|If these walls could talk|
Seventh-graders in Ms. Chrysler's Spanish class create stories about miniature houses they constructed with materials around the classroom, then share the story with the class.
|Gingerbread cookies on the run|
After making and decorating gingerbread cookies, kindergarten students go to retrieve them from the oven only to find they've escaped. "I'm going to tell my mom about this!" one student remarked in amazement. After a brief hunt on campus, the cookies turned up in Mr. Finch's office.
|Chained to the holidays|
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Gancedo's class make paper chains to count the days until holiday break.
Mr. Chatham strikes an action pose for students in seventh grade art to paint in one minute.
|Baking in the season|
Kindergarten students, joined by a handful of parent volunteers, put their culinary expertise to the test while making pumpkin bread.
|Alumni Visiting Day|
Alumni and former faculty members converge on campus for the annual Alumni Visiting Day, which featured classroom contributions and an all-star alumni lunchtime panel from the Class of 1999.
|Head of School's Message: Dec. 2|
“Call me old-fashioned,” wrote L.A. Times business columnist David Lazarus, “but I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the sort of tradition the Pilgrims had in mind when the Thanksgiving feast originated.” He was referring to the gladiatorial blood sport that is Black Friday. Lazarus quoted Neilsen figures showing that 85% of consumers stayed home this year, up from 80% in 2010. Senior retail analysts he spoke to said that there was almost no use in going to a store anymore because you can find highly competitive prices online throughout the year. “So why would anyone turn out for Black Friday?” he asks.
Pictures of crowds pouring through the doors of department stores on Thanksgiving night or the following Friday morning to save a few dollars on an appliance diminish the holiday. Commercial interests for the most part have only their own interests at heart. Preserving the integrity of Thanksgiving is not one of them. Through our example it’s important to teach our kids to honor the Thanksgiving holiday for the purpose for which it was originally intended, a time to slow down and give thanks for our good fortune in the company of friends and family.
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