Saturday, 24 February 2018

23: Friday 23rd February 2018

From the Director

I am delighted to report that our U17 boys football team has qualified for the national schools competition following victory in the final qualifying round at Estadio Magico Gonzales this morning. We are very proud of them and the way they are showing our school spirit and values

I am looking forward to a day of fun tomorrow at the ABC Carnival and hope to see you there. Our thanks go to the Parents Association for their tireless work preparing for the Carnival. If you can come with your children and make a family outing it would be great because we want these events to be community events where we all meet as friends and share responsibility for the wellbeing and entertainment of our children. 

The ABC will be hosting the Bicultural Arts festival next Thursday and Friday. There will be an amazing drama performance in the PAC on Thursday followed by the Dance performance in the Auditorium. Tickets are available for $2 and we will be selling soft drinks and pupusas between the shows. On Friday we have the choirs, music and bands performing in the Auditorium and again tickets cost $2 and we will be selling drinks and pupusas. Tickets are available from the Offices. Please buy early to avoid disappointment as we are limiting the number of tickets we sell and the other schools participating in the festival are also selling tickets. 

I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully remind you to fill in the Parent survey if you haven't already done so. This information is important to us. I know there have been a number of surveys recently but we want to hear your opinions! The link is here.

I would also like to remind you that our STEAMFest is only 3 weeks away. If you would like to sponsor the event in any way, please contact Anabella Soto. (anabellasoto@abc-net.edu.sv).

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week saw the Upper Primary students and parents compete for the honour of “Best Sports Tribe” in the Annual ABC Sports & Family Fun Day which was held on Saturday 17th February. With two sessions over the course of the morning, all of the children in Upper Primary had the opportunity to score points by taking part in fun events and relay races for their tribes. There were great performances from a lot of the children, too many to mention individually, with all of the running, catching, as well as the slip & slide events. 

With 5 points for a win, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd and 2 for 4th as well as double points for relays, the whole competition came down to the last race of the day. With only 2 points separating 1st Placed Pipiles and 2nd placed Mayas, it was going to go all the way down to the wire. All the Pipiles had to do was beat the Maya Tribe in their final event of the day and the trophy was theirs. The race was magnificent, the lead changed a number of times at the start and then coming into the home straight it was just a sprint to the end. The Inca tribe ran their hearts out and took the victory on the line, with Pipiles taking a very close 2nd Place. Aztecas took 3rd place with the Maya tribe coming in 4th. It was sealed the 2nd Place in the last event meant that they had done enough to secure victory. Pipiles had won the ABC Sports & Family Fun Day 2018.

Congratulations to all that had taken part, it was a fantastic day. Nearly all of the children leaving looked tired and had smiles on their faces which was all that could have been asked of a school event. 

Thank you to the PE staff that organised the event, as well as the UP Staff that supported the children to complete the activities. An event like this could not have happened without you. Tom McNeil




I mentioned earlier in the year that I will be finishing in June. I have a message here from my replacement Mr Nevan Bridge and he is just telling you a little bit about himself, a taster to whet your appetites!

Hola desde Nueva Zelanda. Estoy emocionado de ser nombrado Jefe de Primaria en ABC. Tengo muchas ganas de aprender español, sin embargo, esta declaración es a través de Google Translate!!

I have had the privilege of a successful career in education for 30 years. When I began my first Principalship at the age of 26 I set a goal that I wanted to make a positive difference from the time I was appointed until the day I moved on. I spent my career leading transformational change that was cutting edge, innovative and impacted positively on student learning. That passion and experience equips me well to fulfil this role as Head of Primary. I believe in a positive learning culture that is focused on the student and should be based around sound educational practice, the role of leadership and realising the schools Vision. I embrace and believe strongly in this approach to leadership. To have an opportunity to work in a school like ABC that put children first is something I would treasure.

To inspire, encourage and support colleagues has been a key aspect of my Principalship because I am a strong believer in collaboration, reflective practice and growing as an educator. I offer a 21st Century approach to leading the Primary section at ABC and contributing to whole school development. I do this by:
  • Strong educational philosophy which guides my thinking, actions and beliefs;
  • Excellent work ethic and strong ethical principles. I work with a moral purpose and therefore I am highly ethical as a professional teacher;
  • Building an inclusive learning culture through developing positive relationships;
  • Celebrate educational success for all children and staff;
  • Ensuring a safe physical and emotional environment;
  • Effective communication;
  • Experience with the following Curriculums- New Zealand, Cambridge, National Curriculum of England, Reggio Emilia, IB PYP and IPC;
  • Experience in international schools in Kazakhstan and Kuwait;
  • ICT literate with a strong emphasis on enhancing the learning experience.
I would bring to this position an experienced educator who has achieved much in education as a teacher and as a principal. My passion, energy and commitment is as strong today as it was when I first became a teacher. I love being an educator and making a positive difference to the lives of the children I am responsible for. I want to take those experiences I have been through in supporting teaching and learning at ABC so children are given a quality education which will realise their potential.

Espero trabajar en ABC, conocer a sus hijos y ver una parte del mundo en la que no he estado antes.

Kind Regards,

Nevan Bridge
Educator

I feel very inspired by Mr Bridge's statements and I am sure that when he arrives you will all feel inspired by his strong leadership too.

We have had lots of trips out of school this week to La Granjita Educativa and El Jardin Botánico. These trips out of school are vital for increasing children’s experience of the world and learning in different contexts. Going with the school is a very different experience to going with the family and school has access to different personnel and activities when the visit is booked. School makes every effort to ensure all educational visits are safe. We can contact security consultants and visit the place in advance, we prepare risk assessments and review the facilities. I strongly encourage you to always send your child on the school trips. We can see the impact they have on your children’s academic development. 

In the Early Years we have had a pop-up playground this week. What a wonderful experience this is for our youngsters to get to grips with unusual materials and use their imaginations to be creative and play together.Well done to the staff who organised it. We hope to arrange another one soon.

We are looking forward to other events coming up. Please check the dates below. We look forward to seeing you all at the carnival tomorrow.

Kind regards to you all,

Sharon Short 
Head of Primary and Lead Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
February
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Friday 23rd - Prepa Macdonald trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 23rd - Pre-Kinder Rampone assembly - 7:40am - PAC
Saturday 24th February School Carnival
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Wednesday 28th - Prepa Night Activity - 4:00pm - PAC
March
Friday 2nd - Pre-Kinder Carbajal assembly - 7:40am - PAC
Friday 2nd - LP Sports morning practice
Friday 2nd - Teletón jeans day
Friday 9th - Pre-Kinder González assembly -7:40am - PAC
Friday 9th - Teletón jeans day
Friday 16th - Teletón jeans day
Saturday 17th - LP Sport monring & Family day
Friday 23rd - Pre-Kinder Siri assembly - 7:40am - PAC
Friday 23rd - Last day of term

Upper Primary
February
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Saturday 24th February School Carnival
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Monday 26th - Bicultural Arts Festival Week (26th Feb - 1st Mar)
Wednesday 28th - 5th Truscott Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC 
March
Thursday 1st - Bicultural Arts Festival Performance - 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Friday 2nd - Bicultural Arts Festival Performance - 6:00pm-7:30pm
Friday 2nd - Teletón T-shirt Day
Wednesday 7th - 4th Quijano Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Friday 9th - Teletón T-shirt Day
Friday 16th - Teletón T-shirt Day
Friday 16th - Teletón (Fri- Sat)

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

This week we have been celebrating the International Day of the Mother Tongue and I want to thank the Spanish Department and the LRC staff for all their work promoting this important day. We held assemblies to mark this day and I encourage you to speak to your children at home about the importance of our mother tongue and to celebrate all the languages we are lucky to have in our rich learning environment. You can read an excerpt of this below. 

Maria Eugenia Rossi - Head of Spanish 
In 2007, UNESCO established February 21st as the International Day of the Mother Tongue. This year the Spanish Department and the LRC of the ABC celebrated this by organizing allusive activities during the whole week.

I wish to highlight the importance of recognizing the value of all the mother tongues around the world, and of the objective set by UNESCO this year about the promotion of a multilingual education for global citizenship.

During our assemblies, we valued Nahuatl as the mother tongue of El Salvador, something which was established by the National Assembly of El Salvador in recognition of this international date.

And now, we would like to share with you Nelson Mandela’s quote: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.

KS3 Board Games Club
From Ms Chávez- Pastoral Coordinator
On Monday we launched the KS3 Board Games Club. The purpose behind this idea, is to offer an alternative open space for all children form Grade 6-8 to spend lunch and break and make new friends. The space is located in our mezzanine area, on the second floor near the Art and Humanities classrooms. We have picnic tables and bean bags to make the space really comfortable for our students. The Grade 6-8 Ambassadors are helping to look after it, and they have been allocated with rotas so that the area is always supervised. Our students are enjoying playing Scrabble junior, Minion Cards, Trivial Pursuit, Chinese checkers, connect 4 and many more.

We are trying to provide different environment to children, so that they all feel happy in school. Here you can access the presentation used at the KS3 assembly and which was created by Rhadamés Espinal, Hugo Perdomo, Melissa Corpeño, Michael Romero and Victor Tarazi, all Grade 6 Ambassadors.We are hoping this makes a positive difference to many students in school!

Grade 11 Extended Essay Launch Day
From Mr Hogan- HoY 11
The Class of 2019 were introduced to the Extended Essay on Tuesday this week. The opening periods of the day was spent thinking about why students produce an EE and how they can research successfully. After that, everyone headed to the LRC where subject specialists were available for a conversation about how to produce an EE in each specialised area. 

Already we were hearing some very interesting ideas and when we all went to the PAC for the remainder of the day, students began developing these ideas into EE proposals. Again, subject specialists were available to offer support. 

By the end of the day, Grade 11 had recognised that the EE is a great opportunity to demonstrate their independent study skills to universities and prospective employers and also made a solid beginning towards completing their proposals. The final EE is due to be completed at the beginning of Grade 12 but there are important IB external deadlines throughout the process. The following table contains the immediate deadlines which we and the students need to stick to:
Silicon Valley Trip
Mrs García and Mrs Serrano
The first ever Silicon Valley trip returned last Saturday evening. The trip included twelve 11th and 12th grade Computer Science and ITGS students as well as two teachers, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Serrano. 


This adventure in learning took students and teachers to tech landmarks and organisations as well as historical sites around San Francisco and neighboring Silicon Valley. Some of the memorable visits included the Intel Museum, Google, Stanford University, The Computer History Museum, NASA Ames Research Centre, the Tech Innovation Museum, Apple Park. The group also got in a full day tour of San Francisco.


A great deal of exploration and learning were packed into this trip and we are confident that the learning experiences, the cultural exchanges and the friendships that were forged will be with our students for a very long time. 


We want to thank all of the parents and students and staff members who made this memorable trip possible.

I am happy to share with you that I will be taking part in a CIS Evaluation Team in Bogotá this coming week so I will not be at school. Please contact Mr Hall, Mr Hogan or Ms Chávez should you need anything. 

I hope you are all planning on joining us at the Parent Association Carnival on Saturday. It is always a fantastic event which reminds us how fortunate we are to belong to this incredible community!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
February
Friday 23rd - Cal 2 Reports issued for Grade 10 and 12 via Parent iSAMS portal
Saturday 24th - Parent Association Carnival. All day
Monday 26th to 1st March - Bicultural Arts Festival Week (Drama and Dance) 
Tuesday 27th - 4:30 pm - 7.00pm- G10 and G12 Parent Teacher meeting (NB. G10 IB Options evening in PAC at 6.00pm)
March
Thursday 1st - French trip information evening 5pm Lecture Theatre
Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd - Bicultural Arts Festival Performance, 6pm Auditorium
Friday 2nd - TELETON T-shirt Day for whole school
Wednesday 7th - Sunday 11th - MATHCOUNTS trip to Monterrey, Mexico
Wednesday 7th - Monday 12th - HACIA Democracy trip to Cartagena, Colombia
Friday 9th - TELETON T-shirt Day for whole school
Monday 12th - Friday 16th - Class 2018 IB Arts exhibition
Thursday 15th - 4:30pm - 7pm- Grade 8 Parent Teacher Meetings (N.B IGCSE Options evening in PAC at 6.00pm)
Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th - NAQT Quiz Bowl Tournament
Friday 16th - TELETON t-Shirt Day for whole school
Monday 19th - Convocatoria - Annual Parent Meeting
Friday 23rd: Last day of term Two 
Friday 23rd -Sunday 8th April - Easter holidays

Team Sports

TSP Volleyball
Bilingual League- Volleyball- Varsity (F)


Three set match between ABC and Josué. The teams filled the atmosphere with excitement thanks to their good practices. 
Sets
ABC 1 (25 – 15)
CISS 2 (22 – 25 & 3 – 15)

TSP BKB
Bilingual League-BKB- Cadet (m)


Exciting match between ABC and American School. The game was finally decided 58 seconds before the end.
ABC 38 - EA 44

TSP Volleyball
Bilingual League-Volleyball- Cadet (F)


Tuesday was a Volleyball day, ABC against CISS. Very exciting game from beginning to end. The teams played as equals and it took three sets to establish a winner.


Sets
ABC 1 (25 – 19)
CISS 2 (24 – 26 & 10 – 15)

TSP BKB
Bilingual League-BKB


BKB Festival for Mini (f) and Premini (m) was held this afternoon at the American School. It was a match filled with emotions and good BKB.


TSP BKB
Bilingual League-BKB-Varsity (m)


To start the week, the ABC hosted a game against American School. Both teams played as equals, and there was much emotion as the teams scored hoops for their schools.
ABC 38 – 42 Escuela Americana

TSP Soccer
Opening Tournament “El Cafetalón”- Soccer- U8 (m)


The Bulldogs U8 team and their coach.
Go Bulldogs!!!

TSP Volleyball
Bilingual League- Volleyball-Cadet (f)


During the round of the afternoon, Colegio Josué played against the Bulldogs. A very exciting game which took a third set to establish a winner. 
Sets
ABC 1
Josué 2

TSP BKB
Bilingual League- BKB- Varsity (f)


To finish off the week, the Bulldogs ladies team played against La Floresta in another Bilingual League match.

Friday, 16 February 2018

22: Friday 16th February 2018

From the Director


I would like to start this week by thanking the Student Council for their fundraising efforts which led to their recent donation to Hospital Bloom. I would also like to wish a Happy New Year to all our community who have been celebrating the Chinese lunar spring festival. This year will be the Year of the Dog.

On Monday we had a staff training day which focused on Safeguarding and our policies and procedures. You have probably heard about our recent focus on safeguarding and I want to explain what we are doing because it is something the whole community needs to recognise.

Safeguarding is to do with ensuring we provide a safe and positive environment for young people to grow up - at school and at home as well as in events organised by School or by parents including of course parties. It means that we protect children from physical violence, from emotional damage, from neglect and from exposure to sexual behavior or pornography. It is important we work together as a community to provide protection at school, at home and at our community events. Our safeguarding policy is on the parent portal on the school website.if you have any questions about it please do let me know.

While I am on the subject of safeguarding I want to refer to the horrific events in a school in Florida. Our prayers go to all the families of the victims. We are constantly reviewing our procedures in the light of such experiences and most of those are to do with our internal procedures however I do want to remind families with weapons of the need to keep them secure. They must be locked away so that children either deliberately or accidentally do not access them. In the Americas many children each year are killed accidentally while playing with their parents weapons. If you have weapons at home please keep them away from our children and that includes all of our students even our older students.

The Bicultural Arts Festival is taking place in two weeks time and the final shows will be here at the ABC on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March. This is because the Teatro Presidente became unavailable this year at late notice. Tickets for each night are limited and are on sale at school for $2. Please make sure you buy your tickets in advance if you are intending to come to the shows.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Sports Day tomorrow and the Parent Association Carnival next Saturday. Otherwise I hope you all have a good weekend with your children.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school can be a little bit like a ghost town when the children are not here so we were glad to see them all back in school on Tuesday. We hope they all had a good break and that you managed to do some exciting activities together.

Saturday 17th is the Upper Primary Sports and Family morning. All Upper Primary students are expected to attend and registers will be taken. It is usually a great time and the students really enjoy having their parents around to see them participate. It sends a big positive message to your children when you turn up to watch them and of course likewise it sends a big negative message if you don’t! The madres will be supplying each child with an ice lolly on completion of their competitions and Fairs to Educate will have refreshments for sale for everyone else. There will be trampolines and other activities for those children who are not participating at that time. PLease make sure you know what time to bring your child and where to take them. The 2nd and 3rd grade event starts at 8.00 am so children need to be in school well before that and the 4th and 5th Grade event starts at 10.00 am.

The weekend before last was the grade 5 camp and here is a report from Mr McNeil who went along for the whole thing. He tells me he slept 14 hours when he got home. Looking after almost 100 children is an exhausting business no matter how lovely they are!

On Monday 5th February, the Grade 5 team and some willing staff and parent volunteers headed off into the El Salvador wilderness to the Portezuelo Campsite. The four busses travelled in convoy up to camp arriving in time to put the children through their paces with Team Building games and activities. Whether is was guiding themselves through a ‘minefield’, bouncing a ball over the net with a sheet or even completing set of obstacle races, the children enjoyed all of the activities from the first moment. The whole 2-day trip was a non-stop whirlwind adventure including a 6km hike, a campfire with marshmallows as well as staff and children running around in the dark making animal noises trying to find each other. Thank-you to all involved in the organising of the trip, all of the children had a fantastic time and are looking forward to their next school wilderness adventure in Grade 6! 

The countdown to Teleton is beginning! Please know that you can buy your teleton shirts from Lourdes Guadron in LP, Susie Gavida in the Library in UP and that you will be able to wear these T-shirts in school on three occasions leading up to Teleton. Fri 2nd March, Fri 9th March and Friday 16th March. T-shirts are only 6 dollars and this other merchandise to support this great cause. All Primary students have received a hard copy of the information so you may wish to check school bags for further info!

We have noticed our students struggling with walking long distances and would ask that you help your children to develop walking stamina by walking with them at home and as a family. Walking is very good for the health and probably the adults in the community would benefit from a bit more walking too.

I look forward to seeing the UP parents tomorrow at the Sports and Family morning.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Lead Safeguarding Officer. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
February
Monday 19th - Kinder Cáceres trip to Granja Educativa
Tuesday 20th - Kinder Francés trip to Granja Educativa
Tuesday 20th - Prepa Kennedy trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Wednesday 21st - Kinder Quintanilla trip to Granja Educativa
Wednesday 21st February: Prepa Pashley trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Thursday 22nd Kinder Suárez trip to Granja Educativa
Thursday 22nd - Prepa Ware trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Friday 23th - Prepa Macdonald trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Friday 23rd - Pre-Kinder Rampone assembly - 7:40am - PAC
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Wednesday 28th - Prepa Night Activity - 4:00pm - PAC
March
Friday 23rd: Last day of term

Upper Primary
February
Saturday 17th - Upper Primary Sports and Family Morning - 8:00 am - 12:00pm
Tuesday 20th - Elementary Choir Rehearsal for Bicultural Arts Festival - 3:00- 4:45pm
Wednesday 21st - 3rd Spanish Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Wednesday 28th - 5th Truscott Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC 
March
Thursday 1st - Bicultural Arts Festival Performance - 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Friday 2nd - Bicultural Arts Festival Performance - 6:00pm-7:30pm
Friday 2nd - Teletón T-shirt Day
Wednesday 7th - 4th Quijano Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Friday 9th - Teletón T-shirt Day
Friday 16th - Teletón T-shirt Day
Friday 16th - Teletón (Fri- Sat)

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

Grade 7 and 8 finish their Examination period today and I am sure they have done well and look forward to sharing their achievements with you. We also welcomed back our staff and students who were abroad on trips and you can read some of the students’ responses to the Berlin trip below. We look forward to hearing all about the Silicon Valley trip upon their return soon!

