Dec 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

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A Day In My Life: Email From U.S.A

We've got new mail from our epals in Nobleboro, Maine, U. S. A. describing a typical day in their lives and telling us more about their interest, activities they enjoy, and many more. It's really a great way to get to know you from across the world. We'll write back soon.
Thank You Mrs. Schuster and Mrs. Taylor for giving us the opportunity to compare our daily lives and learn how we are more alike.

Dec 26, 2009

Are You Sleeping?

Is your child getting enough sleep? Children aged 5 --> 12 need about 10- 11 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep will help children get up on time and be ready for a full day of learning. Lack of sleep can make it difficult for students to concentrate in school and can even cause problems working and playing with friends.

Here are some tips that can help monitor your child's sleep:

  • Explain to your child the importance of sleep and not to see as kind of punishment.
  • Set a regular bedtime routine and stick to it.
  • Make bedtime a special time. Read him/ her a story.
  • Avoid big meals and caffeine less than 6 hours before bedtime.
  • Set the bedroom temperature so that it's comfortable- not too warm and not too cold.
  • Make sure the bedroom is quiet and dark- and without TV.
Sleeping is no less important than food, drink, or safety in our children's lives.

Building A Snowman Without Snow: Craig, Co, USA

Winter is a time for many fun activities with snow. One of the snow adventures is to make a snowman. The traditional way is to head outdoors and pack the snow, but our friends at Sunset Elementary School in Craig Colorado, USA , have built their own snowmen without any snow!
Mrs. Cheryl Arnett, what a fun winter activity! This is the sweetest project I have seen in a long time...Those snowmen are adorable... and your video is very fun to watch!

Dec 25, 2009

My Favorite Place To Visit

hand- in- hand

Lebanon cities are among the famous names in ancient history, such as Baalbak, Tripoli, Sidon, Tyre, and Jbeil. Ruins are still standing proud to show the greatness of the people who lived in Lebanon.
We have learned about our beloved country through different class activities. We began by brainstorming different important cities and marked them on the map. It was so interesting to use the internet to locate Lebanon on the world map. Each one of us chose a city we would like to research and did a project about our favorite places to visit and presented them to class.

Dec 23, 2009

A Gift To Our Gifted Student

Mohammad with Dr. Kamel Dallal

proud mom

Our Makassed has always been known for keeping a guarding eye of the gifted students and their special endeavors. This time it was the turn of our brilliant student Mohammad Darwiche to be appreciated by praise and a laptop presented to him by Dr. Kamel Dallal, the director of educational affairs. This present was chosen by Miss Adla Chatila, the director of IT and finance departments.
We thank them both for taking care of our "young clovers". We also congratulate Mohammad for winning the Copenhagen Climate Speech Contest...We wish you all the best, all the time!

Dec 21, 2009

Electronic Calendar 2010

"We would like to send warm wishes of a happy holiday season to you and everyone involved in the world of education! 2009 has been a great year for us and we are thrilled to enter 2010 with exciting new initiatives. There’s nothing Makassed KSPS loves more than to share happy moments with parents and friends to celebrate successful stories of our students.. We are excited to share with you our electronic calendar with the adorable faces of our students and wish YOU and all Makassediyeen a happy 2010."

Mrs. Ghina Albadawi

Special thanks to Miss Samar Al- Masri, Miss Dounia Badereddine, Mr Mazen Al- Kadi for enabling KSPS say HAPPY NEW YEAR in a personalized way!

The Best Gift I Ever Received!

Question Of The Day

What's the best gift you have ever received and what made it so special?
Who gave it to you? When? Why was it the best?
There are no wrong answers...

Dec 19, 2009

City Art Exchange: Bal Bharati Public School, India

We are involved in a collaborative project with Bal Bharati Public School in India. Here is a power point presentation in which children describe their city through beautiful art work.
Thanks again Ms. Sandhya Kakkar, your students have very good drawing skills and the ppt is awesome!

Dec 18, 2009

The Best Gift I Ever Received: East Elementary School, Co, USA

What makes a gift the best you ever had? There are many gifts which are given to us, but some gifts are so different...they give us the feeling of being special! Second graders at East Elementary School in Colorado, USA, made a very cute video about the best gift they ever received.
Mrs. Tiffany Eddins Trevenen, thank you ... it's a fun project we love to make and share.

My Favorite Place To Visit Project: Makassed Al- Marj School, Bekaa

Together with second graders at Makassed Al- Marj School

After our first visit to Makassed Al- Marj School in Bekaa on National Tree Day, we feel privileged to be able to share a new project about our favorite places to visit in our country along with Bal Bharati Public School in India. The pleasure of planting together hand- in- hand in Bekaa opens the door to making new Makassediyeen friends. Second graders shared their drawings and wrote about what makes these places special. We'll also share our activity with you next week followed with discussion and a class survey about the most beautiful wonders and cities in Lebanon.
Thank you Mr Adel Bahlawan, Mr Jamal Farhat and Mr Assad for sharing....a new beginning with the New Hijri Year...wishing you all the best!

Dec 17, 2009

Exchanging Celebration Cards With Bromstone Primary School, England

The Five Pillars of Islam Card

our friends at Bromstone Primary School in England

Happy Eid Card

Our Christmas Cards

How very lovely to receive Eid cards from our dear friends at Bromstone Primary School in England! The cards were made with love and care. We consider ourselves lucky to listen to your beautiful Ramadan song last week... and now see all your pretty cards.
In return, we made and decorated Christmas cards for you and wrapped them in love and peace wishing you all the best.
Mrs Baker, thank you for making our Eid more special...the joy of Eid brings us closer to each other.
God bless you with a wonderful joy- filled Christmas!

Dec 16, 2009

National Tree Day In Bekaa

Special thank you to Sheikh Khalil El-Mayss, Mufti El- Bekaa, for your gracious hospitality. If those trees could talk, we are sure they would tell you how proud they are to be planted in your yard!

We have received 50 olive trees from the Armed Forces Command. We highly respect and appreciate the sacred gifts. Thank you

Big thank you to Mr Adel Bahlawan, Mr. Jamal Farhat, and to the wonderful school team of Al- Marj School for the warm welcome and hospitality.
We very much enjoyed our planting day with you!

with our new friends at Al- Marj School

On National Tree Day, we visited Azhar El- Bekaa and Makassed Al- Marj School and planted the baby olive trees along with our new friends. They all promised us to take care of the trees...and with sunshine and good soil our trees will grow with us and will always tie us back to this beautiful land.

Dec 13, 2009

A Letter To My Star Student, Mohammad Darwiche

Mohammad, you have made every single Lebanese proud!

A Letter From Mohammad Darwiche to Mrs Rawya Shatila

A simple Thank You is not enough.You are such an inspiration to us all. Some times words fail to describe your dedication, enthusiasm,and hard work.I believe that now is the best time to say, "Look at what teachers can make."
Miss Rana Lawand

Miss Rana, thank you for posting this on the school blog..."Look at what teachers can make."...they can make the best school team by improving work climate and increasing higher level of students' achievement...I appreciate that Miss Rana!

Dec 11, 2009

مشروع أشياء تتكلم

نود مشاركتكم بما كتبته جريدة الأخبار عن مشروع شاركنا فيه بعنوان أشياء تتكلم

هذا ما كتبته جريدة الأخبار

لقراءة الموضوع بأكمله زيارة الرابط التالي

Writing Letters Back-and-Forth: Roosevelt Elementary School: CA, USA

from California

receiving and writing letters

to California

We have recently received our first letters from Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame, California, USA and we began exchanging letters with them. We have lots of questions for our new friends. It's exciting to send letters to California, but receiving responses is better!
Thank you Robbie Christensen, we cherish your friendship...hoping it will grow through our letters.

Dec 9, 2009

A Letter To Mohammad from Our Friend Micheline

From: Micheline-Albert Tawil Tramp


To : Mohammad Darwiche

Makassed Khalil Shehab School

C/O: Mrs. Rawya Shatila

Very Dear Mohammad,

I am writing you the present letter with great enthusiasm, in order to congratulate you, You that made the name of Our Dear Country Lebanon shine up in the world!

The largest fair-and-conference center in Copenhagen is the Bella Center just outside of Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Climate Conference 2009 will display the video of a great dignity, Mohammad Darwiche: The Gallant Pageant of Lebanon!

This Is A Reason For Pride

I wish to thank you, your parents and especially your Great Teacher, Mrs. Rawya Shatila, for the tremendous and notable achievement.

Will you, Mohammad, be one day the one to contribute to the climate change?

Bless you Son!

Warmest regards,

Micheline-Albert Tawil Tramp


Dec 8, 2009

Never Stop Eating Apples: Valley Preparatory School, CA, USA

Second Graders

Our friends from Valley Preparatory School in California, USA, have just finished learning about the continents, their country, state, and city. They made a movie about what they learned.

Dear friends, you were awesome telling us about your country and we will never stop eating apples, apples, apples, apples!

Mrs. Lee, thank you for sharing your marvelous movie with us! I had the chance to visit CA and I enjoyed every single minute...It's beautiful! We will also share a project about our beloved country, I'm sure you will love LEBANON.

Dec 7, 2009

Copenhagen Students Speak Contest: Congratulations to Mohammad Darwiche!


Mohammad, you did it!
I was always sure you would!!!

We are so proud to announce that our student, Mohammad Darwiche, was on the Top Fifteen winners of the Copenhagen Students Speak Contest. The Top Entries will be compiled onto a DVD to be presented to world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Conference, December 7-18, 2009.

