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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wilmington Presentation

On Friday, our Wilmington sisters gave an excellent presentation about their lives in Delaware and about Ursuline Academy of Wilmington. Several UA Dallas classes attended as did all of the host sisters. We learned a lot about the small but distinguished state of Delaware and, of course, all UA Dallas students are now very eager to visit their East Coast sisters. Thank you for the wonderful presentation!!  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

UA Wilmington enjoys "Serviam Day" in Dallas

One of the themes of our exchange with UA Wilmington is "Serviam", the Ursuline motto "I will serve." Before coming to Dallas, our Delawarean sisters told us that they would be interested in learning about Serviam here at UA Dallas and learning about some of the "Texas" Serviam opportunities. So, today, our guests had a full day of Serviam activities. 

Because our guests have just arrived, first thing this morning, we took a few minutes out for introductions over the PA system and for a school tour. 

Good Morning Ursuline Dallas! 

Ambassador Elizabeth led the students on a short tour of UA 

Our first Serviam activity was contributing to an ongoing project led by UA faculty member, Ms. Buxkemper.  The goal is to provide headbands and hair bows for little girls in local hospitals who are currently going through cancer treatment. All headbands from UA are donated to "Bow Dazzling" a local non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting the spirits of girls in oncology wards.  Our Delaware sisters created some beautiful bows and headbands! 

After an artistic morning, our Wilmington guests went to the North Texas Food Bank for a bit of a work out. At the food bank, they learned about the issue of hunger in North Texas and they organized boxes of snacks for needy families. In fact, they helped fill 12 full pallets and 398 boxes of snacks! Great work and a great day! 

Happy to be here! 

WOW!!!!!! So many snacks to organize!

Working hard! 

No, I am not taking these home - really! 

In the work zone! 

Working till the end of the shift - well done!

Our group with our new friend and group leader from Maryland 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Welcome Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Delaware!!!

Today a small but mighty delegation arrived from our sister school, Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Delaware. 5 students and 2 faculty members will be with us until the 14th. We are thrilled to have our Delawarean sisters with us for the second time in the history of our partnership - It's going to be a fantastic week! Welcome to Texas!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Last Day at Colegio Santa Ursula

Today was the last day for our delegation in Chile. And it was a very busy day! Our students returned to classes at Colegio Santa Ursula with their host sisters. They enjoyed a special cooking class where they learned to make Alfajores, a delicious Latin American cookie typically filled with caramel. The students also gave a farewell presentation to the students at Colegio Santa Ursula, sharing with them all about their lives in Texas and also about how much they have enjoyed and learned from their time in Chile. It's going to be very difficult to say goodbye!  

Master Chefs at work

Snacking on apples & caramel

Cleaning up after the work is done

Working on our presentation 

Ms. Ayala and Ms. Pezzimenti with Sor Angela (Sister Angela)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Semana Santa in Chile

Our students have been enjoying a deep cultural immersion this week as they celebrate the Easter holiday with their host families. "Semana Santa", Holy Week, is a special time for reflection and relaxation with family in Latin America. Many Chilean families leave the city during long weekends and enjoy either the mountains or the beach, each only an hour away from Santiago. Our students have sent us the photos below to show where and how they are spending their time. All are improving their Spanish and all are eating delicious traditional Chilean foods such as the empanada, a delicious pastry typically filled with meat. The students are also in awe of the natural beauty of Chile.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Out & About in Santiago

Our students have had a wonderful introduction to the city of Santiago. They have explored downtown and the colonial history of this great South American capital. From all accounts, it has been a great time of discovering, eating and learning. Here are a few highlights: 

The Metropolitan Cathedral in the center of the city 
In the central plaza
Santa Lucia Hill 
Ice cream! 
As you can see, these first days in Santiago have been fantastic. Now it's time for our students to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with their Chilean host sisters and families. We can't wait to hear all about the holiday! 

Sisters ! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

First days in Chile

Our students have now been in Chile for three days. The delegation has sent us some lovely photos and comments about how they have been spending their time. Over the weekend, everyone enjoyed time with their host families. Our students loved meeting the extended families and are fascinated by large number of family members. They also enjoyed a whole lot of desserts with their new families. Desserts are extremely popular in Chile (particularly among Ursuline girls, of course) and our students have wasted no time in experiencing this thrilling cultural characteristic. They are also adapting to the late dinner time customary in Santiago.

Pauli's family

Maddi's family

Pay (pie) de Limon ! Made by Lisa and her host family 
And today, the students were welcomed at school with a lovely outdoor breakfast. They attended classes in the morning and, in the afternoon, they went on their first excursion. The students visited the famous Cerro San Cristobal (St. Christopher Hill) which overlooks Santiago. It was beautiful!

Breakfast at Colegio Santa Ursula

Little sisters :)

Cerro San Cristobal 

Overlooking beautiful Santiago