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Friday, September 19, 2014

Peace Day Prayer Service

Today at Ursuline, we celebrated the International Day of Peace with a Prayer Service. Peace Day occurs every year on the 21st of September. The day was established in 2001 when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day. This day was especially significant and special this year since we were able to celebrate it with our Ursuline brothers and sisters from Brazil. We will continue to honor the International Peace Day this weekend when we attend the first annual Peace Day Dallas Awareness Adventure. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Welcome Brazilian Brothers & Sisters!

After weeks of anticipation, the moment has finally arrived - Today we welcomed a delegation from our sister school, Colegio Santa Ursula, in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. They were met at 6 am at DFW airport by our UA Dallas delegation that visited Brazil in August.Then, we had a huge welcome breakfast and parade waiting to surprise them at Ursuline. Our school already feels more cheerful with their presence and we look forward to these next special days together!

Waiting for our friends 

They're here!!!! 

Together again! 

On the way to UA 

Olaaaaaaa !!!! 

Eager Host Sisters 

Lucas meets his Dallas family 

Welcome Heloisa! 

Graciela and Lais 


Special guests join the welcome parade

Erin and Mara entertain the crowd 

Ursuline love

With our new bears 

The delgation poses with Ms. Shurley and Ms. Kane

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy New School Year & Welcome Pietra!

Today we begin the 2014-15 School Year and there is much excitement and energy in the school. We'd like to extend a special welcome to our exchange student, Pietra S. who is going to be with us this semester. Pietra is from Telemaco Borba in the Brazilian state of Parana. She is 15 years old. This is the first time that Pietra has been in Texas but she lived in California last semester and she has visited many other US States with her parents. Pietra tells us that she is looking forward to her time at UA, to perfecting her English and also to welcoming her fellow Brazilians when they come from our sister school next month. She already likes many things about UA especially the "nice and helpful" girls. Pietra's favorite American food is "cheeseburgers."  Pietra misses her family and her pets (2 dogs and 3 turtles) in Brazil but she is very happy to be a student at Ursuline Dallas. Welcome Pietra!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Brazil 2014 Video

Hello from Dallas where our Brazil delegation continues to treasure so many happy memories from our time at Colegio Santa Ursula. Below you will find a link to a video of our cultural and educational exchange in Brazil. It is a beautiful testament to the joyfulness and universality of the Ursuline spirit. Thank you to Gabriel and Rafael from Colegio Santa Ursula for your hard work on this video - We love and miss you and are waiting for you in Dallas!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reflections on Brazil

And, we're back. Yes, our Brazil delegation is now home in Dallas and is already preparing for the school year ahead. Still, our time in Brazil is still very much in our minds and hearts. Before we left Brazil, our students filled out an evaluation of the exchange. Here is a glimpse into what they had to say:

1) In a few words, how would you describe your time in Brazil?

- the experience of a lifetime
- Amazing and life-changing - I have found a part of myself that I never knew that I had
- unforgettable, inspiring, breath-taking, exciting
- extraordinary - the happiest, most lovable, positive and beautiful place and experience
- unique, joyful, eco-friendly, adventurous , such a blast
- better than anything I could have anticipated or imagined

2) Tell us about your host family

- so kind, they really took the time to get to know me
- they included me in everything
- incredible, they made a huge effort to communicate with me
- so welcoming and nice
- I love them so much and will miss them with all my heart
- the perfect match for me

3) How did you feel about the SERVIAM / Social work experience ?

- I saw a SERVIAM presence in Sonia and her bravery and love has helped me to realize who I should aim to become..
- The work we did took my SERVIAM to a whole other level... I had never been exposed to something like that before and it showed me how thankful I need to be for the things God has blessed me with ...
- I hope we made their days and lives just a little brighter
- They (the volunteers) were completely selfless in their care and love
- It was very important for me... I am involved with Special Olympics in Texas so I feel very connected to children with special needs.. I felt "at home" .. SERVIAM is in the heart of the nurses 

In addition to the comments above, our students wrote volumes about how much they loved the food, scenery and, most of all, the people of Brazil. We are all missing our happy days in Brazil but now we are turning our attention to receiving our Brazilian friends in Dallas this September. We cannot wait to see you again!! Thank you for a wonderful experience !!!

A little look back :

Monday, August 11, 2014

Parque Das Aves

Our Brazil delegation had a final thrilling encounter with nature on our last morning, yesterday, in Brazil. We visited the "Parque das aves" (or "Bird Park") at Iguassu Falls. The park is a magnificent facility where humans can interact with all sorts of  birds in their natural environment. In many cases, people actually walk into the giant cages which house the birds. The park is a colorful place which surprised and delighted our students with the diversity of plants, birds and other animals. It was the perfect ending for our magnificent journey through Brazil.