Friday, 22 February 2013

23: Friday 22nd February 2013

Primary News



Spring Fair
Our annual Primary School Spring Fair is on tomorrow - Saturday 23rd February. All Primary children are involved and we are looking forward to welcoming parents and friends to come along to support this charitable event.

School for Parents
Our latest School for Parents will be held in the PAC at 7am on Monday 25th February.

Maths workshops for Parents
Next week teachers in UP will be holding Maths workshops for parents so that they are able to support their children in this subject at home by using the same methods as we do in school. 

All workshops will be held in teacher’s classrooms ( unless you have been otherwise notified) and are scheduled from 7.15am to 7.45am. Please remember to use the emergency car park if you are attending these events so that our teaching staff are able to park their own vehicles and get to school on time.

Monday 25th February - 5th Grade workshop
Tuesday 26th February - 3rd Grade workshop
Thursday 28th February - 2nd Grade workshop
Friday 1st March - 4th Grade workshop

Assemblies this week
This week we look forward to welcoming parents of the following classes to attend our assemblies.

Wednesday 27th February 9am - 2nd Quijano Spanish assembly
Wednesday 27th February 11.55am - 5th Linares assembly
Friday 1st March 7.20am - PK Siri

2nd Grade Camping night
The children in Grade 2 are getting very excited about their forthcoming night out under the stars which will take place from Friday 1st March to Saturday 2nd March.

UP Intertribal Basketball
An intertribal basketball competition will take place in Upper Primary during PE lessons next week.

Session 4 of our Extra Curricula programme begins next week
All parents wishing their children to take part in this session of extra curricular activities should already have applied for places through our online sign in. Most programmes are now full and additions and changes will not be possible.

We recommend....
For parents who have children in UP - http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Saturday 23rd February: Primary Spring Fair
Friday 1st March: Pre-Kinder Siri Assembly 7.20 a. m. at the PAC
Friday 8th March: Pre-Kinder Cáceres Assembly 7.20 a. m. at the PAC
Wednesday 13th March: First Grade Swimming Gala 10.00 a. m.
Friday 15th March: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Assembly 7.20 a. m. at the PAC
Monday 18th March:: Pre-Kinder Swimming Gala 10.00 a. m.
Tuesday 19th March: Prepa Swimming Gala 10.00 a. m.
Wednesday 20th March: Kinder Swimming Gala 10.00 a. m.

Upper Primary
Saturday 23rd February: Primary Spring Fair
Monday 25th February: School for 4th Grade Parents, 7:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 2nd Quijano Spanish Assembly, 9:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 5th Linares Assembly, 11:55 am at the PAC

Secondary News

Next Thursday is a very important meeting for Grade 10 parents and students to discuss IB Options. The meeting will be in the PAC at 5.30 pm.

Grade 12 will be bringing their Exam Cal reports home today and we ask that you complete sign and return the photocopy. Please feel free to contact us about any concerns you might have. We are very concerned that the Class 2013 continue to work hard in the run up to their final IB exams and we ask for your encouragement: 
Remember: “Don’t just tell them to revise but help them revise!”

Respect
We have been dealing with some issues of disrespect in school recently where students have used highly inappropriate language to other students and we fear that some of this is suggesting that some students are exposed to age inappropriate internet sites. We would urge that you please check the sites your son or daughter are visiting as well as their Facebook, or other social network pages. We are determined our students will continue to show the high level of respect for each other as well as towards parents and teachers as we all expect of ABC students.

Please help celebrate Book Week next week by encouraging reading at home! The week after next is the Bicultural Arts Festival

We are supporting a local Downs Syndrome Support group with a T shirt day in March. If you want your son or daughter to participate they need to make an order at school by Thursday 28th February. The T shirt will cost $5.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 22nd February: Grade 12 Cal 2 reports issued
Monday 25th February: Book Week
Thursday 28th February: Grade 10 IB Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Monday 4th March: Bicultural Arts Festival Week
Tuesday 5th March:Grade 6, 9 & 11 Cal 2 reports issued at 1.50 pm: students to bring home
Tuesday 5th March: Grade 8 IGCSE Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Wednesday 6th March: Grade 7 Parent Partnership Meeting
Monday 11th March: Brain Week & School Photographs
Tuesday 12th March: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting
Wednesday 13th March: HACIA Democracy trip departs. General Meeting for ABC Parents
Thursday 14th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start
Thursday 21st March: Student Council Spring Formal
Friday 22nd March: Student Council Non Uniform Day. Last day of term two.

Monday, 18 February 2013

22: Friday 15th February 2013

From the Headmaster


Medical Services 
As we all know, Dr Harrison is in charge of providing medical services to our students during their school hours. It is our commitment to offer your children a healthy physical development which enables to maximize their learning opportunities. We take this opportunity to remind you of certain aspects which we shall bear in mind to enhance our children’s wellbeing: 
  1. We can only take care of minor emergencies which might occur to your child during the school day. Our goal is to alleviate pain, wound or minor distress while the student is able to return to class or go home. 
  2. Due to our students’ security we can only administer medical treatments which have been previously prescribed by your personal paediatrician. 
  3. Depending on the gravity of each situation, it is the parents’ responsibility to take their children to a general doctor, specialist or nearest hospital to follow up and treat any illness, wound, fissure or pain. 
  4. It is mandatory to follow any instructions that school sends out to parents whenever there is an increase of any given contagious disease regardless of grade and sections as to avoid them becoming an outbreak.
  5. Prevention is the best way to control head lice and it is as easy as having good personal hygiene and regularly checking your child for them. 


Primary News


Mid term break
We hope that you all have an enjoyable and restful mid term break. There is an Inset day, only for teachers, on Thursday 14th February and school is closed on Friday 15th and Monday 18th February.

Primary Spring Fair
Our annual Spring Fair takes place on Saturday 23rd February. All children and staff in the primary school are involved in this Saturday activity. The activities in which the children take part are based on our school curriculum so this is an excellent opportunity for the children to put into action some of the learning they have been engaged in this year.We look forward to seeing all our parents there too, to support their children.

We recommend...
To help your primary aged child with their listening and reading skills we recommend http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/findbook

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Thursday 14th February: Staff INSET School closed to students
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Friday 22nd February: Pre-Kinder Flores Assembly 7.20am at the PAC
Saturday 23rd: Primary Spring Fair

Upper Primary
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Saturday 23rd February: Primary Spring Fair
Monday 25th February: School for 4th Grade Parents, 7:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 2nd Quijano Spanish Assembly, 9:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 5th Linares Assembly, 11:55 am at the PAC

Secondary News

We hope you have an enjoyable mid term break and we will see all students back in school on Tuesday at 7 am as usual. When we reopen next week it is only three weeks on Thursday until Grade 6-8 exams start. Please note there is information on our curriculum pages which will help your son or daughter prepare for these exams. It is also important to keep looking at your Class blog. It was a pleasure to see so many Grade 6 parents at the recent Parent Partnership Meeting to talk about helping your son or daughter with exam preparation. Remember one of the main tips was to get involved and be a part of their revision: “Don’t just tell them to study but help them study.” Please note that exam timetables are now on the blogs!

As you will see below we will soon be issuing reports for Cal 2 or Exam Cal for all grades - please ensure you are aware of the procedures and the upcoming meetings. Grade 12 reports will be coming home with a photocopy for you to sign and return to school.

Can we please remind you that we expect our students to arrive at school dressed in the morning, not putting on their ties as they walk into school. Please remember to check your son or daughter’s uniform as they leave the house in the morning and in particular checking students in PE uniforms are wearing proper socks and not trainer liners.

The week after next is Book Week. Let’s get reading!

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Friday 22nd February: Grade 12 Cal 2 reports issued
Monday 25th February: Book Week
Thursday 28th February: Grade 10 IB Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Monday 4th March: Bicultural Arts Festival Week
Tuesday 5th March:Grade 6, 9 & 11 Cal 2 reports issued at 1.50 pm: students to bring home
Tuesday 5th March: Grade 8 IGCSE Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Wednesday 6th March: Grade 7 Parent Partnership Meeting
Monday 11th March: Brain Week & School Photographs
Tuesday 12th March: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting
Wednesday 13th March: HACIA Democracy trip departs. General Meeting for ABC Parents
Thursday 14th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start
Thursday 21st March: Student Council Spring Formal
Friday 22nd March: Student Council Non Uniform Day. Last day of term two.

Monday, 11 February 2013

21: Friday 8th February 2013

From the Headmaster

Congratulations ABC Teams!

Coffee with the Headmaster and Board Chair.
Parents are cordially invited on Friday 22nd of February from 7:10 to 8am. In order to plan properly for parking, space and catering reasons, please let us know by Tuesday 19th that you are coming, using this simple form.

Primary News

Internet safety week
With the help of Mr Fastiggi the primary school council have made a video to remind pupils about being safe online. The video is on your child’s grade blog. Please take time to sit and watch this with your child/ren and discuss the issues it raises.

Lower Primary Sports Days
The children had a fabulous time this week showing us their skills and talents. A huge thank you to the PE Team for organising these events and to the LP staff for their support on and off the field. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the Swimming Galas the last week of term.

School for parents
The school for 4th Grade parents and children continues this week at 18.00 on Tuesday 12th February and 7.00am on Wednesday 13th February.

Assemblies
We look forward to welcoming the parents of children in 2nd Guzman at 9.10am and 4th Aviles at 11.55am to their children’s class assemblies.

Teacher training day
School will be closed to pupils on Thursday 14th February as this is a teacher training day.During the course of this day, in primary, the teachers will be finding out more about the process of our next CIS visit, developing our teaching of the IPC curriculum learning about quiet children in our classes, working on assessment throughout the school and discussing how to ensure that the curriculum we offer is rigorous and challenging for all our pupils.

Half term holiday
School will be closed from 15th to 18th February inclusive, for our half term break. We look forward to welcoming all the children back into school at 7am on Tuesday 19th February.

We recommend......
For our older pupils in Primary who have an interest in current affairs and parents who enjoy a good discussion with their children : http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Friday 22nd February: Pre-Kinder Flores Assembly 7.20am at the PAC
Saturday 23rd: Primary Spring Fair

Upper Primary
Tuesday 12th February: School for 4th grade parents, Father-son/Mother-daughter, 6:00pm at the Seminar Room and Science Room
Wednesday 13th February: School for 4th grade parents, Father-son/Mother-daughter, 7:00am at the Seminar Room and Science Room
Wednesday 13th February: 2nd Guzman Assembly, at the PAC, 9:10am
Wednesday 13th February: 4th Avilés Assembly, at the PAC, 11:55 am
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Saturday 23rd February: Primary Spring Fair
Monday 25th February: School for 4th Grade Parents, 7:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 2nd Quijano Spanish Assembly, 9:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 5th Linares Assembly, 11:55 am at the PAC

Secondary News

Congratulations to the students who won the Mathcounts event last weekend at the Escuela Americana and to those who participated in the Leadership event at ESEN. The Mathcounts team will be going to Mexico next month to participate in the next regional competition.

Please talk to your son or daughter about our Internet Safety week and help them explain to you the importance of being safe on-line. Can you also please ask them to check they know how to ensure their personal settings on social networks such as Facebook are set to the correct privacy settings. 

We expect to see Grade 6 parents at a Parent Partnership meeting on Tuesday to discuss issues relating to their exams which start of 5 weeks time.

Please note school is closed on Thursday for teacher training and then on Friday 15th and Monday 18th for half term. 

Secondary dates for your diary
Tuesday 12th February: Grade 6 Parent Partnership Meeting PAC 6 pm
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Friday 22nd February: Grade 12 Cal 2 reports issued
Monday 25th February: Book Week
Thursday 28th February: Grade 10 IB Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Monday 4th March: Bicultural Arts Festival Week
Tuesday 5th March:Grade 6, 9 & 11 Cal 2 reports issued at 1.50 pm: students to bring home
Tuesday 5th March: Grade 8 IGCSE Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Wednesday 6th March: Grade 7 Parent Partnership Meeting
Monday 11th March: Brain Week & School Photographs
Tuesday 12th March: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting
Wednesday 13th March: HACIA Democracy trip departs. General Meeting for ABC Parents
Thursday 14th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start
Thursday 21st March: Student Council Spring Formal
Friday 22nd March: Student Council Non Uniform Day. Last day of term two.

Friday, 1 February 2013

20: Friday 1st February 2013

Primary News

LP Sports Days
We invite parents of our Lower Primary children to join us this week and support their children taking part in Sports Days.

Monday 4th February Prepa 10.00 - 11.00am
Tuesday 5th February Kinder 10.00 - 11.00am
Wednesday 6th February Pre Kinder 10.00 - 11.00 am
Thursday 7th February 1st Grade 10.00 - 11.00 am

Children taking part in Sports Days will be able to go home once the event is over but siblings will not! It is important to us that the children understand that their education is important and that time in school should not be missed unless completely unavoidable.

Please remember to use the emergency car park and bring your hat and sunblock, it’s going to be hot!

School for Parents
This week we will be beginning a set of lectures for our 4th grade students and their parents. These lectures will cover topics related to physical and emotional changes the body undergoes during adolescence as well as the impact that this has on feelings, emotions, friends and family.

The Lecture will be run by COESAL, which is an organization that specializes in helping parents to deal with their children undergoes changes of this age. It gives parents a clearer idea on how to answer question regarding these issues.

The program has proved very useful and popular in years past and will include four sessions as detailed below:

First Session: Thursday 7th February 2013 - 7.00 am or 6.00 pm PAC (Parents only)

Second Session: Tuesday 12th February 2013 - 6.00pm (Science Room/Seminar Room)
Wednesday 13th February 2013 – 7.00 am (Science Room/Seminar Room)
(Mother/Daughter and Father/Son)

Third Session: Wednesday 20th February 2013 – 1.30pm PAC / Lecture Theatre
(Students only)

Fourth Session: Monday 25th February 2013 - 7.00am /PAC (Parents only)

LP Assembly - Kinder Suarez
We look forward to seeing the parents of Kinder Suarez at their children’s assembly at 7.20am on Friday 8th February.

Entrance Evaluations
We continue with our entrance evaluations on Saturday 9th February our PK intake for school year 13/14. Please contact Estefania Chacon if you require more information about these.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 4th February: Prepa Sports Day
Tuesday 5th February: Kinder Sports Day
Wednesday 6th February: Pre-Kinder Sports Day
Thursday 7th February: First Grade Sports Day
Friday 8th February: Kinder Suárez Assembly 7.20am at the PAC
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half termFriday 22nd February: Pre-Kinder Flores Assembly 7.20am at the PAC
Saturday 23rd: Spring Fair

Upper Primary
Thursday 7th - 13 February: UP Valentine Grams week
Thursday 7th February: School for 4th grade parents, COESAL, at the PAC, 7:00am and 6:00pm
Tuesday 12th February: School for 4th grade parents, Father-son/Mother-daughter, 6:00pm at the Seminar Room and Science Room
Wednesday 13th February: School for 4th grade parents, Father-son/Mother-daughter, 7:00am at the Seminar Room and Science Room
Wednesday 13th February: 2nd Guzman Assembly, at the PAC, 9:10am
Wednesday 13th February: 4th Avilés Assembly, at the PAC, 11:55 am
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Saturday 23rd February: Primary Spring Fair
Monday 25th February: School for 4th Grade Parents, 7:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 2nd Quijano Spanish Assembly, 9:00am at the PAC
Wednesday 27th February: 5th Linares Assembly, 11:55 am at the PAC

Secondary News

It was a pleasure to see so many parents at the Parent Partnership Meeting and Parent/Teacher meetings this week. We really do value your participation in these events and hope you also found them useful. Grade 6 parents please note there is a meeting for all Grade 6 parents on Tuesday 12th February

Exams
Grade 10 and Grade 12 Mock exams finished today. The next set of exams are the Grade 6, 7 and 8 Exams which start in 6 weeks time. Students should be starting to prepare for them!

Busy Saturday tomorrow
We have students competing in the regional Mathcounts Competition at the Escuela Americana and at the Leadership Conference on the ESEN campus tomorrow. 

Busy Week next week
next week is Internet Safety Week and we will be focusing on Internet safety issues to help our students make the best use of the internet while acting safely and responsibly in line with our school guidelines.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 4th February: Internet Safety Week
Tuesday 12th February: Grade 6 Parent Partnership Meeting PAC 6 pm
Thursday 14th February: School closed for INSET
Friday 15th February: School closed for Half term
Monday 18th February: School closed for Half term
Friday 22nd February: Grade 12 Cal 2 reports issued
Monday 25th February: Book Week
Thursday 28th February: Grade 10 IB Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Monday 4th March: Bicultural Arts Festival Week
Tuesday 5th March:Grade 6, 9 & 11 Cal 2 reports issued at 1.50 pm: students to bring home
Tuesday 5th March: Grade 8 IGCSE Information Evening, Reports issues and parent teacher interviews to discuss progress and possible options. PAC 5.30 pm
Wednesday 6th March: Grade 7 Parent Partnership Meeting
Monday 11th March: Brain Week & School Photographs
Tuesday 12th March: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting
Wednesday 13th March: HACIA Democracy trip departs. General Meeting for ABC Parents
Thursday 14th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start
Thursday 21st March: Student Council Spring Formal
Friday 22nd March: Student Council Non Uniform Day. Last day of term two.