The new year always brings a lot of changes, but this year is particularly momentous with our dramatic unveiling of the new U-Wing and all the new routines that accompany a rapidly growing community. Each child has his/her own way of metabolizing change, and we can make use of these back-to-school teachable moments to plant the seeds of resilience in them.
At the beginning of May, we shared the pentagon problem with the PKS community: can you discover or create an irregular pentagon that will tile the plane with no gaps or overlaps? Many students and parents rose to the challenge, and it has been so much fun having conversations about the various solutions and how they found them.
A key area of focus this year has been on re-envisioning the specialist programs going forward, and more specifically, how to more intentionally attend to the whole child and create opportunities for students to engage deeply, fully, and frequently with the sciences, arts, and holistic wellness practices.
The Tea Tree Restaurant was a pop-up experience like no other! Although the establishment has closed its doors, it was the culmination of a year of discovery, exploration, and, well, food that will be long cherished by its proprietors and customers.
When I enter classrooms and see students working on their Wonderworks projects, the joy and engagement are self-evident. But Wonderworks is more than this -- it is also a lever to create future scientists, writers, mathematicians, and activists.
The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the naming of three new Trustees to the Board, who begin their term on July 1, 2019. Each has shown leadership in our community, and we are grateful for their commitment to PKS, and for their time and expertise, as we continue growing our school together.
We were pleased to host Charis Denison once again for a recent PKS学习 event. Each year when she visits, we take a moment revisit our approach to what used to be called “sex ed.” Schools like ours base this part of the curriculum on research that shows that “the biological, cultural, and ethical components of ‘sex ed’ must be part of a holistic effort to help each child develop an integrated, confident sense of self.”
From among the thousands of teams across 69 countries registered for the competition, our PKS team was one of 37 in the 12-14-year-old age bracket selected to advance into the invitational round!
One of our main goals at PKS is to foster a lifelong passion for learning and exploration, not only among our students but also among our parents, faculty, and staff. A few weeks ago, however, the pedagogical team wanted to try something innovative and engaging to provide our faculty and staff with a different type of professional development (PD) opportunity; something we call “Pinterest Live” or “Old School Pinterest.”
One of the key things that makes PKS such a special place are our teachers. They are warm, caring, and love to learn alongside their students. PKS supports our teachers and encourages them to attend conferences and seminars that will help them grow as educators. We are also proud that, even while we maintain a growth mindset and continue learning, our teachers have tremendous expertise and are well-regarded by educators from the progressive early childhood education field.
Follow along as our fifth graders embark on their first international PKS trip to the Yellow Mountains in China.
In our parenting journey, we model, we scaffold, and then we take off the training wheels and let them go.
If you’ve ever wondered about the history of Chinese food in America, the 6th grade class has something they’d love to share with you, in their own words.
Starting in preschool, we believe one of our most important jobs as educators is to cultivate in our students a lifelong passion for learning and exploration. What better way to do this, than to lead by example.
During their first grade year, three PKS classmates created a story called “Friends in the Arctic” as part of their shadow show project.
The story follows a group of friends who live in the Arctic. One day, they are unexpectedly sucked into a black hole and need to make their way home. By working together, they find a diamond that helps them escape and return to the Arctic.
After the project was complete, Sinan Laoshi submitted this story, along with several others, to “Xiao Pi Pa”, the only Chinese language children’s magazine circulated throughout North America.
We are proud to share that “Friends in the Arctic” was recently selected for publication. Congratulations Arjun, Jaclyn, and Lucas on being published authors, and to Jaclyn for her beautiful illustrations!