Friday, 19 May 2017

33: Friday 19th May 2017

From the Director


The final group of the Class of 2017 finished their IB exams this morning and can now look forward to graduation and their results. Completing the IB Diploma is a real achievement and one that every member of the Class of 2017 should be proud. Many of the top universities around the world including MIT, Oxford and Cambridge regard the IB as the best possible preparation for university study. The Class of 2019 continue with their IGCSE examinations for another couple of weeks before they embark on their IB programme.

We have had CIS visitors in school this week and it has been very interesting for us to discuss our school and its programmes with international colleagues and experts. The ABC benefits enormously from its links with other international schools and its commitment to providing the highest quality world class education.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Digital Video Awards last night which were amazing and it was nice to see some entries from other schools in the city. A huge thank you to Jennifer Garcia for all her work preparing for the event and to Victor Hugo from the Class of 2017 who managed to find time to direct the whole event while completing his exams. I would also like to thank Adrian Hall who was an amazing compere.

As a final note I really enjoyed watching the Pre Kinder swimming lesson on Wednesday with so many parents present. The sense of triumph as they surpassed their own expectations was brilliant to see and they were so proud swimming in front of their parents. Well done to everyone involved!

As advance warning please note the school is closed to students for staff inservice training on Wednesday May 31st. Please also remember to let us know if you are attending the Headmaster’s Reception on Friday 2 June. All Exabrits are invited but need to let us know in advance that you are coming.


I hope you have a great weekend.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week our Prepa students toured the city looking at the wide variety of buildings in the area as part of their IPC unit on buildings. It has been reported to me that they learned a lot, behaved extremely well and asked really good questions. Well done to all of Prepa.

Congratulations to the winners of the DVA awards last night. Particularly our Primary winners who showed determination and creativity to produce their videos.

Today we have had the Prepa to 5th IPC unit on Water entry point. Everyone enjoyed the day and found out what it is like to have to fetch and carry enough water for the family needs. Around the world many many people have to do this every day and we are so lucky to be able to turn on the tap. Please ask your children how the event went.



Next Friday is the Latin Music night. Entry is free and refreshments will be on sale. We have a range of performances from Primary students of all ages and a professional band for us to dance to. We hope to see you all there.

Towards the end or term we will have the Effort leads to Success assemblies when we recognise the efforts our students have made. Please make a note in your diaries and make sure you support your children at these events.

We are increasing our safeguarding team. Ms Ana Mena and Ms Edda Padilla are now deputy safeguarding officers and can be contacted about any safeguarding/child protection concerns either in or out of school.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
May
Monday 22nd: Pre-Kinder Siri
Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 24th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal
Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm
Wednesday 31st: Inset day - School closed
June
Friday 9th - Talent show
Friday 9th - Extra-curricular classes - 5th session finishes
Friday 16th - LP reports go home
Friday 23rd - Last day of school

Upper Primary
May
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition at the PAC 6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 31st: Inset day - School closed
June
Thursday 8th: Transition afternoon: Parents Class 2028 PAC 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday 9th: Last day of extracurricular term 5
Monday 12th: 2nd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Tuesday 13th: 3rd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 14th: 4th Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

It really has been another busy and successful week in Secondary! As you have read in Mr Keslake’s message, our Grade 12 completed their examinations today and we now look forward to the events around their graduation in the next few weeks, starting with the Senior Entrance and Last Day of School on Friday 26th of May. Please also make a note of the Graduation Day for the Class of 2017 which is later than usual this year on Thursday 22nd June.

Our Grade 10 students continue with their IGCSE exams which seem to have got off to a very good start.

We had an amazing university fair yesterday in school and it was great to see parents and students together visiting stalls and discussing possibilities. There were approximately sixty universities attending from different parts of the world and we had schools from many parts of the city joining us. These events provide a unique opportunity for you as parents to visit many universities in one afternoon and you do not have to wait until your child is in Grade 11. We had many students and parents from Grade 9 yesterday which is particularly good to see. We want to ensure we help you get the best possible advice regarding university options after the ABC. Our university guidance team is there to support you all the way.

Can I also add my congratulations to all the students who participated in the digital Video Awards last night. It was great to see examples of ABC traits shining through! A big thank you to the support team who made it all happen.

Finally I would like to say that even though it may seem the school year is nearly over, we do still have 5 weeks to go and these include many events and opportunities for learning. It is important that we work together right to the end, collaborating and supporting school events and regulations, including attendance, punctuality and uniform. Thank you in advance for your support!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
May
Friday 26th - Class 2017 Senior Entrance and Last Day of School
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th - 5th Grade to 6th Grade transition days
Monday 29th - Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition, 6.00 pm PAC
Wednesday 31st - INSET Day for teachers - school closed

Friday, 12 May 2017

32: Friday 12th May 2017

From the Director

I would like to start this week by thanking the large number of parents who came to the Secondary Parent Partnership meeting on Thursday. I know that we all believe in a caring school community where we prioritise the safety, care and well being of our students thereby creating an environment where they can develop academically, socially and emotionally. It is only by working together at these sort of events that we can really develop our ABC Cares programme. I want to thank all my team who participated, especially the LSU, reminding all parents that we are here to help with any concerns or queries you may have. I hope we will have a similar interests and support for our next parent partnership events in the Primary or Secondary School.

We are starting our ABC Value of Open Minded next week. Open Minded is important to us in terms of helping our children think about new ways to meet challenges and solve problems. It encourages teamwork and sharing ideas in an open way. It is important that all of us encourage our children to think creatively and not to be afraid of trying an alternative approach.

I would like to remind ALL EXABRITS that you are invited to the Headmaster's Reception on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 7.00 pm in the PAC. We hope that all Exabrits will try to attend but we specifically want to invite the classes with 5 year anniversaries - 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1987. We will have specific activities for you to join in. Why do we want you to attend? We want you to be there to welcome the Class of 2017 into the Exabrit community. They are an amazing class who have worked hard and we want them to head out into the world knowing they have our support and that all of us are still here to support them. Let us really show them that the ABC CARES.

I would like to add my personal congratulations to the U14 Boys Football team who won the final of the Bilingual League last week. We have had an excellent year in the Bilingual league this year with the U16 Boys also winning their Bilingual Championship while the U14 Girls and U18 Boys are runners up. Congratulations to everyone involved. We have also had students participating in the National Swimming finals today and I have had reports they are going well. We look forward to hearing more next week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week our Lower Primary swimming lessons have continued. I hope parents have been amazed at their children’s abilities in the water. We have carried out some of the final evaluations for children wishing to join our school. We have more applications for our Kinder year than we have places and we know some parents are going to be disappointed. The final Lower Primary parents have now been in to read to their child’s class. Thank you to everyone who took part in that. 

The IPC Team have been planning the whole school Water Entry Point that will take place on the 19th May. On that day all students from Prepa to 5th Grade should come to school in their swimming suits and t-shirts and shorts. Some of the activities may mean the students get wet unless they are very careful and we want them to be prepared for this. They will experience what it is like to carry water to the home and get an idea of how much water we use for certain activities. The research we have shows that a rural family would need 41 litres of water a day to survive and that the rest of us with running water in our homes use approximately 160 litres per day. They should bring their PE kit and underwear to change into once the activity is over. As always the entry point is designed to pique our students interest and curiosity so that they are fully engaged in learning about the topic. We will be studying three different aspects relating to water across the school.

I have now seen the programme for the Latin Music Night on the 26th May. I am really looking forward to the evening. I am practising some of the songs with the children and will be singing along in the audience. I also love it when we round of the evening with some dancing. Everyone is welcome so I do hope you can come along. There will be refreshments available.

It is about 6 weeks to the end of term and the teachers are working hard starting to write some reports and preparing for our end of year celebrations. In Upper Primary this takes the form of Achievement assemblies and for Grade 5 the Moving On assembly. Please make sure all the students will be present. On the 22nd June it is the Upper Primary talent show and students are already preparing for this prestigious event. The Lower Primary talent show is on the 9th June so they have less time to be prepared. PLease support your children in preparing for their performances. 

