1) Tell us a little bit about your family (Kids, names, ages/grades, professions, anything else you feel we should know!) Here's a little bit about the Jacksons...
Isaac (4th grade) - time with friends and Grandma, soccer, animals, jokes, stories/books
Will (7th grade) - time outdoors, climbing, robotics / Legos, time with his best friend / family, squirrels
Molly - family time, gardening, hiking, skate skiing, cooking, watercolor painting with friends. Molly is an internal medicine physician and teacher of med students at UW School of Medicine.
Ben - family time, running, skate skiing, reading Russian novels, playing piano, washing dishes, playing golf. Ben is a pediatrician at Virginia Mason / Sand Point Pediatrics.
Spark and Rusty the family cats - chasing balls of tin foil, tackling each other, food.
2) How did you choose OLL for your family?
Our older son Will moved from Seattle Public Schools to OLL starting in 3rd grade (when Isaac was starting K), as we were looking for an education community that could provide support for dyslexia. We looked at many different schools leading up to that transition and found that the Our Lady of the Lake teaching and administrative team had a foundation of education in structured literacy (using Slingerland) as an evidence-based approach to teaching kids with reading disorders. We had good friends whose kids were already at OLL, and their guidance and encouragement was so helpful. We also came for the admin team, teachers and the whole school community, which was warm and welcoming - even from our first visit.
3) What have been the highlights, favorite memories, favorite activities from your time at Our Lady of the Lake? Gaga ball pit, hot lunch, gardening and Marvelous Market with Mrs. Portelance, CYO sports (especially cross country and boys basketball), 'the whole year' with Ms. Jensen, Medieval project with Mr. Breyesse, Trunk or Treat, Fun Run, Junior Olympics, watching Colin perform in the school play, Feliz Navidad, Father Tim's steady and wise words and calming presence. This year, the hilarious Zoom videos from the teachers and the advent program have given us many smiles - everyone is making the best of a tough time.
4) As parents, what is the thing you value most about OLL and the community?
Every staff member knows both of our kids by name, and greets them with warmth, humor, and energy in the halls. Just feeling 'known' as a family and having that deep sense that our kids are cared for as individual people, and that the whole school is rooting for and invested in their success.
5) What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over?
Visit family in North Carolina and Australia! Swimming pools! Playing / having dinner with close friends, hugging people, and seeing human smiles all around.