Friday, 2 September 2011

3: Friday 2nd September 2011

From the Headmaster

Back-to-School Nights
With just one more Back-to-School Night to go (4th and 5th grade will be on Monday), I thank all those parents who came and learnt about the school and their children’s classes. I am very pleased with the attendance figures which we have obtained so far:
PreK 92%, K 90%, Prepa 88%, 1st 93%, 2nd 88%, 3rd 90%.

Traffic so far....
We have a very good traffic flow in the mornings - thank you to all those who realise that dropping off your children early makes the best use of your time.

With the Extra Curricular and Team Sports Programmes starting on Monday, we shall have a differing pattern at pick-up times. Here is where we shall be enforcing some changes to control the traffic situation. These shall be announced to the grade level affected in due course.

However, arriving early at pick-up time is not helping the traffic situation. The record so far is a parent who arrived to park on the road outside school at 11:10am to wait for the 12 noon pick up. By waiting on the approach road to the Principal Entrance drivers are blocking the road and not allowing others through. A particular problem is caused by those who arrive and wait before 1:30pm, thus blocking the Prepa pick up which takes place from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. From Monday, I have asked guards to take note of who these drivers are - please be part of the solution - not the problem.

Primary News

ID cards for the Jubilee Library
On Monday 12th September the Jubilee library staff will take photographs for the 2nd Grade and new pupils ID cards which will enable them to check out books. Please ignore the expiry date on the card as this no longer applies. Pupils are expected to act responsibly and look after their ID cards once issued as there is a $3.00 fee for a replacement.

Primary Student Council
This week the student council has been getting underway.  Two student councillors from each class in grades 2nd through to 5th have been elected by their classroom peers.  The idea of the elections has been to reflect a democratic process and echo the principle that the student council represents the voice of its students.  This year’s student council had its first meeting on Wednesday, 31st August and was briefed on its role.  The student council will certainly have a busy year ahead, as it’ll be taking on the issues that matter most to the children of the ABC.

5th Grade
5th Quintanilla, Paulina Castillo and Guillermo Rivas
5th Brenes, José Andrés Villalobos and Adriana Valeria Velásquez
5th García Prieto, Ana Cristina Arguello and Reynaldo Quintanilla 
5th McCall, Stephanie Safie and Fátima Cruz

4th Grade
4th Hernández, Daniel Lechiguero and Roberto Berganza
4th Fastiggi, Matteo Cabrero Altschul and Katia Merlos
4th Molina, Ariana Rodríquez and Luis Alejandro Catani
4th Taylor, Julie Espinal and Miguel Bolinaga

3rd Grade
3rd Judge, Luciana Palomo and Ximena Arguedas
3rd Avilés, Pablo Sánchez and María Jimena Castro
3rd Guzmán, Fernando Gálvez and Rocío Guerrero
3rd Navas, Gerardo Salvato and Sophia Gómez

2nd Grade
2nd Padilla, Gabriela Kecskemeti and Jonathan Rodezno
2nd Moore, Gerardo Maza and Valeria Melara
2nd Mena, Daniel López Masías and Andrea Rodríguez
2nd Quijano, Sofía Huezo and César García

Encouraging Healthy Eating
As part of ABC's commitment to developing healthy eating habits and making children aware of the enjoyment to be had with healthy food, this week will see a new and exciting addition to break times.  For a trial period during this Wednesday break time the Upper Primary children will be able to buy a delicious fruit smoothie.  We will be starting with a simple selection of 4 mouth-watering smoothies: watermelon, mango, orange or watermelon and banana.  The cost will be no more than 50 cents so please, if your child would like to purchase one you do not need to send them with a lot of money.

Finally, a big thank you to all parents for your support with the changes we have made so far this year with regard to eating habits at ABC school.  It is a work in progress and although there are a few things being ironed out we are very happy with the start that has been made and it is all down to us all working together.

ABC production
Last week auditions were held for the school performance “Dreaming of Disney”.  We had lots of eager children taking part and rehearsals will start next week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We are sure that as in previous years the show will be a huge success.  The performances will take place in the PAC on the evening of the 23rd & 24th of November and are sure to be a sell-out, so make a note in your diary now.

Back to School Nights
Many thanks to all the parents who have attended our Primary Back to School Nights this week. The evenings have been very well attended and lots of new information and reminders was shared by the teachers and assistants.

On 20th September we will be inviting parents to an evening presentation by Katherine Tucker about the International Primary Curriculum which the Primary school will be adopting this year to complement and extend the English national curriculum which we are using at present. More details soon but please keep a space in your diary for this.

Extracurricular activities
Just a reminder that extracurricular activities and Team Sports begin on Monday 5th September. Please confirm with your children where and at what time they should be picked up from school after these activities.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Tuesday 6th September: LP Assembly
Friday 9th September: 1st Grade Vásquez Assembly, 7.20am PAC

Upper Primary
Monday 5th September: Back to School Night 4th & 5th Grade, 6.00pm
Monday 5th September: Music Assembly, 9:00am PAC

Secondary News   

IGCSE Results for the Class of 2013
Hopefully you will have read about our very pleasing IGCSE results on our news blog. Congratulations to all the students who are now starting their IB Diploma courses. Once again we had some very high achieving students with at least four of our students achieving high numbers of the top A* and A grades.

Prep and extra PE Sessions
Many thanks to all of you for the support we have had for the Extra P.E. and Prep sessions that we have had over the first two weeks of term. These are now at an end because we will be starting Team Sports and Extracurricular activities on Monday.

Extracurricular activities and Team Sports
These activities start on Monday 5th September. Your son or daughter will have received an email detailing the activities on offer. Please note these are generally run by school teachers but some clubs are also run by Grade 11 and 12 students.

We are expecting all students in Grade 6 to 9 to find an activity which will help them develop their interests and talents.

School Uniform
Can I please remind all parents that we expect all students to wear the full school uniform including the proper socks and footwear. We would really appreciate parental support in ensuring students arrive at school properly dressed for school. 

Know Your School Nights for Secondary
As I hope you are all aware we are holding our Know Your School nights later this year so you can come and talk to us after the first few weeks of term. The dates for these evenings are in the dates list below. In the mean time we have sent Parents Information sheets to all grades by email. If you have not received one please contact Roxana or Marielos and we will send you a copy and check your email address on records.

Up to Date Information
Your contact details are very important when we need to get in touch with you. We will be sending home a brief form next week for you to return so we can check those details. Please return it as quickly as you can.

Dates for your diary
Thursday 15th September: School Closed for Independence Day
Friday 16th September: School Closed for INSET Day
Monday 19th September: School Closed for INSET Day
Tuesday 27th September: Grade 6, Know Your School night
Thursday 29th September: Grade 7 and 8, Know Your School night
Monday 3rd October, Grade 11 and 12, Know Your School night
Wednesday 5th October: Grade 9 and 10 Know Your School night

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