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
May
Tuesday 16th: Pre-Kinder Francés - Incas & Aztecs - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Wednesday 17th: Pre-Kinder Siri - Aztecs & Mayas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Friday 19th Water entry point for Prepa and Grade 1.
Monday 22nd: Pre-Kinder Siri - Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Wednesday 24th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal - Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm

Upper Primary
May
Friday 19th Water entry point all of Upper Primary
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition at the PAC 6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 31st: Inset day - School closed
June
Thursday 8th: Transition afternoon: Parents Class 2028 PAC 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday 9th: Last day of extracurricular term 5
Monday 12th: 2nd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Tuesday 13th: 3rd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 14th: 4th Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC
Thursday 22nd Talent Shows

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

It was wonderful to see all the parents who attended last night’s Parent Partnership event. I too want to thank the Secondary LSU team and the Heads of Year who put together a very informative and helpful session for our community. If you have not done so, we encourage you to watch the chapter “Beyond the Reasons” where expert psychologists offer advise on how to analyse the series with your children. You can access the link here

We will continue to work to further develop our Parent Partnership programme and we would welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have for them. This includes suggestion of topics or dynamics that you would like to see covered. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts. We will also continue to work with the pre sign up format to ensure we cater well for them. We ask that you support us in this by signing up for future sessions. 

The ABC Value we will be focusing on as of next week is Open Minded and it fits in perfectly around the upcoming ‘Diversity week’ we will be celebrating in the Secondary school. ‘Diversity’ is a term that refers to a way of thinking about, and behaving toward, other people. Our objective is to raise awareness and respect toward each other, without prejudice arising from physical or social characteristics, which in turn creates a fairer community where everyone is treated equally. We invite you to talk with your children about this topic and look for ways in which you can celebrate our diverse heritage. I would like to thank the IGCA and the Actúa group who are organising various activities around the topic of ‘Diversity.’ We look forward to the celebrations!

Countries across the world are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of society and people, so in response, attitudes and behaviors must change to preserve harmony and equality.

We are looking forward to the DVA Awards taking place on Thursday at 6.00pm in the PAC. Please help to make this event a great success by motivating your children to vote for their favourite films and videos produced during the school year. Voting will close this Sunday at 6.00 pm so please make sure they vote before then! Please note that voting is only open to members of the school community who have an abc-net account. They will be required to login to view all videos. We hope to see many parents and students there on Thursday!

Finally, I would like to remind parents of our Central American university Tour. We hope you can join us!



Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
May
Thursday 18th -Central American University Tour- 2.00- 5.30pm Auditorium
DVA Awards, 6.00 pm PAC
Friday 19th - G9 Business Trip - Coca Cola
Friday 26th - Class 2017 Senior Entrance and Last Day of School
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th - 5th Grade to 6th Grade transition days
Monday 29th - Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition, 6.00 pm PAC
Wednesday 31st - INSET Day for teachers - school closed

Friday, 5 May 2017

31: Friday 5th May 2017

From the Director

I would like to be one of the first people to wish ALL the mothers in our community a Happy Mother’s Day next Wednesday. Thank you for all you do. It seems to me this is an ideal day for us to think about our role as parents and the importance of parenting and for me the vital importance of schools and parents working together. In today’s world all of us need to be child centred in our decision making and support for the future generations. I have been watching the teen series 13 Reasons Why over the last few weeks because I am aware that many teenagers have watched and it has a disturbing subject line - teenage suicide. For me the series shows the crucial importance of teamwork - parents working together, parents working with school, school talking to parents and all of us creating safe places for children to talk and have healthy fun! I think parenting is the ultimate human experience but it is an increasingly difficult role in our complex society and it is essential it is not done in isolation but with each other so it includes all aspects of a child’s life. Please be aware that we have support at school ready for any help you might need. Please also note school will be closed for Mother’s Day on Wednesday as it is a national holiday but IGCSE and IB exams will continue.

I know most of you are aware that the ABC is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) which validates our ABC graduation certificates and helps us develop as a school with international values and perspective. In two weeks time we have an official CIS visit to ascertain that we are on track in terms of the CIS standards. Some of you and your children will meet the visiting team and we will be reporting on their findings in due course. If you are interested in CIS you can see the links on our website.

I would like to remind Exabrits that the Headmaster’s Reception is only four weeks today and we would love to see all of you there. I would also like to make a special invitation to the classes of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987 and 1982 to join us to celebrate their anniversaries and to participate in some inter grade activities. Please come along and have fun. Remind your friends from your grade! You do need to let us know that you are coming by informing Anabella Soto either via her email, anabellasoto@abc-net.edu.sv or by phoning her directly at school (2201-6208). We look forward to seeing many of you there to welcome the class of 2017 into the Exabrit community and reminding ourselves of our shared hopes for the future!




We have started pre enrolment for next year. Please ensure you do so to reserve your place for next year and also inform us if you do not need the place so we can offer places from our waiting lists. We do still have some places available in some grades for parents - especially those from our community.

As part of our school’s security measures, we have designed a new car pass. We are giving out one per family during the pre-enrollment process and additional ones can be purchased in caja for $1. Please make sure you remove the previous car pass and collect the new one, as our security guards will be making sure all our cars have them.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would just like to start by saying how much I enjoyed the Sound of Music last week. It was the best school show I have seen. Congratulations to Ms Dee Leong and to all the cast and crew; particularly our primary students who were excellent.

I have been able to observe a few more of the Lower Primary swimming lessons this week. Well done to all the students who are taking part. 

On Saturday morning it is the team building activity in preparation for the annual UK trip. The UK trip has been a highlight for Primary students for many years now and continues to be very popular. As this year’s group makes their final preparations, checking documents and reminders about looking after their money, I would like to remind students and parents of our current 4th grade that the letter for next year’s trip will be going out in August along with the Mammoth Ski trip invitation for next years 4th and 5th Grade. These trips are fantastic but can be expensive so it is a good idea to plan ahead financially.

On Wednesday it will be Mother’s Day and the school will be closed. I wish all of our mothers a very happy day.

At the end of the month, the 26th May, it will be our Latin Music Night, when our students from across the school perform with a thoroughly latin flavour. We will also have a popular local band performing with the students and rounding off the evening with some dancing. Everyone is welcome.

Prepa to 5th grade will also be starting a whole school IPC unit on water on the 19th May. this will be the final unit of the year. The entry point is designed to capture students interest and enthuse them for their learning and the staff are currently planning a most interesting introduction to the various concepts the students will cover. I will keep you updated!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
May
Monday 8th: Kinder Suárez - Aztecs & Incas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 9:15 - 10:00am
Monday 8th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal - Mayas & Aztecs - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Tuesday 9th: Kinder Cáceres - Aztecs & Mayas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30am
Tuesday 9th: Pre-Kinder González - Aztecs & Incas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Thursday 11th: Pre-Kinder Francés - Pipils & Mayas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Friday 12th: Kinder Cáceres - Pipils & Incas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30am
Tuesday 16th: Pre-Kinder Francés - Incas & Aztecs - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Wednesday 17th: Pre-Kinder Siri - Aztecs & Mayas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Monday 22nd: Pre-Kinder Siri - Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Wednesday 24th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal - Pipils & Incas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night

Upper Primary
May
Monday 8th: Start of last Extracurricular Term
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Arévalo and the IGCA team for organising the events around Earth week and promoting our value of being Responsible regarding how we look after our planet, starting by reducing, reusing and recycling around our school campus. You can see some pictures of the activities they organised and in particular, I would like to ask you to check out our “Recycling centre” which is being developed and is already in use! We encourage students to use these recycling bins and as parents you are also welcome to send in your recyclable waste. In so doing, as a community we can teach our youngsters about this simple strategy to help our environment. 

We regret to say that we had to cancel our Parent Partnership evening last Thursday which was aimed at G9, G10, G11 and G12 parents regarding dealing with the issues raised in the popular Netflix series “13 reasons why.” It was sad for us to have to inform those parents who did sign up that there was not enough interest generated among the parents to be able to run this session. These “Parent Partnership” events are essentially a ‘school for parents.’ As a school we are committed to the wellbeing and protection of our students and we believe that working together as a community, informing ourselves and sharing our concerns we will be able to better accomplish our mission. We are happy to say that we have reached the minimum attendance required for our next “Parent Partnership Evening next Thursday 11th of May which was aimed at G6, G7 and G8 parents so we confirm this session will go ahead. I would like to thank our LSU team for working to adapt the presentation to suit all grades and we urge parents to sign up for the session by contacting Marielos Soto (marielossoto@ab-net.edu.sv)

There are also three other meetings for parents next week. Monday we have the University counselling department offering an information session for parents of Grade 11 regarding the application process at 6,00 pm in the PAC and on Thursday the Spanish department will hold an information session for parents of G8 to G11 regarding a trip which is being offered to Spain in the next academic year. Mrs Rossi’s message below:

“We are pleased to invite your son or daughter to widen their academic knowledge in Spain. This trip is designed to enrich our students’ theoretical knowledge of the literary works of the author Federico García Lorca, as part of their curricular developments in the iGCSE and IB programme. Please join us on Thursday 11th of May in the ABCLT (before the 6.00 pm Parent Partnership in the PAC.)” 


I wish you a wonderful weekend and a happy Mother’s day,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
May
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed
Thursday 11th - Information session on Trip to Spain for Parents of G8 to 11, 5.0pm- ABCLT
Parent Partnership ALL GRADES- 6.00 pm PAC
Thursday 18th - DVA Awards
Friday 19th - G9 Business Trip - Coca Cola
Friday 26th - Class 2017 Senior Entrance and Last Day of School
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th - 5th Grade to 6th Grade transition days
Monday 29th - Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition, 6 pm PAC
Wednesday 31st - INSET Day for teachers - school closed

Friday, 28 April 2017

30: Friday 28th April 2017

From the Director


I would like to begin this week by congratulating everybody involved in the Sound of Music and encouraging you to see the final show tomorrow if you have the opportunity. As an educator it is brilliant to see children working together on a project with so much engagement and determination to succeed. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.


We have just started our international examinations for the Classes of 2017 and 2019. These exams are important in terms of helping us measure the performance of our children against the highest achieving students around the world. They are also important for our students in terms of university placements and credits.


This week we have been celebrating Earth Week and in school we want to help our students understand the principles behind recycling so they become more responsible in this respect in their future lives. It is an area we need to continue to develop both in school and at home.


We start our pre enrollment processes next week (Tuesday May 2nd) for the coming school year. As part of the enrollment process we will be asking you to confirm your willingness to participate as an active part of our parent community in line with the Parent Charter on our school website. Increasingly we realize that as parents we need to work together to ensure the wellbeing and healthy development of all our young people.


Please take note that although all parents will receive an email being asked to complete the pre enrollment process, only those who are up to date with their fees for the 16-17 school year and who have turned in their Identification Form will be able to go through with the process.
If you have any questions regarding your tuition payments and/or the Identification Form, you can call our Accounting department at 2201-6226.


I hope you have a great weekend which includes a national holiday on Monday. Please note that some Class 2017 IB exams will still take place on Monday. Students in the Class of 2017 have been advised if they are affected.



Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,


It was great to have all the student’s back in school this week. It seems to have been very productive. I have seen students busily engaged in all sorts of active learning activities from Pre-K to Grade 5.


This week Grade 5 finished off their ‘Full Power’ IPC  unit and we would like to thank all those parents who participated enthusiastically and gave the students chance to share and show off the things that they had learned.


I have been to see some of the Prepa classes swimming lessons this week. Every year I am amazed at the prowess of these very young children. They can do crawl and backstroke and are very confident in the water, a credit to their teachers indeed. Next week I hope to see a few more of the Lower Primary swimming lessons. Please check the schedule below and make sure you get there too.


Last night I saw the first performance of the Sound of Music. I thoroughly enjoyed the students performances and was impressed by the set and costumes. If you haven’t got your tickets yet please rush and buy them. It is well worth the effort to see this production of a classic show.


Monday, the school is closed for a national holiday, but Tuesday we are back to normal. Wednesday the 10th May the school is also closed for Mother’s day, but the rest of the week school is as normal.


Enjoy your weekend.
Kind regards,


Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer


Lower Primary
May
Monday 1st: May Day Holiday
Wednesday 3rd: Kinder Rampone Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30 am
Thursday 4th: Kinder Quintanilla Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30 am
Thursday 4th: Pre-Kinder González Swimming lesson Group 2 - LP pool - 11:15 - 12:00 pm
Friday 5th: Kinder Suárez Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15 am
Friday 5th: Kinder Quintanilla Swimming lesson Group 2 - LP pool - 9:00 - 9:45 am


Upper Primary
April
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
May
Monday 1st: National Holiday - School closed
Thursday 4th: 2nd Grade educational trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 5th: End of 4th Extracurricular Term - PRIMARY
Monday 8th: Start of last Extracurricular Term
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition
June
Friday 9th: End of Extracurricular Term
Thursday 15th: Primary reports go home
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Class Party 6:00 -7:00 pm PAC





Secondary News


Dear parents and carers,


This week has been filled with a mixture of different emotions. Excitement of the new term ahead, anxiety for the IB and IGCSE exam sessions start, nostalgic even as our Grade 12s had their final full day of lessons at the ABC, as well as pride to see all the various student led activities taking place, from Student Elections, to Musical productions, sports competitions and awareness campaigns!


I am happy to start this message by announcing the results of the Student Council Presidential elections which took place this week. Thank you to all the students who took part in this election and especially to the Student Council President and Vice President José Eduardo Monterrosa and Daniela Villalobos for their fantastic work this year. It was a close race and I am pleased to announce this year's results and congratulate on behalf of the school body:
Andrés Figueroa for being elected President
Diego Behrens for being elected Vice President
Diego Arévalo for being elected as part of the Student Council Executive team


I look forward to working closely with you to make the school an even better place for all the students.


Following on from my message last week regarding the TV series which has all our students and parents talking about issues to do with pressures teenagers face today, the LSU and pastoral team have got together to offer a Parent Partnership evening for KS3 (G6,7 & 8) and one for KS4 and above (G9, 10, 11 & 12)  around the subject. Our intention is to take advantage of the fact that our teens are discussing topics which are of a sensitive nature and therefore at times difficult for us as parents to know how best to approach them. Mr Keslake makes reference to parents working together in his message and this is exactly what we are after. The sessions will inform parent of the topics dealt with in the series but more importantly it will be a session designed to offer parents skills and strategies on how to deal with these conversations at home. These evenings will only run if we have a sign up of at least 50 students represented per session so it is imperative that you sign up by contacting Marielos Soto (marielossoto@abc-net.edu.sv or on 22016273) to confirm your attendance.


6th, 7th and 8th Grade Parent Partnership: Thursday 11th of May, at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC
9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Parent Partnership: Thursday 4th of May, at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC

We also have a session for Grade 11 parents as part of the University Guidance process. We will be holding a two part information session entitled "University Search and Application Process". Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend as we are certain it will provide information that will prove helpful throughout the year.  Monday  8th of May at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC. This session will provide important information for students and parents about the application process. It will cover from how to search for universities, to the requirements and deadlines for different countries.


In this past week we have also been faced with the latest “challenge” for teens and it is important that as parents we are aware of them so we can also talk to our children about this at home.

As we have mentioned before, there is a trend amongst teenagers regarding various “challenges”. It is through the Internet and the social media that teens from all over the world learn about them, and are exposed to carry them out, endangering their lives and wellbeing.


1 Blue Whale Challenge. This challenge asks the kids to do negative things against others and against themselves. The actions escalate to the point where they reach the last challenge which is to take their own lives. You will find more information in the next link: Article


2. The Fainting challenge. In this challenge another person must faint through varous methods. Applying pressure to the neck or chest.  You can see a video here video


It is important that you talk to your children because through the social media and Internet, our children are exposed to this type of negative challenges all the time. Talking about these issues openly with them, and listening about their doubts, questions, and concerns, y helping them understand the decisions they make are important, will be of great help to them. It is important that they are aware of how they can face up to saying no to something like this.


If any student carries out any action linked to these challenges, it will be considered a violent action and will be sanctioned. Please do not hesitate to contact your Head of Year or our LSU team should you have any concerns or questions.



I would like to end my message on a very positive note by saying a huge “Congratulations” to all the cast and crew of our school production of “The Sound of Music.” It is inspiring to see so much talent and creativity and effort on display and I hope to see many of you there in the next shows. Truly a phenomenal production! Also a big thank you to Mr Arévalo and the IGCA team who have run activities this week, including an assembly, to mark Earth week and remind all of us of the importance of looking after our environment.


Have a wonderful weekend and see you all back on Tuesday the 2nd of May.
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón


Secondary dates for your diary


April
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Friday 28th - First IB exam and last day of lessons for G10


May
Monday 1st  - National Holiday for Labour Day - school closed (except for scheduled IB/ IGCSE exams)
Thursday 4th- Parent Partnership KS4 and KS5- 6.00pm PAC
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed

Thursday 11th- Parent Partnership KS3- 6.00pm PAC

Friday, 21 April 2017

29: Friday 21th April 2017

From the Director


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to school on Monday. I hope you have had a great holiday with your children and we look forward to working with you and your children again next week. I do hope to see many of you supporting the Sound of Music next weekend. Tickets are available from the Secondary Office at $20 for four or $8 each.

