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Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
For the past 30 years, a French association is fostering a love of reading among children. The participating institutions - located all over the world - receive a carefully curated selection of children’s books in French that are adapted to each age level. This year, all classes from Kindergarten... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Three vital concepts in a bilingual school are collaboration, harmonization and co-teaching. This article is the second part of a three-part series examining those three ideas. Read the first part about co-teaching here, which refers to sessions with students when both the French and English... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
French teacher Emmanuel Labadie decided to try a different approach to the study of a classic novel by Michel Tournier: Vendredi ou la vie sauvage, a story inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Instead of having his 7th graders simply summarize their reading of the book, M. Labadie turned it... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Third graders went on a field trip to The Exploratorium in January to see the Curious Contraptions Exhibit. Besides visiting the science museum, many students also participated in workshop creating moving lego block automatons. This was a nice way to connect what students had done in art class on... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The Middle School Student Council has had a busy couple of months. January was spent planning for another Spirit Day--Twin Day--and for the East Bay Independent School Association dance held on February 8. EB ended up welcoming over 200 students from six different schools. The Student Council did... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Our school has created a new council called “le Conseil Ecole-College” (Lower School-Middle School Council). The mission of the Conseil Ecole-Collège is pedagogical and is requested by the French Ministry of Education. The idea is to foster communication between the lower and middle schools,... read more
Topic: Preschool
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
During English time in Kindergarten, students read Jenny and the Cat Club, a simple yet powerful story by author and illustrator Esther Averill. It is set in New York’s Greenwich Village, where an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would... read more
Topic: Community Service, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Eighth graders made their annual trip to Glide in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco this past January. In addition to spiritual ministry, Glide offers social services to its community. Mme. Bishop and Mme. Filato accompanied 8B while Ms. Hedlund and M. Labadie traveled with 8E.... read more
Topic: Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Does your child tend to be cranky, especially in the morning? Everyone gets irritable from time to time, and that’s OK. Still, it isn’t always easy to be around a cranky kid. Recently a major parenting forum included a post by a parent who wants to know how to deal with her 10-year-old son’s “... read more
Topic: Middle School, Athletics
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Both the boys and girls Jaguar teams are in the middle of extremely successful seasons. The girl's team was undefeated against bay areas including Black Pine Circle, Julia Morgan School for Girls, Park Day School before running into a buzzsaw against a very strong St. Paul's Varsity team. They... read more
Topic: Alumni, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
After EB, students have a variety of options to choose from for high school. A typical graduating class at EB matriculates on average to anywhere between 10 to 15 different high schools -- public, charter, independent private, parochial, boarding, and French bilingual. On January 24, 7th grade... read more
Topic: Diversity, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Several G7 students created a Girl Power club that meets weekly to discuss how to handle conflict, to assert themselves in and out of the classroom, and to put their ideals to work. Alexandra K, Stella P, Sasha P, Claire A, Leyla A, and Sonia S put together a petition to abolish the so-called... read more
Topic: Diversity, Lower School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Black History Month has been a big part of the English curriculum this February for both 1st and 2nd graders. Students began by learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. In first grade, students wrote and drew about their own dreams for their families,... read more
Topic: Preschool
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
By now, you must have heard about Roule Galette! It’s the story of an old peasant couple who decide to bake a cake, the “galette.” However, as it cools down by the window, the sneaky pastry decides to take off and rolls through the forest. It encounters several animals that want to eat it but... read more
Topic: Arts, Preschool
Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
One of the highlights in Kindergarten at EB is music class with teacher (and EB parent) Mike Roberts. For the last few years, this accomplished guitarist and composer has been spending time regularly with all three K classes to help students discover that “music is fun, music makes us feel good,... read more

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