Journal of Second Grade's Communication with our New Friends
January 6, 2008
Ms. Sonia, Pen Pal Coordiator for Green Valley School in Cairo, Egypt contacts Miss Miller looking for pen pals! Miss Miller accepts!
We're Pen Pals with Ms. Yasmine's Primary 2 Yellow Class!
January 22, 2008 Book Week at Green Valley School
Pictures from Ms. Sonia, Pen Pal Coordinator
Children came dressed as their favorite fairy tale character and they had a contest. The winners received prizes. In one picture Ms. Sonia is sitting with her shoes off in the KG2 room in their "theme" place. In this corner are prompts used to retell the stories: a stick for the Three Little Pigs and the Homes, Cinderella's pink glass slippers, Aladdin's lamp, a castle with a king, princes and stick puppets for the Three Little Bears and Goldilocks and a Wolf. Parents were invited to come in and read while children sat to listen to stories during Children's Book Week.
On the last day everyone brought a platter of food from home to share with their classmates. They brought typical Egyptian food.
Information I received from Ms. Sonia Torres, Pen Pal Coordinator
SCHOOL: GREEN VALLEY SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 70 ALABOUR
80 MAKRAM EBEID STREET, CAIRO 11371
(202) 4780801 FAX (202) 2742505
EMAIL: GVS@LINK.NET ,
School Postal Address:
Mosa Ibn Noseir St.
Off Sadat Drive
Al-Obour City, Cairo
P.O. Box 70
Postal Code 11282
Explanation from Ms. Sonia Torres:
OUR PROGRAM IS SIMPLE
*TEACHERS SEND INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN'S NAMES (BOY , GIRL)TO MATCH THE KIDS.
*CHILDREN WRITE DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL, SEND POSTCARD , PHOTOS, GIFTS , DRAWINGS IF THEY CANNOT WRITE ETC. OR GROUP LETTER
*TEACHER WRITES AN EMAIL EVERY WEEK WITH SOME INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT SHE IS DOING THIS WEEK , ABOUT THE COUNTRY , SCHOOL DAILY LIFE AND QUESTIONS FROM YOUR KIDS TO OURS. CLASS TEACHER EMAIL IT BACK WITH ANSWERS. *WE EXCHANGE PHOTOS OF OUR ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS AND DISPLAY THEM IN OUR CLASSROOM BOARD FOR THE KIDS TO SEE,
*WE WILL SEND YOU A TEDDY BEAR OR STUFF TOY AND YOU TO THE SAME SO THE CHILDREN CAN TAKE HOME AND PLAY WITH IT AND RETURN BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER TWO DAYS SO ANOTHER CHILD CAN TAKE IT. THIS IS THE TIME THAT THE CHILD CAN TAKE PICTURES OF THE TEDDY AND SEND IT TO US VIA EMAIL OR POST. AND WE WILL DO THE SAME.
*WE HAVE OUR WEB SITE IN WHICH WILL DISPLAY ALL MAIL AND PICTURES THAT COMES FROM OUR FRIENDS FROM ABROAD TOO. (St. Thomas communications are not posted on the Green Valley Website.)
ACTIVITIES AT GREEN VALLEY SCHOOL:
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER:
RAMADAN, 100 SCHOOL DAYS STARTS IN SEPT FOR THE KGs STAGE ONLY, PEN PALS, HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION,
NOV- LATERNE PARTY (GERMAN CELEBRATION),
DEC - CHRISTMAS , EID ELFERT HOLIDAY, KORBAN BAIRAM HOLIDAY
JAN - BOOK WEEK JAN
MID YEAR HOLIDAY JANUARY TO FEBRUARY ,
MARCH - SPORTS DAY IN AC MILAN CLUB , ELMAWLED ELNABAWY FESTIVAL Profet Mohamed birthday (pbuh) ,
APRIL - EARTH WEEK, EASTER, SINAI DAY, EGG HUNTING GERMAN DAY CELEBRATION , LABOR DAY
JUNE - WATERFIGHT AT MARRIOT HOTEL , INTERNATIONAL WEEK, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS FIRST WEEK OF JUNE
SCHOOL STARTS ON FIRST WEEK OF SEPT 08
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT EGYPT
The public education system in Egypt consists of three stages: the basic education stage for 4 to 14-year-olds (kindergarten for two years followed by primary school for five years and preparatory school for three years); the secondary school stage for three years, generally for ages 14 to 17; and the tertiary (university) stage. Education is compulsory for 8 years between the ages of 6 and 14. Some children attend preschool. The private sector can accept children younger than 4, but not less than 3 years and 9 months.
Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country in North Africa that includes the Sinai Peninsula, a land bridge to Asia. Covering an area of about 1,001,450 square kilometers (386,560 sq mi), Egypt borders Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east. The northern coast borders the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern coast borders the Red Sea.
Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa. The vast majority of its estimated 78 million people (2007) live near the banks of the Nile River in an area of about 40,000 km² (15,000 sq mi) where the only arable agricultural land is found. Large areas of land form part of the Sahara Desert and are sparsely inhabited. Around half of Egypt 's residents live in urban areas, with the majority spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.
Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx; the southern city of Luxor contains a particularly large number of ancient artifacts such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Today, Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural center of the Middle East
Cairo (Arabic: Al-Qāhirah), which means "The Vanquisher" or "The Triumphant", is the capital city of Egypt. While Al-Qahirah is the official name of the city, in Egyptian Arabic it commonly shares the dialect's name for the country, transliteration: Masr. It has a metropolitan area population of about 15.75 million people. Cairo is the sixteenth most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is also the most populous metropolitan area in Africa .
The city was founded in AD 969 as the royal enclosure for the Fatimid caliphs, while the actual economic and administrative capital was in nearby Fustat. After Fustat was destroyed in 1168/1169 to prevent its capture by the Crusaders, the administrative capital of Egypt moved to Cairo , where it has remained ever since.
Residents of Cairo are called Cairenes
Cairo has long been the hub of education and educational services not only for Egypt but also for the whole Arab world. Today, Cairo is the center for the government offices governing the Egyptian educational system, has the largest number of educational schools, and higher learning institutes among other cities and governorates of Egypt .
Soccer is the most popular sport in Egypt , and Cairo has a number of sporting teams that compete in national and regional leagues. The best known teams are Al Ahly and Al Zamalek, whose annual soccer derby is perhaps the most watched sports event in Egypt as well as the African and Arabian World. Both teams are known as the giants of Egyptian soccer, and are the first and the second champions in the African continent and the Arab World. Both teams play their home games at Cairo International Stadium or Naser Stadium , which is Cairo's, Egypt's, Africa's and Middle East's largest stadium and one of the largest in the world.
Egypt receives the least rainfall in the world. South of Cairo, rainfall averages only around 2 to 5 mm (0.1 to 0.2 in) per year and at intervals of many years. On a very thin strip of the northern coast the rainfall can be as high as 170 mm (7 in), all between November and March. Snow falls on Sinai's mountains and some of its middle and coastal cities.
Temperatures average between 80 and 90 °F (27 - 32 °C) in summer, and up to 109 °F (42 °C) on the Red Sea coast. Temperatures average between 55 and 70 °F (13 to 21 °C) in winter. A steady wind from the northwest helps hold down the temperature near the Mediterranean coast. The Khamaseen is a wind that blows from the south in Egypt , usually in spring or summer, bringing sand and dust, and sometimes raises the temperature in the desert to more than 100 °F (38 °C). Egypt relies on The Nile River for water
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html Information about the USA
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/eg.html Information about Egypt
Picadome Elementary School Links about Egypt:
(Mostly Ancient Egypt)