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Jogando Junto Sports Camp

Jennifer Carrere

Escola Americana de Campinas proudly hosted the first Jogando Junto Sports Camp on Sunday, 21 May. Nearly 80 students from Grupo Primavera attended the day-long camp that had kids (9-15 years old) rotating through 3 different clinics: basketball, volleyball, and soccer/team building. Each clinic began with basic instruction and fundamentals, then segued into drills and scrimmages. The chest-pounding head-bobbing Ponte Preta Macaco was also swinging around campus keeping the kids hyped up and moving (thank you, George and Gabriela Lanza!).

Unique to this program, the entire Camp was lead and managed by a select team of 11th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) students. Students were responsible for coordinating busing, food, merchandise, branding, promotion, donations, budget, and athletic clinics. Each clinic was designed, staffed and coached by EAC Upper School students.

The concept of the Camp was born from Nick Leeson, EAC Athletic Director, who continually challenges all EAC student-athletes to lead and work as a team on and off the court.

Jogando Junto is a partnership program between EAC and
AmSoc-Campinas that empowers EAC students to develop and implement large scale community outreach initiatives. Each participating IB student receives service credit for successful management of the Camp.


A GIANT Thank You for this year’s generous donors:

  • 3M Institute - Lunch and Beverages
  • The Lanza Family - Merchandise & Ponte Preta Mascot
  • The Peeples Family - Merchandise & Snacks
  • EAC Student Council - Logistics
  • EAC Senior Class - Logistics
  • EAC Athletic Department - Lunch and Beverages
  • Special thanks to the exemplary EAC IB Team, EAC Student Volunteers, EAC Head of School Tom Pado, EAC CAS Coordinator Paul Strootman, EAC Athletic Director Nick Leeson, and Guest Speakers: Rodrigo Miranda & Arthur Braga



To view the photos from this event please follow this link using the password: juntoEAC


Home Sweet Campinas

Jennifer Carrere

Welcome home, AmSoc! The 2-month launch of the Campinas Chapter has officially concluded and we are home. It was a wild ride of Irish jigs, paint rollers, diplomats, chocolate eggs, new members, and “Let’s do this!” volunteers.

Each new member, launch event, and Reals raised is a resounding testament to the power of community and the power of Campinas. We are #campinas2gether.

 

The Campinas Chapter

As a chapter, AmSoc-Campinas now stands 45 members strong, with 38 Family and 7 Individual memberships. An incredible base to build a lasting foundation including members from all over the world (Brazilian, American, German, Norwegian, Belgian, Mexican, Korean, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Argentine, Uruguayan, Turkish, Chilean, Paraguayan, Dutch, and Canadian). The launch also facilitated new community outreach programs and partnerships.  We are thrilled to collaborate with Escola Americana de Campinas, Hotel Vitoria, PPG, Renner Paint, and 3M to develop sustainable community outreach programs, projects, and events.

 

Raising Funds and Awareness

The proceeds from this year’s launch events will help us fund a critical electrical repair project for Grupo Primavera. The facility was struck by lightning several months ago damaging circuit breaker boxes and wiring throughout the facility. These funds will facilitate the much needed repairs and installation of lightning rods.

 

Community Service

More than 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves for the first Paint It FORWARD event at Grupo Primavera. Volunteers spent the day prepping, taping, and painting Grupo’s foyer, common areas, and cantina. It was an overwhelming success thanks to all of the incredible volunteers. We are excitedly working with PPG to plan the next colorful event...stay tuned. A warm Obrigada  to all of the volunteers and our generous donors: PPG, Renner Paint, 3M, and The Ballew Family. 

 

Community Spirit

What’s a few broken eggs? After the untimely cancellation of the Easter EGGstravaganza due to Yellow Fever Health Advisories, the Campinas Chapter filled our baskets and headed to Grupo Primavera for a surprise Easter Party. Nearly a dozen volunteers quickly pulled together to coordinate an unforgettable party for 80 kinder-aged children. The day was bustling and hopping with face painting, games, crafts, story time, sweet treats, photos, and the best Easter Bunny this side of the equator! Many many heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible...You Are The Difference. What better way to turn life’s lemons into something EGGceptionally sweet.

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Let’s Connect Campinas

Jennifer Carrere

Industry leaders, business executives, and government officials proudly welcomed His Excellency Brazilian Minister Dyogo Henrique Oliveira to Campinas at the premiere Let’s Connect Campinas. Hosted at the beautiful Hotel Vitória, the Minister of Planning, Development, and Management presented a detailed and confident forecast of Brazil’s dynamic economy. Minister Oliveira also participated in a stimulating 1-hour Q & A segment that was expertly moderated by Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief of Reuters News. The evening seamlessly connected policy drivers, financiers, technologists, agribusiness, petroleum, and medicine.

 

Prior to Let’s Connect Campinas, Minister Oliveira visited Grupo Primavera where he spoke with Grupo’s PACTO* students. He offered a personal account of his own academic and professional pursuits, lending inspirational and visionary words to the students. Minister Oliveira answered all of the students’ questions, by personally relating to the challenges and struggles of the young audience.

*PACTO is college preparatory program for 13-16 year olds.

Special mention of our distinguished guests:

  • Cleiton Aráujo, Chief of Staff, Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Development, and Management
  • Grant Earnest, Vice Consul of Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate
  • André Von Zuben, Secretary of Economic and Social Development and Tourism, Campinas City Government
  • Sofia Bolsonaro, Board Member, Grupo Primavera
  • Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief, Reuters News

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Jennifer Carrere

Who’s Your Paddy, Campinas?!  

Irish eyes were a smilin’…and singin’ and dancin’ at the 1st Annual AmSoc-Campinas St. Patrick’s Day Party. Hosted at the swanky Iff Lounge, Jennifer Licko, Ceol, and Charlotte Station brought the house down with ground shaking traditional Irish music and rock ‘n’ roll. The fiddle playing, bodhran [bow-rawn] beating, whistle jigging, and heart-pounding vocals had party goers stomping and clapping well into closing hours. The Cia Celta Brasil Dance Troupe wowed the crowd with their phenomenal Irish footwork and incredible toe tapping choreography...not to mention a raucous dance lesson or two.

 

The green icing on the cake was the mouthwatering Irish meal followed by a slap yo’ paddy Guinness chocolate cake expertly crafted by the Head Chef of Bellini Restaurant. Outstanding!

 

A special thanks to the Iff Lounge, Bellini Restaurante, Celso de Menezes Photography, AND our Shamrockin’ Volunteers - Malcolm Macdonald, Maria Delman, The Page Family, Claudia Monaci, Lisa Sone, and Hannah Angermeier.

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A Community Rich in the Arts

Jennifer Carrere

CONCERT


Edino Krieger Quartet with guest pianist, Maurícy Martin (Quarteto Edino Krieger)

Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81
 

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Escola de Artes Pró-Musica  Av. Palmital, 41  Jardim Flamboyant Campinas, SP Telephone:  (19) 3295-7873
Cost: Free of charge. Gratuity accepted.
The hall is small, I would suggest arriving a little early to guarantee a seat on the main floor; there is a balcony with additional seating.
Parking: on the street
 

Escola de Art Pró-Musica: A little history

One of the original founders of the Escola de Artes Pro-Musica was Kay F. Brown (an American choir conductor and flutist originally from Wisconsin). Kay was also the music director at the Presbyterian Church of Guanabara. Her husband, Keith Spalding Brown (Unicamp), is one of the foremost researchers on mapping and conserving butterfly biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon.

In 2017, Pró-Musica is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the inauguration of its new concert hall dedicated to Kay Brown's memory. It has also programmed some excellent weekly concerts throughout the year.

The school is currently owned by Marli Rossin, B.S. in Art Education and Carlos Wiik. a pianist with a Master’s in piano performance and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida.


The Edino Krieger Quartet, Bio

Learn more on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/quartetoedinokrieger/

Mauricy Martin, Bio

Maurícy Martin has presented recitals and chamber appearances throughout Brazil, the U.S. Argentina, Italy and Serbia.   As an orchestral soloist, he has worked under some of Brazil’s most important conductors.  His playing has been praised for its ”clear, clean, beautiful sound“ while a performance of Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata no. I was noted as “showing profound musicality and understanding of the inner soul of the music, as well as technical facility at the highest level”.

A devoted educator, Maurícy Martin enjoys a national reputation as a teacher and adjudicator, appearing as a visiting artist/clinician at numerous colleges, conservatories and music festivals throughout Brazil and the U.S.   He is the artistic director and founder of the Bačka

Palanka International Piano Festival (Serbia) currently in its third edition. His summer program “Paraty Pianist Encounter” was warmly acclaimed: “as an encounter that will attract the most gifted young pianists from across the world…and contributes to the development of a new generation of pianists” (Kenneth David Jackson, Yale University).

Maurícy Martin holds degrees from Boston University, Indiana University and Indiana State University. A professor of piano at the University of Campinas, Maurícy lives in Campinas with his wife Kathleen Martin.


The Edino Krieger Quartet, Bio

The Edino Krieger Quartet is string ensemble established in the Campinas region. The artists Igor Nogueira, first violin, Yuri Yatsuda Miranda, second violin, Valdeci Merquiori, viola, and Geneses da Silva Oliveira, cello perform and teach at major regional orchestras and conservatories in Campinas, Piracicaba and Tatuí. The quartet has been mentored for the past three years by the hailed Arianna String Quartet (St. Louis) and has been invited to perform in the its Chamber Music Festival this year.

The quartet took its name from one of Brazil’s key figures in Brazilian music. Edino Krieger, born in 1928 in Santa Catarina, is a composer, music critic and cultural producer. His work, polymorphic and diverse in style, includes music for symphony and chamber orchestra, oratory, chamber music, works for choir and voice, instrumental solo, as well as music for theater and cinema.

Highlights for the 2017 season include performances of Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 18, no. 3 and Antonin Dvorak’s Quartet Opus 96, no. 12. In April, with guest pianist Maurícy Martin, they will perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81 acknowledged as one of the masterpieces in the genre with performances at the Escola de Artes Pró-Musica (4/2), the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) (4/19), and in São João de Boa Vista (4/23).

Count Down to Paddy's Day!

Jennifer Carrere

1. Learn a little of the history of St Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day has been observed as a religious festival in Ireland for over a thousand years, though it was only recognized as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the 1970s.  The day is named in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who has been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. 2. Wear Green, it's the national color or Ireland! The great thing about this holiday is you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like. St. Patrick's Day t-shirts have been a common article of clothing to wear proudly. 3. Accessorize. Buttons, pins and jewelry are all great ways to dress up an outfit. On St. Patrick's Day, they become ways to express the fun side of fashion. Nothing is too gaudy or outlandish. Buttons with clever (or not so clever) sayings are also encouraged. Small shamrock pins are a great and subtle way to express your support of the holiday. You can paint your face and/or hair green if you really want to stand out! 4.  Learn some Irish words and phrases. The Irish have their own distinct dialect of the English language, so if you want to sound like a true Paddy on St. Patrick's day, try sprinkling some of these Hiberno-English gems into your conversation:           What's the craic? This phrase can be interpreted as either "How's it going?" or "What's going on?" or "What's up?" and is used in non-formal settings. Craic is a very important word in Ireland and can be used to describe your enjoyment of an event or activity, e.g "How was the party?" "Ah sure, it was great craic altogether!" Use "craic" in the correct context and you'll earn major points with the Irish.           Grand - It doesn't mean large or impressive, but rather translates as "fine" or "great" depending on the context. "I'm grand" is a perfectly acceptable reply to the question "How are you?" and means the person is doing just fine. If you ask an Irish person "How did the exam go?" and they reply "It was grand" that means it went okay, it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't a disaster either. 5. Learn to Irish Dance (or pretend) Irish dancing is a form of step dancing which is popular both in Ireland and all over the world. Not only will it impress everyone you know, but it's also a fun way to increase flexibility and burn calories! You can learn how to Irish dance at the St. Patrick's Day party on March 17th at IFF Bar in Campinas!

1. Learn a little of the history of St Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day has been observed as a religious festival in Ireland for over a thousand years, though it was only recognized as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the 1970s.  The day is named in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who has been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

2. Wear Green, it's the national color or Ireland! The great thing about this holiday is you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like. St. Patrick's Day t-shirts have been a common article of clothing to wear proudly.

3. Accessorize. Buttons, pins and jewelry are all great ways to dress up an outfit. On St. Patrick's Day, they become ways to express the fun side of fashion. Nothing is too gaudy or outlandish. Buttons with clever (or not so clever) sayings are also encouraged. Small shamrock pins are a great and subtle way to express your support of the holiday. You can paint your face and/or hair green if you really want to stand out!

4.  Learn some Irish words and phrases. The Irish have their own distinct dialect of the English language, so if you want to sound like a true Paddy on St. Patrick's day, try sprinkling some of these Hiberno-English gems into your conversation:

          What's the craic? This phrase can be interpreted as either "How's it going?" or "What's going on?" or "What's up?" and is used in non-formal settings. Craic is a very important word in Ireland and can be used to describe your enjoyment of an event or activity, e.g "How was the party?" "Ah sure, it was great craic altogether!" Use "craic" in the correct context and you'll earn major points with the Irish.

          Grand - It doesn't mean large or impressive, but rather translates as "fine" or "great" depending on the context. "I'm grand" is a perfectly acceptable reply to the question "How are you?" and means the person is doing just fine. If you ask an Irish person "How did the exam go?" and they reply "It was grand" that means it went okay, it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't a disaster either.

5. Learn to Irish Dance (or pretend) Irish dancing is a form of step dancing which is popular both in Ireland and all over the world. Not only will it impress everyone you know, but it's also a fun way to increase flexibility and burn calories! You can learn how to Irish dance at the St. Patrick's Day party on March 17th at IFF Bar in Campinas!

4 reasons why your kids should play sports

Jennifer Carrere

An Article written by Dr. Jim Taylor - Adjunct faculty, University of San Francisco reminds us how important sports are for our children. Here are the main points from his article. 

Commitment

The ability to commit to something is fundamental to success in every aspect of life, whether sports, school, career, or relationships.

Resilience

Yet, resilience, that is, the ability to overcome challenges, adapt to changing situations, and bounce back from setbacks, is another essential contributor to success. 



Off the Streets (and iPhones)

The way I see it, anything that keeps kids off the streets, however mean or benign they may be, is a big win for them and their parents. When I talk about the streets, I mean anything where bored children hang out because, in my view, wherever boredom goes, trouble follows. If kids are playing sports, not only are they gaining wonderful physical, psychological, and social benefits, they are also not exposing themselves to peers or situations that are unhealthy.

Family Time

If you are like our family, much of your time at home is not usually time spent together. Though weekends should be devoted to that thing called family time, it rarely seems to actually happen.