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FLY Update

Your students have been busy in their FLY classes over the past two weeks. As the holidays approach, so do presentation days. Many classes have begun to prepare the presentations, games, and songs that they will share with you. We cannot wait to see what they have learned. We hope you are as excited as we are!

For the most part, here are some things your student may have learned over the past two weeks:

-some of they body parts (and maybe the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song in their target language!)
-how to say the names of countries in their target language
-how to say the days of the week in their target language

We encourage you to ask them about what they are learning in class and practice with them at home. You may even end up learning a little bit of your student's target language too! :)

Don't forget to like us on facebook for updates and resources to practice at home. Here are some fun videos posted on Facebook and Twitter this week:

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in Spanish: goo.gl/2QUrdR

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in French: http://goo.gl/QTPyuI

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in Japanese: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98rDSRw7sv0

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in Mandarin: http://goo.gl/CxGbab

Fun, Fun Elmo, a Mandarin Language Learning Program for young kids. All episodes available on youtube: goo.gl/fX2hmU

FLY Supports Global Communication

This photo is from our meeting with a delegation of Japanese NPO leaders visiting the United States, as part of the “Tomodachi NPO Leadership Study Tour." In addition to meetings with other businesses, including Microsoft and Amazon, the delegation met with FLY to learn about how FLY has been operating as a nonprofit for 18 years, reaching 700 students in the Puget Sound. The Japanese delegates enjoyed the exchange, saying that it was very informative and that they would use what they learned to help them with their own non-profits, providing aid and services to those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

FLY Reminder

Your student's Presentation Day should be coming up soon in either December or January! If you don't already know when your student's presentation will be, feel free to ask your teacher.

We're looking forward to having all of you there and we know the students are excited to share with you all they have learned already! :)

FLY Safety

    Presentation Days are coming up and it is possible that your student's teacher may bring treats for your student to enjoy. If your student has any allergies that you have not already informed us of, please do so now! Thanks :)

    FLY CD

    With the holiday season and winter break quickly approaching, you may be concerned that your student's progress in learning his/her target language will slow. If you haven't already, it's a great time to purchase a FLY CD.

    CD's have the entire level 1 curriculum. Students can listen to the vocabulary and phrases they've learned in class and practice at home while they are on break. They may even be able to get a head start for the new year!

    CD's also make great holiday gifts for your students. :)

    You can purchase the CD online at our FLY Store: https://www.foreignlanguageforyouth.org/flyBuy. CD's will be shipped to your home address. Contact kelsey@fl4y.org with any questions.

    UW Spanish Drawing Contest

    The Center for Spanish Studies at the University of Washington has announced their annual drawing contest for Elementary and Middle School students. There will be three prizes for each level. The topic is “Esta es mi familia” / “This is my family”. The drawings should be no larger than 8”x10” and submitted by mail and postmarked to the Center of Spanish Studies prior to February 28th, 2014, with the attached cover sheet. The Center asks that the student please not frame the drawing, and to include the Cover Sheet. This contest is not part of the FLY Curriculum and is therefore not required work. But since we know about it and thought it would be interesting for FLY Students, we've included it in our newsletter so that you are aware of the contest should your student wish to participate. All questions about this program should be directed to spnrectr@uw.edu.

    If you decide to enter, you may use the cover sheet attached to the email.