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Marvin Ridge will Celebrate Community Read and Sister-School Visit with combined event, Chinese Festival and Open House, on February 23

Marvin Ridge Students visiting our Sister School in Nanjing, China during the summer of 2014. A combined article about their trip will appear in conjunction with the visit from their counterparts later this month.

**Changes due to inclement weather:  We will plan to hold the Chinese New Year Festival, PTSO General Meeting, and Open House events scheduled for tonight on Monday, February 23 following the same time schedule we had planned for this evening.

Monday, February 23

Chinese New Year Festival 5pm to 6:30pm (drop-in)
*Our cafeteria is decorated and ready for the festival, featuring artwork from our students, along with authentic Chinese artifacts.
*The festival will feature performances from K-2 students in the Chinese Immersion Program at Marvin Elementary, the MRHS Women's Ensemble, Chinese language learners from MRHS, and more! There will be games, food samples, and demonstrations! We are looking forward to this cluster-wide community event.

We will hold our PTSO General Meeting at 6:45pm in the auditorium, followed by Open House with opportunities for families to visit classrooms.


Three annual events will culminate on the Marvin Ridge High School campus on Monday, February 16. Community Read Day on the topic of Chinese Culture will take place in classrooms during the school day, and then in the evening our PTSO, World Language Department, and Administration will host a first ever Chinese Festival prior to our Spring Open House. Fortunately, all of these happenings are occurring during the third year visit of a delegation from our sister-school in Nanjing, China.

As part of our school’s mission, our community comes together to discuss a global topic during an event called Community Read Day. The aim of this program is to empower our students with global knowledge and a respect for diversity that will help them be successful citizens in a changing global community. Books chosen for the 2014-2015 school year concentrate on Chinese-Americans and blending their cultural heritage with life in the United States. Each book has its own time period, context, and perspective, but each of them will allow students and teachers to discuss global themes of tolerance, empathy, and overcoming challenges. The titles were selected at the beginning of Summer 2014, and the extended time has allowed for the study of China to take place at an ideal moment in our school calendar. Please click on the following link for more information and the selections. Community Read 2014-2015

To support Community Read Day and our Sister School Partnership, the PTSO began plans for a Chinese Festival in September of this school year. Knowing that the annual sister school visit normally takes place in February, when the Nanjing students have Winter Break, representatives worked with administration to select the best time. All parties agreed that combining the cluster event with our traditional Spring PTSO Open House would give both parents and students the ideal venue to come together.

The Chinese Festival will include food, games, presentations by guest artists from the Confucius Institute at Pfieffer University as well as other local Asian groups, and performances by students from the Chinese Immersion classes at Marvin Elementary and the Marvin Ridge High School Band and Chorus. Chinese classes at Marvin Ridge Middle and High Schools will support the festival with leading games and showcasing artwork.  The Chinese Festival coincides with the time of the Chinese New Year, a tradtional national and family holiday in China which will occur this year on February 19.  

Times for Monday evening events:

Chinese Festival (Drop In) from 5:00-6:30
PTSO Spring Meeting and Open House from 6:45-8:00

Please make plans now to attend both of these opportunities!

Written by: Lisa Justice, Assistant Principal
Posted: Feb 06, 2015 by Lisa Justice

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