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Blog Spotlight

I would like to highlight a very special blog this week:  Families that Blog Together, Learn Together.  This site matches Georgetown families with Raey Guang families — the intent of fostering an appreciation and understanding of one anothers family lives.  Our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, is in Pingtung, Taiwan.

Michele DeWinter, a parent and paraprofessional in our school, is responsible for creating, hosting and managing this blog.  She has matched families and creatively works to overcome the communication barriers (English vs Mandarin).

A Raey Guang teacher, Chia Pin Chen, recently added a class post to our Blogpal site.  The post helps us to learn about their interests–foods, activities, and pets!  Please take time to read the post and leave comments sharing your interests.  In addition, Chia Pin Chen, created a class blog with photos of the children in his class.  This blog is in early stages of development, but very much worth a visit.

We look forward to sharing all that we learn about our friends in Pingtung, Taiwain through our blogs.

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Meet our Friends in Pingtung, Taiwan!

I would like to invite you to visit our school blog that brings together two schools, thousands of miles apart: BLOGPALS. You will find an entry from our sister school, Raey Guang.  A Year Six teacher, Chia Pin Chen, created a blog post on our site.  In addition, Mr. Chia Pin Chen has also created his own class blog that has photos of some of his students.

This has taken perserverence from both schools–one that speaks English only and another that speaks Mandarin with some English.  Please visit the blog and ready entries from our sister school students.  Mrs. Reagan

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Family Blog Leader!

Michele DeWinter,  a parent and paraprofessional in our building, has taken on the leadership task of matching coordinating our blog/penpal project.  Michele will match Georgetown families with Raey Guang (Pingtung, Taiwain) families and encourage communication between the two.

The communication will take place via email and traditional mail, with Michele also sharing updates on our Family Blogpal site.  I am very excited to have Michele take this project on for our school and Raey Guang.  I wil make sure that I link her updates with this blog (our main school blog site) as well as with the Blogpals site (our site for communication between teachers/students).

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Christmas Greetings from Taiwan!


I woke this morning to find Merry Christmas wish to us from our friends in Taiwan!  Enjoy their greetings and have a wonderful Christmas with your families–both in Taiwan and Michigan!  Mrs. Reagan




I’m Alexander, or you can call me Grasscarp – yes,it’s a big fish.
’m 12 years old.  My favorite subject is SCIENCE.
ike fish.  
self intruduction?)  
’m a student in Raey-Guang.
o everyone:  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 know everyone likes Chrismas in America, me too!
y the way,  Happy new year!
n Chinese is:shing-nien-kwai-lah

Hope you Happy everyday.

from Taiwan, Alexander




I am, jessie, a student in Raey-Guang. I always hope that it could snow here in Ping-Tung,but it could’nt become true。I hope I can visit Georgetown Elementary School too. From jessie


Well, merry christmas!!

From Brian


Hello! Georgetown Elementary School. My name is Anna. Today is Taiwan`s Merry Chirstmas. I am so happy on Chirstmas. Are you happy?

From Anna




I am, Chuck, a student in Raey-Guang. I always hope that it could snow here in Ping-Tung, but it couldn’tt become true。I hope I can visit Georgetown Elementary School too. From Chuck


Hello my name is Ginnie!
erry chirstmas!*-*
 am very Happy !



I am Johnny, a student in Raey-Guang.I am very happy and surprised.
erry Christmas



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We made the Taiwan News!

Joan Jang, a student from Taiwan who attends Purdue University, shared through email that we had made the news in Taiwan!  Mrs. Yu Wen, the principal of our sister school, Raey Guang Elementary, was interviewed about our partnership.  The photo in both articles shows her holding our student artwork (a gift from Georgetown to Raey Guang) that was presented during her visit to our school in October 2008.

Both articles cite our blogs–the one you are viewing right now and our blogs set up for FAMILY BLOGGERS (matching families from each school to communicate with one another) and SCHOOLS THAT BLOG TOGETHER (blog communication between the students/teachers of both schools).  The articles (below), are in Chinese and English.  I wanted you to be able to see both versions–and appreciate the beauty of the written Mandarin language.  Please be aware that the English translation is close…but not exactly true to the elegance of the Chinese language.  The message of collaboration and appreciation of both countries and cultures is strong and clear in both languages.  Enjoy!  Mrs. Reagan

Taiwan Yahoo! News:Chinese

Taiwan Yahoo! News:  English 

Liberty Times:Chinese

Liberty Times: English

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Penpal Families Needed!

Our sister school, Raey Guang, has over 40 families that are interested in finding family penpals from our school. Your role would be simple: Get to know our sister family via email! You do not need to speak Mandarin to be a family penpal. If you are interested, please complete the survey below. Our Family Penpal Coordinator will be in touch shortly after the holidays. Mrs. Reagan

View Survey