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!
- Preschool and PlantsBy: 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.
cotton candy machine
bean bag toss
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.
Truly from Natalie (6th grade) and Reese (5th grade) and the Student Leadership Program
- About the Author - Oliver Chin
Introducing Children’s Author...
Tuesday, February 7th
Grades Pre-K-2 grade
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.
- 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
- Fourth Grade Service Project
- 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