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Splash Language Immersion Teachers share their countries with first grade students
As first grade students were learning about different cultures, two teachers in the Splash program at Poplin, Estefania Ramos and Maria Darrigrande, shared information about their countries in a presentation.
Ramos is a Kindergarten Teacher from Colombia. Through pictures and items she brought from home, Ramos helped students learn things they had in common with students in Colombia such as the love of soccer, music, and dancing. Ramos compared the U.S. flag to Colombia’s flag, money from the two countries, and she talked a lot about her family. She shared pictures of family and holiday celebrations. She ended by giving the students advice to be thankful for all that they have in public school in the United States. She pointed out that in Colombia students do not have a lot of computers and they must wear uniforms.
Darrigrande, who is also a Kindergarten Teacher in the Splash program at Poplin this school year, taught students about Chile where she is from. Darrigrande wore a poncho and a sombrero to show students typical clothing that men in Chile might wear. She talked about the three types of land in Chile: mountains, beaches, and deserts. Darrigrande shared lots of facts and pictures about each of the areas in Chile from the highest geysers in the world to the rainy southern part of the country to Santiago, the capital city.
Sixty-Seven Coats Collected in Coat Drive
Poplin Elementary students are thinking of others locally. How? With the recent cold temperatures, fourth grade students in Kim Peck’s class thought if they had coats they could no longer wear they could exchange the coats with other students and Poplin families.
So last week fourth grade students asked the whole school to go through closets and send in gently used winter coats they are no longer wearing.
During the week coats of all sizes from infant to adult were collected. Students then sorted the coats by size and made the coats available in the Media Center after school. Flyers about the Coat Drive were sent home with every Poplin student. Families were invited to visit and select from any of the available coats at no cost.