Multicultural Fair 2018: JAPAN, Tradition Meets Modern
by Miya Y., Multicultural Fair Committee co-chair 2017-18
On Friday, April 6, 2018, St. B’s boys celebrated Japan with the annual multicultural fair. Boys received their customized multicultural fair passports and took a trip to Japan, embracing this year’s themes of matsuri (festival) and old meets new Japan.
On April 11, 2018, the St. Bernard’s community came together for a screening of the new documentary, The Workers Cup, which was produced by St. B’s parent, Dennis P. The film premiered on opening night of the Sundance film festival, and will have its theatrical premiere on Friday, June 8, in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theater.
Boys in the fourth grade enjoyed a special presentation about Ramadan during this holy month. Ammad’s mother, Haya, visited the boys in IV Davis to teach them about the holiday. She explained that this year the holy month lasts from May 26 through June 24. Muslims around the world commemorate this time by fasting from dusk until dawn the entire month. Ramadan fasting in New York lasts from sunrise at approximately 3:40 a.m. through sunset around 8:25 p.m. It is one of the longest in the world.
Fifth graders have been learning about the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and were able to try their hands at it during recent field trips to the China Institute. Mr. Clavel and his class visited the China Institute on April 19, 2016, and Mr. Brady and his class made the journey on May 9, 2016.
Libyan Refugee Speaks with Middle and Upper School Boys
On May 9, 2017, boys in the Middle and Upper schools had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Hassan Aslili, a medical student who spoke about his experience as a refugee. Dr. Aslili opened his talk by differentiating between immigrants and refugees. He explained that a refugee is someone who is forced to flee for his or her safety, leaving everything behind.
LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY, AUTHOR OF TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, SPEAKS TO ST. BERNARD’S BOYS
Lynda Blackmon Lowery and Susan Buckley brought history to life for Middle and Upper School boys last week. Susan Buckley is a historian who collaborated with Elspeth Leacock in 2006 to write Journeys for Freedom: A New Look at America’s Story.