We'd like to share our success with you...Please follow the links:

Mohammad's Speech

Dec 6, 2009

A Day At School: JNV Bhiwani, India

Here is a slideshow of images and description showing how our friends at JNV Bhiwani School in India spend their days at school.
Thank you, Ms Namita Verma, for sharing...It's certainly a very long busy day! It's so interesting to get to know you and find out how you live together like family members. We are eager to learn how you play the "kho- kho" and "kabaddi" games. We don't play these games in our country. Why not sharing a new project about games? We love to try new games and have fun!

Islam Week: Bromstone Primary School, United Kingdom

We have participated in an interesting project about Islam with our friends at Bromstone Primary School in the United Kingdom. Our friends learned about the five pillars of Islam and created pop-up cards for us. We've sent them our activities on Eid Al-Adha celebration at school and they've shared this great video with us! I really can't describe this video in words!!!
Ms. Baker, a warm sincere heartfelt THANK YOU for the beautiful cards and for sharing your Ramadan song with us!

Dec 2, 2009

Our Wiki Project


Today we wrote our first letters to our epals on wiki. We have our photos and names and a page for each one of us with pals from Craig, Colorado; Henniker, New Hampshire; and Lusaka, Zambia . It's a great opportunity for us to interact and directly share information about where we live and our interests. We'll be sending letters by posting them on our pages every week. We can also edit and add pages with different topics to this wiki.
We would like you to visit our wiki cause we have so much news to share!

Nov 30, 2009

Our Artwork On "THINGSTALK" Website

"A selection of the children’s waste sculptures will be presented to the participants of COP15 as a part of the planned "Children’s Creative ClimateCamp" which will take place in Ballerup and Rødovre from 2-6 December 2009. The children’s waste sculptures and their short climate statements will be regarded as the voices of the children."
We have invented artwork out of waste and unused materials and shared our recycling projects on thingtalk website. We very much hope that our voices will be heard around the world.
Special thanks to Miss Hoda Shaaban for her kind assistance.

Nov 28, 2009

A Special Bond With The Elderly Community: Maine, USA

"Our community has a growing number of elderly people. We have a local organization, Spectrum Generations, that helps them stay connected within our community. The community being Nobleboro and other surrounding towns. Mrs Paula welcomed this group of people into her classroom several years ago and it has grown into something very special. Students in grades 2 & 3 meet with senior buddies once a month for the entire school year. Activities are planned for each visit. Everyone enjoys making friends and creating a special bond with the elderly community. Our last visit of the year is always a little sad as buddies say good-bye for the summer.Our Voice Thread project are pictures of students with their buddy holding a Thanksgiving turkey they made together. Hope you enjoy!"

Mrs. Linda Taylor

What gifts do the elderly prefer more than care and concern??? NO words can describe these photos...these are the photos that describe LOVE...We can feel the warmth and happiness just looking at them.

Mrs Schuster and Mrs Taylor, you have touched our hearts....Good teachers create good learners, but GREAT teachers like you, create better human beings.
You are making a difference!


Nov 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Story: Sunset Elementary School

First Graders at Sunset Elementary School in CO, USA, retold a story of Thanksgiving. They did such a wonderful job! It's an interesting way for us to learn about the story of this special holiday...wishing you peace on this great day of thanks....
Mrs Arnett, we are so very THANKFUL for the friendship we share!

Happy Birthday Nesrae

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook: Happy Birthday Nesrae

Birthdays are very special and deserve to be celebrated. They are days to celebrate who we are!
It was Nesrae's birthday yesterday. We sang "Happy Birthday" and made special birthday cards and signed our own names.
We wish you a very Happy Birthday Nesrae!
First Graders

Nov 26, 2009

My Eid Day "Voicethread"

We have created our first "Voice thread" to share how we usually spend our first day of Eid. You can comment in five simple ways: by telephone, by computer microphone, by web cam, by writing text, or by drawing.
first graders wish you Blessed Eid Al- Adha

Celebrating The Joy Of Eid

Nov 25, 2009

Eid Greetings

Eid is a day of happiness and sharing the joy of the day with you...
Let us rejoice indeed...for this is the day of EID!
a very very Happy Eid to you...SMILE
best wishes on Eid Al-Adha from nursery to grade six students

Nov 23, 2009

Thanksgiving At Nobleboro Central School

everyone helped...

enjoying dinner with families

made by grade one students

It's "Thanksgiving"! It's a time for sharing and spreading happiness. Our friends at Nobleboro Central School in Maine, USA celebrated "Thanksgiving" with their community this past Friday. All of students attended dinner along with their family members. Fall decorations were made and the cafeteria was set up for this wonderful event.
Mrs. Linda Taylor, we loved your activities on that special day. You've made the word "THANKFUL" real for your students and it's so interesting to learn how you have prepared for this holiday. Thanks for sharing and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Nov 22, 2009

Oscar On Independence Day: Poland

Our friends in Poland celebrated Independence Day on November 11th. Oscar took part in the ceremony at school.

and celebrated Halloween, too...
Happy Halloween!