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Elementary News: January 22

posted Jan 22, 2016, 6:02 AM by Ian, CLARK   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 7:24 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Next week, we are celebrating kindness. Please chat with your children over dinner about what The Great Kindness Challenge means to them. We are also raising your awareness of the Maker Space that is now available after school and at weekends; we all love 3D printing and Lego Technic!!


1. 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. In the classes we'll be celebrating kindness and seeing how much we can be truly helpful to others!

The week of January 25-29 will be devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, and we'll celebrate this in our Friday assemblies....

2. 3C to Samusocial: Mrs. Clark's Class spent time last week with the children from Samusocial. This is our first week with the organization, and we'll be visiting with Gr 3, 4 & 5 through the next 3 months:

3C at Samusocial

3. Maker Spaces: News on our recent Maker Space after-school openings:

The school's Maker Space is now available for all students K-5 from 3:30-5:00 Tuesdays - Thursdays. Parents would need to arrange with Mr. Micah Hall (email micahh(at)faculty.isd.sn) and let their teacher know if their child is going to work there. There is also a release form to sign. We have a lot of tools, Lego technic, 3D printer and more - Mr. Hall just need ideas! The space is now also open from 11:00am-3:00pm Saturdays (it is located between the HS and ES buildings).
Note: K-2 students, must be accompanied in the Maker Space by a parent

4. Parent Database Workshop: 


Wednesday, 8:30-9:15 am, Jan 27 in library

Chantal Gesland and Deanne White

Learn about ISD databases available for students/parents to use for research, information, and pleasure 

PebbleGo, TumbleBooks, Ebsco Middle Search, Britannica, library catalog WebPath Express, etc. 

5. Upcoming 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 centerpiece of our Friday assembly. You will be informed if your child will be receiving a CORE award. 

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. 

7. PE Pictures: Here are some snaps from Mr. Bowler's new soccer unit in PE:

PE Soccer Fun!

8. Pool Work: We are informed that the construction on the new pool surrounds is going well and is scheduled for completion at the end of February:

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: 30th 9:30am to 12:00pm

- February: 3rd Dress Rehearsal

- February: 5th Matinee and Show 1

- February 6th: Show 2

10. Birthday Lunch: ...and finally, our happy January birthday kids up on the balcony at Birthday Lunch:

Upcoming Events: 

- January 25-29: Great Kindness Challenge Week 
- January 26: Parent Book Group
- January 27: Parent Library Database Session
- January 28: KG B Assembly
- January 29: 3K Assembly
- February 2: Board Parent Coffee
- February 4: WAISAL Assembly
- February 5 & 6: The Emerald Crown Musical
- February 8: Gr 2-5 MAP Testing Begins
- February 15: WAIST Softball: SCHOOL CLOSED
- February 16: Gr 3 Host Samusocial on Campus
- February 18: Board Meeting
- February 19: 12:00 RELEASE: Accreditation work

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar