May 31, 2019 This Friday concluded the year of 2018-2019 lunchtime science at Wade Thomas Elementary School. We invited Brian Kaplan, science teacher and founder of Mobile Maker Club, to share his incredible collection of maker projects. The truck was
May 24, 2019 We’ve noticed the fascination in the students’ eyes when looking at the Newton’s cradle in motion. So we brought back the toy and let everyone have a chance to play. We also encouraged building a long line
May 17, 2019 What’s a better way to wrap up a week than to make a stop-motion animation using with Stop Motion Studio app? But before we worked creatively in teams on the script and play dough characters, we talked
May 3, 2019 With so much unusual rain, we focused on the properties of water this week. Aside from free play using spray bottles, pipettes, beakers, and a small pool filled with water, we did some specific experiments such as:
Now that the weather has cleared up, we will be Walking and Rolling to School on Wednesday! Bring your punch cards, the year end prize drawing is coming up!
As we near the end of the school year, please remember that our new ONLINE FAMILY DIRECTORY is a great resource for staying in touch over the Summer! If you have not yet opted in, you have until the last
World Cultural Month is underway at Wade Thomas and the flags are up! International Day will be on May 29th and will feature each class’s dance performance, a picnic and a special assembly. We’re looking forward to all of it!
UPDATE: THE RVSD PICNIC HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. STAY TUNED FOR A RESCHEDULE IN THE FALL!! Fun for the family! Join the RVSD community on Sunday May 19th for an afternoon of games, food, and fun!
Wednesday, May 8th is National Bike to School Day! Please bring your punchcards or pick one up that morning at the Walk and Roll table outside of the Multipurpose Room. There will be a drawing for a prize at the
Join the Marin County Office of Education for an opportunity to get more involved in RVSD’s work on “excellence through equity”. Tuesday May 7 5-7:30pm.
April 26, 2019 This Monday was Earth Day, so we celebrated the belated holiday by learning about the structure of our planet. Using colored play dough, students constructed the Earth: inner and outer core, inner (mesosphere, asthenosphere) and outer (lithosphere)
April 19, 2019 This Friday we looked at various maps, reviewed cardinal directions, talked about the Earth’s magnetic field, learned how to use a compass, and played with magnets. We marked four directions around a center of a circle on
April 18, 2019 Who can resist colorful plastic blocks and the endless building possibilities they present? Today we had a visitor from the original Play-Well Marin activity center (founded in 1997) right her in San Anselmo, the first of what became
April 5, 2019 It’s springtime, and time to think of what to grow in the garden. On this Friday, kids came by the Science Fridays area to play in the dirt and plant some seeds. We are looking forward to
Camp Galileo mixes day camp fun with hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Kids grow from Camp Galileo (pre-K – 5th grades) through Galileo Summer Quest (entering 5th – 8th grades), emerging as
We are pleased to announce we have entered into an agreement with the YMCA to provide before and after school childcare at Wade Thomas next year. We are grateful to San Anselmo Preschool for the program they have provided for
March 29, 2019 We gave an introduction to the periodic table of elements by showing the everyday stuff (water, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, sugar, vinegar, baking soda), and its molecular composition and talked about how the same building blocks (Hydrogen,
Please join us for Open House at Wade Thomas next week! Classrooms will be open from 6:00-7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 3rd. Seeing our young Mustangs proudly show off their accomplishments and share their learning is something I look forward
Join us in the Library on Wednesday 3/27, 6-7:30pm for our monthly WTPA Meeting. Bring your questions, share your ideas, and meet new people! This is a great way to learn what is going on at school and to get
It’s that time of the year again! The Wade Thomas Book Fair is next week, April 1-5. All proceeds from the book fair go to the YES Ross Valley Schools Foundation. We’d love your help! Click here to sign up
Wade Thomas Campus Cleanup Day is this Sunday, March 31 from 9am-4pm. This day is so important to keeping our campus looking good and functional because there are so many things that the district requires we do on our own!
March 22, 2019 Students had fun playing with the classic Newton’s Cradle, making paper spinners (cardboard paper circle + toothpick), creating paper rollercoasters (paper + tape), hula hooping, and reading science books. Many shared their knowledge of forces of acceleration
March 15, 2019 Students were given open-ended play materials—paper and scissors, cardboard and tape—and were tasked to create houses, furniture, roads, or anything they liked. The design process “ideate/build/test/revise/share” came naturally through the exercise. Older students collaborated to build a
March 8, 2019 Students could choose three different activities to study light absorption, reflection and refraction. We lowered the lights and turned on a lamp directed at a cardboard box with tracing paper. Kids could either play with pre-cut shapes
March 1, 2019 Touch, sight, smell and hearing were the four human senses we focused on today, before heading out to use the fifth—taste—during lunch. Touch experiment: guessing a round object in a box (orange, apple, tennis ball, etc.) while
February 15, 2019 A stack of printer paper and some tape was all kids needed to turn this week’s 25 minutes of lunch recess into flight experiment lab. Younger students focused on learning how to fold paper while the older
February 1, 2019 Playing detectives, during this lunch science time students collected evidence—took fingerprints, looked at hair through microscope, and measured footprints with rulers—to dismiss themselves as suspects in “Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?” crime scene. Also:
January 25, 2019 With a few boxes of spaghetti, plastic ties donated by the local grocery store, rubber bands, paper tape, and clumps of clay, students embarked on a 25 minute challenge to build spaghetti bridges. We looked at different
January 18, 2019 During lunch Math Lab, students solved magic squares, learned how to draw circles with drafting compass, built triangles using toothpicks, learned about fractals and solved tangram challenges.
Shop this week to win bagels for our hardworking teachers! If 25 Wade Thomas families place a Good Eggs order over $100 this week, they will send bagels for our teachers to enjoy! How to join the fundraiser Visit http://schools.goodeggs.com/ 2. Enter the