February 9, 2018 Room 16 came alive with plants during this Science Fridays. Students studied displays of examples of plant use by humans: perfume, grains, juices, teas, spices, oil, cork, fuel, wooden toys, furniture, and cotton. Students then studied parts
February 2, 2018 As we learn more about life and living organisms, we look into a complex interconnected dependence within an ecosystem. A life on the beach shore is a good example. Students happily recalled family trips to the beach
January 26, 2018 This Friday we talked about the life forms which lived on Earth a long time ago and how we know about them. Students put their paleontologist hats on and dug “fossil” eggs for toy dinosaurs. They also
January 19, 2018 We have switched our lab’s focus to life sciences. We will continue to introduce fundamentals of biology and the study’s fields in the next couple of months. This Friday students learned about DNA. They made a paper
Welcome new Ross Valley School District families! Orientations for TK, Kindergarten, and all new families start this week. We look forward to meeting you! Come to the Wade Thomas library on Thursday 1/18 at 6:30pm, or check out our sister
December 15, 2017 Before heading out to celebrate winter holidays, we got a bit messy in our science lab during the general introduction to chemistry. First, some safety rules: it is essential to never touch or smell an unknown substance.
December 8, 2017 This Friday we played with magnets and explored the invisible force of a magnetic field. Students tested various materials’ response to magnets, sorting out those that can be picked up with a strong magnet and those that
December 1, 2017 All children had a chance to hold various rocks and minerals we are lucky to own at our school. From an amethyst to volcanic rock, lunchtime science visitors enjoyed our “museum” of rock collections. For a more
Come join us THIS Thursday, 6-8pm, for our annual Wade Thomas MAKER NIGHT!! Cyber Garage, Play-Well TEKnologies and WT’s STEAM Team are bringing a fun evening of Maker Activities for all Wade Thomas families, all ages. *Play and take care of dinner
November 17, 2017 This week we taught erosion and the formation of caves, canyons and other landscape features created by water and wind. To demonstrate how rain creates canyons and landslides, we poured water on trays with mounds of dirt.
October 27, 2017 The best way to teach about Earth’s layers during recess? Bring out the colored play dough! We had a very large group of students this week, and they all diligently built a miniature Earth: a rock in
October 20, 2017 The events due to dry weather/lack of precipitation caused schools to cancel last Friday, but we are back this week with more exciting science experiments. We discussed properties of water, condensation, evaporation, convection and the water cycle
October 6, 2017 Ahoy! Coming down from space through exosphere, thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere and troposphere, we land on earth and… which way is the wind blowing? Today students put on their engineering hats to design toy sailboats and test the
September 29, 2017 We are on a roll in the Friday Science Lab! Every elementary school child needs to know the names of the planets in our Solar System, right? We are here to help! Students discussed the eight planets–and
September 22, 2017 Did your family have a chance to see the total solar eclipse this year? We focused this week’s science experiments on the light, heat and energy we receive from the Sun. We also created a scaled version
To all parents of 3rd-5th graders: We’re pleased to announce that Fall Student Council elections are coming up! If you have a future politician on your hands, please talk to your kid about getting involved. Last year we raised money for
September 15, 2017 To the stars! This week our students learned about major stars and constellations, and then proceeded to create their own: a tube for viewing and constellation cards with punched holes. They can make their own at home
September 8, 2017 We start the year with one of the most exciting aspects of living in the 21st century—space travel. We talked about the timeline of space research, astronaut training, building and flying rockets, and our physical location in the universe.
Join us for the school-wide ALL FAMILY Mustang RoundUp picnic, Friday, Sept 15, 5:30-8pm outside on the lower field. Bring your own picnic or enjoy a delicious buffet dinner from Sol Food ($5 per kid/$10 per adult). RSVP, purchase Sol
Save the Date! Wednesday August 30, 6pm is our first WTPA meeting of the new school year! All are welcome to join, whether you’d like to get involved as a volunteer (view open positions here) or just want to hear
A huge welcome back to all of our Mustang Families! We hope you and your child(ren) are looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year! Wondering what the Wade Thomas Parents Association is up to? Take a moment to check out
Welcome Kindergarten families!! Please join us on campus Tues August 22 at 11am, for Ready, Set, Go! This Kindergarten welcome is an opportunity for your student to meet their teacher and see their classroom. Meet & greet, followed by refreshments.
Calling all Kindergarten families! Please join us on campus Aug 9 at 4pm for pizza and fun! This is a great way for you and your children to connect with other K families before Summer ends…
The deadline to order class supplies through SchoolKidz.com has passed. As an alternative, you can visit www.buildakit.net to customize your own kit, and have it shipped to your home. Or, you can always purchase supplies on your own. Supply lists,
Welcome to Wade Thomas and the Mustang Family! We know new families have lots of questions – and the Wade Thomas Parent Association has answers! Read on for a list of FAQs and helpful information for you and your child.
June 9, 2017 Approaching the end of the school year, we put on our party hats and brought the best experiments from the year’s worth of Science Fridays. There were: stomp rockets, Zoomy digital microscope, MakeyMakey piano, Keva blocks, BlueOrange
June 2, 2017 In this Friday lab session we discussed the importance of our senses, primarily, the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing and vision. For sense of touch experiment, we filled a box with similarly sized round objects: an
That’s right, anyone can be in the WTPA (Wade Thomas Parent Association)! No experience required! There are so many ways to get involved at Wade Thomas. Our kids aren’t the only ones who have fun here! We welcome all who
May 26, 2017 As the long weeks of state testing came to a close, we chose to provide lots of opportunities for the children to move during the lunchtime science session. First, we had the students propose a hypothesis about
May 19, 2017 We were thrilled to have the San Anselmo firefighters visit our Science Fridays this week! The men explained what they do in medical emergencies, demonstrated their first aid kits, tools and procedures and answered many questions. Students