Monthly Archives: April 2019

Les 7th graders en action!

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nous venons de commencer les films d’animation en 7th grade. Les étudiants créent leurs personnages et prennent des photos, beaucoup de photos, encore plus de photos, pour leurs films d’animation.

Enormément d’enthousiasme et de créativité sont déployés dans la classe de français!


à bientôt pour d’autres aventures…



Collaborating with G Suite

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Working on shared documents can be fun and challenging as students learn how to work for a common goal using Google Apps. Recently, students in fourth and fifth grades finished making Infographics about a country they studied in small groups using Google Drawings. Now, fifth graders are working in pairs on If Then Adventure Stories that have different paths and endings in Google Slides. Collaborating on shared documents is very social and successful group work is as much about the process as the product.

Students work together in class on shared documents.

5th Grade in the Spring

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Spring has sprung and fifth grade is continuing to bloom!

The class finished the novel Rules and completed amazing dodecahedron projects to share what they learned throughout the book. Students have begun a new research project in Language Arts. Using their newly developed Cornell note skills, they have been researching the impacts natural disasters have on the people and places in which they occur. They will write their own Public Service Announcements about their chosen natural disasters.

We have graduated from adding and subtracting fractions to multiplying and dividing!

In Social Studies, we wrapped up our colonial unit with an amazing colonial day event. The class participated in activities such as boat making, butter churning, and even a tea party! We then learned all about the events leading up to and the consequences of the Revolution. We are now diving deep into our state projects and learning the 50 states and their capitals.

While learning about the sacrament of Eucharist, we created sketches of what Eucharist means to us. Those sketches were beautified with pastels and water color to create unique works of art.

After our trip to the Planetarium, we continued our space unit with Mystery Science experiments. One of which helped us to discover how high we could jump on a planet other than Earth.

Fifth grade has also been very active off campus this spring! In March, the students took a field trip to the symphony to experience animals through music. We also took to the stage at Archbishop Riordan’s Choral Festival, where fourth and fifth grade sang a beautiful number that captivated the audience. Finally, we adventured across the bay to Angel Island for a picturesque day of exploring and an informative tour of the Immigration Station on the Island.

Happy Easter!

March and April in French K to 3

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The year seems to be just flying by…

Kindergarten only has one chapter left in their program. We just finished the circus theme and clothes. We are now about to start talking about school.

1st grades know how to say “Quelle heure est il?” and answer to this question. We are about to start learning the body parts.

2nd grades are almost done with the adventures of Alex and Zoe for the year. They know everything about French lucky charms, giving directions to go places.

3rd grade has been traveling around the world with Alex and Zoe. We went to Guinee, French Polynesia, Africa, and so many other francophile countries. They know how to talk about past events. They love the song “Baobab”.


March Update – Science Fair Updates

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Science Fair News: NDV sent four students to the San Francisco Science Fair held at the Randall Museum and all four placed! The students in first and second moved on to the Bay Area Science Fair. Out of the three students that went, we had one student place 4th. The 6th and 7th graders were competing against high school students – so this is quite an accomplishment.

In addition, we sent a group of girls to compete at the Mercy High School Women in Science competition. The team placed first overall – meaning they had the highest average score! And we had a 6th grade place first in her category as well.

Congratulations again to all of our students’ hard work!