Grade 11 have an important day coming up on Tuesday 20th February. It is their Extended Essay Launch Day. The IB team will be taking them through this central aspect of their IB course and we invite parents to have a conversation at home about it and support them through the development of this exciting undertaking. 

Humanities Trip to Berlin
Written by Ana Lucia Arteaga and Daniela Aguila
Berlin was fantastic! Everyday I was able to explore new parts of the city which not only were attractive, but had an incredible historical significance. Remains of the Berlin wall surrounded the entire city, everywhere we went there was a part of it, I even brought one piece of it with me as a souvenir. This is one of the highlights of my trip since the wall not only divided the city physically for 25 years, but also generated an emotional, ideological and structural division between everyone living in Berlin at the time, this has also had an impact in the Berlin we know now since it created a remarkable division between both sectors: the East and the West which can still be represented in small details of the city. When we went to the TV tower we saw how the buildings could be easily distinguished from each other and therefore representing both sides of Berlin that once existed and were separated by the wall. 

The trip was also very fun as we enjoyed the shopping, the Blue Man group show, and the Olympic Stadium which was also very entertaining. This was a very touching experience as we learned about WW2 too, the third reich tour, visiting the jews memorial, the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz , and the concentration camps, it made us reflect over all the things that happened during Germany before and during WW2. This trip was an amazing bonding experience and not only did I learn a lot of very interesting things but also made a lot of new friends and was able to bond with all the teachers. Berlin was a learning opportunity.

What I got away from this trip was the history the city contained, the whole city was a monument of its own. Everywhere we went there was somewhere to learn from, even on the train stations there were small explanations on the wall of the importance of the place. I believe that the first day in Berlin was the best day. I had been so used to doing the same thing everyday that doing a small thing like walking to the train station was liberating. The whole place was so new to me.

The first day was also the first reality check I had, concerning the holocaust. Before when I learned about it in class it was on the surface, what I heard were only stories. But when I went to the holocaust memorial, and saw those stones and read those letters, it changed my whole perspective on the matter. I used to think of them like stories rather than people.

Through this trip I gained a greater appreciation for the people who lived through the second world war and the cold war. In class I was used to seeing history in the perspective of the countries who fought, but in Berlin I saw the war from the perspective of the people who lived during it. That is what I learned during the Berlin Trip.




Please note that the Grade 7 Empowerment day has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We will keep you informed of the changes and we thank the parents for their understanding. 

PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL TRIATHLON 
On February 4th, our 9 grade student Gerardo Sandoval Calero participated in the National Triathlon Championship organized by the Salvadorean Federation of Triathlon (FESTRI).

The Triathlon is an Olympic sport in which the competitors compete in 3 different sport disciplines: swimming, cycling, and running, which are carried out in that order and without any pause between each discipline. The championship started at Coatepeque Lake and finished at Texaco gas station in El Congo. Competitors had to start off by swimming 750 metres; ride a bicycle for 20 minutes, and finish running 5 kilometres. 

Gerardo participated in the Masculine Junior Category (13-17 years old), and finished off in 3° place of his category, having completed the three disciplines in a time of 1:49:42. 






Lots of events are coming including the Parent Association Carnival which we hope wil be well attended by all our community. We continue to sell the Teleton T-shirts and encourage all our students to support this worthy cause. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Kind regards, 

Natalia Cáceres 

Dates for your diary 
February 
Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th - Grade 11 & 12 students, Computer Science & ITGS trip to Silicon Valley, San Francisco. 
Saturday 17th - Bicultural Arts (Drama) 
Tuesday 20th - Grade 9 ‘PAESITA’ 
Tuesday 20th - Grade 11 EE Launch Day 
Tuesday 20th - Parent Partnership ‘Dealing with Grief and Loss’, 6pm PAC (Whole school) 
Thursday 22nd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 3pm 
Friday 23rd - Cal 2 Reports issued for Grade 10 and 12 
Friday 23rd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 6pm 
Saturday 24th - Bicultural Arts (Drama) 
Saturday 24th Parent Association Carnival. All day 
Monday 26th to 1st March - Bicultural Arts (Drama and Dance) 
Tuesday 27th - 4:30pm Auditorium and Grade 10 IB Options only, 6pm PAC. Grade 10 and 12 Parent/Teacher meetings 
March 
Friday 23rd: Last day of term

Team Sports

TSP Track and Field
57° Student Games
The 57° Student Track and Field Games Santa Tecla 2018 took place at Estadio Las Delicias. It was an exciting event which brought together students from 10 different education centres, and nearly 400 athletes. The Bulldogs arrived early and put forth their best effort.
Go Bulldogs!!!

