Despite some adversity along the way, the two Varsity teams had a great season, lead by Coach Tom DiTaranto. The boys had an undefeated season, finishing 15-0. They easily moved through the playoffs. In the Championship game the Bridgemont Vikings dominated the International Warriors 53-33.
The Lady Vikings finished 2nd place in the regular season with a 4-5 record. In the semi-finals the Lady Vikings defeated the North Bay Lady Warriors in an exciting, 48-44 OT win which sent them to the Championship. (This was the first time the Lady Vikings had won their playoff game since 2010). Unfortunately the Lady Vikings lost in the championship To the Patten Lady Bulldogs 39-29. With 5 out of the 6 ladies returning next season, 2 of which will be Seniors, we are very confident they’re going to be much improved, ready to take home the Title.
In addition, 7 of the boys made all-league as well as the entire girls team. Congratulations!
LFSF is opening a new Preschool class on its Sausalito campus!
Call or email admissions @ lelycee.org for a tour and to learn more about French education, bilingualism, and how learning at LFSF can open your child's potential and possibilities.
Saint Brigid's Mural was Featured in the SF Examiner
126- year-old Catholic school unveils mural painted by SF art students
by Laura Dudnick
In the outdoor recreation area of St. Brigid School, a giant bear in a Hawaiian shirt rides a red bicycle. Next to him, two penguins -- one with a bow tie and the other wearing a string of pearls -- waddle hand in hand (flipper in flipper?).
A few feet away, a dog sporting green sunglasses knocks a basketball into the air with its head. A monkey climbs on the back of a crown-wearing lion, not to mention a rabbit with red sneakers and top-hatted turtle proudly marching along together. And in the center of it all, an owl takes flight with the words, "We have heart."
The friendly animals are now part of the school day for the more than 250 kindergarten through eighth-grade students who attend the 126-year-old Catholic institution. They are the creation of Academy of Art University students who painted the characters this fall on a 66-foot-long mural along an outdoor concrete wall.
The mural, "The Animal Race," depicts a magical scene of creatures that move at a different pace, intended to symbolize that everyone should move at their own speed. Four students from the Academy of Art worked on the mural Mondays and Thursdays beginning in September, and finished the project last week.
"On the very first day, when the students were sketching the drawings, a first-grader came to me and said, 'Sister, I do not understand why to draw the picture is going to take them so long,'" Sister Angeles Marin, principal of St. Brigid School, said Thursday at a ceremony to celebrate the mural.
"The time has passed, and the final product is in front of us. We can all enjoy it," she said.
Monsignor John Talesfore, pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral, said a prayer and blessed the mural with holy water.
Sister Judy Cunningham attributed the lack of rain at the event following storms earlier in the week to Sister Mary Jo Wise, a longtime instructor who died in May, and to whom the mural is dedicated.
"I believe that Sister Mary Jo is present here and watching over all of us," Cunningham said.
The concept of the mural came about prior to Wise's death, but after she died, an owl was added -- Wise's favorite animal -- school officials said. The owl holds the only words on the mural, "We have heart," the motto of St. Brigid School.
Academy of Art student Kenneth Malone, 27, came up with the idea for the mural while working at a Tiki bar. He thought to put a Hawaiian shirt on a bear, and the rest spilled out.
"I just started putting different animals together," Malone said. "I wanted something real lively."
Timothy Andrews, 27, another mural painter, said he particularly loved sharing his painting experience with the St. Brigid School students, who would come up to the artists and ask questions.
"It helps keep it fresh when [the kids] get really excited about seeing something that looks not finished to you but to them it looks amazing," Andrews explained.
Widely considered the biggest fan of the artists' work was 8-year-old Sedona Famous, who even earned an honorary art director title. The third-grade student, whose favorite subject in school is art, never hesitated to give the artists advice.
"Sometimes it was like the lion's crown was yellow, and I said it needs to be more gold," Sedona said. "Also, sometimes the dots were missing on some things."
The mural, which would have cost about $90,000, was provided to St. Brigid School at no cost. The Academy donated supplies, and M J Scaffolding provided equipment as well.
Please Join Us for
Waldorf Presents: A Renaissance in Education
Thursday, February 5 from 6 - 9 pm
Mountain View campus
180 N. Rengstorff Avenue
A dynamic blend of musical and dramatic performances with artistic and academic displays, this multi-faceted event will showcase the rich interdisciplinary facets of Waldorf middle and high school curriculum. Classroom exhibits will feature main lesson books (student-created, hand-bound texts) on subjects ranging from The Renaissance and Revolutions to Organic Chemistry and Projective Geometry. Art works on display include stone sculptures, clay portraits, woodworking, fabric designs, veil paintings, notan, baskets and more. Throughout the evening, visitors can enjoy student performances of orchestra, Eurythmy (a form of movement unique to Waldorf education), Shakespearean monologues, and an array of offerings in choral and instrumental music.
WLC is a non-public school licensed by the CA Department of Education to serve children and young adults ages 5 to 22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders and similar developmental learning differences.We are open to both public and private student placements.
Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Palo Alto
At Merit Academy, classes are taught ONE-ON-ONE! All students have their own dedicated teachers for every class to ensure that they are engaged in learning. Our rigorous curriculum prepares students for both acceptance and success at the best colleges (Stanford, Yale, Claremont McKenna, Columbia, and more). Students receive private college advisory to provide them with the guidance they need to build strong portfolios. Many students do ProjectMERIT to set themselves apart from their peers.
Merit Academy one-on-one classes can take place in the comfort of your own home, at one of our campuses, or other locations. Students can also take just one class if they need more support than they receive in courses offered at their current school or if they need to repeat a class because they received a D or an F. Merit Academy grades will replace previous grades -- improving their GPAs!
Whether you're looking for a full-time academically accelerated school (K-12) or just one or two classes to improve your child's GPA, Merit Academy offers individualized courses designed to help your child succeed.
Valley International Academy is very excited to announce that its student body has grown by 70% for the second semester. We welcome our many new students both from the Bay Area and from abroad. The school is excited by its ongoing growth; yet, its commitment to small classes and individualized attention for students.
On December 8, Children’s Health Council is hosting a festive discussion at CHC featuring Sheri Sobrato as our special guest. Sheri will be talking about her book, Digging Deep: A Journal For Young People Facing Health Challenges, which is designed to provide emotional support to young people who face health challenges. During Sheri’s own battle with a brain tumor, she discovered that writing and journaling helped her unleash her own power to heal. Inspired to share her story to help children and teens in a similar situation, Digging Deep is a journal designed to gently guide children through the process of self-exploration through powerful words and vibrant images. Young people are empowered when they realize that that have found the answers within.
Children’s Health Council child development experts have found that these same techniques are equally compelling for children with learning challenges and behavioral health issues. Sheri Sobrato, Dr. Rosalie Whitlock and a panel of our caring CHC experts will engage in conversation about this important topic the event. A complimentary copy of Digging Deep is included for participants at this free event.
Monday December 8 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Children’s Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Please RSVP via Eventbrite, diggingdeepatchildrenshealthcouncil.eventbrite.com
Getting students involved in studies being conducted on education can be difficult. They feel disconnected from the process, not understanding why they are being asked specific questions and become disengaged from the topic. However, the Public Science Project is trying to change that by involving students in studies on education.
The Public Science Project works with various systems, from schools to homeless shelters, to engage children from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. These students then participate in a 2 day camp, learning about the basics of how to conduct a survey, including lessons on interviews, focus groups, methods training and survey design.
Once they complete the 2 day camp, they start participating in surveys for products like an educational website for younger students. These students receive either high school or college credit, or money, for participating in this program. Those that run the program find that giving the students something for their participation makes them feel their opinions are valued and that they have the ability to affect their school and education. The students have participated in surveys on racial segregation, special needs classrooms as well as surveys in disciplinary action and the negative effect of high-stakes testing for English language learners. The Public Science Project aims to effectively engage students in their own classrooms for the success of innovative new programs and strategies.
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Milpitas Christian School participated in this year's Green Apple Day of Service. Sponsored by the US Green Building Council, a non-profit group that supports sustainable/green building, architects worldwide connect with members of the community to help improve the sustainability of schools. The architectural firm of Cody Anderson Wasney Architects asked us to partner with them for this year's event.
On Saturday, September 27th, friends from Cody Anderson Wasney delivered an interactive lesson to our students on the importance of saving energy and what the students can do to help support the environment. Students from 3rd- 6th grade were invited to participate and the event was well attended. After a brief lesson on how energy is generated and used at our school, as well as ways to conserve energy, students were led on a scavenger hunt throughout the school, with our 7th and 8th grade student docents at the various scavenger sites. Students learned: how to read and monitor an electric meter, use a light meter to measure the amount of natural light in an area, use a plug meter to measure the amount of electricity used by an appliance, and determine if any air leakage issues exist. Students finished the day creating posters to educate their classmates of the importance of saving energy and reminding them of actions they can take to help conserve energy.