Classroom Peek Week of 3/11-3/15

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week.

In this issue:

  • Red Roomers created butterflies using the dot art technique and pipe cleaners in honor of the warm and sunny Spring weather. At the Math center, the children focused on counting and patterns using the unifix cubes. 

  • Green Room transformed into Superheros this week, using recyclable materials, paint, and other decorations to create their own shields, cuffs, and superhero cars. They ended a super fun filled week by dressing up in their favorite superhero costumes for a superhero party!

  • Yellow room celebrated this week's dawning of the butterflies by using colorful paint to decorate their own butterfly projects to be displayed on their craft tree in their classroom.

  • 1st Grade integrated Math and Acience by completing symmetrical flowers. Each student picked a picture of a half flower and matched the other side. In Tech class students divided into teams of two to create a Lego Candy Dispenser. First they had to build a basket for the candy, integrate a trap door to release the candy, and finally a dispenser door to collect the candy. students were engaged in bringing their candy machines to life!

  • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders ventured off campus to take in History and nature during a visit to The Autry Museum.

Friday 15!

Friday's are always special here at TCS, and today was pretty special because the Charlie and Henry Wehrenberg took over as the Head of School for the day! The boys switched teachers schedules around, made students happy by extending recess, we all celebrated student and staff birthdays, and ending the morning with our dance party ritual once again led by our Kinder friends, Dylan and Suli. Wishing you all a restful and safe weekend!

Friday 15!

Friday's are always special here at TCS, and today we came together to preview class baskets to be auctioned off at next week's Gala, we celebrated birthdays, and capped off the morning with a dance party led by our Kinder friends, Suli and Dylan. Wishing you all a safe and restful weekend!

Classroom Week of 3/4-3/8

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Green Room was immersed in a lesson about color this week, and spent time mixing colors to see what new color combinations they could create. Students also celebrated the lively carnival tradition of Mardi Gras by decorating carnival masks with colorful beads and feathers.

  • Kindergarten students worked in groups to create Lego boats that could float on water for 10 seconds in Tech class. 

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade students embarked on an exciting field trip to see a live play of Roald Dahl's classic book, James and the Giant Peach performed by the Nine O'Clock Players at the Association League of Los Angeles Theater for Children in Hollywood.

  • 1st Grade students explored solid figures and plain shapes during a Math lesson.

  • 4th Grade students were hard at work using craft materials to build small scale structures of the San Fernando Mission during a History lesson.

  • 6th Grade Math students blended culture with numerical concepts in Math class by sharing a family recipe and scaling it up and down based on different Mathematical proportions. 

  • MS Science classes used distribution tubes and electrophoresis boxes to study DNA samples during an AP Biology lab. 

  • Students spent some time outside during their Enrichment classes on Friday afternoon tending to the soil and planting new seeds in the garden planters during Gardening and using iPads with DIY body mounts to play a human Minecraft game in Tech.

Classroom Peek Week of 2/25-3/1

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Red Room made fun crowns and used paint and recyclable paper towel rolls to craft fun red and white striped decorations in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday! They also enjoyed a week of sensory play, using the great weather to their advantage to explore the different textures around campus.

  • Blue Room turned their classroom into a construction zone during a lesson on buildings and construction this week, and took a campus field trip to observe contractors as they added cement to the outside of our Art room. Students collected some cement to take back to their classroom, and used it to build their own patio extension onto their dollhouse.

  • Kindergarten celebrated the 100 days of school by decorating t-shirts with 100 fun craft items. They also used cereal to craft colorful, edible necklaces.

  • 2nd Grade students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by choosing their favorite storybook by the author and writing book reports.

  • 4th Grade celebrated Dr. Seuss in Art class by recreating the classic truffula tree scenes from his classic storybook, The Lorax, using pastel crayons and watercolors.

  • 5th Grade practiced their use of proverbs and adages by choosing a popular saying, writing it in the correct proverbial  form then drawing pictures to support their statements during an English Lesson. Students also did reports about the meaning behind their names based on an article they read about actress, Uzo Aduba, and her struggles with accepting her unique name.

Read Across America: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

In honor of beloved author Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our TCS community came together to celebrate with readings, activities, and cake! Thank you to all of our faculty, staff, and parents who volunteered to read Dr. Seuss’ classic storybooks to our students.

Night of 1000 Stars

The TCS Book Fair not only provides our students with access to their favorite books and reading materials, but our annual Night of 1000 Stars is truly the highlight of the week! Our school community came together to have dinner and enjoy storybook readings by our faculty members, including this year’s special guest faculty reader, Mark Bell!

Classroom Peek Week of 2/18-2/22

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • All grades got to experience learning outside of the traditional classroom during a neighborhood-wide power outage. It was great to see teachers and students alike being creative with their outdoor studies: Kindergarten students crafted their own fashion designs out of craft paper and held a fashion show for Holly; 1st Grade played character building games; 2/3 Combo studied paragraph structures on a visual T-Chart during a Writing lesson on the Dream Court; and Middle School students continued their History lesson on Queen Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt. 

