Thursday, December 19, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Season's Greetings!

A Day in the Life: San Mateo Erdkinder "Holiday Faire"

Getting Ready for the "Holiday Faire" in the EK!

We have been super busy in the Erdkinder this week making all sorts of wonderful items for the holiday faire which will be happening this afternoon and tomorrow morning in the PRINTS yard. The students have made holiday cards, ornaments, baked goods, jewelry and many other unique items.

Our baked goods above - we learned that presentation is very important and improves our ability to sell our wares!

We used many pretty baskets to show-off our holiday cards and items crafted from beautiful paper.

Here, Adrienne and Lena are putting finishing touches to ornament-making

An example of a hand-made greeting card - just one of many inventive cards that you can buy!

Please come and support us! We hope to see you there, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Day in the Life: Emeryville Infant Community

I check the soil then I give water 
to the plant if the soil is dry.

I wipe the table after pouring water. 
I can see lots of drops of water!

Food Preparation for Lunch

Pick the grapes from the stems.

Peel the satsuma oranges.

Mix miso paste and water to make miso soup.

Snap green beans.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Day in the Life: San Mateo Children's House

 I'm coloring the Puzzle Map of Europe and then I will label all the countries.
 I'm rolling up the clean laundry for the classroom so that my friends can use clean towels.
 This is the cube of 7 chain. I'm counting all the beads.
 I've put together the Puzzle Map of Asia and I'm checking to make sure I put everything in its proper place.
 We are practicing something special for our Winter Celebration on Friday!
 This is going to be a nice surprise for our guests!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Day in the life: San Mateo Elementary and Erdkinder: A Summary of an Hour of Code

Dear Parents,
Thanks so much for the opportunity to spend an hour with the kids today. I wanted to let you know what we did so that you can help nurture any computer science interest that was sparked during our sessions.
First, I encourage you to spend some time at This is a new group that is encouraging Computer Science Education week - a time teach year to encourage children to learn about programming. The date is to coincide with Grace Hopper's [1][2] birthday. She gave us COBOL (the language) and (maybe) the term "bug" for a problem in a computer program.
Here's what we did today, in just one hour.
- Elementary -
We followed the "My Robot Friends"[3] lesson. This had the kids working in teams to write programs (on paper) to run on a robot (another student) to stack paper cups in fun patterns. None of the four teams made it through all eleven stacks, so your kids may want to write more programs to work the other stacks. Or maybe, come up with a stack or three of their own.
If your child is wanting to do even more, then follow-on with what we did in the Erdkinder class...
- Erdkinder - 
The girls paired up on iPads to do some maze navigation[4]. This works well on the iPad browser, though there was a bug on puzzle #9. Bah. All four teams made it to the end well before the hour was up.
There are several more exercises and programs at We downloaded the LightBot[5] game (free) to your iPads and the girls kept up with the "make a robot solve maze problems" theme. I expect that if this is still on your iPad this evening, you might not get it back.
Other options:
- Scratch animation tutorial, including making an animated Christmas card[6]
- Hopscotch (for iPad) [7]- another Scratch-like system for animation (started by women, including a former female co-worker of mine)
- Code Academy[8]:
- Khan Academy has programming tutorials
- The full 25 hour programming class at
Again, thanks so much to Christinia for the opportunity, to your kids for being fantastic students, and to you for keeping your kids interest in this important field burning.


Attention PRINTS Parents: San Mateo Erdkinder Holiday Faire

Dear PRINTS Community,
The EK will be hosting a Holiday Faire featuring handmade crafts, ornaments, gifts and baked goods for our winter celebration this holiday season!
Our Holiday Faire will be held:
  • Thursday, December 19 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
We will host the event in the PRINTS yard if the weather is fine. If it is raining, we will be in the EK hallway.
All of the items on sale have been made by the EK students over the last four weeks. You will not want to miss this chance to buy some truly unique items!
Please join us!

The EK Students

A Day in the Life: San Mateo Infant Community

I am making rice balls. 

                                                             I am putting sauce on the pasta.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Annual Spring Festival

Dear PRINTS Families,

The sixteenth annual PRINTS Spring Festival Celebration will take place in the auditorium of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Temple Hill in Oakland on Friday, February 7th at 10 a.m. All family members and friends are cordially invited to attend. The cultural fee paid with the registration includes two electronic tickets per student. Additional tickets can be purchased in the Management office: children 5 – 15 years: $5, under 5 : free, Adult : $20.
All students aged four and up will attend the Spring Festival’s dress rehearsal in the auditorium of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Temple Hill in Oakland from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6th. Transportation details will be sent out by email and will be available on the PRINTS website.

Attention PRINTS Parents: Winter Break

Dear PRINTS Families,

Winter Break is from Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd.
School will be closed for two weeks beginning December 23rd, 2013. All classes will resume on Monday, January 6th, 2014. We wish you wonderful holidays and a happy new year!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Emeryville Winter Celebration

Dear PRINTS Families,

Our Winter Celebration is on Friday, December 20

This celebration is an opportunity for families to share the school experience together.  Parents, grandparents, families and friends are invited to visit in the classroom as the children show their favorite work.  We'll also all join in a holiday sing–a–long.

Infant Community: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Children' House: (please check list posted outside classroom for group A & B)
Group A: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Group B: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Elementary Class: 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Whole school sing-a-long: 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in foyer

We look forward to seeing you then!

Attention PRINTS Parents: San Mateo Winter Celebration

Dear PRINTS Families,

Our Winter Celebration is on Friday, December 20th
Parents/Guardians and siblings are invited to join our Winter Celebration. Songs and poems will be featured in each environment. Please see below for the schedule of each level in San Mateo:

Infant Community: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Children’s House: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Elementary Community: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
High School: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Half-day Friday, December 6th

Dear Parents,

All classes except at the High School will end at 12:30 pm on December 6th. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am. Childcare is available for those enrolled in the After-School Childcare Package.