International Festival 2016

These pictures just in from International Festival on April 22nd:

The day began with a dramatic Lion Dance performance (by the  Tai Yim Kung Fu School)  for K-2 plus the morning PreK class.

The day began with a dramatic Lion Dance performance (by the Tai Yim Kung Fu School) for K-2 plus the morning PreK class.

Even the kids got to try out the Lion Dancing.

Even the kids got to try out the Lion Dancing.

The Lion dancers led the students in a parade from the assembly throughout the school. Here they stopped to give a short performance to the third graders.

The Lion dancers led the students in a parade from the assembly throughout the school. Here they stopped to give a short performance to the third graders.

The gym was filled with tables from countries all over the world. Students could hold objects from different countries (artwork, ceramics, skis, dolls, etc.), try out games (like using the capirucho from El Salvador), play musical instruments (like the pellet drum from China or a Ngoma drum from Namibia), look at clothing, make a beaded bracelet (from Kenya), try out using chopsticks and much, much more.

The gym was filled with tables from countries all over the world. Students could hold objects from different countries (artwork, ceramics, skis, dolls, etc.), try out games (like using the capirucho from El Salvador), play musical instruments (like the pellet drum from China or a Ngoma drum from Namibia), look at clothing, make a beaded bracelet (from Kenya), try out using chopsticks and much, much more.

The Mexican table overflowed with colorful items showcasing the country's culture.

The Mexican table overflowed with colorful items showcasing the country's culture.

Ms. Yilma showing off Ethiopian mesobs used to serve food.

Ms. Yilma showing off Ethiopian mesobs used to serve food.

Cecilia showing students quinoa from Bolivia.

Cecilia showing students quinoa from Bolivia.

Annette teaching about Kenyan culture.

Annette teaching about Kenyan culture.

Srta. Medina and her class parading through the school.

Srta. Medina and her class parading through the school.

Sr. Fargo's class enjoying the day.

Sr. Fargo's class enjoying the day.

Mark H Rooney, taiko drummer,  demonstrated and then invited the students to perform.

Mark H Rooney, taiko drummer, demonstrated and then invited the students to perform.

The Media Center was converted into a magical storyland for students to hear stories from many different countries.

The Media Center was converted into a magical storyland for students to hear stories from many different countries.

123 Andrés  worked with Head Start students before his performance with grades 3-5.

123 Andrés worked with Head Start students before his performance with grades 3-5.

Latin Grammy nominee (in 2016 for Best Children's Album),  123 Andrés  capped off the day with a performance for the afternoon PreK, Head Start, and grades 3-5.

Latin Grammy nominee (in 2016 for Best Children's Album), 123 Andrés capped off the day with a performance for the afternoon PreK, Head Start, and grades 3-5.

International Festival would not have happened without the amazing and persevering leadership of parents Kristen Walker Painemilla and Michelle Morales. With the assistance of the core planning team (parents Margarita Sol, Lisa Seigel, Habibah Jackson, Abby Wahl, Terry Seery and Hiwot Tessema), more than 50 parent and community volunteers, and the flexibility and dedication of the Rolling Terrace school staff, the day was a huge success! Thanks to all who contributed to this amazing day at Rolling Terrace! Thank you also to Max Fox, who took many of the photos above.