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!

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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!

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

World Teacher’s Day

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October 5 is World Teacher’s Day.  In Cameroon, the teachers and staff get an outfit or skirt made from the special pagne (fabric).  Here’s the 2014 staff. Left to right: Naomi Emberson, Kay Watts, Katie Majorins, Barb Lane, Mary Santos, Karen Merry.

World Teacher's Day, 5 October 2014

World Teacher’s Day, 5 October 2014

Pictured below is another one of our staff member’s for 2014, DeAnna Anderson.  However, she wasn’t present for the group photo.

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