31 Oct
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Universal Children’s Day

I think what it is that most strikes me about these rights is that, though they may all be formally acknowledged in this international convention ratified years ago by the Guatemalan government, they still are not actually the reality of so many of the children in this country.

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25 Oct
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Preppa Graduation!

Thursday was an exciting morning for Reforz as they celebrated Preppa (Kindergarten) graduation!  

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02 Oct
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“Making change takes one small change of attitude.”

by Courtney Cline A few months ago we shared the story of UPAVIM sixth grader, Mishell and her powerful speech on “The Power of Education.” We are excited to share that for the 7th time this year, Mishell has used her microphone to take Villa Nueva by storm. Mishell has been competing all year in speech competitions, […]

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08 Sep
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“This is your life; are you who you want to be?”

by Caitie Lezell “This is your life; are you who you want to be?” – Switchfoot Monday begins my third week working at UPAVIM, and though I still have an extraordinary amount more to learn about this organization and this neighborhood, I’ve certainly more or less established a daily routine. And so, I figured that it would be […]

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05 Sep
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Preppa Gimnasio Competitio

On Thursday, September 4, UPAVIM’s kindergarten class participated in a multi-school Gymnastics Dance competition. All the kindergarten classes in Villa Nueva, nine in total, participated in the day’s festivities. The dance routines were all choreographed by the kindergarten teacher and parents, set to a mix of patriotic marimba music and English pop songs. An UPAVIM mom […]

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01 Sep
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A Day at the Water Park!

The entire Reforz took a trip to a local water park in August. Trips like this would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers who paid the bus fees as well as entrance to the park for most students. [slideshow type=”nivo” source=”{s:waterpark}” height=”612″][/slideshow]

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27 Mar
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Building the Fourth Floor Begins…

Spring is here and with it comes new beginnings! We are very excited to announce the beginning of construction for our fourth floor. With the extra space created by this addition, we will be adding three additional classrooms to our school. This will allow our children to learn in a calmer environment, reducing crowding and […]

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12 Feb
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Meet Marisol

A few months ago we introduced you to Dina, one half of the Montessori pre-school’s team. Now we would like you to meet the other half of the dynamic duo, Marisol. Marisol is a soft and quiet woman. She never raises her voice, talking in a near whisper, and yet the tiny Montessori students hear […]

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10 Feb
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Aventuras en Lectura!

The library reading program, Aventuras en Lectura (Reading Adventures), started on October 29 with 65 students enrolled from Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth grade of primary school. Viviana, the UPAVIM librarian, started the program in 2008. “Many students have problems in school with reading. During the school vacation, they just watch TV and play in the streets. […]

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23 Oct
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The Heart of UPAVIM

Meet Dina There is only one real reason why UPAVIM’s Montessori pre-school is so successful, our devoted teachers. One of these outstanding teachers is Dona Dina. The first thing you will notice about Dina is the overwhelming motherliness she exuberates, you can not help but want to hug her, and she will hug you back! […]

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