S: Celebrating Mrs.Branch
BC: We will miss you.
FC: Working Together Celebrating What's Right!
1: A Special Farewell to you from all of us. ACS Elementary School June 2011
3: Table of Contents Grade Level Thoughts Administration Arabic Art AST French Library and Technology Music Outdoor Education PE And More......
6: Mrs. Branch, Thank you for all you have taught me, and thank you for having faith in me. I'm lucky to have joined ACS under your leadership. You will truly be missed. -Andrea
12: 1C | B Y E
13: With Love From Grade 1C
15: You're a Star!
16: 1D | "Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting...." To one of the most influential people in my life, I have thanked you a hundred times in my heart even when you don't see it or know it. May the best of your past be the worst of your future. I will miss you. Salwa
20: 2A | You’re the best principal in the whole world! You’re kind, caring, smart and sweet! I’m sad that you are leaving and I am going to miss you soooooooo much! You are the best kickball coach in the world! I wish you a safe trip. Love, Noorhan | You’re the best principal in the whole world! You are kind, caring, smart and sweet! You always look so pretty and nice! You love me so much and you are the best kickball teacher ever! I will miss you so much! I wish you could stay with me. From, Sarah | Dear Miss Branch, you have been a good principal. I love you more than anyone I have known. I wish you could stay with us. I will miss you. Love, Stella | It has been an honor and pleasure to have worked with and for you. You will be greatly missed! Mrs. Rania and Miss Anita
21: I started at ACS in grade one but I have known you for a long time. I’m really sad that you are going! You make good cookies and you are really kind, sweet, caring, nice, great and noble and I will miss you and I will miss Coco. Kamal | I know that this is your last year, because you are leaving. You are the boss of ACS. You are kind, nice, sweet, respectful and caring. You are an amazing ACS principal. I love you! You are lovely and Coco is amazing. You give me very yummy cookies. I will miss them. Manucher | Thank you for being with us in the assemblies and taking care of us. You are the strongest principal in the entire world! I wish you could stay with us forever! You are the kindest principal! I will miss you! Maria | I wish you have a safe trip. And I thank you for being our principal. For those past 5 years I had lots and lots of fun with you and Coco! Love, Mohamad
22: Dear Mrs. Branch, it has been many years since we met and now it is time for you to leave! I thank you again for everything you have done! Love, Alex | You are very kind and nice. Can you please stay here? Because you are my favorite principal in the universe. You have helped me from when I was 6 I was afraid to come on the monkey bars then you helped me. I wish you could stay with us! Fares | YOU are the nicest and the coolest to all of us! YOU have given me cookies for the last 8 years. I am very sad you’re leaving form ACS! You are so sweet. I will miss you! Gregory | I wish you did not have to leave ACS! Love, Abed | Thank you for being the best principal in the world, Mrs. Branch. You are the best kickball teacher. I wish you didn’t have to leave ACS. Jad D
23: You are very kind! You are the best principal in the world! You are very happy and very joyful all the time. You take care of everyone at A.C.S. Bye Bye Bye Mrs. Branch! I will miss you when you leave!!! Adam | You are as sweet as a giant amount of candy. When I see you in the hallway you always have your funny jokes and kind heart your sweet voice comforted me when I was new to the school! When I first saw you in the assembly I thought you were the nicest, funniest, and smartest principal I had ever seen. When I went to your office and ate cookies I thought this school is good after all mostly because of you. Jad C. | I wish you could stay but I know you can’t. You are so generous to us. You give us cookies and solve all our problems. I wish you a good trip! Love, Julia | You are so kind and you are the best principal in the whole world. You are beautiful! I will miss you so much. Ramy
24: 2B Mrs. Branch, remember when...? | Mrs. Branch, remember when you played kickball after school and I liked to play? Maher | Mrs. Branch, remember when you used sit in your office and write the Monday Mail to the parents? Tala | Mrs. Branch, remember when you used to stand at the main gate and say good morning. Rawad | Mrs. Branch, remember when you were in assembly and you were asking “May I have your attention please?” Tia
25: Mrs. Branch, remember when you were at the bus gate in the morning and would say, “Good morning children?’’ Khoder | Mrs. Branch, remember when you gave us cookies for lunch time? Lea | Mrs. Branch, remember when you used to say good morning to all the kids? When they wanted to say good morning you always said not to forget to say good morning to the guard and to say good morning to you too. Salim | Mrs. Branch remember when you gave us cookies and Coco used to copy whatever we say and you used to laugh with us. Yasmin
26: Mrs. Branch, remember when you used to say, “Say good morning to the guard” and when you used to say, “Good morning” to the students? Ahmad | Mrs. Branch, remember your office and your batch of cookies and your conference table and your pictures? Amer | Mrs. Branch, remember when you were typing poems on the computer for Poetry Café? And remember your picture that said GRACE? | Mrs. Branch, remember when you were standing next to the gate and saying go to your class quickly? Fadel | Mrs. Branch, remember when we had folk dancing in the gym? Basma
27: Mrs. Branch, remember when you would type on your computer and write poems for Poetry Café? Jacob | Mrs. Branch, remember when you were at the main gate at ACS. You would say hi to everyone that was going to school.Jad | Mrs. Branch, remember when you taught us the Unity Dance in the auditorium? Karim | Mrs. Branch, remember when we had the Unity Dance in the Green Field? Reem | Mrs. Branch, do you remember when Coco was in your office and one day he copied a boy who said, “It’s fun over here”? Daniel
28: 2C | Mrs. Branch, I consider myself lucky and blessed for having you in my life. I had the opportunity to start my professional career under your supervision, mentorship, guidance, support, and constant appreciation. Thank you is not enough. I sincerely appreciate all the time you gave to listen to me. You were there by me when I had personal issues and when I needed any professional feedback and assistance. I have learned a lot from you. I truly look at you and cannot but be amazed by your personality. Now I understand why, when we were in the Character Education Conference 8 years back, they mentioned Hilltop School and the change that you made happen to that school. Back then, I said to myself, “She must be an important person” Now I will add, “She is a great, outstanding human being that touches people’s lives and leaves unforgettable changes and marks.” I am going to really miss you. I hope we will stay in touch. You are a big loss to ACS! With love and admiration, Dima
