Friday, 11 September 2015

4: Friday 11th September 2015

From the Director 

The school will be closed on Monday so all ABC staff can enjoy a moment of reflection on El Salvador’s 194th year of independence. I choose my words carefully because reflection is very important. It often leads us to see things different and more profoundly as well as providing the opportunity to learn from past events. This is true for our students as they grow and learn but it is also true for a community and for our country as we celebrate next week. I hope you all have a good celebration and look forward to seeing you back in school on Wednesday.

It has been a pleasure to meet so many parents at the Primary Back to school nights and to witness the high expectations we all have for the coming school year. I know that by working together and through our combined efforts the year which has just started will prove successful.

I would like to remind you that car park drop offs are much easier and quicker before 6.45 am in both car parks, especially in the top car park, with the extra traffic going to the French school from approximately 6.45 am. thank you to many of you who are now arriving nearer the collection times as we are seeing less traffic waiting outside school prior to pick up times.

We have had an interesting teacher training INSET day today working on a range of issues to ensure we continue to provide a high quality education across the school. It is always good to see the commitment and energy of our staff at these events.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all those parents who attended the Upper Primary back to school nights. It is so important that we are all able to meet together at these events. The feedback we had was very positive and all the parents seemed to enjoy the opportunity to meet up with other parents from the class. Thank you to the Madres Enlace who did a lovely job with the refreshments outside each classroom.

5th Hayward did a very entertaining assembly for us this week. They really had an eye for comedy and the younger students in the audience were in stitches. They brought together many of our values but especially open-minded and demonstrated a lot of creativity. We are giving Upper Primary the chance to perform twice as such a lot of work goes into the assemblies it is a shame to only have one performance.

4th Truscott have their assembly on Wednesday and car parking will be in the old emergency parking area so please enter from the main entrance and not the admin entrance.

Peace One Day is on the 21st of September. It is a day of nonviolence and the goal is to achieve world peace one day at a time. We will be using the day in school to reflect on who we can ‘make peace’ with and would ask you to do the same at home. Please see the website for more information. www.peaceoneday.org/

If you arrive late for school, please do not bring your children to the classroom. They should be left with Claudia Avilés so that lessons are not unduly disrupted.

A reminder that the Colour Run will be taking place on Wednesday. Those students who have bought a pack to take part should also bring old clothes and some goggles or eye protection.

On the 21st of September we have the McLay Fun Run for all Grades except 5th Grade. Please ensure the students come in PE kit and bring a dollar to take part. The 5th Grade will be going to the Bicentennial Park for their cross country run. The funds raised are used to buy sports equipment for local public schools.

From the calendar I would like to highlight the Pre-K curriculum night on Tuesday 26th September. If you have a child in Pre-K please do try to attend and please be on time for 6pm. so we can start promptly.

Wishing you all a happy and restful long weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
September
Monday 14th: school closed - public holiday
Tuesday 15th: school closed - public holiday
Monday 21st: Peace One Day
Monday 21st: McLay Fun Run
Friday 25th: Spanish assembly - PAC
Tuesday 29th: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
October
Thursday 1st October Lower Primary celebrate children’s day.
Friday 2nd: First Aguirre Assembly 7:30am PAC
Tuesday 6th: Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
Thursday 8th: Prepa Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
Friday 9th: First Padilla Assembly 7:30am PAC
Tuesday 13th: First Grade Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
Friday 16th: Prepa Taylor Spanish Assembly 7:30am PAC
Friday 23rd: First Sullivan Assembly 7:30am PAC
Friday 30th: First Rivera Assembly 7:30am PAC

Upper Primary
September
Monday 14th September school closed - public holiday
Tuesday 15th September school closed - public holiday
Wednesday 16th September the Colour Run
Wednesday 16th September 4th Truscott class assembly
Monday 21st: Peace One Day
Monday 21st: McLay Fun Run -Grades 2 to 4
Wednesday 23rd September. 3rd Mena class assembly.
Friday 25th September McLay fun run for 5th Grade at Bicentennial Park
Wednesday 30th September 2nd Brooke class assembly
October
Parent and Student conferences begin week beginning 5th October

Secondary News

Colour Run - Wednesday 16th of September 
Sales for the Colour Run have gone well (the last day for paying for entrance was Wednesday 9th of September). Secondary students that have paid to take part will receive their Colour Run pack (including Colour Run t-shirt and ‘pixie powder’) during Registration on Wednesday 16th and may come into school in non-uniform on that day (changing into their Colour Run t-shirt when they receive it). Although the ‘pixie powder’ is safe and completely natural, participating students are advised to wear glasses (sunglasses, goggles) for the event. 


Independence Day Celebrations - Thursday 10th of September
There is more power in unity than division.” Emanuel Cleaver 

Unity is this year’s Independence Day theme and in our Independence Day assembly we explored the strength that comes with unity and how unity is necessary for El Salvador, and other countries, to tackle critical issues. 

Students were encouraged to make an effort to get on with each other and to do what they can to unite those around them. The need to resolve divisions and conflict, in order reap the benefits of unity, was also stressed.

You don't get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced” Jay Weatherill

As well as messages on unity, students and teachers were treated to musical and dance performances.


After the assembly students and staff enjoyed Salvadorean food, music and other entertainment. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.



Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the event such a success.

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 11th September: INSET DAY for teachers - school closed
Monday 14th September: HOLIDAY - school closed
Tuesday 15th September: Independence Day HOLIDAY - school closed
Wednesday 16th September: Colour Run event
Tuesday 22nd September: Grade 10 & 12 Know Your School meetings
Thursday 1st October: Grade 6 Know Your School meetings
Monday 5th October: Grade 9 & 11 Know Your School meetings
Thursday 15th October: Grade 7 & 8 Know Your School meetings
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November: HALF TERM HOLIDAY

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