Category: jbbp

Nora’s school, Rosa Parks Elementary, won a huge contest for a “green makeover” estimated at about a quarter of a million dollars! Please watch the video our students made, along with the help of Barb Fujimoto, Lora Hirschberg, Mr. T (that would be T for Thompson!), Mr. Nagle, Ms. Jefferson, Ms. McPherson and of course many others.  The video is priceless, and it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. I can’t wait to see what wonderful changes this brings to the school over the coming months and years.  

From the post:

Rosa Parks beat out 13 other San Francisco schools vying for the environmentally friendly upgrade in the Green Schools Initiative contest sponsored by EcoMedia and CBS Corp. The students created a cute-as-a-button video entry in the format of a television news program. It won over the judges.

I can’t embed the video here (the video only resides on the Ecozone website), so you have to go to the Green My School contest website to view the video. Here is a screenshot of what you will see when you go to the page. You have to scroll down to the Rosa Parks Elementary video entry; it is not a direct link to the video.

Watch the Winning Video Entry!

Watch the Winning Video Entry!

A snippet from the EcoMedia press release:

EcoMedia, a leading environmental media company, and CBS Corporation today announced the winner of their Green Schools Initiative. In a ceremony hosted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, it was announced that Rosa Parks Elementary School will be awarded the grand prize “green makeover” that will be overseen by a green schools professional and approved by the San Francisco Unified School District.

Potential projects could include energy efficient lighting, solar and wind projects, a green roof and internal and external green upgrades. San Francisco Unified School District will receive the grand prize green makeover for Rosa Parks and a sustainable environmental program valued at approximately $250,000 in products and services.

Read the full EcoMedia press release.

Watch the CBS 5 KPIX  video on the announcement of winning the contest.

Read an article on about Rosa Parks Elementary winning the “Green My School” contest.

Read the’s take on the story.

If you haven’t already, watch the winning video entry here. Be sure to scroll down to the entry for Rosa Parks Elementary.

Kindergarten Recess


Spent some time at Nora’s school today, volunteering in the classroom and getting to experience the morning at Rosa Parks JBBP. It was really fun to be there! Huge kudos to Ms. Tsukamoto and Tanaka Sensei for their caring and guidance.

Undokai Ball Race

Nora’s JBBP had a huge “sports day” festival called Undokai, and I took the day off to attend and volunteer. The teachers said “if you are going to go to only one of your child’s Japanese celebrations this year, this is the one to go to… it truly is a spectacle.” I couldn’t agree more! Here is a video of Nora and Ketarie at Undokai doing the ball rolling race – it was great fun for the kindergarteners. The music was actually playing in the background over the loudspeaker, and it was strangely like a Japanese cartoon or a video game or something! View more photos on Flickr.

UNDOKAI: This electrifying annual event is held in schools throughout Japan—elementary through high school. The Undokai event stems from Taiku no hi (Health and Sports Day), an official nationally recognized holiday in Japan that commemorates the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Undokai combines the Japanese word undo, meaning exercise, and kai, gathering. Throughout Japan, schools, cities, and other organizations promote unity, team work and friendship through the Undokai. In this same spirit, the Japanese school divides into teams and holds a series of competitions such as bean toss (bean bags into a basket high up on a bamboo pole), races and team relays, dancing displays, obstacle course, and the classic tug-of-war.

Aki Matsuri in Japantown

Aki Matsuri

Dell, Justin, Nora and I went down to Japantown in SF and had a little celebration… We met Bobbi and Sam and had a great fun meal at Benihana. Then we went out to the Peace Plaza and watched the dancing (Sarah & Nora joined in!).

Nora singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” in Japanese, after just NINE days in her new Japanese Bilingual Kindergarten: