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What Does it Mean to be an Ally?

What Does it Mean to be an Ally? Hello KA families, This week we began to explore the incredible symmetry found in monarch butterflies. We also talked about friendship and what it means to be a good friend. As you know, it was Ally Week at Baker, and for us that meant thinking about what

What the Water Taught Us

Dear Families, Last week while pumping water through PVC pipes we watched as it went down a storm drain in the parking lot. This led to us developing some new “wonderings” such as: What is a storm drain? Where does the water go? What is pollution? How does pollution change the water? Who needs clean

Purposeful Learning through Cooking

Hello Families- Last week we spent two days cooking with the children.  Noah made banana chocolate chip muffins with the children on Wednesday and on Friday the children made their own little pizzas.  All of the children loved the muffins (even without the forgotten cup of sugar!)  I have added the recipe below for you

Four Ways Parents Can Support Our School

Kindergarten students reading Piggy and Gerald together during morning choice time   One of the best parts about Baker is the committed, engaged community of parents who go the extra mile to support the school. More than 100 parents attended our September Back-to-School Night/ State-of-the-School events. During these recent gatherings and throughout the summer, parent

The Wonderful Ways We Learn at Baker

September 15, 2018 Dear Families, It was wonderful to meet with you at our Back to School Night last Thursday. I hope you all found the evening to be informative and enjoyable. Emma and I loved showing you a bit of our first grade life. I sent home packets for those of you who were

Adventurous Teaching: Taking Science to the Next Level

Baker teachers are a curious, adventurous group. In this centennial year, teacher orientation week began with this question: How can we design an integrated science study for the whole school that engages students in a real-world problem and engages students with field study and community partnerships? Four Baker teams head out into the city for

Back-to-School Transitions

 First Graders studied bridges during the first week of school. How did  this week’s back-to-school transition go for your family? Was your child eager to get to Baker every day? Or, has your child  spent the first few days observing their environment, straddling that fence of uncertainty and curiosity? Children, depending upon their age and

How to Have an Amazing Year

On this first day of school, I walked through Baker classrooms where I observed a group of preschoolers   busily creating a meal in the outdoor kitchen, while another group talked about the food they were making by rolling, cutting, and shaping clay. Our 4th graders were planning an afternoon exploration to the lake – complete

A Week in the Life of Baker First Graders

Posted by Melissa Makagon Taking a Stand Against Racism with our Buddies First graders joined with our fifth grade buddies to participate in a discussion about racism and make posters for the Stand Against Racism. As you know, these discussions are not just a one time event but infused in our curriculum all year. This

A Love of Learning: Living History at Baker

Posted by Kerah Sandler Progressive Principle #3: We cultivate each child’s inherent love of learning We were so fortunate this week to experience Civil War Living History Day! Students participated in six programs during this immersive experience on Monday: Medicine, Artillery, Infantry, Music, and Photography, and a visit from Harriet Tubman. During the Medicine program,