Board member applications are open!

PlayThrive is seeking new members to join its Board of Directors. PlayThrive is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting whole child education in a Mandarin immersion environment. In addition to administering the PlayThrive School, PlayThrive fosters a community of parents and educators that supports Mandarin whole child education and inspires students to appreciate Chinese culture. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the board during this unique time to help promote PlayThrive’s mission and serve the community. If you have a passion for whole child education and experience in strategic governance, business planning/operations, fundraising, or community outreach, please send a brief description of your background and interest to serve on the board to board@playthrive.org by Sunday, May 31. 

For more information: www.PlayThrive.org

Key Board Member Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement PlayThrive’s strategic plan. 
  • Oversee the effectiveness of PlayThrive School of Mandarin Whole Child Education. 
  • Participate and productively contribute to board meetings.
  • Approve PlayThrive’s annual budget, audit reports, and business decisions.
  • Partner with other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments as needed.
  • Represent PlayThrive to stakeholders; act as an ambassador for the organization.

Board Members are expected to:

  • Commit to a 2-year term (renewable).
  • Commit to PlayThrive’s vision, mission, and policies.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and the annual board retreat.
  • Invest 3-5 hours per month to performing duties and tasks.

PlayThrive Summer Camps 2022

This summer, give your kids the chance to meet with schoolmates, make new friends, and continue their Mandarin education during Summer with the activities they’ll love. 

All 3 weeks will be Mandarin Immersion camps where children will play and do projects while practicing Mandarin with the support of their teachers. These three camps, each a week-long, will follow PlayThrive’s educational philosophy of providing PBL (Project-based Learning) with a student-centered approach. Attendees are expected to have basic Mandarin understanding to participate in group activities. 

June13-17: Toys Workshop

Students will be able to design, prototype, create, improve on, and then play with their own toys with friends. There will be toys about simple machines, aerodynamics, electronics, and more. (these toys will be different from last year’s workshop)  

June 20 – 24: The Great Inventions of Ancient China

Papermaking, the compass, printing techniques, and more were developed by the Chinese in ancient times. Students will learn about these historical events and expand their knowledge of science and technology.

June 27 – July 1: Loong (Chinese Dragon) Camp

Loong, also known as the Chinese dragon, is a legendary creature in Chinese mythology and culture. Students will read and act-out Loong stories, experience Loong dance, and write creatively about Loong.

Signups will be available through this sign-up link, which will be activated on March 23 at 11 am.

Camp Details

  • Time: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Classroom ES2, Orion Elementary School
  • Address: 555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City (pick-up/drop-off at Myrtle St entrance)
  • Grades: Rising 1st – 5th grades
  • 1:12 teacher-student ratio or better
  • Fee: $450 for 1 week, $825 for 2 weeks, $1100 for 3 weeks
  • Discounted rate for current PlayThrive families: $420 for 1 week, $780 for 2 weeks, $1040 for 3 weeks
  • Capacity: Limited spots are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with priority for current PlayThrive families.

Additional Information

  • For non PlayThrive families, the student should have basic Mandarin skills to participate in the camp.
  • What to bring: Water bottle, lunch, nut-free snack, sunscreen, and hat 

Refund Policy

Minimum and maximum attendance requirements exist for all camps. PlayThrive reserves the right to cancel or change any scheduled activities due to lack of enrollment, unforeseen weather conditions, etc. A full refund will be issued in this case.

If requesting a cancellation, 

  • between now and April 30: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee
  • between May 1 and June 1: Receive 50% refund of the paid tuition
  • after June 1: Refunds will not be available 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at admin@playthrive.org.

Daily Schedule

9:00–9:20Welcome!
9:20–9:40Morning Circle
9:40–10:40Class 1
10:40–11:10Snack Time
11:10–12:00Class 2
12:00–12:50Lunch Break
12:50–1:20Quiet Time 
1:20–2:20Choice Activity
2:20–2:40Closing Circle
2:40-3:00Playground Time and Pick-up

PlayThrive is looking for new board members!

PlayThrive is currently seeking two new members to join the Board of Directors: A Director of Operations and a Director of Communications. PlayThrive is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting whole-child education in a Mandarin immersion environment. In addition to administering the PlayThrive School, the board of directors serves our community by inspiring students to appreciate Chinese culture and fostering a community of parents and educators that supports whole child education in a bilingual environment.
 

If you have a passion for whole child education, experience in strategic governance, marketing and communications, or operations, please send a brief description of your background and your interest in either of the positions to board@playthrive.org by Friday, 04/30. This invitation to express interest is open to all. Enrollment of your children in PlayThrive is not required.