29: Dear Mrs. Branch, you’re the best principal ever because you’re never bossy and you’re always kind and fair. You are also beautiful. Love, Aylla | Mrs. Branch, you taught me many things for 2 years. You are kind and nice and respectful because you remind me to greet the guards every morning. You keep on giving me chances like, when I play with my ball you give it back. Love, Carl | Dear Mrs. Branch, you are the best principal. You are kind. Thank you for teaching us how to be respectful. Thank you for telling us good compliments. Connor | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are a hard worker. You are nice because you prepared the circles and assemblies and after school activities and you always greet me when I’m done after school activities. Love, Firas | Dear Mrs. Branch, I find you so special to me because you show empathy. You share your love by making each student smile. You try to make ACS a happier school. Love, Masha | Dear Mrs. Branch, I hope you miss me when you leave school so if you forget me just read this poem that I wrote Roy is a boy that looks like a toy. Love, Roy
30: Dear Mrs. Branch, you are the best principal ever because you teach us what to do at the assembly. I hope you will have a safe flight and I will miss you when you are at your home in the US. From Kareem | You are the best principal ever! You do your job very well so you make us smart. Thank-you, Kristoffer | Dear Mrs. Branch, I love you as a principal because you greet us the moment we come to school. Love, Laura | Dear Mrs. Branch, I like you because you are kind when you say good morning. I have fun with you when you invite me for lunch in your office when you ask me how I feel. You show excellent manners when you respect people around you. Omar | Dear Mrs. Branch, you are the best principal in world. You are so kind to everybody in ACS school. Your cookies are the best. Love, Mohamed | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are kind, helpful, and respectful because you helpful because you helped me when I first came to elementary you showed me how to behave. Reem | Dear Mrs. Branch, you are a very hard worker to set up the auditorium. Thank you for being our principal in ACS. Thank you for telling us about giving food to the janitors. You are the best principal because when we go to your office to have lunch you give us cookies and you treat us politely. Rena
31: Miss Branch is my principal. She helps the school and teachers. Miss Branch loves animals like Coco. She teaches teachers new things. Mrs. Branch works hard. Miss Branch loves A.C. S. and us. From Hana | Mrs. Branch if it weren’t for you ACS just wouldn’t stay running!! It would be like a machine that couldn’t work because it is missing an important piece! Here’s a list of great things about you: you’re a very hard worker because you solve problems, you teach teachers, and you announce important announcements. You’re nice, because you greet us in the morning. Love, Kai | Dear Mrs. Branch, I like you as a principal because you greet people the minute they walk in. I like how you are always neat because you are not rushing into work and you are so sweet to all the people in ACS because you love each and every one of us. Love, Maya!!!!!!!! | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are a very kind person because you have a very nice simile on your face. Reda
32: 2D | We love you Mrs. Branch. You will be greatly missed! Love, 2D
33: Dear Mrs. Branch, You were a nice principal. Love, Aya | Dear Mrs. Branch, Thank-you for coming to ACS! Love, Mohammad | You’re the best principal I EVER had! I’ll miss you! Love, Lilia | I love you Mrs. Branch! I will never forget you because you are my favorite principal in the whole wide world. You also made good cookies and were polite. Love, Vanessa | Thank-you Mrs. Branch for helping ACS become a very good school. Thank-you very much for everything! By the way, you make great cookies! Love, Abdul Aziz
34: I like the way you treat us and I like ACS very much because of you! Thank-you! Love, Ali | We appreciate all the hard work you did for our school. Love, Sam | Thank-you Mrs. Branch for being a good principal! Love, Jihad | I am going to miss you because you are beautiful and have a nice personality. You cook very well. I loved your cookies. Love, Muhammad | Thank-you for being the best principal ever, Mrs. Branch! I’m sure going to miss you and Coco. Your cookies are delicious! Love, Iman | I’ll miss you, Mrs. Branch! Love, Mark
35: I’ll miss you, Mrs. Branch! Love, Michael | Dear Mrs. Branch, I wish you good luck! Love, Lana | Dear Mrs. Branch, I’m going to miss you a lot! Love, Asya P.S. I really like your cookies! | Thank-you for everything you’ve done! Love, Mahdi | Dear Mrs. Branch, I’ll miss doing folk dance with you. I’m going to miss you and your cookies and your kindness. Love, Farah | Thank-you for everything, Mrs. Branch! Love, Ryan P.S. I like your bird
36: Geri, It has been a fantastic two years. I have learned much from you and being here in Lebanon. I hope we can get together again in Seattle! Enjoy retirment or whatever you do next! Susan | Geri, It has been a fantastic two years. I have learned much from you and being here in Lebanon. I hope we can get together again in Seattle! Enjoy retirement or whatever you do next! Susan | See you soon! You're welcome to come anytime. Hadile
37: It was the first day at school. I hid behind my mom’s skirt peeking into the shadows of a school that looked like a dragon’s cave. Standing by the creaking gate was the principal. “Oh, no! Mrs. Tree.” I thought staring in despair. I shut my eyes as I passed the dragon’s gate, but I felt relaxed the excited chatter of the children. I looked up. “Good morning Maysoun!” Mrs. Branch exclaimed. “Um, good morning.” I answered. “Have a good day at school.” she said as I walked away. (Dear Mrs. Branch, I couldn’t remember your name after the summer break, but I had made a connection since a branch is part of a tree. Sorry, didn’t mean to be disrespectful) | Moments with Mrs. Branch | 3A
38: 3A | I am not always the good listener. So when Mrs. Dima sent me to Mrs. Branch’s office I was shocked thinking that I was in trouble. “Take your lunch box with you” Mrs. Dima said. When I got there, I saw other children in the office. “Hello Sarah, did you come down to eat with us?” Mrs. Branch asked kindly. I“Yes I did.” felt relieved. I was not in trouble. | Most of the times, when I came to school Mrs. Branch would be standing at the gate. “Stop” she often said. “Let me guess your name. Your brother is Jad, your sister is Lea, and you are Ramzi.” “Rami!” I say. After some time, Mrs. Branch got my name correct. | It was my first day of kickball. ”What is kick ball?” I asked myself. Mrs. Branch explained to us everything about kick ball. When it was my turn to play my heart was beating like a guy dancing on stage. I told Mrs. Branch. “We will go easy on you.” she said. “Thank you.” I said. | A Moment with Mrs. Branch | I wore a t-shirt with a big fish head picture to school. “Please go down to Mrs. Branch’s office”. My teacher said. I didn’t know why. I wanted to ask but I just kept my mouth shut and went to the office with trembling legs. Mrs. Branch looked at me smiled and then said. “This is not dress code.” Then Mrs. Branch explained to me how dress code looked like. | Mrs. Branch always greets me in the morning at the bus gate, but she always pronounces my name wrong. She calls me Fadel and not Fadeel. I finally told her how to pronounce my name. Ever since then, Mrs. Branch says my name correctly.
