Do you know what is so special about this coming Monday, August 21st from 9:30 am to 11 am (with the peak of the experience at 10:21 am.) Hint: The event happens around every 18 months somewhere on the planet, but only every 375 years in a specific place.

Either you’re stumped at this point, or very excited because you’ve heard the news: We have an exciting opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse, right in the St. Paul’s parking lot!!!
People viewing the eclipse from Bellingham should see an approximate 90% eclipse, and this is a pretty big deal. So, I thought we could have some fun and come together as a community to view the eclipse in the Markell Hall (Middle/Upper school) parking lot. We have no trees to obstruct our view and the weather forecast is (hopefully) clear weather for most of the day. (NOAA)


  • Gathering time from 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Mrs. McAtee will have 10 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses (from a NASA approved, a reputable dealer with ISO 12312-2 rating) to share.
  • or – bring your own glasses and/or a homemade eclipse viewing device!
  • Bring a friend to share the experience with!
  • Parents and guardians, please attend with your students

I will have fun facts to share about space and solar and lunar eclipses, materials to explore modeling an eclipse in three dimensions, and plenty of sidewalk chalk so all of our young scientists can record their observations to share with the rest of the St. Paul’s community!

This is a very informal event with the purpose of gathering to share and talk about a fascinating phenomenon in our solar system. Feel free to bring snacks with you, and the building will be open for restroom and water access. I know that our Girl Scout troop will be on their own excursion and that the Ferndale Library has an exciting day planned as well.

I look forward to seeing families and sharing this unique opportunity. In the words of NDT, “Keep looking up!”