Remote Learning & Student Safety

To learn about Clairbourn's Remote Learning plans and our health and safety measures in place for when on-campus learning can resume, please visit this website page.
 

Support, Ideas, & Inspiration

(Mobile Device Users: Here is a quick link to the Community Care Guide at the bottom of this page). 
 
To provide support to the Clairbourn community and general public, we've collected ideas, inspiring stories, and resources designed to help everyone manage their new situations. This page will be updated weekly.
 
 

Good Ideas for Parents

 
Head of School Dr. Amy Patzlaff with students from the Fall of 2019

9 THINGS THAT MATTER - BUT ONLY 1 THAT TRULY COUNTS!

As the Head of School, caring for our parents, in addition to students and staff, is always on my mind. Recently, an in-depth article from DevelopmentalScience.com caught my eye called, “Pandemic 2020: Will the Kids Be All Right? Lessons on Parenting from 100 Years of Crises.” It contains a lot of helpful explanations and advice for parents dealing with their fears about how to raise children successfully in the midst of so much uncertainty.

Can children go on to lead successful lives and flourish in the face of educational disruptions and great adversity?Research shows that, while there are nine important elements that offer full coverage for children's wellbeing, the real key to favorable outcomes boils down to one thing, and the good news is, it’s you!

  1. One stable adult matters. What kids need most to adapt well in adversity is “at least one stable, caring adult, someone who provides a secure psychological container and a scaffold for growth.” 1

  2. Remaining calm matters. “If their primary adult is calm, a child feels reassured. But if their adult is upset, the child feels unsafe, and their body and brain go into threat mode. And when the threat system is on too long without relief, physical and mental health problems can result.” Read the Full Blog Post


An organized well-lit workspace can help encourage focused learning.

SET UP YOUR CHILD FOR HOME-STUDY SUCCESS

With school starting up in Remote Learning formats at almost all school locations, now is a great time to set up your child with everything they need to support their home studies.  
 
Begin by considering a properly-equipped location in your home where your child can learn. Experts say that, “Without a specific learning spot, young learners can be easily distracted, they don’t have supplies they need nearby, and there’s no sense of consistency. The family couch, then, as comfortable and easy as it seems, may not be the right option for young children needing to learn about routines, early education, and self-regulation.”1 Read More Here


REMOTE LEARNING DONE RIGHT!
 
Many parents have heard that as of July 17, 2020, all area schools are required by Governor Newsom to be in Remote-Learning mode in the fall. Clairbourn was prepared for that possibility, and the school has taken extensive steps to do remote learning right! Over the summer, we expanded our investment in the latest technology and equipment, including a new fiber network, to support our Remote Learning Program and to provide a top-notch online learning experience for students. 
Clairbourn teachers are tech-savvy and they are supported by one of the finest teams available, Knowing Technologies, who work with schools and their teachers to ensure they are empowered to deliver meaningful lessons using appropriate and compelling software and technology tools. These people are always on call for our staff!

Additionally, our students will each receive a remote learning device preloaded with configured software and will receive technology training at the start of school to ensure a seamless experience whether they are doing school online or switching to an on-campus experience.


 
LEARNING HOW TO THRIVE IN HARDSHIP
 
According to an April 2020 Gallup poll, regarding the pandemic’s negative financial, physical, and mental effects, 23% of Americans reported feeling they were already in a mental health crisis or just a few weeks away from having one. An additional 19% felt they could hold out for a few months at best. This is not good news considering no one knows the duration of the pandemic or how long social distancing will need to be practiced.
 
Clairbourn has a long history of partnering with its parents to ensure that the whole school community remains healthy, strong, and productive even in times of difficulty. As an educational institution, it is natural to turn to the experts and discover what they have to teach us so we’re mentally equipped for tough times. The good news is, there are plenty of proven ways to bounce back from, or thrive in hardship and break away from frustration, depression, and burnout. The data shows we have the ability to control up to 40% of our happiness, and the strategies we can learn are surprisingly accessible and achievable! Read the Full Blog Post
 
 
 
 
WHAT IS GRATITUDE DOING TO YOU?
 
Gratitude is a word we hear a lot at Clairbourn School—especially at the start of May when students celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and submit thank you notes, drawings, and videos to honor the work of their teachers. After such a heartfelt and bountiful outpouring of thanks, it can be easy to feel satisfied about our community’s understanding and practice of gratitude. So why is it important to unpack it and take a deeper look?  Because this single word represents a much bigger concept than sincere thank-yous and heartfelt feelings.
 
Gratitude is a power that we can exert over our immediate experience to bring about changes for the better. It is scientifically proven to relieve our minds and bodies from the negative effects of dissatisfaction, stress, disappointment, delay, and devastation—struggles especially associated with the current COVID-19 losses, economic fallout, and restrictions. Read The Full Blog Post
 
 
 
 
WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD DRESS AS BATMAN
 
Katherine Martinko, author of "Being Batman Can Teach Kids Perseverence," wants parents to know that Batman cosplay can help young children stay on task. Her article states, "A study published last December in Child Development found that, when children aged four to six wear a Batman costume, they're better able to resist distraction and complete the work at hand than when they're dressed as themselves, or even another fictional character. The study was led by Rachel White and colleagues (including Angela Duckworth, author of "Grit") from Hamilton College in New York state. The 180 participants (all aged 4 to 6) were asked to complete a boring, repetitive task that they were told was important....What the researchers found is that those children dressed as Batman spent the most time on task -- 55 percent for six-year-olds and 32 percent for four-year-olds."


 
NEED A MORALE BOOST? HELP IS RIGHT AT HOME

Clairbourn School students already know a lot about doing good deeds and alleviating distress in the community, and many of them are supporting healthcare workers and first-responders. But there is now a new frontline in the larger battle which is our very own doorsteps. These times call for a deeper level of service to precious family members who we often take for granted. The need of the hour is to make family care and balance a priority. So take a moment to imagine, how quickly the atmosphere in your home would change if you could take a tip from the military and assigned a Morale Officer to take care of each person in the family? Read The Full Blog Post
 
 

HOW KIDS CAN HELP AT HOME

Now that our students are spending all of their time at home due to COVID-19 sheltering in place, many of our parents are feeling like full-time maids on top of their overwhelming normal responsibilities. Lack of help from family members in tidying-up can lead to a breakdown in morale among family members when some don’t do their fair share.  But the good news is, learning to help is part of each student’s character education and it is part of building up their inner sense of purpose and value. 
 
Dr. Robert Myers from the Child Development Institute published an insightful article last year called, “The Reason Children Should Do Chores is Because it’s Good for Them.”  He wants parents to know that, “Giving children chores can make them feel wanted, teach important life skills, and help ease the workload for parents. Recent studies have found that giving children chores from an early age will help teach them work ethic, responsibility, self-reliance, and other vital life skills.” Read the Full Article
 


 
REFRESH TIME FOR PARENTS WHEN KIDS GO TO BED

Do you find yourself in an unhealthy pattern of scrolling the news or binge-watching TV when the kids go to bed? Time-management author Laura Vanderkam, offers solutions in her recent article, "There Are Better Options Than Netflix or Scrolling the News.

Here is an excerpt from her article:
"...a lot of our free time — especially for parents with kids home from school — is inconvenient to use.... But that inconvenient time can still be truly free time — if you’re smart about it. That’s the lesson I took from Rachel Bertsche’s new book, The Kids Are in Bed. She goes on to explain that 'the difference between feeling regretful about that time and refreshed by it is all in how we use it.'
 
So how can you take the refreshing route? First, think about what you’d like to do with your leisure time before you become exhausted. Over lunch or at your desk, make a list of fun things you could do in the evening. That category might include planning a late dinner or a drink with your partner, a video chat session with friends, running on a home treadmill or doing a yoga video, hobbies such as scrapbooking or woodworking, reading, or even indulging in screen time with a purpose."

