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Elementary News: February 8

posted Feb 7, 2013, 3:38 PM by ianc@alumni.isd.sn   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 1:04 AM by Unknown user ]

Dear Parents,

I am currently in chilly Boston, and it seems that snow is on the way, too. Ms. Gage and I are attending a recruiters fair here, where we are looking for the last few new faculty for next year. When talking about the things that make ISD special during our presentation to the attendees, this is always a time when I reflect proudly on how fortunate we are to be working in our school. We will also be sharing a wonderful new video about ISD that was created by HS students, which I will share with you when it is placed on the web site.

2 Days to Bruce Coville: We are really looking forward to introducing Bruce to the school at our Reading Week opening assembly on Monday. East Coast weather permitting, we will both be there for 9:00am Monday in the gym!

Decorated Doors: You will see some beautifully decorated doors in the ES building - the theme is Bruce Coville's books. Classes are working extra hard to try and compete with the usual creative 3D efforts. While we do try to maintain more intrinsic ways to encourage excellence, in this case Mr D seems to be on a run of late, and the classes are after his decorated door title! 

Elementary School Field Day: We will be holding our Elementary School Field Day on Thursday March 28 - this is the last day before Spring Break. In the run-up to the big day, Mr. Te Huki will communicate with you the color of the team your child will be in. 

Enrollment Survey: Please ensure that you have completed the school enrollment survey, whether you plan on staying at ISD or will be leaving at the end of this school year. If you already filled out the form, you do NOT need to do so again. Your responses will help us plan out 2013-14 school year, regarding staffing and other budget projections. It is attached at the bottom of this page.  

Professional Development Afternoons: We have a PD afternoon coming up next Friday Feb. 15. In these afternoons, the faculty spend time in schools, groups or grade teams, attending presentations or being given guidance on new methodologies. We do appreciate your support with these afternoons, which are common in international schools where there are always many trained faculty who can lead workshops. As we did this school year, in September 2013, we are planning for two full days PD when we will have visits from two consultants who will also add value to our programs. 

Mardi Gras Shoes and Crepes: Our French department will be sending home information about some Mardi Gras shoe and crepe fun! They are encouraging the children to take part in a fancy shoe parade, and they'll also be handing out a crepe or two at the end of Tuesday next week. Crepes will be served at the Paillote (hut in MS/HS building).... and thank you if you are to be cooking!

Reading Week - Feb. 11-15: Here are all the other Reading Week events!

Opening Ceremony - 9:00 Mon.:
     1. Welcome
     2. Teacher Readers Theater
     3. Draw for lunch with Bruce - students given the chance of lunch with the author
     4. Who's behind the Book? - mystery teacher readers
     5. Bruce Coville - the man himself!
Also in the week:
- Decorate your door competition - big prize for winning class!
- DEAR  for 15 mins a day - random times each day
- Storytelling/Drama  - Ms. Shelly's storytelling
- Pyjama Party Friday - children bring pjs, cuddly toys and read in classrooms

Bruce Coville presents.... Feb 13th 5:30-7:00 (readings and signing)
- Bruce also officially opens the library that evening!! 
      

Upcoming Events:

- February 11: Reading Week: Bruce Coville visits
- February 13: Bruce Coville reading and book signing - 5:30
- February 15: PD Afternoon: 12:00 Dismissal
- February 18: President's Day & WAIST - SCHOOL CLOSED
- February 19-25: Gr 2-5 MAP Tests
- February 22: Elementary Picnic
- February 28: 1B Assembly
- February 28: ISD Community Forum
- February 28: Scholastic Book Orders Due
- March 1: 3C Assembly
- March 1: SIPS Track and Field
- March 7: Board Meeting
- March 9: Soiree Litteraire II
- March 15: Elementary Student-Led Parent Conferences: 12:00 Dismissal
- March 28: Elementary Field Day
- March 29: Good Friday and 1st day of Spring Break
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ianc@alumni.isd.sn,
Feb 7, 2013, 3:38 PM
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