Elementary Spring Music Showcase Success!

A shared love of music reverberated around Lincoln’s very own Globe Theater last week as Elementary School Music sensation, Iris Kolodji, directed a Spring Program for the ages!

Opening with George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” the Elementary School showed their skills playing instruments, singing songs, and dancing their way through a variety of music.  Small groups, stunning soloists, and class songs were sprinkled throughout the program keeping the audience entertained and engaged.

We are already looking forward to next years showcase!

 

 

 

 

 

Third Grade Pitches to the Panel!

On Wednesday, May 8th, five brave 3rd graders graced the stage with poise and eloquence, as they “pitched” some of their persuasive arguments to a panel of judges and audience members. The standard of public speaking on show was terrific, with the students exhibiting a confidence that belied their years. The topics presented ranged from cleaning Nepal’s rivers and water conservation in general, to trying diverse cuisines, bringing more mathematics to school, and different ideas for indoor recess. A special thanks to Mrs. Rachel Hull and Mrs. Meenakshi Rana for guiding the students’ learning and a big congratulations to our young speakers!

Lincoln Celebrates Unity and Diversity at International Day

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — Last Saturday, Lincoln School celebrated International Day with a diverse array of cultures, cuisines, musical performances, and service initiatives. We are proud of how we embrace our diversity at Lincoln School and were so pleased to see many of our families join us for the event  and participate in the Parade of Continents and International Luncheon, as well as observe students present some of their service-learning projects and musical performances. Finally, a special note of thanks to all the families who brought food for this event, the Board candidates, and especially to the LSPA for everything they did to make the celebrations such a success.

Lincoln Seniors Return From Final Service Nepal Trip

The Lincoln Seniors experienced, explored, and learned a multitude of new skills over their extended six-day trip to the Borderlands Eco-Adventure Resort. Our adventurous schedule was combined with valuable cultural interactions with children at the local Bachalla Devi School. We also stepped out of our comfort zones through a variety of team building activities along with rafting and canyoning.

We embarked on our journey to Borderlands on March 16th. It was a 5-hour drive, stopping at Sukute Beach for a break, and then continuing to Borderlands. Upon arrival, we had time to freshen up and have some tea and snacks. After tea, the Bachalla Devi buddies came and both the Seniors and Bachalla Devi students engaged in team building activities. In the evening, the seniors collaborated with each other during the “Night Walk.”

The second and third day consisted of village tours and service learning, where we held three workshops for Bachalla Devi students – English Grammar Lessons, PLUM Lessons, and Volleyball Lessons. We visited poultry farms, corn and as rice mills, off-season gardening, including their greenhouse farming, and their most worshipped local temple.

On the fourth day, we spent their day hiking up the hill to a waterfall. This beautiful destination was surrounded by greenery and honey hives. We spent our time in the waterfall playing by the gushing, ice-cold water and basking on warm boulders. The seniors had a chance to understand and appreciate the local temples, coffee plantation and have a better understanding of the daily lives of the villagers living near the Bhote Koshi River during a tour on our way back to the resort. When the evening arrived, we began our ascent of the boulder outside the Borderlands Resort, where we practiced canyoning. We ended the day by the fire enjoying the sunset and nature around us.

On the fifth day, we were split into two groups – canyoning and team building activities and swapped later. We canyoned down a  Phase 1 and Phase 2 waterfall. It was an exhilarating experience for everyone involved. Back in our campground, we engaged in other team building activities that were more advanced than previous.

The final day was dedicated to rafting. The seniors had been eagerly anticipating this event since the first day, so packing and moving out was quick and efficient. The bus ride to the starting point for the rafting was an hour long and it was filled with singing, jokes, and meaningful conversations. The rafting itself was extremely fun, and it lived up to high expectations. The rapids were intense, and an individual even fell out of their raft! After rafting down the river, we were ready to go home.

Overall, the Seniors really enjoyed the trip; not only did we immerse ourselves in the local culture and the community through our service, but we also pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones.

– Class of 2019

Service Nepal: Grade 10 Rafting and Water Safety

Service Nepal provided many opportunities for each student to grow and develop with team building activities, as well as intrinsic individual growth. The Service Nepal trip kicked off to a thrilling start with rafting as the first hurdle of our voyage. We geared up for rafting and were taught how to paddle and the different actions to take in different situations. Rafting was a very exciting experience for us, as most of us had never done it before. We rafted for about 3 hours and it was extremely tiring. When we finally arrived at the campsite, it was difficult to carry all the dry bags and school supplies to the site, but we managed.

We went to Gandaki Primary School in Gorkha District where we painted and taught the students PLUM lessons and basic Water Safety. The children of Gandaki and the Lincoln students enjoyed the interactions and grew strong bonds with the younger students of the Gandaki primary school. The journey to Gandaki Primary School also proved very challenging as the school is on the summit of the hill, however the LS students pushed through this difficult journey carrying supplies such as paint, buckets, and brushes to the school.

