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Elementary News: February 12

posted Feb 12, 2016, 2:19 AM by Ian, CLARK   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 4:13 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Many of our students are decompressing after the excitement of the musical, but we do have the musical picnic now on the horizon, so keep singing! We also had a great Cultural Parade with the Gr 1 children. Check out the photos at the Facebook sire HERE

Please remember - there is NO SCHOOL MONDAY.


1. Gotta Keep Reading: I'll start with an interesting article on why we need to encourage our children to read for 20 minutes a night, and why we should read to our kids. The article is called Bill Gates shares this habit with successful leaders.

2. ES Parent Coffee Next Wednesday 17th Feb.: Next week, we'll have presentations on ELL, curriculum and personal and social education. I'll also speak about upcoming events....


8:40am in Admin Conference Room

Topics - ELL, Curriculum & PSE

3. 1/2 Day Next Friday: Friday, February 19 is to be a 1/2 day, 12:00 pick-up. On this day, the faculty will be continuing the ongoing work on accreditation. This is a very deep process, which encompasses a review of pour professional practices in schools, and ensures we are aligned with the standards expected from our accrediting agencies, the Council of International Schools and Middle States Association

4. Used Book Sale: Do your children have books they no longer read? Are some of your books collecting dust on a shelf? Please help us have a great Used Book Sale during Reading Week by donating your used books to the PTO. We will start collecting books NEXT WEEK– there will be a blue collection bin by the front of the school. 


Please bring gently used books to bins outside school

Books will go on sale week of March 2

Starting on 2nd March through 4th March books will be on sale by the front of the school. 
There will be books for all ages and in several languages.

5. Yearbook News: The cost of the additional yearbook has been changed to 10,000cfa. At the end of the year, each family will receive ONE FREE yearbook, and if you would like an extra copy for 10,000cfa, please let your child's teacher know. 

6. ASA Cookery Photos: Here are some snaps from a recent cookery After School Activity - yum!:

ASA Cookery

7. Mardi Gras: ...and from our French team's celebrations last Tuesday:

Mardi Gras

8. Sand Play: I often think about how lucky our kids are having this wonderful sand playground for recess and weekends. They seem to agree!

Sand Play!

9. Upcoming Movie Night - Feb. 26: A heads-up, as plans are afoot for a movie night for K-5 students (K-2 must be accompanied by their parents). Co-hosted by the Senior Class and our ES Student Council. 

February 26 OUTDOORS 

from 6:30pm on the ES Amphitheater

10. French Stories in Library: We have a range of French language books available to sign out. Do come browse if you have time:

11. WAIST Softball: Finally, the WAIST softball tournament is on the next three days. If you enjoy watching sport, do come along! There is a faculty and a HS team taking part.  It will be held at Ebbett's Field and ISD, with finals day on Monday.

Upcoming Events: 

- February 15: WAIST Softball: SCHOOL CLOSED
- February 16: Gr 3 Host Samusocial on Campus
- February 18: Board Meeting
- February 18: 2Y Assembly
- February 19: 12:00 RELEASE: Accreditation work
- February 24: SIPS Cross Country
- February 24; Parent Book Group
- February 25: 2O Assembly
- February 26: 4C Assembly
- February 26: K-5 Movie Night
- March 4: ES Musical Picnic

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar