Friday, January 25, 2013

International Social

The UMS families had a great time at this year's International Social, an event where  children share their backgrounds and customs with their classmates, and learn about various cultures of the UMS families. There was a large variety of food, crafts, maps, flags and clothing representative of the many different cultures among the children.

We had so much fun rolling out Roti (Indian bread) with play dough
The dragon parade

We had fun singing songs
 And eating variety of food, but cupcakes were best;)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hanukkah & Sugar Cookies.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.
We observed the festival by the kindling of the lights of a unique candeltree, the nine-branched Menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night .
We also feasted on some delicious potato latkes with sour cream and apple sauce.

Then we made our very own sugar cookies.

Once they cooled off, we decorated them and enjoyed these sweet tasting treats.

Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas everyone.
We made symbolic ornaments for our school Christmas Tree
             We  made stars, menorahs, candy cones, wreaths & trees.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration with origins in Spain, now celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States, recognizing Mary & Joseph's search for shelter for the birth of baby Jesus.
    We all traveled to each of the classroom seeking this shelter.

The head of the procession carried a candle inside a paper lampshade.
Children also carry poinsettias.
And Once shelter  was found, we celebrated with a traditional star-shaped Piñata.
We had so much fun hitting  Piñata.

Once the  Piñata broke open we ran to gather fruit candy hidden inside.