The World Language Department is excited to announce the 2018 Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month at Brooklyn Friends School. El mes de la herenica hispana y latina, from September 15 – November 2, is an opportunity to bring our entire community together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage within our school. Students in all divisions are becoming involved in lessons, research, collections (Dreamers and DACA), assemblies and Art and Music projects, that highlight Latinx/Hispanic culture. In a time of political division, this month will embrace our Quaker values, as well as the school’s mission to cultivate “compassionate, curious, and confident global citizens who let their lives speak in the spirit of leadership and service.”
Here are just a few of the ways that Brooklyn Friends School students are enjoying Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month:
- In Lower School Spanish there is a curricular focus on geography and flags.
- Third grade artists are making “alebrijes” – magical creatures from México.
- Fourth graders are reading books written/illustrated by Latinx/Hispanic authors and creating an educational mural, to be unveiled at our celebration on Nov. 2.
- The entire Lower School student body and faculty enjoyed a concert by the Villalobos Brothers on Oct. 10 in the BFS Meetinghouse. From Vera Cruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers, are a group of violinists, singer-songwriters and multi-talented instrumentalists. They have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and Rockefeller Center, among numerous historic venues.
- Lower School math enthusiasts are learning to solve problems using the Aztec number systems.
Middle School artists from fifth all the way through 8th grades are studying and creating work inspired by Latinx/Hispanic artists and traditions – read more and see photos here!
- Hispanic/Latinx authors such as Meg Medina and Emma Otheguy are visiting with students across the divisions.
- Dancers in the Middle School will learn the Cuban Comparsa dance sequence and will learn about the Hispanic and African cultural mix that is represented in this Cuban carnival dance and music.
- 8th grade scientists will design Gaudi inspired biomorphic cell cities.
- The Middle and Upper School fall musical is “In the Heights” from Lin Manuel Miranda. Performances take place Nov. 15, 16, and 17.
Please save the date! Our final event, on Friday, November 2, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., is open to everyone in the BFS community (family and friends). This evening of interdisciplinary project presentations showcases work in language, art, music, drama, and science. Some students will bring food, and any proceeds will benefit Teens for Puerto Rico.
Parents who wish to learn more or become involved in the committee’s work as volunteers may contact Laura Murtula in Middle School or Myriam Juarbe in Lower School or speak to any members of the faculty organizing committee, including Maria Sanchez, Kim Allen, Felix Alberto, and Gabriela Alvarez.-