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Archive for November 2019

EMES Students Make Friends, Share Music at VMRC

Second grader Sydney Byler has loved Mondays the past six weeks. That’s because the school day has ended with a musical visit with new friends at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. “It’s fun to talk with them!” she explains, skipping her way to a recent visit together with friends in grades two to five and the…

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Children’s Choir to Join EMS in Hosting Voces8

Voces8, an internationally celebrated a cappella vocal ensemble based in London, England, will make their 11th appearance at Eastern Mennonite School February 15 and 16, 2020. For the first time, the group will be hosted collaboratively with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir. Bringing the high school and children’s choir together for master classes and performance…

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Kindergartners Learn About Classmate’s Food and Culture

Chopping vegetables and tasting a dish from Pakistan helped the kindergarten class learn about the home culture of one of their classmates today. Dr. Nabeel Babar and Sharmila Afzal shared about Pakistan with the kindergarten. Their youngest son was proud to have his parents on hand and eagerly pointed out the route of the 16-hour…

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Bridge Footers Usher in New Era; Students Get First Look

Workers poured footers last week to begin building the bridge that will soon connect the original 1964 “upper” building at Eastern Mennonite School with the newly renovated “lower” building, at 801 Parkwood Drive in Harrisonburg. Meanwhile, eager elementary students got their first peek at their new classrooms. The bridge base will be complete in time…

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Daffodils from Garden Club Plant Hope for Spring

Even as the days grow shorter, there is the hope for spring! Elementary students planted daffodil bulbs in early November on a bank in the sunshine, adjacent to the newly renovated building they will occupy beginning December 10. Spotswood Garden Club donated 100 bulbs for the project in honor of their 100th anniversary year. Glenna…

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Volleyball Wraps Up Historic Undefeated Season

The Eastern Mennonite School girls varsity volleyball team made program history in 2019 with an undefeated season, dropping only two sets the entire season, both to Broadway High School. They wrapped up regular season play October 19 with a record of 10-0 in the Blue Ridge Conference and 18-0 overall. Postseason play October 26 the…

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Little Women, the Musical, Comes to EMS Stage

Eastern Mennonite School presents the musical Little Women, January 24, 25 and 26. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, the story focuses on the four March sisters— traditional Meg, played by Afton Rhodes-Lehman ‘20; wild, aspiring writer Jo, played by Maggie Fairfield ‘21; timid Beth played by Meg Beyer ‘20; and romantic…

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1964 Move Remembered As School Prepares for 2019 Move

A guest panel in chapel on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, helped current students think about the upcoming all-school effort to bless and move the K-5 students into their new building. Panel members remembered their part in the 1964 move of Eastern Mennonite High School into a new building 801 Parkwood Drive, down the hill from…

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Christmas Programs for All Ages and All Audiences

The public is welcome to three Christmas programs on four different nights to celebrate the Christmas season at Eastern Mennonite School’s three divisions on December 3 (elementary), December 5 (middle) and December 10 and 12 (high school). The elementary program is on Tuesday, Dec. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program and sing-along provides students…

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A&P Students Host Heart Lesson for Fifth Grade

Fifth grade students recently learned about their own hearts and the human circulatory system during a “clinic hour” hosted by high school anatomy and physiology students. The A&P students had created a heart model earlier in class to demonstrate how the heart regulates the blood flow and circulation through the human body, explains teacher Claudia…

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2019 Auction Fun Raises $24,000 for STEAM and Financial Aid

The 2019 EMS Auction brought together a diverse group of school parents, alumni and friends for an evening of laughter and music to raise more than $24,000 to support the school. A surprise highlight of the Harvest Celebration event was the auction itself with Adam Yoder, father of Justin ’25 and Ravi ’22. A social…

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Elementary Artwork Is Popular Auction Tradition

Every fall, each Eastern Mennonite Elementary classroom creates a collaborative piece of artwork that is sold at the school’s fall auction. This year’s pieces created by grades K-5 brought nearly $1,500 in from parent and grandparent bidders to support the school. The tradition was started over 10 years ago by former art teacher Laura (Stoltzfus)…

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Senior perspective: Isabella Madrid ’20

Isabella Madrid ’20, shared the following comments with a donor gathering in fall 2020. The main thing that I really appreciate about EMS is being able to freely share my religious beliefs with others and learning about what others think about religion. I find it very valuable that I’ve been able to grow my faith…

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