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8th Graders Excel in Math!

Students in Ms. Perry's 8th grade Math class work with Scribble Bots. A Scribble Bot is a motorized device that moves in unique ways and leaves a mark to trace its path. Students assembled their robots using various materials including a motor and AA battery. The challenge was to make the Scribble Bot leave a mark on paper. Everyone had fun collaborating, designing, and creating their Scribble Bo.

Click on the "Show All" option to see Ms. Perry’s 8th grade Math students designing and operating their Scribble Bots.
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‘Tis the Season of Giving

One more year Shirakawa School is working in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Please consider donating to those in need.
Now until December 1st
Donation boxes located at the Front Office and school Cafeteria
Food items must be non-perishable. All foods must contain an
expiration date. No glass, please.
Most needed items are : peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese & cereal.
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Parent Project, Jr. Workshop Series

We are excited to have Parent Project, Jr. Workshop Series back at Shirakawa. It will be led by amazing parents who have attended the training at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The workshops will have Spanish and Vietnamese translators. We look forward to see you there!
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The NED Program

Last week students in grades K- 5 had the opportunity to participate in an innovative, character education school assembly, The NED Show® produced by All for KIDZ®, Inc. Using humor, storytelling, audience
participation, and amazing object lessons including yo-yo, and magic tricks students learn through the adventures of NED, a character kids (and adults) can relate to. His name is an acronym for:
Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do Your Best®
The NED Program uses a multi-sensory learning model to motivate,
encourage, and inspire students to become Champions at school and in life. For more information go to http://www.thenedshow.com/meet_ned.html
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Another Successful Harvest Festival!

Last Thursday, Shirakawa School hosted their annual Harvest Festival. Parents and staff worked long hours to prepare for this highly anticipated event. When the doors opened, the cafeteria was flooded with excited students and their families. During this event, students and their families enjoyed fun games, won cool prizes, and enjoyed yummy food!
 
Teachers in each grade level, with the help of community members,  oversaw a game booth. Parent volunteers ran the food booth for the event. Money raised during this event will be used to support students in the classroom.
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Third Graders Help Kids in Uganda

Extended by Popular Demand until October 25!
Third grade students are learning about how children around the world face challenges and difficulties accessing education and reading. Most importantly, they are learning about the power of reading. As part of their Project Based Learning lesson third grade students will be working closely with Cotton On Foundation. Students will be presenting what they learned and how they contribute to helping other children around the world. Students will be fundraising for children in Uganda, Africa by selling tote bags and bracelets for $2 to raise money for clean water and basic necessities. All of the proceedings will be donated to the Cotton On Foundation.

Our Fundraising will start after October Break. You can get your bracelets and tote bags on the lawn by the front office after school.

Thank you for your support and for making our PBL come to life for our kids!
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Right to Dream: What does the repeal of DACA mean?

Parents, guardians, staff, and interested community members are welcome to join us for important conversations around the repeal of DACA and other related topics such as immigration and citizenship. Individuals will have a chance to consult with trusted legal representatives and talk to various community based organizations providing legal services in San Jose. Learn more by clicking on Read Full Story.
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Another successful Back to School Night!

We were excited to see new and returning families at our annual Back to School Night! Our general meeting introduced new staff members to the families of Shirakawa School. Principal Sugimura also had an opportunity to review information on technology updates, ways parents can get involved, and Title I funding to the school. Following the general meeting, families were dismissed to their child's classroom to meet with their teacher. Important information about their child's grade level and their child's academics for the year were covered. As always, if parents have questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the front office. We look forward to the continued partnership with families to achieve academic success for our students. You can find more photos in our Albums.
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Solar Eclipse

On the very first day of school we had the rare opportunity to enjoy a solar eclipse. There will not be another total solar eclipse over the USA until 2024. Many of our classes took advantage of this opportunity and incorporated solar eclipse activities in their classrooms. As part of those activities many students created artifacts that would let them see the eclipse . Teachers, parents, and students gathered outside to experience this celestial event. Safety was a priority and students were sitting on the ground with their bodies turned away from the sun at least they had solar glasses. Go to our School>Photo Albums to see more photos or click on the following link.
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Big Buddy, Little Buddy Instructional Presentations.

Ms. Linh's third graders had the honor of presenting their Pages presentation accompanied with a diorama to their Kinder Little Buddies from Mrs. Cortez's class. Students were asked to research their choice of biome, provide information on the biome, and create a diorama to three dimensionally and visually support their learning. The Kinder Little Buddies learned lots of interesting information about various biomes!
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