Upper Elementary Community Building
A successful classroom community helps foster a sense of belonging and promotes positive social skills and academic achievement. The Upper Elementary teachers and students prepared and enjoyed a scrumptious meal together on Friday, April 27th. Each level prepared a different portion of the meal. First levels were responsible for making dessert, second levels made delicious sweet honey bread, and third levels cooked pasta and marinara sauce from scratch. This experience offered students the opportunity to build teamwork, cooperation, a willingness to negotiate, and the ability to draw on one another’s skills. Students enjoyed the event so much, they made the teachers promise to make it an annual event!
Sixth grade cooking class
While the 7th/8th grade students are in Spain, the 6th grade has been engaged in various creative activities. Defne taught her classmates to make Turkish manti. Manti, which is also referred to as Turkish ravioli may vary in size and shape depending on the region from which it comes. They may be boiled, steamed, baked or fried, but the recipe itself is fairly standard. A classic pasta dough is rolled out and filled with a mince of either lamb or beef and onions and spices then folded and cooked. The students enjoyed the process of rolling, filling and folding these dumplings, and of coure, eating them! It was a wonderful way for Defne to share her culture and heritage with her friends.