Events 2016-2017

October 2016

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Anna Papafigkou
“Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins”

   

Animator Anna Papafigkou and the hero of “Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins!” led 1st graders in section 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.

 

 

Monday, October 3, 2016 

Anna Papafigkou
“Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins”

 

Alfie Atkins, the favorite hero of Swedish children, is also 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 section 1στ followed Alfie’s attempt, with assistance from his father’s friends, to play and be creative in his spare time.

 

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Despoina Tselika
“Freedom and the Journey of the Greek Flag”

 

Animator Despoina Tselika presented the book “Freedom and the Journey of the Greek Flag” to 4th grade students in sections 4δ and 4ε. The children took part in a drama game and with simple, every day materials constructed flags and spoke about the value of freedom and solidarity.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki
“Troubles with Whiskers”

 

On the occasion of her book presentation, “Troubles with Whiskers,” author Frantzeska Alexopoulou-Petraki along with students in sections 1ζ and 2ζ talked about loving and caring for pets.

 

Students, looking at illustrations and puzzle pieces, recognized paw prints and animal body parts and concluded the activity by telling personal stories and experiences with animals from their family and school environments.

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Marietta Kontou
“The Shoe Cobbler’s Magic Hands”

 

Author – psychologist Marietta Kontou spoke to 3rd grade students in section 3α about old professions that are in danger of extinction and about the manual work of craftsmen who, with love and passion, create treasures.
 

Her book, “The Shoe Cobbler’s Magic Hands,” and the cobbler’s tools which the children had an opportunity to observe, gave impetus to the children to make their own creations during the activity which followed the discussion

 

November 2016

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Frank Viva
“Young Frank, Architect”

 

On the occasion of his book presentation, “Young Frank, Architect,” to 2nd grade students (all sections), Frank Viva visited our country and School together with the Head of the Department of Publication of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  Frank Viva drew illustrations, engaged in discussions with the students, introduced the heroes of his books and, last of all, answered students’ questions about his profession.

 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thodoris Papaioannou

“Across the Way”

 

Author Thodoris Papaioannou presented his book, “Across the Way,” to 1st grade students in section 1α.  With his buddy Melios, the well-known beetle, and using a drama game, he unfolded the adventures of his hero who never stops struggling to succeed in love and trying to uphold his values.

Monday, November 14, 2016


Anna Papafigkou
“Tales with Xenia”

 

Animator Anna Papafigkou read tales from Xenia Kalogeropoulou’s book, “Tales with Xenia,” to 2nd grade students in section 2ε and discussed with the children the value of folktales from around the world.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Maria Zavakou
“Lou and Li on the Island of Perfection”

 

On the occasion of her book presentation, “Lou and Li on the Island of Perfection,” author Maria Zavakou spoke with 4th grade students in section 4β about dreams, goals and about how to make plans to realize them.  The book’s heroes and storyline touched on the values of effort, diligence and faith in our ideals.

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grigoris Chaliakopoulos
“Belisario’s Secret”

 

Whilst presenting his book “Belisario’s Secret,” author-journalist Grigoris Chaliakopoulos took 6th grade students in sections 6α and 6β on a journey to Kyparissia, Venice and Naples, following in the footsteps of his hero, painter Belisario Corenzio, who tenaciously and courageously served the art form that he was taught and who returned to his homeland which he never forgot.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lila Patroklou
“The General and His Cat”

 

Author Lila Patroklou using her book, “The General and His Cat,” as a point of departure, spoke with 3rd grade students in section 3β about loneliness, loving animals and the goals and dreams one can set and fight for in one’s life.

 

December 2016

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ioanna Kyritsi - Tzioti

“Kindhearted Dragon”

 

Author Ioanna Kyritsi – Tzioti, together with the hero of her book – the dragon who never stops teacher us about love and kindness – talked and sang with 2nd grade students in section 2δ about the joy one gets from spreading serenity and beauty.

 

 

 

  

Ioanna Kyritsi – Tzioti
“Lino the Parrot and the Mystery of the Blue Bucket”

 

Author Ionna Kyritsi – Tzioti introduced the hero of her book “Lino the Parrot and the Mystery of the Blue Bucket” to 1st grade students in section 1δ, telling them how her hero fights for recycling, as well as making others aware of and educating them on this subject.

 

 

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Foteini Konstantopoulou
“A Sugary Recipe”

 

On the occasion of her book presentation, “A Sugary Recipe,” author Foteini Konstantopoulou spoke with 2nd grade students in section 2α about giving, love and solidarity, messages and values that are timeless.

 

Each child then made a holiday card using collage and sent it to refugee children in order to express their love and concern. At the end, the students wrote messages on balloons which they released so that they could carry messages of love and kindness far and wide.

 

 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Panos Tserolas
The Prehistoric Artist (and a little monster)” 

Through his book, “The Prehistoric Artist (and a little monster),” author Panos Tserolas led 3rd grade students in sections 3ε and 3ζ to prehistoric times and to the prehistoric artist, providing information that made this era seem both interesting and appealing.

 

The fossils that he showed the children and his knowledge of geology impressed and gave impetus to discuss the similarities and differences between present day life and that of pre-historic times.  This also led to a discussion about the course of human exploration and the discoveries that man has made throughout he centuries.

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tatiana Zografou
“What I Would Do If I Were Santa”

 

Author Tatiana Zografou presented her book, “What I Would Do If I Were Santa,” to 1st grade students in section 1β.  Together they engaged in a discussion and, with the accompaniment of a guitar, she played songs from the book, inviting students to sing along with her.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Annie Theochari
“The Magic Touch”

 

By way of a drama game, animator Annie Theochari presented the book, “The Magic Touch,” to 2nd grade students in section 2β, focusing on the concepts of love and altruism which help the heroes’ dreams come true.

 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Penny Ramadani
“The Star and Kostis”

 

Via her book, “The Star and Kostis,” and with the help of a guitar, author Penny Ramadani talked and sang to 3rd graders in section about her hero, Kostis, who discovers the value of friendship and freedom through his adventures.  The presentation featured activities and games aimed at highlighting the concepts of collaboration and teamwork.

 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Don Quixote Theater Troupe|
“Bow and Ribbon”

 

All 1st and 2nd grade students were treated to a Christmas performance of “Bow and Ribbon,” performed by the Don Quixote theater troupe in our School’s Theater.  The performance showcased the values of respect, responsibility, friendship and collaboration.

 

 

 

Vasilis Koutsiaris

“I Want It Now!”

 

Through pantomime and a drama game, and with the help of 1st graders in section 1α, author Vasilis Koutsiaris, brought to life his book, “I Want It Now!

 

The students discovered that children’s persistent, stubborn, irrational and sometimes tyrannical behavior, if handled properly by adults, can always be dealt with calmly and rationally, leading to peace, joy and understanding.

 

 

 

February 2017

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Elisavet Nakou

“All the Colors in the World”

 

Author Elisavet Nakou, using her book “All the Colors in the World” as a point of departure, spoke to 2nd grade students in section 2β about natural beauty and the value of diversity.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dimitra Psychogiou

“Together”

 

Author Dimitra Psychogiou, using the story about a girl and a bird, spoke to 3rd graders in section 3δ about the concept of loss.  Throughout the presentation, the author displayed particular sensitivity and respect for the particularities of child psychology.

 

The children expressed themselves artistically and talked about love, sharing, sorrow and the determination to move ahead after a loss.

 

 

 

Wednesday, Februrary 15, 2017

Eleni Kontopidi

“The Rainbow That Can Sing”

 

With the help of music of a drama game, Author Eleni Kontopidi presented her book, “The Rainbow That Can Sing,” to 1st grade students in section 1ζ, speaking to them about the power of team work.

 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Elli Vasileiou

“Elli”

 

Junior High School 8th grade student Elli Vasileiou, with assistance from illustrator Theano Petridou, spoke to 4th grade students in section 4ε about her book, “Elli.”  Specifically, she spoke about the writing process, coming up with ideas, and the manner and style of the illustrations.  Moreover, she gave the 4th graders an opportunity to improvise by asking them to draw a self-portrait and to accompany their drawings with either a short story or puns.

 

 March 2017

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Vasiliki Nevrokopli

“As Far as the Water’s Edge”

 

Author Vasiliki Nevrokopli presented her book, “As Far as the Water’s Edge,” a story that touches upon the value, power and mystery of music around the world, to 3rd grade students in section 3στ.

  

 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Vasiliki Kateri

“Do Wildflowers Fly?"

