E.M. Baker School celebrated cultural and ethnic diversity during their International Week from Feb. 8–11. Activities in celebration of this year’s theme, “Family Treasures That Bind Us Together,” were woven throughout morning announcements, book selections, student projects, special presentations, and more.
Classes kicked off the week by reading The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco and The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola. Students and staff discussed how each quilt square tells a story, and how family and community connections are especially important during challenging times. As a follow-up activity, every student designed their own “quilt square” on paper, depicting their family origins and treasures. All of the students’ squares were joined together to create an E.M. Baker Family Quilt in the main lobby for students and staff to view.
Additional literary selections were on display in the school library to support the International Week theme. Classes at all grade levels were also treated to a virtual visit from storyteller Julie Pasqual, who shared folktales from around the world via Zoom.
Students and staff enjoyed special presentations throughout the week that highlight the diversity of the school community. ENL teacher and International Week chairperson Ellen Siegel led class tours of the “Museum in a Showcase,” which included family treasures shared by Baker staff. Parents also shared art, songs, and artifacts from their cultures through virtual classroom visits via Zoom. Students were encouraged to share their own treasures through digital presentations using the Flipgrid app, which was coordinated by third-grade teacher and co-chair Jennifer Greenspoon.