Our team of tutors has remained in constant training and activity since the restrictions started. They gather in groups to study, take care of the gardens, or to get ready for that priceless moment we are waiting, when we will finally have our students back in the classrooms. Our teachers have painted these rocks as […]
The Mayan Solar New Year, Waqxaquí Toj, was celebrated with a Mayan Ceremony, where every student delivered an offering according to their very own Nahual. All the teachers and students were part of this celebration in which the teachers guided a small but very significative ceremony. When the ceremony ended, everyone enjoyed the local tradition […]
Recently, we had the Asociación Caracol’s first assembly of the year. During the meeting, the board presented very important information regarding the finances of the school.
Colleen Donovan, the treasurer of the board, presented the 2019 financial report as well as Escuela Caracol’s budget for 2020 and the highlights of our recently concluded Annual Campaign.
We encourage all the members of the association to attend to all the meetings to keep up to date with the current situation of Escuela Caracol. We warmly invite all the members of our community (parents, friends, supporters, sponsors) to enroll as members of Asociación Caracol; as a member, you will get influence through your voice and vote to define the road our school will take.
Stop by the school’s office or ask your class teacher for more information regarding how to become part of Asociación Caracol.
During last year’s November, the group of Caracolitos that, back then, were in third grade, started a Pen-Pal exchange with the third graders from Luis Horacio Gomez School, in Cáli, Colombia.
The letters arrived and were received with joy by the group of Colombian students that almost immediately wrote the responses to be sent back with Gloria Elena Londoño, our Pedagogical Advisor, whom, at the moment, was visiting the mentioned school.
A few days ago, the Colombian letters were delivered as a surprise to our students, now, in fourth grade.
We want to share with you the pictures where you can see the thrill and happiness of each and all of them as they received the envelopes, signed and adressed by the sender, making of these objects, unforgettable and invaluable treasures.
Luis Horacio Gomez School is one of the oldest Waldorf Schools in Colombia and since the arrival of Gloria Elena Londoño, it has become a special part of our community that transcends borders and distance.
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Today I gave a huge step forward, along with my parents and friends I must pass through the last test before starting my primary: stepping across the welcoming tunnel where I will receive love and joy from all the bigger Caracolitos. I will surmount the obstacles among the others, but by my very own means. I will learn so many things that will let me see the world with new eyes.
And so, the moment arrives. I will go through the tunnel, sing with my friends and arrive at the door that will lead me to the first day of the rest of my life.
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Recently, we had the first family meeting of the 2020 school year.
We all got together to share a fun afternoon where we had the chance to learn about many different subjects regarding our school. We sang, danced, and wrote our most special wishes for the present year.
We want to share these pictures with you so you can experience in some way the bright vibes of that unforgettable journey. Let yourself go, enjoy the images and become part of our community.
January the seventeenth was a special day for everyone at Escuela Caracol, it was the day when we welcomed for the first time all the new families of our community.
The spark in the eyes of every parent as they were imagining their happy children being holistically nurtured in our gardens and classrooms was priceless.
We welcome you all to our community, to our school, to our home, lets become a family and grow together.
Here we are presenting you a traditional Waldorf tale, recounted exactly the way it is told in the classroom to our kindergarten students. We hope you enjoy it.
Another school year has passed, and as is tradition, our whole educational community came to Escuela Caracol to celebrate the closing ceremony. This year we had some surprises that resulted in the best closure of these past 7 years.
The event began with an exhibition of the work of students that served as a reception for the families. After this time of delight and socializing we joined together at our beautiful palapa.
Children from every grade level, from the youngest in kindergarten through our seniors in sixth, showed some of the skills they have learned during the school year. As you would expect in a Waldorf school, the event was clearly marked by the presence of art, rhythm and creativity.
Following the presentation of each grade we premiered a recently shot documentary of Escuela Caracol, directed by Jose Arteaga, colleague of teacher Karla Olmedo. A much-anticipated work of art illustrating the findings of an intercultural research project that Ms. Olmedo has been leading over the last half of this year in the Escuela Caracol community. This systematization of experiences among our community, in addition to identifying our collective voice (through events like Cafe Caracol), has resulted in this documentary that is of impeccable quality and faithfully reflects our social impact in this kaqchikel community of Lake Atitlan. Soon we will share the final edition on our YouTube channel.
In closing to our end of the year ceremony, the magician D’Mond offered a fun show of magic and humor that delighted our children. Our ceremony, full of life, magic, art and fun, was the reflection of a memorable year for us all. Now comes the deserved vacation time, which will provide a time for renewal and preparation for a collective success in the next seven-year cycle beginning in January 2015. Thanks for supporting us throughout 2014!
On Sunday the 16th of November the Theatre Group of Escuela Caracol, composed of mothers, fathers and members of the school team, and directed by teacher Andrea Arrivillaga, represented Escuela Caracol in the comedy Ropa de Teatro (Theater Clothing), written by Laureate Guatemalan playwright Manuel Galich.
After two months of rehearsals and preparations of scenery and clothing, the actors and actresses treated us to a fun Sunday afternoon. The event, in addition to promoting art and culture in our community, served to raise funds for our school.
Given the success of community participation and the quality of the play, we are confident that we will soon be announcing a new production by our theater group. 2015 will certainly be a school year full of cultural events in Escuela Caracol!