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Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2019
Our current unit of inquiry is an exploration into productivity - how people collaborate to achieve goals. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students learned firsthand the importance of working together as they made dumpling dough from scratch, mixing the ingredients and creating a traditional filling of red bean paste. One student reflected, “When we work together, it means we can finish more quickly!”   Through other learning experiences, students played games that allowed them to learn about... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2019
Our PK2 Little Bees were busy earning and exploring about the Lunar New Year through play-based activities.  We started by introducing the festival by reading the book, Bringing in the New Year.  Next, the children were engaged through arts and crafts making a piggy tail, tangerine tree, colorful fish, and traditional Chinese hand drum. We also watched a five-minute short movie about the folktale of the 12 zodiac animals.  To expand on what the children observed, we had a mini parade--each... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019
    As part of their Inquiry into Landforms, Grade ⅘ students successfully hosted their Wonders of the World museum opening! Cherry Garden exhibited their dioramas and presented their research to the Shu Ren Community.  Family members and students from K-3 classes were invited to visit 15 different landforms around the world. Our Geographers introduced visitors to their landform dioramas and explained how their unique landform has changed over time in both English and Chinese.  Exhibits... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Our first winter market was a wonderful time of celebration featuring our community entrepreneurs and festive performances from all the students.  The theme of "celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship" was focusing on the social aspects of having a business--articulating the person behind the passion. Our vendors made up of teachers, parents, students and school friends shared with us a variety of products such as handmade greeting cards, DIY tamale kits, hand crafted glass amulets, a... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019
  We are honored to present our 2019 Visiting Author, Scott Tong, public radio journalist and author of "A Village With My Name."  Scott will be presenting his work on Saturday, January 26th starting at 2:30pm.  For more information and registration link, please contact 
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2018
Behind their products is a story-a passion that is creatively expressed in their work.  Here, is a sneak peak at the amazing people you will meet at our Winter Market!  AP Greeting Cards, by Alyssa Panyawai I moved up to Berkeley from San Diego where I have lived for most of my adult life, but I was raised in Bangkok, Thailand. I am a social worker and the work I do can be challenging, so I find making greeting cards a good form of self-care. The first card I made was for my best friend's... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2018
Peach Garden (Grade 2/3) current UOI is about the Marketplace.  The central idea is: A Marketplace serves the needs and wants of a community in many ways.  They have written business plans, learned about expense accounting, designed logos, made prototypes, completed market research, reiterated designs and will present their final product or service at our Winter Market.   Here are the companies ready to launch their products this Friday! Embedded in their business ideas is social... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018
  Shu Ren PTO hosted the annual Chinese Book Fair on October 30th, raising close to $200 for the school! As with previous years, we partnered with Chinese Books for Children, based in Los Altos Hills. Teachers picked out a “wishlist” of books from an expansive catalog ( to place into their classroom wish bin; parents and children then browsed and selected the books they wished to donate to their respective classrooms.  Chinese Books For Children brought in a... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018
  The Halloween festivities began at Shu Ren with the annual all-school play date at Tilden Park.  Children made arts and crafts, played soccer, went through a trick or treat line and then ended with feeding the animals at the Little Farm.  Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring a wonderful community event. At school, Halloween was celebrated with a parade around the campus, showing off the awesome costume to our Shu Ren neighbors!  Each child also bravely took the stage to share their costume... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018
Relevance and experience are two cornerstones of our approach to learning at Shu Ren.  Students must be able to relate and make meaning of what they are learning in the classroom.  Experiential learning, are opportunities for students to make connections between their UOI and something or somewhere out of the classroom.   This semester, Shu Ren have been all over the Bay Area taking their learning further and having a blast at the same time. PK3 Central Idea: Creativity develops Play​. For... Read More