Did you know that Monday, September 26th was my Ukrainiversary (Thanks for the new word, Casey!), marking 365 glorious days in Ukraine! A pensive and introspective post about that in the future...but for now, an update.
As many of you are aware, I've been helping friends, teachers, and neighbors prepare for that 6-month Ukrainian Winter I
|The before pile|
|Valentina Zenovivna (holding the Pumpkin), Me, Anastasia Serhivna, |
Random Family Member(s) on the far left and right
|Beets, beets, beets!|
|That mound just kept growing and growing. |
Eventually we bagged and organized.
Then came Friday...the Day of Teachers!
|It's all Ukrainian to me!|
We started the day with a school assembly. At the assembly, the 10th Formers were officially sworn-in as Students of the Lyceum, or as it was translated to me, "Lydsayists". Then, after taking a pledge and the class leader thanking our school Director, the 11th Formers pin the official "Lydsayist" pin on the 10th Formers.
|The flag march starting the Teachers Day ceremony|
|Our school Director (in black) and the School Administration|
wishing us a Happy Teachers Day and thanking us for our hard work!
|Making it official! (Secret: These are my favorites!)|
|Receiving their official pins from the 11th Formers|
Something unique and really cool that my school does for Teachers Day is letting the 11th Formers take over the school for the day. They give the teachers the day off by taking all of our lessons and filling all of the administration roles. Ira, one of my best 11th Form Pupils taught my 5 classes for the day! She was exhausted, but had a lot of fun and did very well!
While classes were going on, the teachers relaxed in the Teachers Room. We ate, drank, and were quite merry indeed, enjoying the day off and celebrating ourselves. The day ended with quite the buzz and of course, a Teachers Day concert! Ukraine sure does know how to celebrate it's teachers!
|The introduction of the Teachers Day School Administration... of course in helium voices!|
|Lots of flowers...and grades books not being used!|
|The 8th Form Ensemble|
|Volva, Mikola, and Volva about to sing...or laugh? |
Andriy and Nadia, our MC's in the back
|Some of my 6th Formers singing a song about teachers!|
|More 6th Formers belting it out!|