Celebrations with a Global Perspective

Oct 28th, 2016

As we head into the weekend with several holidays on the horizon, we reflect on the many ways we celebrate these traditions. Today, our middle school students have a Halloween Dance; Monday is the Halloween parade; and on Tuesday, we celebrate All Saints Day. The Spanish classes will be learning about and celebrating “El Día de los Muertos", one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries).  The students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be helping create an altar that we will display in the foyer in honor of this special day.

Throughout our school, as we continue to grow as an IB school and expand our lens to be more global, we are beginning to see how so much of what we learn comes together. In the IB program, we encourage the students to look at ways to bring concepts and topics together under one 'big idea'. The 'big idea' themes include: “Who We Are”, “Where We Are in Place and Time”, “How We Express Ourselves" and “How the World Works”. Investigating these themes while learning about celebrations of holidays and holy days connects our culture's celebrations to other culture's celebrations globally. And in this way we hope to encourage the student's ability to view themselves as global citizens.

It is an exciting time as we expand our thinking, grow in our learning and understanding, and take action to make the world a better place to be. 

Jennifer Cassidy
Annunciation Principal
jcassidy@annunciationmsp.org