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Last summer. a group of educators met at the annual SMART Exemplary Educator Summit in Calgary Canada. We came up with the idea to bridge th...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TREVLIG VÄNDAG! Happy Valentine's Day!

Class 7D in Cronhjelmskolan in Larsmo is writing Happy Valentine's Day greetings in SMART amp to their American friends! Have an amazing day across the Atlantic!

Lots of hugs from Finland!







Friday, February 10, 2017

A presentation of Cronhjelmskolan

The English conversation group in the 8th grade has made a SMART Notebook presentation about their school Cronhjelmskolan. Here are some of the pages from that presentation.

Cronhjelmskolan is located in Larsmo in western Finland, about 500 km from Helsinki.














Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day

The United States has a very odd tradition to determine when spring will begin. We use a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to tell us. Phil the groundhog lives approximately 100 miles from our little town of Greenville.


Punxatawney Phil even has his own website:  http://www.groundhog.org/

Here are some SMARTamps we made to teach you a little more about February 2, Groundhog Day.








Wednesday, December 21, 2016

God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

We in Cronhjelmskolan, Larsmo, wish our American and Canadian friends in Greenville, Oregon City, West Dundee, Bowie and Quebec City a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017!  

Here are some pictures from our last school day in 2016, December the 21st.






Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sankta Lucia in Cronhjelmskolan, December the 13th



We have in school today, December the 13th, celebrated an old Christian feast day called Sankta Lucia (Saint Lucy's Day). This is a Scandinavian Lutheran tradition and the celebration comes from stories that were told by monks who brought Christianity to Scandinavia a long time ago. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred and killed for her faith on the 13th of December 304 AD. She brought light in the midst of darkness.




We had a very solemn and beautiful candlelit Lucia procession this year at Cronhjelmskolan. There was a very special atmosphere in our gymnasium this morning when the lights were dimmed and Lucia, her handmaidens and star boys, all dressed in white, entered the gymnasium, singing the Lucia song and also other songs together.




Tradition has it that Lucia wears light in her hair. Our Lucia had a crown of candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carried a candle, too. The star boys carried stars on sticks and they had tall paper cones on their heads.




At school we also got gingerbread cookies and saffron-flavoured buns which we call Lussekatter. The buns are shaped like curled-up cats and they are decorated with raisin eyes.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Oregon City celebrating Finland's Independence Day.  We really went all out!
Oregon City was getting ready to celebrate Finland's Independence Day on December 6th when we decided that we needed to challenge our friends to a Mannequin Challenge. We did our challenge in one take.  We have a blast. We are excited to do more mannequin challenges with our other Bridging Culture Groups.  Just you wait!