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“Real World” Chinese at the Panama City Renaissance School

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Monday September 22, the Panama City Renaissance School third graders and their teacher, Sonia Song, ate dinner with five engineers from the Trane Corporation. After a tasty meal at the Lynn Haven New China Buffet, the group gathered at Ms. Song’s home. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to practice their Mandarin Chinese language skills in a social setting. Everyone had a great...

2009-2010 registration at the Panama City Renaissance School underway

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Registration for pre-K3 – grade 4 for 2009-2010 is underway. Students at the school learn math, science, English, history, geography, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. And most importantly the kids have fun! If your child is too young to begin school next August, make sure to secure a space for him/her in advance (ask about the priority list). To schedule a tour or to get more information on the school, call the office at...

Panama City Renaissance School Celebrates Moon Festival

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Monday September 15, the Panama City Renaissance School celebrated Moon Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness (similar to Thanksgiving in the US), dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different...

Back to school, back to fun

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington The Panama City Renaissance School children have been back in school now for almost a month. The 3-8 year old children are learning all kinds of new things from Algebra to geography and seem to enjoy the new classrooms and playground. It is always fun to watch them conversing easily with their instructors in Chinese and Spanish and rewarding to hear the third graders talking about the US Constitution.   If you haven’t been by to visit yet, we would love to show you around. Call the office on 215-8712 to schedule an appointment.    ...

Atoms, Algebra and Adverbs are just the beginning…

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Tuesday evening September 2, the Panama City Renaissance School Parent Committee launched a campaign called “Atoms, Algebra and Adverbs” in an effort to overcome the perception that the school is a language institute with a few academics thrown-in. According to David Kozan, PCRS Parent Committee Chair, “Few people know the school offers advanced math, science, English and history as part of its curriculum”. Through the Atoms, Algebra and Adverbs effort David says he hopes to have an opportunity to talk to people about the program where children start learning basic Algebra in kindergarten and about atoms and the periodic table in first grade. Kelley Caspary, the Parent Committee Vice Chair, says she wants to talk about the integrated approach to learning. “It is comforting to know my daughter will be reading, writing and spelling in English well above grade level at the same time she is mastering Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. I also love the fact that the school has a strong history focus that begins in first grade.” As part of the awareness effort, parents will be sporting t-shirts with the slogan and distributing business cards with information about the school. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, we would love to see you (even if you don’t have kids). Call the office on 215-8712 to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget registration for 2009-2010, starts September...
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