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April 16, 2010

Inside this issue: Spring Picture Day High School Excursions Washington D.C. Trip AP Testing SAT 10 Testing Pizza Fridays

In 500 Words or Less Spring Break Adventures Yearbooks College Fair

Spring Picture Day April 23

Quarry Lane Events Spring Picture Day There will be an optional picture day on April 23. Spring pictures are more casual and middle school students are allowed to wear free dress. A few weeks later, Lifetouch will be delivering the photos and parents will have the option to buy AFTER they see the finished product. High School Excursions There are two exciting overnight excursions planned for high school students in May. Freshman and Sophomores: Students in grades 9 and 10 are invited to an o ve rn ig h t camping and river rafting trip, May 2123. This 2-night trip will include transportation, camping, meals and rafting gear for just $330. Contact Athletic Director Harr at for more info or to sign up. Juniors and Seniors: Students in grades 11 and 12 will experience San Francisco like never before! May 21 and 22, enjoy a cultural walking tour, Chinese banquet, ghost tour and more! For additional info, email M r s . F l y n n a t

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By Kelley Foulk, Assistant to the Upper School Director

Washington D.C. Trip It’s official: Students in grades 7 and 8 will be tr a ve l i n g to Washington D.C. June 2 - 8. (Finals will take place before the trip.) More details will be sent via e-mail.

In 500 Words or Less

Watch the award winning documentary "n 500 Words or Less for a glimpse into the lives of regular high school students on the road to college. Perfect for students in grades 8 through 11 and their families. Admission is FREE! April 23, 7 pm AP Testing AP Testing will take place May 3 in the Dublin Villa. -4. Students will be informed of test locations ahead of time. Spring Break Adventures See photos Students are excused from all classes on any day they take an AP from Quarry exam. Lane students’ Spring Break on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter to get news, updates SAT 10 Testing Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and reminders from Quarry Lane will be taking the SAT 10 exam instantly! during the week of April 26. Please remember that students should Yearbooks get plenty of sleep and eat full, It’s not too late to get your healthy breakfasts. 2009-2010 yearbook! This year’s Catamount WILL sell out so don’t delay. Order yours ASAP for only Pizza Fridays Support our graduating seniors $60 in the upper or lower school and have a delicious pizza lunch! offices. The senior class of Quarry Lane will be selling pizza at lunch on College Fair Friday’s until the It’s never too early to start end of the school thinking about college! Register today for the East year (April 23, Bay College Fair; 30, May 7, 14, 28). Purchase a slice of Costco pizza May 8 at St. Mary’s College. Dozens of and a bottle of water for just $5! local and out-ofstate colleges will be represented.

April 16, 2010

Inside this issue: imagine1day Project Apex Math Spring Pictures SAT 10 Exams

imagine1day Help the children of Ethiopia

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Quarry Lane Events imagine1day Project The first grade classes, with the support of Ms. Gross, Mrs. Olson and Mrs. Bhatti, will be introducing the imagine1day Project to the lower school on Tuesday, April 20 during a morning assembly. imagine1day is a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity to be directly connected to projects that provide primary education for children in Ethiopia, Africa. Ethiopia is one of the world's 10 poorest nations. Despite this, Ethiopia remains full of promise and its government is cooperative and committed to education for all. QLS students will be introduced to the imagine1day organization and the amazing work that they support, promote and facilitate in Ethiopia, Africa. The project that our first graders, and the entire school, will participate in will be focused on the Abada community. The community of Abada is located in the Northern Mountains of Ethiopia in a region called Tigray. imagine1day began its work with this community early in 2008. Currently, the only access to Abada is by way of a 45 minute hike straight uphill. The total population of Abada is 2,115 men, women and children living in 310 households. The Abada Primary School Quality Classroom Project will aid with the support of faculty and leadership training to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning environment within the Abada Primary School. Our

By Gabrielle Denton, Lower School Director goal is to be able to provide the educational community with the following: • Science Kits and Science Teacher Training • Crea tive writing supplies, training, and opportunities for professional development • Educational workshops that will provide training for educators to establish school clubs and any needed materials and facilities that will allow students to form and participate in school clubs • Active Learning Teacher Training • Sports and Art Day: A three day, district wide, inter-school sport and art compe tition held amongst all of the schools involved with imagine1day. Participants will have the chance to travel outside of their rural community to compete against children from other schools in running, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, singing, dance and academics. Apex Math Competition We are excited to announce that The Quarry Lane School will bring two teams from grades 4 and 5 to the Apex Math Competition. The students, led by fifth grade teacher Shari Liebman, will compete in team and individual events focused on logical problem solving with students from a variety of private and public schools from around the greater Bay Area. The competition will be held Saturday, May 22. Best of luck to our contestants!

Spring Pictures Friday, April 23 is spring picture day for grades Jr.K through 12. Spring pictures are optional and your student should inform their teacher if they want to be photographed. Students may wear free dress for spring pictures. The payment format is different from the beginning of the year photos. Parents will be able to preview all the photos before purchasing, so you pay only for the sheets of prints that you like. If you decide you do not want to purchase any of the photos, you may return them to the school office. Photo reminders will be sent home on April 16. SAT 10 Exams Students will be taking the SAT 10 exam from April 26 to April 30. Please make sure your children are well rested and have had a good breakfast. Testing will begin promptly at 8:10 a.m. so it is critical that you are on time. (8 a.m. at the Pleasanton East campus.) Any child who is tardy must wait in the office until the testing period is over, no students will be admitted to the classroom once the door has been shut and testing has begun. If your child misses an exam, the make-up test will be held the next day.

April 16, 2010

Inside this issue: Little Kids, Big Fun Upcoming Events

Pre-K Conferences April 19-23

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Week of the Young Child Week of the Young Child This week at the Quarry Lane School, we celebrated the Week of the Young Child. Each day this week we had a special, fun event for the children. M on d a y was Bubble Day. The children in each age group enjoyed the magic of blowing bubbles, watching them float and pop in the air and on their skin. Tuesday was Sidewalk Chalk Day. This was a fun day as the children got to be creative and express themsel ves th r o u g h art in lar ge chalk drawings and classic outdoor games played with chalk. The children were a little dusty afterward, but they enjoy it so much. Wednesday was Movie Day. This was a rare treat for the children as their school days are spent learning, playing, socializing, exploring and discovering. To get to see a short movie at school is out of the ordinary and exciting for the

By Jennifer Silva, Director - Pleasanton East

little ones, children. It was great to see the I am sure excitement on their faces as they you know reacted to what was happening on how spethe screen. cial they Thursday was Popsicle Day. As the weather warms up, a popsicle are. Let the Week of the Young is the perfect sweet and cool treat Child serve as a reminder to all of for the children. Sticky fingers and us to remember what a gift children are.

colored rings around the mouth and tongues always make for a good time and great photo opportunities! Friday was Water Table Day, another great warm weather activity. All of the children loved splashing and playing in the water tables. They love to float the boats and rubber ducks and dump water from cups and through funnels. We always have a few children who get carried away and end up with a cup of water over their head or even over their friend’s head. The Week of the Young Child is a week where we can really show the children how we feel about them each and every day. As a par-

Upcoming Events • April 26-28 Pleasanton East Spring Pictures April 19-23 Pre-Kindergarten Conferences •

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