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Topic: Lower School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
I always love teaching SEL* (Social, Emotional Learning), but this year has definitely thrown some curve-balls our way. Amidst the onset of COVID, SEL class saw some interesting changes. Not only was Zoom the new format, some very challenging topics began to dominate class time, and I had to... read more
Topic: Preschool
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
How many parents of Maternelle-aged children live with a monster hiding under their child’s bed, a witch hiding in the closet or a ghost saying “boooo” at the window? All healthy children have fears, as this is part of their normal development.   As we all know, young children have vivid... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Indigenous People’s Day at the Middle School The Middle School marked the school’s observance of Indigenous People’s Day this past October 12 in a number of ways. The actual day was observed with an all-school assembly with remarks from the Head of School and a Land Acknowledgement by Ms.... read more
Topic: Lower School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Monday, October 19, 2020
  Since school closed back in March, students and parents have been looking forward to returning to school. Finally, we’re able to return to in-person learning in the classroom but school will look different than it did last Spring -- new rules, different classroom setup, social distancing, face... read more
Topic: Diversity, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
On June 10, 2020, several EB staff and a member of the Parents’ Association came together for a webinar on the topic of “Talking with Children about Racial (In)Justice,” part of a special series EB has been offering to families during this period of sheltering-in-place. Our panel of experts... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
On May 20th, several EB staff members came together for “Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home,” the latest in a special webinar series EB is offering to families during this period of distance learning and sheltering-in-place. Our panel of experts included Christopher Colebourn,... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
As summer approaches and families are looking for ways to keep their child exposed to French, what better ways than books? Besides fostering a second language, reading has many benefits such as supporting language and literacy skills in young children all the way through adolescence. We’ve... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Because of the transition to distance learning, EB teachers have turned to a variety of educational technology tools to facilitate learning while students are at home. Some of these tools were already in use and some of them are new. The faculty are aware of the drawbacks of too much time on... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
The question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains controversial with strong evidence of both benefits and drawbacks. Many families choose an independent school for academic rigor and those families should be provided with opportunities for extra home learning if they... read more
Topic: Diversity, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
EB continuously strives to be a community where all students, faculty, staff and parents feel happy, safe and recognized. A school community that is diverse and inclusive. Those goals are deeply embedded in our Mission, Vision and Values. Every day, our teachers bring these values to life in the... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
What will the cities of the future look like? Our 5th and 6th graders have an idea! In their Histoire-Géographie class, the 6th graders welcome the 5th graders for a month-long cross-grade project. In this project, the students identified the main problems big cities face today. Issues like... read more
Topic: Preschool
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
In each classroom from PS to K, there are boxes set up on some shelves. In some classes, the boxes are small and in some classes they are big. In some classes the boxes are white and in some others they are light green.  Those boxes go along with the pedagogical programming the teachers have put... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Part of the Eco-School curriculum at the Lower School is to look at the local environment and learn from it. Our First graders went on a field trip to the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina in January to pay a close look at the bay and the wildlife around us. They compared the... read more
Topic: STEM, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Maps can be profound, beautiful works of art...and they can convey a great deal of scientific information! The Seventh Grade class has been exploring the art and science of cartography in their Science class. They have practiced making their own maps, allowing them to better understand what goes... read more
Topic: Middle School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
What social media platforms are EB students on? Are they *all* on social media? Why are they there, and what can parents do to educate themselves about their child’s presence on social media? EB Middle School counselor Douglas Gostlin answers the questions he most commonly receives from parents.... read more

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