Friday, 28 February 2014

24: Friday 28th February 2014

Primary News


Spring Fair
Our traditional Primary Spring Fair will take place this Saturday, 1st March and, as you might recall, this is a morning full of activities, joy and enthusiasm, which brings many benefits to our students and community.

The main goal of the event is that this is an educational activity, where we give our pupils a taste of the business world, as they will be in charge of: planning, making decisions, preparing the materials needed, estimating how many items they need to sell, predicting their income, counting money and learning how to treat their customers. Children will have fun with an educational activity they will practice along with their family. As this is an extension of our classroom curriculum, we do state that all Primary students must attend this special event. Besides, all the proceeds from this school activity go to our Spring Fair Scholarship Fund, which to date has benefited more than 60 families of our maintenance, landscaping and security employees.

World Maths Day
Next Thursday, 6th of March, we will be celebrating World Maths Day in Primary from Prepa all the way through to 5th Grade. During this day everything that happens inside and outside the classrooms will be related to Maths –from English lessons to Music lessons, even passing through Art and Swimming! For this, we have planned different maths activities that will be linked to all these subjects. This is an excellent opportunity to show children that Maths is everywhere! We have invited parents from different grades to come to help us and participate in our lessons to experience how much fun our children can have with Maths!

Please encourage your child to talk about this day at home and let you know the things they learnt through these experiences.

UP reports
Cal 2 reports for children in UP will be sent home with the children on Friday 7th March. Please take the time to sit with your child to discuss the targets set for them and their teachers comments on their approach to learning. There should be no surprises in these reports; class teachers should already have met parents about whose children they have any concerns. However, if there is anything in your child’s report which you do not understand or would like to discuss further please make an appointment to meet the relevant class or specialist teacher.

The World Cup at the ABC
Over the next few week every child in the primary school will be learning about the World Cup 2014 through our IPC units (Going for Goal, All in one rhythm, Football Fever) On the 10th of March the PE department will be raffling the countries that each class will represent during the three weeks of learning from these units. During these units children will be learning about the host country, Brazil and they will investigate the countries taking part. The children will be considering the organisational problems and financial impact of hosting such an event and will be developing and practising their football skills and their understanding of the game in PE. Our Exit Point will take place on the 4th of April. We are planning to have a full day of football tournaments and other exciting activities, which will again include all primary children. We will also be inviting special guests such as, Pajarito Huezo (one of our Salvadorean famous football players) and Carlos Mendez president of the Salvadorean Football Federation to come to share some of the activities with us.. 

Throughout the World Cup units the children will learn that we must respect, support and work with one another, no matter who we are or where we come from. Together we can achieve our goals.

Please talk to your children about this event and support them in their learning.

Healthy Eating Logo- Student Competition
Can you create a logo to go alongside that of our school? We are looking for an eye catching and memorable logo and phrase that communicates ABC’s dedication toward living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food. The winning entry will become part of our school brand and be physically displayed in the school canteen, included on the school website and used in our school literature. Entries on a single side of letter sized blank paper to be handed into teachers by March 31st. Have fun and be creative!

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Saturday 1st March: Spring Fair - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 7th March: Pre Kinder Cáceres Assembly - 7:20pm - PAC
Friday 14th March: Pre Kinder Siri Assembly - 7:20am - PAC
Monday 17th - Friday 21st March: IB ART Exhibition - PAC
Friday 21st March: Pre Kinder Flores Assembly - 7:20am - PAC
Monday 24th March: Prepa swimming gala - 11:00am - LP pool
Tuesday 25th March: Kinder swimming gala - 11:00am - LP pool
Friday 28th March: Pre Kinder Carbajal Assembly - 7:20am - PAC
Monday 7th April: First grade swimming gala - 10:00 am - Big pool
Monday 14th - Friday 25th April: Easter Holiday

Upper Primary
Saturday 1st March: Spring Fair - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday 5th March: 4th Hernández Assembly - 12.00md - PAC
Friday 7th March: Cal 2 reports go home
Wednesday 19th March: 2nd Gilchrist Assembly - 9.00am - PAC
Friday 21st March: Poetry day
Friday 21st March: World Cup Day, 5th grade ME fund raising event
Wednesday 26th March: 3rd Padilla Assembly - 9.00am - PAC
Wednesday 26th March: 5th Brenes Assembly - 12.00md - PAC

Secondary News

Leadership 
We are stressing to our students that each of you can make a difference in our community. They can do this by showing positive leadership in all areas of their lives and helping their friends to do the right thing. One of the areas we all need to show leadership in is in recycling. We are all following the lead of the IGCA and our own conscience to ensure we all recycle to help protect our planet for the future. One of the key ideas in personal leadership is that we feel we can make a difference and we encourage you to promote this idea with your son or daughter.

IB Options
The Class 2016 Option Evening last night was well attended and hopefully informative. Please note Option forms must be returned by Monday 1oth March. If you have any queries please feel free to contact Mrs. Forsyth or the IB Coordinator, Mr. Stuart Gray.

Next week is Astronomy Week so have a look at the skies and see what you can find this weekend. Do you know where Jupiter is?

University Education and University Visits
We are offering aptitude and vocational tests for students in Grade 11 who are interested in widening their option possibilities. If your son or daughter is interested they can sign up on the document shared with them by Mr. Quijano

Loyola University Chicago, Rollins College Florida, Sam Houston University and Johnson & Wales are all visiting school at lunchtimes next week. 

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 1st March: Silver Award International Award - has been cancelled 
Wednesday 12th March: HACIA Democracy trip for participating students
Friday 14th March: Bicultural Arts start
Monday 17th March: IB Art exhibition starts in the PAC
Friday 21st March: Reports issued for Grade 9 & 11-students will take them home
Saturday 22nd March: Parents Association Summer Carnival for the whole ABC community
Thursday 27th March: School photos will start for Secondary students/Reports issued for Grade 8-students will take them home/Parent Partnership and Reports issued for Grades 6 & 7 at 6pm PAC

Monday, 24 February 2014

23: Friday 21st February 2014


Primary News

Half Term
We wish you all a very pleasant and restful half term and hope that you enjoy some quality time with your children. We look forward to welcoming the children back into school at 7am on Tuesday 25th February.

Primary Spring Fair
As you will see from the calendar our Primary Spring Fair will take place on Saturday 1st March. We consider this to be a curriculum day and all primary children are expected to attend for at least a part of the day to help out on their class stall or game. In school next week the children will be busy preparing their games and activities. During the day of the Spring Fair children will participate in authentic learning experiences relating to mathematics: taking money and making change, counting, estimating, measuring and so on. We hope that all parents will come along to support their children’s enterprise as all money raised goes towards the school’s Scholarship fund.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 21st and Monday 24th February: Half term, no school for students
Friday 28th February: Music Assembly - 7:20am, PAC
Saturday 1st March : Spring Fair

Upper Primary
Thursday 20th February: INSET Day for teachers, no School for children
Friday 21st - Monday 24th February: HALF TERM, No School
Saturday 1st March : Spring Fair

Secondary News

Congratulations to our Mathcounts team who participated in the competition last week. Three of our students finished on the top six students in the competition and we plan to take a team to Mexico in March. Congratulations to all involved in preparing the teams including parents as well as Ms. Baker and Ms. Bartimote.

Please note the important Parent Meetings next week. On Wednesday at 6pm in the PAC we will be issuing Grade 12 reports and discussing issues relating to graduation and university admission. On Thursday we have our IB Options Meeting with Grade 10 parents and students in the PAC at 5.30 pm where we will also be issuing reports and all teachers will be present to discuss progress towards the coming IGCSE exams and IB choices.

Grade 7 and 8 Exams take place next week from Wednesday to Friday. Please check the respective blogs for up to date details.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 21st February: Half Term holiday
Monday 24th February: Half Term holiday
Wednesday 26th February: Grade 7 and 8 Exams start
Wednesday 26th February: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting, reports issued 6.00 pm PAC
Thursday 27th February: Grade 10 IB Information and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Thursday 27th: Laureate Education are visiting school at 11.30 - 12.15
Saturday 1st March: Silver Award International Award

Friday, 14 February 2014

22: Friday 14th February 2014

Primary News

20th February Inset Day for Teachers - Mindset
Although the children are not expected at school on Thursday 20th February, their teachers will still be working hard. In the primary school on this inset day teachers and assistants will be developing their knowledge and understanding of strategies to help pupils in our school to develop a growth mindset in their learning. A growth mindset is one where you believe that through hard work, effort, resilience, persistence and learning from mistakes that we can get smarter! If our children, teachers and parents share this belief we have the recipe for optimum student learning.

IPC
It has been a very busy few weeks in the primary school, particularly in our IPC lessons. The last couple of weeks have seen trips out of school to local places of interest, Grade 1 parents in classrooms helping with the children’s learning, Grade 4 children dressed as characters from myths and legends from around the world, a fashion show from the parents in Grade 3, Grade 5 have made some wonderful models for their unit on Settlements which can be seen in the library and 2nd Grade managed to link their camping night last weekend the their unit about Chocolate. Please take the time over the weekend to look at the grade blogs and talk to your children about their learning. You cannot fail to be impressed by their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Reading workshops
Thank you to all parents who took time out of their busy days to attend our reading workshops this week. We hope that you found them useful.

Parent workshops from our specialist subject teachers
Next term we will be asking our specialist teachers to lead parent workshops so that you can find out from them about the importance of these subject areas in the education of the whole child, about the various curricula used and our expectations and about how PE, Art, ICT and Music are taught and learned in the primary school.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Thursday 20th February: Inset training day for Teachers, no school for students
Friday 21st and Monday 24th February: Half term, no school for students
Friday 28th February: Music Assembly - 7:20am, PAC

Upper Primary
Wednesday 19th February: 3rd Spanish Assembly, at 9.10 in the PAC
Wednesday 19th February: 4th Spanish Assembly, at 11.55 in the PAC
Thursday 20th February: INSET Day for teachers, no School for children
Friday 21st - Monday 24th February: HALF TERM, No School

Secondary News

Our Mathrelay and Mathcounts students are participating in the annual event this weekend. We have a strong tradition in these events and hope to continue this tradition. Once again a big thankyou to all involved in their preparation including staff, parents and of course most importantly the students themselves.

INSET on Thursday
Please note that school is closed on Thursday until the following Tuesday for half term. On the Thursday we have a staff training day where we will be discussing various issues to do with promoting learning in school

Grade 8 IGCSE Options Sheets
Parents should please note that these are due in next week. It is important that these are discussed and fully considered reflecting the interests of the student.

Secondary dates for your diary
Thursday 20th February: INSET for teachers, no school for students
Friday 21st February: Half Term holiday
Monday 24th February: Half Term holiday
Wednesday 26th February: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting, reports issued 5.30pm PAC
Thursday 27th February: Grade 10 IB Information and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC

Friday, 7 February 2014

21: Friday 7th February 2014

Primary News



After school arrangements for your children

Please let class teachers know via the HCB or email if your child is going home with someone other than yourself at the end of the school day.

UP Reading workshops for parents
Next week teachers in Upper Primary will be leading workshops for parents to help them to help their children at home. Reading is such an important part of our curriculum and something that we place great emphasis on in school, whatever age the children. Please come along to the appropriate workshop to discover how to help your child to develop a love of books and of reading. Please see below for dates.

First Grade Reading and Maths workshops for parents
On Thursday 13th February our 1st Grade teaching team will be leading a workshop for their parents which will give them knowledge, ideas and advice about how to help and support their children with these core areas of the curriculum when they are not in school. 

PK Evaluation day
Our second evaluation day for our Pre Kinder entrants for August 2014 is on Saturday 8th February. Please contact Estefania Chacon if you require any further information about this.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Monday 10th - Friday 14th February: Internet safety week
Thursday 13th February: Reading & Maths Workshops for 1st grade - 7:10 - 8:00am, ABC LT
Friday 14th February: Kinder Frances Assembly - 7:20am, PAC
Thursday 20th February: Inset training day for Teachers, no school for students
Friday 21st and Monday 24th February: Half term, no school for students
Friday 28th February: Music Assembly - 7:20am, PAC

Upper Primary
Friday 7th - Saturday 8th February: 2nd grade Camping Night in the ABC Campus
Monday 10th February: 4th Grade reading workshop
Wednesday 12th February : 5th Grade reading workshop
Thursday 13th February : 3rd Grade reading workshop
Friday 14th February : 2nd Grade reading workshop
Wednesday 19th February: 3rd Spanish Assembly, at 9.10 in the PAC
Wednesday 19th February: 4th Spanish Assembly, at 11.55 in the PAC
Thursday 20th February: INSET Day for teachers, no School for children
Friday 21st - Monday 24th February: HALF TERM, No School

Secondary News

Internet Safety
The internet offers boundless possibilities for learning, developing your problem solving skills and for entertainment. We make use of it constantly in school as part of our programme but we have strict controls in school to protect our children and we teach them about the dangers of the internet. Next week we will again refocus on this issue and we ask that you join us. Please talk to your children about their privacy settings on social networks, please try to protect them from accessing age inappropriate or offensive material on line. 

Leadership
In our assembly with Grade 6 to 8 we stressed the importance of leadership in school. All students play leadership roles in their lives at school and they are all responsible for helping each other make smart choices. In school we are going to use our leadership values to help improve our recycling effort and we hope you will also talk to your son or daughter about their leadership responsibilities. Many of our older students have been on a Leadership Conference today and will be again tomorrow with ESEN

Grade 9 and 11 Exams start next week
Students all have access to their timetables and they must make sure they are in school at least 15 minutes before their first exam of the day. They may leave school after their last exam of the day but may not leave school between any exams on the same day. Students are always welcome to study at school during any period they do not have exams. Please help your son or daughter by encouraging sensible revision at home and making sure they have a good night sleep and breakfast before coming to an exam.

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 8th February: Leadership Conference
Monday 10th February: Grade 9 and 11 Exams start. Internet Safety Week
Thursday 20th February: INSET for teachers, no school for students
Friday 21st February: Half Term holiday
Monday 24th February: Half Term holiday
Wednesday 26th February: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting, reports issued 5.30pm PAC
Thursday 27th February: Grade 10 IB Information and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC