This Friday, millions around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year, not just the “Chinese New Years.

In Vietnam, it is called TET and you can learn more about it here.  Like celebrated on January 1st, it is a time for family, cleaning out the old, celebration and ‘starting fresh.’  As I just came out of our 1st Grade Collaboration meeting, it is always good to remind ourselves that cultures around the world have similarities and differences.  And even within a country or culture, we find idiosyncrasies (or unique ways to celebrate).  Happy learning and remember that if any of your Lunar New Year celebrating families arrive to Zoom tired on Friday, you might know why. 😊

Finally, I am going to take this opportunity to give some recommendations:

Book for kids

Inside out and back again 
We actually just read this to our K/2 grade kids and it was so good.  Written in poetry form, it tells the story of a 10 year old that leaves Vietnam and her story coming/integrating into the United States.  So much of this story resonates with my family’s immigration story.

Books for adults

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“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới”

Minh Nguyen
Assistant Principal, Alderwood Elementary

Young child smiles in front of a green tree with decorations.  She is wearing a blue ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese dress.  Paper snowflakes adorn the window behind her. Bonus: Photo of my daughter wearing an ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese dress) My dress from when I was a kid. 😉