This week leading up to the start of Chinese New Year, the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades worked on creating a dragon. Xiner Hu and Aiyana Harris (6th grade) helped to create a wonderful head for our dragon. We read about Ernie Wan and his first Lion Dance through Chinatown in New York and saw videos of dragon and lion dances from Hong Kong to New York.

Classes talked about the Chinese Zodiac and its origins from a time when Buddha, or the Jade Emperor, summoned all the animals of the universe for a race (or a banquet). The 12 animals of the zodiac all headed to the palace. The order that they came in determined the order of the zodiac. The tale is full or trickery and adventure. They also learned how the elements, earth, air, fire, water and metal temper the traits they receive from their animal. Each class recorded their animal birth year and the third grade took the results and graphed them.

The all grades did a Fire Rooster STEAM project that looked at how design affected flight. The older classes designed three different planes and then tested for distance. They evaluated their results and determined the best design. Some of the fire rooster paper planes are on display in the library.

On Monday, the K-2 children led by Ryan Shie (7th grade), paraded their dragon from the terrace into the church to honor the start of the year of the Fire Rooster. The Kindergarten later paraded down to the Preschool bringing health and luck to our little ones. It was a wonderful start to the New Year.

Gung Hei Fat Choy!