39: When we were in Ramlieh, we were practicing archery. Mrs. Branch was aiming at the center balloon. She accidently shot her arrow at the wires behind the target. Then she got two more shots, and again she missed the target and got the wires. | It was the first day of first grade and I did not know what to wear. So I wore a shirt with a picture of a cat on it. I asked my teacher if I can go to the principal’s office. “Yes” she said. So I did. “Can I wear this to school?” I asked Mrs. Branch. “Not on daily basis, but today because you did not know the dress code, I am going to let you.” She said. | When we were on an overnight trip to Ramlieh, Mrs. Branch our school principal was with us. She is a peaceful person who doesn’t like rough play. On the last day, I played Dog vs. Porcupine with my friend Darren. “Stop!” Mrs. Branch exclaimed when she saw us. I felt guilty for annoying her. “Sorry.” I said. “It’s okay.” she answered. | It was the first time I went to Mrs. Branch’s office for lunch. She is very modest, and she doesn’t show off about her pet parrot. She only shows a trick when someone asks. “Kiss, kiss.” Mrs. Branch said softly to Coco, her parrot. Coco flew out of his big palace-like cage, over to Mrs. Branch and pecked her affectionately on her nose. Everybody oohed and aahed. “He does it all the time.” she said. I felt like jumping and saying “What else can he do?” but I was too shy to ask. | One day when we were in Ramlieh, Mrs. Branch told us to go up and change into our regular clothes because we were wearing our snowsuits. She told us that when Coach Andre blows his whistle, we should line up in the hall. I went out the room before he blew his whistle, but Mrs. Branch saw me and sent me back to my room. So I went back inside and waited until Coach Andre blew his whistle, then I finally heard the whistle and I was free.
40: One day I wanted to wear a certain shirt. I asked my mother if I could wear it. “Ask Mrs. Branch.” my mother replied. I was scared to ask Mrs. Branch, even though I say hello to her every morning. The next morning, I took my T-shirt to school. I was scared when I showed Mrs. Branch the t-shirt and thought she would say no, but she didn’t. | When I was in 2nd grade I always used to come late to school. Until one day I went to the office to get a late slip. “Ghazi you have been late many times. Please make an effort in coming early” Mrs. Branch said. “Ok.” I said happily. I was relieved that I was not in trouble. After that I started coming to school early, at least I try. | My heart was beating fast, I was about to cry. Mrs. Branch opened the door and gently invited me in. “Come in please, would you like a cookie?” she asked nicely. “Yes please.” I said with fright. “I heard you’re been coming often late.” She said softly. “Yes.” I replied. “Well can you please come a bit more early?” “Is that it?” I answered. “Oh yes.” she replied. | In Ramlieh, Mrs. Branch was teaching us folk dancing. When it was time to change partners I couldn’t find a partner, but then Mrs. Branch came and asked me to be her partner. I was happy. | More Moments with Mrs. Branch | One day I wore a t-shirt to school that was not dress code. So, I wore a jacket on top to hide the t-shirt. Mrs. Branch saw it but she was kind because she said she would let you keep it for now but I should never do that again.
41: During lunch time, Miss Founouni called my name. “Giselle, you may have lunch with Mrs. Branch.” she said. I was a little shy when I was walking down stairs. I arrived to Mrs. Branch’s office. “Hello” she said kindly. “Hi” I replied then I sat down. “What is your favorite subject?” she asked. I was the last one to answer. “Reading” I said. When we were done eating our lunch, Mrs. Branch offered us cookies. “Yes please” I said. When we finished our cookies we went back to our class rooms. | I was walking in the playground when Mrs. Branch stopped me. “Hi, what did you forgot?” she asked me. “I don’t know.” I answered. “You aren’t wearing a dress code” Mrs. Branch replied, “Please go to the office during 1st recess.” “Ok.” I said unhappily. I didn’t want to waste my recess time changing my clothes. | My teacher told me to go down to the auditorium with some of my classmates. I didn’t know why. When I got there, I saw Mrs. Branch standing with a tape recorder next to her. “Were going to do the Dabke.” said Mrs. Branch. I was filled with excitement. “You’re doing really well, Adam.” said Mrs. Branch. | When my class and I went to Ramlieh with Mrs. Branch, we were having lunch. My friends and I were talking a lot and not eating. “Stop talking, Youssef,” Mrs. Branch said “and eat your food.” “OK.” I answered. | I was having lunch with Mrs. Branch, when she asked one of her usual questions. “What is your favorite subject at school?” The other kids answered. When it was my turn my brain was racing from one special to the other, but I couldn’t decide which one was my favorite. “All specials!” I said.
42: I am very sad you are leaving ACS but I hope you have fun with your family. Love, LC | I’m sorry you’re leaving. I’ll miss you. You are a fantastic person, and since I barely see you, this is a good time to say, “Good bye.” Thank you for everything. Good Bye. | You are one of the best principals I ever knew. I’m so sorry you have to leave. I hope that you’ll always remember the staff, the teachers, and the students that love you. Sincerely, L.A. | Dear Mrs. Branch, | You are the best principal ever. You care about us so much. I will miss you a lot. I will never forget you. | You have been so nice to us that every single kid in this school is going to be sad that you are going to Seattle! I wish you could stay. I will miss you. | You were the best principal ever! We will miss you lots. | 3B
43: You are the nicest principal and the best principal. I don’t want you to leave. | I will miss you a lot and I’m never going to forget the secret hand shake. | Thank you for being our principal. I will miss you a lot. | You were the best principal in the world. You are the best. You make me happy. | I’m going to miss you. You’ve been the best principal I’ve ever seen. I wish you could stay. I will always love you. | Just when I got back, you're leaving. I'll miss you.
44: We will miss you. I hope you come back. | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are the best Principal in the world. And I hope you will have a good time in Washington. | I am very, very sad that you are leaving. I’m sure everyone will miss you so, so much. | We are all going to miss you when you move to Seattle. We are all going to miss you and remember you! We will also remember you’re COOKIES! We wish you could stay! Please come and visit us in your vacations! I WILL MISS YOU! | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are a very nice principal, you are great, and I’ll miss you when you leave. I wish you have the best time ever. | I’m going to miss you so much Mrs. Branch. I love you Mrs. Branch. You are awesome and you rock. I am so sad that you are leaving. There is nobody like you. You are one of a kind. We will miss you!!!
45: You are nice, kind, and you tell me. What to do and what not to do. You give me interesting ideas, like not to run. I will miss you a lot. You are a fantastic principal. You are the best !!!!!!! | I will miss you so much. I hope your move is easy. Good luck! | Thank you for being with us. We love you so much!! | We will all miss you. You’re the best principal. You’re a lucky teacher and you are amazing. Please, before you go, can you make us a lot of cookies of yours? Please give us the recipe. Thank you!
46: 3C | community | citizenship | wise words
47: We will miss you. You are an irreplaceable principal! | I will miss you a lot, Mrs. Branch, and your cookies. | Dear Mrs. Branch, We will all miss you! Don’t forget the cookie recipe. | Dear Mrs. Branch, I love you and I will remember you forever. | I am going to miss kickball and Coco. Plus, you have fun and never forget ACS and never forget the most important thing, 3C. | Dear Mrs. Branch, Thank you for everything you’ve done for us! We will miss you while you’re in America. | I hope you have a nice trip to America. I hope you will come back. Remember, give us the cookie recipe! | Dear Mrs. Branch, Now that you’re leaving I wish you have a great time in America. We will miss you.
48: Dear Mrs. Branch, We will miss you and Coco a lot (and your cookies). You’re the best principal! | Mrs. Branch you are the best principal EVER and you’re so nice. I’ll always remember you. | I wish you luck in Seattle. I will miss you a lot. Love you. | We will really miss you and love you very much. Don’t forget the recipe! And, don’t forget Coco! Have fun and good luck | Dear Mrs. Branch, I will miss you so much. Have a lovely life in America. | Dear Mrs. Branch, We will miss you, We will never forget you. I love you. | Dear Mrs. Branch, I like your picture on the blog with Coco the parrot. I remember the time I came to lunch in your office and you asked, “What’s your favorite subject?” At the end you gave us cookies. Good luck, good bye, we love you. I don’t know what we will do without you.
49: Dear Mrs. Branch, You were the best principal I ever had. I love your cookies! | I don’t think we will find a better principal than you, Mrs. Branch! I hope you have a perfect trip. | Dear Mrs. Branch, You were the best principal EVER! Chocolate chip cookies, Coco, special lunches, cocoa, etc. I wish you could stay 2 more years so that I could have my whole elementary period with you as principal! | I love you Mrs. Branch and I will miss you so much. I hope you will have fun and I will always remember you! | Dear Mrs. Branch, You are the best principal. I love you! Hope you are happy in America. We will miss you very very much. (P.S. Don’t forget the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies.) Bye-bye. | I wish you the best of luck on your journey to America.
50: 4A | I remember the time when I was in kickball. You were a great teacher. You’re kind, funny, and great. Alan | You are the best; you are kind. I will miss you and Coco. Thank you!!!!! Dan | You are the best principal I know, and oh, how can I forget, tell Coco good bye! Tatiana | Mrs.Branch, you rock. Thanks for everything you did for me. Karim A.
51: You are kind, funny, caring, helpful, thoughtful, smart, fun, beautiful, trustful and so is Coco; by the way your cookies were as nice as you. Maria | We will miss you when you travel. You are very, Kind, Sweet, Caring, And much, MUCH more!!! Aneese | You are AMAZING (including you, Coco). What I love about you is your smile, the way you make me giggle, your really scrumptious cookies, and your really funny jokes! Celine | I will miss your way of making me laugh, your extraordinary yummy cookies, and your golden heart. Meera | All I can say is you is that you are the best!! And I will really miss you and your Coco. Razan | You’re one of the best principals I ever knew. It was fun eating lunch with you 3X and playing Kickball with you after school on the rooftop. Everyone loves you, your parrot, and your homemade cookies, but mostly you. Roque
52: You are kind, thoughtful, sweet, caring, respectful, loving, funny, nice, and best of all, honest. These are all of the things you are! Hisham | You are sweet, nice, kind, pretty, super, funny, awesome, helpful, peaceful, and great. Kareem | Dear Mrs.Branch, You are the BEST principal I have ever known .You are nice, amazing, kind, and funny. You too Coco. And you are The #1 Principal!!!!!!! Elias | Dear Miss Branch, You were the #1 principal of this school!! These are the word’s that describe you: Amazing Awesome Smart Spectacular Sweet Generous And what best describes you is: #1 principal!!!! Best regards: Hadi | If I could tell you anything I would never finish but I have one thing to tell you, you rock. Dana
53: Mrs. Branch, you’re amazing but your heart is so sweet. Coco is so sweet but you‘re special, and I will never forget both of you. Bye, Ryan | You Are Mrs. Branch, you are wise, you are caring, you are generous, and you are knowledgeable. Riad | Mrs.Branch, you are nice, fun, peaceful, kind, great, cool, super, and gentle. I feel that you are very fun. Manuel | The Best Time with Mrs. Branch I will never forget the time I went to Mrs. Branch’s office for lunch. She talked with me kindly and at the end of lunch she gave me one of the best things about her, THE COOKIES! I will miss her a lot, her parrot, her homemade cookies, and mostly, her kind heart. Mohamed
54: 4B | What we think Mrs. Branch would say about food.. Food is our common ground, a universal experience. Good food ends with good talk. A woman is what she eats, and there isn’t such a thing as wrong food. Food is the most primitive form of comfort. Shared food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside. There is no love sincere than the love of food. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. If it keeps you healthy, indulge.
55: Fattoush or Peasant Salad 2 cups shredded lettuce (romaine and/or iceberg) 1 large or 2 small cucumbers, small dice 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup chopped parsley, leaves only, no stems 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves, no stems 1/2 to 1 green pepper, diced 1 bunch green onions, finely sliced 1/2 teaspoon sumac 2 pieces of pita bread toasted until golden brown, broken into pieces the size of a quarter Dressing: 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil 2 to 4 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt Pinch of pepper Directions In a small bowl mix all dressing ingredients well. Put all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with 1/2 to 1 cup dressing. Serve immediately.
56: Hummus or Chick Pea Dip 2 (16-ounce) cans chick peas, drained, reserve juice 4 to 6 cloves of garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) 1/2 cup (or more) lemon juice Drain and dry chick peas. Put garlic in food processor and mince. Add chick peas and mince, scraping down the sides. Add salt, tahini and lemon juice. Mix. Taste. Add enough reserve chick pea juice to make a thick creamy consistency. You should be able to make an indentation in the hummus with a back of a spoon. Check taste again for additional lemon or salt. Serve on a platter and garnish with radishes, tomato roses, reserve chick peas, parsley and or cayenne pepper. Serve with olive oil and fresh pita bread. | Baba Ghanoush or Eggplant and Tahini dip 1 large eggplant 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 to 1/3 cup tahini 1/4 cup lemon juice Slice eggplant in half lengthwise and put upside down on a greased foil lined pan. Put under a broiler until the outside skin is charred black and the pulp inside is soft (15 to 30 minutes). Scrape out eggplant and put in bowl to cool, preferably in refrigerator for several hours. Pour off extra liquid before using. In a food processor, mince garlic, and scrape down sides. Add eggplant, salt, and 1/4 cup tahini. Pulse the food processor to mix. Slowly add lemon juice. Taste. Adjust salt and lemon or tahini. Serve on a shallow platter and garnish with chopped parsley, miniature eggplant, tomato or radish roses. Serve with Lebanese pita bread. | Image Credits: http://www.nibbledish.com/people/dosdne/recipes/lebanese-hummus#full http://www.seattlemet.com/assets/0003/8148/baba-ghanoush.jpg?1274826821
57: Tabouli 1/4 cup extra fine bulgur (crushed wheat) 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley 3 green onion stems (or scallions) 6 roma tomatoes 2 lemons good quality extra virgin olive oil boiling water 1.in a small stainless steel or glass bowl add bulgur, cover with 1/2 cup of boiling water and cover with plastic wrap. set aside while chopping veggies 2.shave parsley leaves from stems with sharp knife. then finely chop parsley and add to a bowl. finely dice tomatoes and add to bowl. thinly slice green onion and to bowl. season with salt and pepper. squeeze in juice from lemon. 3.scoop bulgur in hand and squeeze out excess water than add to tabouli bowl. season with a little more salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and mix together. taste and adjust seasonings as needed. | Lamb Meatballs 1 lb of ground lamb 3 tbs of ground sumac (Arabic spice) 2 tsp fennel seed salt & pepper extra virgin olive oil 1.in a work bowl add; lamb, sumac, fennel seed and salt & pepper. mix everything together (with your hands) until well incorporated. roll into small oval shaped balls. 2.heat saute pan over medium high heat and drizzle pan with olive oil. once pan is hot lay meatballs in. let sear until there is a nice caramelized coating on the outside and flip meat balls over. repeat. pop a lid and lower heat to low and let simmer about 15 minutes. | Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclonebill/2548028515/sizes/m/in/photostream/
58: 4C | Good Wishes Throughout the Year.... | The best thing about Mrs. Branch is she is my kindest principal, and solves my problems. Mrs. Branch tells me math problems and invites me to lunch. Ali | The thing that I will miss about Mrs. Branch is her kindness! She is a really nice principal; she is thoughtful, always happy, and funny and she doesn’t shout. I will miss the things she prepared for the school. I’m still new to this school but I met Mrs. Branch really quickly. I really wish she could stay longer! She was my favorite principal in all the schools I’ve been to! Talia | Mrs. Branch is a kind, loving, and smart person. Her voice is like sweet candy and as smooth as new born kitten’s fur. She makes delicious cookies that melt in your mouth. I will miss you Mrs. Branch. Jenna | Just as the trees change with the seasons, 4C sends their thoughts and good fortune throughout the year. In the Fall may you be comforted In the Winter nourished In the Spring renewed And in the Summer joyful.
59: Mrs. Branch is one of my favorite people because she’s kind and wonderful. I wish she will have a nice time but I want her to stay here. Please can you stay in ACS? Because I will miss you, Mrs. Branch. Love you. From Ahmad to Mrs. Branch | You are one of my favorite people because I have been with you for four years and you are kind and you never give up on me you are like my mom. I will miss you a lot!! Andrew | The best thing about Ms. Branch is that gives us cookies, listens to my comments, and talks in a calm voice. Nice low voice, very calm. Asks me lots of nice questions and great ideas. She asks me how is school, how are you doing? How’s Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Arabic, French, P.E., Art and other subjects? Rami | The things I will miss about Mrs. Branch is her love and kindness and most of all, her perfect home-made cookies. The best thing about Mrs. Branch is that she talks with love and kindness. Her voice is like the twittering of a bird, which is always soft and smooth. Mrs. Branch is the best principal I have met in the world. Love, Srishti | I’m reminded of Mrs. Branch when I see red roses or people smiling. Mrs. Branch is the nicest person I know. She is very smart & the best cook ever. I really like Mrs. Branch. Adam | I wish she could stay for a couple more years. Mrs. Branch is one of my favorite teachers because she is kind. Mrs. Branch is the best principal in the world. Danny
60: The best thing about Mrs. Branch is her smile and her really nice voice and how kind she is. Her cookies are soft and juicy. It’s a good thing she entered ACS. Faris | The best thing about Mrs. Branch is that she is kind, nice and bakes the best cookies in the world. I will miss Mrs. Branch because she is a kind, respectful, helpful principal. I will never forget Mrs. Branch. Sincerely, Ayman S. | Mrs. Branch is one of my favorite people because she is very nice and she always listens to you. The best thing about Mrs. Branch is that she is not afraid to bring her parrot, Coco, to school. Aymen D. | Bye Bye Miss Branch The best thing about Mrs. Branch is that every time I eat lunch with her she asks us what subject we like and dislike. When we say what we dislike, “Coco, ah oh”. I love her cookies and the way we learn our manners and then get a cookie as a reward. You’re the best principal EVER! Thank you for everything. Juliana | The thing I’ll miss the most about Mrs. Branch is her sweet voice, her funny personality and her yummy cookies. I will miss Mrs. Branch and I think everybody will! When Mrs. Branch invites us for lunch with her, she asks us nice questions and laughs at our jokes. And we’re not the only people who make jokes Her parrot does too! WE LOVE YOU, AND WE’LL MISS YOU! Lea
61: I don’t really know Mrs. Branch, but every day I see her she says, Good morning, Zack.” One day for lunch I was picked to go to her office and she gave me one of her amazing cookies and best of all she was really friendly and nice to me. I like that about her. Zack | The last time I saw Mrs. Branch was when we were waiting in the bus gate for recces . The thing I will miss from Mrs. Branch is Coco her parrot. I am reminded of Mrs. Branch when I see the office and Coco. The best thing of Mrs. Branch is she is like my mom. Kareem | The last time I saw Mrs. Branch was at the assembly. The thing I will miss most about Mrs. Branch is her kindness. I am reminded of Mrs. Branch when I smell chocolate chip cookies. The best thing about Mrs. Branch is that she’s a great principal. Mrs. Branch’s voice is like honeysuckle, so sweet and beautiful. Mrs. Branch is one of my favorite people because she is so great with us kids. I don’t really know Mrs. Branch but what I do know is she is one of the greatest people I know. And we love her and we will really miss her. Austin | I will miss Mrs. Branch because she has been here for a lot of years and she is very sweet, kind and loving. I will miss Mrs. Branch because when we needed her she would always be there for us. Dear Mrs. Branch, I will miss you because YOU ARE YOU!! I’ll miss you so much. Lina | Mrs. Branch is one of my favorite people because she understands me, she is kind to me, and she hears me. She does the best cookies in the world. I will miss you Mrs. Branch! I hope you can stay longer! Love, Aya
66: Poem for Mrs. Branch By a 5A Student Silently coming with her famous Yellow Book Sitting in the couch ready to write, looking at us Asking what we are doing in our green notebook Going back , quietly where she came from. | 5A
67: “Alya, they want you in the office”, the teacher said. “I’m going,” I replied. I got out of my chair and into the hallway, down the stairs and into the trouble room. “She’s in her office”, said Miss Marianne. I turned the knob, took a deep breath, opened the door, walked in and sat down. There was a short silence before Mrs. Branch said, “I heard you’ve been coming late to school often right?” I didn’t know what to do so I just said, “Yes”. “Alya, this has to stop, you broke a record having more than 52 late slips!”, she said disappointed, but softly. I mean seriously! Who could’ve said that so nicely? She was oh so soft with me, I swear she is the nicest principle that I ever met! | “They want you in the office”, the teacher said. “I’m going,” I replied. I got out of my chair and into the hallway, down the stairs and into the trouble room. “She’s in her office”, said Miss Marianne. I turned the knob, took a deep breath, opened the door, walked in and sat down. There was a short silence before Mrs. Branch said, “I heard you’ve been coming late to school often right?” I didn’t know what to do so I just said, “Yes”. “This has to stop, you broke a record having more than 52 late slips!”, she said disappointed, but softly. I mean seriously! Who could’ve said that so nicely? She was oh so soft with me, I swear she is the nicest principal that I ever met! So I guess you never ever want to get in trouble with Mrs. Branch anymore. She does the right thing but just the idea of meeting with her makes you want to wet your pants.
68: Mrs. Branch Crunchy yummy sugary too Eating a cookie made by who I’ll tell you who It’s Mrs. Branch the greatest of them all The kindest most generous principal of all That is who!!!! | “You do know that when you eat lunch with her, she gives you cookies, right?” “Having lunch with Ms Branch is the best thing to do with the principal.” Mrs. Branch opened a closet and got out a Tupperware filled with cookies. She told me that this is a recipe that she created and we were the first to taste them. It had vanilla chips, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in it. It was very yummy.
69: Ms. Branch and her Yellow Pad Creeping in with her yellow pad Checking out how we learn She looks happy not at all sad It seems like we were not bad She stands and starts to turn I know that she was glad My heart started to burn Because Ms. Branch was leaving And I couldn’t stand this feeling Ms. Branch is the best She is like a diamond earring She is so precious and caring And mostly, she is blessed With a heart filled with everything Don’t be afraid, she will not sting All her love she will spread | So Much Depends Upon So much depends Upon A principal who’s leaving So sad to see her go We will miss you
70: 5B To the most devoted principal in my quarter of a century experience at ACS. All the best to you, Amal Richani
71: Mrs. Branch is From Mrs. Branch is from a loving and caring personality. Mrs. Branch is from character education. Mrs. Branch is a person who wants to make ACS a better place for students. Mrs. Branch is a person who is admired by her wonderful qualities. Mrs. Branch is from saying “No bullying” and “No teasing” especially to the younger students. Mrs. Branch is from fairness and justice. Mrs. Branch is a person who believes everyone is special in his or her own way. Mrs. Branch is from unforgettable yummy cookies. Mrs. Branch is a principal who lives by the principles of life she taught us. Mrs. Branch is a person that is surely going to be missed Mrs. Branch, ACS, will surely not be the same without you.
72: Mrs. Branch “No running in the hallway, No sliding down the stairs No swinging from the trees No standing on the chairs!” “No bullying,” she says “Don’t hit and don’t tease Don’t forget to say hello Mind your manners please.” Mrs. Branch’s way of thinking Is very important and clear Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? For her these words are dear | Every month another virtue is applied This month’s is honesty These virtues we implement Watch us and you’ll see I am sad Mrs. Branch is leaving I am sure we are all She made an imprint on ACS And an imprint on my soul
73: Who is She? She is the limbs of the school She is the mother of character education A flower of purity, Truth, And cheerfulness Blooming at the water’s edge Waiting to be picked By the hands Of the children that she had taught To respect, Tolerate, And to listen To each other | Waiting to be grasped be the hands Of the teachers With whom she synchronized, Taught’ And learned with Picked by the people Willing to inhale the sweet scent That emanates from her. Who is she? With clues so obvious It could not be any, but the wonderful teacher, Principle, And giver, Mrs.Branch
74: 5C | We Will Miss You Every time I encounter her, memories of cookies and clipboards flood my mind. She is the first person I go to when I have a problem, She is my resource for all my troubles, she the person, who is very special to me. Every time I see her I remember her soft sugary chocolate chippy cookies. Every second I think she’s leaving forever, missing her breathtaking moments. Lunch with Mrs. Branch makes my food sparkle with joy. When something happens in recess she takes care of it. Every moment counts. She’s almost leaving. No one can resist the aroma of her cookies and her dazzling smile that grabs the rooms’ attention. Every moment in school was so happy with her. We will always remember her cookies. Whenever I think of her I imagine her crunchy cookies. I wish we will have a principal like her again. She is the person who changed this school into a better place. The principal who I will miss so much, and a principal that I can never let go. Every time I see her she encounters me with words of wisdom. Every time I encounter her, memories return of times that I had with her during lunch, in the hallway, in class, at the gate She can solve my problems in a very easy way; she is the best. If it wasn’t for her I would not have been the student I am now. I will never forget her. Every time I see her or remember her, three traits come in front of my eyes: Kind, Loving and Caring. She is the best person to have lunch with. She’s busy, elaborate, and full of bustle, But even though, she always has suitable moments for children. After staying in school it is time for her to leave; After all her hard work it’s time to say good bye.
75: Audacious Ambitious Caring Devoted Friendly Generous Just Joyful Jovial Kind Knowledgeable Meticulous Manners Nurturing Righteous Respectful Self-confident Self-esteem Zen | Amir Ayk Celine Diala Fatima GP Jad Jana Johnny Karim Katya Mahdy Mohsen Nicolas Riwa Rolas Sasha Sunny Zane | Moments with Mrs. Branch I was called in to the office to have lunch with Mrs. Branch. It was fun. She asked me and everyone there how school is going so it is kind of the time you express your feelings about school to her. And after that come the soft creamy cookies. I will never forget those moments. Karim She is not like other principals; she is better. The soft inside of her homemade chocolate chip cookies, and the dark lovely brown of her delicious brownies I eat every year, wishing to eat it every day, I cannot get used to the fact that this awesome principal is leaving in only 2 months, I will never be able to let her goever!!!!!! Sasha I will miss you! Rola
76: When I came back from recess, I had my lunch box to go have lunch in Mrs. Branch’s office. We arrived and we greeted her and sat down to eat, and she asked us some interesting questions and had fun. Amir | The first time I went to the office to encounter her for something I had done it felt like my heart was going to burst out. But instead of getting in trouble she had solved the problem very peacefully with no shouting or anything bad but I know that deep inside I had learned a tremendous lesson. Ayk | A Moment with Mrs. Branch | Now that I know that you are leaving, I am wishing to have lunch with you once more,to taste your delicious chocolate chip cookies and chat together. Diala | She is the first person I go to when I have a problem. She is the person I trust. All of her answers are not specific, but they lead me to finding a logical solution. I like all of the talks and meetings I have with her. When I speak to her I feel like she has experience. Even when I am in trouble, she does not yell at me or blame me, she helps me find a solution. Without her, my solutions will turn into problems. And there is a new problem that just showed up and it is: “How can I stop missing her?” I will never stop missing her. Johnny | I was supposed to have lunch Mrs. Branch and the other kids in her office. When we came, Coco started talking to himself and kept on making funny sounds. We were all laughing. She asked us the questions that she asks everyone. When we finished answering them she gave us all a chocolate chip cookie. Katya | One of my very close moments with Mrs. Branch was when I had lunch with her. It was my very first time and we were mingling together. After the chat we ate scrumptious cookies. Nicolas | Mrs. Branch, it won’t be as fun without you. I remember the time I had lunch with you. You taught your bird Coco some cool tricks, baked your famous chocolate chip cookies and taught us how to be polite and say please and thank you. It was a really good experience meeting you, and I can’t say goodbye. GP | I remember the time I had lunch with you, you brought Coco out of his cage and made him do amazing tricks. I was astonished by how smart he is. I also remember the time when you passed out cookies that you made at home. They where startling. Jana | I had a close moment with Ms. Branch when she was my teacher because our other teacher was absent. Our class had fun that day. Mohsen
77: I was at recess playing with my friends and minding my own business. I always loved the times when Mrs. Branch was on duty and today was one of those special days. She was at the basketball field and that was where I was too. I don’t know why but I found myself talking to her. When we were she said “Goodbye Cecilia.” I wondered if she was talking to me. “Excuse me?” I responded. “Goodbye Cecilia.” Now I was certain that she had called me Cecilia. “My name is not Cecilia.” I said, very hurt. Then I think she said my real name but I didn’t hear. I was so shocked that she forgot my name. But then I realized that she knows all the names of the elementary students and it is okay to make mistakes. Celine | I remember the first time I went to your office for lunch, the smell of the office was filled with the aroma of chocolate chip cookies which nearly made me faint. I just couldn’t wait till lunch was over so I could have one. And when I did, I nearly died because it tasted so good. Jad | Several days ago, I was on my way to P.E. About a week before that, I broke my arm, but was pretty used to it at that time. I was thinking how I wouldn’t be able to participate in that special, wondering what I was able to do at that period, and then bumped into Mrs. Branch (not literally). She took a swift glance at me and noticed my arm. At once, she was astonished. Curiously, she asked me how, and where I’ve injured it, so I replied. A slight frown of sympathy got painted on her face, and then questioned how long I had my cast on. I told her, noticing her mouth form an “O”. She said, “I can’t believe I haven’t seen it until now,” and at that instant, I knew how busy she was. I assumed she was heading for a meeting or a conference right then, and only had two minutes to talk. I smiled, and she did too, and then bid me a good day, and good luck. I was particularly happy at that moment. I was glad I could talk to her, person to person, not student to teacher. Riwa | It was the first day of kickball and I was captain. I went to her office because she wanted to tell me what to. She explained to me how to play the game and the rules of the game. She gave me a clipboard and told me to check if everyone on my team came. And at the end of the game she told me that I was a good captain. Mahdy | “Can you go to the office; Mrs. Branch wants to see you?” “Ok”. I strut down the hall way, my first impression is, “I’m in trouble”. I push through the humongous doors, and I see a very big smile perched upon her face. She takes me to a seat in her office. I keep staring at her smile she says, “Hello, do you know why you’re here? “No,” I whisper. “You seem scared,” she said. “I’m not; trust me,” I say. “Well you’re here because your After School Activity got canceled.” “Oh”, I breathe with heavy relief. I leave the office saying, “She was nice; she didn’t hurt me” and confidently smile. Fatima
78: Administration | What is this mess? Domain #2 2e Organizing Physical Space (Needs Improvement) | We're going to miss you, Coco. Oh, ya, and you too, Mrs. Branch. | Now we're really crying. No more chocolate chip cookies! (Don't forget to leave the recipe.)
79: Goodbye, we'll miss you. I guess we shouldn't be smiling. (Just kidding.) | Ode to Geri Geri it has been our pleasure To work with someone who is such a treasure. Your leaving will be bittersweet We all wish you life with joy replete.
80: Arabic | Jinan and Salwa
81: Dear Mrs. Branch, We will always miss you in our Arabic activities and we will never forget your support, encouragement, cooperation, and all that we learned from you. Joyce,, May, Maha | Literacy | Character Education | Lebanese Food | Arabic Activities | Organization | Punctuality | Assemblies | Cookies | Unity Dance
82: ASL | Wishing you all the best! ASL 3, 4, 5 with Fatima Bitar
83: You have touched my life in many different ways.... I will never forget that.... I will never forget you You are just beautiful!!! Nada
84: More of Robert's photography from the Poetry Cafe.
85: AST | At CST meetings important decisions are made. | At CST meetings there are in depth deep discussions. | Which cookie do you like best? | The cream-filled on. Where is it? | Uh oh, I ate it! | This is a serious decision. I need more time. | I like my coffee black. | Why doesn’t anyone take us seriously? | Oh, Geri will love this flowchart!
86: With love from Rana and Tala, using Grade 2 and Grade 3 work
87: It Takes A Village to Raise a Child
88: Library and ..... | "Dear Mrs. Branch, We will keep reading ... And to you, the "good life." Jinane Barea Hanan
89: Making Connections! Multitasking... | Technology | Help! | What started it all? | That's it for me! The Raffle Lady | The Students Are Watching | Sunset from the HRC. | Thank you for everything! | Lebanon
90: Music | French | A une grande Dame que j'apprécie Vous avez donné sa place au Franais dans l'école. Vous allez nous manquer!! Bonne chance!! Nathalie | Dear Geri, I've really enjoyed working with you over the last few years. You are so positive and always ready to laugh. I'll miss being able to waltz into your office for a chat (and a biscuit)! Best wishes, Jeremy
91: Goodbye Mrs. Branch Lyrics and Music by Yara Rubb
92: "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Kahlil Gibran | Outdoor Education | "The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions --the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment." Samuel Taylor Coleridge | "The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." John Muir
93: How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880 | "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." John Muir | "Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." Bradley Miller | "The shell must break before the bird can fly." Tennyson
95: And More... | The most important thing about Geri is that she leaves a lasting impression! She is a colorful mosaic of competence, credibility, and authority. Soft, yet substantial. Impressive with incomparable individuality. A clever problem solver, and..... Your best friend in extreme conditions. But the most important thing about Geri is that she leaves a lasting impression! You will be missed my friend, Maysa | An empty chair.... | Dear Mrs. Branch, I consider myself both blessed and fortunate to have begun my teaching career with you as both my mentor and leader. Being patient, a hard worker, using humor from time to time, celebrating what's right in the world... and many more are things that I've learned the past two years and will hopefully apply all my life. Thank you for all your support. Wishing you all the best. Maya It's been a pleasure to be under your leadership and guidance over the past 3 years. I wish you all the best in your new role. It's hard to say goodbye! Simona Mrs. Branch, It's been lovely working with you for 2 years! I have learned a tremendous amount! I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful life ahead of you and that you are always happy. Lots of love, Lana Rayes xo
96: Geri, I have known you for but two short years and our relationship has developed into a collegial, collaborative and professional one. You have contributed significantly to this school and the elementary division over your tenure here at ACS and you continued to have an impact until your last day here. Your participation in the transition team meetings made a difference and to see you implement the recommended modifications within the elementary division gave me great encouragement. I wish you all the very best in your retirement and know that, where ever you are and whatever you get involved in, you will continue to make a difference. All the best, Lee | My first encounter with Mrs. Branch was in July 2003 as I was organizing some new supplies in the lower school infirmary. I heard some footsteps outside my office and was curious to know who was there. I poked my head around the door and saw a lady with a big smile walking towards me. “Welcome aboard,” I said to the smiling face and the smiling face replied, “Thank you.” “This is the new elementary principal,” told the driver who was accompanying her. I knew then that I was fortunate! Mrs. Branch: The seven years that I have worked with you were the years that I treasure the most I have learned and acquired so many things, both academically and individually. The support, guidance and encouragement you have given me during my time at ACS are very much valued. Cheers to great educator! Nadine Mattar
97: It was an honor working with you. You will be missed! Wish you all the best!!! Tamar | What is this? A sticker? | All the best from us to you. | I blame the hectic work load for not getting to know you better early on. Stick around for a few more years! IB
98: Learning and Leading Through the Years... | Laqlouq 2007 | Retreat 2005 | Faculty Retreat 2009 | Distinguished Principal 2007
99: What next? | August 2010 | Unity