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Elementary News: April 12

posted Apr 12, 2013, 4:40 AM by ianc@alumni.isd.sn   [ updated Apr 12, 2013, 5:34 AM ]

Dear Parents,

We begin our third term in busy fashion with WCM beginning, Senegalese Art classes, and a Science Fair to end the week. Please read on for news of these and updates on upcoming events - plenty for next week alone!

K-5 Communal Lunch - Tuesday 16 IMPORTANT: On Tuesday 16 April, all the K-5 classes will enjoy a communal Senegalese lunch in their class groups. Students should not bring a lunch in on that day, and the school is funding the lunch. We will be served thieb yapp (rice and meat) and cooked vegetables (legumes sautés), and we'll dine under the trees. PLEASE LET YOUR TEACHER KNOW IF THERE WILL BE AN ISSUE FOR YOUR CHILD DINING WITH US. 

WCM Opening Ceremony: We gathered as a whole school to enjoy some musical performances at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cultural Month. 

Senegalese Art Week: A central piece to the Elementary School WCM is Senegalese Art Week. This involves art sessions in grade level classes where artisans have visited to teach their skills to the grades. We will be showing off our creations in the Art Show on Thursday April 18 - it will be open all day in the gym, so please come along! As a note, this will also be Ms. Valdmanis's last few weeks at ISD, as she will be leaving to live in Boston at the end of the month. She was our K-3 Art teacher the last two years, and now teaches Gr 2. We wish Kelly and her family all the best with her move!!

Senegalese Outfit Day - Thursday 18: On Thursday, as we will be celebrating the Senegalese Arts in the gym, we are also asking children to wear Senegalese dress that day, if they wish. This is for MS and HS students, too, so we look forward to some wonderful fashion items coming to school!

Booths: Another request from Mr. Gaucher for people to staff booths on the morning of April 26 on WCM's final day. Contact him at gaucher@isd.sn if you would like to run a country booth. 

Gr 5 & 6 Science Fair: Today, Ms. Hill and Mr. Kinkhabwala's Science Club students presented their projects at the Science Fair. All classes in the ES paid a visit to learn more about the scientific method. Ms. Hill's students will go on to represent ISD in the NESA Virtual Science Fair:

Science Fair

Earth Day: On Monday, April 22, the ES will celebrate Earth Day. We request that children come to school wearing GREEN. We will enjoy a variety of activities that day, that I will outline next week, but start looking for some green clothes!!

Pre-K Field Day: Big thanks to M. Zahrobsky for putting together a full morning of fun activities for our 3-5 year olds. They had a great time!!. Please click HERE for a wonderful slideshow!!

K-5 Field Day:...and thanks also to Mr. Te Huki for running the K-5 afternoon on the field:

K-5 Field Day

...and here is the trophy (well done blues!!:

PE Footwear: Mr. Gaucher requests that you continue to monitor the days when your child has PE, as there have been some days when the students have not been bringing their correct PE footwear. Here is a link to the 6-day calendar. 

Upcoming Events in April (WCM in Brown):
- April 13 & 14: ISD Samusiocial Olympiade
- April 16: Communal lunch on the grass (school will provide this)
- April 17 & 18: Gr 4 Trip to Thies
- April 18: Art Exhibition (in gym, come see the results of the Art classes)
- April 18: Local Outfit Day (children invited to wear their finest!)
- April 19: PD Afternoon
- April 20 & 21: Gr 4 & 5 Lock-in
- April 22: ES Earth Day (Kids Wear Green!!)
- April 24: Semi-Annual General Meeting
- April 26: WCM Final Day
- April 29 & 30: IB Accreditation Visit
- May 1: School Closed - Labor Day
- May 2: Pre-K 4B Assembly & Board Meeting
- May 3: 4S Assembly
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