"I was thrilled thrilled to have this first opportunity to be an evangelist for PKS in the PRC!" says Chris.
A personal essay by Denise Svenson, PKS Elementary Math Specialist:
“…My [temporary] presence had an obvious impact on the group dynamic. Students have had the habit of code-switching without realizing it, and the habit was impossible to break…This trip marks a rite of passage for our kids. To make it a family trip would be taking away from everything we’ve hoped for them - independence and confidence navigating in a Chinese-speaking environment.”
Four new Trustees have been named to the Board, who will begin their term in July 2018. Amy Liaw, Jed Lau, Rob Zivnuska, and Sheryl Nicol — welcome to the Board!
PKS was invited to Washington, DC as part of a symposium on immersion education. Seven of our faculty members visited four schools, deepening their knowledge of best practices while sharing some of their own unique insights. Our expertise on how to integrate Mandarin immersion within a progressive framework was noted as "the only model out there combining data-based immersion practices with rigorous PBL."
We began early, around 6:30am, as a group of students ventured out for some 油条 and 豆浆. Those who slept in a bit had oatmeal and fried eggs in the hotel restaurant. We then took a walk to the center of this 1,000-year-old town and did some general orientation.
We’re just three months away from breaking ground on the next phase of our Master Plan! As excitement builds, we posed questions to Bubbi Mroskey, our Project Manager at Plant Construction.
On March 11, 2018, independent schools across California joined together to publish a statement of support for stronger gun control and increased safety in schools via full-page ads in the San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times.
Our community celebration welcoming the Year of the Dog was PKS's largest-ever Chinese New Year event, with almost 900 people in attendance. Organized over the course of several months by a parent-led committee chaired by Monica Savini, the event featured art, activities, food, fun, and at the center of it all, the joyous performances of each PKS class on stage in the beautifully restored venue adjacent to our campus, Saint Joseph's, where we were hosted by proprietor Ken Fulk.
The benefits of a bilingual education (and of a bilingual brain!) are well-documented. They range from positive correlations with executive functioning in the brain to advantages in staving off the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
I couldn’t be more thrilled by the prospect of becoming the next Head of School at PKS this July!
Ensuring that your future teenager makes healthy choices, navigates through toxic external pressures, and enters young adulthood as a powerful, confident self-advocate begins when they are toddlers.
Head of Preschool Simona Chongo and Oaktree (P2) teacher Cecilia Wang facilitated a session for parents focused on understanding children’s mathematical development in the preschool years.
Mike Levy, Founding Head of the PKS middle school, recently traveled to China and sent us these updates.
Service learning is a core component of progressive education, and being of service to our larger community is a core value of PKS.
Our third graders recently explored symmetrical stitched designs. They began by looking at examples of Chinese embroidery and discussing the intricate designs and varied stitches. With a plastic needle and yarn, students intermittently watched a basic stitch video while practicing on their own piece of burlap.