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Elementary News: December 11

posted Dec 10, 2015, 4:10 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 3:02 AM ]

Dear Parents,

The children have ended the year on a high, with last week's concerts and this week's field trips, plus many parties. Thank you for all you do, especially the PTO who, as ever, were behind all the books we gained through the Scholastic order and of course the wonderful Santa Sale. 

We wish you a great break, and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday January 5. For those of you who are moving on, we wish you wonderful travels and I hope you take happy ISD memories in your hearts - keep in touch!!!  


1. "Narrative Only" Report CardsAs with many schools, we have a policy in place whereby there is an attendance requirement to receive a full report card. This is also in line with ISD MS & HS policy. I have inserted the ES Attendance Policy below for your information - from the Parent/Student Handbook:

Elementary school students must have at least 80% attendance for a reporting period to earn a full end-of term report card in December or June. Less than 80% attendance will gain a “narrative only” end-of term report card. No reports will be given for students with less than 40% attendance for a reporting period.

In addition, Elementary school students must have at least 40% attendance for the reporting period in order to receive a mid-term report card for Quarters 1 and 3.

Research indicates that a child makes the most learning gains when he or she attends school daily and interacts with other students during the learning process. Please attend to the school calendar and avoid extending vacations and your child’s’ time away from school. A "narrative only" report card is a report card with no letter grades (N, A ,M, E), but it will have a written narrative from the teachers. For students not receiving a full report card, there will also be an explanatory letter in the report card envelope.

2. Report Card RequirementsPlease attend to any outstanding library books or unpaid ISD fees. These are requirements of having the report cards on the final day of the semester. If there are outstanding books or fees, Ms. Emefa will retain the reports until we are allowed to release them. 

3. Gr 2 Field Trip and Service Learning in NgorHere are some shots of the Gr 2 trip to Ngor School where the children also painted some blackboards for the school. 

Gr 2 Ngor Trip

....plus this great picture of the whole crew (Mr. Kofi took this if you want a larger copy!:

4. ASA Online Registration: Second Semester ASA's will begin on Monday January 11, 2016. 

Here is a Mr Rodine's preview of what will be offered (more HERE):

Faculty Run Courses:

4th and 5th Grade Cooking- Breakfast around the World- Wednesdays-  10, 000 cfa- Axelle Mbaye, and Adja Sakho (First Preference will be given to students that have never taken the cooking class while at ISD).

K-5th- Fine Arts and Eco-literacy- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- Nyah Gueye

K-3rd Grade- Construction Zone- Thursdays, Pam Pelliccia

3rd-5th Grade- Coloring, Cards, and Creativity- Thursday, Kelly Campbell

1st-2nd Grade- Yoga, Tuesday, Stephanie Ogg

1st-5th Grade- Papier Mache- Wednesdays, Julienne Guillaume and Mr. Hamidou, 17,000 cfa

K-2nd- Construction Zone- Tuesday, Linda Bockarie

4th-12th- Digital Photography-Nancy Magnus

K-5th Grade- African Drumming- Tuesday, Mr. Fode and Ms. Stein

Local Instructor Courses:

K-5th Grade- Gaucher's Soccer Academy- Monday and Thursday (note change to Thursday due to scheduling requirements)

K-5th Grade- Chess- Monday and Wednesday

K-5th Grade- Circus Art- Monday and Wednesday

K-5th Grade- Dance- Monday and Wednesday

K-5th Grade- Karate- Monday and Wednesday

K-5th Grade- Pottery- Tuesday and Thursday

K-5th Grade- Sand Art- Tuesday and Thursday

K-5th Grade- Tae Kwon Do- Tuesday and Thursday

K-5th Grade- Tennis- Monday-Thursday

K-5th Grade- Gold- Tuesday and Thursday

K-5th Grade- Oil Painting- Tuesday and Thursday

5. Hour of Code: Here are some pics from Ms. Chantal of the children in the ES coding for an hour last week. We continue to try and raise the awareness of these important skills:

Hour of Code

6. New Parent Book Group!!: Parents are invited to participate in a book group led by Ms. Pam that meets three Tuesday mornings in ​January, ​February, ​and March. Our new book, recommended by a parent, is Brain Child, by Tony Buzan: 

Click HERE for a link for more. If traveling over the holiday you may want to look for it in bookstores and/or have it shipped​ to your vacation residence. ​

7. Santa Sale: Here are the children enjoying the bazaar last Wednesday. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who helped:

Santa Sale

8. School Photos: Due to a glitch in the external printing process, I have been informed that the student photos will not now be available until the new year. If you are leaving, please speak with Ms. Emefa about the next steps. 

9. Gr 5 Publishing Party: Here are some images of the Grade 5 celebration of writing. Thanks to all parents for coming in and sharing your child's work:

Gr 5 Publishing Party

10. Grade 2 French Party: Our teachers were the chefs for this fun event!:

Gr 2 French Party

11. Winter Break Reading: As we say, children learn to read on the laps of their parents. If there is one great thing you could do this Winter Break, it is to give your child the opportunity to continue to read through the three weeks.Here is a nice book list at Goodreads. 

12. Library Links: If you would like to see more ideas for winter reading, head to the ISD Library site with news on the web site Tumblebooks, and more. 

Finally, however you are spending the break, one more message....


Upcoming Events: 

- December 11: Last Day of School/Report cards sent home
- January 5: School Reopens

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar