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Beyond the Classroom: Week Ending 03/02/16

March 02, 2016

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Rayya & Zayna Babar

Rayya came home today and asked me to submit a story with regards to the soaps she brought to school today. We talked a little about it and here it is:

Rayya Babar (Year 3) and Zayna Babar (Reception) have recently been involved in collecting household items for Syrian refugee families who will be arriving in Chicago soon. The donations were sent to RefugeeOne, an agency that has helped resettle refugees from major crises in the Chicagoland area for the last 33 years.

They also decided to gift “Hand of Friendship” soaps to friends to support the #RefugeesWelcome initiative launched by LUSH USA cosmetics and raise awareness for this great cause.

Submitted by Rabia Ibtasar

Dante Cerrone

Dante has always loved playing sports, either individually or with friends. Thus, he signed up to take part in his first baskeball class in the spirit to having fun and learning the technicalities of the game. Initially, Dante wasn’t very engaged to this class; some days, he even felt sick right before the class started. It seems like the competitive part of the activity was bringing self-awareness in a rather fast pace. Most of the kids in the team were enrolled in the previous class, which made Dante the rookie of the bunch. As the class progressed, Dante started feeling more confident in his abilities, as well as his limitations, though he started to get know the other kids in the class. Thus, he started to have a better picture about team dynamics during competition. He can see now that fear is a natural part of competition and with team work athletes can play through it.  

Dante is still working on understanding that practice, playing, winning, and losing are all part of a larger process. Through his experience, Dante will become less likely to fear competition and that the lessons learned from winning or losing are equally important.

Now, Dante is a relaxed and more confident player!

Submitted by Mary Cordero

Benny Wang

Benny Wang, Year 3 student, has won the Gold Medal at the NSMTA (North Shore Music Teachers' Association) 2016 Sonata-Sonatina Festival that was held at the Music Institute of Chicago on February 21, 2016. Benny played two movements from Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, No.3 by Muzio Clementi. This year, over 200 young musicians participated in this annual competition. On February 28, Benny played at the Recital of the Gold Medal Winners along with other gold medalists. 

Benny has been playing piano for three years. He practices every day after school. He has won two silver medals in previous competitions. Through piano study, he has learned to persevere and come to appreciate that there is no shortcut to success. 

Submitted by Rebecca Wang