100th Day of School!

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On Thursday, January 28, we celebrated the 100th day of school at The Greenhouse.  Each class had activities centered around 100.   Students weighed, measured, counted, and guessed if there were more or less than 100.

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The whole school on the 100th Day of School. Principal, Mary Santos, got to wear the crown to celebrate!

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Welcome to the 100th Day of School!

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Kindergarten students practiced counting to 100!

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Grade 1 students hunt for 100 items!

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Grade 1 & 2 students roll the die 100 times!

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Grade 3 & 4 students create designs with 100 items.

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What can be done with 100 items?!?!?

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Grade 5 & 6 students explore the weights of various items!

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Weighing and measuring by the grade 5 & 6 students.

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Termites!

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A termite mound was removed from the rafters of a nearby building in early January.  On the first day of school after Christmas Break, each class at The Greenhouse took a turn studying and dissecting the mound.  Prior to the ‘field work’, each class learned about termites from books borrowed from the school library.

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Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2 students start their examination of the mound!

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We looked at the bottom of the mound.

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The kids agree that it was super hard!

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We saw some termites and ants in the abandoned tunnels.

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Some grade 3 students are getting ready for a closer look!

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Knock, knock…

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A close-up picture of the bottom of our termite mound.

 

 

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.

A new pole at last!

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One day during rainy season, the electrical pole at FES was noticed to be leaning a bit.  A few day later, and a good storm later, it was noted to be leaning significantly and directly over the walkway and gate to the school.  We called the Maintenance Department and put the request in to the electric company to have the pole replaced as it was clear that termites had been feasting for quite a while on the base of the pole. The gate and walkway became off-limits to students, staff and parents.

Last week, a crew of 6 men brought in a new electric pole.  Here are a few pictures to document it’s arrival.  All is good now :-).

The old electrical pole leaning precariously over the walkway!

The old electrical pole leaning precariously over the walkway!

The new pole coming in on the shoulders of the workers.

The new pole coming in on the shoulders of the workers.

Setting the new pole next to the old one.

Setting the new pole next to the old one.

Securing the new pole.  No cement, but rocks firmly imbedded along with the pole keep it secure.

Securing the new pole. No cement, but rocks firmly imbedded along with the pole keep it secure.

Changing the wires from the old  pole to the new one.

Changing the wires from the old pole to the new one.

The new pole with all it's accoutrements :-).

The new pole with all it’s accoutrements :-).

The 100th Day of School

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Friday, January 23, 2015 was the 100th Day of School at The Greenhouse. We celebrated school-wide with special activities in each class!

Several teachers came to school looking 100 years old.  We especially enjoyed Miss Myrtle and Miss Gertle leading our chapel worship :-).

The kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 teachers: Miss Gertle and Miss Myrtle

The kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 teachers: Miss Gertle and Miss Myrtle

Worship during chapel

Worship during chapel

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 2 also came dressed as 100 year olds.  Some had special glasses, most had flour-white hair while others needed a cane and one student had a paper white beard.  Very creative indeed!

These kindergarten students look to be 100 years old!

These kindergarten students look to be 100 years old!

Pretending to be 100 years old, these grade 2 students need a cane.

Pretending to be 100 years old, these grade 1 students need a cane.

These 100 year old grade 2 students!

These are 100 year old students!

In PE, Mrs. Anderson had the students do 100 physical activities such as 10 jumping jacks, jumping 10 hurdles, bouncing a basketball 10 times, running 10 laps, etc.  Amazing what the kids could do!

100 physical activities included jumping hurdles

100 physical activities included jumping hurdles

Grades 1-4 combined efforts for a multi-class scavenger hunt for numbers 1 through 100.  In pairs, the students found the hidden numbers and then had to put them in order on the number line on the classroom floor.

Pairs of grade 1-4 students located the hidden 1-100 cards and then put them in order.

Pairs of students located the hidden 1-100 cards and then put them in order.

In the 5th and 6th grade classroom, students were counting 100 items and then weighing and measuring them.

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

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Miss Watts and Grandma Gracie

Miss Watts and Grandma Gracie

Even Miss Watts got into the spirit of things and brought Grandma Gracie to school! She can give you Miss Watt’s list of Top 100 Favorite Books in the ERC.

Overall, the day was most enjoyable with opportunities for teamwork and math and a break from the routines of school.

P.S. Don’t tell the kids they were doing math!

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