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15 May 2019

Stick Together: Collaborative, Creative Fun

Our students in the ES Library are always ready for something new and fun - but we did not anticipate HOW much our students would love StickTogether projects!




Last week, we placed our first StickTogether poster on a board flat on a table. We organized the stickers to help students find the correct color for each letter. And that was it. No instructions were needed. A few students got started straight away in the morning before school and once the first examples were stuck down, there was a frenzy of activity. Students worked together throughout recesses and after school. Students from K2 - Grade 5 placed stickers on the grid. In 24 hours it was complete!

Here is how it works:



The StickTogether team tell us that the idea is simple: "Grab some stickers, check the color key and apply the stickers to the color key coded grid to reveal an eye-popping image. Create a shared magical moment that actively involves everyone and ignites enthusiasm and fulfillment. Perfect for any group setting!" And they are true to their word!

Watch our time lapse video to see how the image comes alive:


And, stay tuned for our next StickTogether poster...

1 May 2019

Poetry-A-Thon 2019

The goal was to read poetry all day long in the ES Library. Thanks to many, many of our wonderful students and teachers, our mission was accomplished! Seven hours of poetry reading took place in our library throughout the day on Tuesday, April 30. 

A range of original poetry and selected favorites was read by students from K2 through Grade 5. And, students of all ages joined us to listen and gives snaps to their peers. 

Highlights included the K2 Forest Friends class' presentation of color poems, 2H and Ms. Wallin's sharing of their original poem and song about treating our Earth with love and compassion, and Mr. Brown's sharing of "Characters Change."

Thank you to all who joined in the fun celebration of poetry.


24 Mar 2019

Visiting Authors Spark Inspiration

Our first week of workshops with Laura Vaccaro Seeger and William Kamkwamba were nothing short of AMAZING! Students were inspired to write, draw, design, build and inquire. 


With Laura, many students created cut-out books inspired by the books The Hidden Alphabet and First the Egg. Laura challenged our students to think differently, to think about the "empty space" and design a letter hidden within a picture. Some students drew portraits using the letters in their names just like Laura did in her book Walter Was Worried. We were all thrilled to learn more about Laura's creative process, intentional design and the meaning behind many of her beautiful picture books.


William's workshops gave students the opportunity to build side-by-side with him. Students were asked to consider a local problem in the UAE and to design a prototype to help solve the problem. Some of the students ideas included litter management, stray pet solutions, water conservation, and ocean cleaning. Of course, many students also wanted to build prototypes of windmills, just like William. Students loved asking William questions about his life in Malawi and his design process.




14 Mar 2019

Visiting Authors Celebrations Starting Next Week



Our Visiting Authors celebrations kick off next week! Students are buzzing with excitement and anticipation of meeting Laura Vaccaro Seeger and William Kamkwamba.


We are thrilled to offer several opportunities for families to enjoy together.

Books for Sale and Signing

A range of titles available from AED 30 - 70 by both Laura and William. You may also bring in your personal copies and we will have them signed for you.

Special Film Screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Tuesday, March 19
ASD Theater: 6pm  
Q&A to follow with William Kamkwamba
Free Admission

Family Book Making Workshop with Laura Seeger
Tuesday, March 26 
ES Library: 3:30 - 4:30pm





Our students showed their readership of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by creating an origami windmill. Each windmill on the windows of the the library represents a reader of the book. Please come by the library to add to our growing collection.


We also created a piece of art inspired by Laura's book The Hidden Alphabet. Each student wrote his or her name on the "ASD Hidden Alphabet" canvas. Come and take a look!



26 Feb 2019

Visiting Authors: Community Opportunities


Visiting Authors Book Sale and Signing

The Elementary Library will have a limited selection of books by our visiting authors available for sale from March 4-8. We have several titles available by both Laura Vaccaro Seeger and William Kamkwamba, some hardback and some paperback, ranging in price from AED 30 to AED 70. Students and parents are welcome to visit throughout the school day to purchase books.

Would you like to have your books signed by our visiting authors? When you purchase a book, we will label it with the name that you would like to include in the dedication. The books will then be delivered to your child's classroom before March 28. If you have books at home or would like to purchase them elsewhere, you may also bring these books into the ES Library to be signed.


Film Screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

We are thrilled to offer a screening of the newly released film adaptation of William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm in the ASD Theater. A Question and Answer session will follow with William Kamkwamba himself. Families of students Grade 4 and up are encouraged to attend. Please note that the film has a US rating of PG11. Watch the official film trailer here.

Family Book Making Workshop with Laura Seeger

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 in the ES Library from 3:30pm - 4:30pm for a Family Book Making Workshop with Laura Seeger. Children will have the opportunity to create and cut-out or flap book in the style of Laura's work. It will be a fun, hands-on opportunity for families to be book makers together.