Director's Dispatch

posted Oct 5, 2012, 3:48 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 15, 2012, 10:48 PM ]
5 October

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are entering the seventh week of the school year!  So much has been happening in and around the school and I know that our students are still really pleased with the new building. Detail work continues apace -- in addition to finishing touches around campus, you'll see new grass was planted and is filling in nicely. 

We had a very successful Welcome Back Cocktail evening organized by Sharon Nossiter and the PTO. It was wonderful to see all of the volunteers out to assist. Sharon has decided to step down form the PTO Presidency this year and I would like to publicly thank her for all of her efforts and hard work over the past two years.  Well done Sharon!

I am also pleased to let you know that we will have a part-time Elementary Counselor starting on Monday, October 8. Ingrid Ermanovics, who has been working at ISD as a Modern Languages and AP Biology teacher, will take on the Elementary Counselor role. Ingrid will maintain one of her language classes and her AP Biology, but she will now be devoting her afternoons to Elementary counseling. Ingrid and Dr. Clark will be working together closely to plan a strong program for our elementary students.  

I'm also happy to share that Laliya Ndiaye will be picking up the Modern Languages classes from Ingrid.  Parents will recognize that Laliya has a wonderful history with ISD and I am really happy that she is returning to teaching. Laliya and Ingrid have done handover work together and Laliya will assume the class leadership on Monday. And, lastly, Nikki Bienia will be helping out at ISD Reception. Nikki is a PK4 TA in the mornings and will be working in the front office in the afternoons.

October is another busy month for ISD staff. Kristine Michael and I are currently at the IB Regional Conference and our IBO visitor arrives on Monday the 8th (thanks, again, to the PTO for hosting two IB information sessions this week!). We also have the annual AISA (Association of International Schools in Africa) Conference later this month. We are proud to say that many of our staff will be presenting at the conference this year: Christy Kinkhabwala, Tony Watters,Tracy Hill, Murray Te Huki and Tamara Studniski. Tracy, Murray, and Tamara have also been asked to lead Job Alike Sessions at the conference. These are great opportunities to learn from other schools and share with them all that we have going on here.

I have to remind parents again to please note that the school does not have any supervision available for students prior to 8:00 a.m. I ask that parents do not drop their children off before that time.

Finally, our official opening of the new Middle/High School building will be held December 7, 8, and 9. I am thrilled to announce that Wayne Rutherford will be here to see his project to fruition and to cut the ribbon. 

Til next time,