Friday, 24 March 2017

26: Friday 24th March 2017

From the Director


It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Convocatoria on Monday evening. As a community it is important that we share our ideas and hopes for the future direction of our school. As I am sure you are aware we are in the second year of  three year strategic plan and we are currently discussing priorities for the period beyond the end of that plan. We want to ensure our school has the best facilities at a cost which the community can bear. We will be discussing this further with the Board of Governors over the coming months and consulting with the community.


Please note that next Tuesday we have arranged a Parent Partnership Meeting aimed at Grades 6 to 8 on the theme of the internet to help you manage your way through it with your children. If any parents from other grades would like to join us they are of course welcome. The invitation is in the Secondary section of this newsletter.


I would like to congratulate all children who took part in the Bicultural Arts Festival last week leading up to the performances at the Teatro Presidente. They were excellent and it was great to see the teamwork. Thank you also to all ABC staff who participated and supported the event.


We are doing a review of our cafeteria at the moment and will be asking you for fine feedback in the next week. If your children use the cafeteria we would be grateful if you would take the time to reply to our survey when it is sent.


On behalf of all the team here at the ABC I hope you have a pleasant and safe weekend




Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,


It was a delight to go to the Bicultural Celebration on Friday evening and see our students perform. I was particularly impressed with the strings section and the choral singing. I was pleased for our UP music teacher Mr Luis Diaz who has been heavily involved with the junior choir this time leading rehearsals in our school and co-ordinating the choir efforts. I feel very proud of the primary students who participated and would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and excellent performance.FB_IMG_1490017574435.jpg


The following morning we had our Primary Fair. I was delighted with the level of attendance for this special Primary event. Once again the students had a range of entertaining and interesting activities for everyone to try. I was pleased to see Mums and Dads painting the plant pots as well as the children. I made a fruit loop necklace, decorated a biscuit, had my photo taken and played quite a few of the games. I felt there was a lovely atmosphere and I could see lots of students developing their skills. Thank you all for coming and supporting the event. You will be impressed to hear that we made a profit of it $7644.29 for ‘Fairs to Educate’. A success all round! The Primary Fair committee sent this message.


“It is a pleasure for us to inform you that the Committee for Fairs to Educate has achieved its goal to raise the necessary funds to cover the cost of 22 scholarships for the rest of 2017. At the end of the year 3 students will graduate from high school and we will be able to take applications for new scholarships for the next school year.” It is wonderful to know we are helping less fortunate families from our school workforce to better their life chances and the gratitude expressed by these families knows no bounds.”


I would like to give a big thank you to the parents who created our surprise rainforest in the Grade 2 corridor. The students were amazed when they arrived and it made a stunning entry point for their new unit. It was not only visually great but the smells and sounds included added that extra special touch. The students are now learning about the destruction of the rainforest and sadly it is gradually disappearing. I am sure they will remember this unit for a long time.

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Our annual Book Week Celebration in Primary was much shorter this year but it did not dampen the children’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for reading. On Thursday Kathy Z Price, a published author, engaged students in an interactive, lively retelling of her book ‘The Bourbon Street Musicians’. We were delighted to welcome authors Silvia Pira, Carolina Ciudad and Alejandra Labbe de Abrego who shared readings of their published books with the children and inspired them to read more.
We would like to express a huge thanks to readers from the local and school community, including Grade 8 students, who supported events at the school and shared their love of reading. 

Grade 4 students reading to Prepa
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Local author Caroline Cuidad sharing her book.


Saturday the 1st April is our Lower Primary sports and family morning. I look forward to seeing you all there. I know that no good parent would want their child to miss out on such an important day. The students have been practicing hard. Please make sure that everyone has on their sunscreen before they arrive. There other activities for siblings to do and there will be food on sale. I know you will have a lovely morning.


Have a relaxing weekend.
Best wishes,
Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding officer


Dates for your diary
Lower Primary
March
Friday 31st: Pre-Kinder Siri assembly - 7:45 am - PAC


April
Saturday 1st: Sports and Family Day - Pre-Kinder & Kinder 08:00 - 09:30 am
Saturday 1st: Sports and Family Day - Prepa & 1st Grade 10:00 - 11:30 am
Monday 3rd: 1st grade Swimming Gala - 8:50 - 10:20 am


Upper Primary
March
Monday 20th - Friday 31st: UP Parent Conferences
Wednesday 29th: 2nd Spanish Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC


April
Tuesday 4th:
2nd Swimming Gala 9:00 a. m a 10:30 a. m
3rd Swimming Gala 11:00 a. m a 12:30 p.m
Children may go home after the event.


Friday 7th:
4th Swimming Gala 9:00 a. m a 10:30 a. M
5th Swimming Gala 11:00 a. m a 12:30 p.m
Children may go home after the event.




Secondary News


Dear parents and carers,
This week G7 had their Team building empowerment activity. It was a great example of our students working collaboratively reinforcing friendships, communication and empathy. A huge thank you to Mrs Jacqueline Soriano and the Grade 7 tutors, as well as to Ms Hernandez and the PE department for organising the activities and last but not least, thank you to the Grade 7 Madres Enlace for their provision of goodies for the group!
 


As you know, our teens’ welfare in and out of school is of utmost importance to us, as it is to you and following on from our Safer Internet week a few weeks back, we will be offering a Parent Partnership Evening around this topic, especially focused to our KS3 parents so we can all work together in ensuring the very best protection and guidance to our students. Please join us on Tuesday 28th March, at 6.00pm in the PAC for this very important session. If there are any particular aspects you would like to hear about, please contact me directly and we will do all we can to include it in the session.


On a similar note, we are concerned over what our students are being exposed to at community events, particularly parties, some even organised by parents. HOOKAH and ELECTRONiC CIGARETTES are NOT safe. Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. Some people believe Hookah and Vaping as less harmful than smoking cigarettes; hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes. Hookah smoke contains many of the same harmful toxins as cigarette smoke. It is imperative that parents and teens understand that it is the flavors in e-cigarettes one of the main reasons youth use them, but e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. We respectfully ask that you do not make these available to teenagers at parties and that you actively speak to your children about the dangers of these trends.


We finished the week holding our jeans day in support of “Paraíso Down.” Thank you to the group of students who work so hard at raising awareness of this important issue and we thank all the students who supported by buying the t-shirt.


ABC ACTUA - Spring Book Week Activity
From Ms Sol Wilson
ABC  ACTUA group, a community service organisation made up by students from KS3 and KS4,  has been working strenuously since February in organising “Spring Book Week Activities” for small children. The group was contacted by Ms. Iris Esmeralda Giron Palma, Director of the Guarderia de la Asociacion Pro Casa Maternal.  The purpose of this visit was  to share  Book Reading Activities with infants and to  provide a bit of precious FUN  time  to help low-income children get involved in various activities planned by students for students.  ACTUA Students visited the Casa Maternal Las Palmas  on Thursday, March 16. During our visit, students  organised several activities, such as:
  • Reading Books with students in small groups
  • Gardening  – spring flowers and Herbs were planted in small groups,
  • Refreshments and Cupcakes were shared and an Easter Egg Hunt was conducted by students.
  • Donated – notebooks, coloring pencils, clay, coloring books and games.
This Book Week  activity  certainly  brought great benefit and inner satisfaction to all ACTUA students.


Finally , we look forward to celebrating Art week at school next week. Thank you to the Art Department and LRC staff who have put together an exciting set of activities for the community.


Have a wonderful weekend!
Natalia Cáceres Escalón


Secondary dates for your diary


March
Tuesday 28th  - KS3 Parent Partnership Meeting on Internet Safety
Friday 31st - Grade 8 Art Trip to Bicentenario (San Salvador) and end of Grade 9 and 11 exams


April
Saturday 1st to Saturday 18th April - Business Department Trip to UK and France
Sunday 2nd - Bicultural Music Festival
Friday 7th - Last day of Term two

Monday 10th to Friday 21st - Easter holidays, school closed

Friday, 17 March 2017

25: Friday 17th March 2017

From the Director


We have had an amazing week! Our triumphant Mathcounts Team returned from Mexico from a competition involving teams from all over the Americas and the Caribbean. They followed up the winning of the local competition with a second and a third place in their respective competitions. We are very proud of them. We would also like to particularly recognise Senji Shibata (Class 2021), Diego Narvaez  and Luis Nuñez (Class 2022) who were all placed in the top 10 of the individual students competition.


One of the highlights of our school year is the IB Art Exhibition and this year was amazing. Our heartfelt congratulations go to the nine students who participated. The standard was amazing and shows what young people can achieve. I hope you had a chance to come and see the exhibition during the week.


This evening we have the final event of the Bicultural Arts Festival with the music and choral events. Congratulations to everyone involved in the Drama and Dance last night which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The Art Exhibition was excellent and is still on show this evening if you attend the Music event.


We are all looking forward to the Primary Fair tomorrow. The children are very excited and I have already had a number of promises of ice cream and other goodies.


On a more serious note Ms. Cáceres and myself have recently returned from some training on safeguarding students from abuse and we are looking to develop our policies further in this respect. As a community we need to work together, all of us, to ensure we place the emotional and physical well being of our children at the highest level. We need to be aware of the possible dangers and respond sensibly and firmly. As parents you need to know that we take this as an utmost priority.


On Monday we have the Annual Parents Meeting with presentations by the Board of Directors and we look forward to seeing you there.

Primary News


Dear Parents and Carers,


TOMORROW IS THE PRIMARY FAIR.  - WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE.
The Primary Fair is one of the highlights of the academic year for the students. Each class has prepared a game or activity for the other students to try and each student takes a turn in running a stall. We have had some really funny things to do over the last few years and the students have learned a lot about organisation, responsibility, money and being a salesperson in the process. Parents always tell me what a great time they have had as well. We have a good selection of raffle prizes and the now very popular jar tombola and the staff team have worked very hard to organise the thing as a whole. Please come with plenty of change and support the ‘Fairs to Educate’ charity that the Primary School runs.


Tonight is the last night of the BIcultural Arts Festival. Our Primary students will be performing in the choir and the orchestra as will our Secondary students. Please do come along, it is free of charge, and enjoy a very pleasant evening of entertainment. The songs chosen are usually popular ones well known to all.


Our next group of students are preparing for the UK trip this Summer. Their meetings are taking place every Friday. The students learn about the UK, its culture and landmarks and are beginning to get an idea of the things they will do and see. We regard the UK trip as the ultimate primary experience allowing students to be independent and find out more about themselves and the world when parents are not around to support them. However this is a big first step and so we have the build up to it with the grade camps, the ski trip to Mammoth for a week and each year we try to get a Spanish speaking eco trip to Costa Rica off the ground. So far we haven’t had enough students interested to actually go! As a six day visit not too far away it would be the perfect preparation for the longer UK trip. Make sure you respond promptly when our invitation letters come out later in the year.


The teachers have sent out invitations to parent conferences and these are taking place over the next two or so weeks. Please make sure you have responded and that you know when your appointment is.

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The 23rd and 24th March are the school Book days. We have all got a lot on so we are doing slightly less this year. However we still have the aim of fostering a love of reading and encourage you all to make a special effort to read with your children this week.
Friday the 24th is also when we are going to celebrate Down Syndrome Day and we have a jeans day for those students who bought a Paraiso Down T-shirt. The letters were circulated very recently for you to order your t-shirts. This is entirely voluntary but of course as always supports a very good cause. The school has been closely involved with Paraiso Down for many years and some of our CAS students work there on the weekends. It is our CAS students who have organised this charity campaign. Please support them in their action too.


Finally it felt like a flashmob on Thursday when the Grade 2s had their ‘Chocolate’ exit point. The whole grade demonstrated their chocolate dance with Miss Susie dressed as a Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss leading the way and then every child brought their parent or family member in to join in the dance. The Upper Primary courtyard was full of people waving their arms and following the steps. It was an exciting finish to the IPC unit.


Have a great weekend.
Sharon Short

Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.


Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
March
Saturday 18th: Primary Fair - 8.30 am - FIELD
Friday 24th: Pre-Kinder González assembly - 7:45 am - PAC
Friday 31st: Pre-Kinder Siri assembly - 7:45 am - PAC

April
Monday 3rd: 1st Grade Swimming Gala 08:50 - 10:20 am - Big pool
Wednesday 5th: PK Egg Hunt - Tenerife
Friday 7th: Last day of Term 2 - children leave at their normal departure time
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3

May
Monday 1st: Holiday

Upper Primary
March
Saturday 18th: Primary Fair
Monday 20th - Friday 31st: UP Parent Conferences
Wednesday 22nd: 3rd Sullivan Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 29th: 2nd Spanish Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 PAC and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC

April
Tuesday 4th:2nd Swimming Gala
Wednesday 5th:3rd Swimming Gala
Thursday 6th:4th Swimming Gala
Friday 7th: 5th Swimming Gala
Friday 7th: Last day of term 2
Monday 10th - Friday 21st: Easter Holiday
Monday 24th: First day of term 3


Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

This has been an incredibly busy week in Secondary and one which marks history as we celebrated our first ever ABC Bulldog Pride Spirit Week! I can honestly say that the theme has matched our sentiment very well. We have been overwhelmed by the number of activities taking place where our students’ and staff’s commitment and pride in our school has been on display.

