Category Archives: Classroom Community

Welcome, Catherine!

We welcomed our 23rd student just a few short weeks ago. Catherine, a former TAS student, joins us from California, and we are very pleased to have her in our class. The girls were especially happy, because it brought their numbers closer to the boys. I was pleasantly surprised when I met Catherine’s parents because I had taught their daughter, Ann, a few years ago in 5th grade.

Here is a photo of Catherine just outside our classroom.


Celebrating the Year of the Tiger

One of the best times at TAS is the celebration during Chinese New Year. Thanks so much to the parent volunteers who helped make the day successful.

James is enjoying one of the food treats.

Tomoki and a student from another class working on their tigers.

MinJi and Rachel in traditional Korean clothing

Rachel, MinJi, emerald, Kendra, InKyung, and Jessica on the playground after the festivities

Welcome, Jessica!

We welcomed our 22nd student not long ago.  Jessica joins us from Korea, and she is quickly making new friends in class. As you can see from the photo, Jessica’s bright smile is beautiful.  We are glad to have you in our class, Jessica.

Here is Jessica with Cheyenne enjoying an activity during our Chinese New Year celebration.

Cheyenne and Jessica

Grade 3 Book Group

Grade three parents are invited to join a book group which will be held on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons between Lunar New Year and Spring break. “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” is an easy to read book that contains practical advice for communicating with your children. In addition to learning new communication skills, parents will meet and get to know other grade three parents. If you are interested in the book group and have not already signed up, contact Ralph Whalen at

Gr 3 Parent Book Group ” How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” Date: Feb 24, Mar 3, 10 & 17 (4 Wednesdays) Time: 1:00 – 2:20 pm Venue: Lower School Conference Room

Dragon Readers

As part of the Community social studies unit, we needed a class name and flag. After careful consideration and voting, the class chose “Dragon Readers” for their name. It’s fitting, as they are a class that loves to read. Here are a few photos of groups of students working on posters that describe what a “Dragon Reader” is.

Andrew, Rachel, and Sarah

Emerald, Tomoki, Coco, Nathan T., and JJ


The four values of the entire school are: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Kindness. You would be proud of some of our students for fulfilling the value of honesty not long ago. While we were out in the bus parking lot walking Caramel, one of the students found a coin. On the way back to the classroom, we stopped by Mr. Whalen’s office and gave it to him to take care of. Even though it was just 10$NT, our students didn’t even think about not turning it in. It’s nice to see our students doing the right thing.

Here are the students talking to Mr. Whalen

Coco is telling Mr. Whalen where she found the money and why she thought it was important to bring it to him

Storytelling and Hunger Day Presentations

We are so very lucky to be at a school in which we can participate in special presentations put on by Upper School students. We thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Bishop’s storytellers. Not only were they enthusiastic and entertaining, but by seeing their expertise, our class learned a little better about how to orally read their own books and stories.

Our three outstanding upper school storytellers

Listening intently...

Andrew, Nathan W., and Calvin enjoying the storytellers

Each year, Mr. Arnold’s Orphanage Club students prepare a detailed presentation for Hunger Day. They get a chance to improve their speaking ability and our students get a chance to learn many things about world-wide hunger and what they can do to help out. What most impressed me this year was the excellent discourse between our third graders and the upper school students. The upper school students said later they were blown away by the amount of knowledge the 3rd graders already had.

One of the presenters and our class with hands held high just waiting for him to call on someone else