The elementary multicultural literacy curriculum strives to support an inclusive learning environment that is affirming to every student. The curriculum provides foundational cultural competency skills that all students need to live and interact effectively in an increasingly diverse global community. Multicultural literacy is intentionally taught through lessons that are meaningfully embedded within the daily curriculum.
At the elementary level, the curriculum allows for an exploration of self-identity and the relationship between self and other. Through lessons, activities, and projects, students are given opportunities to reflect upon cultural identifiers that shape their identity and that of others.
Students completed a poem based on a poem written by George Ella Lyon entitled, “Where I’m From”. The poems allowed the students to celebrate their differences and share them with their community:
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Elementary chapel celebrated Hanukkah with our guest speaker, Ms. Rhonda Milrad, parent of Hannah Yanover. She shared the history of Hanukkah. She also shared the traditional symbols of Hanukkah, including the dreidel and the menorah, demonstrating how they are used to celebrate the holiday.
The elementary was touched and moved by the Matsiko World Orphan Choir.
Chapel celebration of “Dia de los Muertos”. This is a celebration to offer prayers and remember loved ones who have passed away.
Mrs. Ngo and Mr. R shared a Buddhist ghost story entitled, “Zen Ghosts”, in chapel. The story is written with a Halloween theme, and shares the Buddhist belief of duality.
Members of the Black Student Union for Girls read The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz, to the elementary students in honor of Black History Month. The story features a little girl who explores and celebrates that people come in different colors through artwork. BSUG member shars her triptych painting to complement the story.
The 2016 Gospel Concert boasts 137 students, 32 of which are from elementary. The concert is the capstone event celebrating Black History Month & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. It’s a glorious event celebrating the African American struggle, journey and ultimate success through song and rejoicing to the Lord.