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4th-grader William Beesley ’19 with his honorable mention medal for the 5th-grade level competition at MathCON 2018
Communications Office

The 10th Annual MathCON 2018 Finals took place on Saturday, May 5, at the UIC Forum in Chicago, where more than 1,500 attendees gathered – including our future mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders of tomorrow – to celebrate math and scholarship. Students, parents, and coaches spent the day hearing from guest speakers, battling in a race to solve a Rubik's cube, and honoring the accomplished students.

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Two students playing during recess
Sara Englis, Spanish Teacher

Oftentimes parents ask me what they can do to help improve their child’s Spanish, but the truth of the matter is impeccable grammar and studying words in isolation doesn’t translate into fluency. Above all else, having a good sense of humor and being comfortable with making mistakes, sometimes embarrassing ones, are helpful. Learning a language is a little like free play. You learn from everyone with whom you’re playing while having fun

Read More » about Language is play; learning is play
Stock Market Game winners Arya and Jack ’18, with Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. Haas, and Mr. Young
Lane Young, Director of Educational Technology

For the 5th grade and technology CONNECT this year, the team decided that we wanted to teach an area that wasn’t otherwise a part of the 5th-grade curriculum. The team ultimately settled on participating in the nationwide Stock Market Game, run by the SIFMA Foundation. I’m proud to report that even in a down market PBS teams managed to do well, with 4 teams finishing in the top-10  of teams in the Northern California elementary grouping.

Read More » about PBS 5th-graders claim 4 of top-6 spots in regional stock market simulation
Librarian Maeve Knoth with two Kindergarteners in the PBS Library
Maeve Knoth, Librarian

As summer vacation approaches, I am asked again and again about how to keep our children reading during these less structured months. We know well that there are many thrilling pulls to our children’s attention. Your children won’t have their regular trips to the school library or a teacher tucking a new “just right” book into a book box. But they will have something else: they have you and your interest in their learning and their own curiosity.

Read More » about 4 tricks for keeping your kids reading this summer
Mr. Tan and Mr. Wheatley with the two students who won the right to be their barbers for a day at the 2018 Spring Benefit
Communications Office

At the 2018 Spring Benefit, Mr. Tan and Mr. Wheatley offered families the live auction item of a lifetime: the opportunity for their children to channel their inner barbers and cut Mr. Tan’s hair and Mr. Wheatley’s beard. They really started the auction off with a bang – or, perhaps more accurately, with a buzz. On Monday, May 7, they made good on their offer. Photos and video are below

Read More » about A little off the top…
ENGAGE banner (Apr. 25, 2018) over a photo of a Kindergartener and a 5th-grader on the playground
Scott Erickson, Head of School

The health and safety of all students is a top priority. The 2017–2018 academic year has brought this topic into focus: Not only have we faced challenges locally (October’s wildfires) and nationally (continuing incidents of campus gun violence), but we have also been proactive in taking steps to make our campus community safer and healthier. I acknowledge that many parents have questions and concerns, so I’m writing today with a progress report from our new Health and Safety Committee.

Read More » about Health and safety at PBS • ENGAGE for Apr. 26, 2018
Installation view of work by Raúl de Nieves, in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Source: MAXIMILÍANO DURÓN/ARTNEWS
Keriann Armusewicz, Art Teacher

When it comes to quality, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.” In the world of art, with its varied and ever-changing landscape, defining quality becomes difficult. How one conversation revolutionized my personal view of what constitutes quality in art.

Read More » about (Re)defining Artistic Quality
Screen-capture of Lane Young, director of educational technology, addressing parents at a Family Education session
Communications Office

On Friday, March 30, Director of Educational Technology Lane Young built on the topics introduced by Ms. Blum during her GATHER and Family Education talks the previous week and also led a discussion on what to do when a child asks to use a new app – approaches to vetting, resources for parents, and more.

Read More » about Series on Digital Citizenship (2 of 2) • Family Education led by Lane Young
Screen-capture of Lane Young, director of educational technology, addressing the community at GATHER
Communications Office

On Friday, March 30, Director of Educational Technology Lane Young built on the topics introduced by Ms. Blum during her GATHER and Family Education talks the previous week and also led a discussion on what to do when a child asks to use a new app – approaches to vetting, resources for parents, and more.

Read More » about Series on Digital Citizenship (2 of 2) • GATHER Talk by Lane Young

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