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posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:33 AM by Kelly ‎(ES Pr)‎ CHUMRAU.   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 11:43 PM ]

December 9, 2016

Winter Concerts and Art Show

Don’t forget:

Dec. 13th - 5:30 pm K-2 Art Show and Concert Extravaganza!

Dec. 14th - 5:30 pm 3-5 Art Show and Concert Extravaganza!

No School on December 12 - Public Holiday


The Spirit Shop will be open Friday afternoons.  Come and see our new selection of t-shirts!

Do you want to know about After School Activities?

Go here:  https://sites.google.com/a/isd.sn/jagjournal/activities-update/ASA

Do you want to know about Sports?

Go here:  https://sites.google.com/a/isd.sn/jagjournal/activities-update

If you have any questions about After School Activities or Sports Events, please contact Eric Rodine, Athletic Director: ericr@faculty.isd.sn


A note from Ms Pam:

Saying Goodbye

This is the time of the year when many children have to say goodbye to friends who are leaving ISD. For many it can be a sad and confusing time. It is important to understand how your child may be feeling and to provide opportunities for them to talk. Sometimes by merely listening, a child copes better with their sadness.

I believe the children who remain at ISD are experiencing a sense of loss and are actually going through the stages of grief every time a friend, classmate or teacher leaves. The best thing we can do is to create time to listen to our children, to let them cry and feel sad (it is an expression of the deep friendship that was created and this is a wonderful thing) provide comfort, show empathy; demonstrating that you understand what they are feeling and experiencing. It is important for parents to know that overcoming the loss of a friend takes time to heal.

It might also be helpful to provide moments/activities for friends to have a last play date, make a card, take photos of each other, make a memory box, and to say goodbye. If your child likes to write or draw perhaps it might also be helpful to record her words or pictures in a journal. Perhaps there could be an exchange of Skype, email addresses, or Facebook accounts with friends’ parents, so friends can occasionally continue to talk/write to each other. I have also seen many families plan reunion holidays for their children and the families.

If your child is particularly upset or seems inconsolable, please let me know and I will read an excellent children’s book to them called The Invisible String whose message can be adapted for dealing with saying goodbye to a friend.

Pam Pelliccia, ES Counselor