October Newsletter 2013

October 3, 2013: With the cooperation between the Health department in Bethlehem area and the school we completed a campaign against German measles, children Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria for classes 1st - 5th and also the 9th grade by giving them the right vaccination.


October 5, 2013: The school participated in the Awareness Day in Ramallah. The 10th grade participated in this program and they were accompanied by Miss Nidal Awad and Miss Samar Andoni, the social worker at our school. They learned about the companies that we have in the West Bank and Ramallah. The students heard an explanation from each company about their work and services they provide for their customers.


A program was shared and implemented in a partnership between the YMCA and the school to give our students the opportunity to play different types of sports including athletics, gymnastics, and swimming in the YMCA indoor swimming pool. This program will be implemented in grades 1 – 12 with all of the classes.


October 10, 2013: Under the direction of Bethlehem Education Directorate, they held a Chess Competition in Bethlehem. Our school participated in the event by sending two students, one from the 11th grade and a female student from the 8th grade to represent the school.


October 11, 2013: The Environmental Club of the school organized a trip to Jericho with the Environment Education Centre for students in grades 7 – 10. They visited several natural reserve places during a “Bird Watching Activity” in order to learn more about residential and migrating birds in Palestine.


October 17 - 20, 2013: For the first time, The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour and other Lutheran schools participated in the Model United Nation (MUN) Program with other schools in Palestine. The other participating schools include Dar Al-Kalima in Bethlehem, Talitha Kumi in Beit Jala, and the Evangelical Hope School in Ramallah. Six 11th grade students from The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour participated in several MUN workshops in Beit Jala, Ramallah, and Jerusalem, to learn how the MUN Program operates.  Students also used these workshops to practice their skills in research, debate, and negotiating.  The most important skill that students learn and practice is to be an ambassador to the country for which they represent. In Model United Nations, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from U.N. member states to debate current issues on the organization's vast agenda. Student delegates in MUN prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and intensely navigate the United Nations Rules of Procedure, as applied in the respective United Nations bodies. Students do all this in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect almost every country on Earth. All MUN delegates have to obey these Rules of Procedure, which are a simplified version of those used in the real United Nations conferences. The sessions of the committees are led by Chairs and Co-Chairs. Before playing out their roles in Model United Nations, students research global problems to be addressed. Some common global problems include peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization. Students choose one of these topics, or a similar topic, and learn the position of this topic in the country to which they are a delegate.  Students then research this topic to form arguments to debate at MUN meetings.  A students’ most important role is to represent the country’s position to which they are a delegate.  They must take the side of and fully support their country. Through MUN, students learn how the international community acts on its concerns about many global topics. Student delegates look closely at the needs, aspirations, and foreign policy of the countries they represent. At the end of their experience, students have a firmer understanding of global concerns and how the real U.N. operates to address them. Students will also have developed some strong ideas of their own to address these global concerns.


October 24, 2013: Today, our students had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a healthy breakfast program.  Students in grades 1 through 6 enjoyed the program during lesson 3, while students in grades 7 through 12 enjoyed it during lesson 4.  This program supports making good choices for breakfast—healthy and natural foods over processed ones.  Our students were encouraged to select fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome choices.

During the program, students were given the chance to try different healthy breakfast items.  Among the examples were fresh vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, and other wholesome foods including nutritious boiled eggs, freshly made bread, calcium-rich yogurt and cheese, handpicked olives, and, of course, naturally made olive oil and thyme. Students happily ate these foods all while making their bodies and minds healthier for learning.

October 25, 2013: 25 Students from the 7th and 8th grade participated in an Olive Picking Program organized by The Environmental Education Centre at Beit Jala (EEC.) The students helped a farmer whose land was confiscated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF.) All of the olive trees on his land were completely destroyed by the IDF to make room for the future building of the Apartheid Wall. The EEC and the students completed the voluntary work, and in doing so they expressed a loyalty to the land and to the olive tree, a blessing held sacred from our Lord, Jesus Christ. By learning about and understanding the farmer’s experience, our students join in solidarity with the farmer and his family, who very much appreciated this voluntary work.


October 29, 2013: A group from Sweden’s Cathedral Parish of Linkoping, a sister congregation to Beit Sahour Church, visited the school. During their visit, they learned about the work and programs that the school implements for its students. The group had a tour of the school and visited classes, the workshops, kindergarten, souvenir shop, and other school facilities. Mr. Salim Jaber gave them a brief history about the school and its aims. Then, he spoke to them about different types of school programs, including the Vocational Education Program, the Special Education Program, and the Music Therapy Program. He also informed the group about the School Choir, Dabkeh Group, Environmental Club, and other activities in which the school’s students participate.


October 29, 2013: The kindergarten had the opportunity to visit the olive press in Beit Sahour, continuing their lessons this month about the olive harvest. There, the students learned about olives and the process of turning olives into olive oil. After that, they visited the Gosh Ghrab Park in Beit Sahour to enjoy the beautiful day and have fun playing with their friends.