Monthly Archives: March 2015

Experimenting With Levers and Pulleys by Daphne and Ellie M.

Using a kit with levers and pulleys we decided to experiment and created some simple machines from the instructions booklet. We made a see-saw (lever), a pair of scissors (lever), a flagpole (pulley) and a balance scale (lever).  The see-saw and scale reminded us of the ‘lift the teacher challenge’ because you could lift a heavier load using a lighter load by positioning the heavy load closer to the fulcrum! Here is a video of the machines we made:

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I Love PJ Day! By Anna B.



PJ Day!

 

I love PJ day!

It’s crazy and cool

It’s different today

Bringing your stuffed animal.

 

It’s crazy and cool

You struggle to stay awake

Bringing your stuffed animal

Makes you feel home at school.

 

You struggle to stay awake

Turning class into a dream
Makes you feel home at school

But where is the cover?

 

Turning class into a dream,

American dolls, pretty and cute,

But where is the cover?

Wee stuffed animals flying during recess.

 

American dolls, pretty and cute,

Eating lunch instead of breakfast

Wee stuffed animals flying during recess

Sharing our morning habits.

 

You struggle to stay awake

It’s different today

Makes you feel home at school

I love PJ day!

 

 

 

Save the Animals by Sara

Animals are our friends,

Don’t put them down,

Or make them frown,

Because you will cause a mass destruction.

Show them your love,

Even in May with the sun above.

Don’t harm a friend please mend the hate,

And don’t you dare break their heart,

As they are fragile and sensitive like a porcelain doll.

Don’t hurt their feelings if you must say No,

Just give them a warm smile,

And pet them on their soft furry skin.

Show them love,

For you are their mate,

And they are your fate.

Save the animals today,

Save their lives,

And you will save the day!

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School by Ellie T

School is cool,

So never be a fool,

You can write with a pencil,

But you can also use a stencil.

If you make progress,

You will be able to go to recess,

You are able to play tag,

But please don’t start to brag.

You also eat lunch,

With a crunch, crunch, crunch.

Three times a week,

You will have Greek.

In the class,

You can experiment with a magnifying glass,

You might have tests,

And they might not be the best.

There are also many other specials,

Like music, art and physical education.

School is fun,

You get to learn and play with your friends,

But most important of all it’s a place,

To make mistakes,

And even learn from these mistakes.

So, please go to school you will learn,

And you will learn the respect you need to earn.

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Flying a successful kite! By Anna B.

 



I love flying kites. The whole year I’m waiting for “Kathari Deutera” literarily meaning “Clean Monday”. It is traditionally the day when children in Greece are heading to windy places and compete with each other in flying their kites as high as possible. This year though the weather didn’t support my plans. It rained and rained the whole day!

Last Sunday though, my family and I decided to pretend that it was still Clean Monday. I grabbed my kiteand hopped with my dog Fivo into the car. We had decided to go up the mountain of Imitos. While we were in the car, I had already the great view of the mountain, and smell the fresh air of the warm, beautiful top in my head. The trip was very short, and while parking I admired the grassy puffs everywhere around the vehicle. Walking up I had a majestic view of the city glistening in the sun.  I was amazed by that sight, and kept sneaking admiring looks at it.

After what seemed of an hour of wandering through the jungle of thyme and other herbs, we finally found the perfect space for the kite flight. It was a small clearing, but enough for allowing me to run up and down with my kite. My dog supported every effort by letting out a small bark each time I didn’t succeed getting the kite up. Then the wind gave me an advantage and as I was running it lifted up the kite, keeping it up continuously blowing at it.

Now comes the crucial moment. As soon as the kite stays up in the sky you have quickly to release the string allowing the kite to get higher and higher. From now on it’s a piece of cake. The more string you have the higher the kite will reach. It was a great feeling watching my kite up that high and being connected with it with my string. I got so excited that when I went home I wrote down a poem.

 

The kite

 

We’re getting ready for the flight,

Of the awesome pretty kite.

Flying up in the sky,

Peeps’ admiring it while it’s high

Oh hello there, pretty kite,  

But I can’t reach you up that high!

 

Many colors, nice and bright,

Shining magically in the light.

1,2,3 throw it high,

Leave it floating in the sky!

Oh, hello there, pretty kite,

But I can’t reach you up that high!

 

 

Getting higher every time,

Looking down to me with pride

Up and up this kite will climb,

Only it can reach me though!

Begging me for some more rope,

Now we are in perfect tune!

Oh, hello there, pretty kite,

Could reach you up that high?

So, whenever you feel like flying a kite and the weather allows it, don’t hesitate, just go and do it!!!

 



 

 

 

 

PJ Day Every Day! by Daphne

Pajama-Day Picture

Dear Ms. Maratou,

I think ACS students should be allowed to wear PJs and slippers to school every day and be able to bring a stuffed animal. I know that this has some problems, like the fact that we could get cold in the winter when we wear PJs, but I have four good reasons for why we should.

Everyone knows that PJs have the power of S.L.E.E.P. (Super Large and Epic Emotion of Power). You don’t? This is what S.L.E.E.P. does: every time you wear PJs you get a surge of power. This can only happen to kids age 12 and below. The kids will have extra energy when they wear their PJs. This will help teachers in two ways. First, we will have so much energy that P.E. will not tire us. Secondly, having extra energy means being able to pay attention easier. This will help teachers because the lessons will finish faster and without interruptions.

PJs also help us have more self-control, as recent scientific studies have shown. This way, we will not play tag and lag behind in line or shout when we pass the ‘zone of silence’. We would get to places faster and have a straighter line with no gaps. Kids will not stay in for recess because they were playing tag in line if they can tell themselves to stop playing tag. Kids will not bully or be mean to anyone because with PJs on they can control their actions. In class, we will remember the rules and not call out or interrupt you when you are explaining something.

Another reason we should wear PJs every day is that we will be able to get ready easily and get to school earlier. We will not have to waste time picking which clothes or shoes to wear. We will get to school faster and not miss any lesson time. Our clothes will be comfortable and we won’t worry about not being able to run or jump in our stiff everyday clothes.

Then there is the argument about stuffed animals. Everyone knows they are like siblings to us. You understand how hard it is to be away from them every day. If we could only bring them with us, perhaps we would be more jubilant and positive throughout the day. We would have ‘encouragement and help’ from our toys because we love them so much. We could play with them during recess and not complain about having no playground equipment or having to wait in line for tetherball. (And if we make a mistake in the spelling test we will say “It’s Teddy’s fault! He told me how to spell that word!”)

These are my four reasons for why we should wear PJs to school every day. I believe this will improve our school and make it a better place for students and teachers alike. I hope our school will realize that this is the way to improve the way students learn and behave: PJs should be the official school uniform for ACS!

Your concerned student,

Daphne

Nature by Catarina

The Nature that I see,

Is full of plants and more than one tree,

Insects crawling around,

Every day on the ground.

The nature that I see,

Is everywhere around me,

All the leaves on the ground,

And the pinecones hanging around.

So here I am, lying on the grass,

And with much curiosity I ask,

Isn’t nature so beautiful?

Yes, that I must ask.

 

Visiting Poet by Daphne

On February 4th, we had a surprise visitor to our classes as part of our poetry unit. Ms. Alicia Stallings is a famous poet who has won many awards. We are very lucky because she is Jason’s mom and she also came and talked to us in the 4th grade about poetry.

Ms. Stallings began by reading us poems (The Jabberwocky, Fire and Ice) and we talked about made up words, rhyme and the mood of a poem; we learned that poems can have a cool or warm mood.

Then Ms. Stallings talked to us about the pantoum, a type of poem with a pattern of repetitive lines. She read pantoums to us, like Rain Again and Zero at the Bone. Each class worked together to write its own pantoum and some students wrote their own as well. Our class wrote a pantoum together with a cool mood which started out very scary but ended up being very funny!

Lastly, students read out loud poems they had written in class during the poetry unit and Ms. Stallings praised us and offered us constructive criticism.

I think we all enjoyed Ms. Stallings’ visit very much and appreciate the fact that she took some time to come and talk to us about writing poetry. I hope she can come again next year!

Ms. Stallings poetry Ms. Stallings pantoum

You can read more about Alicia Stallings and her poetry at

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/ae-stallings

Fear

by Ms. Maratou’s class

 

You’re not scared, right?

It shivers down my back,

Souls in the darkness die

Have you ever seen a monster like this?

It shivers down my spine,

The head fell down after the body.

Have you ever seen a monster like this?

Those staring eyes moving,

The head fell down after the body.

A half shaded face,

Those staring eyes moving,

He knocks at the door at night.

A half shaded face,

I can see fear in its eyes.

He knocks at the door at night,

A purple bunny rabbit.

I can see fear in its eyes.

The forest stayed silent, too silent.

A purple bunny rabbit,

Sealed your doom tonight.

The forest stayed silent, too silent,

Until- scream, scream,

Sealed your doom tonight,

In the middle of the night.

Until scream, scream,

Trembling from fear,

In the middle of the night

I have no idea.

Trembling from fear,

Souls in the darkness die.

I have no idea,

You’re not scared, right?

Survivor

by Ms. Kynigou’s  class

 

Titanic, Titanic,

Bubbling, bubbling under water,

It’s colorful under there, it’s beautiful.

What’s that light?

Bubbling, bubbling under water,

The waves are huge,

What’s that light?

Under the sea is a real mystery.

The waves are huge,

What are those boats doing?

Under the sea is a real mystery.

Aqua blue, raging red.

What are those boats doing?

The endless sea boils,

Aqua blue, raging red,

Disappearing into infinity.

The endless sea boils,

The sound of crashing,

Disappearing into infinity,

And never coming back.

The sound of crashing,

As I fall down to the ocean bottom,

And never coming back,

“What is it, what is it?” people ask.

As I fall down to the ocean bottom,

A magical coral rainbow world,

“What is it, what is it?” people ask,

Dolphins passing by.

A magical coral rainbow world,

The Titanic is dead,

Dolphins passing by,

It sank where no-one can see.

The Titanic is dead,

Where have I been?

It sank where no-one can see.

I will have to travel my way up.

Where have I been?

It’s colorful under there, it’s beautiful.

I will have to travel my way up.

Titanic, Titanic.

Things We Loathe

 by Ms. Evloyias’s class

 

When I hear glass crack it gives me chills

Red eyes

Centipedes

Tomatoes are disgusting

Red Eyes

Broccoli

Tomatoes are disgusting

Tornadoes spinning me around

Broccoli

When my friends play with my feelings

Tornadoes spinning me around

Why do we have to have Mondays?

When my friends play with my feelings

Insects, bugs

Why do we have Mondays?

Terrorists and kidnappers,

Insects, bugs

When animals are caged

Terrorists and kidnappers

Endangered animals

When animals are caged

Thriller movies

Endangered animals

Decimals!

Thriller movies

Road kill

Decimals!

Boring movies

Road Kill

Mosquitoes

Boring movies

I loathe taking notes

Mosquitoes

Nails down the wall

I loathe taking notes

Poems are hard

Nails down the walls

Homework

Poems are hard

I hate exams

Homework

Fingers on a balloon

I hate exams

Cracks of knuckles

Fingers on a balloon

Cheese

Cracking of knuckles

I loathe calling out

Cheese

Centipedes

I loathe calling out

When I hear glass cracking it gives me chills.

 WWF by Chrysonoe, and Steleeza.

Hello, we are the program Give Money Save Animals. Now the WWF program is meeting with lawyers and are voting for the animals rights. Pretty soon we are hoping that they are going to say NO to Pet City, and Pet Shops. We also want to stop Zoos because they also have wild animals there and animals are not prisoners!
We have collected 140.40 Euros with YOUR help and Ms Cathy is going to give it to WWF when they come to present at our assembly later in the year. Thank you for your contributions! 
Love, Steleeza & Chrysonoe, 5th Grade.

 

Add your Funny Conversations! By Mrs Kynigou

What does a pillow think of being slept on?

What would your chair say if he could talk?

 

Lately we’ve been practicing dialogue punctuation by writing dialogues with everyday objects!

Some of these conversations are really hilarious! Here are a couple from my class.

If you would like to add one of your own, write it into a comment below so we keep all the conversations grouped together in the same thread. 

Looking forward to hearing what your everyday objects are saying to YOU!

 

TALKING WITH A…PILLOW?! By Ann-Marie

  

“Uh, gotta wake up,” Ann-Marie yawned, while her alarm clock’s sound pierced her ears.

 “No, stay, please. You’re warm and you’re the only friend I have besides Mr. Hair and Mrs. Lice,” begged Mr. Cotton, who was Ann-Marie’s pillow.

 “No, I’ve got to get ready for school,” Ann-Marie exclaimed, as her mom was yelling across the house.

 “No, I’m sooo fluffy,” Mr. Cotton said, luring Ann-Marie into a deep, deep sleep.

 

 “ Mr. Cotton, I’m really angry at you!” Ann-Marie belted. “It’s 10:00am!”

 Oups,” Mr. Cotton said sarcastically.

 “Oh man, I’m getting up,” Ann-Marie thundered.

 “He he he,” Mr.Cotton thought under his breath.

 Ann-Marie got up, ate her breakfast, brushed her teeth, and got dressed. After that, she checked the date.

 “Saturday,” she mumbled. “It’s Saturday! Mr.Cotton, I’m going to replace you right away!” Ann-Marie yelled at the top of her lungs.

 Ow! That hurt!” Mr.Cotton cried.

 “ Yay! I’m going sailing! Never mind Mr.CottonEr, I’m sorry,” Ann-Marie said, psyched.

 

After Ann-Marie left for sailing Mr.Cotton was becoming more evil: “ I got to start planning my revenge…” Those were the last words Mr.Cotton said before he was dumped in the trash can. No one saw him again, but no one was sure he was REALLY gone…

 

THE END?

 

 

Chair Dialogue by Chrysonoe 

“Hey, hey, you are sitting on me!” exclaimed chair.

“Sorry, it’s just so comfortable and cozy.” whispered Chrysonoe.

“Well ok, but can you sit on your jacket?” the chair bellowed.

“Why?” Chrysonoe asked in confusion.

“Because I ‘am sick,” and then the chair sneezed.

“Really, how can a chair be sick?” questioned Chrysonoe.

“Well, I just get sick, and can you get me a pill?” snorted the chair.

“Sure, I’ll get you ten!” laughed Chrysonoe.

“Thank you, very much,” gulped the chair.

“No problem, now I need to go,” Chrysonoe snapped.

“Bye,” the chair told Chrysonoe.

“Bye,” Chrysonoe replied.