All posts by maratoue

My Favorite Things by Ronaldo

My favorite color is white,

Like the fluffy white clouds that come after the rain.

Also like the white fluffy yummy marshmallows.

My favorite place is at the beach,

As the sun sets into the ocean,

And the sky becomes orangey.

My favorite animal is a cute dog,

Which wants all the time to play,

And likes me to pet him.

My favorite smell is the smell of ..

Red, dark red, blue, orange, white and pink roses

From the flowers and in perfume.

My favorite sport is swimming,

In the aqua colored swimming pool,

And on top the clouds and the blue sky.

My Favorite Things by Sophie

My favorite  color is turquoise,

Like the beach when it is as clear as glass,

and the sand in the sea are as white as snow.

Imagine swimming in these crystal blue waters,

just relaxing.

My favorite sound is the sound of music.

Music relaxes me.

When I hear calm music my brain  starts to relax  and all my bad feelings

slowly go away.

My favorite insect is a butterfly.

Butterflies are like a beautiful flying painting,

like little fairies that are colorful and magnificent.

My favorite subject is math,

because I feel like I have to solve a puzzle.

It is like I am a detective and I have to solve a mystery.

My favorite desert is ice cream,

it adds a breeze to the hot heat of summer.

My Favorite Things by Lizzie

My favorite color is purple,

Like the lavender that smells so good,

As a giant bouquet of flowers.

My favorite animal is a kitty,

Because its so soft as a cotton and it makes me so relaxed.

My favorite insect is a butterfly,

Because its wings are so pretty as the as the pretty colorful galaxy.

My favorite fruit is a watermelon,

Because it’s so refreshing,

Like when you are  so hot and and you run into the ocean.

My favorite dessert is cheesecake,

Because it’s so creamy,

As a full mouth of whipped cream.

My Favorite Things by Lauren

My favorite color is mint green ,

Like the hundred shades of blue, green, purple and orange on the skyline right before it gets dark and the stars come up passing behind the mountains.

My favorite sound is music,

The relaxing source of calmness and serenity.

My favorite animal is a dolphin,

Soaring through the aqua blue waves trying to find its path.

My favorite insect is a ladybug,

A little red and black creature crawling on you,

Giving you good luck for the rest of your day.

My favorite dessert is brownies,

When you are holding a fresh one,

and the glaze is dripping.

A Visiting Poet by Leopard and Ender Girl

On February 5th, Ms.Stallings came to visit our classroom. Ms.Stallings is a poet. We read the poems “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, “The Riddles of Bilbo and Gollum” and “I like to see it lap the Miles” by Emily Dickinson. We also talked about types of poems called kennings and riddles. Then we created poems all together. After, we were asked to make our own just like the ones we made with the whole class. We had a lot of fun and it was an awesome experience.

Thank you Ms.Stallings!!!!


Grass cruncher

Black and white

Moo maker

Milk shaker

Slow and fat

Tail flapper

Viking Hat wearer

Sleep stander


Slimy slitherer

Fast darter

S- hisser

Thin stretcher                          

Skin shedder               

Quick killer

Tail rattler

Poison puncture

Camouflage coiler

Clothes changer

by class 5M – 2016

Autumn by Furiousbrotato

Leaves fell on the ground,

Fruit grew big and round.

Kids went out to play,

And had a great day.

The trees dyed their hair,

The color was yellow and brown.

First they looked pretty good,

Then they fell down.

Crunch Crunch!

The leaves went crunch.

It was like a monster eating crackers for lunch.

I saw fifty feet stamping on the ground, then I heard an enormous POUND!


My Hamster by Lilly

My hamster’s name is Lilly

And she is very silly.

She likes to run,

To have some fun!!


I put her on my hand,

And she sniffs my hair band.

Sometimes though she eats my furry shirt.

Oh no… ALERT ALERT!!!!


Though when she falls asleep,

I mean very, very deep,

She is very cute.

No matter what





My Spring Break at Hungary by Emilia

I was waiting for Easter since February. I knew that I was going to my dad at Hungary. Finally that day arrived! Before I left, my mom said: “I will miss you”, and then I got on the airplane, alone.

