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Husky Highlights



When you toured St James’ remarkable Annual Art Show this year, did you happen to notice a small collage of a cat? Or a dancing lion?

They were significant - not only for how cute they were - but because they were the results of a cognitive exercise that all the faculty took part in. The cat was Mrs. David’s work; the lion was Ms. Arrington’s. The project, called ‘Quilt Pattern Animals and Vehicles’, comes under the banner of “whole brain learning”. Participants were challenged to create animals and forms of transportation out of exactly 25 quilt pattern squares, triangles, buttons and googly eyes. This meant they had to use both left and right sides of their brains – left brain controlling counting, right brain tapping the imagination. Whole Brain Learning is still new, but researchers have found Mrs. David’s Cat

that making analytical tasks more engaging and creative increases the ability to learn and remember. Music, art and theatre not only make for a richer educational experience - but also bring right-brained imagination and synthesis to left brained logic and sequence. And of course, St. James’ is forward-thinking enough to embrace these ideas. The exercise began as a Kindergarten project that was repeated during a faculty workshop.

“I see the Quilt Pattern project as something that echoes the importance of using both sides of the brain as our school moves very deliberately towards marrying creativity, imagination and synthesis to our strong academics,” says Mr. Danenberg.

Anchoring the expansion of the arts at St. James’ is the bedrock art program overseen by Mr. Danenberg. If you had a personalized tour of the art show, you would see that his Ms. Arrington’s Lion insight into art, and the work he does with our students, is extraordinary. To walk through the art show is to walk through a spectacular array art styles and techniques. A child at St. James’ who begins in Kindergarten and finishes in


6th grade does more than simply create art, he or she experiences art history and the progression of ideas that have changed the world. In each grade, there are studies of artistic movements and an opportunity to experiment with these styles. “Case in point is the 3rd grade Cubist Guitar Sculpture project,” explains. Mr. Danenberg. “It not only explored the work of artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, but also explained what Cubism was and where it came from. “Cubism was the first abstract style of modern art. It was influenced by the primal geometric shapes of African masks and probably got the idea of multiple viewpoints from double exposure photography, which was wildly popular in the 1890’s. Being able to teach kids this kind of history is very exciting to me because I want them to understand how new ideas are generated. This lesson isn’t just about the rules of Cubism, it’s about how we create innovation.”

BY LUCY NORLAND MOM OF 3RD GRADER JACK See over leaf for Mr. Danenburg’s Art History Tour


A WALK THROUGH ST. JAMES’ ART HISTORY HAS GOT From Kindergartners studying impressionism to Sixth graders focusing on the work of iconic New York art director George Lois, a walk through the St James’ Art Show is a tour in art history. IMPRESSIONISM Focusing on such paintings as Renoir’s 1876 “Woman with a Parasol in a Garden” and Monet’s 1900 “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny,” Kindergarten students identified the dots, dabs, dashes and strokes used to create the Impressionist style - and then did it themselves using their fingers as paintbrushes. Painting by Megan Kim GEORGIA O’KEEFFE INSPIRED WATERCOLORS The Second Grade Floral Watercolor project used an observation-based watercolor/pastel resist technique to create floral paintings, inspired by the American artist. Painting by Simone Herman FRIDA KAHLO LIZARD PASTELS Mexico’s most famous female artist made many autobiographical, diarylike paintings about her feelings and worries. Third Graders drew lizard pictures and added personal information such as favorite things, meaningful souvenirs, and symbols from travels, sports or activities. Drawing by Haley Colorado FAUVIST SELF-PORTRAIT COLLAGES Inspired by French Fauvists Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy and Maurice de Vlaminck, Fifth Grade students studied the use of vivid and non-naturalistic color in portraits, landscapes and stilllifes to express mood and stir emotion. Then they used mirrors to draw self-portraits, and rendered collages in construction paper with evocative colors. Painting by Lily Nelson VAN GOGH-INSPIRED SUNFLOWER COLLAGES After learning the basic conventions of stilllifes and sunflower anatomy, Second Graders used scrapbook paper and block print paper to create their own sunflowerthemed collages. Picture by Willa Jackson CUBIST GUITAR SCULPTURES Third Graders studied Cubism and the work of artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. After absorbing the Cubist lessons, they also studied the changing portrayal of guitars in art, referencing such iconic paintings as Frans Hal the Elder’s 1620 “Jester with a lute,” and Picasso’s 1903 Blue Period exemplar, “The Old Guitarist.” Sculpture by Thea Davidson

It’s not just the art show that showcases the talents of our students. There is the S.T.E.M fair demonstrating unique, inquisitive minds; and let’s not forget the talent shows and the new St James’ fixture, the Spring concert. Here our glorious leaders of both events, explain why these events are so important in a school.

