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Wednesday, February 21st is a 11:30am dismissal day for all students in grades K-8.
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Get to know Franklin-McKinley Schools. Visit us at an Open House!

As you know, preparing for a successful future, begins before your child enters Kindergarten and we want to invite all prospective families to join us at one of our open house events! Additionally, we want to ensure that students have the best transition possible to Middle School by visiting the campus, meeting the staff, and learning about all the wonderful programs our schools have to offer. Learn more about our upcoming Open Houses hosted by our schools to welcome you and your children to Franklin-McKinley and support 6th grade students transitioning to Middle School.
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Science Workshops

Thank you to Synopsis Outreach Foundation for providing Shirakawa students and families awesome assemblies from Schmahl Science Workshops. The first assembly was for parents and families called Science Fair 101 and everyone enjoyed learning how to make successful science fair projects. Third, fifth and seventh grade students also enjoyed a presentation on liquid nitrogen and how to ask questions about our observations. Both assemblies were enjoyed by students and parents alike.Thanks to a grant from IBM, Schmahl Science Workshops also came to seventh grade science classes and taught observation skills using microscopes and pond water. Students enjoyed looking at plants and microscopic organisms. Savannah Rivas Cabuena used her Ipad and took a fantastic picture of plant cells showing the cell walls and chloroplasts. (Picture above)
The Synopsis Outreach Foundation has been a fantastic supporter of our school Science Fair for years by providing students with their boards and trainings for teachers, students, and parents. Thank you to everyone working to make our Science Fair successful and fun events! See more photos in our Photo Albums.
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New Art Program for All Students!

All students in grades K-8 are about to enjoy the benefits of a new Art program, The Art in Action Program. The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual arts curriculum. Students learn about works of art from cultures around the world, how to look at art using art vocabulary and concepts, and how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. Supported by training classes and online resources, the unique spiral curriculum—introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels—gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques.
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Project Based Learning Presentations

On December 7th, students from 2nd to 8th grade presented to parents and fellow classmates. Their Project Based Learning projects used the most updated technology to demonstrate the integration of technology to support learning in the classroom. A group representative from each grade level introduced their public product on their topic to the audience, answered questions, and overviewed the process they followed to reach their final product. After the oral presentation, parents and students had the opportunity to go on a gallery walk to different grade level booths to view what students had been learning in the classroom. Research projects ranged from topics such as California Regions, the total value of a trip to a city in another country, information about other states and countries, or how to help Monarch butterflies. Students used apps such as Comic Book or Google Slides. For those who missed this opportunity, there will be another round of presentations next trimester.
See more photos in our Photo Albums.
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Science 101.

Shirakawa hosted another successful event last Thursday, November 30. Presented by Synopsys, students and parents were able to understand the process to create a high quality Science project. Parents were very receptive of this event that helped them support their children at home.
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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
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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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