Archive for February, 2014

A Tornado of Creation @ Elementary Winter Camp!

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February Winter Camp

Below: Errol’s brain science which he calls “Tornado Creation”! He made a brain with connected electrodes sitting on brain waves. Very clever!


The week started with a brainstorming and planning meeting with the camp kids, which Errol dubbed “Tornado Creation”! Such an appropriate name because  the 4-day week became alive and full with, well, a tornado of creations!


Above is a picture of Uma, Calvin and Alex holding up the group’s ideas for the week. Each activity has the name of the chiefs who will be leading it. The chief is usually the child who brought the idea to the group and got the interest from their peers!


This is Pumpberry, Jesse, building an airplane. There was a small  group that planned and built vehicles to use with another group that was building airport runways and buildings!


Above – Uma is building a Kapla Tower. The children in the group (Uma, Calvin, Alex, Fiona and Elodie) planned on constructing the tower all the way to ceiling! The week ended before they succeeded in just getting halfway towards the ceiling! But just because the week is done doesn’t mean the kids are done! They are coming back on Monday to try again!


Alex R. got things moving with her idea of scooter decorations and parade! All the camp kids were involved in one way or another with costumes, face painting, scooter decorating and a parade around the block through Juri Commons!



Above: Madeline, chief of face painting and building a playhouse. The playhouse became “Face painting central”, though she had no problem being mobile. Wonderful art by her!

Quality of Interaction in Peach Palace

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“I noticed Vincent and Asako worked together to put away the younger children’s bottles in their cubbies.”


“It would have been easier and faster for Asako to put the baby’s bottles away herself, but when she leaned into Vincent’s interest, she followed his lead.”


“What makes this interaction so significant is the cooperation, and the pride that Vincent gets to experience by doing real, important work that also benefits the younger children in his community.” – Laura Zellerbach, Child Development Specialist

Valentine’s Day is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to people.

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“Valentine’s Day is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to people. You can have costume like dance party dress, music, face painting, then the people they will love you back!” – Valentine’s Day according to Desmond

The 3rd Annual KMS Cafe – 7 Amazing Cafes at the Crossroads of Imagination!

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“The KMS Cafe was a very fun process/experience and event. Personally, I think it was a really productive process, not to mention tough and exciting.” -Soren

The Float Thru Cafe


“The Float-Through Cafe felt wonderful…It was too quick. It was zoom-zap turbo-fast. I was making my dad very happy no matter what.” -Ami, Float-Through Cafe

Isaac, the Finance and Philanthropy Specialist, and Randall prepare to greet parents and distribute KMS Cafe Dollars designed by Isaac. “We put pictures of DaVinci on the bills because we were talking a lot about DaVinci and we have DaVinci time a lot for expressing yourself.” -Deonya, Golden Dragon Cafe

The Golden Dragon Cafe


Welcome to The Golden Dragon Cafe – where the dancing and dumplings will astound you!


“People stayed and watched our performance many times, and the food was great!” -Ava, Golden Dragon Cafe

The Black Beatles Rock Cafe


The Black Beatles Rock Cafe and it’s Beatles cover band amazed the crowd!



“The chords are really hard to do because the song goes fast and you have to switch to each chord quickly.” – Asher, The Black Beatles Rock Cafe

The Quest Cafe


The Quest Cafe unveiled “Furlo’s Quest,” written by UE Students!



The Art & Cookie Cafe


Max made the most of the Art & Cookie Cafe.


The Fairy Village Cafe


Enchantment met all who visited the Fairy Village Cafe.

La Fiesta de Te Cafe


The evening would not have been complete without the Fairies Ballet at La Fiesta de Te Cafe!

What Makes KMS Cafe “The Place Where Imagination Meets Reality?”

After a month of hard work, the students were proud to present KMS Cafe 2014. There was a lot going on on Cafe night!  But what went into this magical event?  What makes KMS Cafe so completely unique in San Francisco is it’s origin and inspiration. This isn’t just another assigned school project – this is the brainchild of the children themselves. Students came together and established a vision, designed the concept, built the budget, crafted the menus, organized the effort and materialized their unique vision. This was truly the realization of the unique KMS philosophy.

The Origin of “The Crossroads Cafe”

This name represented the collaboration and diversity of all of the ideas, imaginations, work, research and interests of our students and teachers. The evening featured 7 very different types of cafes. The intention through this project was to build community. Together we formed a community of musicians, artists, dancers, singers, philanthropists, believers in the spirit of nature and magical creatures and cultural celebrations. It was complete with the fresh idea of a drive through cafe where you could order by boat and a message in a bottle! Crossroads Cafe was a place (or places) where family, colleagues, friends, acquaintances and future friends came together and shared in a truly one-of-a-kind experience!

Thank you for coming to the KMS Cafe!
Gracias por venir al KMS Cafe!