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ENGAGE banner (Aug. 22, 2018) over a photo of two students counting pennies in number corner
Scott Erickson, Head of School

Since classes finished last June, our faculty, staff, and administrators have been hard at work on a number of program initiatives. More on those at the end of this message. But in addition to these innovations, we have another important goal this year: Extend love of learning into the parent community by delivering high-quality family education to support a healthy school culture. My team and I want to make sure that PBS parent education is a love-of-learning opportunity: a way to strengthen our spirit of community, appropriately customized to address the concerns and challenges we're seeing. We want to pilot new approaches so we can better serve your needs and ensure strong school-home partnership. To do that, we need your help and input.

Read More » about Our Love-of-Learning Culture • ENGAGE for Aug. 22, 2018
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.

Read More » about 4th-grader recognized at national MathCON finals
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

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