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My parents went to Japan many years ago.  It looks like a very fascinating country. I wish to visit Japan one day. Here are some interesting facts about Japan.

1.      It has four major islands (Honshu, Shikoko, Kyush, Hokkaido) and thousands of small islands.

2.     The capital of Japan is Tokyo where majority of the people live.

3.     Japan’s mountains are formed by volcanoes.  The most famous one is Mount Fuji.

4.     Japanese people eat lots of rice and fish.  The often eat raw fish with vinegar rice, known as sushi.

5.     Japan has very pretty cherry trees called sakura.  Many people travel to Japan to see cherry blossom in April.

6.     Tatami is a mat made from rice straw that is used as flooring in a traditional Japanese room.  (in picture)

7.     The Osaka Castle was completed in 1597.  From the outside it looks like 5 five stories tall but in the inside, it has eight stories.  Because three stories are underground.   It has been through many wars and leaders and reconstructions. (in picture)

8.     The Shinkansen meaning “trunkline” in Japanese is known as bullet train in English.  It is a network of highspeed railway lines.  It is built to connect distant regions to Tokyo.  The planning started in 1930s, but the train didn’t operate till 1950s due to postponement of World War II. Many improvements and expansions were done throughout the years and still continuing to this day.  (in picture)

 

Stella

(3rd grade)

GREECE!       

             BY:MAUREEN

Athens, Santorini, Patras.

     What do they all have in common? They're ALL in Greece. Greece also has a different name; Greece's official name is the Hellenic Republic. Greece is wonderful place to visit, with so many interesting facts to follow!

     Here are some reasons why Greece is very unique: first, although Greece is a relatively small country, Greek is spoken by around 12 million people from all over the world! Greece is part of Europe and the Greek, the language, sprouted out throughout Europe and traveled across the world with Greek people. Second, the Olympic games originated in Ancient Greece! The Olympics are one of the most important world wide event and the first modern Olympic game was hosted by Greece. Third, Greece consists of more than 2,000 islands. Greece is known as the most mountainous country in Europe.  Also it is a home to many volcanoes, which results in having many many islands.

     I hope you learned some facts on Greece and will visit the country soon!

     Αντίο(bye)!  

Santorini, a beautiful Greek island

 

 A typical Greek church

 

Maureen and mommy in Santorini island, Nov 2013

India is a very interesting country.  It has unique cultures, amazing landmarks, and fun holidays.  Let’s learn about this fascinating place!

India is one of the largest countries located in Southern Asia.  India’s current population is 1.3 billion, which is four times larger than America.  There are 29 states in India, and the capital is New Delhi.  They speak 720 languages but the national language is Hindi. There are 9 religions practiced in India, but the majority is Hinduism.   Just like America, each part of India is unique and special. 

Some famous landmarks in India are the Ganges River and the Taj Mahal.  The Ganges flows 1,569 miles starting from the Himalayan Mountains. It is the third largest river in the world.  The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous landmarks of India. It is located in Agra and is made of ivory-white marble.  Every year, 7,000,000 people visit the beautiful Taj Mahal!

My favorite two holidays are Holi and Diwali.  Holi, the festival of colors, represents good conquering evil.  Every Spring, we have fun throwing colored powder on friends and family.  Diwali is known as the festival of lights.  Diwali is the largest, most famous festival celebrated in India and marks the Hindu New Year.  We light lamps all over the house, exchange presents, and light fireworks with friends and family.  This year, tomorrow is Diwali!

I hope you learned a lot about the amazing India and you get a chance to visit someday.

 

        Aria

        Mrs. Root

        4th Grade

parent and student


Parent U: Supporting Success for Every Child (PreK-5)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Cornerstone Academy
9016-C Westview Dr.
Houston, TX 77055
Registration: 8:15 - 8:50 a.m.
Sessions: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Don’t miss our annual Parent U: Supporting Success for Every Child on Saturday, Oct. 20. It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s T-2-4 success! Learn how to support your student outside of the classroom to help them reach their full potential. During this half-day program, district and area experts will host classes on important topics for elementary parents, including:

  • School Choice
  • Family Access
  • Parenting the Love and Logic Way
  • Critical Thinking at Home
  • Internet Safety
  • Safety in Schools
  • and many more!

What classes are available? Parent U offers more than 30 classes in English and Spanish.

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Contact

Parent U is SBISD’s annual series of parent education courses designed to help you help your child succeed. For more information, contact SBISD Community Relations at partner@springbranchisd.com or 713.251.2284.

Families and mentors are a critical part of helping students make connections between what is learned at school and what they experience outside campus walls. We welcome and encourage parents, families, and mentors to partner with us!

The new Empowered & Equipped! site features resources to support conversations and activities at home, and in the community, with monthly lessons aligned to SBISD instruction. These lessons focus on the critical areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)and building awareness of various career pathways as part of the Spring Branch T-2-4 Goal.

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Did you all know that MUSIC in itself is the UNIVERSAL language? People who know how to read music are able to communicate with others from all around the world no matter what language they speak! That’s why we music teachers work hard to teach music literacy to all of our students.

All Students in preparation for our ifest parade are learning to sing: Hello from all the Children of the World.

What else has been happening?
 

 Students in 5th grade are learning a medley of African folk songs for their upcoming winter concert: An African Celebration combines Siyahamba- from South Africa, Sing Noel- from Liberia, and Betelmehu- a carol from Nigeria.

Other songs they will perform which celebrate our diversity and multicultural heritage of our school are: The Peace Round.- which includes our singing peace in  13  languages. Nes Gadol Haya Sham is another song we are learning for our concert.  The widely known carol, Stille Nacht will be presented in German, English and Spanish.

In preparing for the annual Houston Symphony field trip at Jones Hall, these students are learning about composers from around the world: Russian composers, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, German composers, Beethoven and Brahms, and even an American current composer, Jennifer Higdon are some whose music we will hear on October 3rd.

All students in 2nd- 5th are learning and performing World Music Drumming Techniques in the Music Classroom.

Third Graders have learned to sing Frere Jacques in French and English.

The 4th graders have learned Funga Alafia- a West African Welcome song.

Back to School 2018

It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for the 2018-19 school year to begin, but it is just around the corner. We hope you have had an enjoyable summer with family and friends. Our educators and staff are looking forward to welcoming our students to school in August.

The first day of school is Thursday, August 16.

Whether you are new to Spring Branch ISD, or a returning student/family, we look forward to another inspiring year! Provided below is a link to our Back to School website.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our school office.

Click here to visit our Back to School website.