Director's Dispatch: April 19

posted Apr 19, 2013, 2:18 AM by Unknown user

Director’s Dispatch

We still have another week and a bit of World Cultural month and so far our very own Gaucher has done a fantastic job once again this year.  He has really brought a lot of Senegalese food and culture to our students!  It has been a wonderful experience and we remind parents to check the calendar and remember to dress in the national dress of your own or any other country on the 26th of April.   

Parents are also reminded to sign up with Mrs. Emefa in the front office if they would like an individual appointment with Dr. Pam Ward. Dr. Ward will be doing an audit of Learning Support Services at ISD next week. Our IB authorization visit takes place on the 29th and 30th of April and a reminder that May 1st is a holiday for everyone.

I have been working with Trustees on developing plans for assisting working parents with what to do with children in the time following the end of school and the start of July holidays.  I have suggested a summer day camp option that ISD could operate using many of our local staff.

Summer Day Camp tentatively looks like a two-week block from June 17-21 and June 24-28.  The camp would run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and supervision would only be from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Camp Counselors would be our own TAs and if there is sufficient interest we would look externally for additional staff.  The language of the camp would be English and it would be for children age 4-13.  Older children could volunteer for community service hours and work directly with a Camp Counselor.  There would be no more than 10 children in a group and right now our maximum number of students would be 110.

The price is still to be determined because it would depend on the number of registrants, however it would be in the vicinity of 40,000-50,000 CFA per week with parents being responsible for sending a lunch with the campers.

Activities would involve swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor games, indoor games, music and drama.  The purpose of a summer camp is to have fun with same age campers doing things that involve the outdoors.  On rainy days-if there are any!) campers could be moved indoors for movies or reading.  No field trips would be associated with the camp and parents would be responsible for transporting their own children.

If this is something that would be of interest to you-no commitment is necessary at this point-could you please email Laliya or Nikki (emails to follow) or see them at Reception in the front office.  They will put your name on a contact list so that further information can be sent to you as the program develops.


Enjoy the rest of this busy month!

Barb Gage, Director