Two amazing moms have helped VVE celebrate its first-ever International Day! Ms. Anita Lakshman and Ms. Maile Kono-Wells worked tirelessly to plan with VVE teachers and staff, and with local groups interested in helping us learn more about our own cultures and the cultures of others. Our International Day was made special by a variety of activities, including performances by local artisans (including some of our own students, and even some of our WHS Chaps friends), a multitude of classroom experiences, and a culminating Open House event replete with music, video, and food from around the world.
To prepare for the special day of performances and Open House, VVE Cardinals have been learning about their own cultural heritage and as well as the cultures of others. Over the course of the last few weeks, students have been interviewing family members, gathering artifacts, and creating materials to share their own histories. Each grade level worked on special activities that they then shared with family members at Open House on February 2. Ms. Moore even created a special website to share images and information with families. Check it out by visiting vveinternational.weebly.com.
On the actual day, students participated in a variety of performances, including: Japanese Taiko Drummers; African Storytelling shared by Elizabeth Kahura; Classical and Bollywood Indian Dance by one of our own VVE students, and Westlake HS students who shared Chinese Yo-Yo skills; Chinese Ribbon Dance; French Folksongs; and Slavonicka Polka music. We are so grateful to Ms. Lakshman and Ms. Kono-Wells for helping to organize this educational (and fun!) day!
VVE Tech & Learning
Holly Moore, Educational Technologist, shares student learning here, in our Cardinal Community Blog.