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As part of California State Standards, fourth graders learn about California missions. And each year, Oak Knoll School invites friends and families to view replicas that the students make.

Explains principal Kristen Garcia: “The project is as hands on as it gets, with plaster, glue guns, and an variety of materials to bring the mission to life. With all the 21st century learning that happens at schools these days, building missions is one example how Oak Knoll keeps students using their hands to create! Our students are always impressed with themselves when they complete this project.”

If you’re a California kid, it’s likely you’ve visited one or two missions. And as Peninsula kids, you’ve undoubtedly seen the statue of Father Junipero Serra adjacent to 280.

Antoine Jonquet (pictured) is not a California kid. He’s French and here while his father, Clement, an assistant professor at the University of Montpellier, is a visiting scholar at Stanford. He was justly proud of his replica of Mission San Diego.

Photo by David Sowerine

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Oak Knoll fifth grader working to save the tigers

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Update: Naomi raised over $600 for Tigers Forever at the Farmers Market on March 20, and one anonymous donor gave her $100 to create a GoFundMe site. She wants to thank everyone who contributed and was amazed at people’s generosity. There’ll be a new face at the Farmers Market this Sunday in Menlo Park. Naomi, a […]

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Girl Scouts in action for positive changes in the environment at Oak Knoll School

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Yesterday, Girl Scout Junior Troop 61842 worked towards their Bronze Achievement award by making pleas for positive changes in their environment and community at Oak Knoll School. In the morning, Scouts Sophia and Cleo (pictured right) presented the project to their school via the KNOL closed circuit TV station. In the afternoon, many of the girls walked the carline and streets surrounding the […]

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Chalkboard traffic signs near Oak Knoll School are proliferating thanks to Brownie Troop

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Kelly Schmitz, one of the leaders of Brownie Troop 62349 emailed: “The best way to kick-off our Brownie Year as third graders was to take our Oak Knoll School’s theme this year — CONNECTED — to our community. “Many of our girls loved Courtney Gillette’s signs on Oak Avenue reinforcing safety, slowing down [and stopping.] “These signs actually gave […]

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Bidding a fond farewell – and hearty thanks – to Oak Knoll School principal David Ackerman

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Wandering over to Oak Knoll School late this afternoon, we encountered a youngster sitting on the perimeter of the festivity surrounding the retirement of the school’s principal, David Ackerman. “Why was she there?” we asked. “Because he’s the best principal ever,” she replied. “He told my parents that he wouldn’t retire until I was in 5th grade, […]

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Spotted: Rainbow of colors on Oak Knoll School fence

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InMenlo contributing photographer spotted this rainbow of clothing colors on the Oak Knoll School fence just before spring break started. If not claimed, the items are donated during the break, so it should be a clothing free fence come Monday!

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If it’s Thursday, it’s Coding Club day for first and second graders at Oak Knoll School

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Stop by Bill Quarre’s second grade classroom during lunch time on Thursdays and you’ll find two dozen or so  girls and boys with headsets on and iPads on their desks. No, they’re not playing video games. Instead, they are learning to program using an app called Kodable. Oak Knoll School Co-Principal Kristen Gracia explains that […]

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Master Chef Junior participant Mia Wurster celebrates with Oak Knoll Co-Principal Kristen Gracia

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In last Tuesday’s episode of Master Chef Junior, participant — and Menlo Park resident — Mia Wurster exited the show, losing the alligator challenge. But there was still reason to celebrate, which is what Mia did at lunch on Friday with her Oak Knoll School Co-Principal Kristen Gracia. Emailed Kristen: “Oak Knoll School is proud of Mia and the compassion and […]

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Mia Wurster is a contestant on MasterChef Junior season three, airing on Tuesday, Jan. 6

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When Oak Knoll School resumes classes tomorrow, there will be a celebrity in the student body. Fifth grader Mia Wurster is one of the contestants on the third season of MasterChef Junior which airs Tuesday night (Jan. 6) on Fox (Channel 2) at 8:00 pm. Locals can get a sneak peak when she makes an appearance […]

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Spotted: Oak Knoll Buddy Bench group saying thanks to Ace Hardware’s Mr. Oros

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Nicole Scott, Gina Preston and kids delivered a lovely plaque and 100 thank you cards to Mr. Oros at Ace Hardware last week, in honor of his generous donation of the benches to Oak Knoll School for its Buddy Bench program.

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Laurel and Oak Knoll schools receive California Distinguished School Award

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Laurel Elementary in Atherton and Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park are among the 14 San Mateo County elementary schools that received this year’s California Distinguished School Award. Announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes individual schools for innovative approaches to providing an equitable and rigorous education, honoring […]

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