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September 12, 2014

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SBMS This Week - In Pictures!

This Week at SBMS

"Headlands" / Washington, DC / "Heavy Water" Huh?

Your child is three, or five or seven? How does this relate to you? Preparation. Get ready. Prepare. For decades SBMS has expanded its classrooms by traveling with children prepared for explorations beyond their family and school (sleep overs are an important experience and help prepare you child for adventures beyond your home). 30 years ago, Jason Hebel, noted dramatic actor in USC's School of Performing Arts, said, years before his days as a Trojan, "Wow! Water is so heavy!" We were camping in Yosemite Valley; Jason had carried our 5 gallon collapsible water jug to the spigot way over there..."Man! I never knew water is so heavy!"

Last week, at Headlands (Fort Cronkhite in the Golden Gate National Park on the north side of the bridge) SBMS's entire Upper Elementary Class (9-12 year olds) dealt with their own versions of "heavy water." Our hikes included challenges brought on by being there-engaged in the great outdoors. This isn't an "app," or a video or something to watch from afar, it's the real world! The Night Hike is what it is. At night. In the dark. No flashlights. It's a fantastic thing to do as homework with your children (prepare). The end of each day, topped off with evening programs and everyone readying for the next day, before crawling into our bunks (all of us; teachers, too!) for a good night's sleep (Nice!) resulting from genuine fatigue. Exhaustion?

Reading aloud into the darkness, "Turtle in Paradise," the story captivated the entire group because it's "real." Haven't read it, yet? Get ready. From the other end of the parent and family spectrum, in two weeks SBMS's Erdkinder group (7th-9th graders) departs for Washington, DC. Those trekkers have already been to Headlands, they know that bunkhouse, they recall the tidepool lab and the mess hall and the trails and hikes. The DC trip takes on a different "reality," with a different type of Night Hike-walking from the Washington Monument, past the WWII monument to the Lincoln Memorial, and then on to the Vietnam Wall-a whole new experience with distinctly specific lessons. Engaged in the uniqueness of the Nation's capital, it's monuments, its museums, its memorials, its community. Whoop, sounds like a bike ride!

"Two Houses" takes on a "real" meaning when we walk from one chamber to the next in the capitol building. Scheduled for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of the American Indian, this year's trek will create a whole new set of memorable experiences preparing the students for an ever greater understanding of the political / governmental process. Here's to the wonder of "heavy water," wherever it may be.

SBMS Students at Rodeo Beach
SBMS students at Rodeo Beach

After School Classes      ASC!
7-Week schedule

New classes began this week, make sure your child is signed up, there are limited openings for some of the classes. Space is limited.

Login to download the the Fall 2014 ASC/ADM Form on the Current Parents page of the website.

Lunch Program

Login to download the Fall 2014 Lunch Order Form, Silvergreens Program Update, Silvergreens Ordering Information on the Current Parents page of the website.

Families can always prepare, pack and tote lunches to school, with sign-ups for Pasta on Mondays, Silvergreens Tues-Thurs, and Pizza on Fridays.

SBMS's Annual School Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 21        11:00am - 2:00pm
Guacamole Contest! Prizes! Real Prizes!

No entry fee. Anonymous entries will be accepted at the beginning of the picnic; Numbers will be assigned to each "bowl" of guacamole. Chips will be provided. Votes will be noted and tabulated. Winners announced before the Capture the Flag game. DISPLAY is your responsibility. Presentation is up to you.

1st Prize includes a bag of DON JAIME'S ORGANIC TORTILLA CHIPS.

Taco Lunch $5/ea pre-ordered

Yes, certainly, you can bring your own picnic lunch, HOWEVER, you have the option of pre-ordering Taco Lunch, including fresh made-to-order Chicken, Pork, Beef or Veggie tacos, rice and beans, and fresh lemonade and or iced filtered water. $5/ea lunch if pre-ordered, $7.50/ea at picnic.

Taco Lunch Order Form


SBMS School Calendar 2014-2015

Calendar Dates as of 6/13/14
Calendar 2014-2015


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