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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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Multicultural Festival

Shirakawa students,parents, and staff celebrated culture and diversity from around the world for the last two days. On Wednesday, June 7, 2016, students and parents enjoyed different performances from different cultures as different as Hawaii, Mexico, Vietnam ,or Thailand. You can find photos of the performances on our Photo Albums.
On Thursday, June 8, all members of the Shirakawa community had the wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures and try different international cuisines. Booths were selling foods from Italy, Brazil, France, Thailand , or Mexico (and more!). After eating, students had a chance to participate in different carnival games.
What a great event!
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Project Based Learning Exhibition

Various students in grades 2-8 will be presenting and/ or displaying public products created in units of study with the integration of technology.
The event will take place next June 14 from 8:00- 9:00AM.
Come see the amazing work!
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End of Year Events Hosted by Student Council

Student Council will be hosting 1-5th grade Field Days May 26th-June 2nd. Game stations will be set up for students to play during lunch recess, with otter pop snacks.

Our annual Student vs. Teacher Games will be held in June. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will battle Shirakawa teachers in Volleyball, Capture the Flag, and Dodgeball during first recess, on the upper grade playground. Winner gets bragging rights!
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SBAC Testing Starts!

It is difficult to believe it but it is testing time again! Students in grades 3 to 8 will be taking The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and Math during the next weeks. 5th and 8th graders will also participate in a Science Field test.
It is very important that students get a good night sleep, and a healthy breakfast. Please, send your students to school on time since testing will start promptly at 7:45am.
To get access to the testing calendar and other testing resources, click on Show All and then on Read more (or click on this article headline).
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Spelling Bee Chant.

Shirakawa Student, Rey Alexis Rafanan, is heading off to compete in the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee next weekend on Saturday, March 18th. He placed first in our school's spelling bee. Today, Jennifer Mistrot, from CBS, interviewed Rey Alexis while his classmates cheered around him. We are proud to have Rey represent our school as he competes at the next level. Congrats and good luck, Rey!
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Donations Update (3/4/17)

Saturday , March 4 was the last opening day of the donation center. Families were able to get disaster relief resources such as clothes, food, and cleaning supplies.

We would like to say THANK YOU to all the families and organizations that have contributed with donations for those affected by the floods.

For more information on Flood Relief Resources go to
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