This year two students were chosen to represent Mal Pais School in the national Art Festival. Klarissa steidenstiker Garica, grade 6, and Tydus Danchik, grade 3. They both produced two pieces of fine Art, the open title that they were first judged on and then the set title of: My School. I'm very proud of all the Art students this year, and truly wish everyone could of entered a piece. But, I'm especially proud of Klarissa and my son Tydus, for the excellent effort they made for both of their pieces. The director of the school was so thrilled with their work he now wants it to be permanently displayed in the school.
I'm so excited about the new Art program and hope for a bigger budget to include music, dance and drama in the future. Mal Pais has some very talented students and we hope to be able to enter more events in the festival next year as well as keeping the students inspired and excited about Art!!!Well done to all the budding Artists!!!
The Public School of Mal Pais is on the road to a beautiful transformation, this year has brought many positive changes for the school and community!!! In February we welcomed ESL teacher Sara, from the USA, her students are all smiles and their progress with the English language is incredible. April welcomed teacher Alexander, who teaches the national curriculum. His arrival has been huge for the school, allowing for smaller student grouping and for the school to remain open when the director has to attend meetings. The Art program has been a great success with nearly all students participating. Actually, two students were chosen to represent the school for the national Art Festival last week. We hope to have a bigger budget in the future, to allow for music, dance and drama so we can continue to inspire and excite the students with the Arts.
There have also been numerous repairs to the school infrastructure and grounds. The project helped set up a new classroom and several local businesses sponsored the project to allow for the much needed repairs and general grounds clean up. This time of year Dengue fever and snakes are a serious threat.
For next month the project has organized a community Carnival fundraiser, we hope to gather sufficient funds to build another small classroom, and paint the school exterior. As always the list is endless, but the will for change is strong!!!
We are so excited to welcome Sara Appino to the project team. Sara has been teaching at the Mal Pais School since the beginning of the School year. Her students are already showing some amazing results and happy faces!
We still have much more fundraising ahead of us - a new standard classroom will cost $25,000, but each fundraiser will bring us closer to our goal and closer together as a community.
Recently the community held a fundraiser at local restaurant Brisas del Mar aimed specifically to build a playground located within the grounds of the Mal Pais Public School. Well, needless to say, the event was a smashing success. Thanks to the generosity of our local community, not to mention the hard work of our volunteer Super Chefs, Jon, Spencer, Jim and Billy, we raised just enough money to have the playground ready for the children to enjoy at the beginning of November 2010. The show of support for this event was fabulous, and shows much promise for future events and future local fundraising!
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