Category Archives: Lower El Downstairs

Filling Hearts and Feeding Families

In response to the inspiring Community Impact Day initiative spearheaded by the MBTS Parents’ Guild, the children of the Lower Elementary Downstairs class recently conducted a food drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Food Bank. After a lengthy discussion about the many different ways we can all make an impact on the community, the children decided that feeding families who are in desperate need was the top priority!

The students enjoyed visiting different classrooms to make announcements about the food drive, and even brainstormed and practised various catchy “slogans” to try and get people excited to donate! The children were very eager to “inspect” the various canned goods and dry food item that were being brought in, and loved checking our collection bins to see how much more food was appearing each day.

We were fortunate to have parent volunteers Ms. Julia, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Stacey help bring the children to the Good Samaritan Food Bank, where organizer Ms. Eden told the children a bit more about their valuable work. The children loved packing brown bags full of food for families, and even got their food drive donations weighed. They were thrilled to learn that they brought in almost one hundred pounds of food!

Helping others has been a real focus in the classroom throughout the year, and the food drive was a very meaningful way to wrap up a year of student-led, community projects, including the class’ Earth Day beach clean-up, the student-organized Talent Show which benefitted the Cayman Islands Humane Society, and the class decision to donate our collected dress-down day money to the Special Needs Foundation. 

Here’s to a wonderful, meaningful year of filling our hearts by helping others!

Welcome to My Life: Biography Day in LED

MBTS parents and students recently had the good fortune of meeting some of history’s most brilliant men and women – and even a few legends and deities – during LED’s Biography Dress-Up Day!

The LED class’ Cultural exploration of Europe culminated in a display of biography projects on their chosen subjects, which included famous authors and artists, explorers, inventors and scientists, saints and Samaritans, athletes, rulers and royalty, as well as a mythical king and a goddess!

The children put a great deal of effort into their projects, with students conducting the research and writing processes as independently as possible. Younger students wrote their projects in first-person, and displayed their research in “speech bubble” form, while older students had the choice of writing their biographies from the more traditional, third-person point of view.

The day was made even more exciting because the children came to school dressed as their biography subjects, and stayed in character for the duration of the open house visit! It was so wonderful to listen to parents and visiting students from the LEU and MYP classes enthusiastically ask thoughtful questions, and inspiring to listen to the children speak knowledgeably and excitedly as their biography subjects.

Thank you to all of the parents, as well as to the students of LEU and MYP, who took time out of their day to come and support the children in their efforts to delve headfirst into History and Culture!

MBTS Has Got Talent!

On March 28th, students from Lower and Upper Elementary bravely and gamely took to the stage to share their talents during the MBTS Community Talent Show. (Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the photo gallery of the performers.)

This student-organized show was spearheaded by Grade Three and Grade Two students from the Lower Elementary Downstairs class, with the purpose of raising funds for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. The student organizers went through every step of the planning process, including booking dates for the hall,  creating posters and making announcements in different classrooms for the event, arranging the order of performers, writing the script for the show, selling tickets and adding up all of the proceeds. This project was a wonderful, real-life way to integrate and apply skills in so many areas, from writing and mathematics to grace and courtesy.

The talent show was attended by many staunch “fans” – families and friends whose support and enthusiasm were invaluable in encouraging the young performers to get up on stage and simply share a talent. Performances displayed a variety of skills and abilities, including dancing, sleight of hand and magic, acting, singing, playing the piano, recorder and violin, gymnastics, rollerblading, hula-hooping, and even beatboxing and breakdancing!

We were heartened to see students as young as six or seven muster up the courage to perform on stage, and every student who participated garnered heartfelt, enthusiastic cheers from the crowd. Thanks to the performers’ generosity of spirit, and thanks to the support of the families and friends who purchased tickets for the show, $235.50 was raised, and will all be donated to support the worthy work of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. Thank you for making the very first MBTS Community Talent Show a success!

Thanks as well to all of the teachers and administrators who cooperated with the student organizers and who were instrumental in making the talent show happen. Special thanks go to Ms. Ana, for lending all of the musical equipment and helping set up the microphones, and to Ms. Stacey, for kindly taking such lovely photos throughout the show. A big thank-you as well to the Rossiter, Alban and Pollard Families for their help in cleaning up after the talent show!