Friday, 27 January 2017

18: Friday 27th January 2017

From the Director


As I write this newsletter we are all thinking and praying for a successful outcome and recovery of Virginia Catlin our Head of Secondary. I would like to thank all my colleagues at school and especially Mr. Adrian Hall and Ms. Natalia Caceres for helping at this difficult time. Their willingness to do extra hours and cover for Virginia has helped us cope during Virginia’s absence. Please read Virginia’s message in the Secondary School section.


The school has some staff training taking place on Thursday afternoon which means we will not have extracurricular activities after 2 pm. Team sports will continue as usual. Please note that this is only for Thursday 2nd February.


I met many prospective parents for the Class of 2032 who will be joining Pre Kinder in August 2017. If you or a friend have a 3 year old son or daughter and have not yet registered them for Pre Kinder please contact Anabella Soto at school, urgently.


Teleton 2017
As usual we will be participating in the Teleton Fundraising campaign to help young people in need. All Primary students have received a letter with an order form. Secondary students are being informed through their morning notices and the Teleton items can be purchased from the School Offices. We have T shirts for $6, piggy banks for $5, water bottles for $3 or $2 and bracelets for $1. Please support this great local cause. We will have Jeans and T shirt days when the Teleton T shirts can be worn on Thursday 23rd February and Friday 3rd March.


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We are celebrating the ABC trait of reflective from next week. I would like to share a couple of quotes on being reflective! It is important for all of us that we learn from our experiences by reflecting on our successes and on our mistakes!


“The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.”
“You do not learn from experience, you only learn by reflecting on your experiences.”



BTeleton 2017


Have a great weekend!



Primary News


Dear Parents and Carers,


As your children may have told you we had a vote in school for the symbols  that we would like to use for Knowledge, Skills and Understanding across the school from Prepa to 5th Grade. The winning images voted for were:

The owl for knowledge


The beaver for skills
and the dog for understanding.



As part of the IPC learning is broken down into these three areas and students are encouraged to know whether they are learning knowledge, skills or understanding. It also affects how we assess things. You cannot assess a skill through a written test you need to see the child in action. You cannot easily assess understanding either, you need to have a conversation with the opportunity to explain or a task where something is applied that demonstrates understanding. If you are in school and see these images in the classrooms you will know what they refer to.


It was the Prospective Parents Night for Pre-Kinder yesterday and we were very pleased to welcome along a whole range of people who were interested in starting their children in our school in August. The entrance evaluations begin on Saturday and continue for a few weeks until all our places are full. We are still working to reduce our class sizes so places remain limited.


The Spanish team is holding a monthly lucky dip to award a selection of prizes to those students who complete their reading card. All completed cards for the month are placed in a hat and the winners are drawn at random. The more cards completed in a month the better the chance of winning. This month’s winners received cinema tickets.


Tonight is the Grade 3 camp. The staff have worked very hard to prepare for the event and are giving up their own time to make it happen. The students really benefit from the experience of being away from home and having a little independence but of course remaining with high levels of supervision. Camp is just one of the ways our students have opportunities for personal development.
The inter-tribe tournaments have been running for the last two weeks. Competition is intense! Please have a look at the sports team blogs to find out how your child team has been doing at this address http://pe-sw-abc.blogspot.com/


Please note communications between parents about other students in school are regarded as being in very poor judgment by the senior management team and the staff at school. Stories repeated become twisted, exaggerated and adapted until the truth of a situation is completely lost. All Primary children are very young and their characters are not fully formed. Some are not very well supervised or cared for at home. If you have a concern about someone else’s child, the first person to talk to is the class teacher and if you feel they are unable to deal with your query or concern you can speak to the grade leader, deputy head and finally of course, me, the head of primary. Would you like your child gossiped or commented about by other parents? I thought not. Don’t do it. Thank you for your co-operation with this.


Best wishes for a relaxing weekend.
Sharon Short
Head of Primary



Dates for your diary


Lower Primary
February
Wednesday 1st: Pre-Kinder trip to Jardín Botánico - 8:30 am
Friday 3rd: Kinder Rampone Assembly 7:45 am PAC
Friday 10th: Kinder Cáceres Assembly 7:45 am PAC
Friday 10th: 1st Grade Sleepover - 4:00 pm PAC
Monday 13th: INSET day for staff - SCHOOL CLOSED
Saturday 18th: Parent Association CARNIVAL 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 20th: Prepa Night Activity 4:00 pm PAC
Thursday 23rd: Early closure and Teletón jeans Day
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th February - Half term holiday


March
Friday 3rd: Teletón day - jeans day


Upper Primary
January
Friday 27th/ Saturday 28th: 3rd Grade Camping to Residencial Tenerife


February
Wednesday 1st: 2nd Elisa Hernández Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 8th: 3rd Spanish Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Thursday 9th/Friday 10th: 5th Grade Camping to Portezuelo Park
Wednesday 15th: 4th Rumsey  Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 22nd: 5th Molina Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Thursday 23rd: Early closure and Teletón jeans day
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th February - Half term holiday


March
Friday 3rd: Teletón day- Jeans Day



Secondary News


A message from Ms. Virginia Catlin:


Dear Parents and Carers,


I am very pleased to be able to write to let you know how I am progressing and how we will be managing my short term absence from school.  I have been diagnosed with a treatable cancer and am starting my first round of chemotherapy today. This will last for 3 months at which point further decisions will be made. During this time I have been advised not to attend school, however I will be involved in school business, working from home and meeting regularly with my colleagues.  I will be using this time to concentrate on developmental projects to contribute to our School Development Plan.


During this time Ms Natalia Caceres will be Acting Head of Secondary and various other members of the Middle Leadership Team will be taking on various additional responsibilities.  We are lucky to have a talented team at the ABC who I know are, and will be, doing a fantastic job.


Thank you all very much for the kind wishes and support I have received, they are healing and helping me to be positive and strong


Best wishes to you all

A message from Ms. Natalia Cáceres

Following Virginia’s message and on behalf of the whole Secondary team I would like to wish Virginia the very best for her coming treatment and to welcoming her back in school soon. We are all rooting for her. In the meantime, the Secondary School will be reorganising some responsibilities and in the short term Mr. Keslake also will be more involved in the day to day running. Please feel free to contact me as before as well as for any instances where you would have contacted Ms Catlin.


I would like to draw your attention to the upcoming Parent Teacher Meetings for the Classes of 2018 and 2020. This is a good opportunity to talk to all your child’s teachers and discuss their progress. As usual, all students have an appointment sheet for this evening.


Next week we continue with the G10 and G12 MOCKS. Best of luck to them.


Please note that on Thursday we have no extra curricular classes as teachers are involved in an after school INSET. Team Sports will continue as usual on Thursday.


I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.
Natalia Cáceres Escalón



Secondary dates for your diary


January
Monday 30th  - Grade 10 & 12 Mock exams continue
Tuesday 31st - Grades 9 & 11 Parent/Teacher meetings - Auditorium, 4:30pm
February
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th - Mathcount Central American competition
Friday 4th - End of IGCSE/IB Mock exams
Tuesday 7th - Grade 7 & 8 exams start
Monday 13th - INSET Day for teachers - School closed for students
Thursday 16th - Grades 6 & 7 Parent/Teacher meetings - Auditorium, 4:30pm
Friday 17th to Friday 24th - IGCSE Business & Geography trip to Japan
Thursday 23rd - Early Closure: School closes at 12.30 pm; Jeans day- Teletón
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th - Half term holiday, school closed


March


Thursday 2nd: Grade 10 IB Options & Parent/Teacher Meetings
Friday 3rd: Teletón day- Jeans day
Monday 6th - Grade 8 IGCSE Options & Parent/Teacher meetings
Friday 10th - STEAMFEST

Tuesday 14th - Grade 12 IB Art inauguration day

Friday, 20 January 2017

17: Friday 20th January 2017


From the Director

I would like to start this newsletter by thanking the ABC Community for its kindness and support. I have never worked or been part of such a caring community! This week we have been supporting Virginia Catlin during her sudden illness and everyone has been amazing - staff, parents, Board members and students. I am proud to be associated with such a caring family. Virginia is currently in hospital but has written a note in the Secondary News section below.

I want to congratulate the Class of 2018 for their teamwork, resilience and creativity which culminated in Trasendence. Congratulations to all their support team and especially the Madres Enlace who worked so hard to put the show together. The final show is this evening and again I am sure it will be a huge success. Tonight is a sell out so please do not turn up if you do not have a ticket.

We celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Peace accords this week with a message of optimism and hope for the future for our children. I believe we owe it to our children to look forward and to expect a better world in order to encourage them to see themselves as builders of peace.


We also celebrated Martin Luther King Day last Monday and you can see a report on the ABC Newsblog.

We have a number of staff training events this term which staff will be participating in and as a result we have decided that we will close school early on Thursday 23rd February when the half term break starts.

Here in school we seek to be very aware of safeguarding issues with respect to all aspects of our children’s lives. We are aware we live in a society where gun ownership is a concern and following the very sad incident in a school in Monterrey last week we are publishing advice on careful gun ownership and practice for you to read. It is important we are all alert to the possible dangers and work to ensure our children are emotionally secure, positive and safe.

I hope you all have a great weekend with your children.



Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,
Our happy travellers from the Ski trip to Mammoth returned safe and sound on Sunday. Here is a report of the trip from Mr Hall.




16ft of snow in 8 days, temperatures of -10 degrees and winds up to 90mph may not sound like everyone's idea of fun but it was certainly ours! After a year of planning and anticipation we arrived in Mammoth, California, to one of the biggest storms to hit the area in over 10 years. Conditions were unique, the hotel was buried in snow to the third floor and sidewalks turned into tunnels through the snow. None of that stopped our intrepid group from having a great time and learning to ski and snowboard. Under the tutelage of Mammoth's excellent instructors all ten students made excellent progress and can now legitimately call themselves skiers and snowboarders, with the control and expertise to independently navigate themselves down some impressively steep mountain slopes. As well as endless snow fun we bowled, tubed, snowmanned, snowballed, shopped, ate like kings and queens, swam in hot pools and jumped in snow in our shorts. Everywhere we went we received compliments from the public on what polite, respectful, well behaved and fun young people we were travelling with. A group of true ABC ROCs who made this year's Mammoth Trip rock!

