Communication About Communications

posted Sep 8, 2017, 4:13 AM by   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 8:01 AM ]

The International School of Dakar wouldn't be who we are without parent and family involvement. Your ideas, participation, encouragement, and dedication to your children improves every aspect of our school and helps your students thrive. Of course, for parents to be fully involved, the school needs to communicate effectively about major developments, important events involving their children, and meetings with school administration and teachers.  Improving communication with our families is a priority of the Board of Trustees and the administration. 

We currently distribute information in a few ways: 

  • Emails from the staff and faculty about specific events
  • The weekly JAG Journal, which is posted online and emailed to all parents every Friday
  • ISD's Facebook page (International School of Dakar
  • ISD's Twitter account (@ISDakar)
  • Our whole school calendar shows upcoming school and sporting events, and can be accessed through the quick links on the right side of the ISDwebsite.
  • Our new Jaguar Sports site with separate pages for each sport showing the practice schedule, important information specific to the sport, and dates of upcoming games, also listed in the quick links.

This year, we added a Communications Coordinator position to the ISD administration, which has been filled by Catherine Kazmirski.  Her top three priorities for the year are to improve communication within the internal ISD audience, develop an easier to read JAG Journal, and establish a long-term communications strategy.  Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for families to get the information they need by making it more accessible and available on the platforms you use. 

Catherine will be sending out a survey next week to better understand your communication preferences so that we can improve our processes and make it easier for you to get the information you need.  The survey will help us understand how you prefer to be notified about events, how you access our website and newsletter, and if you have any suggestions for things we might be overlooking.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so we can include you even more in your child's education and the ISD community.