The importance of picture books

Last night, our Admissions Director, Maile Uohara, sent me a link to an article, with the comment that it made her sad. It makes me more than sad. It makes me downright angry. The article, from the New York Times, is entitled “Picture Books No...

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Developmental ranges

I have been spending more time in the classroom lately, and am constantly reminded of the range of developmental stages. As a mother of an infant, I know that teething can start anywhere between 4 and 12 months, that it is okay that the other 10...

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Creativity and Learning

One of the most important things that ISTP focuses on is developing critical thinking skills, and fostering creativity within a bilingual immersion education. I believe that schools must and can help children improve reading, writing, mathematic...

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Countdown to Wine Auction

The final countdown to any major event includes a lot of preparation, follow-up, and attention to detail; it’s truly a flurry of activity. We are constantly e-mailing, calling vendors, sponsors and supporters, preparing lots, double checking with...

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Healthy Risk Taking

This week, I have been impressed by our students’ willingness to take healthy risks. Student Council representatives have eagerly taken on making announcements at the weekly assemblies (and are finding their voices more each week), 3rd graders...

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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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