This year Valentine's Day was a little different. Never had I seen 'St. Valentine' used so much to describe the holiday. Neither better or worse, just different. My fellow English teacher, Kati, along with the music teacher and a ton of eager students prepared a wonderful program of dancing, singing, and drama ALL in ENGLISH! To say the least, I was greatly impressed and thrilled. Not to hear my native language - I enjoy listening to Ukrainian, it challenges me - but to hear my students speak or sing English with confident and comfort. Never before had an audience heard so much hooting and hollering from one person. I was out of my seat after every act.
My students gave me a total of 14 Valentine cards in a variety of sizes. I got little cards from my little ones that I easily tucked into my pockets like I wish I could tuck them away. The older girls gave me elaborate cards that I could barely fit into my purse. Only one student, Yana in 8th form, prepared a translation so I had plenty of work to do at home to figure out what exactly my kids wanted to tell me. It was a fabulous challenge.
Here are a few images from the program.
|Kati and our students made all the decorations.|
|My precious 2nd formers ready to show good things you can give someone for St. Valentine's Day.|
|Serhiy and Albina were the leading roles in the drama. They did an amazing job!|
|3rd form sang "You are My Sunshine" with a bit of choreography.|
There are only two boys in 3rd form.
I think their faces tell a good story of how they feel about singing and dancing with a bunch of girls.
|Anna sang a song, hit all the high notes, and pronounced every word perfectly.|
|Kati with her home room students.|