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt



 
SLEEP BETTER: FALL ASLEEP IN 120 SECONDS

Use this military trick for falling asleep quickly. This concept was originally included in the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance, and more recently was covered by writer Sharon Ackman for Medium.
 
Ackman's article explains, "If you don’t sleep, you’ll burn out pretty quickly. You’ll make bad decisions. That’s what happened with U.S. fighter pilots in World War II. The U.S. military realized many of its pilots were making terrible, avoidable decisions due to stress and the resulting sleeplessness. Even when pilots clocked off, they couldn’t relax and they couldn’t sleep. The U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School developed a scientific method to fall asleep day or night, in any conditions, in under two minutes."
 
"After six weeks of practice, 96 percent of pilots could fall asleep in two minutes or less. Even after drinking coffee, with machine gunfire being played in the background."
 
Here's How to Do It:
1. Pick a spot to sleep - even upright in a chair will work!
2. Start relaxing the muscles of your face one by one (it is key to do a thorough job relaxing your entire face). Relax the jaw, the tounge, the lips, the muscles around the eyes, your forehead, cheeks, etc.
3. Continue down the body, and focus on relaxing your neck, shoulders, upper dominant arm, lower dominant arm, dominant hand and fingers, and then do the same for the other arm.
4. Now exhale and relax your chest and stomach.
5. Next focus on relaxing the leg muscles. Do one leg at a time focusing on relaxing each part. Don't forget the feet, ankles, and toes!
6. When you whole body is limp and relaxed, clear your mind for 10 seconds and then hold a peaceful image in your mind (like a still lake or snow falling).
7. If turning your mind off is hard, just repeat "don't think, don't think, don't think" for at least 10 seconds to stop all wandering thoughts.
 
 
 

Good Ideas For Kids


 
IKEA SHARES SIX WAYS TO BUILD AN EPIC FORT

To keep your children entertained and busy during quarantine, IKEA shared six different ways to build fun and impressive forts at home. You can choose from a fortress, a castle, a wigwam, a house, a cave and a camping tent. Using tables, chairs, sheets, books, pillows, tape, clothespins and other materials, your children can build the ultimate fort that's perfect for games and sleepovers. Directions for building all the model forts are available on IKEA's Instagram page. 




BUILD YOUR CHILD'S PERSONAL LIBRARY FOR FREE! 

Amazon is offering free copies of their 100 best-selling Childrens books. Check it Out

 
 

A HOME EXPERIMENT YOUR KIDS CAN DO

Check out this cool experiment you can try yourself using common household items. This project is shared by two sibling students in Grade 3 and Grade 6.
 
How to Make a Glowing Bouncy-Ball Egg: 
This experiment takes advantage of how calcium reacts with acidic vinegar.
 
Step 1 - Take a highlighter pen and pull out the felt core.
Step 2 - Place it in a jar. Pour vinegar over it. Squeeze out the ink from the felt core into the vinegar. Toss the felt core.
Step 3 - Place an uncooked egg in the vinegar jar and cover it completely in more vinegar. 
Step 4 - Leave the egg in jar for 7-14 days.
 
Record Your Observations:
(a) You will see bubbles forming on the egg shell
(b) The egg will enlarge over time
(c) The egg shell will start to dissolve
(d) Notice the glow increasing under a blacklight each day
(e) The egg white will start to turn yellow
(f) By the end of 7-14 days, there will be no more egg shell. Egg white will harden and act like a ball. 

The Finished Product: When your egg is done, take it out of the jar and bounce it gently like a ball.
 
Extra Surprise: If you are super curious, feel free to break the egg over a plate, and you will be surprised to see that the egg yolk is still uncooked! You are bouncing a ball with an uncooked yolk inside and it glows in the dark! 



Jimmy Fallon's Whisper-Singing Game

USING GAMES TO HELP STUDENTS SOCIALIZE REMOTELY

Do your children feel awkward when they are attempting to socialize online and they run out of things to say to each other? Planned activities can change everything! Some recent ideas shared by our parents include letting classmates have lunch or complete homework together. Some parents are also scheduling game nights!  Here are some games that can work well online.

