On Thursday, November 3, Ms. Sayles and Mrs. Burnette left Chicago Airport and New York's JFK Airport, respectively, to begin their journey. After less than 3 hours of flying and 3-4 hours of waiting, we boarded our individual international flights. Around 2pm on Friday, China's time, Ms. Sayles arrived in Beijing, China, and Mrs. Burnette arrived hours later around 8pm.
The weather here in Beijing, China has been chilly (50s and 60s) and windy. Not too bad here. Saturday is the day for traveling to The Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China. Stay tuned for more!!!!
Touring China. . . Learning A lot November 5, 2011 Well, it's Saturday and what did we do? We had an awesome breakfast in the revolving restaurant on the 26th floor of the Xiyuan Hotel and left bright and early to go to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. What history, what beauty, and what a crowd (Did I mention it was raining? I bought my first Chinese umbrella. Ask Ms. Sayles about the umbrella salesmen.) After walking all through the Forbidden City, hearing about the imperial history and seeing hundreds/thousands of people (tourists, monks and students), we had an authentic Chinese restaurant meal.
Saturday afternoon, we took a long ride to the mountain area and what did we see? The Amazing; The Historical; and The Grand Great Wall of China.
With less than an hour to visit, we toured the area, collected memorabilia, and left for another bus ride through Beijing. Tomorrow...we visit a place that is included in the Guinness Book of World Records and other interesting sights. Stay tuned...
By the way, did you know that Beijing, China has McDonald's, Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut? How cool is that? We haven't gotten there to eat yet, but we will try in the next 5 days. We'll let you know if it is just like home or not. : ).
Today we visited Hanban, the agency that is partnering with College Board to create an "educational bridge" between American and Chinese schools. The American delegates with us are from all over the United States of America. While at Hanban, we saw many artifacts, used amazing technology, and learned so much about Asian culture and the Chinese.
Ms. Yin, from Shanghai, reviews with her Kindergarten students during their literacy lesson this Fall. After only two months of instruction, any guest would be impressed with the advanced language acquisition of the students and what they accomplish from day to day.
We are excited to see that we have many families selecting Konnoak and becoming a part of Konnoak's Magnet School of Technology and International Studies. It is not too late to enroll in the magnet school to get your chance to travel "Around the World in 180 Days" with our magnet program. So, please contact Student Assignment at 748-3302 or visit the WSFCS website at WSFCS Student Assignment for more information.
We will host a Kinder-Startfor incoming Kindergarten students and families to get acclimated to Konnoak and to get ready for 2011-2012. The Kinder-Start Program will be held August 8-12 from 9am-1pm at Konnoak. This program will provide a chance for your child to meet some of the Kindergarten staff and get a head start on some of the skills being taught in Kindergarten. We will be eating lunch each day in the school cafeteria. If you are coming by car please bring your child to school at 8:45am so we can begin on time. In order to register, you need to complete a registration form in the office area. Transportation was available until June 15. However if you have any questions, please call us. Also, parents must plan to attend an orientation session on August 11th from 12-1pm if your child participates.
Our theme for 2011-2012 and our magnet is "Around the World in 180 days" and we look forward to you joining us on our journey!!!!!