Both new board members will support PlayThrive’s overall goals:  

  • Develop and implement PlayThrive’s strategic plan. 
  • Oversee the effectiveness of PlayThrive School of Mandarin Whole Child Education. 
  • Participate and productively contribute to board meetings. 
  • Approve PlayThrive’s annual budget, audit reports, and business decisions.
  • Partner with other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out. 
  • Serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments as needed.
  • Represent PlayThrive to stakeholders; act as an ambassador for the organization.

The Director of Communications’ specific responsibilities include: 

  • Own and execute the communications strategy for PlayThrive’s board including quarterly outreach to the PlayThrive community. 
  • Oversee the PlayThrive School’s communication including website development, recruiting communication, community events and support for the Head of School and teachers. 

The Director of Operations’ specific responsibilities include: 

  • Oversee the formulation and implementation of policies and processes related to PlayThrive School operations; provide guidance to the Head of School and administrative staff in addressing operations-related issues.
  • Work with other board members to develop and execute a strategic plan to further professionalize PlayThrive’s operations structure to position the organization for successful long-term growth.

Board Members are expected to:

  • Commit to a 2-year term (renewable).
  • Commit to Playthrive’s vision, mission, and policies.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and the annual board retreat.
  • Invest 3-5 hours/month to perform duties and tasks.

PlayThrive Summer Camps 2021

Come to see friends, meet new schoolmates, and continue your child’s Mandarin education during Summer with the activities they’ll love.

The sign-up link will be activated on Friday 4/2 at 5:00pm

6/21-25 Toys Workshop

We’ll be learning about, making, and playing with children’s toys.  There will likely be a toy that spins, one that moves, and one that flies!

6/28-7/2 Games Camp

Not only will we be playing with all kinds of games, your child will have opportunities to create their own games and rules, independently or with friends. There will be nature, math, science, and sports games for all to enjoy!

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Classroom ES2, Orion School, 555 Del Ora Ave. Redwood City
  • Grades: Incoming K – 5th grades
  • Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:10 or better
  • Fee: $400 for 1 camp, $760 for both
  • Capacity: Limited spots are available. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

Refund Policy

Minimum and maximum attendance requirements exist for all camps. PlayThrive reserves the right to cancel or change any scheduled activities due to lack of enrollment, unforeseen weather conditions, etc. A full refund will be issued in this case.

If requesting a cancellation, 

  • between now and April 30: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee
  • between May 1 and June 10: Receive 50% refund of the camp tuition
  • after June 10: Refunds will not be available 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at registrar@playthrive.org

Happy New Year!

It has been a wonderful back-to-school week! All the kids are energetic, joyful and ready to learn more!

Mandarin learning this week:

This week’s theme is 新年愿望 New Year’s Resolutions, the kids shared their happy moments in the holiday and the presents they have got. They also made their wishes about the year of 2021!

  • My new year’s resolutions are: play more piano, read more books, play with my little brother, and receive a lot of presents!
  • I want to make paper space ships!
  • I want to go to Hawaii again and I want a cat as a pet.
  • I want a lot of presents!
  • I will draw a beautiful flower, look at the stars, and memorize bike routes.

Mandarin Vocabulary:  新年,愿望,冬天,下雨,礼物

Activity Vocabulary: 圣诞节你收到什么礼物?我喜欢礼物,我的新年愿望是xxx,纸船,水洼,眼睛,鼻子,嘴巴,耳朵,头发,手,脚,胳膊,腿,读书,画画,创作,拼图,玩具, 游戏,跳绳

Everyday Vocabulary: 早上好/洗手/搓一搓/量体温/戴口罩/拿出来/耳机摘下来/关掉/擦桌子/吃点心/吃午饭/ 数学课/中文课/数学功课/中文功课/英文功课/彩色铅笔/橡皮/胶棒/剪刀/画画/看书/出去玩/我准备好了/眼睛眼睛看老师/耳朵耳朵听老师/ 谢谢/再见/举手/慢慢走/水杯/涂防晒/放桌子上/地上/安静/收拾回家

You can review Mandarin Vocabulary with your child at home through the following link to Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_99fwf1?x=1jqt&i=2zwusu

Moon Festival Celebration At PlayThrive School

Growing up, I enjoyed celebrating the moon festival 中秋节 as one of my favorite traditional holidays. My memory of the festival is full of the aroma of moon cakes, the fragrance of sweet osmanthus flowers and chants of old poems. 

Fast forward to 2020, our PlayThrive teaching team has brought this tradition to our kids in a completely modern form: virtual celebration! On 09/30, 5 classes of PlayThrive students and teachers joined a 40-minute event to celebrate the holiday.

The event started with our K grade kids chanting the poem “little rabbit” (rabbit is a symbolic animal of moon festival) in their cute rabbit masks.