Through this trip we saw the true beauty of Nepal and Nepal got to see the true beauty in us (care, love, and compassion). If we have learned anything as a class about this trip, it was that we must not only think about ourselves, but our social responsibilities too. Our class was able to experience a trip in a joyful manner through dancing, singing, and enjoying the campfire with each other. We ended on a good note and the experience was everything we hoped and more. We were able to jump out of our social media and our comfort zones and experience the trip and nature as a whole.

~ The Grade 10 Advisory

 

 

Service Nepal: Grade 8 Travels to the Chitlang Valley

The 8th grade Service Nepal trip was an eventful one! After leaving campus, we drove to the Chandragiri cable cars, in which we rode to a temple. After doing some sightseeing, we hiked to our campsite. On the day of arrival, we learned about the schools we would be working at; the one we worked the most on was a K-5th-grade school, 45 minutes away from our campsite. Over two days, we built a library and a playground out of tires in one school and repainted a wall on the other. We also experienced the life of Nepali farmers when we milked goats and worked on the fields for an afternoon. But our trip wasn’t all about work; a memorable activity was when we boated on a lake that we hiked down to, and we held a bonfire on the second night. On the fourth day, we revealed the new library and playground to the children at the K-5th-grade school, and they were excited to see what they had gotten. Along with a number of children’s books, we had also put things such as games, whiteboards, and balls in their library that they were able to play with. We had an amazing trip together, and the most important part was that we were able to be part of a community we normally aren’t. Despite small bumps in the road, this was still one of the most fun Service Nepal trips so far.

Clara Bonefeld

Service Nepal: Grade 7 Constructs Library in Okhreni

Grade 7 ventured off to the village of Okhreni to help build a library for the 156 students of Ishwori Basic School. After hiking up from Sundarijal, grade 7 quickly settled into camp before heading out to meet the students who had prepared a welcome program for Lincoln School. Two Nepali speakers and two non-Nepali speakers from grade 7 also participated in the welcome program, thanking everyone at Ishwori Basic School for welcoming them. On day 2, after our daily morning yoga, grade 7 went for an incredible hike through jungles and thick bush to the Deurali View Point (2472m). On day 3, the class went back to school to help finish the library. The library project was entirely student-driven. Teachers took a step back and let the students decide how the library was to be set up. After hours of cleaning, clearing and (with the help of local students) sorting, grade 7 had built an incredible library. Day 4 began by helping our local host clear a terrace full of unwanted growth. Even though the afternoon was cut short due to thunder and lighting storms, grade 7 was able to put the finishing touches on the library ahead of the coming storm. We spent the evening playing games and learning about lightning safety, reflecting on our service experience, and dancing by the campfire. All in all, Grade 7 had a really collaborative, illuminative and positive experience!

-Mr. Bell, Mr. Banks and Ms. DiMagno

Talent Shines at Open Mic Night

At the beginning of March, High School Student Council hosted a very successful Open Mic Night/Talent Show. We had many amazing performances. From 6-7, both the students and teachers were very involved in on-the-spot karaoke performances. All of the singers were great, and we especially enjoyed watching Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Davis jam to NSYNC. Then, after 7pm, Anne kicked off the Talent show with some Karate. She was followed by some more amazing performances by Vishesh, Connor, Dylan, Dorje, Mr.Larson, Mr. Nielsen, Tapashwi, and Anne. Then, the class of 2019 Seniors performed “We’re all in this together” to close a very special evening.  

– Areez K

G9 Service Nepal: Developing Sustainable Energy in Chitwan

This year the Grade 9 class traveled to Chitwan to work with the Tharu community. Our service objective was to build a biogas digester for several families. During the trip, we learned about the various stages to develop this sustainable digester. To begin, we were separated into two groups in order to dig separate holes. That day we battled both the sun and the earth. We had to dig a 5-foot hole with the tools provided to us: shovels, pickaxes, hoes and our undying will to succeed. We ended the day and we had conquered the hole. However, we still had a long cycle that lied in wait.

The next morning after a nice hot beverage, we were back full pedal to the metal. This day we needed to create some cement and place some bricks on the cement. Another long day of working lay ahead, but we were ready. Sunscreen on, water bottle filled, and shovel in hand we began working. In the blink of an eye, it was complete. After a night of good sleep, we awoke to another 20KM bike ride. We biked along the serene Chitwan roads until we arrived at the destination. The dome of destiny lay dormant waiting for its construction. We got straight to work. The day passed by, the morning dew became one with the clouds above. The sun rose from its dormancy and showered us with its harsh light. After we wiped the sweat off our brow, it was complete.

What happened in between all this work was a lot of bonding. We had many opportunities to see Nepal in a completely new light and had many deep conversations. All in all, I’m sure we can all agree that this trip was truly therapeutic.

By Aditya and Aarav

On behalf of the grade 9 class

Countdown to Graduation!

The excitement in Grade 12 Advisory was palpable as the Seniors were measured for their caps and gowns. 64 days to Graduation! After many college acceptances and a fantastic Service Nepal experience, the Senior advisors say: keep up the hard work!