It’s been a celebratory week! Chinese New Year began Monday with our dragon parade winding through the school. The children took turns holding the painted dragon and playing instruments to welcome the new year and scare out the old. Cyndy wished each child Happy New Year in Chinese and passed out red envelopes with a Chinese coin for all students (A big thank you to Jing, in Lower El, for giving away her coins). Our morning festivities ended with a story, oranges and stir fry (white rice, whole baby corn, water chestnuts, and green beans). For this Year of the Monkey, many children made monkey masks. Lanterns, doing much of the calendar in Chinese, and hearing Chinese stories (some from the 1930s-40s) rounded out the week. Invited to Lower El one afternoon, children were also fascinated to listen to a man learning to play the didgeridoo (traditional instrument from aboriginal people in Australia). Valentine works were popular too, as children made designs with perler beads, spooned small ribbon roses, made hearts and cards, ate red foods, and shared valentine news and stories.
Stay warm and have fun over the winter break week!
Take care, Maureen, Cyndy and Fatima