Events 2014-2015

October 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 2nd Grade in the Theater

Frank Viva, award winning author and illustrator of children’s books, as well as founder of Canadian design firm “Viva & Co.,” visited our School to introduce us to the hero of his book.
 
Young Frank, an architect, lives in New York with his grandfather, Old Frank, and his dog Eddie.  A visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) becomes an experience for grandfather and grandson. During the book presentation, 2nd graders had a chance to see pictures, discover exhibits, and to imagine and create illustrations of artwork by watching a video about the book, the Museum and the author as well.
 
Ms. Anna-Maria Vlassi, introduced and recommended “Young Frank” to the children who were then invited to uncover hidden objects, hidden words and to talk with the author and creator of the book.
 
Before leaving, Frank Viva, with his magic brush, painted an illustration of “Young Frank” to keep our students company in the Library.

  

Friday, October 31, 2014 – entire 3rd grade and 4th grade section Δ3  in the Theater

Author Maria Kontou, with enthusiasm and love for her grandfather, marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, gave a presentation about his life and his struggle to conquer his dream to help his country and his fellow compatriots – a struggle made all the more difficult due to adverse times.  He took part in the Boston Marathon and won first place.  All third graders and students in 4th grade section Δ3 watched video clips of interviews given by Stelios Kyriakides and saw press clippings from those times.  They also had an opportunity to talk with the author and to express their queries, their concerns and their joy that so many of their peers will be participating in the 32nd Athens Marathon, thus giving their own struggle in the realization of their dreams.  At the end of the presentation, the author, with great fervor and sensitivity, conducted a book signing, writing an individual dedication to each student present. 

 

 

November 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
 
  Writer and lyricist Agathi Dimitrouka took 3rd graders (from section Γ3) back in time to Candia, Crete's capital in the mid 16th century, in order to introduce them to a special young boy who hailed from there.  As a child, this boy created castles and ships in the sand and later in life he painted, with passion and great talent, images of saints on wood surfaces.

 

Her book, “Domenikos Theotokopoulos, El Greco,” provided the children an opportunity to become acquainted with this rare figure in time, to see images and paintings from Italy and Spain, to discuss the artist’s work, to dream, and to reflect about art through the centuries.

 

 

Friday, November 21, 2014  

 

Author Agni Theochari presented her book entitled “Wheat” to 3rd graders in sections Γ5 and Γ6.

With zest and dramatic readings, Agni Theochari began her presentation by alluding to the children’s beloved world of mythology, then touched upon our folk traditions, and concluded with a discussion about the production of bread, using photos from past ages, providing nice recipes, and engaging students in games and activities based on the book.

 

December 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Markos Zagkas, animator-educator, with his Planet Agents team, together with writer Eleni Andreadi, presented to children in 4th grade sections Δ2 and Δ4 ways to conserve energy, to recycle and, overall, to protect the environment.  The children assumed agent identities, undertook missions, recycled different types of materials and developed means to do so through engaging activities, made decisions, and helped, in their own way, the book’s heroes to bring awareness about all the precious goods that nature offers.

   

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
 

 

All 1st grade students attended a theatrical production of Gift Shower, presented by the theater troupe of Omiros College, in the School Theater.  The play was based on a book about giving and love within the spirit of the Christmas holiday.  The children had an opportunity to chat with the book’s author, Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki, as well as with the story’s heroes, to ensure that the Christmas message rings loud in all our hearts.

 

January 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Theatrologist Anna Papafigkou introduced to 1st grade students in sections A5 and A7 Petit, the monster… or, perhaps, not such a monster?  Through storytelling and activities, students talked about their good selves, and sometimes mischievous ones, trying to explain why this happens.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Writer Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki presented to 1st grade students in section A2 her book “I want you to always laugh,” which describes the relationship between two girls from different nations.  The girl from Greece helped and supported the girl from Japan who so very much missed her homeland as much as her loved ones.  The writer presented images from that far-away land, spoke about its culture and its people, and played writing and observation games with the children.  In the end, they talked about friendship and the love between people of different nationalities. 

 

Τuesday, January 20, 2015

Alfie Atkins, the favorite hero of Swedish children, is coming to our country to talk about his adventures. Through the book Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins and with the help of theatrologist Anna Papafigkou, 1st grade students in sections A3 and A4 followed Alfie’s attempt, with assistance from his father’s friends, to play and be creative in his spare time.

  

February 2015




Tuesday, February 3, 2015                                    

“Peri’s Adventures” 

Psychologist-author Smaroula Panteli introduced 3rd grade students in section Γ1 to Peri, the young hero in her book who loves sweets, including flavored cough syrup.  Are sweets and cough syrup equally harmless?  The author spoke to the children about the dangers of toxic substances that are harmful to our bodies and about their proper use.

                                          
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 
    

“The Parade of Fruits”

(All 2nd grade sections in the Theater)

Somewhere far away, or even near, in the land of make-believe, two young royals decided never again to eat fruits.  What happened? Was it a conspiracy, perhaps? The nutritional value of fruits was presented to all 2nd grade students in a dramatized version of Sofia Tsiami’s imaginative tale.  Acted out by the theater troupe of Ellinoekdotiki Publications, our young students were led into sweet-smelling orchards full of fruits and fruit-delights.

  

Τuesday, February 10, 2015                                                          

“Become a Planet Agent” (3rd grade section Γ1 & 4th grade section Δ5)

The Planet Agents, a team led by animator-educator Marko Zagka, together with author Eleni Andreadi introduced 3rd graders in section Γ1 and 4th graders in section Δ5 to ways in which they can help save energy, recycle and, generally, protect the environment.  The students created agent I.D.s for themselves, undertook missions, recycled different types of materials, and through fun-packed activities made decisions that helped, in their own way, the book’s heroes raise awareness about the  precious goods that nature has to offer us.

 

                                                  
Friday, February 27, 2015

“Paper Hug”

Author Iphigenia Mastrogianni spoke to 6th grade students in section ΣΤ3 about the power of books, about the emotional strength and the solace that they can offer us in difficult moments.  Thaleia, the book’s heroine, becomes the medium through which values and noble ideas about life, dreams, diversity, and the power of one’s sole emerge as she embraces the paper hug that her books offer her.

March 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015                                                      

«I Want You to Always Laugh”

Chara and Yosimi are friends, but Yosimi, who is from Japan, is sad… Will Chara be able to help her?  Through images, sounds, objects and smells of this distant land, author Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki manages to showcase the value of friendship and respect for other cultures, as well as the differences between countries and peoples.  The book was presented to 1st grade students in section A1.

 

                                                       
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“The Parade of Fruits”

(All 1st grade sections in the Theater)

Somewhere far away, or even near, in the land of make-believe, two young royals decided never again to eat fruits.  What happened? Was it a conspiracy, perhaps? The nutritional value of fruits was presented to all 2nd grade students in a dramatized version of Sofia Tsiami’s imaginative tale.  Acted out by the theater troupe of Ellinoekdotiki Publications, our young students were led into sweet-smelling orchards full of fruits and fruit-delights.
Thursday, March 12, 2015                                             

"Ships for Journeys of the Imagination"

Writer Μaria Aggelidou took 5th grade E2 students on a journey aboard strange ships that sail uncharted seas and have thousands of stories to tell, bringing us images from distant worlds.

 

                                 
Friday, March 13, 2015

“The Serpentine Dragon Has Awoken!”

(All 3rd grade sections in the Theater)

Ellinoekdotiki Publications’ theater troupe, “Striped Socks,” presented the book “The Serpentine Dragon Has Awoken!” in the Theater.  Third grade students helped Serpentine overcome his problem with time and clocks. Serpentine creates his own time, time without clocks.  Here, his adventure and search begins.  Will he change his stance?

 


                                          

Thursday, March 19, 2015

“Little Hermes’ Big Lies”

Writer Aggelos Aggelou, using theatrical storytelling, introduced 4th grade students in section Δ1 to Hermes, a lively child with one very big flaw… he prefers lies to the truth.  At some point, however, he will have to face the consequences of his acts.  Will he succeed?

Αpril 2015: month dedicated to Chirldren’s Books

 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Paper Hug”

Author Iphigenia Mastrogianni spoke to 5th grade students in section E2 about the power of books, about the emotional strength and the solace that they can offer us in difficult moments.  Thaleia, the book’s heroine, becomes the medium through which values and noble ideas about life, dreams, diversity, and the power of one’s sole emerge as she embraces the paper hug that her books offer her.

  

Thursday, April 2, 2015    

“Eraser Witches”

Author-educator Vasilis Koutsiaris, using theatrical game-playing and improvisation, led 2nd grade B2 students to Nikoleta’s classroom, where, through some magical and inexplicable way, erasers and other “foreign items” find their way into her backpack.  At the end of the presentation, the children constructed erasers and played a game of treasure hunt amidst the Library’s shelves.

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

“Winnies, Losies and… a cuddly whale”

Handling victory and defeat was the underlying purpose for the interactive game that 2nd grade B5 students played with author Giorgos Mpoumpousis, who highlighted the meaning of Lose-Win without hurting others and without getting hurt. 

 

Friday, April 24, 2015  

“Excuse me, may I say something?”

Psychologist-author Marietta Kontou, introduced Homer to 4th graders in section Δ6.  Whilst becoming acquainted with the hero, a boy similarly-aged to his audience, the students became acquainted with themselves, their concerns, and their relationships with adults and peers. This is a book about doubts and feelings.

 

 

 
Monday, April 27, 2015 
   

“Forgotten, Traditional Occupations in Naxos”

Giannis Veronis, a man filled with love for his native island – Naxos - and its traditions, presented the occupations of yesteryear to 5th graders in section E5.  He reported on and showed a video about bread making and olive picking; he showed the children tools used by craftsmen of bygone times and brought life to the workshops of those times by speaking lovingly about them.

 

May 2015

Τuesday, May 12, 2015    

The Boat that Wanted To Travel to the Edge of the World”

Architect-author Maro Katsika, using one of Mikhail Lermontov’s poems and the lines and colors of Russian modernism for inspiration, molded the story of the small boat that wants to travel in every child’s imagination. At the end, students in 1st grade section Α4 had the opportunity to create their own boat with multi-colored shapes and to travel to their own imaginary worlds

 

 












Wednesday, May 13, 2015    

“My Friend Gregoire” 

In her book, psychologist-author Marietta Kontou wrestled with the signs that lead a child to the realization that he has grown up… lies told out of love, alliances with things which up to yesterday were loathsome … narrated through the story of Gregoire who teaches the meaning of life, of good vs. evil, of black vs. white, of right vs. wrong. The book was presented to 5th graders in section Ε3.

                             

Friday, May 15, 2015    

“Tryponas, the fafafarrot”  

Author Anna Kostalla and Tryponas, the fafafarrot, spoke to 4th grade Δ3 students about friendship and the warmth one feels when surrounded by loved ones.  The students of Δ3 showed the author projects they completed based on her series of books featuring Tryponas, the fafafarrot who accompanied them on activities both within and outside the classroom.

    

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

“Acrobats of Fate”

Director, author, actor and songwriter Kelly Stamoulaki, together with 5 associates-actors, presented the fairytale “Acrobats of Fate,” based on the theatrical performance with the same title, to 3rd graders in section Γ5.   It is a magical journey to rescue a country plagued by vanity, envy and greed.  It is a journey that exalts willpower and leads us to define our live and fate.

  

  

















Τuesday, May 26, 2015    

“The Smiley Bridge”

Author and theatrologist Νantina Kyriazi, together with the children in 1st grade sections A2 and A3, enacted on the smiley bridge a fairytale filled with songs and games.  It is a story about the joy of playing, sharing and love.

 

Τuesday, May 26, 2015   

"The One and Only Black Olive”

Author Lela Stroutsi, with her book “The One and Only Black Olive,” took 4th graders in section Δ5 on a journey to the magical land of mathematics by way of a detective story featuring one-eyed Octovia Puzzle, his allies, logic and mathematical acumen.  The children took part in a treasure hunt in the Library for the one and only black olive.

   

                                   
Τuesday, May 26, 2015    

“Secrets of the Paper Fan”

Writer Vera Pratikaki based her book on the paper fan as a functional object and as a tool for communication, advertising and exchange of ideas.  The hero of the story is Aunt Charlotte and her paper fans which, in the end, will save her.  Third graders in section Γ1 learned the history of paper fans, whilst having fun with the heroes as they tried to solve the puzzles that lay before them.