Nothing really exciting happened on the airplane. I was the last one to get out. We picked up my luggage and went to find my dad. When he saw me he hugged me. I looked at him to find out if something changed on him, but I think he had his hair shorter.

We went to many places but my favorite was when we went to a maze! My dad and I went in but when we found the emergency exit we went out… After, I told my dad, that I wanted us to go in again and whoever gets out from the normal exit wins. We had 8 minutes. We went in and counted to 3 then we started running to different directions. I went the right direction. After a while I was almost at the exit. I yelled to my dad to see if he was still in there and didn’t cheat. He told me that he got totally lost, but I didn’t want to help him because he would trick me and win. One minute later I got out first, he was almost there but he got lost again. I went back in so I could help him. Then we both got out.

“I can’t wait until the next time I come to Hungary,” I said at the airport before I left. He told me that his boss said to him that every month he will come to Greece one or two days but he will also see me! Then I went on the airplane. Usually when I leave from my dad I am sad, but because I knew that he was coming I was happy! When I went back to my mom, at Greece, we immediately went to the church.

That was my Easter. I hope next Easter will be as fun as this was.

The Maze Spring Break Hungary

My Easter Vacation by Itamar

How many times have you been on a flight? One, two, three or more? Well, I have been 8 times. Here is the story of what has happened in the ten days that were in between the 7th and the 8th flights.

On the first day of the vacation we woke-up at 6-o’clock and started the flight at 10-o’clock. We reached the destination: Israel, at 1-o’clock A.M. We went to a restaurant and ate some chips. Then went to a friend’s house and I played with him. It was fun! The next day we went to a city called Jaffa where we met relatives. On Saturday, I met even more relatives and tried meeting my friend again, however I didn’t succeed.

On Sunday, we had to visit an optometrist, to get an eye check up. After that we visited two museums and navigated around the place they were in with the map they gave us.

On Monday we traveled with some relatives around a water stream and afterwards saw a movie with them.

On Tuesday we met my mother’s friends and I played with their kids. Later, I played with some friends until 8-o’clock in the evening.

On Wednesday we had a huge family gathering. After several hours I left to play soccer with some friends. When I was back I was surprised to discover that the meeting wasn’t over yet!

On Thursday, we saw a movie with a friend and on Friday we met my friend and I played with him nearly all day long in things like table soccer and jokes.

On Saturday, I met 2-3 friends and played dodge ball with them and on Sunday I played a lot with a friend.

On Monday we took a flight back. Wow, time passes far too quickly!

Itamar's trip

Easter in Vienna by Penelope

On spring break I went to Vienna, Austria.  The weather was great the whole time we were in Vienna. On Good Friday we went to Prater Park, an amusement park that has awesome roller coasters. The first one I got on with my dad was called ‘’The Boomerang’’ and it was one of those roller coasters that had several loops that will turn you upside down. Then we took a little break and had something to eat. I tried the Schnitzel and it was very delicious.  After our food digested we continued to get on more roller coasters for the rest of the evening.

The Saturday before Easter we went to the Belvedere museum. It used to be someone’s summerhouse. Inside we saw the famous Klimt painting “The Kiss”. It was very large and there was personal security to guard the painting. Afterwards, we went to Mozart’s house. Mozart is one of the most famous pianists in the whole world. We did an audio tour that informed us about his life. After leaving Mozart’s house we walked around the Stephansdom cathedral, a very old Catholic church

On Easter Sunday morning we went to the Schonbrunn palace where a king and queen used to live. I thought that it is very ridiculous how big of a palace they had because you don’t need that much space. We also toured the gardens, which is the palace’s backyard. On Monday morning we left Vienna and returned to Athens.

Klimt’s painting- “The Kiss”                                                                  Mozart

Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart_1Klimt-The Kiss

My Trip to Rome by Kristjan

This Spring break I traveled to Rome. I was excited to go there, but first there was the annoying flight.  It was like 2 hours or something. Once we made it, we went to our hotel put our stuff in it and walked to the Colosseum. The Colosseum was a big arena for gladiator fights. We didn’t go inside first because of the long queue (line), we took pictures from the outside of the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.  Then we went to the Forum instead  which was right next to the Colosseum.

The Forum was a place where the Ancient Senate was located. There were also lots of different markets in there. In the Forum we saw ruins of ancient Roman temples, some markets and other ruins of buildings which I don’t know what they are. Then we went to eat at a restaurant  – I had a real Italian PIZZA.

The second day we went back to see the Colosseum from the inside. It was COLOSSAL. It was also very broken and in ruins inside. Romans had a lot of gladiator fights there and even small naval battles. Additionally to provide the water to the City, ancient Romas used the aquaducts to fill the Colosseum with water and put ships in it and have a battle.

They would also let people fight wild and dangerous animals there. In Latin and modern Italian name of the Colosseum  is “Amphitheatro Flaviano“ which translstes to Flavian Amphitheater. It is named that because it was built by the Flavian family Emperors. It was started by Emperor Vespian  and finished by his son Emperor Titus.

Finally we walked to the Circus Maximus. There was nearly nothing left of it, just a pillar in a hole. Later we went to the Capitol Hill Museum where we saw the foot, hand and head of the Colossus of Constantine. There was also the statue of the Capitoline Wolf who fed the founders of the Rome – Romulus and Remus.

After that we just walked around and ate some PIZZA and then visited to my mind (in my opinion) the biggest fountain in Rome – The Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately it was out of order and under renovation. The legend says – if you throw a coin into the waters of the fountain, you will return to Rome some day. So we did (but it hit the concrete) and I hope to return to Rome some day and see the fountain in its real beauty.

The next day we went to the Vatican City museum. We saw some old statues and a courtyard with a really cool modern art piece. There was a long hallway with the ceiling painted so well, if you looked at it, it had carvings like statues in 3D, but it was actually painted on a flat surface. It totally fooled me.

Finally we saw the Sistine Chapel. It had some paintings by some of the best artists from the time like Rafael and Michelangelo of the Renaissance. We didn’t see the big church of  St. Peter from the inside though.

On the final day we wanted to go to the church again in Vatican City, but there was a line that would have lasted for a couple hours and church would close early that day. We would have not made it. Instead we just hung out and walked around the old town of the Rome. We ate PIZZA and saw some cool Roman helmets which we didn’t buy because we could not have taken one on the plane.

Eventually we went to the airport, but the flight was around 4 hours late, so that wasn’t fun again. Once we made it back I went to sleep around four o’clock in the morning.

Capitoline Wolf Colosseum at night Colosseum from inside Hallway in Vatican painted 3D St. Peter's Church at night The Trevi Fountain Pacman - Famous Italian food

Stinky Boots in the French Alps by Mark

Sorry about the title I just needed to write it. It’s probably the biggest funny event of my ski vacation. Firstly on Friday night we arrived at the Chalet Les Rhododendron in the village of Les Brevieres, Tignes, France. It took a while to get there, but it was worth the 7 days of skiing. Before we got to our B&B (bed and breakfast) we crossed the border from Geneva, Switzerland to France. I thought there would be more security at the border, but there wasn’t much.
The van we took dropped us of about 15 meters from the chalet.

Saturday morning was when we went to rent out our ski equipment from Inter-sport.
When we got everything set up I was on the slopes in no time. It was really foggy
you could hardly see the trail pole markings. For dinner we had pizza from the
best pizzeria we have discovered in France. For dessert we got ice cream.
I got raspberry and my brother got chocolate.

On Sunday morning I learned my lesson. On Saturday I forgot to put sunscreen on and I got sunburned all over. When my family and I went on the gondola we got news that a
chairlift was closed because of heavy winds. Dinner was exciting we ordered beef
that was served raw and we would cook it ourselves on a stone platter.

During Monday morning I skied with the owners of the chalet, Hubert and Veronique.
After two hours we went our own directions because Veronique and Hubert had work to
do, so they went back to the chalet. Since my family and I were enjoying skiing so
much we lost track of time and got on the last chairlift up to our arrival.

