Newsletter November 2014

 

November the 1st:- With the coordination between the school andThe Olive Festival Harvest Committee at The Peace Center/ Bethlehem, our students from the 8th grade participated in an Olive Picking Program organized by The Environmental Education Centre at Beit Jala (EEC.) They attended a lecture about the importance of the olive tree and the voluntary work. 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

November the 3rd :- For the first time, The Evangelical Lutheran School at Beit Sahour with the organization of The Institute of AMRA / Nablus implemented the TOEFL® Primary™ Reading and Listening Tests / Step 2 for the Sixth Grade and the TOEFL® Junior™ Standard Test for the Tenth Grade. AMRA gave the instruction of test before the test began. The idea of implementing this Test is to have an idea of the English language level at school. With this information we can strengthen the areas that are weak and progressive to more advance material in areas of strength. The test took 3 hours, for each grade. The students did an excellent job with the test format, which was different from any test that the students had taken in the past showed off all of their hard work and practice. They performed this traditional dance to anupbeat, traditional song.  With great pride and skill, they honored this traditional dance.  Even some of the younger students in the crowed were moved to dance by the traditional Palestinian music. After the Dabkeh performances, two upperclassmen read poetry about Palestinian independence. Once the performances were finished, the school administration presented a few select students. The Palestinian Independence Day events concluded with open Dabkeh dancing where students and staff joined together in celebration

 

November 4th:- A program in partnership with the YMCA was implements. The 4th and 5th graders will  have the opportunity to play different types of sports including gymnastics and swimming in the YMCA indoor swimming, pool every Tuesday

 

November 5th: To learn about University life, the school arranged for grade 11 to visit Berzait University and Tamer Institution, local in Ramallah. The goals for the visit were: to learn about university life, learn about the scientific course and programs at these two institutions and to participate in science experiments with experts

 

November 6th:The school organized an educational trip for the second, third and fourth grades. They visited religious, historical and archeological, in the Bethlehem district. The purpose of this trip was to help the students learn about the importance of some local places and how they are valued on an international level. One of the specific places they visited was the Environment Educational Centre; here the students learned about the programs implemented at the center. The trip included a trip the church of Nativity. At the end, they visited the SOS Centre at Bethlehem for needy students and learned about the work and programs of this center

November 6th:- The student senate arranged a lecture for the 10th and 11th grades. The lecture focused on people with disabilities and how to care for them, with the help of YAMAMA centre (located in Beit Jala). The lecture happened in the school hall.

 

November 6th:- The student senate arranged a Question-and-Answer (Q & A) contest  between the students of the 5th - 8th grades, in the school hall. The representative of the 5th grade won the contest. All the students benefit from the participating in the contest because of the good information that was discussed.

November 6th:- The school welcomed students from the Toqoa’ village, a village to the East of Beit Sahour. They students visited the math lab of the school. They had a lesson with the school math teacher- Mrs. Amani Qumsieh. The students enjoyed the lecture. They students were pleased to see the math educational materials and work with the materials.

 

November 13th:-Today, we celebrated Palestinian Independence Day at Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour.  The celebration took place on the school field, with all students and staff in attendance.  The celebrations began with some speeches prepared by the students.  Principal Shawqi Hawash addressed the students and staff.  He noted the importance of Palestinian Independence Day and why we celebrate it in the schools.  During the rest of the celebration, two student leaders from the eleventh grade served as the MCs.  They introduced each activity of the morning. Next, the Dabkeh teams performed. They showed off all of their hard work and practice. They performed this traditional dance to anupbeat, traditional song.  With great pride and skill, they honored this traditional dance.  Even some of the younger students in the crowed were moved to dance by the traditional Palestinian music. After the Dabkeh performances, two upperclassmen read poetry about Palestinian independence. Once the performances were finished, the school administration presented a few select students. The Palestinian Independence Day events concluded with open Dabkeh dancing where students and staff joined together in celebration.

The Environment Educational Centre (EEC) organized a two days workshop for teachers called “The Environment and citizenship identity” to work with the 8th graders from the four Evangelical Lutheran schools. The lecture was held in Jericho.From ELS, the principal of the school and two science teachers participated in this workshop; they learned more about this program and how to implement it.

 

 

The school participated in the annual Christmas Bazaar at the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. On exhibit was all of our students’ work, done in the vocational education classes.  Some items that were on display included handmade olive wood crafts, candles, embroidery, and ceramics. This annual bazaar is a wonderful opportunity for us to sell these handmade items. All proceeds go toward supporting students making additional handmade products in future vocational education classes.