{Mr. Casey }

In a wonderful evening of songs, the collective musical talents of St. James’ students were celebrated in bona fide concerts! While the pageant and all school chapels provide a meaningful setting for music-making, the spring concert provided a different experience for the kids: performing and receiving well-earned applause. The talent show performances give purpose to hours of practice and provide a vehicle for individual expression. Since the performers choose their own songs or write their own skits, they are fully invested in their acts and are eager for a chance to shine. It takes a great deal of courage for our students to perform in front of

their peers. It is one of those rites of passage that builds both resilience and confidence. Each participant comes away with the sense of “that was scary, but I did it!” For the lower grade students, not yet old enough to qualify, they see their older peers and already begin to plan their big moment. The talent show is a tradition much loved by the students at St. James’. It is a chance for them to celebrate each other within their own community, and it provides them with early performing experiences on safe ground.

{ Mrs. Rodrigues }

The STEM fair is a really exciting event that celebrates all of the fun and wonder of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s important because it provides students with an opportunity to pursue a topic that they are genuinely interested in and show off their knowledge to the entire St. James’ Community. It’s also a great interdisciplinary learning experience as working on a project involves so much more than just science; students illustrate research, planning, and presentation skills in addition to collaborative work and project design. Opportunities such as these are at the heart of the science literacy movement as they help to foster student confidence, skill and curiosity in the STEM fields. Some of this year’s projects included a go kart made from scratch, bridge engineering and solar powered cars.

HOW WE BECAME The St. James’ community took Hollywood by storm for the BECOME Spring Event. Parents and staff strutted down the red carpet in support of our school and raised over a quarter of a million dollars for our arts, technology, and academic enrichment programs. Here’s what a few of us had to say about it. Jeff Hall The place had a great, cool vibe. You walked up and it felt like you

were walking into a real Hollywood event, complete with gawkers and on-lookers. The room was elegant and festive with performers and music… the curtain was pulled back, and this luxurious white room was revealed. The crowd mingled, everyone was dressed to the nines - it was a fun night on the town! Jennifer Kim The “Cirque Du St. James’” was a smashing event; the acrobatics

and venue under the Big Tent were amazing!

Kara Bustos My husband and I had a wonderful time away from our kids,

enjoying adult company, and lounging on the white beds while being dazzled by the acrobat performers! Michele Sanchez It was a great night spending time with our friends at a hip venue where we have never been. (We are just not

that cool!) The atmosphere, the entertainment and Kelley Nelson doing the live auction was so fun!

Mr. Pappas It was great to see everyone all dressed up in a more formal setting. I even wore a sports coat. Olivia Kazanjian It was so nice to see our community come together and be so supportive and encouraging of the bright future

of Saint James’.

Elizabeth White When I walked into the club, I was immediately struck by how chic and sleek the place was. And I have to say that

Deborah David looked FABULOUS in that great short dress she wore! She is a fire cracker that one!

Hyacinth Leus Since the 4th graders (which include my daughter) had just returned from their field trip to Sacramento, I caught

up with a bunch of parent chaperones and got their version of events while enjoying the fantastic air show!

Why I Came Back to St. James As an anxious prospective student, I remember touring St James’ with my mother twenty-nine years ago. We walked through the classrooms and the yard and I looked up at the apartments across the street, which felt like skyscrapers. I can still recall the relief of hearing some familiar voices, calling my name and asking if I would be joining


them. Many of my neighborhood friends attended St James’. Although I was a student at St. James’ for only the 5th and 6th grades, it felt like home. I fondly recall reciting “The Tyger” by William Blake for my 6th grade poetry reading and wearing the distinguished 6th grade vest. Now my eldest son, Miles is in Mrs. Kuramoto’s class and Mae is in Mrs. Kammula’s. They have immersed themselves in many of the activities I enjoyed so much and are also participating in many new forms of enrichment. St. James has grown in many ways since I graduated 25 years ago, with new additions to existing buildings, more state-of-the-art classrooms and other facility enhancements while retaining a strong commitment to its core values. The school continues to place an emphasis on strong

academics, is very committed to diversity of student body and faculty while continuing to care about the character development of the individual students. The presence of my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Dummett speaks to all of these virtues. 6th grade was a formative year for me, and Mrs. Dummett played a large part in that. She prepared me for the rigor of 7th grade academics at Harvard (preWestlake merger) by demanding that I work to the best of my abilities. I am truly thankful for that. I also learned an invaluable lesson in personal integrity. I used that lesson as the focus of my college application essay for Vanderbilt University which I later graduated from. It is because of Mrs. Dummett and the other wonderful teachers at St. James’ that I feel my own children are in good hands which will help shape them into young people with confidence and character.

