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Winter Show Release - Elementary School

Written by Jacey Dexter, Elementary Principal on .

Elementary families,

We are excited to share our 36th Annual Winter Show with you. Please enjoy this year’s show, which is hosted by students, with many of the acts created by our students.

Like many aspects of our program, the complexity of the performances increases throughout the grades. I know families will be excited to see your child’s class, and I hope you will watch all the way through to Room 19, where you can see the whole progression and end result. We are screening the show for students and teachers during school today.  

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A special thanks to PAWS for bringing in the professional stage and videographer. And, to one of our elementary families for providing the snow machine, which you will see running at various times throughout the show.

We can’t wait to be back at the PAEC for our 37th Annual Winter Show. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Jacey Dexter, Elementary Principal 

Winter Show Release - Oxnard Preschool

Written by Vivien & Christine, Preschool Directors on .

Oxnard Preschool families,

We are excited to share the event you all have been waiting for, our 36th Annual Winter Show! We are extremely proud of our little performers and their dance moves. The teachers have become choreographers overnight and have shown the children moves that will have you clapping, cheering and giving them a standing ovation. This will be a memorable performance that the whole family can enjoy, as well as your extended family and friends. We recommend watching from beginning to end. We would not want you to miss any performances because people will be talking about this show for the rest of the school year. 

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A special thanks to PAWS for bringing in the professional stage and videographer. And, to one of our elementary families for providing the snow machine, which you will see running at various times throughout the show.

Thank you all for your continued support, and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season! We can’t wait to be back at the PAEC next year. 

Vivien & Christine, Preschool Directors 

Winter Show Release - Collins Preschool

Written by Robin & Ailin, Preschool Directors on .

Collins Preschool families,

We are excited to share our 36th Annual Winter Show with you! We are extremely proud of our little performers and their dance moves. The teachers have been working hard and practicing with the children to develop the performances. We truly hope you enjoy the show and encourage you to watch the whole show from beginning to end. We also hope you will share with friends, family and loved ones. 

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We can’t wait to be back at the PAEC for our 37th Annual Winter Show. Thank you all for your continued support, and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Robin & Ailin, Preschool Directors

School Threats on Tik Tok & Social Media

Written by Seth Pozzi, Head of School on .

WHPS families:

We have been following the alarming stories over the past couple days about posts on Tik Tok and other social media encouraging school violence and/or children to bring weapons to school today, December 17. 

LAPD has been watching the situation closely, and at this time local authorities and law enforcement across the country have said they’ve received no evidence that the threats are credible. Even so, we take any threats seriously, and the safety of our families and staff is always our top priority. Our staff will be extra vigilant for any issues happening on campus, and we ask the same of our families. 

A reminder to families and students that if you come across any threats on social media, do not re-post. Instead, take a screenshot or picture of the threat and report it to LAPD and WHPS immediately. We have strong safety plans in place in the event we ever need to activate them. We also keep a direct line of communication with our Senior Lead Officers. We would rather act early, out of an abundance of caution, if there is ever a concern. 

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Again, it does not look like this week's threats are credible, but we will continue to investigate any concerns that come to us. If we become aware of any threats that appear to be credible, we will take immediate action and will alert families right away through our text alert system.

Thank you,

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Teaching for Better Humans

Written by Jacey Dexter, Elementary Principal on .

If you haven't see it before—and even if you have—I encourage you to watch Liz Kleinrock's TED Talk: "How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics," before reading this article.

Perhaps more than ever, parents are having to navigate tough conversations with children. From living through a pandemic, to political divisions, to social unrest, to gun violence and lockdown drills. Our children’s opinions are being shaped by the volatile and unpredictable world around them. Even if we are not bringing up all these topics at home, children don’t live in a bubble, and all of this leads to tougher conversations at an even younger age.

Answering Hard Questions 
When our kids ask tough questions, the best piece of advice we can give is to answer their questions openly, honestly, and in an age-appropriate way. It also helps to dig a little before you answer: "What have you heard about that?" When we make space for these conversations at a young age, it actually takes away some of the taboo feelings when those topics come up later on. 

“Accountable Talk”
One way we support these kinds of conversations at school is through Accountable Talk. These are classroom norms that we all agree on and practice ahead of time, so we can engage respectfully with each other on complex and sometimes sensitive topics. Here are a few examples of Accountable Talk sentence starters you can model and practice with children (or even other adults):

  • “I see what you’re saying, but I wonder if __________.”
  • “I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with that because __________.”
  • “Could you give me a few examples of what you mean?”
  • “That makes me wonder if/about __________.”
  • Paraphrase what you heard and ask, “Could you explain a bit more, please?”
  • “I haven’t thought about it in that way before. Where could I find more information about that?”
  • “So that I can be sure I understand you, could you say that in a different way?"

Stamped (for kids)
At school, there are some times when we want to spark more complex conversation, especially in social studies. This is a way to promote critical thinking and to practice Accountable Talk (plus research and perspective taking). As we return from Thanksgiving Break, our 4th and 5th graders will be taking part in an interactive read aloud of Stamped (for kids), focusing on the history of our country from the perspective of Black people, women, and other minority or sometimes marginalized groups. During this unit, students will learn to select, analyze, and discuss purposeful articles and resources to compare/contrast different perspectives and experiences. Another important resource they will be using is A Young People's History of the United States, which was a WHPS parent bookclub last year. 

These kinds of activities and discussions are a special part of our mission to create independent thinkers who can transfer these skills to their daily life. If it also helps our students engage in respectful and positive discourse around the holiday dining table, that’s the whole point.

These can feel like heavy conversations, but if you want some inspiration for how powerful they can be, check out:

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