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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!


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.



        Mrs. Root

        4th Grade


Hello! My name is Lilya and today I will be telling you about Syria.

Syria is a small and beautiful country on the Mediterranean Sea, the capital and largest city is Damascus (the city of Jasmine), which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

The historic old city center of Damascus contains numerous archaeological sites including some historical mosques and churches. The population of Syria is around 18.40 million people and Syria’s official language is Arabic.

Aram is a region mentioned in the Bible located in central Syria where the ancient Christian mountain town of Maaloula is still standing and its people still speak Aramaic (Jesus’s language).

Syria has lots of ancient artifacts and ruins, like the ones found in the cities of Palmyra and Bosra which was once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia. When Bosra became a part of the Roman empire it became a trading post where Arabian caravans would buy supplies for their long journeys; that’s why it was called Caravan City.

The Ugaritic script found in a Syrian City (Ugarit) engraved on clay tablets was one of the earliest evidences of ancient alphabets.

Unfortunately, since 2011 Syria has been battling an ongoing brutal civil war.

I hope you enjoyed learning about Syria.



5th 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.





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 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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Hi, my name is Eva!  My family loves to go on long road trips.  We have traveled all across the U.S.A. visiting many national landmarks during our vacations.  This past summer we were on the road for over a month and one of my favorite places we visited was Niagara Falls.  It has been on my family’s bucket list for a while and the Falls did not disappoint!  There was so much natural beauty, excitement and history there.  Visiting Niagara Falls is an experience I will never forget.  Let me tell you all about this amazing place!

Niagara Falls is located on the borders of Ontario, Canada and New York, U.S.A..  It is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.  The Horseshoe Falls are the largest and the Bridal Veil Falls are the smallest.  The Niagara River drains water from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.

Fun facts about Niagara Falls:

-It is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.

-It was created over 10,000 years ago by glacier activity.

-It is the fastest moving waterfall on the planet.  The 3 waterfalls together produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth!

-It is the oldest state park in the U.S.A., established in 1885 -Maid of the Mist boat tours is the oldest tourist attraction in the U.S.A. (made its first voyage in 1846).  We took this thrilling boat ride and I got soaked!

-It is the largest producer of energy in New York state.

-A 63 year old teacher became the first person to go over the falls in 1901 when she traveled down them in a barrel.  But, it is illegal (and not very smart) to go over the Falls!

-In 1859 the first man crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

-In 1960 a 7 year old boy became the only person to every accidentally fall over the Falls and survive.

What I remember most about Niagara Falls is the fury and force of the beautiful, blue water especially when you get up close and the rainbow that can be seen from the Canadian side.  Mother Nature is amazing!  If you ever visit, I highly suggest taking the Journey Behind the Falls tour which allows you to walk through a partially open tunnel behind the Horseshoe Falls and the boat tour that takes you up close to each of the three waterfalls.

Niagara Falls should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime!

I hope you enjoyed my article!

~Eva, 3rd grade

Hi everyone!

We are Dylan and Kyle.  We would like to talk about Taekowndo. Taekowndo is one of the most popular martial arts not only in Korea but world. The name Taekwondo is made up of several different words.

“Tae” means kick or strike.

“Kwon” means hand or fist.

“Do” means a way of an art.

So, Taekowndo, in 3 words together, means the art of kicking and striking. Taekwondo which is an art of self-defense without weapons. Taekwondo needs both mental and physical training. When you learn Taekowndo first time as a beginner, you will learn how to sit up, turn over, and kick high.

When you learn as a more advanced learner than beginners, you will learn how to kick and punch to be able to break boards without any weapons.

Each student has to wear a uniform and belt when they are in Taekowndo school. The belt shows their skills and levels. These skills and levels are decided by belt test and masters.

The colors of belt in order are white, white stripe, yellow, yellow stripe, green, green stripe, blue, blue stripe, brown, brown stripe, red, red stripe, red black stripe, black. Black belt is a very high honor. Also, you may find some schools have little different orders of belt color.

We also learn Taekowndo and we are brown belts. We can’t wait for black belt!

Thank you for reading our article about Taekwondo!

Dylan and Kyle

3rd Grade


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.

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