Simple Socializing Games:
Madlib-style Story Builder | MadTakes | Hangman

Use an App:
You can also try the HouseParty app for up to 8 Players. The game section includes Heads Up!, Trivia, Quick Draw, and Chips and Guac!
 
More Challenging Games:
Catherine Newman wrote an article for the New York Times called, “Classic Board Games With a Touch of Tech - How to use video conferencing to play traditional, real-life board games with people who are sheltering in different places.”  Here are a few of her main recommendations:
 
Battleship - Max players: 2
Requirements:
-A video conferencing platform. 
-Both players need the actual game OR they can download these printable game sheets and play using pen and paper.
 
Yahtzee - Max players: 6
Requirements:
-A video conferencing platform. 
-Every player needs the game unless you have 5 dice and these printable player sheets.
-A small box for rolling and containing the dice so you can show what you’ve rolled on camera.
 
Pictionary - Max players: 8
Requirements:
-A video conferencing platform.
-Thick markers and paper.
-One player needs the game OR you can use this word-generator.
-Review the rules and make slight adjustments to elements that won’t work remotely.
 
 

European famlies are crazy for Catan! A recent NPR article reported that "Families Stuck At Home Turn To Board Game Catan, Sending Sales Skyrocketing." Suitable for ages 10 and up and good for 3 or 4 players, "It is a board game of trade and development where players compete for resources in a race to build settlements, cities and roads. The most successful developer wins. Entrepreneurs love the game. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman reportedly has played it in job interviews to size up applicants and as a tool for making venture capital deals. In its 25th year, Catan has sold more than 32 million units, according to company figures, one of the bestselling board games of all time.
 
 


GET MOVING - RIDE BIKES INSIDE!

Have a fitness adventure at home! All you need is three things:
1.A bike with training wheels
2. An old pair of shoes 
3. A TV that can play Youtube videos. 
Put a shoe under each training wheel, so the bike can't roll away, load the video, and let them ride!  Watch the demonstration video.

Virtual Scenery Videos:
Cotswald, UK | Wailea Beach Path, Maui | Woodland Path | Bryce Canyon | Dutch Windmills | San Francisco
 
  
 

Delightful Distractions

FAMOUS SECRET RECIPES RELEASED TO BOOST MORALE 
Looking to cook up some magical moments? Famous food chains have released secret recipes for some of their most popular dishes for the public to make at home. 
 
Try Disney's delicious homemade Dole Whip recipe made with fresh pineapple and vanilla ice cream, perfect for a warm day.

For a sweeter option, Disney shared their yummyChurro Bites recipe that's guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Disney also shared a savory recipe for their popular Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich found at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
 
McDonalds shared some famous recipes as well, and we're lovin' it. Now anyone can enjoy their Breakfast Sausage and Egg McMuffin and their crispy, classic Hash Brown.
 
Along with McDonalds, more food chains have continued to release their famed recipes! Shakey's Pizza shared how to make their legendary Mojo Potatoes, and DoubleTree by Hilton hotel shared their tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
 
And if one cookie recipe wasn't enough, Pret A Manger also released a recipe for their Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
 
If you're looking to make delicious dough balls, this Pizza Express recipe has got you covered. Or if you just want yummy meatballs, Ikea's recipe will surely satisfy your craving for a Swedish adventure.
 
 
Recipes for international cuisines have also been shared. Wagamama - a British restaurant chain- shared how to make their popular Chicken Katsu Curry
 
Another British chain, Greggs, shared two videos on how to make their Sausage, Bean and Cheese Melt and their flavorful Steak Bake.

Lastly, the Cheesecake Factory shared their recipe for making the perfect Korean Fried Cauliflower.
 
 
 

 
 
 
VIRTUAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 
Need to get out of the house? Your body has to stay behind, but your mind can enjoy viewing about 3,000 panoramas of more than 300 places on Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, and even panoramas from the stratosphere. View the Northern LightsSahara DesertNeuschwanstein CastleIcebergs of GreenlandVolcano Klyuchevskaya SopkaHuangshan MountainsTumpak Sewu Waterfall, and so much more! New panoramas are posted each week at www.AirPano.com.
 
Google Earth Virtual Travel: 
Use the Google Earth tool to move around these famous sites.
 
 
TRAVEL TALES BY AFAR
 
Feel like traveling but can't get away?  Check out these podcast travel stories from AFAR. They believe that travel, changes the way we see the world. Each week they post, "...stories from people who took a trip—and came home transformed." You can find more information at afar.com/traveltales

(Parents - be sure to prescreen for age-appropriate content.) Here are three kid-friendly podcasts from AFAR:
 
 
 
 

Support from Staff & CFA

 
HELLO FROM FACULTY AND STAFF
Clairbourn teachers, like most educators across the globe, spent late March and early April converting their lessons over to an online format so students could continue to make progress in their studies during the COVID-19 crisis. The Internet has so many tools and resources to help with the transition, but Clairbourn is a close-knit community, and nothing can replace the human connection. With teachers missing seeing their students in person, they worked together to make a printable poster message to say hello and give their students added encouragement.
 

 
#CLAIRBOURN ROCKS! HELP SPREAD POSITIVITY AND KINDNESS
 
Painted rocks have become a viral trendrecently because it’s a fun and easy way for families to spread kindness and positivity into their communities. The idea is to paint rocks with inspirational messages or cheerful paintings and hide them in the community for others to find.
 
Let’s sprinkle some kindness,positivity and school spirit throughout our Claribourn community. Paint a rock with a positive message or cheerful painting and post a picture of it on your social media page with the hashtag #clairbournrocks! Then, leave it somewhere for another person to find and enjoy. Thanks for your participation!
Connie Kim, Clairbourn Families Association (CFA) President
 
 
 

Student Council Messages

STUDENT COUNCIL THANKS FIRST RESPONDERS
The student council wrote thank-you cards and recorded videos expressing their heartfelt gratitude to doctors, nurses, researchers, first responders, and essential workers on behalf of the student body.
 
 

Remote Learning Insights

Middle School Math teacher Mrs Messler used dance as a new and fun way to engage and teach her Algebra students. Mrs. Messler found a popular TikTok dance that the students liked, and she made up her own dance version of it to teach her students about parent functions. The dance was a unique way for students to learn the shapes that each of the parent functions make when they are graphed on a coordinate plane. 
 
 
 
THE BALANCING STRATEGY OF BRAIN BREAKS
Thanks to the pandemic, screen time is dominating our lives right now, which means balancing strategies are needed to ensure we aren’t always plugged-in. Clairbourn School teachers are great at this.  Even in traditional school, our teachers help students find balance so they stay productive.  Cara Barker’s middle school classes (featured in the video below) are a great example of using the “brain breaks” strategy to make sure students stay healthy, productive, and focused—and this is something everyone can easily do at home to recharge and rebalance their minds and bodies while learning remotely. Read The Full Blog Post

 
 
Students in Grades 5-8 were given a PE assignment to create an At-Home Obstacle Course. To add more excitment, the assignment was also a contest. PE teachers Mrs. DeVasto and Mr. Ball chose the winners based on their creativity, constant or variety of movement, number and variety of obstacles, use of equipment, and their effort put into the project. Watch the video below to see some of their creative courses.


STUDENTS TEACH SPORT SKILLS FOR PE CLASS
Students in middle school were given an assignment to make instructional videos on their favorite sport, skill, or exercise. Below are videos on fencing, archery, and soccer.
 
 
 
Kevin Teaches Soccer


VIRTUAL ART SHOW OF CLAIRBOURN STUDENT WORK
At the end of the school year, Art Teacher Hayley Ball put together a giant art show that takes over the entire gymnasium to showcase student work. Because of the shelter-at-home order, she put together instead this K-8 virtual art show of student work. 
 
 

Inspiring Alumni: COVID Caring

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM ALUMNI TIFFANY CHANG
 
Tiffany Chang, from Clairbourn’s Class of 2018, sees the opportunities embedded in every crisis. She credits Clairbourn for the optimistic thoughts that inspired an award-winning video she made for the Center for Future Global Leaders (CFGL) Young Artist Competition. She says, “I will always be grateful to Clairbourn as the school has always taught me to look at the positive side of every situation and to stay optimistic even during the most difficult times. I will never forget the important life lessons Clairbourn instilled in me.”

Her “Leaders of Tomorrow Video During the Pandemic” project was designed for parents and students, and reveals a path out of hopelessness by making a point of looking at the brighter side of the stay-at-home-order and disruptions to normal routines.  Read the Full Blog Post




 
ALUMNI INSPIRATION: SARAH SOZA, VIOLA PLAYER
The video above was prepared especially for the Clairbourn Community to help us all cope with the stay-at-home order and pandemic. For anyone who’s had the privilege of watching Sarah Soza from the Clairbourn Class of 2015 perform, there is no doubt about her extraordinary talent and her passion for music. Many of her memories from Clairbourn relate to the music program, where she loved music class and loved playing for the school ensemble. Currently, Sarah is a first year student at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in music, with a specialization in viola performance. Originally a violin player, Sarah switched over to viola at the beginning of her senior year in high school. Read the Full Sarah Soza Interview Here.
 

COVID 19 REFLECTIONS: MEI-TUNG CHEN
Mei-Tung Chen, from the Class of 2017, is currently a junior at Flintridge Preparatory School. Not only is she passionate about math and science, but she is also huge fan of literature—an enthusiasm first nurtured at Clairbourn. Her interest in writing is evident in her role as the Editor-in-Chief of the satire literary magazine at Prep called The Yell. In the following interview, we asked Mei-Tung about her reflections on this period of social distancing. Read the Interview


CHRISTIAN YEGHNAZAR: COVID-19 PROBLEM-SOLVER
Christian, an alum from Clairbourn's Class of 2013, reached out to us this week to share a project he co-created to help high school students."COVID-19 is affecting people everywhere, and one of these affected groups are high school students trying to choose a college. They can't visit any campuses, and have little to no touch points with the schools that will help set the tone for their lives.
 
To help solve this, John-Paul Velasquez and I built a free platform (JoinCollegeConnect.com) to match high school students, with questions about college, with current college students who can answer them. Our hope is that through conversations with college students, high schools juniors and seniors will be able to make more informed decisions on which school to apply or go to while taking some stress out of the process.
 
This is a time when the best in people can shine, and this a great opportunity whether you are a parent, college student, high school student, or even a recent grad to help out! If you'd like to join, or share the website with someone who should, do so here!" Join College Connect
 
Christian attends USC's Marshall School of Businesswhere he is the president of Spark SC, iUSC's student-led hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, running various initiatives whose mission is to inspire a culture of innovation, expose students to their creative potential, and connect makers across diverse communities.
 
 
COVID-19 REFLECTIONS: ALUM NINA LUO, TECHNOLOGIST AND HUMANITARIAN
A deep thinker, with a thirst for knowledge and an agent of change, Nina Luo from the Class of 2018 is determined to improve our world through journalism and technology. Her motivation, which was nurtured and shaped at Clairbourn school, is to help others and save lives. She wants to make a positive impact on our society and world. After becoming aware that Nina recently published several COVID-19 related articles on WeChat and was starting a website featuring overlooked and under-reported news, we caught up with her to ask about her current projects and future endeavors. Read The Full Interview
 
 

Shared Talents Bring Cheer

This student performed a soprano aria called, "A Mio Babbino Caro," from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini. She performed for the East Meets West Parent Education Club's Mother's Day Virtual Concert held on Sunday, May 10. Forward the video to the 10min 26 second time mark to see her sing.


This dad, along with his second and fourth-grade sons, shared their musical talents during this time of social distancing at home, and played Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” which means “Long live life.” 


 
BROTHER & SISTER FIDDLER FRIDAY PERFORMANCE
Continuing the Morning Assembly Fiddler Friday tradition, These siblings in Grade 6 and Grade 3 picked a simple and fun duet piece to play for the Clairbourn Community during this safer-at-home time. The piece is "Marche Celebre" by De Beriot.

 
 
This fifth-grader recorded a recitation of the poem, "Jìng Yè Sī Quiet Night Thoughts" by Tang Dynasty Poet Li Bai.  He did the recording and video editing and plays the jinhu (Chinese bowed string instrument used primarily in Beijing Opera). Learn more about the poem here.  
 
A Fifth-grader wrote an original song over the last couple weeks about being stuck at home. His song is called "Just Another Day." 
 
 
 
STUDENT REMAKE: "Everything I Wanted"
This student remade the song "Everything I Wanted," by Billie Eilish, with her own words to express how many people are feeling about the pandemic and to offer a message of hope. 
 
 
 
A Clairbourn fifth-grader has a new Youtube channel where he posts his own artisic performance videos. His latest recording is of a Tang Dynasty poem celebrating the value and depth of friendship.  He made the recording to bring people cheer and hope during this time of sheltering in place as well as to celebrate Chinese culture. This is a poem with four lines and seven-words in a line, which is one of the traditional ways of writing ancient Chinese poetry. In the last two sentences, the poet uses metaphor and exaggeration to express the idea that even though the Peach Blossom Pool is thousands of feet deep, his Wang Lun's expression of friendship is deeper than that. Learn more about this poem and poet Li Bai.
 
Li Bai sat aboard a ship about to go,
 
On shore bursts of farewell song overflow.
 
A thousand feet deep the Lake of Peach Blossoms may be,  
 
But not more than Wang Lun‘s love for me.
 
 
 
 
 

Students Helping Others

 
 
PANDEMIC PACKETS TO THE RESCUE!
 
Clairbourn Girl Scouts in Troop 4831 made special pandemic safety kids for homeless adult and kids staying at the Door of Hope. Erin B. made 12 masks, and Hayden Y., Sophia R., Elena R., Hayden Y., and Melanie Y. collected 40 sets of head phones (to help with homework),150 sanitizer bottles, and $400 worth of Target gift cards. They then assembled everything into packets to distribute at the Door of Hope. Way to go scouts!


ADOPTING A SENIOR
An eighth grade Clairbourn student, about to miss her own traditional graduation because of pandemic restrictions, adopted a senior through her mother/daughter volunteer group called the National Charity League (NCL). Each senior received a sign to post in their yard, a mailed letter of encouragement, a sweet treat, and a small gift delivered to their home. Throughout the week, this eighth-grader dropped off fun gifts to her adopted senior to use in college. She gifted a bottle of Tide, a clothes bag, $10 in quarters, a gift card to Target and Starbucks, and a note that said “Congrats Senior, you will have LOADS of fun in college.” NCL will end the week with a drive-by parade in front of the seniors' homes. 


 
FUN FOR NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN
A student in Clairbourn's Kindergarten created a chalk obstacle course on her neighborhood sidewalk so that other kids in the area could have an enjoyable activity. The family also created a second Easter-themed course, and the mailman even joined in on the fun with their family. 
 
 
KEEPING US SAFE - STUDENT MAKES HAND SANITIZER
This fourth-grader has been busy filling hand sanitizer orders through his company's website to help keep people safe. Feeling fortunate to have what he needs during this time, he wanted to give back by making a monthly donation to nokidhungry.org to help kids get the nourishment they need to thrive. (Several years ago, at the age of four, he started a student-run business at Clairbourn's Entrepreneurial Fair called HeathMadeLA which sells sanitzers, lotions, balms, and deodorants, and other wellness products. Heath continues to grow this business and expand his entrepreneurial skills. 
 
 
 
BAKING FOR NEIGHBORS
A fourth-grader made cupcakes to give away to neighbors to bring them joy while they are sheltering in place!