  • Preschool students spent their week using fluorescent paints, sparkly night sky accents, and other materials to transform their classrooms into colorful night scenes in preparation for their Night School event.

  • 4th Grade enlisted the help of iPads to enjoy viewing centers about many historical African-American figures during a Black History Month lesson. Students also did work on their zentangle projects.

  • 5th graders created Paper Minecraft board games and grid maps with different types of obstacles for their specialized avatars to navigate in Tech Class.  A portal at the end of the maps allowed players to transport to the game boards of fellow students!

  • 6th Grade served as the audience for the 8th Grade History class's Black History Month presentations. Students prepared thoughtful interactive reports on their historical African-American figure of choice and presented their research orally with the use of mixed-media components.

  • Students were hard at work during their Elective classes, be it getting their hands dirty in the garden planters or using colored construction paper to make mindful art.

Friday 15!

We love Fridays here at TCS, and today we came together to celebrate birthdays, hear announcements about next week’s Book Fair, share sports updates, and the 3/4 Combo class shared the results of their latest class project. Students who spend recess and lunch time on the meadow have been inquiring about new additions that should be added to provide more options for play and exercise. Once split into groups students had to research different activities, games, structures, etc that could fit the space and proposed budget, then students presented their findings to Holly. Based on the students great research and teamwork we will be adding new ping-pong tables and a foozeball table for students to enjoy. Now that the options have been chosen students now have to continue the project to establish guidelines and more specific plans, but this project-based learning is what our school is all about and we are so very proud of our teachers and students for such great and thoughtful work. Have a safe and restful weekend!

Classroom Peek Week of 2/11-2/15

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Blue Room enjoyed a visit with the Yellow Room, gifting students with decorative heart crafts in exchange for a dance lesson.

  • Yellow Room enjoyed a fun filled week of activities and lessons courtesy of their "Friend of the Week", Layla Williams.

  • Kindergarten began learning about the names and order of planets during a Science lesson on Outer Space.

  • 1st Grade spent time with their 3/4 Grade buddies to make and exchange heartfelt notes in honor of Valentine's Day.

  • 2nd Grade was treated to an hour of fun interactive games through Improve LOL in honor of their "Friend of the Week" Charlie Pakosta.

  • 3/4 Combo split into groups to brainstorm and research new items for our school meadow with price comparisons of multiple types of playground equipment for a project based lesson that students then presented to Holly.

  • 5th Grade used colorful paint and inspirational quotes and affirmations to decorate special Valentine's Day gifts for their parents.

  • 6th Grade began work on research projects on legendary African-American figures in History class in preparation for their oral presentations next week.

Parent Ed Workshop Welcomes Magic Reading!

Our Preschool and Kindergarten families enjoyed a fun and exciting parent workshop on Story Time and engaging children in a positive and meaningful way during shared reading time from Cindy Pena Sperger, founder of Magic Reading. What a wonderful opportunity to learn new strategies! 

Friday 15!

We love Friday's here at TCS, and today we heard an announcement about tonight's 8th grade Valentine's dance to raise money for their class trip and as always, we celebrated student birthdays. Have a safe and restful weekend!

Classroom Peek Week of 2/4-2/8

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Red Room dipped their hands in paint to create a friendship banner to hang in the classroom in honor of Valentine’s Day.

  • Green Room decorated pink bags with hearts and pipe cleaner arms to create a love chain of friends holding hands.

  • Yellow Room enjoyed a slice of Venetian life courtesy of their “Friend of the Week”, Zoe and her mom, Manuela. Students enjoyed Italian stories and used beads and colorful feathers to decorate Venetian Carnival masks.

  • 1st Grade ended their lesson on maps by stepping out of the classroom to enjoy a scavenger hunt around campus based on their newfound directional knowledge.

  • 2/3 used paper bags and fun prizes to play an adjective guessing game during a Reading lesson. Students had to read the adjectives printed on the bag, then guess the prize inside to win. 

  • 3/4 studied haikus this week and crafted their own love-themed haikus on decorative hearts. Students also decorated lanterns in honor of the Chinese New Year.

  • 5th Grade used construction paper and their vivid imaginations to craft visual alliterations during an English lesson. In honor of the Chinese New Year students made red envelopes based on their reading of Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chin.

  • 7th Grade flexed their knowledge of integers and exponents during a game of jeopardy in Math class.

  • Art classes have been learning about African-American artists during Black History Month, and this week students collaborated on a giant mixed media collage using fabrics, colorful tissue paper, yarn, and other materials based on pieces by contemporary mixed media artist Della Wells.

Classroom Peek Week of 1/28-2/1

Take a look inside and see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Blue learned about opposites this week! Students enjoyed picking up things with their feet instead of their hands, walking backwards, and learning about various types of opposites such as healthy vs. unhealthy foods. They even had an opposite party and wore their clothes backwards to school!