It was wonderful to see so many students taking part in Book Character day to kick off Spirit week and twin day on Wednesday! Tuesday, our Grade 12 IB Art exhibition was inaugurated; we are proud of their effort and impressed with their talent! Today we are proud of our ROC Merit students and recognised their efforts in Cal 2 and we close the day with PRIDE day celebrations! I would like to thank the Student Council President, Jose Eduardo Monterrosa, and Vice President, Daniela Villalobos, for their tireless efforts to lead the organisation of the week’s events and thank you to the whole Student Council for their enthusiasm and hard work! Finally, the whole week we have also been involved in the Bicultural Arts Festival, again, demonstrating their talent, school spirit and pride! We look forward to their concert tonight at the Teatro Presidente.




Please see links to pictures on these days :

PRIDE WEEK
From José Eduardo Monterrosa (StuCo President) and Daniela Villalobos (StuCo Vice President)
The school’s mindset is fueled by innovation, leadership, collaboration and CORE values. The Student Council shares this mindset and passionately believes on the vital importance of strengthening our school Pride. As a result, the first ever Pride Day has the aim of uniting the ABC Community and create a platform that will continue to enhance our pride for Rocky and the school. There will be a Students vs Teachers Football match, music and food, such as pupusas and pizza. We are #ABCBulldogs.
Book Character day

IB ART Exhibition
From Mrs Lucila Gonzalez
On Tuesday of this week, the arts exhibition of 12th IB was inaugurated in an event where artists, professors, parents and guests participated. This exhibition is the final exam of the subject of Visual Arts and the result to two years of work, in which pieces of art are made from the conventional like painting, sculpture to digital expressions.
The analysis of all those aspects of life as: death, life, violence, hope, ecological deterioration, metaphor, appearances, pain, feelings, influences, water, women and many issues More, it leads us to show that each work responds to a theoretical and rational foundation, and that through aesthetic practice, leads us to a creative and original personal interpretation of our realities. Generating critical and creative thinking.
The students exhibited were full of praise, applause and congratulations for such great exposure, full of talent and creativity.



Salva Regina University visit
From Mrs María Eugenia Díaz- Nuila de Vides - university counsellor
We were happy to host a presentation by Salve Regina University to share information and welcome admitted students from El Salvador. Thanks to our EXABRIT and Salve Regina’s alumna Emma Garcia Prieto for coordinating this event. If you would like to know more about this university, please feel free to contact me.


Celebrating resilience and determination
From Ms Burns- HoY 8
On Tuesday we were very glad to welcome an Exabrit from the Class of 2016 who came to talk to us about the challenges he faced in the football team in his final year at school.
Antonio Safie was dropped from the school team after his fitness levels fell. This was devastating to him, but he made the decision to not give up. He trained every day after school, running laps and swimming to build up his stamina, and was even here on the weekends working on his football skills. His hard work paid off and he won his place again.
He is a true example of resilience in action and the embodiment of our school motto: effort leads to success.

A reminder that next week, our G9 and G11 students will start their Examination period. Mr Hall has sent information out to parents as well as students regarding this period. Please read it carefully and support your children at home  by ensuring they have a quiet place to revise as well as ensuring they get proper nutrition and hydration as well as enough sleep especially during this time.

I would like to end, by asking your support on a very important issue which is the use of technology, in particular Cellphones. We agreed last year, following consultation with staff that Grade 6 and Grade 7 students would not bring a mobile phone to school. This policy was introduced to help protect students from exposure to inappropriate videos or internet sites they may have been sharing with their peers. Staff should therefore confiscate phones from any Grade 6 or Grade 7 student.  G8 and above may have them with them, turned off, in their bags. We ask that parents do not call or Whatsapp their children during the school day as this sends a conflicting message to them and it makes it very difficult for them to understand appropriate use of these devices. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary

March
Tuesday 21st- 7th Grade empowerment afternoon (1.00- 3.30 pm)
Tuesday 28th  - KS3 Parent Partnership Meeting on Internet Safety
Wednesday 22nd - Grade 9 and 11 exams start
Friday 24th - 1er Festival Gastronomique-culturel Francophone and Jeans Day for “Paraíso Down”
Friday 31st - Grade 8 Art Trip to Bicentenario (San Salvador) and end of Grade 9 and 11 exams

April
Saturday 1st to Saturday 18th April - Business Department Trip to UK and France
Sunday 2nd - Bicultural Music Festival
Friday 7th - Last day of Term two
Monday 10th to Friday 21st - Easter holidays, school closed