Events 2015-2016

October 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another Way Around / Chatzigiannaki, Vasia

 

With the help of Vasia Chatzigiannaki, author of “Another Way Around,” and Vaggeli, the story’s hero, 2ndgraders in section 2ζ travelled to the waters around Kastellorizo in order to come closer to issues such as the environment, friendship and, above all, inner-strength which is necessary to overcome one’s fears with optimism.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins! / Bergström, Gunilla

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1α in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and set a date for the next adventure.

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1ζ in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and set a date for the next adventure.

 

 Τuesday, October 13, 2015

Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!  /  Bergström, Gunilla

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1β in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and set a date for the next adventure.

 

 

 

November 2015

Τuesday, November 3, 2015

A Tough Nut / Svoronou, Eleni

Eleni Svoronou, author and head of environmental education at WWF, introduced 5th graders in section 5β to Ayse, hero of her book “A Tough Nut.”  Ayse, a girl facing the same concerns as those of all children her age, has an additional one: life in a new country and nostalgia for the land she was forced to abandon.  Nostalgia, fear, determination, humor, and respect surround her life and well as the lives of all the people around her.




Monday, November 9, 2015

Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!  / Bergström, Gunilla

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!” led 2nd graders in section 2α in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and set a date for the next adventure.

 

 

Time to Party, Alfie Atkins! / Bergström, Gunilla

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1στ in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and set a date for the next adventure.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Stelios Kyriakides, the man who ran for an entire nation! / Kontou, Maria 

 

Love, solidarity, “fair play” and inner-strength to realize your goals and surpass yourself were qualities that characterized Stelios Kyriakides, marathon runner and great man.  With minimal means and only a love for his homeland to guide him along, he accomplished the impossible during difficult historical times.  His granddaughter and author, Maria Kontou, presented her book “Stelios Kyriakdes” to 3rd grade students, focusing on the values that served her grandfather and great athlete. Video clips that included interviews and scenes of marathon races from those times supplemented her presentation.


Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!  /  
Bergström, Gunilla

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1δ in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and made a date for the next adventure.

Time o Party, Alfie Atkins!  /  Bergström, Gunilla

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1ε in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and made a date for the next adventure.

 

 



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!  /  Bergström, Gunilla

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Time to Party, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 1γ in a drama game whose aim was to cultivate concepts such as respect, solidarity and kindness.  The children chatted with Alfie Atkins, drew paintings, and made a date for the next adventure.

 

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Privateer of “Proti” Island / Chaliakopoulos, Grigoris

 

Author and journalist, Grigoris Chaliakopoulos, introduced us to an island and its history through the story of two young children on their journey to self-awareness.  The island is Proti, located in the Ionian Sea, and the privateer’s story helps the heroes to confront their fears and to help with kindness, respect and courtesy.  The name of the book that brought section 6γ sixth graders close to the heroes is: “The Privateer of Proti Island.”

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

Richard, the Stubborn One / Kyritsi-Tzioti, Ioanna

Students in 2nd grade section 2δ met “Richard, the Stubborn One” and his incredible bullheadedness.  Boys only wear blue, girls only wear pink says Richard.  And author Ioanna Kyritsi-Tzioti asked the children whether they agree; thus beginning a game of questions and answers about nature, colors, courtesy and kindness, tempering the King’s beliefs in the hope that their intelligence and love would change the his mind.  In the end, it appears that they succeeded!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Way Around / Chatzigiannaki, Vasia

 

With the help of Vasia Chatzigiannaki, author of “Another Way Around,” and Vaggeli, the story’s hero, 3rd graders in section 3α  travelled to the waters around Kastellorizo in order to come closer to issues such as the environment, friendship and, above all, inner-strength which is necessary to overcome one’s fears with optimism. 


 

 

Sunday Event

Sunday, November 22, 2015

“Where Are Toys Born?”
During the Sunday event in the Library, 1st – 3rd grade students attended a puppet show entitled “Where are toys born?”  The performance was a combination of theater and puppetry.  Little Aggelos, despite all his toys, is not a happy boy.  His toys lead him to the place where they are manufactured.  The show touched upon issues such as child labor, arrogance, and greed as well a love, solidarity and cooperation.  Following the performance, the children participated in an educational activity related to the construction of dolls and marionettes.

 

 

"The End to Trash in Three Words"

The Planet Agents team has one goal:  to protect the planet.  Children in grades 4 to 6 attended an educational activity entitled: “The end to trash in three words.”  They engaged in various constructions, deciphered messages about the environment, and took necessary action to become agents who will save the planet.

 

 

“Introduction to the Gordon Skills” / Alekos Papagos 

 

During the Sunday children’s events, parents attended a lecture by teacher-counselor Alekos Papakos entitled “Introduction to the Gordon Model Skills.”  Mr. Papagos presented parents with an alternative disciplining method – the Gordon Model – which not only makes punishment unnecessary and useless, but also establishes a solid foundation for children to become more responsible.

 

 

 

December 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Dwarf Never Sleeps / Lindgren, Astrid

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou, with her unique sensitivity and ability to reach out to children, used interactive activities to present the book “The Dwarf Never Sleeps” to 2ndgrade students in section 2ζ, emphasizing the need and right of every creature to be treated with tenderness, love and concern.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Dwarf Never Sleeps / Lindgren, Astrid

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou, with her unique sensitivity and ability to reach out to children, used interactive activities to present the book “The Dwarf Never Sleeps” to 2ndgrade students in section 2ζ, emphasizing the need and right of every creature to be treated with tenderness, love and concern.

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Nocturno, Recipes for Dreams / Isol

 

Using a flashlight and tapping into the imagination of every child, Anna Papafigkou, an animator for Martis Publications, presented “Nocturno, Recipes for Dreams,” a magical book that illuminates children’s dreams.  Second graders from section 2ε participated in the game “the book that illuminates darkness,” taking pleasure in each of the hidden images that unfolded before them.

 

Friday, December 4, 2015

I Dream with Eyes Wide Open / Alexopoulou-Petraki, Frantzeska

Author Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petrakipresented her book “I Dream with Eyes Wide Open” to third graders in section 3α.  Through the story of Andreas and his young, stand-offish princess, this tale raises the serious issue of disabilities, as well as those of diversity, love and solidarity. The author showed the children a Braille book and spoke about the power of colors and images that we, healthy people, are able to enjoy. 

I Dream with Eyes Wide Open / Alexopoulou-Petraki, Frantzeska 

Author Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki presented her book “I Dream with Eyes Wide Open” to third graders in section 3α.  Through the story of Andreas and his young, stand-offish princess, this tale raises the serious issue of disabilities, as well as those of diversity, love and solidarity. The author showed the children a Braille book and spoke about the power of colors and images that we, healthy people, are able to enjoy.

 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Forever Christmas / Theochari, Anni

Anni Theochari, the author of the book “Forever Christmas,” together with the lonely snowman who is trying to get out of his snowball, led 1st grade students from section 1α on a magical, Christmas journey.  Through narrative, dramatic play and lots of fun, the students of 1α helped the snowman to make decisions.

 

 

 

Forever Christmas / Theochari, Anni

Anni Theochari, the author of the book “Forever Christmas,” together with the lonely snowman who is trying to get out of his snowball, led 1st grade students from section 1α on a magical, Christmas journey.  Through narrative, dramatic play and lots of fun, the students of 1αhelped the snowman to make decisions. 

 

 

 

 

Kymothoi's Journey / Papadopoulou, Evi

 

Evi Papadopoulou,archaeologist and author, andNikos Xanthoulis, musician, presented the story of Kymothoi to all 4th graders, in the Theater.  In so doing, they brought to life Ancient Greek culture, familiarized children with the profession of an archaeologist, and introduced them to the magical sound of the seven-stringed ancient Greek lyre.

 

 

Τhe Shoe Cobbler's Magic Hands / Kontou, Marietta

Writer Marietta Kontou, together with her shoe cobbler’s magic hands, visited students in 2ndgrade section 2γ and offered us the knowledge, serenity and love that only concern for our neighbors and love for our profession can teach us.   By adding love to old items, the shoe cobbler transforms them into something new; thus, breathing life into leathers, fabrics and whatever else it takes to keep the people around him warm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kyriakos the Dragon's Birthday / Vlastara, Lena

 

 

Author Lena Vlastara, with help from illustratorLeda Varvarousi, presented Kyriakos and his friends to 2nd graders in section 2β.  Throughout the entire narration, Leda Varvarousi illustrated the dragon’s adventures, thus bringing him to life.  In the end, love and solidarity helped to solve the problems and they came out winners.

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Τhe Winter Home / Κassaris, Dimitris 

 

 

Musician and author Dimitris Kassaris, accompanied by his guitar, invited the students of 3rdgrade section 3γ to the Winter Home.  Open to all, this house always has a warm bed, serenity, books, and music to offer to anyone that asks.  A musical-poetic book, it touches upon the values of love and solidarity.

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January 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

He Was My Idol:  a story about fan violence at stadiums / Papatheodorou, Vasilis 

Vasilis Papatheodorou, author of the book “He Was My Idol: a story about fan violence at stadiums,” spoke to 5th grade students about violence at stadiums, the exhilaration of watching matches, and the disappointment that arises from the behavior of sports fans and team managers.  Fifth graders had an opportunity to reflect on the book after a reading from Librarians and to draw polite slogans that could be heard around stadiums.  The author touched upon issues such as violence, racism, selfishness, arrogance, love, solidarity and respect.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lou and Li on the Island of Perfection / Zavakou, Maria

Author Maria Zavakou presented to students in section 5στthe first Greek book that was circulated by way of crowdfunding (raising monetary contributions from the public), explaining the term to them and this innovative approach to realizing a project.  “Lou and Li on the Island of Perfection” afforded students an opportunity to think about every person’s dreams and aspirations and the way each one of us attempts and struggles to make those dreams a reality