Families enjoyed strolling around the wide assortment of booths and tables that comprised La Kermés, the School of Dual Language’s annual Latin American Carnival, last Friday. Volunteers provided samples of delicious snacks, main dishes and desserts from many Latin American countries, including Columbia, Mexico and Puerto Rico, including empanadas, bunuelos, and chicharrones. Children played all sorts of games from bowling to basketball. Families had a chance to win a variety of children’s games through a raffle. Children enjoyed the face-painting and temporary tattoos. Overall, the event provided a wonderful taste of the world and culture south of the border.
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Third grade students at the School Of Dual Language got an opportunity to review many of the different activities they learned in gym over the year at today’s PE Year in Review. There were smiles everywhere as students climbed ropes, swang on ropes, bowled, jumped rope and played box hockey, volleyball, basketball and so much more all in one gym period.
The Hawthorn PTO put together a “Tuesday Tacos” lunch for teachers and staff at the School of Dual Language. The lunch included guacamole and chips, tacos and fake margaritas. The PTO is organizing events throughout the week at all the schools to thank teachers for all the great work they do throughout the year.
Students in Ms. Brandt’s fourth-grade class read a play in Spanish to students in Ms. Roznowski’s first grade class. The students did a great job.
This spring, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test as the federally required assessment administered to all third through eighth grade students. At a School of Dual Language assembly for third through fifth grade students, staff reviewed instructions, tips and techniques to help students take the test, including breathing techniques. At the end of the assembly, students engaged in a fun relay race that was organized in such a way to help them remember the tips they had just learned.
The School of Dual Language was chosen by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to participate in the Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth Assessment for 2018-2019. This project provides free dental screenings and height/weight measurement for students. The purpose of the assessment survey is to learn about children’s oral health and growth patterns across the state of Illinois.
Everyone knows that leprechauns love gold. First-grade students at the School of Dual Language created colorful and decorative traps to catch the leprechaun using gold coins, rainbows, four leaf clovers and other objects. While it appears the leprechaun was once again too smart to be caught, this was a fun STEM project for the students and their families.
Third through fifth graders were singing and dancing as Andres Salguero and Christina performed at the School of Dual Language during a morning assembly on March 8. Even the teachers were dancing as the Latin Grammy-winning music duo provided lessons through music. Their songs provided a fun and creative way for the students to learn about North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. They spoke and sang in English, Spanish and regularly used sign language. Whatever the language, their performance was full of fun for everyone.
Ms. Guerrero’s fifth-grade class at the School of Dual Language had their first guitar lesson on Monday. Music teacher Ms. Schaefges taught them how to remember the standard tuning of the guitar (EADGBE) by teaching them the phrase: Every Amateur Does Get Better Eventually. She taught them how to strum and play chords. The students had fun as they familiarized themselves with a new instrument.