April Newsletter 2013

 

April 11-12, 2013 – The students from the 10th
and 11th grades travelled to the North with several teacher
chaperones. It is part of our program with the students to allow them to see
more of their country (continued from our trips to Jerusalem with each of the
classes in . The school worked to obtain permissions for the students to go up
to places like Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Akko, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberius, on the
Sea of Galilee, and Jericho. It was an overnight trip and the students stayed
together at a hotel on Thursday night. The trip was fantastic and all of the
students had fun. There are many pictures from the trip to document because it
was a very valuable experience for all of them. In this country, it is
difficult for people to move throughout the area. It is not easy for students
to receive permission often to travel, and so it is a great opportunity for the
school to facilitate this trip for them to see the beauty of the land around
them.

 

April 12, 2013 – Some of our students from the
Environmental Club went on a hike sponsored by the Environmental Education
Center from Solomon’s Pools in Bethlehem to the village of Artas. Along the
way, they were taught about certain ecological issues that occur in the area
due to pollution and also because of destruction by settlements in the
vicinity. It was a fun hike, but the participants also learned a lot.

 

April 13, 2013 – There was a Math Olympiad for
the schools in the Bethlehem area. Our school participated. It was an event to
showcase skills in mathematics that they have learned throughout their academic
careers. Our school always enjoys participating in such events so as to exhibit
pride in the valuable education our students are receiving.

 

April 17-18, 2013 – We had the Nursing School
from Bethlehem University come to provide medical screening for our students
and students from other schools in the area. The event was sponsored and
officiated by our school, the Bishop of the ELCJHL, the Directorate of the
ELCJHL schools, and the nurses from Bethlehem University. It was a wonderful
event and we had a good turnout. The nurses explained certain common illnesses
such as osteoporosis and diabetes. They also provided checks for students and
teachers such as blood pressure and other basic analyses. It was an important
event because it allowed for our students and the society to understand how
important good health is for everyone.

 

April 18, 2013 – The school hosted an Open Day.
It was a day of no regular classes and several educational activities and
competitions as well as some extracurricular activities. We had competitions
for things like hand-writing, Sudoku, choosing 5 words (English and Arabic) to
describe the school or community, etc. We also had a football match and a
trampoline for dunking on the basketball goals. Our 3rd and 4th
grade classes hosted an “apple” theme for their activities and did things like
bobbing for apples, eating apples off of strings in the air, etc. Also, all of
the learning activities (math, science, and reading) were centered around
apples. It was a lot of fun, but the students were also showcasing a lot of
their educational skills. This is an event that we have every year.\

 

April 22, 2013 – We began the construction for
the bridge connecting our two buildings. As we’ve explained before, we’d like
to have a bridge to go from the second floor of one building to the second
floor of another. This will help to facilitate the traffic from class to class
more efficiently. It will mainly help to allow for the upper classes to more
easily travel to the science lab and multi-purpose room. We are also in the
process of trying to create a Physics lab to go with the Chemistry lab that is
already in use. The bridge will not take long to complete and we are excited to
have it ready for foot-traffic as soon as possible.

 

April 24, 2013 – A group of people from the
Al-Waha Center came to school to spend some time with our students. The center
specializes in helping people with physical and mental disabilities. They
brought several of their clients to socialize with students from some of our
classes such as 9th grade. The students hosted a lot of activities
for the visitors. For example, they played games with them on the sports field
and they had conversations with them during the break in the school day. The
center had also put together a presentation for our school. It was a fun day,
and both the students and the visitors from the center wore smiles on their
faces all day. This was a great experience for our students in order to be
active in such an important mission in the society

  

The ELS soccer team won all
the football matches for the higher level classes which were held at the Hope
School playground in Ramallah. All four Lutheran Schools participated in the
event. We are very proud of our athletic achievements for our students at
school.

 

There was a scientific project done by Lutfi Al –Atrash (10th grade student) and he qualified
for the final contest entitled “The Scientific Technological Initiative and
Creativity” for students from all the Palestinian Schools. The idea of the
project is how to make electricity from cars moving over ordinary speed bumps
in the street. It was very impressive and we are very proud of Lutfi’s work and
effort with the project. We hope it inspires further research and attention.

The school administration signed an agreement with the World Vision Institution so as to support the
Vocational Training Program with raw materials and equipment. This will develop
the work of the students and encourage them to take this program seriously in
the future and also to enhance the students to participate in it.

 

 

The students from the 7th,8th and 9th grades travelled to the North with several
teacher chaperones. It is part of our program with the students to allow them
to see more of their country (continued from our trips to Jerusalem with each
of the classes in the first semester). The school worked to obtain permissions
for the students to go up to places like Jaffa, Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberius, on
the Sea of Galilee, and Jericho. It was an overnight trip and the students
stayed together at a hotel on Tuesday night. The trip was fantastic and all of
the students had fun. There are many pictures from the trip to document because
it was a very valuable experience for all of them. In this country, it is
difficult for people to move throughout the area. It is not easy for students
to receive permission often to travel, and so it is a great opportunity for the
school to facilitate this trip for them to see the beauty of the land around
them.

 

The students from the 11thscientific class participated in the Math Thinking Contest which was organized
by the Bethlehem Directorate of Education for all the schools in Bethlehem
area. In this contest, Jamal Bannourah won first place.

Rae’d Jubran from the 9thgrade came in second place at the Math Olympiad, which was organized by the
Bethlehem Directorate of Education for all the schools at Bethlehem area. At
the end of May he will participate in the Final Olympiad on the national level

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There was a contest called Natural Photography”, which was organized by the Environmental Education
Center and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land. Fadi Ishaq from the 8th grade won the contest and he was honored by His
Excellency, Dr. Bishop Munib Yonan, who handed him the first prize. The prize
was a camera. The Choir and the School Band also participated in the event’s
cultural performances.