Multilingual Family Event a Great Success!
The English Language Development department hosted a beautiful evening of celebration on May 24, bringing together families from Bloomfield Hills Schools who come from all over the globe. Featuring performances, information sharing, and food, the event was enjoyed by all!
ELD teachers and paraprofessionals from across all seven K-8 Bloomfield Hills schools welcomed families, and everyone enjoyed the social opportunity to connect with both staff and other families. World language students shared performances, including a chamber orchestra piece by the Chinese National Honor Society coordinated by Mandarin teacher Angela Lee-Jan and Jennifer Guan (grade 12), a K Pop dance performance by Aileen Hsi (grade 11), and a song and dance by 6th grade French language students, led by French teacher Stephanie Potier. Several students in the English Language Development classes shared presentations on their home countries, including Afghanistan (Zahra Mirzad, grade 7, and Shokron Mirzad, grade 5), Germany (Theo Deinlein, grade 5), and South Korea (Branden Lee, grade 7). Lee then performed a series of impressive magic tricks to share with the community! The Bloomfield Township Library provided activities and books for young children in attendance.
ELD Coordinator Lisa Lockhart explained resources regarding free book services, summer learning opportunities, and summer camps offered through Bloomfield Hills Schools. Deyar Nasiri, ELD paraprofessional and Family Liaison, shared enrichment scholarship opportunities through Bloomfield Youth Assistance. Two BHHS students in the Student Leadership class, Lucia Farah (grade 11) and Joele Ballouz (grade 11), shared information on their LINK and THINK groups, which connect multilingual students across grades. Family Ambassador Leah Abel provided information on Bowers Farm and the Johnson Nature Center. And all participants enjoyed delicious food, brought by everyone in attendance, representing cuisine from cultures around the world. The event highlighted the beautiful diversity of our international community, and how we can all learn from one another!