by Guest Bloggers Jennison Lee and Edee Zabriskie
On Tuesday, May 12, Kent Place First Graders hosted their annual Japanese Tea Luncheon. This culminating celebration highlights their interdisciplinary study of the country of Japan.
Students began their Japanese adventure by learning about the similarities and differences between typical Japanese family life and their own family life. They see a video about Japanese elementary schools and a video about Big Bird traveling in Japan. The girls learn about the care that is taken with a Zen garden. Each girl has an opportunity to carefully rake a small Zen garden, collect small rocks to make an individual a rock garden and learn a little about the geography of Japan, including the formation of mountains by volcanoes.
First graders also write Haiku and make tangram designs that they write a story about. They read or listen to many Japanese folk tales and write their own stories. To culminate their knowledge about Japan, First Graders host their Japanese Tea Luncheon. During the First Grade Sharing Circle, each child shares something that she has learned about Japan with the other students, faculty and families who attend the Japanese Tea Luncheon.
On May 13, Kent Place honored the achievements of students being inducted into La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica – National Spanish Honor Society, La Société Honoraire de Français – National French Honor Society, the Societe Honoris Latina – National Latin Honor Society and the National Chinese Honor Society.
In order to become a member, students must earn a grade of A- or better for five consecutive trimesters and be in level III or above for Latin, and level IV or above for French and Spanish. In order to become a member, students must earn a grade of A- or better for five consecutive trimesters and be in level III or above for Latin, and level IV or above for French and Spanish. For Chinese, students must have a grade of A- or better for five consecutive trimesters and be in level IV or higher. They must also complete an application to the National Honor Society.
Kent Place is proud to announce the inductees:
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
La Société Honoraire de Français
Societate Honoris Latina
Sarah Brigid Konefal
National Chinese Honor Society
Kent Place School made a donation of over 100 desks that we no longer use, to the non-profit, Foundation for Peace. These desks will be sent to the Dominican Republic, where they will find a new life and home in a local school. Foundation for Peace is dedicated to working hand in hand with people in materially impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Kenya to provide educational support, healthcare access, economic opportunity and hope. They work together as long-term partners in solidarity to enable personal success and community achievement. They believe this will result in sustainable and successful initiatives that relieve the effects of poverty, encourage personal growth, and overcome injustice. Kent Place is happy to be a part of this global mission.
KPS Head of School Sue Bosland with FFP President and founder Ken Culver.
The desks are on their way!
Global Blog Post June, 2014
Middle School Community Service Project – Making a Global Difference!
A KPS Middle School Community Service project will make a significant difference in the life of a fellow Middle School student in Nairobi, Kenya. Working with an organization called Eliminate Poverty Now (EPN), a non-profit that “invests in education” for adults and children in Africa as a way of eliminating extreme poverty, the Middle School girls have raised and donated $1000 to EPN. This will pay for one year of high school. They hope to raise even more! Through this fundraising effort a young Kenyan woman, who otherwise could not go to high school, will have that opportunity.
KPS’s history with East Africa dates back to 2008 when we made our first trip to Kenya. Since that time we have made multiple service learning trips to Kenya and Tanzania, all of which involved service learning projects in schools. KPS is committed to Global Education. The mission of the Global Program at KPS is to empower young women as leaders who understand, evaluate and take action in response to the challenges and opportunities of an inter-connected world. To accomplish this, we have defined four key components – global curriculum, travel, partnerships, and community service–that will shape the growth of the exciting global initiatives already underway on campus.
Go Middle School!
School may be winding down in the classrooms but Kent Place’s Global Learning Program is swinging into high gear!
On Monday June 9th, twelve girls and three chaperones will depart on a global service learning trip to Peru. The girls will stay in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo (alt + 9000ft) at the start of the Inca Trail, and work in the Manco Inca Primary School. The students will work to construct a kitchen on the school grounds, build tables and paint a mural. Funds will also be spent on purchasing critical supplies for the school including a multi-‐functional copier and text books. Students will also spend time visiting classrooms in shifts to teach English and make friends with the local students. Through a variety of fund raising events the girls raised $3000 which will be used to help pay for this service project. The group will conclude their trip with a visit to Machu Picchu. Follow along with daily updates and photos by subscribing to the Peru Blog found on the Global Learning page of the KPS website.
Kent Place is pleased to be offering four exciting trips this year.
France, March 6-13
Peru, June 9-19
Iceland, June 12-18
Austria, June 23-30
We encourage you to follow along with the adventures of our student travelers by subscribing to each of the trip blogs.
If you wish to follow the travels of our student/faculty groups this break, subscribe to the blogs below (or click on the tabs above):
China – Language & Cultural Immersion Tour of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai!
Tanzania – Global Service Learning @ Faraja School – and Safari!
Washington DC – 8th Grade “Young Women and Leadership” Trip!
Blogging will begin Friday upon departure. Safe travels to all trip participants!
Jambo! This morning, “The Last Maasai Warriors” from Kenya, Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana, visited the KPS Middle and Upper Schools. On behalf of Free the Children (http://www.freethechildren.com), an international charity organization and global education partner, Wilson and Jackson spoke to students and faculty about Maasai culture – past and present, and shared their personal stories of adaptation, bravery, pride, balance and leadership.
The KPS school community enjoyed learning about Wilson and Jackson’s experiences growing up in rural Kenya (in the region KPS students visited in 2009), the challenges their communities continue to face, the importance of education, and Free The Children’s role in the Maasai Mara and the other countries they work in. Seeing and learning about the Maasai’s four primary weapons – arrows, spears, rungus (clubs) and machetes – was fun, too!
To learn more about Wilson and Jackson and to view/purchase their autobiography, visit http://shop.metowe.com/products/thelastmaasaiwarriors.
On Thursday, October 11th, KPS will take part in celebrating the 1st United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” International Day of the Girl is a movement to speak out about gender bias and advocate for girls’ rights everythere. Specificically, the collective mission is to:
Shatter Stereotypes – End Injustices – Demand Equality – Change the World