On Thursday during our first Community Gathering of the 2018-2019 school year, Mr. Reinke talked with students about what citizenship in a democracy looks like and challenged each of us to think about ways to make our community, our corner of Los Angeles, a better place for everyone. In the photo above, we see him interviewing Jo, a Kindergartener, about her stuffed animal friend, during the "blessing of the stuffed animals" in honor of the feast day of St. Francis. Students shared a reading of a prayer for stuffed animals and took a moment to think about and express gratitude for the things they love and appreciate in their lives.
This week in Chapel we learned about St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th Century Friar. Our 5th graders led us in a reading of the Prayer of St. Francis including the passage, “For it is in giving that we receive”. As an Episcopal school, these human lessons of caring and generosity are the characteristics we wish to impart to our students on their way to becoming well-rounded citizens.
At St. James’ we approach math learners in a multitude of ways. We know some of our students absorb information easily through a simple demonstration, others more readily from a peer or through the tactile experience of measuring with a protractor or compass. Peruse through our galleries this week and you can see St. James’ students engaged with our math curriculum through manipulative games, purposeful worksheets, and talking to one another about their classwork. This multitude of approaches ensures students learn mathematics in a well-rounded manner. No matter the approach, we are always striving for those “I did it!” moments like this one.