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Buddy Time

Why is it important to have buddy time?

Buddy Time is important because you get to have a big kid taking care of you--Juno

Your buddy is someone who makes you happy--Juliet

I would be sad if I had to say goodbye to my buddy right after assembly. I have fun with my buddy.--Leonard

You get to be friends with your buddy--Axel

Buddy Times is fun--Rocco

I have fun spending time with my buddies--Khefri

What does buddy time mean to you?

You get to become a role model--Lucas

You get to meet people you wouldn't normally get to know-Cortez

Questions to Ask

What do you like most about spending time with your buddy? Why?

Dates to Remember

Parent Teacher Conferences Jan.29 and 30

No school February 16

Posted by Multiage on Friday January 23 at 04:41PM
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advice to future block teams

Advice To Future Block Teams by Asha, Cameron, Cecile and RubyFern

  • Hammer the blocks
  • Be creative
  • Work together
  • Never give up
  • Have fun
  • Build old, famous buildings
  • Make the best out of it
  • Make your friends feel welcome to the block team
  • It is hard to agree when planning but work together to agree on a building that everyone likes
  • Be prepared to enter a new world

Setting Goals

It's a new year and the children have been spending time reflecting on how they have grown as learners, collaborators, and friends.They are setting new goals for 2015 and making plans to meet those goals.

Questions To Ask

What is something you would like to get better at this year?

What advice would you add to the block team advice?

Dates To Remember

Parent Teacher Conferences - January 29 and 30

No School - January 19 MLK Day of Service

A Big Thank You

We just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your generosity and support this holiday season. It is truly a gift to work here with you and your children. We wish you peace and happiness for 2015 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Multiage on Saturday January 10 at 11:31AM
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Authors Abound

We Are All Authors

This week has been an exciting week for the children. The Oaks School Book Fair brings so much fun and excitement for the children. Watching the children explore, write their wish lists and gather around a shared read-aloud truly shows their love of reading and writing. An added bonus this week was the exciting experience of listening to author and illustrator John Rocco share his process of creating a picture book with the children. His focus on starting small with his initial brainstorms/ideas and slowly moving towards the larger final project was inspiring for the children as budding authors and illustrators themselves.

Touchstone Books

As part of Writer's Workshop we often draw on "touchstone books" to demonstrate "what writers do". This week we utilized John Rocco's books and discussed with the children what they noticed about his illustrations and how they worked to tell a story. Many of the multi-agers love to write in the form of the comic book and picture book genres. It will be great to see how the children bring in the lessons learned from John Rocco's presentation to their personal work.

Publishing Party

After working on a piece, the children can choose to publish their piece. Publishing their piece means taking it through an editing process that meets the needs of the individual author or authors. This is an on going process. After a period of working the children hold a publishing party complete with a "toast" to the writers with sparkling cider. This party we invited our buddies. It was a wonderful time sharing our writing with our buddies.

Questions To Ask

What did you like most about the Publishing Party?

Do you like to write by yourself or with a friend?

Tell about one of the stories you read at the publishing party. Why did you like it?

Dates To Remember

Winter Sing is Next Friday Dec. 19!!

Dec. 19 is also the last day of school in 2014 and is a half day. No oasis.

Posted by Multiage on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 09:10AM
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December first

How Do We Learn?

Through Our Relationships

Working on holiday cards for the elderly of Belmont Senior Living

Through Having an Idea, Sharing it with Friends and Collaborating to bring the idea to life.

Leo and friends working on building an airport.

Through Sharing Our Talents

Odin reading to the Multi-Age

Questions To Ask

How do you like to learn?

Who do you like to work with?

Dates To Remember

Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair December 11

Winter Sing December 19

Half Day of School December 19: No Oasis

Posted by Multiage on Friday December 5, 2014 at 04:18PM
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November 14

Collaborative Learning Through Blocks

This past week a group of girls came together to plan, organize, build and present their work in the block area. They were challenged to draw up a blue print and use that to keep their work on track. After their presentation we asked the girls what did they learn. Read below for what they said:

"I learned that it takes more than 1 person to make 1 structure. It also takes a lot of brain work and help from your friends."~ Dinah

"People can inspire you by giving you ideas after you build."~ Juliet

"It takes courage to compromise. I wanted to build a rainforest but then I worked with everyone to build the Unicorn City."~ Anabel

"I learned you can't make 1 structure by yourself, it is easier to work with others."~Dolores

The girls' work has prompted a long waiting list of block teams. Keep your eye open for more block teamwork!

Thank You!

Multi-age wants to thank Antonio, Marilyn and Carole for all the support they gave us for our assemblies. We couldn't have done it with out you!

Questions To Ask:

What would you build if you were on the next block team?

What math game did you play with your buddy this week?

What did you paint in art this week?

Dates To Remember

No School November 26-28: Thanksgiving Break

Posted by Multiage on Friday November 14, 2014
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Week of Novemeber 2

Thinking About Thinking: Math

The Multi-agers have been actively developing their metacognition skills when it comes to Math. Through a combination of math discussions focusing on the how and the why behind number combinations, small group work and math games, the children are strengthening their addition skills as they work to notice math in the world around them. This week we had a visit from the fourth grade. The fourth graders worked to measure each of the Multi-Agers as they engaged the Multi-Agers in a conversation around math and its relation to measurement. We look forward to finding out the product of the fourth graders work with the students.

Our Assembly

Thank you so much for all of the support for the first of two Multi-Age assemblies. The children thought deeply about their questions and are looking forward to discovering the answers. We look forward to seeing everyone next week at assembly where new questions will be asked and you may see a new animal or plant from the rainforest!

Questions to Ask:

What fourth graders took your measurements?

What is your favorite math game?

What did you do with your buddy this week?