 
 
GRATITUDE FOR FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS
A Kindergarten student decorated her front door to thank delivery workers for their hard work during the pandemic. She also wrote and mailed letters to some of her classmates telling them how much she misses them. She also joyfully donated some of her preschool toys and books to children in need so that, during this time of social distancing, other children would have toys and books to keep them occupied at home.

 
 
MAKING OUTDOOR TIME MEANINGFUL
A fifth-grader put a teddy bear in the window of his house to help children in his neighborhood participate in the global teddy bear scavenger hunt. Clairbourn Headmaster Dr. Patzlaff mentioned this activity in her Wednesday Morning Assembly Video, and the idea originated with the book Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  Learn how to safely stay socially distanced and join a bear hunt.


 
TAKING CARE OF DELIVERY WORKERS
A first-grader and her Pre-K brother are taking care of the delivery workers who are helping to keep their family supplied with needed items while they shelter in place.  The first-grader noticed her family was getting a lot of deliveries, and she asked her parents if the delivery drivers could get sick driving around everywhere. When she learned their job has a higher risk of exposure, she and her brother asked for permission to leave small hand sanitizer spray bottles and snacks for the drivers. Their father reports, "The hand sanitizers are jumping off our porch like toilet paper at Costco! And the drivers are very appreciative and grateful when they see us!"

 

 
HELPING WITH COMMUNITY SAFETY
A Clairbourn fourth-grader heard that there was a shortage of protective face masks. Over the Spring Break, she thought it would be a good idea to try and make them. Now her whole family is protected!

Community Care Guide

SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

 
Hasbro and Design for Change USA started a social media challege for kids to #DoGoodFromHome. For every kind act shared with hashtag #DoGoodFromHome, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to organizations providing care to the children of COVID-19 essential workers, up to 25,000 toys and games. Donations will be made all around the world! To participate, pick a group affected by COVID-19, think of a kind act or get ideas for doing good, share on social media with the hashtag #DoGoodFromHome, and challenge others to participate. (see link above for more details)
 
EDUTAINMENT
 
Crash Course Kids
 
CONNECT KIDS
 
Class Dojo
Marco Polo iOS / Android
 
LIVE ANIMAL STREAMS
 
Georgia Aquarium
 
STORYTIME
 
Story Pirates
Dr. Seuss (rap version)
 
LIBRARIES ONLINE
 
Arcadia Library 
 
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Complete List
 
Learning Tools
 
Science Tools
 
 
 
   
 
Miscellaneous 
Lessons from TED-ed
Great Courses
Geoguesser Geography
 
Music
(registration required) 
 
ENRICHMENT
 
Art Enrichment
 
 
 
Virtual Field Trips
Dairy Farm
Virtual Family Road Trips*
*Shared by St. Paul's GS Troop 304
 
Shows & Theaters
Broadway Plays/Musicals
 
 
 
Virtual Travel
AirPano
 
FEEDING THE FAMILY
 
Food Bank Donation
 
CAREER HELP
 

Get a Coursera Certification: To help the unemployed, "The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is teaming up with state governments in the U.S. and the leadership of countries around the world to offer 3,800 courses at no cost from top universities and corporations, including Amazon and Google.The free courses, which usually cost $399 a year, are focused on skills and professional certifications that will help out-of-work individuals find new jobs in high-demand sectors."

Don't be like this boss who accidentally turned herself into a potato for an entire staff meeting. Maintaining a professional presence in virtual meetings can be easy achieved by following six tips shared by author Joel Schwartzberg on the Harvard Business Review website hbr.org. 
14 Free Professional Backgrounds
10 Free Backgrounds - Huntington Library
100 Free Stunning Backgrounds
High-End Backgrounds - $29-$99
 
FINANCIAL HELP
 
Business Relief Programs
CARES Act 
Food and Bill Assistance 
 
KEEPING FIT
 
 
Showing Gratitude

FEEL GOOD NEWS
 

SMILE BOOSTERS

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Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
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