Hello Parents!

I hope all of you had a great weekend and much needed time with your children!  We were busy at Berthold!  The children continue to exceed and grow and we keep up the work to follow them!  As we move closer to next year Rodney and I are able to now look back on the first half of the year and see many growths, challenges, and exciting times to come.  We meet them all head on with determination, grit, and compassion for all Berthold's amazing students.

One of the exciting things the Berthold team gets to participate in this year is to help our partners in silicon valley AltSchool to develop a platform of applications suited specifically for Berthold Academy, aligning with our core mission to value academic and social emotional education equally.  This transition for our school next year will only require you, our parents to learn how to operate a few applications.  We are working on having someone from AltSchool come out for hands-on demo's and tutorials for our parents.  ( I have seen these applications and knowing our community it will be pretty seamless.)  

The application will consist of two main umbrellas of web-based apps.  

We are so excited to be part of only three other schools in the world to run these applications in our school.  All will allow for deeper, more meaningful education for every child with us. 

- Garrett


This week in Culinary, our students took advantage of the warm spring-like weather and tended to a much work needed garden.  We picked the remaining turnips and roasted them accidentally setting off the fire alarm!  WHOOPS!  The students exited quickly and and quickly were back to their normal routine!  Next Culinary class we will be starting our project to develop our own restaurant from concept to service.


The children covered lesson's 4, 5, and 6 in the book and their work will be attached to their My Homework app 1/30.  I will be sending guitars home with Group 1 from Lower Elementary. If your child comes home with a guitar, please reference their My Homework app for the pages.  If you have any questions please email me.  If your child has a guitar at home please let me know!  It will helps to schedule out the home practice!


This week in Spanish we learned how to express like's and wants.   The children were tasked to find the names of different items they liked and wanted and presented them to the class.  We finished our directional "road block" game as well! Going forward the students will have follow up worksheets in the classroom to reflect what we are studying and may work with them by choice during independent work time.  


This week Upper el continued work on purchasing items for their VR compliant computers.  The Zerion Software team came along to assist them in their search.  They were shown the parts of the computer with hands-on exploration of two high-powered machines brought in by the Zerion team!  SO COOL!

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Philadelphia Meeting - THIS THURSDAY @ 3:15!  Applies to Upper El Parents.

Open House @ Berthold - February 11th
Lower El Kennedy Center - February 17th
Presidents Day (School Closed) - February 20th
Second Immersion Period Begins (Upper/Middle) - February 27th