ST. JAMES’ GOES to Fro m S a cr a me n


From Riley’s Apple Farm! At Riley’s Apple Farm, near San Bernadino, California, our class learned what it would be like for us to live in the Pilgrim days. We learned archery, built a cabin, fetched water, wrote with feather pens, and washed clothes. The girls made corn husk dolls and the boys learned how to make rope. This is probably something pilgrims did during their free time.

DAY 1 by Fleurette Juda, 4th grade

The Pilgrims got up at 4 o’clock in the morning and their biggest meal was lunch. One hardship that we take for granted today, is how long it took to boil water. First, the Pilgrims would get water from the creek. Then, they would have it sit on the fire until it boiled. That took a very long time.

DAY 2 by Gustavo Chavez, 4th grade

We also got to see how Indians made cornmeal. They would have to mash dried corn to make it. The dried corn was very tough, but the new improved way was much faster and easier. They invented a machine that allowed you to put corn in while turning a wheel to grind it. This was much faster than doing it by hand which made it easier to make the cornmeal.

DAY 3 by Luke Riley, 4th grade

We ended our outing with a hay ride across the field. When we got back to school, we got our bonnets, coonskin hats and caramel apples. It was one of the best field trips ever!

By Elia Shim, 3rd Grade

First, we stopped by Sutter’s Fort, and then we were off to Gold Bug Mine. It was so cold inside – maybe 40 degrees! COLD!!!! In the mine I saw rusted quartz that was a sign of gold. In the second mine, we saw an arched ceiling that helped keep the tunnel from caving in. We also went into a blacksmith’s shop where we saw the spoons, forks, and more that they had made there. They even made a hook for Mr. Duggan.

After checking out of the hotel, we went to the Capitol building, where we saw the Senate Chamber. Next, we traveled to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School where we built a shelter and made cornbread. We even learned how to pan for gold. Later we unpacked and danced at a hoe-down.

Thursday was a full day at Camp Coloma. We visited a Chinese store that was over a hundred years old. We also went to a blacksmith’s shop and to a replica of Sutter’s Mill, the place where James Marshall found the gold that started the Gold Rush. After that, we went to the Marshall Monument where we went for a hike. After the hike, we had dinner and some free time. Finally, we went to our bunkhouse and got ready for bed.

DAY 4 by Matt Yoder-Hall, 4th grade On our last day we listened to a Native American musician and left camp. We were headed to the Railroad Museum in Sacramento, where we saw the famous Engine #1. We also saw a large-scale version of the famous photograph commemorating the joining of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike that linked the two rails together. Then, it was off to the airport for the flight home to our parents.


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As my friend Ethan and I were paddling on our yellow Maui 2 kayak, a strange black figure swam under our boat in the somewhat murky water. We thought it was a shark.

Most people start small with their first flight ever, but I went in at the deep end with a 15 hours flight to Sydney, the capital city of Australia. My uncle, aunt and cousins, who live in New York, were going for a vacation and invited me to travel with them.

Several seconds later I felt the boat rocking. I turned to Ethan and watched him use his paddle to hit the mysterious black object. Suddenly, Ethan slipped and fell into the water.

First stop was Bondi Beach, known for blue waves and surfing. I got dumped by a wave. That means that a wave crashed over me. I also went to The Sydney Opera House. We saw La Boheme. It was very sad.

While I thought of a plan to get Ethan out of the water and onto the kayak, Ethan was splashing like a maniac shooting water 30 feet into the air while trying to get onto the kayak. I was scared that his splashing would attract the beast.

After Sydney I went to Cairns and a tour of the rainforest with Tony's Tropical Tours and a visit to the wildlife habitat where you can feed the animals. I fed a wallaby, a kangaroo, and a pelican (accidentally) . I also held a koala. His name was Kody. He stunk a lot and is claws dug into my arms. It really hurt!

I extended my arm as far as I could to try to reach for him, but one arm wasn’t strong enough to pull him up. Ethan then yanked me into the water while trying to climb up the side of my arm.

We also went to the Great Barrier Reef, which is coral that spans 2,576 miles. I saw many fish and coral. My favorite piece of coral was like a sponge.

