The 8th grade class participated in an incredible program this week, previewing a film that premiered at the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) Gala fundraiser on Monday and having the opportunity to speak with the film’s producers. The film follows two teenage boys—Jonathan, 18, and Izzy, 14—who travel with their father to Ukraine to the place where their grandfather fought with the partisans during World War II. The film really touched our students, as it is shown from the perspective of a 14 year old. One of our 8th graders noted, “I learned a lot about the partisans…I also learned a lot about how the Jews did, in fact, fight back. I think [this film] expands my knowledge. I learned with my heart."
Our 8th graders had the opportunity to not only speak with the boys, but also with Mitch Braff, the founder and executive director of JPEF. This film showing and discussion is a precursor to the Judaic studies unit on the Holocaust that our 8th graders will begin at the beginning of the second semester.
Click HERE to see a short preview of the film, Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans.
To bring their studies of neighborhoods, communities, and symbiotic relationships to life, first graders—joined by kindergarten class—visited the Spring Hill Jersey Cheese and Petaluma Creamery this week. The students learned about the different jobs on a farm and the products that farms produce, a great segue to their next unit on nutrition. After learning about farms, the kindergarten and first graders had a chance to get their hands dirty, digging potatoes and picking out pumpkins. The highlight of the field trip for our students was jumping in the giant pit of corn kernels (similar to a ball pit)! MORE PHOTOS
Our lower school students have started a global project called Global Read Aloud. Spearheaded by fourth grade teacher Jamie Fox and librarian Liz Atterman, the project has been expanded this year from just the fourth graders involvement in 2013 to our entire lower school this year. Created in 2010, the project was created with the goal, “One book to connect the world.” This project integrates the library and language arts curricula for our students and encourages them to connect internationally with their peers through books.
Read on for how our lower school classes are participating in the Global Read Aloud...