Enrichment Overview

The JBBP curriculum is supplemented by a robust enrichment program which offers instruction in art, music, computer skills, physical education, and Japanese language & culture.

The JBBP Parent Advisory Council (PAC) provides the leadership and parent volunteers to secure resources to support our enrichment program. PAC also supplements teachers’ classroom funds and supports class field trips, including an overnight trip to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School for the upper grades, and trips to the De Young, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Japanese Tea Garden, Academy of Sciences and more. Our annual enrichment budget is around $200,000 each year (~$900/child).

 

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Computer lab

Clarendon boasts a dedicated computer lab, which is staffed by a technology consultant. In addition to a robust assembly of iMacs, iPads, PC laptops, Google Chromebooks and more, Clarendon also offers weekly classes in the computer lab (45 minutes per week for grades K–5th). Our consultant works in tandem with our classroom teachers to deliver keyboarding skills, Internet-safety and responsibility lessons, and effective online research methods. More, this regular, repeated exposure inspires our children to pursue more study in the areas STEM.


VISUAL Art program

Children in the JBBP participate in art instruction every other week. These classes, led by resident artist Ellen Weinstein, are supported by strong parent funding.

The integrated visual art curricula for grades K-5 includes techniques, processes and skills with multi-media, art vocabulary and appreciation, history and culture. The enrichment provides creative opportunities designed to develop visual communication that fosters reflective, original, and critical thinking, disciplined effort, aesthetic values and multi sensual problem solving, leading to self-confidence and a personal voice for students. Based on and directly relating to current San Francisco Bay Area museum exhibits, Clarendon’s art program also inspires students and their families to take advantage of local opportunities to view, learn, and create in the framework of famous artists, art movements, history, and culture.

Clarendon’s art program not only meets but exceeds the National and State Educational Art Standards.

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Physical education

Children in the JBBP participate in instructor-led PE classes once/week, along with additional motor skills classes for Kindergartners. These classes are led by resident PE Consultant Marc LeBiavant, a benefit of the strong fundraising at Clarendon. While all California schools must meet a certain number of PE minutes each week, the fact that Clarendon enjoys dedicated instruction from a PE specialist is an enrichment not found district-wide.

The physical education curricula for grades K-5 integrates physical activity with a focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles. The enrichment provides creative opportunities for all students to practice discipline, cooperation, communication and positive social interaction through sports and physical challenge through teacher-led games and activities that develop both hand-eye coordination and gross motor skill in all students, regardless of previous skills or affinity for sports.

Clarendon’s PE program not only meets but exceeds the National and State Educational PE Standards.


K-3 music

Students in grades K-3rd have music lessons with a Japanese native music teacher every other week and learn traditional and contemporary Japanese songs.


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4th–5th Grade taiko (music)

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum. The fourth and fifth graders in the JBBP program receive instruction in taiko as part of the Japanese curriculum.


LIBRARY

Students in K–5th grade spend approximately 45 minutes/week in the library, and PAC resources are used to help staff the library.