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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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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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