May Newsletter 2015

Saturday 2nd:- The Open Day. Students had four lessons in the morning. To celebrate this special day, there were activities for the students. Activities included making Sherak bread, sports, face painting, a photo presentation from 8th grade and a Dabkeh performance. A British group visited the school on that day and watched the Dabkeh performance in Jaber Nassar Hall and they enjoyed itSaturday 2nd:- The Open Day. Students had four lessons in the morning. To celebrate this special day, there were activities for the students. Activities included making Sherak bread, sports, face painting, a photo presentation from 8th grade and a Dabkeh performance. A British group visited the school on that day and watched the Dabkeh performance in Jaber Nassar Hall and they enjoyed it

Monday 4th:- The 11th grade students from all of the Lutheran Schools went to Hope School (in Ramallah), as part of the Career Counseling Program. Each student gave a PowerPoint presentation about their research and their career counseling experience, during the school year

 

Thursday 7th:- A VIP delegation of 23 persons from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/ Canada visited the school. They met Rev. Ashraf Tannous and spoke about the role of the church and its support to the community and school in Beit Sahour. After that, Mr. Salim Jaber – the Deputy Principal, explained to them the educational system that the Lutheran Church implements in its four schools in Palestine. Then, Mr. Salim gave explained the programs and activities that the ELS offers to its students. The group had a tour of the school’s facilities and had a close look at the Vocational Educational Program, in the workshops. The group saw how we teach the students with a holistic approach, in order to prepare the students for their lives outside of school

 

Friday 8th:- The Mr. Hani Al-Shomali Leadership Award. This award was first given in 2004 and this annual award is given in honor of the Late Mr. Hani Al-Shomali, a graduate of the Evangelical Lutheran School. Each year, one male and one female student from the 10th or 11th grade are selected to receive the honor. The award is based on their distinguished work in extracurricular activities and their positive influence in society, with special attention paid to their academic progress and activities at school and in the local community. The qualities both indicate their future leadership abilities. Six students (3 females and 3 males) are nominated by their classmates, teachers and administration. Additionally, there is a special committee who interviews the candidates to evaluate and choose the two recipients from the six nominations. The two award winners are announced at the annual graduation ceremony. Recipients of the award receive a plaque and a monetary grant. This year, the committee chose one girl and two male students who shared the award. The school invited 9th, 10th and 11th graders with their parents to attend the interview’s event in Jaber Nassar Hall

Tuesday 19:- The Evangelical Lutheran School celebrated the accomplishments of its 28 graduates from the 12 grades both Scientific and Humanitarian sections.  We proudly honored them in our annual graduation ceremony, which took place on the school field at 5:30 pm. in front of hundreds of dignitaries, teachers, families, and community members.  Speakers included Rev. Dr. Bishop Munib Yunnan, Director of Education Dr. Charlie Haddad, Principal Shawki Hawash, and representatives from the graduating class. In his speech the principle announced and spoke about the new Annual Academic Award which was given by the family of the Late Principal of the school Mr. Jaber Nassar, holding his name so as to commemorate his effort and deeds for the school and Beit Sahour community. In addition to that, the ceremony honored students who were distinguished in their leadership activities and studies. Also, the ceremony hosted performances by the Lutheran Scouts, the school Dabkeh group, Brass for Peace group, and the school choir.  The ELS administration and staff were so proud to honor the 2014- 2015 – The Eighteenth Graduate Class

June 2nd:- A very important delegation visited the school consist of 4 people representing the ELCA and Augsburg College in the United States (a Lutheran college in Minnesota) Bishop Mark Hanson (former presiding bishop of the ELCA) and his wife Ione Paul Priebbenow (president of the college) Eric Canny (director of global studies at the school). Dr. Charlie Haddad the director of education and Mr. Shawki Hawwash the school’s principal welcomed them at the school campus. Dr. Charlie spoke about the educational system of the Lutheran schools in general. Then, they had a tour of the school and listened to a brief history about the development of it. Moreover, they visited the workshops and the Kindergarten. They also learned about the different programs that the school implements with the students at different grade levels. They were very pleased to hear about the activities and programs that the school offers

 

June 2nd:- The annual graduation of the Kindergarten, age 5. Today the school and parents celebrated their students’ graduation to first grade. The KG students from all three classes sang songs and gave small speeches to show all they have learned this year. Students from different KG classes sang about future careers in Arabic, shapes and colors in English, and numbers in Arabic. And they sang two other songs in Arabic. The audience was happy and the parents enjoyed the graduation and the work we do with their beloved children