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PLAID Shows The Film: Class Divide

On October 18, PLAID showed the film Class Divide as part of their ongoing film series.

PLAID’s mission is to support a vibrant and inclusive environment in which all members of the community can celebrate their authentic selves. 

We foster open dialogue through family programs, parent education, and community outreach.

Class Divide highlights the recent effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school (Avenues) sits directly across the street from public housing projects.

The film made the following points (among others):

-Wealthy people can often feel poor in relation to others who are more well off

-The creation of the High Line walking area in New York City led to rapid gentrification

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Technology, Physical Education, and The Hamlin Creed

Grade 6 students are working in teams to design an app that describes what they are learning in their PE rotations and how those skills relate to The Hamlin Creed.

The apps have four screens — one home screen and one screen for each rotation (climbing, dance, and group sports). Each student is responsible for creating one screen that describes the current rotation. The team works together to make the home screen.

Students brainstormed what the app would look like, considering colors, button types, and font size, while designing a uniform appearance for all four screens.

Below is an example of a screen that incorporates courage and respect from The Hamlin Creed:

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Hamlin Provides Northern California Fire Relief

On October 6, The Hamlin School (led by Grade 8 students) launched a drive to support hurricane victims in Florida and Texas. On October 10, students arrived to school smelling smoke from the horrific fires burning in nearby Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Solano counties. With a quick pivot, the Hamlin community shifted efforts to support victims of the Northern California fires. (Some supplies will still go to hurricane victims). Many students and faculty have friends and relatives who have lost homes and are coping with tremendous loss.

On October 13, we dropped off a large SUV worth of Hamlin-donated items to the Bay Marin Community Church in San Rafael. The church is very dialed in to the needs of the firefighters and shelters serving Napa, Windsor, and Petaluma. Altogether, the church is distributing goods all day and night to thousands of evacuated people.

We are continuing to collect your generous donations. The Bay Marin Community Church updates their specific list of needs every few hours.
You can see their updates by visiting: http://baymarin.org/wildfire-update/
Below is a current list. Other items in demand are: cots, face masks, pack ‘n plays. Gift cards are also always appreciated.

 

10/13 10:45am

Urgent Needs: (Please help us meet to Urgent needs of local Fire Fighters)

  • Men’s underwear
  • Granola/food bars
  • Gatorade
  • Undershirts
  • Foot powder (Gold Bond Extra Strength)
  • Tube Socks

Current Needs (It’s getting cold at night):

  • New sweatshirts
  • New jackets
  • New sweatpants

Please continue to drop off items at either the Stanwood or McKinne entrances to The Hamlin School.

Northern California Fires: Healing Through Writing

Sometimes I write letters to help me feel, to help me think and to help me mend. We tried this today in light of our hearts being so very broken. 
-Hamlin Grade 3 Teacher, Brandy Garcia

Designing Record Album Covers

Recently, grade 4 artists had the opportunity to design their own original artwork for record album covers. The students picked a record title out of a hat and were not allowed to look at the artwork of the real album. The girls were then challenged to design their own cover using the title. During the activity students listened to songs from each album, learning some popular music history along the way.

Education Outdoors

The Hamlin School’s edifice is in San Francisco, but its education reaches out to the ocean, the trees, the rivers, the mountains, and up towards the starry night sky.

The Hamlin School provides a robust Outdoor Education program that allows students to explore a variety of places in and around the Bay Area for one to five nights depending on grade and location. By graduation our students will have backpacked, hiked, camped, climbed, white water rafted, cross-country skied, and played in forests, seashores, mountains, and rivers across Northern California.

Our Outdoor Education trips have begun. Grade 4 recently returned from an adventure in the Marin Headlands.

The following are all the trips Grades 3-8:

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Building A Story Quilt

Students in Ms. Feldman’s art class are creating story quilts inspired by the work of artist Faith Ringgold.

Faith Ringgold, is a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist who lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Ms. Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where she taught art from 1987 until 2002. Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees. 

Ms. Feldman is personally enriched by Ms. Ringgold’s art. She’s an African American woman from Harlem, she was sick as a youngster, I’m inspired by her backstory. She creates art based on who she is, I want students to look at who they are.

The students wrote briefly about two memories, then chose one to sketch out in pencil. Using the sketch, students create a layered visual image from sewed and embroidered felt pieces.

Here is the draft for the work seen above.

These pieces will be displayed on the 1st floor of Stanwood in the coming weeks.

You can watch a brief interview with Faith Ringgold here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Comf9SetjRA&feature=youtu.be

 

Grade 7 Students Volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank

On September 28, Grade 7 students volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank and participated in a Hunger 101 simulation. This experience was part of their ongoing study of food insecurity and homelessness. Throughout the year students will be learning more about these issues. Many students will volunteer with Lava Mae, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, and hygiene for thousands of people in San Francisco. In the spring, Hamlin students will put their own problem-solving skills to work as part of our Rise to the Challenge project. For RTC they will conduct intense research and come up with action-oriented solutions.

As more and more people struggle to make ends meet, the need for the SF-Marin Food Bank has grown in recent years. On a weekly basis 30,000 families are fed by the SF-Marin Food bank through 450 Bay Area community partners. Before volunteering, Hamlin students took a brief tour of the warehouse and learned about the mission and overall operation. The girls worked for about 2 hours and packed 2300 pounds of brown rice and 1400 pounds of frozen corn.

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Hurricane Relief Bake Sale

Guest post by Hamlin parents, Wayne and Marina.

When the various hurricanes hit over the past few weeks, the devastation they had on those regions did not go unnoticed in our household. Ella, our 6-year-old, was especially affected by what happened — saddened by the sight of homes under water and the thought of people losing everything they have (including their pets!).

A few days ago she approached us and asked, “Can we do something to help the people hurt by the hurricanes?” So we talked about the various things we could do to show our support and agreed to host a bake sale and donate all proceeds to hurricane relief.

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Dr. Michael G. Thompson Speaks at Hamlin

On September 25, The Hamlin School welcomed world-renowned psychologist, Dr. Michael G. Thompson.

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons (Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.” The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. Dr. Thompson’s newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published by Ballantine Books in May of 2012.

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