December Newsletter 2014

December 1stThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jerusalem hosted a Christmas Bazaar for the Lutheran community. Many things were on display at the bazaar such as edible treats, decorative items, clothes, handicrafts, books, etc. Some of the handicrafts that were available for sale were made by our students in their activities at school. These included some olive wood carvings, some homemade candles, hand-sewn embroideries, and other items. The bazaar was a hit, and it was especially exciting to see many of the visitors impressed by the work of the students

December 2ndThe school administration was invited to participate in the Kairos Workshop opening ceremony and also to commemorate the fifth anniversary for its launch at Bethlehem Hotel. One of our female students from the 7th grade said a prayer for Palestine with other students from different schools


December 4th – A group of students who play chess from the 2nd – 6th grades participated in a chess competition at Dar Al-Kalima, where they competed with the students there. The winners were honored by giving gifts and presents for their participation. All the students had fun during the day

December 6th–Santa Claus visited the school and students. He went from class to class ringing bells, singing carols, and spreading joy and cheer by putting smiles on the faces of the students. Every class, from kindergarten to the twelfth grade, was greeted with a Christmas blessing and delicious chocolate treats. This is one thing we like to do every year for our students to brighten their moods during exam time and the last few weeks before the holiday

December 6th – Students from the third to the fifth grade were invited to watch an interactive play about Christmas Season and a music concert at Talita-Kumi School in Beit Jala. It was a fun event for the children who were excited about the holidays. It is obvious that our school enjoys helping our students get into the spirit of the Christmas season with many kinds of entertaining and joyous events


December 8th– There was a drawing competition which was organized by the Directorate of Education / Bethlehem. Some of our students were interested in participating because they want to put their artistic skills to the test. We support our students’ creative interests and we are always thrilled when they do well in competitions like this

December 13thThe four Lutheran schools celebrated the Palestinian Teachers day at Dar Al-Kalima School in the new Sport Hall. A speech were made by Dr. Charlie Haddad, the Director of Education Office, were he welcomed the teachers in this special event and thanked them about their distinguish role in educating the students. All teachers and employees celebrated the event by playing volley ball at the new Sport Hall. The Teachers Team of ELS won the game. After that, all were invited to have lunch and enjoy the rest of the day

December 16th– A lecture was held at the school hall by the Beit Sahour BDS Local committee about BDS. They addressed the students and explained to them about the importance of BDS. Moreover, they talked about the National Palestinian Campaign in every Palestinian city and also abroad

December 16th– Our Parent Council celebrated Palestinian Teachers’ Day with us. After school, all of the teachers gathered with the parents to eat kanafeh, a traditional Palestinian sweet, and have social time. The president of the Parent Council and the headmaster of the school both gave speeches to the group. The teachers were also given a gift of appreciation and respect. The event was a nice way for the parents of our students to thank our teachers and celebrate all of their hard work throughout the year so far


December 22nd There was a party at noon for all of the teachers to come together in the School Hall to eat peanuts, drink wine and pack peanuts for students. Retired teachers and principals were also invited to celebrate and join the event with our current teachers, YAGM and volunteers. It was a time for fun, fellowship, and sharing in the Christmas spirit

December 23rd– We held a Christmas service at 6:00 p.m. in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour. There were performances by the school choir and we had many visitors, parents, and community members attend. The bishop of the ELCJHL came to support us, as well. It was a wonderful event to celebrate the holiday season with the students’ participation in the service through acting and singing for Christmas and the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Brass for Peace musical group performed during the Christmas service at the church for our participating students. They played their instruments in a ten minutes piece of music. Our students have been working with this group all year and it has been a great experience for them. It is important for our students to learn musical skills because it is an expressive outlet for them to build on their artistic side and creativity


December 23rd – We had a Christmas party at 8:00 p.m. (after the Christmas service) at the Ararat restaurant in Beit Sahour. It was a party for all of the Lutheran schools in the Bethlehem and Ramallah areas. It was fun to get together to celebrate before the holiday. We had a wonderful turnout including all of the teachers, administrations, German and volunteers, American volunteers (YAGM), and many families and friends of the schools and churches. We all ate a delicious dinner together, and it was a wonderful way to end this part of the school year


December 24th– Our choir of the school participated in the Beit Sahour event called ‘The Annual Christmas Shepherded Nights,’ when they sang many Christmas hymns and songs. The audiences were pleased to hear these songs and it was a very special event. After that, all the people of Beit Sahour and others walked in a procession of lights to the Downtown grocery store, where everyone helped light the town Christmas tree.