On the 26th January we will be having our prospective parents night for parents who are hoping to enroll their children into Pre-Kinder this year. It will start at 6.00pm and will give a general introduction to the school and a particular explanation of our early years culture and educational programme. Please make sure all your friends and relatives who are thinking about sending their children here know about it. If you have a child who will be entering Pre-K please make sure you have registered with Ms. Anabella Soto in the admissions office. We will be carrying out our entrance evaluations at the end of January and beginning of February.

The results of the Wonder League Robotics competition are in and we are very proud to announce that the Zatrix team in the 9 to 12 age range came first in El Salvador. Over 5000 teams signed up from 52 countries, 44% of whom were girls! All of our teams completed the 5 missions and scored very well. The students involved will all receive certificates for their participation in assembly on Monday. Well done to the ICT teacher team for encouraging and supporting our students and guiding them through the competition process.



Here is the winning team in no particular order:
Salvador Antonio Duran Olmedo
Diego Alejandro Bendeck Safie
Hugo Javier Perdomo Arevelo
Victor Tarazi Dumas
David Sebastian Aguinada Magana
They are all from 5th Grade. Well done lads!









In the Primary school we have an English language learning resource called Learning Village. It is an online resource that can be used in and out of school and is used world wide. We only select certain students who will benefit from using it to have a login. Each week there is a league table for use and this week we made it into the top slot for the week for the first time. Well done all our students who are working with Learning Village.


Please note the school will be closing early on Thursday 23rd February at the beginning of our half term break.

We are holding the auditions for the school show ‘The Sound of Music’ this week. If your child was interested they should have signed up with Mr Diaz by now. There will be auditions with Mr Diaz and those who succeed will go onto a second round with the full set of music teachers.

Congratulations from everyone in Primary to the Class of 2018 for the amazing show Trasendence. It is a performance to be proud of and shows their many talents.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Sharon Short
Head of Primary



Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
January
Friday 20th: Kinder Suárez Assembly 7:45 am PAC
Thursday 19th: Pre-Kinder trip to Tin Marin Museum - 8:30 am
Thursday 26th: Prospective Parents Night 6:00 pm PAC
Friday 27th: Kinder Quintanilla Assembly 7:45 am PAC

February
Wednesday 1st Pre-Kinder trip to Jardín Botánico -8:30 am
Friday 3rd: Kinder Rampone Assembly 7:45 am PAC
Friday 10th: Kinder Cáceres Assembly 7:45 am PAC
Friday 10th: 1st Grade Sleepover - 4:00 pm PAC
Monday 13th: INSET day for staff - SCHOOL CLOSED
Saturday 18th: Parent Association CARNIVAL 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 20th: Prepa Night Activity 4:00 pm PAC
Thursday 23rd: Early closure
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th February - Half term holiday

Upper Primary
January
Wednesday 25th: 3rd Quijano Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Friday 27th/ Saturday 28th: 3rd Grade Camping to Residencial Tenerife

February
Wednesday 1st: 2nd Elisa Hernández Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 8th: 3rd Spanish Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Thursday 9th/Friday 10th: 5th Grade Camping to Portezuelo Park
Wednesday 15th: 4th Rumsey  Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 22nd: 5th Molina Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Thursday 23rd: Early closure
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th February - Half term holiday




Secondary News

Message from Ms. Catlin:
I am disappointed that I have not been able to be in school this term because of my health issues. I am keeping in touch with colleagues and missing being with the ABC family that I have come to feel a part of already. I have received so much support from so many people at school and am very grateful to all of you.

Good luck to Class of 2018 for the Circus tonight. I am very sorry I can not be there but I am looking forward to seeing the video. I hear it went very well last night and you can see a report on thee Newsblog. Good luck to the Class of 2017 and 2019 who have their mock exams next week.


Secondary dates for your diary

January
Monday 23rd  - Grade 10 & 12 Mock exams start
Monday 23rd  - Japan Trip Information meeting
Tuesday 31st - Grades 9 & 11 Parent/Teacher meetings - Auditorium, 4:30pm
February
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th - Mathcount Central American competition
Thursday 3rd - End of IGCSE/IB Mock exams
Tuesday 7th - Grade 7 & 8 exams start
Monday 13th - INSET Day for teachers - School closed for students
Thursday 16th - Grades 6 & 7 Parent/Teacher meetings - Auditorium, 4:30pm
Friday 17th to Friday 24th - IGCSE Business & Geography trip to Japan
Thursday 23rd - Early Closure: School closes at 12.30 pm
Friday 24th, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th - Half term holiday, school closed

March

Thursday 2nd: Grade 10 IB Options & Parent/Teacher Meetings
Monday 6th - Grade 8 IGCSE Options & Parent/Teacher meetings

Friday 10th - STEAMFEST