Students Volunteer at Local Watershed


On Tuesday, the sixth and third grade went to the Valley Vista Staging Area in Moraga to help the local watershed. The two classes worked together to remove an invasive plant called scotch broom, which has taken over the area. They learned how it destroys the native food web, how they can help by removing it, and making room for more native plants to grow. In connection with that, they also planted buckeye seeds in order to help restore the area to a more native habitat.

It was hard work, but they did a great job helping to restore the area. Additionally, the third and sixth graders had a lot of fun together.

Special thank you to the parents who helped out! We could not have done it without you.

Moving Up Day

Yesterday the preschoolers – fifth graders participated in Moving Up Day!

The students and teachers alike were buzzing with excitement. Questions, stories, projects, and enthusiasm filled each classroom. Please ask the children all about it!


Crazy Hair and Clash Day

In continuation of Good Humor Month, the students showed off their wacky hairdos and outfits for Crazy Hair and Clash Day on Wednesday.

Stay tuned. Next Wednesday is Pajama Day.

Endangered Species Reports

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On Wednesday, the Third Graders presented their Endangered Species reports. To prepare for the presentation, they wrote a 7 page report about an endangered animal of their choice.

They created posters to help teach others how they can make a difference to keep these animals from going extinct. They worked very hard on their reports and they gave wonderful presentations!

Reading at Sisi’s


Last week, the third graders went to Sisi’s Cafe to read their non-fiction books. It was so much fun drinking hot cocoa and reading our books. Activities like these help students develop a love for reading.


Right now, the third graders are “reading to learn” and are practicing high-level concepts like “identifying main ideas and supporting details,” “inferring within the text,” and “cross-text(s) synthesis.” In third grade, students need to do the following to practice cross-text(s) synthesis: “When I read two texts (or parts of a text) that teach about the same subtopic, I can find the information on a subtopic from both texts (or parts of one text) and put that information together” (Calkins & Tolan, 2015). It is good for students to have fun while they are practicing these difficult reading strategies.

Dia de los Muertos

Third Graders decorated sugar skulls in celebration of the Day of the Dead or “Dia de los Muertos.” Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, other Latin American countries, and parts of the United States from October 31st to November 2nd.

On this important and joyful holiday, people celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have died. Altars are decorated with the deceased person’s favorite food and belongings. Marigolds are sprinkled on the graves and along paths to lead the spirits of the dead back home. In some places, spirits are believed to visit the earth on the wings of monarch butterflies.

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