SIS News Archive
At SIS, we strive to develop our students as global citizens who understand, appreciate, and honor the many cultures represented in our community. Here in the ECC, we do this with our youngest students by bringing celebrations to life! We are quite fortunate to have such an active, caring community to support these efforts.
Over the past few weeks, our students have been learning about Chinese New Year traditions, symbols, practices, and legends. Our teachers and students brought the legends of Nian to life through stories, artwork, and in play. Parents and grandparents shared their cultural skills through classroom visits to teach brush painting, calligraphy, and cooking. This multigenerational sharing builds connection and meaning for all. A Lion Dance just for our ECC students allowed our young children to playfully interact with the Lions in an up close and personal way. And for our culminating event, our ECC Chinese New Year Parade, each child proudly displayed his or her handmade lanterns, firecrackers, roosters, dragons and more.As a special surprise for our students and families, our ECC TA's choreographed and performed a traditional Umbrella Dance. By sharing their culture in such a beautiful way, our TAs modeled cultural respect and pride for our youngest learners.Our strong and caring community - students, staff, parents, grandparents, and community members - have come together once again to support our developing global citizens. We are fortunate to be able to learn about and celebrate our host country's culture and traditions in playful, fun, and authentic ways.Xin Nian Kuai Le!!!
Christy Carrillo | Director of Early Childhood Center