TSP Table Tennis
A special note on the 1° grade children who are part of the Table Tennis team, and who never miss any of their practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays getting ready for future tournaments. It is important to mention how disciplined and enthusiastic they are during each practice session.
Go Bulldogs!!!

TSP Cricket
TPS wishes to congratulate the Cricket team (made up of students and TPS teachers), for having won undefeated the Championship in Guatemala City.
Way to go!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

21: Tuesday 6th February 2018

From the Director

Dear Parents,

We would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes over the coming break which starts tomorrow to complete our annual parent survey. Your feedback is very important to us! The link to the questionnaire is here. We have a teacher training day next Monday. School reopens for students on Tuesday 13 February at usual times. Our calendar is on the school website and this term ends on Friday 23 March for our Easter break. Please do your best to respect our term dates so that children do not miss important time at school. Research shows a clear link between school attendance and both success and happiness at school. It is important your children are here as much as possible to get the full benefits of their education.

We have been busy welcoming new students for Pre Kinder over the last two weeks. Thank you to all parents who have been involved in this process. If you have a child who would like to join Pre Kinder in August 2018 please contact Estefania Chacón as soon as you can to reserve an assessment. We have had a number of trips this last week. Thank you to the Grade One parents for helping with a successful first sleepover. Grade Five are returning today from a successful trip to Portezuelo.

I would like to add my personal congratulations to the amazing achievements of the three ABC Mathcounts teams at the weekend. Their success was very pleasing but so was their attitude, their teamwork and their determination. Well done to everyone involved. I would also like to congratulate the participating students in the Bicultural Art workshop last week.


We have educational trips to Berlin, New York and California over half term supporting our History, business and technology curriculum. We will be monitoring their progress and look forward to hearing their news. Many of our Secondary students come back to exams next week and should spend time preparing for these exams during this break. Other students are preparing for their IGCSE and IB exams in May. 

I do hope you all have a good break and look forward to seeing you at the Summer Carnival later this month.


Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
February
Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th February - Half Term. School closed for students. School reopens on Tuesday 13th February 
Thursday 15th - Pre-Kinder trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 16th - Kinder Suárez assembly - 7:45am - PAC
Tuesday 20th February: Prepa Kennedy trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Wednesday 21st February: Prepa Pashley trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Thursday 22nd February: Prepa Ware trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Friday 23th February: Prepa Macdonald trip to Jardín Botánico Plan de La Laguna
Friday 23rd - Pre-Kinder Rampone assembly - 7:45am - PAC
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Wednesday 28th - Prepa Night Activity - 4:00pm - PAC
March
Friday 23rd: Last day of term

Upper Primary
February
Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th February - Half Term. School closed for students. School reopens on Tuesday 13th February 
Tuesday 13th - Back to school from Half Term
Tuesday 13th - UP Valentine Grams/ Madres Enlace (Tue- Wed)
Saturday 17th - Upper Primary Sports and Family Morning - 8:00 am - 12:30pm
March
Friday 23rd: Last day of term

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary
February
Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th - Grade 10 & 11 Business/Economics trip to New York, U.S. 
Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th February - Half Term. School closed for students. School reopens on Tuesday 13th February 
Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th - Grade 11 & 12 students, Computer Science & ITGS trip to Silicon Valley, San Francisco. 
Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th- Grade 7 and 8 exams 
Saturday 17th - Bicultural Arts (Drama)
Tuesday 20th - Grade 9 ‘PAESITA’
Tuesday 20th - Grade 11 EE Launch Day 
Tuesday 20th - Parent Partnership ‘Dealing with Grief and Loss’, 6pm PAC (Whole school)
Thursday 22nd - Grade 7 Empowerment Day, all day
Thursday 22nd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 3pm
Friday 23rd - Cal 2 Reports issued for Grade 10 and 12 
Friday 23rd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 6pm
Saturday 24th - Bicultural Arts (Drama)
Saturday 24th Parent Association Carnival. All day
Monday 26th - Bicultural Arts Festival week
Monday 26th to 1st March - Bicultural Arts (Drama and Dance) 
Tuesday 27th - 4:30pm Auditorium and Grade 10 IB Options only, 6pm PAC. Grade 10 and 12 Parent/Teacher meetings
March
Friday 23rd: Last day of term

Friday, 2 February 2018

20: Friday 2nd February 2018

From the Director



We have just heard that our Secondary Mathrelay team has just won the competition today at the EA and congratulations to them. There is a brief report on the Newsblog.

