We welcomed the conclusion of the semester with two Christmas parties. First, the kindergarteners put on a special show for their families. They sang songs, introduced themselves, and wished the audience a Merry Christmas, all in English and Arabic! They also received a visit from Santa Claus, who came with gifts!
On the final day of testing for most of our high school students, we hosted a ceremony for the entire faculty and student body. Principal Dr. Jihan made a speech encouraging the students to have a better second semester than their first. Reverend Joseph Shaheen also gave a brief message. The girls choir performed several Christmas songs, and students read the Gospel story of the birth of Jesus from Luke 2 in Arabic and English. The kindergarteners also performed their songs, making this the first time our Christmas ceremony included the youthful energy of the Little Angel Kindergarten.
At the end of the ceremony, the students received their Christmas presents: mugs with their pictures on them and a chocolate bunny! And our borders were given handmade quilts from Grass Valley United Methodist Church, an incredibly gracious gift!
We are so grateful to have had a successful first semester, but as Miss Jihan encouraged, we as an entire school hope our second semester will be even better!
See all of the pictures from this and the kindergarten party here: