School picture days of present and past - a view into elementary school life

It’s school picture week, and seeing so many students wearing a favorite outfit or with hair “done” brings me right back to my elementary school days. Picture day was always exciting- it meant the year had really begun, and documented the class...

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Calling All Gourmets and Wine Collectors!

While we are first and foremost an educational institution, our community is made up of individuals with varied interests and hobbies. Living in the Bay Area, and with half of our population in a French immersion program and us being so close to...

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Standardized testing - testing perspectives

This week our 3rd graders started taking the ERB CTP-IV, the standardized test in English that many independent schools give. We have also moved the 3rd grade testing to be in September in order to use the test as the diagnostic tool it was...

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When Preparation Meets Opportunity

You may have heard the following adage, but since “luck” and “success” can be synonymous, I’m going to start it differently: “success is when preparation meets opportunity.”

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Reluctant Blogger

I am a reluctant blogger. I only finally got on Facebook because a group of my international friends communicate solely through Facebook, and it was the only way to see photos and get updates on a regular basis. I am still pleasantly clueless...

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You're the Heart of ISTP!

Volunteers are the heart of our school. From each individual stems a warmth and spirit that brings our community together and benefits our students. Life can be so hectic these days, that it seems like adding one more thing may break the camel’s...

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Primary Perspectives

In this very first ever blog (more in next week’s blog on my reluctance!), I thought I should explain my title choice, and therefore the general idea behind this blog.

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New Parent Night & State of the School

On Monday, August 23, we had our New Parent Orientation Night onCowper, and welcomed approximately 79 new families to ISTP. Unfortunately for all of us, an unexpected heat wave hit Palo Alto. While we were burdened by the stifling heat, everyone...

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Irréductible Gaulois and Internationlists

Thursday was a busy evening for me. I had the pleasure of attending two separate events. The first of which, was a French event called the “Irréductible Gaulois”, hosted by Thierry Gabadou from U.F.E., and held at ISTP’s Cohn Campus. It was...

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Teachable Moments

Yesterday, in preparation for the Cohn Campus celebration of ISTP’s “30th Birthday”, I visited each classroom. I talked to the students about what will be happening that day, the games they can take part in, their expected behavior, and the theme...

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