Settling In

The New Kid at CVIS


Trent’s first full week of school just ended.   Costa Verde International School is a private pre-school and elementary in Sayulita with around 65 students.  Kinder 1 is for 3 year olds.  There were 6 kids, he makes 7.   Miss Claudia is the teacher and seems  nice, nurturing and patient.     Sadly the 3 year olds in his class are very young–can’t sit still, don’t listen, need constant re-direction.  There isn’t any teaching going on.  But then Trent’s not here for the teaching, but for sponging up the language.   I’m afraid he may be a bit bored already, as it’s really just 4 hours of play.   Because he already had a year of pre-school he seems to be more learning-ready than his classmates.  Trent prefers playing and being with the 4 and 5 year olds, the kids in Kinder 2 and Kinder 3.   I asked, but they  refused to move him up a level to the Kinder 2 class with 4 year olds.   We’ll see how it plays out over the next few months.  It doesn’t really matter which class he’s in as long as he wants to be there.  

Checking out his new classmates


 This is a bilingual school, with about 60% Mexican and 40% Anglo kids.  They hear Spanish and English mixed all day–not English in the morning and Spanish in the afternoon.  The focus is on ecology; this is Mexico’s first “green” school.  On the grounds are composting, recycling, garden beds of sustainable plants. They sponsor community projects like clean the beach, release the baby turtles, litter awareness.  Each class incorporates some aspect of these into their day.  The kids wear white or green CVIS  t-shirts and khaki shorts.  

Miss Claudia and Kinder 1's


This is only the 2nd year of operation for CVIS, so it’s still very much in the growth stage.   Some of the classrooms are portables, some were built last summer.  On a long weekend this past November a group of parents put in a 25′ x 40′ concrete slab now used for yoga class, performances and during recess.  The master plan envisions a full curriculum kindergarten through 12th grade, with all buildings made from green materials, much of the garden and fruit production feeding the students, composting /recycling what’s left.  There is an artist’s rendering of the plan on the website. Fundraising seems be done in the States: the CVIS website lists shows a NY, NY mailing address. 






In the November Newsletter for  CVIS there was a reminder to check heads daily for lice.  Uggghh.  Guess that’s just part of life down here.  As are all the little ants running across my keyboard.   
No school next Monday-there are SO MANY holidays and vacations!  Three 3-day weekends in November alone.  Almost 3 weeks at Christmas. 2 weeks at Easter.  But the school year ends mid-July to compensate.  Then school re-starts the end of August.  So it’s really just 6 weeks off for summer.   July and August are the hot and humid months.  September and October are the hot and rainy months.  These are the months that locals and expats go on extended vacations to the States and Canada, or other parts of Mexico.   Despite Low Season rates, the town is practically deserted–no one wants to be here then!  

Lets see, a snake, a tarantula, and a scorpion were all found this week, on school grounds.  Mexican school pets?  This Saturday morning is an all-school clean-up.  Glad they found those critters already.  We have a gecko at the house, who lives behind the mirror on the wall.  Each night we see him creep along where the wall meets the ceiling in a hurry-up and wait scuttle to the door. 
Saw a poster promoting LUCHE LIBRE which is Mexican wrestling.  Think WWF and Hulk Hogan.  Definitely going to take Trent to that.

Below is a link that is worth checking out if you want to know more about Sayulita.  This is how I found our little house and school. cultural info, house rentals, restaurants, businesses etc… weekly community newsletter


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