This year, February 5th 2019 was the observation day for Chinese New Year. We were honored to have one of our UE students Suran do a presentation on Chinese culture for the primary classes. Suran demonstrated the significance of the Chinese New Year and the various animals associated with the different years. The students were able to associate the year they were born with the animal it represented. We were very grateful to have Suran take the time to share her Chinese culture and background. Having students and families share their cultures and collaborations is an important part of community building at The Village School.
In the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School programs, students have been discussing their views on social justice and injustice. The Village School was honored to have one of the grandparents of a Village School student visit and discuss her experience as a hidden child. The survivor discussed what it was like through her young eyes and then took time to answer questions posed by the audience such as “Was there a risk in hiding?”, “What about your parents?”, “What was your fondest memory?”. All of these questions provided a solid foundation for the speaker to discuss her memories. She stated that the women who had brought her to the farmhouse in which she was hidden for 1 year had offered sugar and flour in exchange for her doll. She held onto this doll to keep her safe. She also brought artifacts which the students were able to pass around. It was an honor to have her present and speak to the students about her experience.
End of the Year Celebration
Each year the elementary students partake in an “end of the year” celebration with the rest of the school in the Project Room. This celebration includes Kindergarten to 8th year students. Montessori three year periods teach the students how to be the leaders and provide lessons and assistance to those whom are younger. The older students are seen as the role models for their younger peers. In this instance, the middle school students assisted the younger levels by preparing the room, hosting and cooking and serving the food. The tables are set up so that the Kindergarteners can enjoy their meal and dessert followed by educational activities held within the Project Room. Lower and Upper Elementary students visited as well and took their plates back to enjoy in their classrooms. Thank you Middle School!