Friday, 26 October 2012

10: Friday 26th October 2012

From the Headmaster

Join us for our annual Guy Fawkes Event!
After our Half-Term holiday, we shall be issuing the family passes for our annual Guy Fawkes Event. This is held during the ABC’s British Fortnight and will have
  • Music and dance performances by our students
  • Delicious food and drinks on sale courtesy of our hard working Madres Enlace
  • The Grand Bazaar - all sorts of items for sale (still time to get your table)
  • The Spooky Cellar - the Students Council creating the most frightening (but safe) experience for our children
  • Sparklers on sale (please supervise your child)
  • And the Guy Fawkes bonfire and professional fireworks display (Polvora El Dragon).
Proceeds from the Sparklers sale and the Spooky Cellar go to Hospital Bloom.
Planned date: Friday 9th of November from 5pm.

Talk on “How to help our children manage their anxieties and preoccupations”
This talk will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Hilton Princess, salon Bristol. The cost per person is $35.00 and tickets are being sold at TIN MARIN or can be requested from Fátima Archer (2268-6900) before the event. Information on the presenters and the talk below.
Dr. Storch is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of the University of South Florida Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program. Dr. Eric Storch and Dr. Caleb Lack will be speaking about the nature of anxiety in children, various contributing factors, and ways of reducing anxiety. They will focus on practical strategies that parents can use to help when their child is anxious, as well as discussing more formal therapy approaches that have been shown to work. 

Primary News

A message from the Ataco Team:
Thank you to Fernando Caballero from 3rd Navas that contributed a bike; thank you to Mrs. Garcia Prieto's 3rd grade class for their great contribution, and thank you to all Primary for their generous contributions.

Its been a busy month :

1/10/12 Children’s Day (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

3/10/12 PK Curriculum Night (PKC, PKF, PKC, PKS)




19/10/12 1st Grade trip to the Botanical Gardens (A, B)


24/10/12 LP UN Day (PKS, PKF, PKC, PKC, KM, KF, KT, KS, PB, 1stQ, 1stF, 1stA, 1stC)


UP Crazy Head Day (A, B)

27th October - 4th November Half term. Hurray!

In the week after Half term:

British Fortnight
During British fortnight, activities and lessons will take place which help our children to better understand the British culture, history and way of life. In IPC lessons the children will be researching and learning more about famous British scientists past and present.

1st Quintanilla assembly
Parents of children in 1st Quintanilla are invited to come to join us for an assembly on Friday 9th November. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 12th November: 1st Grade Parent’s Workshop 7.10am
Friday 9th November: 1st Quintanilla Assembly 7.20am in the PAC
Friday 16th November: Prepa Pashley Assembly 7.20am in the PAC
Tuesday 20th November: Prepa Burrows Assembly 7.20am in the PAC
Friday 23rd November: Prepa Lima Assembly 7.20am in the PAC
Friday 30th November: Prepa Vásquez Assembly 7.20am in the PAC

Upper Primary
Wednesday 14th November: 3rd Spanish assembly, at the PAC at 9.10am
Wednesday 14th November: 5th Spanish assembly, at the PAC at 11.55am
Friday 16th November: UP British bake sale
Friday 23 - Saturday 24th November: 3rd grade camping night, in the ABC Campus
Wednesday 28th November: 3rd Navas assembly, at the PAC at 9.10am
Wednesday 28th November: 5th Brenes assembly, at the PAC at 11.55am
Thursday 29th November: School for parents “Family communication”, at the PAC, at 7.00am & 6:00pm

Secondary News
 

We have started our second round of extra curricular activities and we have many interesting activities including engineering, Italian, French songs and many others. Please talk to your son or daughter about coming along. We have also been selecting our Mathcounts team and will be starting preparations for the competition next term.

We have had a busy UN Week and we ended by focusing on the Un Millenium Development goals and our contribution to achieving them both here in school and in our communities. I think we all realise their importance and how we can help.

Careers Day was very successful with lots of information about university and different careers. If your son or daughter would like more information please ask them to contact their Head of Year or Mr. Quijano.

We are looking forward to the start of British Fortnight when we come back to school on the 5th November after our half term break.

PE for Secondary students in Grades 6 to 10, between the 5th and the 23rd of November in all PE classes we will be carrying out a Basketball and Cricket Inter tribal tournament. We encourage all students to be part of this sports activities and for those teachers that would like to join us.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 5th November: 7:00am back to school
Monday 5th November: Start of British Fortnight
Friday 9th November: Guy Fawkes Night Party and Market fair

Friday, 19 October 2012

9: Friday 19th October 2012


Next week in Primary


Extracurricular activities
Session 2 of our extra curricular programme begins this week. Please contact Patricia Zelaya if you are unsure which activities your child is registered for.
You can contact her at:
Mobile: 7069-5751

UN Day
Will be celebrated with costumes and a parade by the pupils in LP on Wednesday 24th October on Friday 24th October with a food fair.

UP assemblies
This week 2nd Mena and 4th Hernandez will be performing their class assemblies. Please see below for dates and times.

LP assembly
1st Fastiggi will have their class assembly at 7.20am on Friday.

Educational visits
Children in Grades 3 and 4 will be out of school on Thursday 25th October on educational visits to Tazumal and to Joya de Ceren. Both classes have been learning about El Salvador in their IPC units on Explorers and Adventurers and Treasure and these visits will really help them to put what they have learned into perspective.

1st Grade Curriculum Night
It is the turn of our first grade parents to come to join us at their curriculum night on Wednesday of this week to find out about the learning that their children are engaged in this year.

Insurance Cards
If you still don’t have your child’s insurance card, you may stop by the office to collect it. Claudia de Avilés has the cards for UP children and Rebeca Martínez has the cards for LP children

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 24th October: United Nations Day Parade for Pre-Kinder 7:30am PAC
Wednesday 24th October: United Nations Day Parade for Kinder 11:00am PAC
Wednesday 24th October: First Grade Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Friday 26th October: First Fastiggi Assembly in the PAC 7:20am
Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November - Half-term holiday

Upper Primary
Wednesday 24th October: 2nd Mena Assembly, in the PAC 9:10
Wednesday 24th October: 4th Hernández Assembly, in the PAC 11.55
Friday 26th October: UP United Nations Food Fair, UP Corridor at 11.25

Next week in Secondary

UN Week
This week we have started celebrating UN Week with a focus on the story of the UN and how the UN works to help all nations work together to meet global goals. Each of our year groups will continue with this next week leading up to our UN Assembly on Friday.

Half Term starts at the end of school on Friday 26th October and we reopen on Monday 5th November

Campaigns
We have a number of campaigns going at present which you may be able to help with. A group of senior students are supporting a school in Ataco with the goal of providing clean water for the kitchens. They are collecting any second hand clothes or items for a flea market later next month. If you have anything you would like to contribute please send it to school with your son or daughter.
We are also joining the Scare Hunger campaign and if you would like to donate beans, rice or dried milk please send them into school next week.

British Fortnight begins as we return and we hope all of you will come to the Guy Fawkes party and Spooky Cellar on Friday 9th November.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 22nd October: UN Week
Friday 26th October: School closes at the end of the day for Half Term week
Monday 5th November: Start of British Fortnight
Friday 9th November: Guy Fawkes Night Party

Friday, 12 October 2012

8: Friday 12th October 2012

Primary News

Primary Traits and Values
On the 12th of October we remember Columbus Day. This important day has been linked this month with one of our School Values and Traits, curiosity. Did you know that Christopher Columbus watched the ships coming and going from the docks in Genoa and wondered what strange lands lay ahead? He listened to stories the sailors told and wondered if they were true. Columbus learnt about maps, navigation and sailing ships and later he lead a voyage of discovery across the ocean, hoping to land in China but instead he discovered the Americas. At school, we have been working on this value in order to encourage children who are more eager to learn, children who are inquisitive in all areas. This Friday we will be praising all those children who have shown this value in the past few weeks!
´The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.´ Albert Einstein

Next week in Primary

Extra curricula activities
Next week is the final week of our first session of extra curricula activities. Session 2 will begin on Monday 22nd October.

