Friday, 2 May 2014

31: Friday 2nd May 2014

Primary News

Workshops for parents - Specialist subjects
The primary teachers of PE, art, music and ICT would like to welcome you to workshops next week (starting at 7.15am) to show and tell you about your children’s learning in these important subjects. As a school the ABC recognises the value of the education of the whole child and our specialist teachers extend and enhance the learning and opportunities provided to the children within the school day. We look forward to welcoming you to these workshops. Please remember to use the emergency car park.

Family Days
Our annual Family Days begin on Monday 5th May. Please check the calendar carefully so that you know which dates are relevant for you.

Water Day - Did you know that many children in developing countries around the world walk an average of 6 km every day to get clean water?
Children in the primary school have begun learning with their new IPC units related to the importance of water in all of our lives. Within this unit the children will learn about global water issues and will help raise funds to contribute, in a small way, towards helping to solve these problems.

On Friday May 9th the ABC Primary children will be participating in a Walking for Water sponsored walk. This is an awareness and fundraising initiative which takes place each year around the world.

We are hoping that family and friends will sponsor the children generously to walk around the PE field carrying bottles of water in their backpacks. We feel that this will raise the children’s awareness of how lucky we are to live in an environment where water is available on tap. The experience will help children to understand what many children their age in developing countries must do every single day, often at the expense of being in school, to kave enough water to drink, cook and keep clean. It is a motivating and effective community event to engage young generations in an important topic WATER and teach them they can make the difference in the lives of others.

All funds raised from this activity will go towards buying water filters which will be donated to Centro Escolar Senora de las Gracias en el Volcán.

Please help and support your children in this event by sponsoring them $1 per lap or with a donation.

Book Week
Our Primary Book Week will take place in the week beginning May 12th. This year we will be keeping some of our trusted favourite activities and also introducing some new ideas. We will maintain our costume Parade on the Friday of that week and your children will tell you more about the costume later. This year we are inviting Dads to come in to read to the children and also the children themselves will be sharing books with children in other grades. There will be books for sale and specialist teachers will also be giving a focus to literacy in their lessons. We look forward to an interesting and fun week.

Upper Primary Talent Show Auditions are starting next week, please follow this link for the audition's program:

Please be aware that every child is responsible for bringing their music (CD/USB) to the audition.


Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Monday 5th May: First Vásquez family day
Tuesday 6th May: First Fastiggi family day
Wednesday 7th May: First Aguirre family day
Thursday 8th May: First Quintanilla family day
Tuesday 13th May: Kinder Rampone family day
Wednesday 14th May: Kinder Súarez family day
Thursday 15th May: Kinder Lima family day
Friday 16th May: Kinder Francés family day
Tuesday 20th May: Pre Kinder Flores family day
Wednesday 21st May: Pre Kinder Carbajal family day
Thursday 22nd May: Pre Kinder Cáceres family day
Friday 23rd May: Pre Kinder Siri family day
Monday 26th May: Prepa Cáceres family day
Tuesday 27th May: Prepa Monks family day
Wednesday 28th May: Prepa Burrows family day
Thursday 29th May: Prepa Pashley family day
Friday 6th June: Moving up day
Friday 13th June: LP reports go home
Friday 20th June: Last day of school

Upper Primary
Monday 5th to Friday 9th May: UP Parent workshops - Specialist teachers
Wednesday 7th May: UP Talent Show Auditions
Friday 9th May: UP Water Day
Monday 12th May: UP Talent Show Auditions
Wednesday 14th May: UP Talent Show Auditions
Wednesday 28th May: UP Latin Music and Arts Festival, 6:00pm
Monday 2nd June: 3rd grade Family Day
Tuesday 3rd June: 4th Grade Family Day 
Wednesday 4th June: 5th Grade Family Day
Thursday 5th June: 2nd Grade Family day
Thursday 5th June: 5th Grade Transition
Friday 6th June: 5th Grade Transition
Friday 6th June: UP moving up day
Wednesday 11th June: UP Talent Shows - 2nd and 3rd grade in the PAC, 10:00am
Wednesday 11th June: UP Talent Shows - 4th and 5th grade in the PAC, 12:00md
Friday 13th June: CAL 3 goes home
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 2nd grade Achievement Ceremony, 7.00am in the PAC
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 3rd grade Achievement Ceremony, 10.00am in the PAC
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 4th grade Achievement Ceremony, 12.00am in the PAC
Thursday 19th June: 5th grade Graduation & Achievement Ceremony, 7am in the PAC
Thursday 19th June: 5th Grade Graduation Party
Friday 20th June: Last day of School

Secondary News

International Exams - IGCSE and IB
The International Examinations which our students sit along with students all around the world have started and will continue for the next month. The Class of 2014 who celebrated their last day in classes on Wednesday start their IB Exams on Monday.Our Grade 10 students had their first IGCSE Examination this week and after Monday when they are in school they will also be on Study leave as they do the remainder of their IGCSE papers.

Student Council President
Congratulations to Stephen Kawas who has been elected Student Council president for the coming school year. We wish him and the rest of the Student Council team the best of luck in these important posts of responsibility.

Next week we will begin the process of choosing the new prefect team for the coming academic year. 

Parent Partnership Meetings - Grade 9 and 11
There are important Parent Partnership Meetings next Tuesday. Grade 9 will be in the PAC and Grade 11 in the ABCLT. The Grade 11 event will include important information about the University Application process for the Class of 2015 and we hope all parents will be present.

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May: International Award: Bronze practice expedition to the Montecristo park in Metapan. 
Monday 5th May: IB Exams start
Tuesday 6th May: Grade 9-Geo fieldtrip to El Tunco. Grade 6-Humanities fieldtrip to Joyas de Ceren. Parents Partnership meeting for Grade 9 and 11 parents, 6pm PAC
Friday 16th May: Spring Musical Recital
Thursday 22nd May: ABC Digital Award, 5pm PAC

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