Heat and more heat this week, which allowed for the rampant wearing of shorts and short-sleeves. In this week's Friday Notes, don't miss Buddies chatting up over Venn diagrams, sweatshirts for sale at the Halloween Parade, and Carol Dweck on Oct. 26 telling you how not to talk to your kids. Have a great weekend. Pictured are sixth graders on their trip to the Russian River and Sonoma Coast.
Buddies! Always Good to Have a Few Around
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Lucy and Ethel. Tracy and Hepburn. Buddies at St. Paul's continue a fine tradition of teamwork, problem solving, and the exchange of acquired knowledge.
First graders met their fifth grade Service Learning buddies this week and a veritable gasp emerged in Ms. Aronson's first grade classroom as a gaggle of fifth graders entered to claim them for the year. As if on a mass blind date, students scanned faces as pairs of names were announced. Her? Him? You with the red shirt? Half of the first graders met their match in Ms. A's room, while the other half went upstairs to fifth grade to meet their buddies there. Unusual Conversational Gambit
As ice breakers go, the introduction of a Venn diagram had a uniquely academic feel. Students were asked to make a Venn diagram of their favorites in such realms as vegetable, ice cream, and recess game, in hopes of staking out some common ground while acknowledging each person's inherent right to prefer cardomom ice cream over peach. "Do you know what a Venn diagram is?" fifth grader Isaac asked first grader Violet. She did not, or if she did, she wasn't going to say. She also wasn't eager to commit to what exactly her favorite recess game was. For the older students, there were lessons in the art of coaxing conversation. Click here to see the slideshow of buddies + Venn diagrams
18-22 Lower School Parent/Teacher Conference Week
18 Cross country @ Orinda Intermediate School, 4:15 p.m. Click here for directions.
19 Annual Fund Phon-a-thon, Admin. offices, 266 Grand Ave., 6-9 p.m.
20 Annual Fund Phon-a-thon, Admin. offices, 266 Grand Ave., 6-9 p.m.
20 Flag football @ Athenian, 4:30 p.m. Click here for directions
21 Annual Fund Phon-a-thon, Admin. offices, 266 Grand Ave., 6-9 p.m.
22 K-5 Grade Parent Conference Day- No K-5 School/Childcare available
22 No Chapel
22 6th Grade archeology dig/ School in session
22 7th and 8th grade Fall Out day to Stinson Beach/ School in session
25 Cross country@ Kennedy Grove Park, 4:15 p.m. Click here for directions.
26 An evening with Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck on the new psychology of success, Parish Hall, 7-8:30 pm. Sorry, no childcare.
27 Middle School play. Parish Hall. Performance for parents at 7 p.m.
Renew eScrip By Nov. 1 or Turn Into a Pumpkin. Your Choice.
Although your Safeway purchases are currently earning rebates for St. Paul's School, your Safeway Club Card will become inactive with eScrip on Monday, November 1, 2010 unless you renew your commitment by clicking here to go to escrip.com. This task takes approximately 10 seconds to accomplish. Let youself feel the relief of crossing it off your list.
The St. Paul's Episcopal School identification number is 137105193. Thanks!
Photo by Nesster on Creative Commons.
Of Time and the River: 6th Graders Study Water Quality
Diary of a Field Trip
The sixth grade students, teachers and a handful of parents spent four days, Oct. 5-8, at Westminster Woods studying the Russian River, the redwoods, and the Sonoma Coast. What follows is a transcript made by Sixth Grade and Middle School Secretary Ms. Lance of phone messages left by Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher Ms. Porter, and Chaplain Luther.
Tuesday night voicemail from Chaplain Luther, at the conclusion of a very successful first day:
We had lunch at Salt Point, took a walk in what looked like a moonscape, went tide pooling, saw fabulous surf and a family of harbor seals—a male, a female, and two little ones swimming in the water. We then came to our camp, had dinner, and oriented ourselves with our curiously named naturalists: Turkey Links, Otter, and Oak. After dinner we went on a night hike where were treated to splendid legends and learned that we could see better in the dark than we thought. The kids are pretty happy; we're pretty happy!
Thursday morning voicemail from Ms. Porter: The weather up here is absolutely gorgeous. We've had almost no clouds. This morning maybe a few clouds. On the river it was calm and sunny, with no wind. Kayaking was a little challenging because of the distance and a bit of current in the river coming back. The kids seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. Also, the kids found animal tracks.
Back here at camp, the kids had a great morning with the naturalists, who are very knowledgeable and totally pleased with our students. The naturalists and kids looked at stream ecology and redwood forest watershed ecology, which fits in nicely with our science curriculum. Then in the afternoon they did a challenge course, which is a series of activities where the kids work together to solve problems to get from one place to another.
Smart or Hardworking? Mrs. Merry Reflects on Carol Dweck's Work; Presentation by Prof. Dweck is on Tues. Oct. 26
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, will present her research about children's achievement and tenacity on Tues., Oct. 26, in the Parish Hall from 7 - 8:30 p.m. We hope to see you there.
By Karan Merry
Head of School
Few issues are as emotionally charged for parents as the intelligence of their child. Is she smart? Is he really, really smart?
In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., provides many surprising insights about how we can encourage our children to do their best.
The Danger of The Label 'Smart'
The first insight has to do with labels. We’re all aware of the impact of sticking a negative label on a child, but there’s no harm in telling your daughter she’s smart, right? As it turns out, the label “smart” creates its own set of problems.
Dr. Dweck and her team of researchers gave hundreds of students, most of them early adolescents, ten problems from a nonverbal IQ test. She then divided the students into two groups of equal ability. One group received praised based on achievement. “That’s a really good score,” the researchers told them. “You must be smart at this.”
The other group received praise for effort: “That’s a really good score. You must have worked really hard.” The praise changed everything. Facing more difficult problems, the "Smart Students" floundered, said they weren’t having fun, and performed poorly. Even when researchers presented easy problems, their performance was worse than it had been in the beginning.
St. Paul's Schwag: Sweatshirts and Hats on Sale at Halloween Parade
By Liz O'Brien
Eighth Grade Parent
Just in time for the October heat wave, St. Paul's sweatshirts and hats have arrived.
They will be on sale at the fabulous St. Paul's Halloween Parade, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, in the park near Fairyland. Can't make the parade? Click here to download the order form, and please remember that all orders must be pre-paid. Baseball caps are $15, children's hoodie sweatshirts (gray only) are $25, and adult sweatshirts (gray hoodie, orange hoodie, and grey zippered are $35 each.
This is a fundraiser for the 8th grade environmental science trip to Catalina Island, so please buy one or two! Remember, the weather will change soon.
For all your shopping needs, click here to Shop to Benefit St. Paul's.
Photo Makeup Day is Thursday, Oct. 28. Also, Please Return Photo Orders by Mon., Oct. 25
Are you ready for your close-up?
Photo makeup day is Thursday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you'd like your child's photograph re-taken, or if you missed the first round, please let your child's teacher and/or Ms. De Bose or Ms. Lance know.
As you may recall, students brought home their photo proofs and print order envelopes on Friday, October 15. These are the photos taken by Dennis Geaney School Portraits for the school yearbook. If you would like to order prints and/or class composite photos, please return your order envelope to your child's teacher (Lower School) or Laura Lance in the Middle School office by Monday, October 25. If you have any questions, please call Amy Geaney at 510.465.2131 or email@example.com
Week of Oct. 11
Pneumonia: 2A (1 case)
Strep throat: 6th grade (1 case)
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your pediatrician.