The Beauty of Elementary School Performances

Since I already wrote about Music Week in an email to elementary school parents, I was going to write about something different this week, but I just returned to my office after the 2nd grade performance and felt that I had to write about Music...

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Read, Read, Read

I’ve been thinking a lot about reading these days, for a number of reasons. I am writing an article for our next newsletter. That article will focus on learning to read and teaching reading, but in my preparation to write, I found time and again...

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How Times Have Changed!

When I first started working at the Peninsula French American School, the very idea of development was not as well received as it is today. As a native French citizen, I balked at the idea that the school would actually ask me for a donation...

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Wrestling and Pillow Fights

On Wednesday evening, Usha Sangam from Hand in Hand Parenting came to give a talk entitled “The Well-Balanced Child – Avoiding Stress and Overscheduling” (login and click to view the pdf of the presentation slides) that addressed helping children...

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Taking Healthy Risks

There are three recent events percolating in my mind, connected by the idea of healthy risk taking that leads to growth. I had been thinking about the Elementary School Jump For Heart event last Wednesday, as well as about the wonderful...

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Nowhere to Race?

At ISTP, we constantly are exploring ways for our students to develop their individual skills with the hope that they will function effectively in a complex society. We remain committed to helping each child become the best student, person and...

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Pajama Day

Pajama Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Sitting at the dinner table last night, still in my pajamas, I had to explain the day to Gavin. He couldn’t understand why anyone would want to show others their pajamas, and said it never would...

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Mix it up, stand up, and wear pink!

Yesterday in elementary school we had a multifaceted event. We combined two ideas with a similar purpose – “Mix it Up Lunch” and “Stand Up Day”. Mix it up Lunch is something of a tradition at ISTP, one that we do three times a year. Stand Up Day...

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College Rivalry

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/29/christakis.play.children.learning/index.html

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A cardboard box is the best toy of all...

Well, maybe my daughter would argue that this week the pots and pans are the best, but she only has a few words right now, so I’ll continue on this train of thought! In this season of giving, it is so easy to get caught up in the newest, latest...

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