Dates to Remember:

No school November 11 (Veterans Day)
No school November 26, 27, 27 (Thanksgiving Break)

Parent Education Night: Design Thinking November 13

Posted by Multiage on Friday November 7, 2014
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Happy Halloween

Buddy Time

In Honor of Halloween the multi-age and fifth grade came together to create ooblick! The children had a wonderful time learning from their buddies and getting their hands all sticky and gooey!

New Friends

This week the multi-age welcomed two new sets of friends to their classroom. The children are excited to learn from their new friends and see what they can learn through observing and caring for their pets.

Our Planet Earth

This week the children were shown a globe and a world map and were asked the question, what do you notice?
Through this discussion the children uncovered similarities and differences between the two geographical resources and engaged in a lively discussion about the effect the sun has on our planet and why the majority of the world's rainforests are located close the Earth's equator.

Questions to Ask

What animals are now a part of the multi-age classroom?
How do you make ooblick?
What effect does the sun have on our planet?


Assembly Days November 7 and 14
No school November 11 (Veterans Day)
No School 26, 27 and 28 (Thanksgiving Day)


Posted by Multiage on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:11PM
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Saying Hello and Goodbye

The children this week prepared to say goodbye to Dharinne and wish her well.  They had some great advice for Dharinne as she prepared to leave. 

 "Don't leave small stuff on the floor" ~Cecile
"Always rock the baby to bed"~Cameron
"Don't let your goats eat the baby"~ Oliver"
Make sure to give lots of toys to your baby" ~Leo

They are excited for Ben to join the multi-age but will miss Dharinne very much!

Mindfullness Meditation

The multi-age has had the pleasure of practicing being mindful twice a week with Sara Lamm. The goal of this ten minute practice is to give the children an opportunity to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment. It is also an opportunity for the children to reflect on their feelings in a given moment. This past week Sara gave each multi-age homeroom a gift of a singing bowl. Gently striking this bowl opens and closes the multi-age mindfullness practice. Thank you Sara for your generosity!

Questions to Ask

What are you curious about when thinking about studying the rainforest?
Did you learn a new song in Music this week?
What did you do with your buddy this week?


The Multi-age assemblies are Nov. 7 and 14

Halloween is coming! Please remember the children are asked to bring in only one small piece of their costume to share on Friday the 31.

The firstTown Hall is on October 28

Posted by Multiage on Friday October 24, 2014 at 03:20PM
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Camp Out! Camp Out! Camp Out!

Camp Out Saftey

In honor of the Camp Out tradition we talked about how to keep our friends, and ourselves safe over the long weekend. The children are very excited to spend time with their family and friends, riding bikes, playing and exploring. They came up with excellent ideas to help the weekend go smoothly. These are some of their thoughts....

"Tell a grown-up where you are going." - Logan

"Wear sunscreen." - Bea

"If you get lost, wait for someone to find you, or I might be able to come and find you." - Oscar

"Stay in your campsite when it gets dark." - Delilah

"Don't touch the campfire, or you might get burned." - Asha

"Look ahead when you are riding your bike." - Viggo

"When you're hiking, stay on the path." - Eli

"Make sure your tent is zipped and don't leave food in it to keep bears away." - Ruby Fern

"Ask someone you know for help." - Frisco

After our discussion they were sent off to build their own version of the campsites. They used kapla, magna-tiles, paper, and a lot of tape. They are all truly in the campout spirit! We want to wish you a safe and fun filled weekend. We are looking forward to hearing all of the details when they come back on Wednesday! 


Oct 20th & 21st - Parent Conferences (No School)

(There will be Oasis coverage during the time of your conference.)

Nov 7th & 14th - Multi-Age Assemblies

*Junnel Tomista, is the Oaks School Counselor  and every year she works with small Multi-Age groups. They talk about friendships, work on problem solving and social skills, and team building. We will be starting these groups next week and will rotate throughout the school year. 

Posted by Multiage on Friday October 17, 2014 at 08:33AM
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Field Trip to the Zoo!!

What We Saw...

After last week's "Big Reveal" about our Rainforest study, we decided to take a little trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. They recently opened an exhibit that highlights the wonders of the rainforest, and have created habitats for some of the animals who live there. When we got there we were met by several excited docents who took us in groups of 3-5 for a personal tour. All of the children were able to ask as many questions as they wanted, and got to share everything they already knew about the animals. Each group had a slightly different experience going through, depending on what they wanted to see. Since we were there so early in the morning, on a school day, we had the zoo almost entirely to ourselves, so we were able to get up close and learn a lot about the animals we are going to be studying. 

When we went into the Rainforest exhibit, we were greeting by a school of piranhas. We learned about their habits, and talked a bit about what they like to eat. Some groups were able to see the river otters, which put on quite a show, sliding down their slides and playing in the water. We also saw a toucan and some monkeys. The overall highlight was the "bird eating spider"! 

Our tour ended at the Bird Show where they got to see a variety of birds in action. They displayed their incredible speed, eyesight,and natural abilities. It was beautiful to see all of the birds, while learning about the conservation efforts in place to protect them. It was great to learn how many different species of birds had been taken off the endangered species lists because of the people who have taken the time to protect them.

This trip has sparked a lot of questions about the animals in the rainforest, and what it might be like to live there. We plan on taking this enthusiasm to dive in deeper and find out what we can about the trees, plants, animals and people who live in the rainforest. 


Oct 17th - No School -CAMPOUT!

Oct 20 & 21 - No School - Parent Conferences

Nov 7 & 14 - Mutli-Age Assemblies

*The Photobucket will be updated with more of the zoo pictures early next week. 

Posted by Dharinne Perera-Myers on Friday October 10, 2014 at 02:55PM
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