International Week

May 17th - 21st

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A Note from the International Week Committee

Hello Hosmer Families,

We hope you are having a wonderful week! Next week, is Hosmer International Week and we are excited to let you know about the many ways we will be celebrating!

All of the students will be reading Drawn Together by Minh Lê and contributing to a schoolwide collaborative art project. (A video of the author reading his book is included below.) During their art class, each student will design a five-inch square that represents them. The square they create can represent their culture or their family. To make this project meaningful and successful, we need your help.

Over the next few days, please look at the examples below created by our art teacher, Ms. Kim, and talk with your child about what they might want to draw. To help you assist your child, they will bring home a five-inch square on Friday that they can use to draft their square. If possible, they should bring this square to school with them when they have art class.

Read more below about how you can help us learn about the many cultures represented in our school and to learn about some of the fun enrichment opportunities that will be taking place!

Thank you for your help!

The International Week Committee

"Drawn Together" by Minh Le | PBS Books Storytime

Do You Want to Share Your Culture?

We are looking for parents or family members who might be interested in zooming in with classes or grade levels to do any of the following:

  • Lead students in a craft or activity that is part of your culture (creating masks for Carnival, learning a cultural dance, etc)
  • Read a story in another language or teach students words/phrases
  • Teach students something about your culture that is meaningful to you

Please contact your child's teacher directly if you would like to help out!

Enrichment Activities Next Week

Zumba! (Monday - in person, outdoors)

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Grooversity - aNova Brazil (Tuesday - in person, outdoors)

aNova Brazil melts Afro, Funk, Hip hop, Samba, and Taiko drumming into one electric and very interactive performance!

Women in World Jazz (Tuesday via Zoom)

Women in World Jazz presents an educational performance for the whole family featuring an international ensemble of all-female performers showcasing music from around the world. The concert features musical styles from Cuba’s cha cha to Cape Verde’s Coladeira as well as songs from Israel, Brazil and Japan, mixed in with jazz favorites. The ensembles goal is to give the audience a taste of different cultures from around the globe through the expression of music and dance. Each performer has an extensive background in music education and performance in the New England area.

Indian Cooking with Mrs. Ghosh (Wednesday via Zoom)

Mrs. Ghosh will show everyone how she makes some delicious Indian treats!

Rambax - African Drumming (Thursday in-person, outdoors)

Directed by master Senegalese drummer Lamine Touré (parent of one of our fifth graders), Rambax MIT is an ensemble dedicated to learning the art of sabar, a vibrant drum and dance tradition of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa.

Friday - Celebrate YOUR Culture!

Wear something that shows pride in your culture!

Anime with Mrs. Runkle (Friday via Zoom)

Mrs. Runkle will be teaching students about the history of anime and might even just help us learn to draw a little!