Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Basketball Tournament 2016!!

On Friday, March 11th, students, staff, and teachers from all 4 Language Systems campuses got together in San Pedro for the annual Basketball Tournament! LSI-LA was decked out in yellow, NELA was looking strong in green, OC was intimidating in red, and South Bay rode in on a calm blue wave. Each team brought a cohort of supporters and cheerleaders which provided an energetic and colorful atmosphere inside the Peck Park gym.

After enjoying some early morning muffins, brownies, and juice, the games got underway! SB’s first match was against LA. OC’s first match was against NELA. LA put up a good fight, but SB was ultimately the winner of this matchup. The next opponent for SB was OC. This was a very exciting competition, as both teams appeared to be equally matched! OC and SB were virtually neck and neck for a good portion of the game, but SB once again finished strong for the win. The third and final match of the tournament saw OC and LA competing for 3rd place, and SB and NELA fighting for 1st and 2nd places. At the start of this game, NELA held a solid lead of 5-0, leaving the SB Sharks hungry for points! NELA’s team was very talented and showed no signs of weakness. Both teams were playing strong, maybe a little too strong! There were several fouls on both sides! In the second part of this match, SB found their rhythm and took out NELA 7-15 to take the trophy.
The South Bay Sharks did several victory laps around the gym, showing off their well deserved trophy. The team took celebratory shots with their cheering section and took the party outside for pizza.

All of the LSI teams made a great showing at the 2016 Basketball Tournament. The teams were very well practiced and showed a great deal of skill and preparation.

Thank you to all the players, fans, staff, and teachers for making this another great Language Systems event! We can’t wait for soccer next term!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to play pool with DJ!

On Saturday the students and I met to play and learn to play pool.  I was surprised to see that our new Chinese student, Lisa, was actually a pretty good player and very competitive, like a mini version of me! 

The other students took instruction very well and after playing against each other on teams (South/North America vs Asia, Girls vs Boys, Older vs Young)  for a couple of hours we decided it was time to eat!  

After a little restaurant debate, we finally decided walk on over to Hamburger Habit and wow was it ever so delicious! I think we all developed a habit after this and look forward to enjoying each others company again soon!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

LA Galaxy Match with Ty!

Sunday March 6 was the opening game of the LA Galaxy.  15 students and 3 teachers from Language Systems - Orange County were in attendance.  It was such an awesome experience! 

 We all met at school and carpooled to the arena.  We got there early enough to let the students enjoy a "tailgating party". LSI provided the students with snacks, drinks, and Korean BBQ before the game.  We set up our hibachi BBQ in a section of the parking lot that is specifically designed for these kinds of parties before the game. 

The LA Galaxy play at the Stubhub Center, and every seat makes you feel close to the field.  Our seats were awesome!  The Galaxy gave up a goal just 4 minutes into the game, but they came back in the second half scoring 4 goals of their own.  Final score: 4-1.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lake Shrine Temple Visit with Amanda!

We met at the school around 10.15 am and arrived at Lake Shrine around 11.30am

We visited and walked around the temple for about an hour and half and then had lunch at a restaurant called Abuelita's in Topanga Canyon which finished around 2.30pm.

 It was very fun and the students enjoyed themselves. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Movie time with DJ!

We met for lunch a little later than usual. The students and I were all starving before our afternoon matinee.  We decided to fill our bellies at Stack'd.   The coolest thing about eating there is not only can customize your pizza, burger, or salad on your private iPad in the middle of each table but you can also pay your bill separately at the end of your meal. Did I mention filling our bellies? Boy oh boy did we ever!

We slowly carried our overstuffed bellies to the theater for Kung Fu Panda 3. Everyone was excited and hopeful they could understand what they were about to see.  Unfortunately, because we all were in a food coma, and the theater was cold and dark, two students were treated to a premium nap time which cost only $12! The rest of us were treated to a few laughs AND tears. The movie was funny and quite touching but not quite as good as the first two installments. 

All in all, we all had a good time having lunch and a movie.