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Elementary News: January 15

posted Jan 15, 2016, 8:08 AM by Unknown user

Dear Parents,

The way we have all returned in such a positive manner is very apparent in the classes, and the first of the year's PTO meetings is also on us next week. We see that our new students are right in the mix of play and soccer at recess, and KG B and 3K are readying themselves for next week's assemblies. More below.... 


1. SamusocialOn Tuesday, 3C will get the ball rolling with our visits to Samusocial. We are very grateful for the opportunity to spend time there, and Grades 3-5 will be having weekly visits to the local organization that helps street children in Dakar. This will run through the rest of the year. At the visits, the ISD and Samusocial children are given many collaborative activities, and we try to use this as an opportunity to not only experience a different environment and interact with children with different lives to ours, but also to add some value to the work of the organization that will be left behind. We will also host three visits to ISD by the Samusocial children. 


If you would like to know more about the organization, just click the logo above.

2.Up to Date Email and Phone CheckWe need to be sure that your emails and phone numbers are up to date on Focus: https://isd.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/

Or, please drop in to check with Marciale in the front office when you can. We need to ensure all numbers are current for safety and communication, and this also relates to the Board Elections, where we will use e-voting this year. 

3. Next Week's Assemblies: Next week Ms. Jasenka will be with KG B to lead the assembly on Thursday morning and Ms. Campbell's 3K class will be the center piece of our Friday assembly. You will be informed if your child will be receiving a CORE award. 

4. King's Cake: Here are some photos from Ms. Linda's French Class celebrating "la galette des rois":

King's Cake in French

5. Flight in 2Y: ...and here are Ms. Monica's 2Y class trying their hand with parachutes!


6. Parent Book Group: The first meeting of the Parent Book Group led by Ms. Pam is Tuesday, January 26th at 8:30 am in the Library. The new book, recommended by a parent, is Brain Child, by Tony Buzan: 

Click HERE for a link for more. 

There will be coffee....

PTO Meeting - Thursday, 21 January: From the PTO....

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a wonderful festive break and have come back refreshed and ready for the new term.

The first PTO meeting of the New Year will be next Thursday, 21 January at 8.30 am in the conference room in the admin building.  The main topic of discussion will be the putting together of a dynamic new PTO coordinating team.  We hope that you will be able to join us and that you will consider ways in which you can volunteer.

Looking forward to a big turn-out at next Thursday's meeting.

Best wishes,


8. Great Kindness Challenge Week: ISD will be joining over 6,781 schools around the world in an initiative called the The Great Kindness Challenge. The initiative provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administration, families and community in creating a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, unity and respect.

The week of January 25-29 will be devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible!

9. The Emerald Crown: Here again is the rehearsal schedule from the Emerald Crown for those of you who have children getting ready for the performances on February 4 & 5. Volunteers for costumes are welcome:

Rehearsal Dates: (Wednesdays)

- January: 20th & 27th

Weekend Blocking:

- January: 23rd and 30th 9:30am to 12:00pm

- February: 3rd Dress Rehearsal

- February: 5th Matinee and Show 1

- February 6th: Show 2

10. Saturday Library!!: And yes, the library is open EVERY SATURDAY!!! It is open from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Upcoming Events: 

- January 25-29: Great Kindness Challenge Week 
- January 26: Parent Book Group
- January 28: KG B Assembly
- January 29: 3K Assembly
- February 5 & 6: The Emerald Crown Musical

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar