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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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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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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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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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Fourth Grade Classes Visit Big Bear on Overnight Field Trip

The fourth grade classes of Mr. Mike and Mr. Martyn traveled to Big Bear, California last week for the school’s annual fourth grade overnight field trip. This excursion to YMCA’s Camp Whittle is a great experience for the fourth graders to develop some independence and strengthen friendships. Their action-packed two-day trip involved team-building exercises, archery, hockey, animal experiences, camp fires, nature walks, rock-wall climbing, an exciting night hike, and much more, all surrounded by nature.

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