Apples, Apples, Apples!

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Last week, The Greenhouse kindergarten students were busy learning about apples. They have been counting and adding apples, graphing their family’s favorite types of apples, reading lots of books about apples, learning about the life cycle of an apple, writing and drawing about apples, singing songs about apples, and much more.

But their favorite activity was making an apple pie!

They enjoyed helping with different steps of the process including mixing the dough for the crust, cutting the apples, mixing the cinnamon and sugar into the apples, and scooping the apples into the crust.

And of course they LOVED eating it too!

Mixing the pastry dough!

Mixing the pastry dough!

Rolling out the pastry dough!

Rolling out the pastry dough!

Cutting apples to go into the pie!

Cutting apples to go into the pie!

Stirring sugar and cinnamon on the apples!

Stirring sugar and cinnamon on the apples!

Carefully filling the bottom crust with sugar and cinnamon coated apples!

Carefully filling the bottom crust with sugar and cinnamon coated apples!

All done and ready for the oven!

All done and ready for the oven!

Eating it is the best part!

Eating it is the best part!

Thank you for bringing a slice to The Greenhouse Principal, Mrs. Santos!

Thank you for bringing a slice to The Greenhouse Principal, Mrs. Santos!

AUGUST 2015 JLS

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The August Joint Learning Session was a great start to our school year!  Home school students and The Greenhouse students were together for three weeks of classroom learning and group events.  Highlights included baseball and art class (see pictures below). We had 46 students from 24 families representing 7 nationalities in kindergarten through grade 6.

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Everyone!

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Everyone poking a friend!

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Landscape drawings by students in grades 3-6.

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Static nature drawings by students in grades 3-6.

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Little fish, big fish paintings by students in kindergarten through grade 2.

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Butterfly symmetry paintings by students in kindergarten through grade 2.

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Thank you for teaching us, Mr. Balazs!

Batter up!

Batter up!

Batter up...and the next one...and the next one...

Batter up…and the next one…and the next one…

Off to first base!

Off to first base!

Safe at first plate!

Safe at first base!

Outfield is ready to catch!

Outfield is ready to catch!

Nice swing!

Nice swing!

Practicing the right wrist action for throwing.

Practicing the right wrist action for throwing.

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.

April 2015 Joint Learning Session

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On the heels of spring break, all the FES home school students joined with The Greenhouse students for two weeks of classroom teaching during the April Joint Learning Session (JLS), April 13-24, 2015.  The classrooms swelled with students making this the largest JLS in over ten years with 62 students!

Opening of the April JLS

Opening of the April JLS

Students studied inventors, wars and revolutions, weights and measures, rain forests, simple machines, sound and the ear, and more!

The grade 3-6 students took part in standardized testing on several mornings.  All the students enjoyed the afternoon classes: music class taught by Mr. Chris Gassler and his team of helpers or soccer instruction headed up by Mr. Drew Maust and his team of helpers.

Warming up for soccer

Warming up for soccer

An extra blessing this session was the optional Martial Arts and Ballet lessons taught by Mrs. Sandi Roach.  What a special gift for our students to receive instruction in these sports.  Kids who participated in all the activities had very full days!

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Martial Arts

Martial Arts

At the JLS Closing Program, students demonstrated what they learned in music class and in Martial Arts.  Those in the ballet class performed a short ballet about inventors created by Mrs. Roach.  Well done, everyone!

Students, teachers and staff

Students, teachers and staff

Ahhh, personalities come out!

Ahhh, personalities come out!

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!

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

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!