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Elementary News: May 20

posted May 20, 2016, 4:26 AM by Ian, CLARK   [ updated May 21, 2016, 4:06 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Gosh! What a surprise this morning for the Clark family... I was called to an "important" meeting with Dr. Knobloch and Mr. Bell, then was called to the gym as Mr. Bowler told me there was a "problem".... there was no "problem" and we found a gym-full of students, teachers and parents. 

Sarah, Isabel, William and I then received such a lovely present, which was the chance to sit and reflect on what a wonderful school we have here and how fantastic the last 6 years have been for us. Thanks also for the gifts of a lovely book called One Family, Two Pets and One True Story... we are so grateful!


1. Parent Swim: Come join in the swim NEXT WEEK!!

2. ASA Assembly: Come along in the last week of school to the....



3:30pm in GYM

African Drumming
Dance (Hip-Hop and Ballet)
Tae Kwon Do
Circus Art

The ASA's end Friday, May 27.

3. Grade 4 Camping Trip to Thies: Here are our Grade 4 students camping in Thies. This was a new overnight trip, and HUGE thanks to Mr. Ish, Mr. Carpenter and Ms. Niassa for putting this all together!

Gr 4 Trip to Thies

4. K-2 Concert & Art Show: Photos coming soon!

5. Gr 3-5 Concert & Art Show: Photos also coming soon!

6. Disco Nite: Last weekend, there was a lot of fun and dancing in the gym at the Disco Nite!! Thanks Student Council for coordinating....

Disco Nite

7. French Clay Artisan Visit: To conclude the study of Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, clay sessions took place throughout the French classes under the supervision of Mr Ibrahima Ndiaye. Here are the kids getting crafty

Clay in French Class

8. Maker Space 2015-16: Huge thanks this year to Micah Hall who had put in his own time not only to set up our Maker Space but to run this on Saturdays. Here are some children enjoying the facility. It will run again next year, and we do integrate this space into classes when we can:

Maker Space

9. Upcoming Assemblies: We have assemblies planned for the following dates:

- Pre-K 3: Thursday, May 26 at 8:30am in Amphitheater (Pre-K - Gr 2)

- 5S: Friday, May 27 at 8:30am in Amphitheater (Gr 3-5)

- Leaver's Assembly: Thursday, June 2 at 11:30am in Gym (for all students Pre-K - Gr 5 - parents welcome)

10. Transitions: I am personally learning how hard leaving a place you love can be. Ms. Pam will be spending time with the students who are leaving, and I would like to share some web sites that you may find helpful when talking about moving to another place:

Here are three links you may find useful that I have shared previously:  

TCKWorld.com     Interactionintl.org     http://www.ori-and-ricki.net/ (this one is also for kids)

...and there is this one about those left behind: http://www.thecultureblend.com/?p=1482

11. Summer Camp: Sign-up for weeks 2 and 3 is with Francois in the admin office. 


Upcoming Events: 

- May 26: Gr 5 Moving-up Ceremony
- May 26: Pre-K 3 Assembly
- May 27: 5S Assembly
- May 27: ASA's End
- May 31: ASA Assembly
- June 2: Farewell Assembly/12:00 DISMISSAL
- June 6: Summer Camp Begins
- June 24: Summer Camp ends

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar