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The Secret of the Dark Chocolate of Mexico by 2-107

Aztec Sculpture taken from Health Secrets of Dark Chocolate website

Did you know that chocolate originally came from Mexico?

The Olmec Indians used chocolate for their sacred rituals. They mixed it with hot chili peppers to make a spicy beverage.

Cacao pods opened and closed

Cacao, or chocolate, originated with the Olmec Indians about 3.500 years ago, and Ancient Mayans originally consumed the precious seeds of the cacao tree as a sacred beverage. The mixture of cacao paste chili peppers and other seasonings — which took on the name “xocolatl” — was believed to have energy-boosting properties, and was a favorite drink of the native royalties.

Its fame later spread to Aztec society and after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, to Spain, where it became a favorite of the Spanish elite. Eventually the beverage gained popularity among aristocrats throughout Europe and remained a status symbol for the wealthy until the first chocolate candies were mass-produced for the public in the 1800s.

Our love affair with chocolate continues today, although the sweet confections we guiltily enjoy are a far cry from the original bitter and spicy Mesoamerican brew.  By Steve Warren, M.D., D.P.A.

Aztec calendar

“The divine drink builds up
resistance and fights fatigue.
A cup of this precious drink
(cacao) permits a man to walk
for a whole day without food.”

Montezuma II

Extra! Extra! Read All About the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1950 By Kenyer with contributions from Matthew, Yoland and Taz

The Class of 1950 Returns for their 60th Reunion

Reunion coordinators: Paula Held and Howard Teitelbaum with the Brooklyn Borough President's Proclamation on the occasion of their 60th Anniversary Reunion

Aaron Cohen of the Class of 1950, Principal Fernandez, Howard Teitelbaum, Paula Held and Xamayla Rose of the Brooklyn Borough Presidents's Office

Ron Mitchell of the Class of 1950 is having a blast with the Color Guard of the Class of 2011 while our Parent Coordinator looks on. Do I see bunny ears behind Mr. Mitchell's head? Hmmm...

On October 15th 2010 at P.S. 119, there was a 60th anniversary of the Class of 1950 graduates. It was an amazing event. My class performed a play titled: “The League of Five Nations.” The whole fifth grade, the Color Guard and teachers sang the P.S. 119 school song and sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The class of 1950 talked to us about their teachers and what life was like in 1950. I learned that there was not any technology and there were ink- wells on the desks. The students would dip their pens in the ink to write. Back then children did not eat lunch in school so they walked home every day to get lunch. Things like houses, gas and groceries were cheaper in the 1950’s. Almost all of the 1950 graduates went to Midwood High School.

At the 60th anniversary, I was involved because my class had a play and I participated. Our play was about the Six Nations: the Onondagas, the Senecas, the Tuscaroras, the Mohonks, the Cayugas and the Oneidas. Taz in Class 5-304 had this to say about the performance: “When Mrs. Held said “Now Class 5-304 will perform a play about peace, “ my stomach dropped because I was the first one to speak. Every one said the play was wonderful and made me proud. Ms. Basloe was proud of us too.”

Yoland had this to say about the play, “When we were up in front of the auditorium and about to perform, I was excited, pumped and a little bit nervous. When we were done I felt proud and I couldn’t stop smiling.”

In closing, it was a great assembly. Paul learned this from the Class of 1950, “always stay in school and never get out. Also, you should not talk when someone else is talking.”

Matthew Johnson learned “ that if you do what you are supposed to do, it might reflect back on you and if you listened and you do your homework, for the rest of your school years, you will have a nice job, family, house and life.” We all learned a lot at the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1950.

Dear Class of 1950 and Mrs. Shapiro,

Thank you form coming to P.S. 119 on October 15th for your 60th anniversary. Congratulations to Mrs. Shapiro for celebrating her 74th anniversary. It was an honor for you to come and share information about your lives as children and your lives today. Thank you also for donating $5,000 dollars to the school for new lights on the stage and six new lunch tables.

Thank you for the lighting for the stage. Every time someone was on the stage performing a dance routine or stepping, there was a risk they could get hurt. Also, the stage was so dark you could barely see their faces. Now the stage will be bright and everyone will be seen. Thank you for tha.

The new lunch tables would be really helpful/ One of them used to pop up every time someone sat on them. Another table had a broken side. If someone leaned very lightly on the edge of the broken side, the whole broken side would lower. Last year I remember sitting on it when someone leaned on it by accident and I fell to the floor. Luckily I did not get hurt so we really appreciate the new tables.

Once again, thank you for spending your time at P.S. 119 for your anniversaries. When it is my turn to come for my 60th anniversary, I’ll make sure I am the first person to come. You really inspired me.

Ariel Joseph

Thank You For the Memories Class of 1950

The Class of 1950 held their 60th Reunion at our school on October 15th. We celebrated with a spectacular assembly which featured speeches, poems and even a play. The Class of 1950 graduates even took turns talking to the fifth graders about where they lived when they attended P.S. 119 and some of their memories. Fifth grade students are in the process of writing three to five paragraph thank you letters to thank the Class of 1950 for the Memories! Read on…

Dear Class of 1950,

Thank you for coming to P.S. 119. It has been such an honor to meet and spend time with you. You are the past and we are the future, we will also carry on your peaceful tradition of coming back to P.S 119. I also give you thanks because you spent your valuable time with us and not to mention… you gave P.S. 119five thousand-dollars! I thank you soooo much for that. You did something so generous there is no way P.S. 119 can ever pay you back. Let me tell you why I thank you sooooo much.

Thanks to you we can buy six new lunch tables. I can see you really care about our safety. I can see that because if we did have new lunch tables, we’d still have the old tables, which pop up. Sometimes when they pop up they have hurt people. Thanks for thinking about our safety with the new lunch tables.
I also thank you for the lighting for the stage. I thank you for this because if someone was stepping or even singing on the stage they might not be able to see and they could fall. For example, last year for the rock band, Ms. Francis had to buy this teeny tiny disco ball to light the stage. It did not give off much light. Now thanks to you with the new lighting, everyone can see who is performing and the performers will feel like **STARS**!

In conclusion, I want to thank you again. You didn’t have to give us such a generous gift, but we are so grateful that you did. Please visit soon.

Japan Culture Poem – Kelan 3-204

This is my rhyme-

Japan has a mountain called Mount Fuji ,
It’s pretty much what you will see.
If you look high in the sky,
You would see birds fly.
Japan has a style called kabuki,
It has music and such you would see.
It is divided into 4 islands,
But in caves don’t you see diamonds.
peace, kelan 3-204

What Does It Really Mean ‘To Be A Writer’ To You?


Tell Ms. Berretta what it means to be a writer to you!

Maasai by Rishon -201

October 1, 2010                          Rishon Samuel PS 119/4-201
The Maasai Tribe

Maasai Warrior - Google Images

The Maasai people live in Kenya and Tanzania.  They are a small tribe, they take up 0.7 percent of Kenya’s population. They speak Maa which is a language from their origin in the Nile region of North Africa.  The are the real ethnic tribe of Kenya. They keep to their way of life and culture.  Unknown diseases killed lots of the Maasai people and their cattle.  Today, they live in a smaller area in Kajiado and Narok district. Some Maasai are Christians and some are Muslims.  On special occasions they kill bulls, oxen and lambs for their meat and ceremonies.


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