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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019
Questions and curiosity are the precursor to deep inquiry.  It’s that spark that makes us wonder, investigate and take action.   As a community of learners, we want to ensure that our future generation never loses that ability to question and never loses the joy of being curious.    As one of the Learner Profile of the International Baccalaureate, becoming an inquirer helps our children construct meaning and make sense of the world around them.   Inquiry-based learning invites children to... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019
      Shu Ren is honored to be able to participate in the Change Makers curriculum through Berekeley Repertory Theatre.  Change Makers is designed for students to engage in theatre by combining civics, writing and performance.  This experience deepened the inquiry for our Grade 4 and 5 students who were inquiring into social activism through the central idea: Creative expression can affect the way people think and act.   Read more about this fascinating and wonderful experience here at... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019
Why do we march? With posters in hand, Shu Ren students joined millions of people around the world for the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20, 2019. The aim of the youth movement is to voice the urgency for more responsive environmental policies and initiatives worldwide.  This Climate Strike directly connects with the Shu Ren core values: Inquiry, Action, and Global Citizenship. Inquiry We march because we support science and inquiry.  At Shu Ren inquiry drives all learning.... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2019
The clear night sky and warm weather made for a perfect Harvest Moon gathering this Friday, September 13th.  中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival) is an annual celebration in Chinese culture when the moon is at its fullest--also known as the harvest moon.  This is a time of family gathering to give thanks for the abundance of the land and appreciation for loved ones.   Connecting to our core values of Inquiry and Global Citizenship, Shu Ren teachers facilitated opportunities for each student to be... Read More
Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  Welcome back Shu Ren! Our annual Welcome Back Picnic was such a wonderful moment to connect with our newest Shu Ren families and reunite with classmates after the long summer holiday.  In addition to the picnic, this is also our “Meet Your Teacher” day where students and parents get their first look at their new classrooms. Early Childhood students and parents went on a scavenger hunt to find their cubbies and special items and spaces in their classrooms.   K-6 students went on their... Read More
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019
Shu Ren is honored to have been approached by the Oakland A’s to partner with them for their first Chinese Heritage Night on August 20th, 2019.  Shu Ren hosted an activity station for A’s fans to enjoy in Championship Plaza. It was wonderful to interact with the fans-for some, it was their first time trying calligraphy or hackeysack, and for others, our activities brought back memories of their childhood. To top off a great evening, the A’s beat the Yankees 6-2!  
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019
Congratulations to our hot lunch provider, Flo’s Friendly Lunches,  on the recent award for an Alameda County Innovation Grant. Shu Ren is proud to partner with Flo’s  to be the first school as part of this pilot program.  Flo's Friendly Foods is a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Alameda County to pilot a reusable centric lunch operation at three Alameda County schools.  Single-use disposable lunch boxes, (bio)plastic side containers with lids will be replaced with reusable stainless steel... Read More
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2019
     Shu Ren and our greater community shared many cultures that make up the diversity of the East Bay. Cultural villages representing Mexico, New York City, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Trinidad, United Kingdom, South Africa and Israel delighted our guests with food tastings, activities and interesting facts about their cultures.   In addition, we invited performers to share their culture through dance or demonstrations. A heartfelt thank you to Sacha Kopin (Israeli... Read More
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2019
Festival of Arts is the culminating event for our Visual Arts program.  This year, we focused on the theme of light and the many ways that light can be a agent to drive creative expression.   There were themed areas which gave students and parents the opportunity to interact with light in different ways. Charcoal and chalk drawings helped you explore the different shadow effects with light.  You could write secret messages or drawings to your family and friends in our graffiti light room... Read More
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019
    This year, Shu Ren celebrated Book Week from March 4 - March 8, culminating with World Book Day on Friday, March 8. During the week, students participated in a variety of activities that sparked their love of reading. There was DEAR, or Drop-Everything-And-Read, where K-G5 students, at their teachers’ signals, dropped whatever they were doing and dived into a book of their choosing. Mystery Guests Readers, made up of parents and Shu Ren administrators, visited Pre-K students and read “... Read More