As I fell, everything started to slow down-- seconds felt like minutes. I thought it was the end, but somehow I managed to get back into the kayak. Then, a second later, when I reached with both of my hands to pull Ethan up into the boat, I saw it. The creature, whatever it was, was right under Ethan, so I pulled him harder than I ever had before. I pulled so hard that Ethan flew onto the kayak with a thud. He was so relived to be in the boat, he didn’t care. As I grabbed my paddle to paddle away with Ethan, a shiny brown head popped out of the water. Turns out it was a curious sea lion.

By Dominic Esposito, 5th grade

Ayers Rock was another flight - this time to central Australia. Ayers Rock is a large sand stone rock formation. It is very important to the Anangu, the aboriginal people of the area. First, we went spear and boomerang throwing. It’s the boomerang’s leaning edge makes it come back. Next, we went on a sunset camel tour. The camel I rode on was named Stirling. He was so cute. He had a sock over his nose. That was because he chewed the backs of the saddles. Final stop was Melbourne, the 2nd most populous city in Australia and then we got on the plane to Los Angeles. 15 hours later: HOME!!!

By Lily Richardson, 3rd grade

Husky Restaurants In a Korean BBQ restaurant, you get to play with fire and cook your own meat right at your table. There are hundreds of these places in Koreatown, but I think that Park’s Barbecue is the best. Unlike most other places that use gas grills, Park’s uses real wood charcoal. This makes the meat taste especially good, and I like to watch the little pieces of soot fly up into the giant silver fan that is above each table. Also, my mom says that they serve very high quality prime beef. Their galbi short ribs and bulgogi seasoned sliced beef are delicious and taste heavenly. The waiters are very nice to people who do not speak Korean and will tell you all about the side dishes, if you ask. The crispy seaweed is so delicious I usually eat almost the whole bowl before anyone else gets a chance!




Husky Howlers

A piece of string walks into a bar. The bartender says....we don't serve string in here. Dejected, the string walks out. He twists himself up and pulls apart his top. He goes back into the bar. The bartender says, aren't you that piece of string I just kicked out of here? The string says, nope. I'm afraid not!


(frayed knot. get it?)

Author Visit

{by Lemony Snickett}

Lemony Snicket rarely appears in public - that’s because he’s not real. It’s a pen name. But the person behind the name is Daniel Handler and St James’ was truly privileged when he visited our school together with illustrator Jon Klassen.

Good bye

Ms. Arrington!

Ms. Arrington has been a steadying presence at St. James’ for the past ten years, so it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to her at the end of this school year. We wish her well as she heads off to start her own business and will carry with us fond and funny memories of her sharing her warmth and enthusiasm with all of the students. Here’s how we’ll remember her.

Whenever I see her she always has a cheery voice. She is always nice to kids. I think she likes kids. Aiden Park, 2nd Grade I will remember her as the most creative Assistant Head of School. She brings all of the cultures of the school together. Mira Marlink, 6th Grade

Ms. Arrington is so happy and funny- in a humorous way, not in a weird way. Once she even wore an Angry Birds costume to school. Kelly Patino, 6th Grade

I will always remember the time that she put on a St. James’ uniform and used a silly accent to show us how to dress properly. Ashley Garibay, 6th Grade Ms. Arrington is always smiling and makes people happy. She always asks what she can do to help you. Ashley Biggs, 6th Grade Ms. Arrington always makes class fun for us. When she taught our religion class, she taught us all how to work together to make a wallet. Irene Park, 5th Grade She does things to make people laugh and smile. When she taught us how to do the Gangnam Style dance, she showed us that even an Assistant Head of School can be funny and outgoing. Nicole Klar, 5th Grade For Mrs. David’s installation, she surprised us with a cultural dance in front of all of the priests. I thought that was pretty cool and fun. Malcolm Wood, 3rd Grade

You may have heard of Lemony Snicket before. He wrote the books “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, which everyone loves. Jon Klassen is famous for illustrating “This Is Not My Hat”.

Mrs. Arrington is a great dancer. When she taught us how to do a dance for Around the World, we really bonded. George Phillips, 5th Grade

The two came to the school to talk to First and Second graders about their new book collaboration called “The Dark”.

From the very first time I met her she was so kind and loving. She made a really good first impression on me. Kahlil Dodson, 5th Grade

The book is about Laszlo, who is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does! This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.



Golfing and Gulping By Elexis Kelly-Patino

ANGELINA We call you Angelina You have soul and grace, Your heart and character Is from a higher place.

Golfing and gulping great grape Gatorade is absolutely gratifying. I give my strength to my glove covered hand and strike the golf ball. Then I put the grape Gatorade to my gravel feeling lips and gulp. Golfing and gulping grape Gatorade makes me glad.

You are an Angel So talented and wise,

Chocolate by Sarah Wagner

The plastic peels off with a crackle Revealing my precious chocolate. The chocolate covers many things, Like crunching candied apples Yet instead I receive it in The form that I find best. A simple bar of chocolate That I find better than the rest. This plain chocolate bar Breaks with a soft snap The chocolate crumbs Fall soundlessly into my lap. I savor it until all the chocolate is gone And then I go back for another one. The plastic peels of with a crackle...

We can see the beauty That comes from your eyes. You are an angel With grace and flair, Your smile and charm Can be seen everywhere.

Slurping Smoothes

Your love for the children

by Mira Marlink

And all that you do,

I slurp and sip my strawberry smoothie, While sitting in the sun. Enjoying every sweet, icy gulp, Until... BURP... I’m Done!

Is a blessing in disguise For them and for you. You are an Angel So natural and true, And the truth of the matter is, We will really miss you. You are an Angel in a Wonderful way, ANGELINA MAY PEACE AND LOVE GUIDE YOU EVERYDAY!!! By Abdul-Salaam Muhammad

Minecraft By Joseph Koo Creepy crawlers creep up to my cool house that I constructed in the crazy game called Minecraft. I communicate with my companions to kill the creepers. I craft a sword with a cutting edge constructed from diamonds.

Husky Books



REVIEWS FROM THE HUSKY HIGHLIGHTS EDITOR, LUCY NORLAND, WHO HAPPENS TO LOVE CHILDREN’S BOOKS MORE THAN ANYTHING. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate My son, Jack, was given book this as a birthday present (thank you Malcolm Wood), and I am not sure I have ever read a more beautiful book. It was so moving, that I found myself reading it through tears.... which Jack thought was very silly. It is the story of a gorilla who lives at Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He has grown accustomed to humans watching him through glass walls. He has lived alone for a decade, without any companions. Silverback gorillas, like Ivan, are responsible for protecting their familes. But Ivan has none until a baby elephant arrives..... then see where this book takes your heart. I recommend it to adults and children alike.

THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS By Michael Morpurgo Some books in our house get read more than once, because we love them so much. My children never seem to tire of some books, no matter how often we read them, and “The Amazing story of Adolphus Tips” is one of them. Lily is a little girl who was living on a farm in Britain during the second world war but has to move out of her home when the area is taken over by the allied forces in preparation for their invasion of France. Tips, Lily’s adored cat, goes missing. Frantic to find her, Lily has to slip back under the barbed wire to look for her..... the book has a plot twist than even a cynical old grown up could never have seen coming.

THE FAMOUS FIVE By Enid Blyton I grew up reading this series of books in Britain, when Enid Blyton was the J.K. Rowling of the day. They are page-turning adventures about four children and their dog, who discover dungeons in ancient castles, secret underground passages, and villains all the way. They’re the kind of adventures that children dream about. The stories remind me a little of The Hardy Boys series, but they’re even more exciting.

The SJS Parent Association is proud to have been able to contribute $17,500 towards the school’s Spring Event wish list, sponsoring the differentiated instruction initiative and additional iPads at the elementary school, as well as the yoga program at the preschool. We are grateful for the financial support of the families who paid their Parent Association dues and for the success of our events over this past school year. Together, we make a difference in so many ways! Many thanks to Ariana Smeraldo and Marina Black, who chaired a wonderful Mom’s Night Out this year and to Lisa Hutchin's who shared her beautiful home with us. We were treated to a wine tasting with wine donated by Tantara Winery and K & L Wines, thanks to Challen Cates and Kirsten Beffa. We held our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Friday, May 17 at the Los Angeles Tennis Club celebrating all the great work done by our Parent Association committees, chairs and volunteers this school year. Thank you to Dina Phillips and Karen Cowan for organizing this event! We want to acknowledge Karen Cowan, who has been the Treasurer of the Parent Association for many years, and whose daughter Roxanne is graduating this year. Thank you, Karen, for all that you have done for our school community and for being the heart and soul of the Parent Association! We will miss you! Parents will have the opportunity to sign up for committees and events for the 2013-2014 school year in materials the school will distribute over the summer. We encourage you to sign up and participate.

Sometimes, the stories are so gripping that Jack and I cannot put them down, and before we know it, it’s way past bedtime. There are 21 books in the series. The first is “Five on a Treasure Island”. BY CLARA MARTIN

If any parent or student has a favorite children’s book that they would like to share with Husky Highlights, we’d love to hear from you!



Husky Highlights: Summer 2013  

The Summer 2013 edition of Husky Highlights, a parent produced newsletter highlighting the ins and outs of life at St. James' Episcopal Scho...

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