The new school year will start with almost three weeks of the Joint Learning Session, August 7-24. Friday, August 25 is a Teacher Transition Day – no school for the students! The Greenhouse will officially start on Monday, August 28.
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.
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.
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!
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 :-).
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 :-).
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!
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!
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.
In the 5th and 6th grade classroom, students were counting 100 items and then weighing and measuring them.
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!
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