PACE Newsletter

Week of December 15th-19th

Dear PACE Parents,

This week we learned about the Chinese New Year. The students were very intrigued by the comparison of the Solar calendar (which we use) and the Lunar calendar. We talked about what year we were born and which animal would represent us if we were using the Traditional Chinese Calendar. It was interesting to hear the students comparing their own personalities to the legendary animals. We researched the various traditions of the Ancient Chinese culture, and presented facts in groups.

The Chinese Lunar Year is divided into 12 months of 29-30 days. The calendar is adjusted to the length of the solar year by the addition of extra months at regular intervals. The years are arranged in major cycles of 60 years. Each year is named after one of 12 animals. These 12-year cycles are continuously repeated. The Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice and falls between January 21 and February 19 on the solar calendar, which we use. The Chinese New Year will begin on Feb. 19 in 2015!

HOMEWORK: OPTIONAL (but worth double PACE bucks!)

If the Chinese New Year was next week, you would need to prepare your home. Clean your room. Dust, vacuum, or sweep other parts of your home. Be sure to sweep the dust and dirt out the door along with all the bad luck that has collected in your house! (Have an adult at home initial this if you choose this assignment.)


One of the most important parts of celebrating the New Year is honoring ancestors. Write a letter to one of your elderly relatives. Tell them why they are special to you, as well as what you have learned about Ancient China.


Make a chart with the Chinese zodiac symbols of your family. Make sure you include their names, the year they were born, and the animal that represents them. (Try to have at least 5)

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Have a wonderful break!!!!