First grade kids presented imaginative artworks with painting and Mandarin writing to answer the question “What’s the moon like?” Some of our kids answered this traditional question in Silicon Valley style: “moon is like an alien’s home” (月亮像外星人的地球) – our ancient poets would not have dreamed of that. 

Our grade 2+ “poets” presented and sang their own poems in Mandarin. The poems are filled with great imagination!  Some of the poems were about how mice, cats and kids from different countries and cultures can perceive the moon differently. I’m impressed not only by their language skills, but also their perspective-taking ability learned from a bilingual environment.



The event ended with sharing mooncakes, lantern crafts and lots of laughter!

At PlayThrive, we hold our mission of “inspiring passion for Chinese cultures” in our hearts. Celebrating traditions is a big part of culture, but to us “tradition” doesn’t mean we only follow the “old”. We want to inspire our kids to instill new meaning in old traditions, through creative and inquiry-based activities. 

This is our first time holding a virtual event with a large group of kids. We learned so much (e.g., dealing with technical hiccups), and we hope to bring our cultural events to wider communities in the future!

If you support our mission and are in a position to give, please support us through https://playthrive.org/donate/

Are you passionate about whole child education?

PlayThrive is currently seeking new members to join its Board of Directors. PlayThrive is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting whole-child education in a Mandarin immersion environment. In addition to administering the PlayThrive School, PlayThrive fosters a community of parents and educators that supports Mandarin whole child education and inspires students to appreciate Chinese culture.

This is an exciting opportunity and unique time to join the board to further PlayThrive’s mission and serve the community. If you have a passion for whole child education and experience in strategic governance, business planning and operation, fundraising or community outreach, please send a brief description of your background and interest to serve on the board to contact@playthrive.org. This invitation to express interest is open to all. Enrollment in PlayThrive School is not required.

Key Board Member Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement PlayThrive’s strategic plan

  • Oversee the effectiveness of PlayThrive School of Mandarin Whole Child Education.

  • Participate and productively contribute to board meetings

  • Approve PlayThrive’s annual budget, audit reports, and business decisions

  • Partner with other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out

  • Serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments as needed

  • Represent PlayThrive to stakeholders; act as an ambassador for the organization

Board Members are expected to:

  • Commit to a 2-year term (renewable).

  • Commit to PlayThrive’s vision, mission, and policies.

  • Attend monthly board meetings and the annual board retreat.

  • Invest 3-5 hours/month to perform duties and tasks

Toy Workshop | Summer Camp 2020

Updated 6/6/2020 — 2020 Summer Camp is cancelled
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Come see friends, meet new schoolmates, and refresh on Chinese the week before school starts. We’ll be learning about, playing with, and making different children’s games and toys.  There will be something that spins, something that moves, and something that flies!

 

Limited spots are available. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

 

Dates: August 10-13, 2020 (4 days)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Orion School, 555 Del Ora Ave. Redwood City
Fee: $350

 

To register, please check back April 17th for details and instructions.
The $350 fee invoice will be sent to registered families in June.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

PlayThrive reserves the right to cancel or change any scheduled activities due to lack of enrollment, unforeseen weather conditions, etc.

  • Between June 1 and June 30: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee
  • Between July 1 and July 15: Receive 50% refund of the camp tuition
  • Refunds will not be available for cancellations after July 15

If you have any questions email us at registrar@playthrive.org

Spring 2019 Tour

Now accepting applications for Kinder through 5th grades at the 2019-2020 PlayThrive Mandarin Bilingual After School program! Attend a tour to learn about our program.

Tuesday, March 19 – PlayThrive Tour |  4:15pm

  • Meet the PlayThrive teachers and see what students are up to after school!
  • Starts at the Library. Park on Avenue Del Ora.
  • Sign up through Eventbrite

Please share with friends and colleagues!

Summer Camp 2019

Come see friends, meet new schoolmates, and refresh on Chinese the week before school starts. We’ll be learning about, playing with, and making different children’s games and toys.  There will be something that spins, something that moves, and something that flies!
Limited spots are available. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

 

Dates: August 12-15, 2019 (4 days)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: John Gill Elementary, 555 Del Ora Ave. Redwood City
Fee: $350
For current students, login to your Curacubby account, choose “New Application” on the left-side panel, and click on “2019 Toy Workshop.”

Refund Policy

Minimum and maximum attendance requirements exist for all camps. PlayThrive reserves the right to cancel or change any scheduled activities due to lack of enrollment, unforeseen weather conditions, etc.

  • Between March 1 and June 1: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee
  • Between June 1 and July 1: Receive 50% refund of the camp tuition
  • Refunds will not be available for cancellations after July 1

If you have any questions email us at registrar@playthrive.org