Today was the last day of the First Trimester tests!
In Bolivia, the schools divide their year in trimesters instead of quarters. So three times a year, our 15 Dreamers have a big test in every subject. There’s a big sigh of relief in the house when tests are over! Tomorrow they will enjoy their four day weekend, as the parent-teacher conferences are held on Thursday and Friday….party time at the House of Dreams!
School starts a week from today. The home is full of a range of emotions. Will you join us in prayers for the Dreamers, their caregivers, their teachers, their classmates, and the administration of the school?
There is a new director (principal) at the school. We pray he can assimilate to the new tasks. May he have the best interests of the children in mind and creative ideas to lead.
The Tias will be helping the children with their homework. This is the first year that all the Dreamers are school aged so their afternoons will be structured for study. Patience, clarity, and quiet will be helpful.
That the children, both the Dreamers and their classmates, would get along and behave properly.
As the children switch grades and find themselves with new teachers it would be great if there was a good working relationship in the classrooms. Pray the teachers have energy, peace, and keep their classes in order.
The administration of the orphanage and the administration of the school need to have a positive working relationship as well. This is to everyone’s benefit. May there be clear communication and understanding.
Thanks so much for your support of the kids in this new school year.
For about the past two and half months, our Dreamers have been on summer vacation. As of today, there are only 12 days left of vacation!!
Jhamil and Emelin
With school just around the corner, there is alot to get ready…uniforms, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and textbooks. If you would like to help out to the preparations, visit the school supplies link under the projects page, or go to the Sponsor link to find out how to give on-line.
Here in Bolivia,the school year typically starts in February. So most students around the country study from February through mid-November. For the last several weeks, the kids have been super excited about getting a few months off of school for summer vacation.
The school year actually finished up about 3 weeks ago, but some of the Dreamers had to go to summer school until today, which is officially the last day. In other words, as of today, vacation begins for everyone.
Enjoying not being at school.
When asked what they were going to do during their vacation days, most of the kids replied with a typical, “Play with toys.” Estefani, on the other hand, who loves school, responded, “I’m going to be so bored!”
Whether they play with toys all day or are bored all day, it’s always nice to get a little break. It’s going to be a great summer!
What are some activities that you do during the summer?
Last Saturday, our Dreamers participated in the school’s arts and physical education fair. There were dances, songs, and P.E. routines with all of the grades, along with displays of the year’s arts work. Below are a few snapshots from the fair.
Fernando and his kindergarten class singing about a little man called Martin Tin
Anne and her 4th grade class performing a hula-hoop routine
Estefani, at the end of her 5th grade class dance routine
On the wall of the entry way to the school the photos of the honor roll students and their grades are posted. We are very proud of our Dreamer, Shirley, who made the honor roll this trimester!
The three students who earn the top grades in their class are on the honor roll. The Bolivian grading scale is over 70 instead of over 100. So Shirley earned 60.50 over 70 which is an 86%, especially considering she was less than one point away from the boy who took first place. Nice job!
Only five weeks of school remain. Please pray that the Dreamers finish strong. Please pray that the caregivers are able to help them finish the year well.
To those who are faithful to give financially as sponsors and Dream Makers we are so very grateful. Giving the children a quality education is not cheap; it is an investment. We believe that we are giving the kids the very best possible and this will give them a step up in their future. Thank you!
The Dreamers displayed their skills in English at school on Friday. Each class prepared posters, snacks, costumes, maps, and other interesting things about their English speaking city or country. It was fun to see them exploring the diversity of other cultures.
Benancio showing the British flag, Anne by the map of England, some of the classmates by their booth
(top) a friend with Emelin, (left) Jhamil with a friend, (right) a friend with Jose Luis
Estefani dressed as Mary Poppins by the model she made of the famed Hollywood sign
Shirley and Jose in very itchy, but very cute Tinkerbell and Peter Pan costumes
The kids work hard on their English with the help of many dedicated volunteers. We believe that dominating two languages will give them a competitive edge as they grow. We are blessed to be able to give them this advantage due to the generous donations of many individuals.
Thank you to all the volunteers, school staff, and donors who help give the children such a high quality education.
Gabriel and his class ran on stage when their school was named as the third place winners.
Last Saturday, Gabriel’s class participated in an arts and dance competition for kids with special needs. Various special education schools in Cochabamba participated. Gabriel’s class presented a comical choreography of “Los abuelos” (The grandparents).
Grabriel was happy to play the part of the younger older man because he said he was not going to where those itchy beards. I was so happy to see Gabriel breaking away from his shyness and see him dance with a big smile on stage.