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Elementary News: April 10

posted Apr 9, 2015, 4:22 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 10, 2015, 2:12 AM ]
Dear Parents,

World Cultural Month continues into week two, and many photo galleries of the events below. Please also note that there is a half-day PD session for the faculty on Friday April 17, so it is 12:00 pick-up. 


1. Country Booths: We still need many more booths for the children to visit on the morning of April 30. If you are interested, please contact Gaucher Kadam at gaucher@isd.sn / 77 645 05 62.

Here are all the countries making up the ISD family taken from admissions - I am sure there are more besides!

USA, France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, Italian, UK, Australia, India, Cameroon, Portugal, China, Benin, Bolivia, Gambia, Korea, South Korea, Burkina Faso, UAE, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sweden, Tunisia, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Norway, Salvador, Switzerland, Togo, Uganda, Algeria, Brazil, Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Namibia, Pakistani, Russia, Sierra Leone, Turkey

2. Summer Camp: Last call for the Summer Camp forms - send in Monday and we can include in the list:

Depending on sufficient interest, this will run from June 15-19. 

We will put a second week on also, if there is sufficient interest from June 22-26.

9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m

Send a nutritious snack and lunch each day.

Group Size, approx. 10, Grouped by grade/age

Activities offered in the pastSwimming, Outdoor games, Games in the gym, Arts and Crafts, Singing, Kitchen Skills and Cooking, If it rains - quiet reading or movies

The fee will be CFA 50,000 in cash for the week (do not send yet)

There is only room for 70 students per week. 

Parent who pre-indicate an interest on the sheet being sent will have priority

Camp is only for enroled ISD students

Camp Coordinator: Linda Bockarie

3. Earth Day: We will have our 3rd Earth Day Celebration on April 22! 


- 8:45-11:30: Green activities in grades, rotating through different teachers
- 11:30-12:10: Earth Day Assembly in gym
- WASTE-FREE LUNCH (see below)
- Green Specials sessions
- Green Display in library
- You can read about the worldwide 2015 Earth Day organization here.   


The idea of Monday's waste-free lunch is to have a day when we produce no garbage. Please send your child's lunch in a reusable container, and there should be no disposable wrapping inside at all. That is the goal - nothing that will be thrown away. 

Here is a link to a website that might give some ideas. Shady will also be sending over only reusable materials with the food for his lunches on Tuesday, too.

4. Senegalese Lunch: Here are the students enjoying the communal meal:

Communal Lunch

5. Talking at the Dinner Table: Here is a link to some MORE great conversation starters for the dinner table to add to those last week!


6. Thioup Demonstration: We often see this tye-dye-esque material around, and this week we were lucky to have a demonstration for the classes....

7. World Cultural Month - Upcoming Events: 

- APRIL 17 – FACULTY/PARENT COOKING CLASS A class on how to make a Senegalese dish (TBD). This class is opened to faculty and to parents.

- APRIL 24 – FACULTY/PARENT COOKING CLASS A class on how to make local juices (Bissap, bouye and cocktail). Opened to faculty and to parents.

- APRIL 29 - BAZAAR (Day 1) - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Local artists and artisans are invited on campus for your summer shopping.

- APRIL 30 - CLOSING CEREMONY  2:00 pm - 3:10 pm • Country booths visited by students • Parade of the nations • Elementary school performance • Concert • World items exhibitions • Bazaar (Day 2) - parents welcome to join the parade!!

8. Cooking class (Senegalese meal and juices)

As above, there will be a cooking class (April 17, 2015 from 3:45 pm to 6:00 pm) as well as a class on how to make local juices; Bissap and Bouye (April 24 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) on campus. We are going to introduce “Poulet yassa” and we will go through the cooking process from the ingredients, vegetables and chicken to the cooking itself. Rabi, our favorite cook will also show you how you can make juices using bissap and bouye. The fee is 10,000 f cfa per person and the maximum number of participants is 20. 

We will not hold the class if we don’t have 10 interested people and who paid in advance. The deadline for registration is Monday April 13. First come, first served. Should you need more information, please, feel free to contact Gaucher (WCM coordinator): gaucher@isd.sn / 77 645 05 62

9. Pre-K Dressing up too!: Here are some snaps from Pre-K 4W:

Pre-K 4W Dress-up

10. Grade 1 Field Trip: Here are some more photos of the two Grade 1 neighborhood visits:

Gr 1 Neighborhood Field Trips

11. Senegal Art Week: ....and finally, some of our younger artists learning more from artisans:

Senegal Art Week

Upcoming Events: 

- Apr. 14/15: Gr 5 Overnight Field Trip
- Apr. 15/16: Gr 4 Overnight Field Trip
- Apr. 17: PD 1/2 Day
- Apr. 22: Earth Day
- Apr. 28: 5G Assembly 
- Apr. 29: Pre-K 4W Assembly
- Apr. 30: Education Team Meeting
- Apr. 30: WCM Closing Ceremony
- May 1: SCHOOL CLOSED: Labor Day
- May 4: ES MAP Tests Begin
- May 6: PTO Meeting
- May 7: Board Meeting
- May 20: K-2 Concert & Art Exhibition
- May 21: Gr 3-5 Concert & Art Exhibition
- May 22: PD 1/2 Day
- May 22: End of Tri III ASA

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar