knew almost no one. So, me and some other kids, we got together and played a game. Short, I know. That was the first time I ever made friends at this school. I was very young back then, and that was only my first day. I remember a lot of old friends from back then, Thomas, Phin, Ted, and George, are only a few of them. Once I made friends here things were so much easier. They really helped me.

Now the teachers… I owe them a lot. Through the years they taught me cursive, how to read, long division, how NOT to fit a square peg in a round hole, ok maybe not that far back but you get the idea. This place has had a lot of amazing events and subjects like the salmon release or the Lake and Park anniversary that recently happened this year. I want to thank all the teachers who taught me so much. I want to thank all my friends who helped me through my time at Lake and Park.

And… I want to thank my family. You know, not many kids get a chance like this, so I want to thank my family for making me this lucky, to be apart of this. When I’m off to another school I’ll be saying, “Wow, this is a lot different from Lake and Park School”.

Thank You.

Keefe, on a field trip to Rainier Recycle Center

My Experience at Lake and Park

By Madeleine

This year has been good, crazy and funny, but most importantly amazing. I’ve made memories I will never forget and bonds that will never break.

I just want to start off by saying how amazing and supportive all the teachers are and how much they care about giving us a good education. They’ve really helped me grow, and not just with math and writing, but also with learning how to be a better person. I want to give a special thanks to Quynh, Eileen, Kim, Maudie, Andy and Camille. For always being there when I need help or have a question.

At Lake and Park I not only learn from the teachers but from the students. For example, I was having some trouble with a math problem so I asked Nadia for help and she quickly accepted. Another example of when a classmate helped me out is when I was working on a piece of artwork and I wanted to add a little more to it, Sophia gave me a suggestion. My classmates also make me feel better when I’m sad or have a problem. Going into middle school I will bring that caring and positive attitude.

One of the studies that I really enjoyed is the Writing/Poetry unit. My favorite part was the silent walk with Samar because I learned to take things in and appreciate them more. I hope I remember to do that in the future. The poetry Bazaar gave me a sense of what it was like to run a business.

This was my first year doing downhill skiing. At first it was really tricky and I felt like I didn’t want to do it but, when I went the next time it got easier and then I started having fun. I was so excited that I got it and that I learned to seize the opportunity.

This year has been amazing I wish I wasn’t leaving, but this is just the beginning to what I hope will be a better, brighter future. I’m so grateful that I got to meet all these nice, considerate and respectful people at Lake and Park. I can’t thank them enough for all that they did for me. Thank you.

Madeleine and Nadia observing leaves during the study of botany

My Lake and Park Family

By Maisie

On my first day at Lake and Park School I was nine years old, I was excited and nervous at the same time as I walked up the stairs to the North Room. When I met my teacher Quynh I was surprised by her positive attitude and warm personality and I immediately liked her. I got to know everyone and was happy to be accepted into such an awesome group so fast.

That fall my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia, my whole family was shocked and worried, and my anxiety made it hard for me to go to school and made it even harder to sleep. At first I didn’t want to go to school, but I soon learned school would help me relax without having to worry about my mom. As my mom got better I felt better too, and I found learning about what was happening to her helped me, along with visiting her a lot. My mom got better very fast and is sitting here today, the people at Lake and Park are rock stars at getting people to feel better!

That same year we had the Silk Road study, in the play I was the Chinese Princess and I remember having a very hard time fake crying, as desperate as it was to look real, it was utterly hilarious and I would end up laughing into my hands instead of crying. That play was my first play and will always be the best.

In that same study we used scrolls to write a make believe story about ourselves on the Silk Road, my partner was Nadia and I absolutely loved it because I love imagining all the possibilities and I am proud to say that Nadia and I explored every corner of it, from a 1,000 mile hike to a camel named Sandy, lets ride!

Then came the graduation of Reese, Max, Roham, and Iris, that was when I realized I would be in the next group to leave.

After having a great summer I returned to Lake and Park for my second year. One of the things I really remember from this year was going to the Little Prince play at Seattle Children’s Theater. We were partnered up with the children from downstairs who would be our buddies for the field trip.

My partner’s name is Toby, he is one of the funnest, kindest people, and he seems to need zero supervision. From that day on when I saw him in Camille’s class I would smile and wave, those moments are very special to me because it can be tricky getting to know someone four or five years younger than you, and Toby and I didn’t have hard a time. Toby is definitely one of the people I will miss the most.

And now I will go to the thank yous. Andy, you are one of the funniest, funnest, and the most cool teacher I have ever had in my life, thank you for all of the awesome Frisbee games. Camille, you are so caring, and happy, and you are the best singing instructor I’ve had, thank you for all of the good laughs. Quynh S., You are one of the awesomest teachers I’ve had because you can kick a ball very high in the air, and I remember playing Quick Word with you and it was the funnest board game I have ever played. Thank you for the awesome personality you have every day. Kim, you have a great bubbly personality that I just love, and you are so sparkly I would just go WOW, thank you for all the great vibes I got from you and for always being available for everyone. Morgan, You are the best yoga instructor I ever had, It’s like your secret superpower! Thank you for being so friendly and always saying hello, (cause it always made me feel better). Sofia, You are the best Spanish teacher I have had. You are an amazing teacher with many talents including dancing, and flossing. Maudie, you have the most helping personality I know of, your ability to help others has helped me be a better helper myself, and I will miss you so much. Eileen, you are the most exciting person to be around, you make everything fun and interesting, even if it is a hike in pouring down rain. Thank you for all the fun scientific explorations, and a thousand thanks for helping me with this speech and making it the funnest speech process I have ever had, I will miss your awesome everything!

And finally my teacher Quynh, Quynh I can not believe the support you’ve given me, you have the most fun and energetic personality I can think of, you are so supportive and kind to everyone, and I’m going to say this now that you made school, like going to see a good friend and you will always be the best teacher I had. Thank you for everything.

When I first came to Lake and Park I thought it was just a school, but now I think it is just a really big family. Thank you!

Maisie and Toby at the beach with plank houses.

My Years at Lake and Park

By Nadia

My name is Nadia and I have been at Lake and Park for six years. From my first day to my last I have had teachers to support me and friends to make me laugh.

On my first day I met Olivia who became my best friend. We were always laughing and playing together, in fact we were together so much that people would mistake us for sisters.

In first grade I met Quynh my teacher who taught me to love math and numbers and that there can be more than one right answer to a question. That year I learned to read and the squiggles in books took shape into stories and poems. When I learned to read it felt like the whole world made sense at last.

In third grade we were out and about a lot. We went whale watching for our ocean study we saw a few whales and lots of seals. We also went to the Nordic museum during our study of immigration. From being out so much I learned that learning does not always have to take place in a classroom.

Now I am in fifth grade and I have memorized the multiplication tables and learned about the ways different cultures interpret the