Swimming Lessons!

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Students in kindergarten through grade 6 participated in swimming lessons during the December Joint Learning Session (December 7-18, 2015).  Parents and volunteers drove kids from school to two local pools as well as were the swim instructors and helpers.  Kids (and the adults!) loved getting to swim and play in the pools every afternoon during dry season.  Great progress was made by all!

Enjoy a few pictures of our kids in their groups and during free time.

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First day of the new school year, August 10, 2015

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Excitement was high both outside and inside of school on the first day of the new school year.  Students and parents were gathering outside waiting for the bell to ring.  Teachers and staff were inside with last-minute preparations and peeking out the window to catch glimpses of their students.

Home school students and The Greenhouse students will have three weeks of classroom learning: reviewing math skills, writing research reports (grades 3-6), science projects and learning about Ancient Egypt. We’re off to a good start with lots of learning and growing to come in the next three weeks!

Mrs. Santos talks with students about where they can and cannot play at recess.

Mrs. Santos talks with students about where they can and cannot play at recess.

Parents and teachers listen to instructions on the 1st day of school.

Parents and teachers listen to instructions on the 1st day of school.

The grade 5 & 6 students know how to line up!

The grade 5 & 6 students know how to line up!

Kindergarten students (on right) and grade 1 & 2 students line up for class.

Kindergarten students (on right) and grade 1 & 2 students line up for class.

Volunteers provide answers for where students can play at recess.

Volunteers provide answers for where students can play at recess.

Waiting patiently to go to class.

Waiting patiently to go to class.

December 2014 JLS

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Home school families and The Greenhouse students enjoyed two weeks of classroom teaching time, December 8-19, 2014. The sports this session was swimming which is a highlight for most students.  Nine afternoons in the pool as part of school, it just doesn’t get any better than that for most kids!

At the American School of Yaounde (ASOY) or at the French Club, it was a team of 20 parents, staff and volunteers who drove, taught and assisted the various levels.  The students made great progress!  Well done to everyone!

All the students and staff of the December 2014 JLS.

All the students and staff of the December 2014 JLS.

Students and staff at the December 2014 JLS - with reindeer antlers :-).

Students and staff at the December 2014 JLS – with reindeer antlers :-).

Level 1 swimmers

Level 1 swimmers

Level 2 swimmers

Level 2 swimmers

Level 3 swimmers

Level 3 swimmers

Level 4 swimmers

Level 4 swimmers

Level 5 swimmers

Level 5 swimmers

Levels 6-10 swimmers

Levels 6-10 swimmers

The staff at FES…

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We are blessed by the quality and commitment of the teachers and staff at The Greenhouse.  We expect a lot of them in the course of a school year.

The year starts with three weeks of classroom teaching for the August JLS (for home school and The Greenhouse students).  Once over and minus the home school kids, teachers now make lesson plans for The Greenhouse kids for the rest of the semester.

Just before the end of the semester, teachers re-do all their lesson plans as the home school kids return to Yaounde for the December JLS.  This will include some of the same kids as were here in August, or there may be other home school children.  Either way, it’s a change in the social and teaching dynamics of the classroom!  And the school day is shorter due to swimming lessons!

Often in January, families will arrive in Yaounde for the first time or will be returning from a furlough.  This is yet another change in the social and teaching dynamics of the classroom.  The routine stays pretty much the same for the rest of the 3rd quarter.

Fourth quarter of the year is all a jumble!  After a 2.5 week Spring Break in March/early April, we have the April JLS with the home school kids.  Again, some of the same students and there may be some that we haven’t seen since August…or maybe this is the 3rd JLS they’ve been at this year.  Either way, we love having them and the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom.

By the end of the April JLS, there’s only about 5 weeks of school left in The Greenhouse school year.  Time to buckle down, finish up, and tie up the loose strings!

The amazing staff for the 2014-15 school year:

  • Mary Santos – FES Coordinator/Principal
  • DeAnna Anderson – FES Assistant, PE Teacher
  • Kay Watts – ERC Manager & Librarian
  • Carolyn Partridge – Itinerant Teacher
  • Beth Ervin – Kindergarten Teacher, Fall 2014
  • Katie Marjorins – Kindergarten Assistant, Fall 2014, Kindergarten Teacher, Spring 2015
  • Karen Merry – Grade 1 & 2 Teacher
  • Naomi Emberson – Grade 3 & 4 Teacher
  • Barbara Lane – Grade 5 & 6 Teacher
  • Donna Cox – Music teacher
  • Renee Isaac – French Teacher
  • Jeff Dangers – ESL Tutor
Mrs. Mary Santos FES Coordinator

Mrs. Mary Santos
FES Coordinator

Mrs. DeAnna Anderson FES Assistant, PE Teacher

Mrs. DeAnna Anderson
FES Assistant, PE Teacher

Miss Kay Watts ERC Manager & Librarian

Miss Kay Watts
ERC Manager &
Librarian

Mrs. Beth Ervin Kindergarten Teacher Fall 2014

Mrs. Beth Ervin
Kindergarten Teacher
Fall 2014

Miss Katie Majorins, Kindergarten Assistant, Fall 2014; Kindergarten Teacher , Spring 2015

Miss Katie Majorins, Kindergarten Assistant, Fall 2014; Kindergarten Teacher, Spring 2015

Miss Karen Merry Teacher grades 1 &2

Miss Karen Merry
Teacher grades 1 & 2

 

Miss Naomi Emberson  Teacher Grades 3 & 4

Miss Naomi Emberson
Teacher Grades 3 & 4

Mrs. Barb Lane Teacher Grade 5 & 6

Mrs. Barb Lane
Teacher Grade 5 & 6

Mr. Jeff Dangers ESL Tutor

Mr. Jeff Dangers
ESL Tutor

Start of the Academic Year

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We started the academic year on August 11th with the August Joint Learning Session (JLS).  It was a wonderful time focusing on the historical theme of Age of Science and Exploration.  Kindergarten through Grade 6 focused on advances in science, industrialization and much much more.  We are blessed to have a full teaching staff, a full administrative staff and a large student population.

August JLS School Photo

Lined up and Ready

The students are lined up and ready for the school day to begin!