Thursday April 27
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre
Friday April 28
4:00 pm
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre
Saturday April 29
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre

We will be celebrating Earth Week in school next week as part of our ABC Value responsible theme for the next few weeks.



Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you are ready for our return to school on Monday. We look forward to seeing all the children again.


Please make a special effort to always be on time this term and remember children have long hair tied up all day, every day and that all shoes must have fastenings. No slip-ons!


Enjoy your last couple of days, as will we!


Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Lower Primary
April
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3
Monday 24th: Prepa Butler Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Tuesday 25th: Prepa Taylor Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Wednesday 26th: Prepa Ware Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Thursday 27th: Prepa Macdonald Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am


Upper Primary
April
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
May
Monday 1st: National Holiday - School closed
Thursday 4th: 2nd Grade educational trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 5th: End of 4th Extracurricular Term - PRIMARY
Monday 8th: Start of last Extracurricular Term
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition
June
Friday 9th: End of Extracurricular Term
Thursday 15th: Primary reports go home
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Class Party 6:00 -7:00 pm PAC




Secondary News


Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a safe and enjoyable Easter break with your families and are ready for the exciting term ahead!


This week we celebrate our value of  Responsible with a special focus on Earth week. Being responsible is a state of mind and a way we approach our decision making and how we approach others; it is a vital aspect of independence and self-sufficiency- characteristics I know we all want for our children. Please speak to your children at home about how we all put this value into practise everyday. A very simple but very important way to do this is by arriving to school on time! Punctuality is very important and it truly makes a difference in the settling in and a positive start to the day. Wearing the school uniform correctly and knowing which days to wear which uniform is also being responsible; by now, in term 3 we do not envision having students wear the wrong uniform and we ask for your support with this. Correct uniform also includes school jumpers and an appropriate length of the girls’ skirts. We appreciate our students have grown in height over the year, so please do make a point of checking appropriate fit and make any alterations needed. Being responsible also includes  catching up with work when absent from school for any reason. Finally please speak at home about “reduce, reuse and recycle”! We have recycling bins around the campus and we encourage everyone to make a special commitment to this. The IGCA will be holding a special assembly for students to raise awareness on this important issue and to share with them what the group have developed for school. Together, we need to help our students understand that leaving their eating areas clean after using them, for example, is their responsibility and not something they should expect someone else to do for them. Thank you in advance for your support with this.


This is the last week in normal lessons for G12 and G10 who have their final IB and IGCSE exam sessions starting very soon. We know they will prove to themselves how talented they are and we wish them the very best of luck! We ask parents to please check their child’s exam schedule carefully so they do not miss any exams and we remind you that students are only expected to come in for their exams and may leave after their last exam of the day. Having said that, if students wish to make use of the LRC, they are free to do so but we ask they respect the LRC rules and wear full school uniform when on campus.


We are looking forward to our school musical “The Sound of Music” at the end of this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Information has been published and we anxiously await opening night! Our students and staff have been tirelessly working to put on what I know will be another amazing production and we ask that you buy your tickets with plenty of time from the school offices. Let’s show them our support and come with family and friends to enjoy the show! Break a leg!


I would like to end by asking parents to look into a series which has taken the world by storm called “13 reasons why.”  It is a series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted for Netflix (also available on Youtube). It deals with very sensitive issues such as bullying and harassment, attitudes towards sex and relationships, the negative effects of gossiping, depression, alcohol and drug abuse and ultimately suicide. It is being talked about very much around the world with varying critiques and it is certainly being viewed by our teens of all ages here. It is an ideal opportunity for parents to find out about it and use it to establish these conversations with your children regarding these important issues. At school we will be looking into it with our pastoral team also. Here is an article which gives “7 things you need to know” for parents so you can get an idea.


Have a wonderful week!
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón
Secondary dates for your diary


April
Monday 24th  - First day of Term three
Wednesday 26th - First IGCSE exam and last day for Grade 12 in classes (proper working day)
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Friday 28th - First IB exam and last day of lessons for G10


May
Monday 1st  - National Holiday for Labour Day - school closed (except for scheduled IB/ IGCSE exams)
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed