Patricia C.'s Blog: Volunteers Make Magic Happen

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Building an Icosahedron in Math in French - 6th grade

During the week before Spring break, half of the class was in China. The other half stayed in Palo Alto, and built an Icosahedron!

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Shanghai

Today started with a bus ride from Hangzhou to Shanghai. We passed through the city, the countryside, and then Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai. It’s a really, really big city. We stepped off the bus and everyone looked upward. We were at the Jing Mao...

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Last Day in Shanghai

Last day in Hangzhou

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Back to School Monday and Tuesday

Back to School, Monday April 16th: We arrived this morning to see 1200 students, plus our 18, at morning announcements on the blacktop.  As they followed their classmates, in step, we distributed the usual Pepto, allergy medications, and said our...

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Birthdays in Hangzhou

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - A Sunday in Paris

After a delightful dinner last night with family and friends, we had a wonderful (and full!) day in Paris. We started making sure everyone was up around 8:30, even though some of the children were up much earlier than that. We all had breakfast...

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More pics from China

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Sunday in Hangzhou

We began our morning boarding a canal type wooden boat on the Grand Canal. All seats were indoors with table and chairs as opposed to yesterday morning’s boat with the outdoor aft section.  This is the longest man made canal (waterway) in the...

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - We're in Paris!

Today was another busy travel day. We met at school at 7am and said goodbye and thank you to our host families. There were several of the host mothers who had tears in their eyes as they said goodbye to their "children." We waved from the bus to...

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Photos from China

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To China With Love

If you were to find a spot to love in China, Hangzhou would definitely be a choice. Green. That’s what you see: forest, gardens, tea plantations, and the jade green water of West Lake. We arrived at school this morning to collect “our own” plus ten...

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - Cahors

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - Lascaux & Sarlat

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Hangzhou Greets ISTP with a Song, Gifts, and Grand Hellos!

This morning we were greeted by smiling Hangzhou children at the gate, “ Good morning, teachers,” followed by a salute. How cute is that? We proceeded upstairs noting a sign on the staircase, “Work breezily, play happily.”  Children passed us saying...

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - Le Château de Bonaguil

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Beijing natives love our ISTP students

Cameras, applause, acclaim, ouuus and ahhhhhs were all about ISTP students today. It's amazing to see what our students bring to the world....happiness! There were no sour looks, no shakes, only smiles and photo opportunities. When we put the...

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Night Sleeper, Nanjing, and now Hangzhou

The second blog is having trouble publishing, but it will be on your way soon. I hope. This is the third blog and our fifth day. The night sleeper from Beijing to Nanjing was memorable. It was out of a movie. The train itself was sleek and...

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - A Day in Fumel

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - L'accrobranche

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Beijing loves ISTP students

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Guest Blogger Erin O'Rielly - Fumel Trip - SFO to Fumel... We've arrived!

It was a long trip from SFO to Fumel, but we made it! The flight from SFO to CDG was great, and most of us were able to get some sleep. Some of the children were so excited that they had trouble sleeping. While we waited in Charles de Gaulle...

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ISTP 4th and 5th graders in Beijing

Eighteen of ISTP's fourth and fifth graders have made it to Beijing on a beautiful spring day with the peach blossoms in full bloom. The students were very well behaved on the plane. We all sat together in several rows of three on one side of the...

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Congratulations, Rémi and Chloé

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4th Grade Spreads Love of Reading through Buddy Program

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