Monthly Archives: February 2016

Asian Artifacts & Cultures

In the month of February, our children at LAPMS in Dublin learned about the continent of Asia. They focused on geography and its different cultures. They loved the various mountains, rivers, and lakes as well as deserts, grasslands, landscapes and its temperate forests. Learning Asian maps, flags and animals are their favorite time of the day.

On Friday, February 26th, our children brought their own artifacts, pictures and clothing from different countries in Asia. Each child had a chance to talk about what they brought during their show-and-tell. Everyone was excited and had a wonderful day of learning different things from their own Asian countries and cultures.

Asian Artifact

FACTS ABOUT ASIA: Asia is the largest continent, and has an endlessly varied landscapes and an interesting array of animals. Its densely populated cities are home to some of the world’s tallest buildings and largest shopping malls. There are many different cultures and religions in Asia, giving rise to a wide range of traditions, rituals, laws and beliefs.

3 Interesting Facts about Asia:

  • Asia is Home to 9 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings

One of the most astounding Asia facts is that 9 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings are located on this continent. The tallest building currently is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at an impressive 2,717 feet. This is closely followed by the Shanghai Tower at a no less imposing 2,073 feet. However, both these buildings will be dwarfed by another Asian skyscraper in 2019. The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia is currently under construction. When it is complete, which it is projected to be by 2019, this tower will stand at a whopping 3,300 feet. That’s one kilometer high!

  • The Japanese are the second oldest people in the world

Of all the Asia facts about population, one of the most striking is that Japan has the second oldest          population in the world. The only other country with an older population is Monaco. The median age of the Japanese population is 44.6 years old. Incredibly, there are over 50,000 people living in Japan who are over 100 years old!

  • India produces 12 million tons of mangoes every year

India produces more mangoes every year than any other country in the world. The fact that it produces 12 million tons of mangoes every year is one of the most astonishing Asia facts, when you consider that mangoes are available for just three to four months of the year. There is a huge market in India for mango flavored drinks – so much so that people regard mangoes as a national obsession in India!

  • Asia Has the Most Varied Landscape

Although any continent has a great variety in its landscape, one of the indisputable Asia facts is that this continent can be said to have the greatest diversity of all. When you stop to consider it, it’s a remarkable fact that Asia is home to both the highest and lowest points on Earth. These points are Mount Everest at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) and the Dead Sea at -997 feet (-395 meters), respectively.

Talent Show Performance 2016

Dear LAPMS Niles Families and Friends,

Our Annual Talent Show this morning was a great success! Thank you for coming to watch our children perform. Each of the groups performed wonderfully! It was amazing to witness how happy and proud all the parents were while watching their children perform.

The children showcased a variety of talents and skills—from story reading, playing the piano, and a magic show, to playing the harmonica, tabla performance, poetry, and singing and dancing, parents enjoyed a lively and colorful show!

Congratulations to our LAPMS parents for encouraging your children to participate in this year’s talent show, and for taking the time to rehearse with your child. It is because of your unending support that our events are successful!

Tomorrow, February 26th, our talent show performers will have an encore performance for their classmates. Please ensure that your child brings his/her instruments, props, or music for the encore performance.

Have a wonderful day!


Plans & Strategies

Dear LAPMS Families and Friends,


As our partner in accomplishing our goals, it is always important to be transparent in communicating our plans and strategies to you, our dear families and friends.


Soiled and dirty clothes must be taken home every afternoon and must be replaced with fresh, clean clothes the following day.  There are pillows and thick blankets in the children’s cubbies that are needed to be taken home as well.  The children’s cubbies are not sufficient space for thick blankets and pillows or even toys.  Cubbies must contain only a small blanket, fitted sheet, and extra clothes.   Extra clothes that have not been taken home for a long time must be picked up by Friday, otherwise these will be donated next week.  On Fridays, please ensure that your child’s beddings are taken home and washed, so that it is clean and ready for use the following week.


Medications that are administered daily must be taken home in the afternoon and be brought back to school if needed.  Forms are available at the front desk for completion and for your signature in order for us to administer your child’s medication.


The child’s file is a very important record for our future references.  Please complete and update your child’s allergy information if needed, parents’ contact information, and other necessary updates for emergency and security purposes. 



We are Grateful for our Book Donations!

Dear LAPMS Families and Friends,

Happy Lunar New Year!

We, the administration and staff would like to thank you for your book donations during our Readathon Week! Some of these books are included in our Library and Resource Center and some are in the classroom library for the children. We are still accepting book donations.

We are delighted to see parents ordering online Scholastic Books! The more books we order the more points we can get for the school for free books. When you order online, student orders add up towards bonus points for the school. Students who have placed an order received their Scholastic Books last Friday, and they are located in the student’s classroom. Each child who received his/her books last Friday had a free book and a book mark!
Parents may place their orders online anytime, and when new scholastic flyers are received by the school and placed in your child’s folder. Please note that we usually wait until more students place their orders before we finalize it on our end. This allows parents a chance to place their orders, and so that bonus points accumulate. Larger orders result in more bonus points!

Thank you for your generosity and unending support!

Have a wonderful day!

February Event Guidelines

Happy Friday!

We are delighted to inform you about our upcoming events for February. This month is another exciting and busy time filled with activities for the children to develop their learning skills. Please check the guidelines below for the dates and events.

February Event Guidelines
• Thursday, February 4: Student’s 100th Day at school: The children will enjoy projects in any of the subject areas related to the number 100.

• Monday, February 8: Chinese New Year: This is a part of the cultural curriculum where the teachers prepare activities related to Chinese New Year. Parents who wish to come for a class presentation about this concept are most welcome. Speak to your child’s teacher to schedule your class presentation.

• Friday, February 12: Valentine’s Day Celebration: The children will be exchanging valentine cards with their friends. They may also choose to bring goody bags to share with their friends. We request that goody bag items are educational—erasers, pencils, coloring books or any kid- friendly/children’s books. No candy or food in the bag please. The children will also create Valentine’s Day art projects for their families or friends.

• Monday, February 15: President’s Day, No School: (Before this day, the children will be learning about the significance of President’s Day and making projects related to this national holiday.)

• Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23: Talent show participants (those who registered and auditioned) will bring their instruments or props for their rehearsals. Rehearsals will be at 10:00 A.M. in the courtyard if weather permits; otherwise, it will be in their own classrooms. The participants should be ready to perform for this rehearsal. The parents are advised to rehearse with their children at home. Sign-up for titles is available in your child’s classroom. The title of the song/dance or any performance is important for us to finish the flyer/program for this event. We are in the process of completing the talent show program.

• Thursday, February 25: This is the actual day for the participants to perform. The performance will start at 10:00 A.M. in the courtyard if the weather permits; otherwise it will be rescheduled on a later date. The children will come to school in their own chosen attires and props. Parent Volunteers for this event are welcome.

• Friday, February 26: Talent show encore for student audience only at 10:00 A.M. Our Pre-K classrooms and older will watch their friends perform in the courtyard if the weather permits; otherwise, the encore performances will take place in their own classrooms.
There will be more details as the event is approaching. Thank you for your continued support in all of our events.
Please speak to me or the front desk for your questions and concerns. We appreciate your ideas and suggestions.

Have a wonderful day!