On Tuesday morning my brothers stinky ski boots kicked in and the whole living room smelt like socks not washed for 40 days. It is seriously stank worse than all the French cheeses I’ve tried. My dad said that the fetid smell would go away, but I was not so sure about that. When we got to the slopes the sun came out and everything was great. That night we had a French and Swiss delicacy called raclette. It was good with a rich taste.
Skiing at the French Alps was fun!

French cheese         Ski trip

A Trip to Cyprus by Marialena

During my Easter break, I had a wonderful time. Me, my mom, and my dad left on Wednesday and went to Limassol, a place in Cyprus. Cyprus is a big and beautiful island. It has a lot of tourists from different parts of the world. Cyprus has a lot of places you can visit and it has a lot you can do there like go to the beach, go to the water park, and go to the mountains called “Trodos”. We stayed for five days in Limassol in a beautiful hotel. It was, a tall building with nice big gold letters, writing the hotel’s name. Outside, it had a red carpet on the staircase leading to the entrance. Big vases were also placed on the floor with different kind of flowers to decorate the hotel. The entrance, had huge Easter eggs and a chocolate fountain. Next to the fountain there were five bowls filled with fresh strawberries, that we could dip in the delicious chocolate running down the fountain.

Everyday we woke up about 9 o’clock and I went outside to the veranda to watch as the waves of the sea landing on the people’s towels and becoming foam. Sometimes the sea was wavy but other times not. We all went downstairs to eat our exquisite breakfast. I usually ate pancakes with a yummy syrup or honey. I also ate a toast and an apple. In addition I drank hot chocolate, milk with cereal, or a fresh orange juice. From the room that we took our breakfast we had a nice view of the big swimming pool with a wonderful blue color. Later on during the day, we would put our bathing suit and dive into the pool. We also went to the beach. My mom and I played rackets and then we all played volleyball in the cold sea. In the swimming races that we all did together I was the one that usually won. I also dove deep in the sea and found several big seashells.

During the night we went to restaurants to eat. One time we went with some friends to eat fish and other seafood. After, for a dessert we went to a café where they had crepes and waffles. I got a crepe filled with nutella, white chocolate, and crumbs of biscuit. Its taste was amazing and delicious. When we finished eating we returned to the hotel and went to bed.

During the holy week we went to the church. On Sunday we celebrated Easter with some very good friends from Athens. We ate lamb, kokoretsi which is a Greek traditional food that we eat during Easter (meat), and other food from Cyprus. When we finished eating we cracked eggs. Cracking eggs is another Greek tradition where two people crack eggs, and then whose ever egg breaks the other person wins (the person without a broken egg). My mom’s egg didn’t break so she was the winner. At the end we all ate sweets and chocolate eggs (Greek tradition).

I wish next year we can go to Cyprus or another place and have a marvelous time like this one.

Easter at Gythio by Asimina

This Easter I had a great time with my cousins and my family. We visited Gythio and we got to see friends that we haven’t seen in a long time. We also got to go to my grandpa’s village where we climbed a very big and old tree. Gythio is a small city located in Laconia .It’s 43 kilometers south of Sparta. Our house is in Mavrovouni which is right outside Gythio.

First my aunt and my cousins came from Cyprus to Greece. We met our new baby cousin because my aunt just had a baby! We stayed to Athens for two days and then we started our trip. Our trip was long and tiring. However we were all glad when we arrived cause we saw our grandpa and we were all very excited for our long week of no school and work.

At Gythio my aunt and I went shopping and then altogether we went to my friend’s house to play. You won’t believe it but we spent our whole time playing hide and seek ! You might find this game lame but if you play it with many people it’s actually fun!!!! It was fun when we went to my grandpa’s village and we had lots of fun there too ! We ate some really delicious food , we took some really pretty photos and we got to climb on this big, old and giant tree!!!! My dog also got to have a friend because my grandpa’s dog was there and also we got to go to a really good restaurant that had really good food.We had some dance lessons with my aunt .She taught us some Greek traditional dances.

This spring break was one of the best spring breaks I’ve had and I wish I had a spring break like that again.

We went  for a swimMy sister and I climbing a very old tree

Coloring Easter eggs

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:

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,


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.