Willowbrook Campus

Anneliese Gedenk Woche: Remembering Our Founder

All three campuses celebrated and remembered our late founder, Anneliese Schimmelpfennig, in the week leading up to the first anniversary of her passing. Throughout our Founders Week – also named Anneliese Gedenk Woche – Anneliese Schools students and staff members reflected on Anneliese’s legacy. Teachers and students (Aliso campus shown above and below) wore nasturtium pins all week to remember Anneliese – the nasturtium was one of her favorite flowers. Our teachers and students participated in many special readings, puppet

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French Language Classes Practice Vocabulary Through Baking

Intensive French Language classes joined together to celebrate “La Fête de La Baguette” with Chef Jake, who taught our students how to knead and shape a baguette. Culture is an important aspect of World Language classes, and opportunities to review vocabulary and learn the culture of the countries where a language is spoken makes the learning more meaningful. Next week they will celebrate “La Tour Eiffel,” the iconic tower that is the symbol of Paris. Madame Odile shares, “Chef Jake

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Sixth Graders Embark on Sculpture & Research Report

Our sixth graders have begun a sculpture unit with their art teacher, Brittany, a local sculpture artist. The first stage of the creative process leading up to sculpting an original dragon included some background research before preparing their Bestiary Report. This preliminary brainstorming involves a design sketch, their dragon’s species name, location, and descriptions of the dragon’s physical characteristics and behavior. Our sculptors then began to shape their dragons around a wire armature, mounted on a pedestal base. This interdisciplinary

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Eco-literacy Studies at Anneliese Schools

Regenerative Farm Field Trip Focuses on Eco-Literacy Studies

Our 5th grade students recently visited the school’s regenerative farm, Rebel Mountain in Claremont, as part of their eco-literacy and gardening studies. While harvesting fruits and vegetables and observing growing practices was on the agenda for the farm field trip, the students also incorporated math and problem solving into their visit. “The kids were required to scale a recipe to feed the entire class and they had to harvest the volumes of food they found through their recipe conversion,” shares

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Scholar in Residence Program Focuses on African Culture

Students in upper grades at our Willowbrook Campus enjoyed studies in African Culture through our Scholar in Residence Program this semester. Supported through SEEDS Arts & Education, the program included three workshop sessions led by Rose Mwangi. Ms. Rose, who is a teacher of African Culture and was the late Anneliese Schimmelpfennig’s personal assistant, led children through three educational workshop sessions including geography, language, music, dance, and drumming from several African countries. The students especially enjoyed learning the African dances.

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5th Grade Students Study Historical Figures in American Revolution

The 5th grade students recently completed their Historical Figures Project presentations as part of the class American Revolution unit. Mr. Joshua shares, “Students selected a significant contributor to the American Revolution, researched, and then presented a lesson about that figure with an added creative element. Some were movies, news reports, Jeopardy matches, board games, sculptures, and song performances!”

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Fourth Grade Students Visit Bowers Museum

Our Fourth Grade students recently visited the Bowers Museum to learn about life on the ranches back in the days of early California settlers. They looked at how the land was divided and jobs they could have had back then, and how to make clothing with paint designs using insect pigment. They also learned how the missions affected this land ownership, spreading religion across California.

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Handcrafts, Landforms Studies, Animal Observation & More: January Scenes from Willowbrook

Students at our Willowbrook Campus have jumped right back into the swing of their studies and other aspects of campus life following the winter break: including handcrafts, landforms studies, animal observation and more. The third graders worked on creating Native American ceremonial sticks in their handcrafts class with Ms. Elisabeth as part of their Native American culture studies this semester. Students in Ms. Joanna’s 2nd grade class presented 3D models to their parents to represent what they’ve learned in their

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K1 Students Celebrate Diwali at Willowbrook

Willowbrook students in Ms. Sam’s K1 class recently celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and a holiday celebrated in India. “Our class learned about Diwali from one of our students, Riya, and her mother, Nidhee,” Ms. Sam shares. “Diwali is an important way Riya and her family celebrate their Indian heritage. We enjoyed seeing photos of Riya and her family celebrating at home by cleaning their house, hanging up and turning on many lights, and even lighting sparklers! Riya

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4th Grade Classes Work Collaboratively in Groups to Research & Solve Problems

The 4th grade classes have been working on multiple group projects this semester, lending to creative collaboration, research, and problem-solving skills. Mr. Mike shares, “The 4th grade divided into 5 groups to make an environment mural: The Maldives; Borneo Rainforest; Australian Outback; Botswana Grasslands and Antarctica. They had to research animals, plants, birds and ‘water creatures’ that were endangered to draw and put on their mural. They researched adaptations and behaviors of endangered species and produced slides for the outside

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