Granada International School – Aug 2017 Newsletter

August Monthly Newsletter

Lauren White, Director

Letter from the Board

HI Everyone,

In June, we completed our fifth year with 92 students being promoted from one grade to the next.  As the school grows from Primary to Secondary, we as a Board, feel that this growth should be reflected not only in our school’s reputation but in our school name as well.  A name reflects not only what we are but who we are.    With much thought and discussion, we have made the decision to change the school name to Granada International School or Colegio Internacional de Granada. We have also created a new logo which includes the Sacuanjoche flower so that we do not forget our roots and our beginning.

Although our name has changed, our mission and philosophy has not. We continue to dedicate 35% of our student body to scholarship children and to create a love of learning in all of our students. We also will continue to grow, adding a class each year until we reach our goal of 12 grades.

Your support is still very vital to our growth and we sincerely appreciate everyone’s help in seeing this project come to fruition. Please, if you plan to be in Granada, stop by and see how we are changing lives. You can follow us on Facebook or see our website for more information.

Another exciting change is the promotion of Lauren White to the Director position. Lauren has been with our school since our beginning, working in our kindergarten program. Last year, Lauren held the title of Kindergarten Director where she did an amazing job growing our program and creating a great curriculum. See the information below regarding the STEAM program she is implementing school wide.
We know Lauren will do an incredible job and we are so excited for the new school year with her as our leader.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to sharing our news with you.

Warm regards,

Janice Gallagher, President

Our First Day!

Our first day of the new school year was so much fun. We were happy to see our old friends and to welcome our new friends.  We have many new students and we are excited to have them as part of our new family. The classrooms looked great and the teachers are prepared for a great year.

Introducing the STEAM Program to Our Curriculum

From the time children are born they are little scientists running experiments using everything they find in the world around them. How many of you have given a spoon to your child and watched them drop it to the ground again and again? This may seem like a silly or naughty action but they are observing everything that happens. What sound does the spoon make when it hits the floor? Does it change ? They study our faces and expressions. How many times can I get away with this before mom and dad get angry. Children are born problem solvers and innovators. They have a remarkable ability to adapt and invent that we lose as adults. Unfortunately studies show that in most schools when students enter the primary school creativity levels drop significantly

Let’s think about how this might affect our children long term. How many of us have come across a situation in our daily lives that does not have a yes or no answer?  Life is full of problem solving and critical thinking . At Granada International School we equip our students not only with the ability to read and write but to be independent and creative thinkers.

How do we do this? We create lessons that don’t necessarily have a right answer that encourage our students to take risks and think outside the box. We do this primarily by using a teaching strategy called STEM or STEAM.

New to STEM and STEAM education? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and MathSTEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and MathThese subjects are now being considered the pillars of modern education.  STEAM embraces the 4 C’s identified as key 21st century skills – Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication.

Children need to be engaged to learn.STEM is child centered using inquiry based principles, we allow children to take ownership of their learning. As their teachers we can support them in following their passions, we can get creative with our lessons, making them fun and interesting. With STEM we are teaching skills the way they will be used in the real world.
These skills include but are not limited to the following :

~ Teamwork, collaboration and communication.

~ Students have the freedom to thinking critically, creatively and to  be innovative.

~ Opportunities are provided for students to fail and try again in a safe environment.

~ The value of failure as a learning opportunity is emphasized and mistakes are embraced not penalized.

Kinder began implementing this program last year as part of our centers. Grades are mixed giving older students the opportunity to be a leader. We built boats out of aluminum foil to tests capacity and our engineering skills. We explored the Earth’s orbit around the sun and the changes in the sky between day and night using water coloring paintings. And much much more! We are  expanding this program  to the primary grades this year, making it the corner stone of our math and science curriculum
A New Look for Our Classrooms; Collaborative Learning
Our classrooms have a new look as well as a new feel. We are using collaborative learning in the classrooms and have done away with the individual desks that set students apart from one another. With the round desks,  the students work as a team, helping each other and learning from one another. It encourages participation in all students as well as promotes confidence and well being. Collaborative learning  encourages the development of critical thinking skills as well as  enhances social skills and interaction, and transfers specific subject knowledge and skills.
Sign Up Now !

If you have not signed up for the Amazon Smile program, please do so today! With our 501c(3) tax exemption in the United States, Granada International School is eligible to participate in the AmazonSmile Program.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile  the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Granada International School.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. Please, if you are a frequent shopper on Amazon, we ask you to choose Friends of Sacuanjoche School, Inc. as your preferred non-profit so that we can earn money with every purchase made. It is easy and costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. Last quarter, Amazon sent our school $88.52 from the purchases made in our name. Imagine how much we could raise if everyone you and I know signed up!

Thanks so much and please, pass on this information to your friends and family. Every little bit helps to change the life of a child.

Our Wish List Fulfilled!

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the wonderful supporters for fulfilling our Wish List for the new year. I am happy to say we added 10 additional Kindle Fire E-readers to our inventory so we have a total of 25 which makes a huge difference in our reading program.  Happily, we received everything on our list and all was distributed among the classrooms. We have some very happy teachers!

Dry Erase Lapboards
Dry Erase Markers
Dry Erase Erasers
Bulletin Board Letters
Bulletin Board Borders
Microscope Slide Set
Kindle Fire

Our Scholarship Program
Granada International School is proud to dedicate 35% of its student body to scholarships for children who otherwise would not be able to attend our fantastic school. We are giving back to the community and creating life long lovers of learning.

In order to continue supporting these children, we need to build up our scholarship fund. For just $30 per month, you are helping  to shape the future of Nicaragua by educating the children.

We will be happy to bill you monthly, quarterly or annually. You can pay through PayPal,  a credit card or a direct deposit into our stateside account.  Help make a difference in the life of a child!

There are several other ways you can help with our Scholarship Program:
Provide a healthy and hot meal….$30 per month
Assist with Books and Materials…$25 one time fee
Uniforms…$35 one time fee

All donations are tax deductible under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

Donate to our Scholarship Program
Dominic, a third grader, embodies all the qualities we try to instill in our students…kindness, respect, generosity and a love for learning. Dominic always has a smile on his face and loves to practice his English.  He studies hard and is a leader in his classroom. We want to ensure Dominic has a place in our school for many years to come. If you would like to help, please donate to our scholarship program to ensure Dominic fulfills his dream of going  on to university.
From Our Cookbook


1 can garbanzo beans                              2 tbsp. oliveoil
Juiceof 2 lemons                                       1 tsp.Tahini
2 cloves garli    1 c. sour cream                Salt and Pepper to taste

Process all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve with pita bread, chips or fresh vegetables. Great on sandwiches, too!

A Great Gift Idea!  And only $10!
This cook book will  make a great birthday, Christmas, anniversary, wedding, graduation, Mother’s Day or any occasion gift.

Our Cook Book is filled with recipes from all around the world. The recipes are from our school families and our local community. Enjoy recipes from Cafe de Arte, Pan de Vida and more. The recipes are in Spanish and English with pages of helpful hints and cooking terminology. We are happy to ship any where in the world for you and offer discounts on three or more books. The cost of each cookbook is $10.00. All proceeds go directly to our scholarship program. To order your cookbook,  CLICK HERE

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509 Calle El Consulado
Granada, Nicaragua 43000