 

Author Vasiliki Kateri, using her book “Do Wildflowers Fly?” as a starting point, talked with 3rd grade students in section 3γ about the life journey that each person undertakes and how one struggles to fulfill one’s dreams.

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Argyro Pipini

“Melak, Alone”

 

As a concluding activity for the Love of Reading Program that took place this year in the Library, all 6th grade students attended a book presentation in the Theater during which author Argyro Pipini and illustrator Achilleas Razis introduced their book “Melak, Alone.

 

Students were able to engage in a discussion with the book’s creators about issues that preoccupied them whilst studying the story: issues such as immigration, refugeeism, alienation, volunteerism, friendship and diversity.

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Anna Kouppanou

“Sebastian Montefiore’s Incredible Revelation

 

Author Anna Kouppanou, using the stimulating storyline of her novel “Sebastian Montefiore’s Incredible Revelation” and the magic of its imaginary scenario, spoke to 5th grade students in section 5στ about justice and injustice, the power of science, the assertion of one’s rights, and the role of the environment.

 

 

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Elli Vasileiou

“Elli”

 

Junior High School 8th grade student Elli Vasileiou presented her book, “Elli,” to 4th grade students in section 4α. The 4th graders drew portraits of one another and wrote either a short story or pun to accompany their drawings.

 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Katerina Tzavara

“Me, Me and an Ice-Cream Cone”

 

Author-educator Katerina Tzavara presented her book, “Me, Me and an Ice-Cream Cone,” to 1st grade students in section 1α.  Through the narration of the story and the activities which followed, emphasis was given to the joy of sharing, whilst author and students jointly came up with the ingredients of the recipe that drives selfishness away. 

 

Katerina Tzavara

“The Heart’s Poppy”

 

Author-educator Katerina Tzavara presented her book, “The Heart’s Poppy,” to 3rd grade students in section 3α. Through the book, they touched on the issues of nature and the environment in combination with the power of love.

 

April 2017

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Christina Fragkeskaki

“Draw a House for Me”

 

Author Christina Fragkeskaki and illustrator Maria Mpacha presented their book, “Draw a House for Me,” to 1st grade students in sections 1ε and 1στ.  Under the guidance and with the help of the Illustrator, the children constructed a poster-collage in which they composed their own space – home, inspired by the book’s illustrations and their own experiences.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aggeliki Darlasi

“The Troublemaker”

 

Aggeliki Darlasi chatted with 5th grade students in the Theater about her book, “The Troublemaker, - a book the students had read and worked on in the Library within the framework of the Love of Reading Program.

 

The topics they discussed with the author were respect and dignity, poverty in depressed cities and countries, music and its value, love and kindness, loneliness and isolation, as well as delinquency in underage children. 

May 2017

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Anna-Maria Vlassi

“Matisse’s Garden”

 

Publisher Anna-Maria Vlassi presented the “Matisse” educational program, based on the book “Matisse’s Garden,” to 3rd grade students in section 3α.  The children became acquainted with the life and works of the artist and were given an opportunity to create a group collage comprised of motifs from the Matisse’s works.

 

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Foteini Konstantopoulou

“Mr. Sharpchesse” (O Tyrokofteros)

 

Author Foteini Konstantopoulou presented her book, “Mr. Sharpcheese,” to 3rd grade students in section 3γ. Using humor, the hero of the book speaks about nutrition, encouraging children and adults alike to eat healthily and to not waste food.

The writer created a huge pyramid on the Library floor and the children, with the help of Mr. Sharpcheese and his instructions, placed foods (cheese, vegetables, meat, etc.) in the correct position based  on their nutritional value.

 

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Christos Chomenidis

“Little Watermelon”

 

Author Christos Chomenidis and his daughter, a 1st grade student, narrated the adventure of “Little Watermelon,” a hero they conceived two years ago and who stars in their story, to 1st grade students in section 1γ

 

The story continues to grow and the author invited the students to dramatize it and to write the ending that each of them would like.

 

 

June 2017

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sofia Darlasi

“When My Mother Lied to Me”

 

Through her story entitled “When My Mother Lied to Me,” author Sofia Dartzali spoke to 3rd grade students in section 3στ about realities that we sometime would like to change because they hurt.

                   

Students and author then discussed the topic of lies and their consequences, as well as the topic of love that ultimately prevails.