Aimee's 4th Grade in Richmond
RFS Children on a Field Trip
Pen Pal Letters on Display, and Shadia and Toujan, Teachers who have helped with the Pen Pals
We continued with folk dancing sessions,
with big and little dancers. In the pictures above you can
see ninth grade dancers dancing V'e David, helped enthusiastically by
Boran in black and white, a PE teacher who is a very good friend
on the faculty. In the middle are some first graders who are not
that sure of what these crazy English speakers want them to do.
As you can suppose, Seven Jumps was about the only successful
exercise, and the only "dance" we had them do on their feet.
Everything else was done sitting on the floor, including a very
strange version of the Hokey Pokey.
Below is a little bit of miscellany: We have been concerned with
the amount of litter on campus here. By some standards it is not
too bad. The many trash cans do get filled and emptied, and the
dumpsters as well. There is a tremendous amount of plastic litter
produced every day, and and the children and plastic swirl around the
playgrounds during break times, as in the picture. Actually, from
the amount of trash in the cans, probably less than ten percent fails
to be collected, but this 10 percent is noticeable to our eyes.
We do pick some of it up, out of habit, but lately just to
assuage our feelings we have been collecting aluminum cans.
This week we made two notable discoveries: a couple of familes
that recycle cans and bottles - We assume for money, and we saw
large-pile disposal in action - note the bath tub.
Children and Plastic Bags
Jaws of Disposal
A third discovery on a different subject
was the inside of a Pomelo, seen below. This strange citrus fruit
is very large - note the orange for comparison - and tastes like a
sweet grapefruit. It was grown by the Frenkels over by Lake
The rest of this week's blog is a sort of photo essay of the various celebrations:
1. The Middle School Christmas Souk (Souk is the Arabic word for market of bazaar)
Some of the Booths
Badiya Cooking Pancakes
A Reindeer and friend
2. One of the pre-Christmas concerts by the high Christmas Tree right in the middle of Ibillin
About 1000 people attending
From Our House
by the Tree
2. The Kindergarten Performance
(Sam and Henry's Father by the Tree)
3. Some Kind of Contest in the Gym
4. Saturday Supper with Boran
Boran and her Mother An
Example of her Sculpture
What a Spread!
5. Saturday Evening Christmas Souk
in Shefa'Amr (or Shefaram, the Jewish name.) This was like the
Whitefish Christmas Stroll, but more people in narrow streets of the
old town. The city is mixed Christian and Muslim, but does
contain a very old Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery, from pre-Zionist
times. The old buildings in the center of the city are 250 - 300
years old. Everyone was there. We probably met 30 of our
folk dancers and letter writers, along with parents and teachers.
There were family groups, and separate groups of young men and
young women, as in a Mediteranean Promenade. There were food and
drink merchants giving out free samples of wine, coffee and sweets;
and upscale shops open for perusal. There were popcorn,
cotton candy and ice cream vendors. The narrow streets were
sometimes so crowded that all movement was stopped. Within a few
blocks we encountered three different churches and a mosque.
Hala Khoury and her Family Shadia, Husband and Twins "Stuck Crowd"
Orthodox Church Courtyard Crowded
|See you next week - Merry Christmas from Ibillin!