!Hola! My name is Paulina. I’m going tell you some facts about Mexico. The population is more than 120 million, which makes it the largest country that speaks Spanish. Mexico is located in Southern North America. It has a mild climate. The capital is Mexico City. Other important are Monterrey and Guadalajara. Mexico is rich in cultural and natural resources. Mexico’s ecosystem is very diverse, surrounded by oceans and having lots of mountains and volcanoes like the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Popocatepetl volcano. Mexico is home to many kinds of animals like the blue whale, which is the biggest animal in the world, and the jaguar. My favorite food when I travel to Mexico are tamales, tostadas, and tacos. I hope you visit Mexico soon. !Adios amigos!
Volcanoes, waterfalls, and tours, OH MY. There is one small country that has all of this, and more, Iceland. Iceland is a play on words because itis actually green. I went to Iceland in June, 2018. Going to Iceland is like visiting another world.
The Three Twin Peaks are a group of three volcanoes that are all dormant. Two of them you can not go into, while the other one has a tour so you can go in. Iceland has the only volcano you can go into in the WORLD. Inside is a hard surface of layered rock that you can walk around on and see the volcano. The cool thing is that the lava chamber is below the rock you walk on. Iceland is on two tectonic plates, so when you walk to the volcano, you pass over where the tectonic plates are splitting. One day Iceland will be split in two. The volcanic activity creates a very unique landscape.
Another place I visited was Glymur. The second largest waterfall in Iceland. I got to hike Glymur to almost the very top. To get to the top you have to cross a rushing river on a narrow log, hike up and down steep inclines, and go through a cave. There are lots of waterfalls in their parks. Were else in the world can you find this?
Iceland also has many unique foods to eat. They have traditional Icelandic dishes like tender local lamb, lobster soup, and roasted goose. They sometimes have Puffin or shark on the menu. They cook steak, pizza, fast food, and fish. They even have foods from the US and India there. What a world it could be if every other country had foods from each country in the world.
Iceland has so many cool places to see that other countries don’t have. I hope you go to Iceland to see all of the cool things it has to offer.
Have you ever been to the Emerald Isle? Well, there is much more there than just leprechauns! We traveled Ireland from top to bottom in summer of 2018 and learned many new things. Ireland is named the Emerald Isle because it is so green and lush. Can you believe it rains more than half of the days every year?
Ireland is a European country located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Ireland is Dublin and about six million people live in the entire country; that is about the same population of the Houston area! Instead of dollars, Ireland uses Euros. In Ireland, most people speak English and Irish. Ireland is more than 12,000 years old, so a lot has happened there. In the 1800’s, potatoes were the main course of the Irish diet. But, then the Great Famine killed most of the potato crops, causing about one million people to emigrate and one million people to die. Another interesting fact is there are about 30,000 castles in Ireland. A long time ago, the castles were used for protecting families from invaders.
There are so many magnificent places to visit in Ireland! Some of our favorites are the Kilmainham Gaol prison in Dublin, the Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab and seeing the Cliffs of Moher that are about 700 feet in the air! We also loved surfing at Inch Beach, seeing a real sheep farm, and climbing up tons of castles. Go visit the Emerald Isle soon!
The Spring Branch Independent School District has selected the following early dismissal days to be used for professional development or parental involvement. Not all schools may follow this schedule, so please contact your child's school directly if you have any questions.
October 17-18 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
December 18-20 Secondary Early Dismissal; December 20 Elementary Early Dismissal
February 13-14 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
May 26-28 Secondary Early Dismissal: May 28 Elementary Early Dismissal
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Mariachi musicians. Russian, Persian and Bollywood folk dancers. African dancing and drumming.
Had you visited Frostwood Elementary last weekend, such world music and dance showcases might have entertained and educated you.
Foods sizzled from China to Turkey – and more than a dozen national and ethnic stops in between.
Hundreds of families gathered on April 6 for the school’s 19th annual International Festival, showcasing food, crafts, and arts and games from around the world. This springtime gathering follows the school’s fall-time Parade of Nations, where many students dress up in traditional outfits reflecting the country of their choice.
The two international programs are designed to celebrate diversity at Frostwood and in the greater Memorial community, and to encourage students to be aware of the greater world around them by sampling a variety of world foods, crafts and activities, while experiencing an incredible range of entertainment.
The International Festival, held on the campus grounds, drew up to 1,000 people. Also known as IFest, the event takes months of campus and local PTA planning.
“Frostwood’s I-Fest touches people of all cultures and ages. It’s truly an event for everyone,” said festival chair Pina Patel.
Some comments gathered by Patel and other PTA event chairs include these:
“I-Fest will always be one of my very favorite Frostwood events!” – School staff member
“I can’t wait to try all the amazing food from around the world.” – Parent
“My kids love the little passports and playing games from different countries.” – Parent
“My daughter looks forward to the Henna artist every year!” – Parent
This year, 50 or more festival participants were featured. Key event volunteers include Memorial Middle National Junior Honor Society students and Memorial High’s student volunteer corps known as MMOB (Memorial Mustang Outreach Bunch).
“I had heard about our International Parade and Festival way before I arrived at Frostwood, but once I got to actually experience these, I was truly humbled and honored to be a part of this special place,” Principal Pamela Pennington said.
“We are an amazing community where our diversity, cultures, and languages are not simply accepted, but embraced and celebrated. Our families not only support our school, they support one another in and outside the classroom,” the principal also said.
Although it features food, dance, music and fun on one Saturday, the festival is a much deeper and wider campus experience, organizers said.
Hyekjung Chung, festival education chair, notes that the run up to the festival is a full month of educational enrichment inside the elementary school, ranging from cultural and geographic information and decorations to on-display artifacts. Glass school case displays inside show diverse cultures. Educational tents are set up with national themes outdoors on the festival weekend.
A festival favorite among all parents and students are delicious foods and dishes. This year, offerings hailed from China, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Honduras, France, Iran, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Turkey, Mexico and – last but not least – the United States.
Entertainment chair Liz Kabir noted that the music and dance showcase was non-stop. In addition to the Chinese Lion Dance, a Mariachi band, Russian folk dances and Persian dancers, visitors heard Indian drumming and even a Bollywood song and dance number.
Frostwood students played Chinese instruments, and other youth and religious groups represented Japan, Korea, Brazil and Greece.
Youth were given passport-style cards and encouraged to obtain stamps through a scavenger-hunt style tour of the festival grounds. Special national games were offered and, among girls, the Henna booth was a favorite station.
PTA event chairs included Pina Patel, event chair; Kavitha Tamerisa, parade chair; Hyekjung Chung, education chair; Bonnie Elhusseini, food chair; Liz Kabir, entertainment chair; Rebecca Otieno, games and craft chair; and Stacey Cho, decoration chair.
Canada is one of two countries located in North America and is the second largest country in the world. Canada is a great place to live. It is a very multicultural
country and there are people from many nations coming together to make this country special and unique. Canada is a bilingual country. There are two official languages of Canada; French and English.
Canada has four different seasons and has a varied landscape, with mountains, flat plains, forested valleys, and beautiful blue rivers and lakes. In Canada’s far north lies the frozen Arctic. Here, ice, snow and glaciers take over the landscape. Brrrrrr! Despite the cold, harsh climate,Native Canadians, called First Nations people, or Inuit, live in this region, where they still build igloos to hunt and fish for food.
Canada, America’s friendly neighbor, is best known for its natural beauty, maple syrup, hockey and of course it’s brutally cold winters!!!
Russia is the largest country in the world and is approximately 1.8 times the size of the US. The total population of Russia is 142,500,482.
The capital of Russia is Moscow, which is the largest city in Russia with a population of 10.523 million.
Russia is located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country in the world has as many borders. The land border of Russia is 20,241 kilometres long, the second longest of any country. Russia is located across 9 time zones.
Russian is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world. Russia has a very high literacy rate with 99.7% of the population able to read and write by the age of 15.
Russian Lake Baikal is the deepest in the world and contains about 20% percent of the world’s fresh water. Russia has 12 active volcanoes. Russia’s national animal is Eurasian Brown Bear, Russia’s national bird is Eagle, and its national flower is Camomile.
Russia was the first country to launch a human into space on April 12, 1961. The first woman in space was Russian. Russians also launched a dog Laika, the first animal to orbit the earth.
Among other things, Russia is famous for its ballet, writers, and ice skaters. The two most popular sports in Russia are soccer and hockey.
The survey is expected to take no more than 15 minutes, and can be taken in English, Spanish, Arabic, and five other languages.
If you have children at different schools, we ask that you fill out a survey for each school. If you have multiple children at one school, we ask that you take the survey with your oldest child in mind or take the survey once per child.
Survey data is benchmarked nationally to create a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture and climate.
Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia. It is divided into three regions named North, Central, and South with 58 provinces.
Vietnamese go to school 6 days a week. School does not provide transportation. Students have a couple hours break to walk home for lunch then come back for afternoon classes. Kids are not required to attend school because not everyone can afford to pay for school supplies and uniforms. In a poor family, the oldest child has to help take care of siblings. Some kids may have to go to work at young age. If the family can only afford to send one child to school, it will most likely be the oldest or youngest son since boys are expected to take care of aging parents.
Vietnam lifestyle is very relaxing. Most people don’t work so they spend their time shopping or hanging out at the coffee shop all morning. They like to have a nap after lunch and go out with friends/families after dinner. They enjoy eating snacks between meals and before going to bed.
For entertainment, water puppet show is the most popular and traditional one that Vietnamese at all ages still enjoy. How does it work? Well, the puppets are made of wood and then lacquered. The show is performed on water. The crew stands in waist height water behind the curtain controlling their puppets with bamboo sticks. This skill is specialized by Northern Vietnamese. (videos available on youtube.com)
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!
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.
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.