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