Granada International School Oct 2017 Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter                                     October 2017

A Letter from the Director

Hi Everyone,

At Granada International School we believe in the importance of developing the whole child. While the core subjects are vital to a student’s academic success, our lessons need to extend beyond math and science to teach children to be effective adults.

In the preschool we dedicate time each day specifically to the development of gross and fine motor skills to ensure kids are on track when they go to Primary School. This year we have also begun a school wide values program.The aim of which is to reinforce good behavior, respect, and kindness.
This month’s’ theme is focused on teaching children and staff to have a Growth Mindset. An idea formed by Carol S. Dweck, a  Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, that helps us re-examine how we teach children to learn. According to Dweck, individuals can be placed on a continuum according to their implicit views of where ability comes from. In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, no amount of hard-work or persistence can change their abilities. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.

We have enjoyed implementing this ideology school wide. We have already seen changes in how children approach learning. They have a new notion that a mistake is not a failure, it’s an opportunity to reinvent, redo, and reimagine. We look forward to watch this program continue to develop and cultivating students who believe their capabilities are limitless.

Thanks for your support!

Lauren White

We’re Moving!
After searching for three years for a new home for our school and after several months of negotiations, the Board of Directors is happy to announce we have found a new location!  In January of 2018 we will be moving our entire school, including kindergarten, to Km 46 on the Masaya Highway, the current location of the Mont Berkeley School.

We are very excited about this move as it will allow us to grow to 12  grades as we have planned and it will give the students some amazing  outdoor space. Our intentions are to perform some renovations during  the Christmas vacation and start our New Year in the new location.  The renovations will include enlarging the classrooms; opening up the  walls in the cafeteria to allow better ventilation and outdoor seating; update the restrooms; put in a new ceiling in the  kindergarten building; constructing a wall in the administration  building to have an office for the director; completing construction  for a library and building two outdoor playgrounds.  The work and the  move will take approximately three weeks so we will be extending  holiday vacation by one week with the students returning on January  10, 2018.

The property occupies six manzanas of land which is approximately 10  acres.  We would like to create paths so the children can take nature  walks and construct covered seating areas for outdoor classrooms.  There is a space for a soccer field as well as basketball and  volleyball.  We will also be constructing two play areas, one for the  kinder and one for the primary with swings, slides, climbing  structures and more. A garden is also on the agenda so we can grow our  own vegetables and the children can learn about self-sustainability and the wonderful science of nature.

In order to do these improvements, we need to raise $22,000. We have started a GOFUNDME campaign and with the help of our community, friends, families and supporters, we feel this is an achievable number. If you would like to donate, please go to GoFundMe or to our webpage at GIVING

All donations are tax deductible in the United States through our 501c(3) corporation Friends of Sacuanjoche School, Inc.

With your help we will be able to change the lives of so many children by providing them a great education.

Community Service Program
Our 5th and 6th graders participate each Friday in  our Community Service Program and are enjoying every minute of it. Our first excursion was to the Home for the Elderly near the school. The kids performed songs and dances for the residents which was enjoyed by all. The students introduced themselves and personally greeted each resident with a handshake and a smile. We are looking forward to working with the Home this year and bringing smiles to their faces.

Our second trip was to the  Hogar del Niñas Madre Albertina, ( . Mr. Manuel did a fabulous job in organizing the kids into groups of teachers to hold an English class; another group to read to the girls; a group to organize posters for the home to display on the wall and lastly, a group to play a fun game of soccer. Our students were so great and loved every minute. We left a gift of school supplies, balls and jump ropes. With our Community Program, we are teaching our children give back to the community in which we all live. We look forward to visiting the home again next month.

Mentorship in the Classroom
After our first promotion ceremony in 2013, a representative from the Ministry of Education who attended the ceremony, made a comment to me that has stuck with me these past years. He said.”I have never seen such camaraderie between students like I do in your school. The older kids take such good care of the younger ones”. That was a proud moment for me.

One of the things I love so much about our school is the mentoring of the younger students by the older students. Younger children especially enjoy the one-to-one attention they receive from their older buddy. They make comments such as, “He makes me feel special;he says nice things to me!” and”We do lots of fun things together. She`s my friend.” Teachers report that participation in buddy programs enhances children`s cooperative learning behaviors such as taking turns, listening, sharing knowledge, praising another`s effort, helping one another, and completing a task. Due to the extra attention and assistance, the younger children`s work often improves. As the older students assume the role of the teacher, they are motivated to do their best. They also experience pride in their ability to be helpful. The younger children bond with the older buddy and friendships flourish as the year progresses.

Looking for Sponsors
Dylan and Johan are cousins born only a few months apart. Needless to say, they are also inseparable best friends.

They are both exceptional in their public school classes where they are both first-graders.  Dylan won the reading competition in his grade for his school and came in 5th in the reading competition for all of the public schools in Granada.

Both Dylan and Johan have been awarded “Student of the Month” multiple times in their after-school classes at Education Plus. Both are very polite and well behaved and their parents are active in helping them with homework and are very encouraging to them.

As with all of the students at Education Plus, Johan and Dylan live in extreme poverty with very few resources.  They live in dirt floor homes that lack refrigerators and indoor plumbing, yet they have a joy for life and a drive to improve themselves. We believe that they deserve a chance to get a better education that will eventually benefit themselves, their families, and the community. Please, become a sponsor so that these beautiful boys can join our family at Granada International School.

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Christmas Gift Ideas that Help Support Our School
These beautiful hand woven shawls make wonderful gifts that can be worn all year round. Woven from natural cotton, using natural colorings, this is a must for that special someone in your life. Available in Cream, Cream/Navy Blue, Yellow, Cream/Pink, Cream/Red, Cream/turquoise. $16.00 each plus shipping.
Woven by a woman’s cooperative in the mountains of Matagalpa, this set of four placemats is made from the fibers of used clothing. The colors are vibrant, making your table very festive. $24 for a set of 4
+ shipping
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