  • Yellow Room learned about emotions this week, and spent time listening to different genres of music then painting a picture of their feelings while listening to songs. Students also got their hands green while making slime during a fun "Friend of the Week" activity led by Caden and his dad, Peter, based on the storybook, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss.

  • 1st Grade prepared for the upcoming Chinese New Year by making decorative banners and celebratory masks. During a Math lesson students used colorful M&M candy's and the dry erase desks to create their own color graphs.

  • 3rd Grade had to choose characters from their reading of Matilda by Roald Dahl and breakdown their character traits during a Reading lesson.

  • 5th Grade used chalk on black paper to replicate the different phases of the moon during a lesson on how the Earth and moon compare in Earth Science.

  • 7th Grade

TCS Tours JPL!

STEAM learning is an integral part of learning at TCS, and this week our upper Elementary and Middle School students were invited to visit Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA field research and development center in Pasadena. We are grateful for the opportunity to expose our students to learning beyond the classroom. Thank you to our parent drivers and teacher chaperones for accompanying our students! 

Friday 15

Today's Friday gathering was so special and here at TCS we were grateful for the sunshine and great weather after a week of clouds and rain. To make the day even more bright we started the morning with a reading from Pearl (1st Grade) of I Am Peace, reminding our community to be mindful and present. We also shared our excitement about TCS University, heard sports updates, and celebrated student and staff birthdays. Have a safe and restful weekend!

Classroom Peek Week of 1/21-1/25

Take a look inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Yellow Room enjoyed a reading of A Kaleidoscope of Kids in celebration of diversity then used a mirror to study their features and choose the right materials to create paper dolls of themselves to represent everyone's differences.

  • Kindergarten paired up with the 6th Grade class to prepare the garden planters for the start of their gardening project. Students will plant flowers and vegetables and monitor the gardening process throughout the rest of the school year.

  • 1st Grade used draw erase notepads to practice word recognition by playing rounds of Word Tic Tac Toe in groups during a Writing lesson.

  • 2nd Grade used highlighters to study perfect pronouns during a Reading lesson.

  • 4th Grade interviewed Holly to get information to prepare a written proposal to increase activities and opportunities on the meadow. They will create a budget and make recommendations about signage, equipment, etc.

  • 7th Grade learned about the properties, mechanics, and uses of microscopes during a lab in Science class.

Classroom Peek Week of 1/14-1/18

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • Blue Room used cotton balls in a sifter with a water dropper to create their own rain during a fun weather lesson.

  • Green Room used different craft materials to make their own bear hibernation simulations based on their reading of a storybook titled, "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson.

  • Yellow Room learned about the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his birthday, and used blue and green paint droppers on craft paper to make Earth art projects.

  • 1st Grade played a game of roll-a-diagraph to practice their knowledge of different phonetic word families. Students also used blue and silver glitter on cellophane paper to create snowflakes for their Winter trees.

  • 3rd Grade created unique sentences with a corresponding picture drawing to show proper use of antecedents during a writing lesson.

  • 5th Grade did interactive research projects and written reports about the different American Colonial jobs during a History lesson.

  • 7th Grade created child-friendly tessellation designs for carpet textiles during a Math project.

Classroom Peek Week of 1/7-1/11

Take a peek inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside of TCS classrooms this week!

In this issue:

  • 3/4 welcomed Vanessa back in the classroom! She will be co-teaching the 3/4 combo with Gus, and sharing Principal duties with Holly. This week, they studied sound and did two experiments: one that had many variables which produced a variety of results (which they discussed and wrote about), and one with fewer variables, which produced more consistent results. First was outside in the meadow, students had to whisper at the same volume while stepping back from each other until they couldn't hear the message anymore, then they recorded the distance. The second experiment took place inside, using two cups and string to show how sound travels. 

  • Preschool's theme of the week was Winter! All classes were immersed in Winter themed play, arts and crafts, and activities. Blue Room made fake snow and had a snowy scavenger hunt during sensory time. Green Room used different colored dyes on craft paper to make wintery snowflakes. Yellow Room used pastel chalks on blue construction paper to create winter scenes based on their reading of William Shakespeare's Winter Song.

  • In Art, students learned about Brazilian artist Romero Britto and created their own works using black line animal and flower shapes on white paper and bright colored paints. 

  • Kindergarten began practicing writing in their journals without tracing the letters during a language lesson.

  • 1st Grade constructed shapes of fish in ascending numbers from 1-10 during a Math lesson on ordinal numbers.

  • 2/3 used scissors and white craft paper to cut their own snowflake designs based on their reading of Snowflake Bentley, a true story about a Vermont scientist who photographed and studied snowflakes.

  • 6th Grade shared some outdoor time with the Kindergarten class and devised a fun relay race game on the Dream Court.