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Husky Hits - Feb 5 2017

In the span of just 90 minutes on Friday St. James' Hall transported students from China, to South Korea to the African jungle. Like a kaleidoscope refracting and magnifying the same light in endless different bold beautiful combinations. This breadth of diversity is what makes St. James', St. James'. We were so glad you could join us - if you couldn't take a look through our galleries below. 

A big thank you to the Lunar New Year Committee who made the Lunar New Year Celebration possible; Michael Armbruster, Andrew Chi, Stephanie Hayman, Eric Li, Catherine Mann, Father Aidan Koh, Helen Park, Jina Park, Lois Park, Su Young Park, Anne Wang, and Erica Wang. Thanks as well to all the parent volunteers who helped to serve food and brought so many wonderful performers to campus!

 

Galleries

February Out and About

Lunar New Year Celebration

February Chapel

Lunar New Year in Mr. Dar's Class

Community Gathering

Sign-Ups

AAHM - Taste of Soul Lunch (2/10)

AAHM - Skate Day (2/26)

Announcements

- Preschool and Plants

By: Kerry Emery

Finally, the sun has relieved the cold, rainy days. The air is warm and the birds are chirping. After many days caught indoors, the children are taking notice to the refreshed greenness of the plants and grass around them. It is a perfect time to replenish our flower boxes with new plants for springtime. Frozen bulbs waited patiently all winter and were introduced on one of the first sunny afternoons. The children examined the differences between the bulbs. Some were tiny and smooth; some were large, rough, and covered in tangled roots. The children spread fresh soil aside and dug deep holes for their bulbs. Some bulbs were tiny and they were able to press them into the soil with their thumbs and then scoop dirt over the top. Now, we anxiously await the arrival of a variety of tulips, daffodils, and irises.

 

Another warm day brought a small flat of Pansies that needed some care. The children examined the root systems in the flowers as they tenderly broke them down. They dug holes around other flowers in the box and gently added the new roots. Excited whispers to wiggly worms went between the children. After adding all of the flowers, the children took turns giving the flowers a drink to help them thrive in their new home.


Gardening is an exercise that connects children to the natural world. It gives them the opportunity to learn that they can have an effect on the world. It shows the reciprocal relationship of human action and natural reaction. Through gardening children learn about different physical properties, cause-effect relationships, weather, sources of food, and tools for responsibility. We will continue our work on gardening throughout the year.

- Student Leadership Carnival

The Student Leadership Program will be hosting a carnival in April! We will have lots of games, prizes and fun activities. Some games will have a small cost but others will be free! We will have food, arts and crafts, prizes and games to play!

We want to host this carnival because the proceeds will support our St. James’ Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. This will help them buy more food to give to the homeless and people in need.

If any families own carnival games or concession stands, please contact Natalie (nyu@sjsla.org) or Reese (rduff@sjsla.org). Some of the main things we are looking for are:

  • cotton candy machine

  • popcorn machine

  • ring toss

  • bean bag toss

  • prize wheel

  • or any other carnival game!

 

We are looking forward to the carnival and hope to see you there! Please contact us if you have any of the things we need or any questions about the event.

Thank You!

Truly from Natalie (6th grade) and Reese (5th grade) and the Student Leadership Program

 

- About the Author - Oliver Chin

Introducing Children’s Author...

Oliver Chin!

Tuesday, February 7th

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Grades Pre-K-2 grade

SJ Hall 

Year of the Rooster, the twelfth and is the final adventure in the popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

Ray is a young chick whose father wakes the town each day. When others spot the mythical phoenix, Ray tries to locate this legendary creature and learns about himself during the journey.

Preorder a Signed Copy Today

Science & Practice: Spirituality and Our Children

On Friday, February 10th Dr. Lisa Miller and Mallika Chopra will be speaking at Marlborough School about the incorporation of spirituality in education (see her TEDx talk here). 
 
Science & Practice: Spirituality and our Children
A Conversation between Dr. Lisa Miller and Mallika Chopra
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - February 10, 2017
Collins Room - Marlborough School
Join Dr. Lisa Miller, author of the NYT bestseller of The Spiritual Child, and Mallika Chopra, author of Living With Intent and Marlborough mom, in a conversation on the science and practical ways to explore spirituality at home, school and daily life. Research has shown that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances, 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers, 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex, have high levels of academic success, and an increased sense of meaning and purpose. Chevalier's Books will be on campus and will have both books available for purchase. Please RSVP here
 

- New Seating in Library

Reading is a lot easier when you have a comfy place to sit! This week Christina Olague introduce some more seating options in the library. They are versatile and can be rearranged for whatever is going on in our library. Thanks so much to the parents of St. James' for making this possible. Check them out here.
 

- Fourth Grade Service Project

For their service project, our fourth graders help out at the preschool. This week was the final week for the second rotation of groups. Our fourth graders help the preschoolers with math and reading work, as well play with and read to the youngest members of the St. James' community. Fourth graders enjoy going and the preschoolers enjoy making new friends from the "big school."
 

- Christopher Emdin Speaks

Please join us to hear powerful speaker, Dr. Christopher Emdin from the Teachers College at Columbia University. He is an award winning author, professor, and science advocate. He will be at the Harvard-Westlake Upper School on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30PM.

Check out his amazing Ted talk, “Teach Teachers to Create Magic.”  https://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_emdin_teach_teachers_how_to_create_magic

RSVP: http://bit.ly/rethinkingdiversity2017

- Welcome Autumn Yamamoto

It is our pleasure to introduce Autumn Yamamoto as our new Assistant to the Head of School. Autumn knows the school's website better than most of us who have been here for years, recognized almost every teacher by name by the end of her first week, and has endeared herself to everyone from the administration to the students with her ability to smile through the muti-tasking mayhem of our front desk. Whether placing bandaids on scraped knees or organizing the work of the search committee last week, she leaves no detail unattended, no email unanswered, and no voicemail ignored.  Her multitude of interests and zest for life mark her as a lifelong learner and a remarkable model of intellectual curiosity for adults and kids alike, her educational history runs the gambit from the sciences to humanities with degrees from San Francisco State and Widener University.  Head of School Mrs. David isn't just happy to have Autumn at her side; she's ecstatic.  Please offer Autumn Yamamoto your warmest welcome ever!
 
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