On Saturday, March 24th, Lincoln School hosted the annual International Day celebration. This tradition allows students, staff and families to represent and embrace their home countries and celebrate the diversity that we have at our school. With around 40 countries represented by our community, International Day is a time to share culture and food. This International Day, emphasis was put on giving back to the community and sharing the service projects that Lincoln School has been involved with throughout the year. Students from different grade levels performed songs, while the high school band played. After the program in the gym, all the elementary students went to the Globe Theatre to showcase their service learning projects. One of these projects included the newly implemented recycling program in school, in partnership with Doko Recyclers. The secondary students showcased the class service projects that they completed during Service Nepal. These projects included the building of bio-gas systems; solar electrification of a school; construction of other schools; library developments; building a playground, as well as other student initiatives such as PLUM (Please Learn and Understand Menstruation) lessons for local students.
After our students had presented their projects, everyone went to the outdoor court, which had transformed into a banquet hall overnight, to enjoy the variety of food that families provided. Mountains of food from around the globe were piled on top of plates and devoured. Families went home full and happy after a day of celebrating our diversity, but also our unity at Lincoln.
Grade 3 students continued learning more about how animals are taken care of in Kathmandu from two compassionate and knowledgeable representatives of Sneha’s Care. Samridhi and Sobina came to our classroom to share their expertise about caring for Kathmandu’s street dog population. This amazing animal center cares for 155 dogs! Grade 3 is now inspired to develop their service learning project even further by generating awareness of the problems animals have in Kathmandu as well as developing ways that we can help make their lives better. Thank you, Sneha’s Care!
KATHMANDU, Nepal. — March 17th was another great day for the Snow Leopards with both the girls’ football and boys’ basketball teams competing strongly with other local schools in the Lincoln School hosted NISSA Cup. The games were underway early on Saturday with a double-header vs TBS. In the boys tournament, despite good early fight from TBS, Lincoln’s superior skill level, athleticism and tactical know-how showed as the Snow Leopards ran away with a 69-36 win. All players got good minutes on the court with the starters fresh for the final vs KISC after the latter defeated RBS in the other semi-final.
In the girls’ football, the Snow Leopards started strongly and were 1-0 and then 2-1 up vs TBS, but conceding two quick goals in the 2nd half, meant that Lincoln had to defeat KISC to play in the final. In the game against KISC, the Snow Leopards again dominated possession, but were unable to convert their chances, and then conceded unfortunate goals on the break that meant that they would not have an opportunity to defend their NISSA trophy. Despite this, the performances were great learning experiences for the girls, who have reflected on their strengths and areas for growth.
During the lunch break, we welcomed the Engage wheelchair Basketball players to raise awareness about their sport in Nepal and watch a 3 v 3 exhibition match, which was well-supported by the participating student-athletes!
Moving on to the finals of the Basketball, the Snow Leopards were favorites to record back-to-back-to-back NISSA Championships and they did not disappoint. Despite a spirited display from KISC, the Snow Leopards wore down the opposition with their strong all-round game. Especially impressive was Lincoln’s defensive display, limiting a normally free-scoring KISC team to very few scoring opportunities. The Snow Leopards, on the other hand, stormed through the 3rd quarter to take a strong lead, which they never gave up, eventually winning the championship game by over 20 points. Go Lincoln!
Grade 4 students recently had their second trip to the Kuleshwor School. Our Lincoln students shared their love of reading and helped the fourth-grade class at Kuleshwor School read and pronounce words in English. Lincoln also donated several boxes of books from the ESOL collection. It was great to see the students collaborating with each other.
This is the third year in a row that Lincoln has worked with the Kuleshwor School as part of the Grade 4 service learning project. It has been a positive working relationship for both, and we’re looking forward to the next visit!
Season 3 of our sports program has started off with a bang after our Service Nepal trips (more to come on these during International Day!) with a a number of back to back NISSA fixtures scheduled for our girls’ football and boys’ basketball teams to help prepare our student-athletes for the SAISA challenges that lie ahead.
The girls’ football season got underway with games against RBS, TBS and KISC. The Snow Leopards have remained undefeated in the season thus far, as they learn to develop individually and as a team.
Our Boys’ Basketball team looks particularly strong this year, as it has for the last number of years, with resounding wins against Rato Bangala (75-33) and KISC (70-40) proving their technical and tactical abilities.
Our teams have enjoyed healthy participation with around 40 student-athletes trying out for either football and basketball, as well as an additional 25 students committing to track and field training. It promises to be another great season for the Snow Leopards!
An important part of the elementary music program at Lincoln School is writing and creating music. We believe that each child is a composer and can write and perform original works. As part of our composer units, students used composition apps to craft pieces, as well as study composers of their choice. We recently dove into the music of living composer Jeremy Messersmith and collectively learned his song “Little Blue World.”
After completing different grade level composition units, we recorded the entire elementary school singing Little Blue World and sent it to Jeremy Messersmith. Along with our video, students compiled a list of questions for Jeremy. We are excited to share his video response which also includes a special performance for our Lincoln students!
Thanks to all those involved in recording and sending the video!
Today Grade 1 visited Chobar Gorge and Taudaha Lake on a Nepali Studies field trip about their unit on “Legends of the Kathmandu Valley.” Students saw where the water was drained (according to legend) from a large lake and made to flow to the South, creating a hospitable home in the Valley. Students also explored the topography and the variety of landforms in our host country.
We got some exercise hiking down to see Manjushree’s cave at the gorge and played on the rocks. Then we enjoyed a picnic lunch near Taudaha Lake, which is where the serpents live in the legend. We even fed some fish on the way out!
The Primary 1 students had a wonderful literacy celebration today that showcased both reading and writing. Students shared the different strategies they have learned to decode unknown words and demonstrated how they make their voice sound like a teacher or character from the story.
The students also shared their nonfiction writing which showed how they learned to brainstorm topics, talk out the steps before writing, number each step on the page, use transition words, and finally, publish!
The sixth and seventh-grade middle school students celebrated another fantastic showcase of their passion-based learning projects. Each Exploratory class shared out videos and discussed their challenges and successes from this round of classes. Animators created some very impressive videos, especially considering the time they had to complete their projects. The woodworking group offered insight into the skills needed to construct their creative and functional designs. Our master chefs shared out the skills learned in the kitchen, and their motto, “If you can’t cut, you can’t cook.” Tasty samples from the talented chefs were enjoyed by all. The Wacky Relay team used GoPro footage, with some highly skilled editing, to take the students through their obstacle course before all students were able to try it out for themselves. Thank you to the students and teachers for another exciting round of Exploratory learning and sharing. Student feedback demonstrated that this was the best showcase to date!
Lincoln School Elementary students had a great visit from visiting author John Coy earlier this week. He was able to do a presentation to both UES and LES and then visit all of the elementary classrooms. He read books to them and led them in a few writing workshops. Hopefully he’ll be back soon! Here are a few pictures from his visit: