The Lincoln campus is once again buzzing with both new and returning students and we are excited for the year ahead. Our Welcome Back Assembly featured student voice from each school division, as well as an uplifting hit from Ms. Iris Kolodji’s Elementary Choir. SAISA tryouts are underway and secondary students participated in an After-School Activity fair on Thursday to sign-up for a wealth of activities. Secondary Principal, Mr. Dan Sharp already feels the snow leopard spirit and is very excited to be a part of the Lincoln experience.
KATHMANDU, Nepal. — On the evening of Saturday, May 19th, over 60 Lincoln School Alumni spanning over a 30 year period congregated on our campus to reminisce with old friends, develop new connections, share ideas and simply enjoy the occasion with high-class Snow Leopard company and delicious food. The evening began in the Library foyer with Chandra Dai and Hoshi serving drinks and snacks, before we moved up to a decorated rooftop to enjoy a specially catered dinner, good conversation and welcome speeches by Director Ramsey and LS Alum, Luke Davis.
Lincoln School is taking active steps to strengthen its Alumni network in order to further develop the student experience. During the evening, wonderful connections were made and real possibilities imagined to continue to make Lincoln School the special place it is for our alumni, as well as our present and future students.
For the second year, students from the upper elementary participated in a unique public speaking event called Pitch to the Panel. As part of their persuasive writing units, students crafted speeches based on a topic that they felt was a concern or needed to change within our community. They researched, organized and rehearsed their arguments before passionately presenting them to the panel. The Panel, comprised of teachers and secondary students listened closely and provided productive and positive feedback to each participant. Topics covered issues such as air pollution, stray animals, and fundraising to help others.
After deliberations, the Panel chose one topic from each grade level to support and work toward to bring to fruition for next year. The selected projects included new safety signs for the elementary playground, healthier food in the canteen, and having more mosquito repellent plants around campus.
Congratulations to all the student activists who participated!
Recently, the Grade 3 students journeyed to Sneha’s Care Dog Center to learn more about the concerns around street dogs in Kathmandu as well as spend some time taking care of the dogs. They found big dogs, little dogs, fluffy dogs, excited dogs, and puppies who were all waiting for some well-deserved attention! This field trip was part of their service learning project to find out how animals are taken care of in Kathmandu. After all of their learning about both donkeys in the brick factories and dogs on the street, the students decided they’d love to visit the dogs at Sneha’s Care and help groom them, walk them, feed them, and most of all pet them! They were even able to see how the center used small wheelchairs for dogs who were paralyzed. The students were amazed how these dogs could zoom everywhere and enjoy life with the rest of the dogs! If you are interested in volunteering with or learning more about how to help Kathmandu’s street dog population, check out their website at www.snehacare.com. The dogs would wag their tails for more attention!
Move over Shakespeare, the SLAM poets of Lincoln School spoke the truth as they completely owned the stage at the Globe Theatre, where it was standing room only. These secondary students moved the crowd to laughter and to tears as they tackled passions, personal stories, and social injustices that they have seen throughout the world.
Ms. Deborah Somerville and the Poetry Forum orchestrated an event that had at least one poet from all grades 6-12 participate in front of the Snow Leopard red curtain and all of them were beyond fantastic.
It would be safe to say by now, that everyone in Lincoln Elementary knows the fifth graders are our resident experts on red worms and vermicomposting.
The fifth graders started the red worm journey earlier this year by creating their own vermicompost in jars inside the classroom. Then, we moved on to designing a larger compost bin for our growing population of red worms in the Lincoln School garden. We were able to harvest a lot of vermicast which has proven to be very nutritious for plants. These vermicasts sold out when we had them up for sale during International Day last month.
So, it may not come as a surprise but the fifth graders have decided to integrate our knowledge and expertise on vermicomposting with our service learning project this year! As part of this project, students will be sharing their knowledge on vermicomposting with students from other local schools in our community. We hope that having a compost bin in their schools will allow the local students to manage their food waste better and further use the vermicasts in their vegetable gardens so that they can, in return, grow their own food.
Step one of this process was to build the compost bins! The fifth graders worked in teams to make these wooden boxes under the guidance and careful supervision of our school carpenters. The fifth graders handled the task very maturely and were done in no time!
Our next step in the completion of this project will be working with the local students. Please stay tuned to learn more about Grade Five’s Service Learning Project.
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.
Today the 11th grade had a training session in preparation for their Service Nepal trip. The morning was split into two sessions. One gave the students hands-on experience connecting a small solar electric system with help from the Thrive Project. The second session gave everyone an opportunity to learn and practice important kayak safety procedures in the pool in preparation for two days of kayaking with the crew from Borderlands.
The Leader In Me and Roots and Shoots ASAs provide opportunities for elementary students to learn about leadership skills, global citizenship and being stewards of the environment. This week, in light of the colder weather, the students took the lead and learned how to make eco-friendly paper briquettes out of recycled paper. These easy to make briquettes help clean the environment, are almost smokeless and generate enough heat to keep you warm. The student team had a lot of fun and will be learning more about these types of recycled forms of energy.