Saturday, 21 January 2012

19: Friday 20th January 2012

From the Headmaster

Recruiting Teachers for the ABC
Obtaining the best teachers for the school is one of our prime goals. At this time of year we undertake a recruiting process involving advertisements, agencies, interviews and references. At this moment I am in London carrying out interviews at two major international teacher recruitment fairs as well as our own process in between. We always obtain references from previous and current employers as well as those obtained by agency procedures. 

The ABC competes with the best schools around the world at these fairs but we are confident in obtaining excellent teachers for our school.

Parents Helping Team Sports
Reminder of the next meeting of parents helping Team Sports which will take place on Monday 23rd of January at 5pm in the Performing Arts Centre.

Primary News

UP Sports Days
This week has seen some very hot and very energetic UP sports days! The PE team is to be commended for their organisation of these events which all ran very smoothly, tested the children’s sporting skills and which were thoroughly enjoyed by the children and by those parents who were able to attend. Thanks also to the teaching staff whose help, on the day, is invaluable.

The final results are:

This year we have also awarded Tribal Points to the teams as well as a trophy, these will all contribute towards the final total of tribal points for this term and the special reward for the winning tribe!

5th McCall Assembly
Thank you to the children and teaching staff of 5th McCall who presented their assembly this week on Making Changes. The children reminded us that January (named after the Roman god Janus) is a time for looking forward but also time to reflect on the past. Many people choose to make new year’s resolutions in January and, as the 5th Grade team pointed out, our UP school traits and values - creative, considerate, responsible and respectful - are an excellent place to start when trying to decide upon your own new year’s resolutions.

Kinder Quintanilla assembly
The children of Kinder Quintanilla helped to remind us, in their assembly this week, about the importance of recycling. With the help of some recycling heroes the children explained in words and songs what we could all do to help the planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. It was lovely to hear our children speaking up so confidently and clearly. Well done everyone.

Reading workshops for parents
Workshops for parents which will help them to help their children develop and enjoy reading at home will take place from 7-15 - 7.45 am as follows:

1st Grade - Monday 30th January
2nd Grade - Tuesday 31st January
3rd Grade - Wednesday 1st February
4th Grade - Thursday 2nd February
5th Grade - Friday 3rd February
Prepa - Monday 6th February

More details will be sent home in a letter early next week.

Money and Salvadorean History
This week in Spanish we will be learning about the history of Salvadorean currency. With this topic we are backing the new IPC curriculum and at the same time, opening the doors to Salvadorean history for our students.

Prepa Keep Fit classes
I have a few more spaces available for Prepa Keep Fit Club on Mondays from 1-1.50pm. We have fun and are being healthy at the same time! Please contact Rebeca Martínez if you would like your child to join us. Ms Simone

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 30th January: 1st Grade Parent Workshop from 7.00 am to 8.00 am, in each teacher’s classroom
Tuesday 31st January: Kinder Tenorio Assembly from 7.20 am to 7.50 am, at the PAC
Friday 3rd February: Kinder Flores Assembly from 7.20 am to 7.50 am, at the PAC
Friday 3rd February: 1st Grade Sleepover from 4pm until 9am Saturday 4th
Friday 10th February: Kinder Suárez Assembly from 7.20 am to 7.50 am, at the PAC

Upper Primary
Monday 23rd – 27th January: Spanish Dept Meet Parents. By invitation only.
Wednesday 25th January: 2nd Mena Assembly. In the PAC. At 10.00am
Wednesday 25th January: 4th Molina Assembly. In the PAC, At 12.00pm
Friday 27th - Saturday 28th January: 4th Grade camping night. At the ABC Campus. From 4.30pm (Friday) to 10.0am (Saturday)
Tuesday 31st January: 2nd Grade parent Workshop. In 2nd grade classrooms. From 7.00 to 8.00am.

Secondary News

This week is Leadership Week
We have a range of activities planned for next week with the help of our student leaders, Mr. Quijano and our HNC team we will be looking at a variety of leadership issues including leadership in El Salvador which led to the Peace Accords being signed 20 years ago. At the end of the week we will have some visiting speakers who will be talking to Grade 9 and 11 as well as all the students attending the ESEN leadership Conference. If you are interested in your son or daughter from Grade 8-11 attending the Conference please get them to contact Mr. Quijano in school.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for the excellent performance on Thursday and Friday. I am also pleased to report that Isabella Guirola who was unfortunately injured in one of the rehearsals looks like she is going to make a swift recovery.

Info about the OLYMPICS
As you will be aware the London Olympics are a major event this year and we are working with the El Salvador Olympic Committee to promote the spirit of the Olympics in school.

Parents Partnership meeting
Thank you to all the Grade 6-8 parents who attended last weeks Parent Partnership meeting. We hope you found it useful and we would be interested to hear of other topics you might like us to discuss at a future event.

Parent-Teacher meeting 6-8 next week
We have a Parent Teacher Meeting for Grade 6-8 on Tuesday from 5.30 pm. We are moving the venue to the Auditorium where we will have more space. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to talk to your son or daughter’s teachers and to find out how they are doing in Cal 2.

IB and IGCSE mocks start this week: Wednesday for Grade 12 and Thursday for Grade 10. Please note that during the Mocks Grade 10 and 12 students only need to come in to school for their exams but must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of an exam. They may leave after their last exam of the day but cannot leave between exams.

Dates for your diary
Monday 23rd January: Leadership Week in school
Tuesday 24th January: Grade 6-8 Parent Teacher meetings, AUDITORIUM 5.30-7pm
Wednesday 25th January: IB Mocks Start for Grade 12
Thursday 26th January: IGCSE Mocks Start for Grade 10
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January: Bicultural Schools Leadership Conference
Tuesday 31st January: Grade 9 and 11 Parent Teacher meetings PAC 5.30-7pm
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February: MathsRelay and Mathcounts Events
Friday 17th February: HALF TERM
Wednesday 29th February: Grade 10 and 11 Careers Day
Thursday 1st March: IB Options Evening (Grade 10 parents and students)

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