Check out this link for the parade if you missed it!!
Kindergarten classes started the New Year off learning about the Chinese New Year. They learned that China is a country and where to find it on a world map, what their flag looks like and many of the customs that Chinese people do to celebrate Chinese New Year: lanterns are sent into the sky with a wish for the new year. they have a big family feast, they get money in a red envelope from family members(red is a lucky color), and they get new clothes. Kindergartners watched videos of Chinese New Year celebrations/parades in big USA cities and learned what the zodiac animal was for 2017- the rooster. Art teacher Miss Ott helped them make a dragon for the parade and students made rooster masks and Chinese flags. Next, they practiced for the dragon parade...it scares away "bad luck"...firecrackers also scare away the bad luck. Students also found out what animal represented the year(s) they were born: 2010 and 2011 were the year of the tiger and rabbit. Books about China were made, and students came up with a sentence based on the picture in their China book. Students tried using chopsticks during a Chinese feast of fried rice, mandarin oranges, long life noodles and fortune cookies using. , and wrote down facts about the Chinese New Year in their journals.