Friday, 8 November 2013

11: Friday 8th November 2013

From the Headmaster

Important Date Change
Please note that the ABC Christmas Fair will take place on Thursday 12th of December in order to accommodate events at the Liceo Frances (and thus avoid heavy traffic problems).

Would you like to order a table to sell things at the Christmas Bazaar in the Auditorium? Contact Marta Vasquez <> or Lucila Gonzalez <>.

Primary News

Remembrance Day 
On Monday 11th November and Tuesday 12th November we will be having assemblies for the children to talk to them about Remembrance Day.The poppy is a symbol which is used on Remembrance Day to help people to remember those who die or are injured fighting for their countries. We will be selling poppy stickers in school on Monday next week and would ask you please to send 50 cents with your child to buy a sticker. All money raised will be donated to Hospital Bloom. Please talk to your children about what they have learned after next week’s assemblies too.

UP maths workshops
We look forward to welcoming parents to our maths workshops next week. Our teachers will be helping you to learn how best to help your children with their maths at home. All workshops will begin at 7.10am and we would ask you please to use the emergency car park so that our teaching staff are not delayed from getting to their classrooms. Please see below for dates applicable to your children.

3rd Grade camping night
Children in 3rd Grade will be away from school on their camping adventure on Thursday and Friday next week. Their teachers have very cleverly tied this trip in to their IPC entry point for a unit on Festivals so I am sure that they will have a wonderful and educational time. Grade 1 children and teaching staff will join the Grade 3 team on Friday as they too are learning about Celebrations so they will have a joint entry point. It sounds like Great Learning, Great Teaching and Great Fun!

School for Parents
Thank you to all 5th Grade parents who attended this weeks School for Parents about drugs awareness. 52% of children in Grade 5 were represented there by one or both parents

5th Brenes 16 
5th Truscott 23 
5th Linares 27 
5th Molina 16

We look forward to welcoming as many parents as possible from Grades 2 to 5 to our next School for Parents, Web influence. This will take place on Wednesday 20th November at 7am. We will cover a range of current issues related to technology and the safety of your children. As well as information we will be giving you practical advice on how to keep your family safe. Please make space in your diary for this important event. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 22th November: Prepa Cáceres Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 29th November: Prepa Monks Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 6th December: Prepa Pashley Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 13th December: LP Reports go home
Wednesday 18th December: LP Christmas shows
Friday 20th December: Last day of school - children leave at 11am

Upper Primary
Monday 11th November: Maths workshop for parents of 5th Grade
Tuesday 12th November: Maths workshop for parents of 3rd Grade
Thursday 14th November: Maths workshop for parents of 2nd Grade
Friday 15th November: Maths workshop for parents of 4th Grade
Thursday 14th - Friday 15th: 3rd Grade camping
Wednesday 20th November: 2nd Mena Assembly, 9.10am in the PAC
Wednesday 20th November: 5th Linares Assembly, 11.55am in the PAC
Wednesday 20th November: School for UP parents. At 7.10 am in the PAC
Wednesday 27th November: CAL 1 Goes Home
Thursday 28th- Saturday 30th: 5th grade Camping

Secondary News

We start British Fortnight next week and will be celebrating various aspects of life in Britain. On Monday we are celebrating Remembrance Day as it is the anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11th November 1918. Please send your son or daughter with a dollar to buy a poppy. We will be selling them and donating funds used to our charity of the month, Hospital Bloom.

We will also be supporting the Movember campaign which since 2004 has become very active in Britain whereby men are sponsored to grow moustaches with the aim of raising awareness of men’s health issues specifically prostrate and testicular cancer. The campaign encourages men to adopt healthier lifestyles and to have regular health checks. We will be allowing our older boys to participate.

On Thursday we will be celebrating Book Day with Grade 9-12 who are welcome to come to school dressed as a book character or in jeans and a T shirt but ready to answer questions about a book they have chosen!

Grade 8 and Grade 9 are on their class trips next week. 
Grade 8 go to Cardedeu on Thursday for a day trip and Grade 9 are going on an overnight trip to Portezuelo on Friday. we want these to be the whole class so we can work on class dynamics and relationships and we hope all students will attend.

The University of British Columbia is visiting the ABC on Tuesday at 2 pm in the PAC. This meeting is open to all students and their parents who are possibly interested in studying in Canada and especially at UBC. On Thursday Franklin College from Switzerland will be visiting also at 2 pm in the PAC

On Saturday 16th we have Empowerment Mornings. Grade 6 will be from 8 am to 10 am and Grade 7 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. These events will be run by the ABC prefect team with teacher supervision. Please ensure your son or daughter arrives in time!

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 8th November: Grade 7 Overnight trip to Portezuelo
Monday 11th November: British Fortnight
Thursday 14th November: Grade 8 Day trip to Cardedeu
Friday 15th November: Grade 9 Overnight trip to Portezuelo
Saturday 16th November: Grade 6 and Grade 7 Empowerment Morning
Thursday 21st November: Grade 10 Day trip to Cardedeu
Saturday 23rd November: International award Bronze trip
Thursday 5th December: Grade 10 and 12 Parent Partnership and Parent Teacher meetings. Cal 1 reports issued.
Friday 6th December: Grade 11 Overnight trip to Portezuelo
Saturday 7th December: Grade 8 and Grade 9 Empowerment morning
Friday 13th December: International Award Silver trip
Tuesday 17th December: Grade 6 and 8 parent Partnership meeting. Cal 1 reports issued
Friday 20th December: Last day of term. Grade 7, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports issued

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