It was nice to see so many of you at the Parent association meeting on Wednesday. If you were unable to attend you can see the presentation on the parent page of our website. Mr. Salvador Saguero has sent a letter of thanks to those involved with more information. Please see it on this link. I am still hoping for some parent volunteers to help with our CIS committees. If you are willing to volunteer please let me know.

I would like to publicly thank the Parents Association for their active support of the school and commitment to building a strong community. They are preparing for the Summer Carnival on Saturday 24 February which I hope we will all be able to support.

I have been delighted to personally witness a number of girls sporting successes this week. We are pleased to see more girls participating in sports events and want to do all we can to continue their interest in team sport events. A many of you know the ABC hosted a Ted talk event at the end of last term and one of the contributors was one of our Grade 5 girls who talked about the importance of girls playing team sports. There is a link on our website. It’s amazing to see such confidence and clarity of thought in one so young! There is a link to the ABC hosted TED talks on the ABC blog via this link.

In our values program this week we have been reflecting on our use of the internet and making it a better place. In particular how we can make sure we are using the internet in a positive way. As adults we need to lead by example. We need to use social media for positive thoughts and friendly supportive posts and help our children to do so. We can make our world a kinder place. I really enjoyed the tweets by Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniaki this week after Caroline won the Australian Open. Their tweets showed that even rivals can be great friends and work for each other. The internet is a great place to share good things. Please help us ensure your children are being kind online and are sharing positive thoughts.

Earlier this term we witnessed an amazing Circus from the Class of 2019. It was a great show. In the light of all the preparation and traditions that have grown up around the Circus we are carrying out some surveys to find the attitudes of different sections of our community towards the Circus so we can plan for its evolution in future. While in the subject of arts the Bicultural Arts Festival will be hosted at the ABC this year because of a booking cancellation by the Teatro Presidente. There will be performances of drama in the PAC and dance in the Auditorium on Thursday 1 March and music in the Auditorium on Friday 2 March. The organizers of the Festival have decided we will be charging $2 per entrance ticket to help raise funds to support the arts in our schools. We hope to see many of you supporting the students in these shows.

Our annual STEAMFEST is coming up, and we are very excited to see it during its third edition. STEAMFest is a whole school event that fosters a love for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and it is truly amazing to see what our students create in these fields. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity for this event, please contact Anabella Soto (anabellasoto@abc-net.edu.sv) or Jen García (jennifergarcia@abc-net.edu.sv) .


I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. On a personal note I am looking forward to seeing the MathCounts competition hosted by our friends at the Escuela Americana on Saturday and of course the Super Bowl on Sunday!!!


Primary News


Dear Parents and Carers,


Grade 3 had a wonderful camp experience at Tenerife last weekend. They played games, worked as a team, told stories and did activities arranged by our PE instructors. Click here to read our News Blog account of the trip.

Here you can see some of the stylish nightwear that the children brought for the camp. Pijamas were never such fun when I was a child!

The camp, all peaceful once the children had all gone to sleep….exhausted.

Thank you to those staff and parents who took part in the camp and gave the students such a wonderful time.

We are starting to get ready for the Upper Primary Sports and Family morning. The children had their rehearsal today to make sure they know which way to go round the course and are clear what they have to do. It should be a lovely event so please make sure your diaries are clear for that day. Upper Primary Sports and Family morning 17th February at school.

I have spoken to upper primary girls again this week to remind them that all shoes must have a fastening to keep them on, no slip-ons or pumps, and their hair must be tied up all day. In every school head lice is a potential issue and loose flowing hair is one way in which it can be transmitted. Please encourage your daughters to keep  their hair tied up at all times in school.

Tonight the Grade 1 students have their sleepover in the PAC. Another event that the students love. They do get very tired though. So please do not plan to do too much on Saturday. Grade 5s will be camping on Monday at Puerto Zuelo I have seen their itinerary and they are in for a great but energetic time.

In Upper Primary Valentine Grams (friendship grams) are being sold for the students to send to their friends. If you are sending your child in with money for these please make sure the money is in a named and sealed container/envelope.

Our Secondary team is also looking for feedback regarding the ABC Circus that takes place each year, and are interested in the feedback from Primary parents. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey so your input can be taken into account for future productions.

School will be closed for the half term break next week from the 7th February. Students return to school on the 13th February. Please make sure you have all of your child care arrangements in place and that there will be some stimulating activities arranged for the students to do. Staff will be taking a well earned rest to make sure they are at their best for the rest of the term.

Have a great week and half term holiday.
Best wishes,

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Safeguarding Officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
February
Friday 2nd - 1st grade Sleepover - 4pm - PAC
Saturday 3rd - PK Entrance Evaluations
Thursday 15th - Pre-Kinder trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 16th - Kinder Suárez assembly - 7:45am - PAC
Friday 23rd - Pre-Kinder Rampone assembly - 7:45am - PAC
Friday 23rd - Extracurricular activities, 3rd session, ends
Monday 26th - Extracurricular activities, 4th session starts
Wednesday 28th - Prepa Night Activity - 4:00pm - PAC

Upper Primary
February
Thursday 1st - UP Valentine Grams/ Madres Enlace (Thu- Fri)
Monday 5th - 5th Grade Camping at Portezuelo (Mon-Tue)
Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th - Half Term Break
Monday 12th - INSET day for teachers (School closed for students)
Tuesday 13th - Back to school from Half Term
Tuesday 13th - UP Valentine Grams/ Madres Enlace (Tue- Wed)
Saturday 17th  - Upper Primary Sports and Family Morning - 8:00 am - 12:30pm

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Primary Safeguarding Officers.

Secondary News
Dear parents and carers,

I can’t believe it has already been a month since we came back from the holidays and so much has happened! Memorably, we had the class of 2019 Circus and I take this opportunity to mention that we are reviewing how we run the tradition of the Circus to ensure it is an enriching and positive experience for our students and community. If you have children between Grades 6-10, please take 5 minutes to complete this survey so we can take your feedback into account for future productions. If you are a current Grade 11 parent, please fill out this survey.
From Mrs Bradburn- Head of Maths Department
MATHCOUNTS AND MATHRELAY
We wish our ABC team of 12 exceptional maths students the very best of luck as they compete against 19 schools from all over Central America at la Escuela Americana today and tomorrow, Saturday 3rd of February.
They have worked incredibly hard training three times a week to gain  a place in  our team.

Come and join us this Saturday from 11:30 AM to 2:PM and see the top ten Mathletes in the final countdown round which  will bring this exciting competition to a close!
We wish to thank Mr Mario Cañas and Ms Nesrin Ward for their untiring effort and commitment to our MathCount students.


In December, a group of G12 students organised the first ever TEDxYouth event in El Salvador at the ABC! The event was well attended and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to see our students, exabrits like Roberto Meléndez and even some parents, take up this great challenge and present. One of the presentations was delivered by Maria Celeste Ayala and Luciana Araujo and in case you did not have the chance to attend the event, you can watch their presentation here.  I am really looking forward to our next TEDxYouth event! Do not miss it!
From Mr Hall- Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum
Grade 10 and 12 students recently completed their ‘mock’ examinations. These examinations are referred to as 'mock' since they are an attempt to duplicate the situation that will arise when all Grade 10 and 12  students take their external examinations in May and June.   Although our students are assessed in many ways during the cal, research has shown that the simulated exam experience helps to motivate students to start their revision early and allows them to practice and refine the revision skills they will need in the summer.  It also allows them to experience the pressures of working ‘under exam conditions’ and will highlight subjects and topics that require improvement.
This year, for the first time, students will also experience a ‘mock’ results session on Tuesday.  The intention is to simulate as closely as possible the experience students will have in August when they receive their final IB or IGCSE grades.  We hope that the experience of getting a set of results will enable them to both feel a sense of achievement and encourage them to continue to focus on preparing for the final examinations and ensuring success in the summer.
We said farewell to our staff and students who are on their way to Berlin! We will keep you informed and updated and parents have access to the trip blog. Next Tuesday our staff and students involved in the New York trip will be heading off. Safe travels and Bon voyage!
Today Mr Pike held a meeting with cast and crew members of our Musical “We Will Rock You.” Please encourage your children to participate! There is still time! We are very much looking forward to this exciting production.
I would like to finish off by reminding you that next week is a short one due to our Half-term break. I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and take this chance to recharge batteries and be ready for a 7.00 am start on Tuesday 13th!
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
February
Thursday 1st to Saturday 17th - IGCSE and IB History Trip to Berlin, Germany
Friday 2nd - Sat 3rd - Mathscounts competition at the EA
Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th - Grade 10 & 11 students, Business/Economics trip to New York, U.S.
Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th - Half Term Break
Monday 12th- INSET day for teachers - School closed for students
Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th - Grade 11 & 12 students, Computer Science & ITGS trip to Silicon Valley, San Francisco.  
Monday 12th - INSET day for teachers (School closed for students)
Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th- Grade 7 and 8 exams
Saturday 17th - Bicultural Arts (Drama)
Tuesday 20th - Grade 9 ‘PAESITA’
Tuesday 20th - Grade 11 EE Launch Day
Tuesday 20th - Parent Partnership ‘Dealing with Grief and Loss’, 6pm PAC (Whole school)
Thursday 22nd - Grade 7 Empowerment Day, all day
Thursday 22nd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 3pm
Friday 23rd - Cal 2 Reports issued for Grade 10 and 12
Friday 23rd - Senior Drama Club Performance, 6pm
Saturday 24th - Bicultural Arts (Drama)
Saturday 24th Parent Association Carnival. All day
Monday 26th - Bicultural Arts Festival week
Monday 26th to 1st March - Bicultural Arts (Drama and Dance)
Tuesday 27th - 4:30pm Auditorium and Grade 10 IB Options only, 6pm PAC. Grade 10 and 12 Parent/Teacher meetings