Parent meetings
Primary teachers continue to have parent meetings throughout this week. If for any reason you cannot make the appointment time arranged please contact us to avoid wasting our teacher’s time.

Prepa Curriculum Night
We look forward to seeing the parents of our Prepa teachers at their Curriculum Night in the PAC at 6pm on Wednesday 17th October.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 17th October: Prepa Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Wednesday 24th October: First Grade Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Friday 26th October: First Fastiggi Assembly in the PAC 7:20am

Upper Primary
Wednesday 24th October: 2nd Mena Assembly, in the PAC 9:10
Wednesday 24th October: 4th Hernández Assembly, in the PAC 11.55
Friday 26th October: UP United Nations Food Fair, UP Corridor at 11.25

Secondary News

Grade 11 students will be in school on Saturday morning doing an empowerment activity with the Senior students and teachers. On Monday we also have an important meeting regarding the university application process for Grade 11 and Grade 12 parents. This meeting starts in the PAC at 6 pm

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Parent Partnership Meetings last week where you could meet all your son or daughter’s teachers for the coming school year. If you did not collect the school insurance certificate for your son or daughter please can you collect it from the relevant secondary office as soon as is convenient. I would also like to remind you that if your son or daughter has a medical condition or allergic reaction we ened to know about then please ensure you complete the relevant pink form so we can maintain and update accurate record. This must be done even if we already have information from previous years to ensure we are entirely up to date.

This coming week we are starting our celebrations of UN week where we will be talking about some of the global challenges of the 21st century as well as the UN Millennium Development Goals. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the school expectations regarding school uniform, including PE kit and punctuality. 

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 13th October: Grade 11 Empowerment Day
Monday 15th October: University Application for Parents of Grade 11 6pm PAC
Friday 26th October: School closes at the end of the day for Half Term week
Monday 5th November: Start of British Fortnight
Friday 9th November: Guy Fawkes Night Party

Friday, 5 October 2012

7: Friday 5th October 2012

Next week in Primary


UP parent meetings
Parents who have children in the upper primary section of the school should have been invited to meet with teachers this week.

Kinder Curriculum Night
Parents who have children in our Kinder classes are invited to attend curriculum night on Wednesday this week to find out more about your child’s day at school.

1st Aguirre assembly
Children in 1st Aguirre will be performing their assembly to parents on Friday of this week. Parents are asked to use the emergency car park if attending this event.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 10th October: Kinder Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Friday 12th October: First Aguirre Assembly in the PAC 7:20am
Wednesday 17th October: Prepa Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Wednesday 24th October: First Grade Curriculum Night in the PAC 6:00pm
Friday 26th October: First Fastiggi Assembly in the PAC 7:20am

Upper Primary
Thursday 11th October: LSU School for Parents: Self Esteem, in the PAC 7.00 & 6.00pm
Wednesday 24th October: 2nd Mena Assembly, in the PAC 9:10
Wednesday 24th October: 4th Hernández Assembly, in the PAC 11.55
Friday 26th October: UP United Nations Food Fair, UP Corridor at 11.25

Next week in Secondary

Please note the Parent Partnership Meetings for Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12 next week. We hope all parents will be able to attend these meetings where there will be some general information as well as an opportunity to meet all of the teachers of your son or daughter.

Santa Tecla 2012
We had a wonderful day of sporting activity last Saturday with the ABC Olympics. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event but especially all the students who took part. We were proud of them all for their magnificent attitude as well as their sporting performances! A big thanks also to the Grade 8 drummers and the School Orchestra for the music in the opening ceremony.

MidCal feedback
Parents of students on probation or new students should receive a brief MidCal feedback which would highlight any concerns we may have for the end of Cal. If you are a parent of a new or probationary student and have not received the feedback please contact your Head of Year.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 8th October: Grade 11 and 12 Know Your School and Parent Teacher meetings
Thursday 11th October: Grade 9 and 10 Know Your School and Parent Teacher meetings
Saturday 13th October: Grade 11 Empowerment Day
Friday 26th October: School closes at the end of the day for Half Term week
Monday 5th November: Start of British Fortnight
Friday 9th November: Guy Fawkes Night Party