Our students and school community learned so much about Lunar New Year thanks to some amazing Curtis families, with support from the Parents Association. At Flag assembly, parents talked about Lunar New Year traditions and announced that all students would receive a red envelope (with a chocolate coin inside) that is traditionally given to children on Lunar New Year. That day, we also were treated to an exciting performance by lion dancers at lunch recesses. Students held a long pole from which dangled a head of lettuce to tempt the lion and squealed with delight as the lion approached and checked them out before taking the lettuce!
Also during lunch recesses, the librarians, with help from some parents and grandparents, helped students make Year of the Rat hand puppets in the school's makerspace. Using colored paper and markers, students assembled and then adorned the puppets according to their individual tastes and imagination.
Some parents also made beautiful presentations about Lunar New Year in the classrooms. In one fourth grade classroom, a Curtis mom brought all the ingredients needed to make dumplings and taught the students how to assemble them. Once the dumplings were cooked, the class enjoyed a delicious feast and then shared the rest (dozens and dozens!) with school staff.
Curtis is committed to a curriculum that challenges students to broaden their perspectives and understanding of the world in which they live, and our families understand and partner with the school around this goal. Thank you to all who brought the Lunar New Year celebration to Curtis and taught us so much!