NEWS

SUMMER CLASSES START JULY 9th!

Welcome Summer,

Hope everyone is enjoying their first weeks of PNW summer! Our Summer class/camp session is kicking off tomorrow, July 9th, 2018. Parents, if you are still searching for some fun summer activities for your kiddos we still have room for you! This coming week all of our beginning, intermediate, and advanced dance classes start! Classes for ages 2.5yrs to Adult in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary-Jazz, Smooth Hip Hop, West Coast Swing, and Tots-Princess Ballerina themed ballet are available. **We have added a new Kinderdance time – MONDAY 3pm-4pm.** Our ever popular TaeKwonDo Tuesdays is back for 5yrs and up. Plus, we still have summer private music lessons available in Violin, Music Theory, and Guitar.

SUMMER CLASSES & LESSONS

For more info on class descriptions/days/times check out our website. To enroll simply scroll to the bottom of the summer camps & classes page to register.
Learn More Summer Dance/Taekwondo/Music Registration

SUMMER CAMPS

We still have room for your kiddos in our super fun Day camps this summer. This coming week we are going to jump in our time traveling machines and venture to paint with the caveman,  pan for gold with the 49ers, illuminate an Edison bulb, recreate the signing of the Declaration of independence with our Founding Fathers Sock puppets, and smell the spices on the Silk Road. We hope you join this weeks adventures! 

At the end of July Come Explore England, India, China, Russia, and France with us! On the last day of camp there will be a parent open house and show of each cultures visual and performing arts explored throughout the week. Here are a few of the camp highlights, a British tea party, India tye dye shirts, life size Chinese Dragon, painting with the French impressionist, and Russian stacking dolls.

Our Awesome Lego Robotics 1/2 Day Camps are back this summer and we still have room for you!

Summer pro-rating is available for all classes + lessons. All camps run for a full week 9am-4pm and before/aftercare is available. If you have any questions, please either give us a call 425-238-6286 or shoot us an email info@skagitseedlings.com
Enroll Now ONLINE To Save Your Spot! 

NEW Summer Saturday Morning Dance Camps for 2.5-4.5yrs – 4.5-7yrs! 

Learn More / Register for a Saturday Camp
These NEW themed dance camps include crafts, snacks, sticker charts, coloring pages, and a certificate at the end of camp!

Mount Vernon Music Together News

Are you looking to introduce your young children to music? Did you know our partner Mount Vernon Music together is offering a Summer 6-week class session for caregivers and their children ages 0-5yrs. Summer session starts Thursday, July 12th @ 10:30am. Sibling discounts are available.  For more class info, check out their website- www.mvmusictogether.com
NEW BIRTHDAY PACKAGES
Below you will find our current Birthday package offerings. We have just added Pour Painting Birthday parties and have lots of times open throughout the summer for private birthday parties for both kids and adults. To book yours – contact us today! #425-238-6286

We Appreciate Your Reviews!

At Skagit Seedlings we are all about growing a community of families and teachers that are passionate about fostering a center for the integrated-arts in Skagit Valley. If you or your children currently take classes at our center or have in the past and want to share your experience with your family and friends we would be most thankful and appreciative. **To review us simply click one of the pictures above.**

Wishing everyone a summer filled with lots of fun family memories!
~Miss Amy and the Skagit Seedlings Team

Thank you for being our customer!
All online registration, class ideas and administrative/class questions need to be directed to our email info@skagitseedlings.com
or phone 425-238-6286.

Calendar Updates!

Calendar Updates!

Some of you have picked up our most recent calendar flyer and I wanted to update you on a couple changes. I put up the goal of getting out both of our 6-week winter schedules by November 20th, but underestimated (like always :-) the current performance todo craziness so, you all will have to wait a little bit longer ;-)
Look for those NEW Schedules to be up by next week before December 1st!
Secondly, the dates for those sessions have *changed*! Session #1 will now run January 9th, 2018 to February 17th, 2018 & Session #2 will now run February 20th, 2018 to March 31st, 2018! All of these date changes will be up on our website listed under *Calendar*
However, all of our Dance & Music Classes will return January 2nd, 2018 and they are all OPEN for NEW ENROLLMENT starting NOW!!

Turkey Pinch Pot Workshop Cancelled

Our Turkey Clay pinch pot workshop is cancelled today due to low enrollment. *If you were interested in dropping in at last minute please remember in future to purchase your class ticket at least 1 day prior to the scheduled workshop. We only can ensure our staff and supplies are on hand if we have confirmed enrolled numbers for these special events.*

Classes Postponed for Fall STEAM/ART Session #2 Classes

Fall STEAM/ART Classes Postponed for November 13th-17th, 2017

 

**Start Date for the following classes are being postponed until next week November 13th-17th 2017:

1. Monday 11am Math Games
2. Monday 1pm Phonics Game
3. Wednesday 11am Beginning Drawing & Painting
4. Wednesday 4pm Earth Science
5. Thursday Winter Wonderland Arts & Crafts

If you are interested in enrolling head over to our website www.skagitseedlings.com all of our class details are listed under the Programs menu :-)

Who are the storytellers?

I don’t know if it is the holiday season or just general artistic inquiry, but I have been thinking lately about storytelling.

How does a person become a storyteller? When does it start and how many kinds of storytellers are there in our universe?

I love stories period and am always looking for the next inspirational story that can bring a tear to my eye and a laugh to my lips. Being a right brained artist, I notice that most people attribute storytelling as being an artistic life pursuit.

It is only the writers, poets, artists, thespians, and videographers that live the life of the storyteller. However, that cannot be further from the truth. I watch, listen and teach all kinds of children every day that are meant to become storytellers, regardless of their chosen profession.

Simply, the act of living means you are meant to be a storyteller; interests and profession aside.

A lot of my teaching is talking about habits. What are habits? How do you fall into a habit? How do you break a habit?  Now most of these conversations happen in the dance studio, but in the larger picture they apply to any area of life. I believe in today’s world we as humans have adopted an unhealthy habit of constantly segregating the “Who” in “Who we are?” and the “Why” in “Why are we important?” and the “What” in “What we do for a living?” I think we often forget to overlay life’s details with the bigger picture. We do this when we decide on our life’s profession, the school we attend, the grade level we fall under and the group of faces we surround ourselves with on a daily basis.

Now, these habits good and bad are being formed from birth and especially during a child’s school years.

The most detrimental thing we can do in society is to segregate our children’s interests, age levels and learning abilities.


From the beginning, I never completely checked any of the “normal” life expectation boxes. In my early twenties someone told me, “you know you don’t have to just have one profession in life, you can do multiple things.” I physically remember the stress and internal worry about this subject falling away, as if I just got permission to be myself and stop having to conform to human’s static expectations. Live and let live became my motto, my gut became my compass, and grabbing at opportunities when they walked in the room became my reality. I honestly cannot say I have become a person with one title or that my business Skagit Seedlings offers one service. The beauty of this is that our space is open to all humans who are encouraged to become whatever kind of storyteller their heart desires.  Let the scientists & inventors join our artistic creators to start telling the whole story that is life.

 

 

Fall Seeds of Wisdom: Gratitude

Welcome to Skagit Seedlings first Seasonal Seeds of Wisdom blog series! As we have transitioned our brand from Allen Grange Educational Center located in Bow to our new location in South Mount Vernon, we have spent a lot of time thinking how we want our mission to evolve, expand and create community involvement. Our new name “Skagit Seedlings” serves as our foundational inspiration. Life, thought, learning, and moving all are sparked by that first moment in time, where a love of doing, feeling, and tasting are discovered. At the same time many virtuous seeds are sharing this educational journey, growing their roots one experience at a time.

 

Today our personal message is two-fold. First, to help children and adults find that magical unexplainable moment of discovery and second, to help grow it up by awaking the virtues of each season of life. This new blog series will explore a virtue or group of virtues per season. Since fall & the holiday season is naturally the season of gratitude we are starting our blogging journey with the seed of thankfulness.








While there are multiple things to be thankful for during this harvest season, looking daily toward thankfulness in our hardest moments of unpredictability and disappointment can plant the most virtuous seed of all… hope.

Henry Ward Beecher said, “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!.”

 

Our life paths are anything, but predictable. The Internet and all its wonder often wants us to believe that everyone is living in a perfect utopia. The truth is it’s all a lie. Don’t let your mind buy into the belief of the “if only.” We are all on this earth to experience both the tribulation and joy that life brings. The only way true joy is discovered is through much tribulation. It is never fun, but finding an attitude of gratitude in your moment of long suffering often is exceedingly rewarded.

You might be saying ‘how is that possible?’ and ‘how could I ever make my child understand such a thing or even want them to experience that type of pain?’

 

The truth is you will never have to worry; a lady called experience will hold their hand as they explore each season of life. Let your child fall, let them feel, let them find their way and they will surprise you. Strength and thankfulness have a way of growing inch by inch toward the light with each challenge thrown their way. The best you can do is encourage them to feel those emotions of disappointment and change, and guide them to seek out what to be thankful for in those moments when plans spring a rye.

 

Kahil Gibran says it best in his chapter V on Giving;

“For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings; For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.”

 


Throughout this transformative season look to the seed of gratitude to celebrate and come to peace with each valuable lesson learned in your steps taken in 2017. Much like Pollyanna played the “glad game” let us practice the game of thankfulness and words of gratitude daily in our minds and actions.

 

Blessings abound to you and yours in this season of gratitude

 

Amy Christianson & the Skagit Seedlings family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 24th – Ladies Night POP-UP EVENT!

Ladies come out for a fun night of shopping and pampering at Skagit Seedlings to celebrate the beginning of Summer! All of your favorite vendors will be there with products available to taste, test and try on :-) From LuLaRoe, H2o at Home, Usborne Books, Tupperware & doTERRA to Ruby Ribbon, Nice + Bella Jewlry, and Poofy Organics, there is something for everyone! Plus there will be door Prizes, appetizers and drinks to enjoy throughout the evening. Admission is Free, we hope to see you all there 4PM – 7PM!