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  Thursday, February 22, 2018

100 Days in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

“100 great school days!  Explained in 100 words…

Tuesday, February 13, the two first grade classes celebrated the hundredth day of school in color!  Each student was to dress from “head to toe” in the color of their choice.  The multicolored students posed in front of cameras to make a rainbow of kids.  This nice event was the culmination of the work done in English and in French since the beginning of the school year with the album, Emily’s first 100 days of school (Les 100 premiers jours d’école d’Emilie). A great team work done in 1st grade!”

Sarah LeBoyer, Claire Selva

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  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3D Training in 4th grade

By Francis Carlier

The fourth graders were exposed to a 3D training on the platform Minecraft with François Tregouet in history class. They were shown how to manipulate a self-created world including building 3D structures. Students, who are skilled in this field, were given the opportunity to run workshops to support their peers. The students are encouraged to use this platform as an option to build their California Mission Project.

Cathleen Anderson

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  Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Social and Emotional Learning in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

Today we spoke about these key words: prejudice, tolerance, intolerance, feelings, mean, bully, violence and self-esteem.

The goal of this lesson was to teach kids that words have the power to hurt and to heal.  Our words have power and they have meaning.  Our words impact those around us.
After introducing the class to their new classmate “Charlie”, each child said something kind to Charlie and then something unkind to Charlie.  As they said unkind things to Charlie, Charlie was taken apart and the piece was given to the student who said the unkind words.
After Charlie was in pieces, it was time to put Charlie back together.  Each child who said something mean to Charlie had the opportunity to apologize to Charlie and then tape the doll back together.
When the torn body is fully repaired — no matter how hard the students have tried to piece him back together — Charlie will not look the same as when students met her/him for the first time.

Charlie’s feelings were hurt, and the scars remain. Chances are those scars will never go away.

Charlie serves as constant reinforcement of a vivid lesson in kindness.

Sarah Le Boyer

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  Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kindergarten/4th grade Project

By Francis Carlier

Kindergarten students had the pleasure of working with the 4th graders on Wednesday afternoon. They identified geometric shapes traced by Probot (programmed by the 4th graders). With the 4th graders, they differentiated cursive letters, lowercase or capital letters … etc. The 4th graders encouraged, aided, assisted them, and showed kindness and a lot of support.

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