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Elementary News: June 2

posted May 27, 2016, 9:02 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 8:55 AM ]

Dear Parents,

We gathered in the gym today to say goodbye to some of our friends in classes; kids and teachers. It was wonderful to see the new goodbye T shirts and I hope that becomes a tradition that continues. On the backs it says "once a Jaguar, always a Jaguar" and I hope that those of you who are leaving take some jaguar spirit with you in your hearts. Do keep in touch - and from me, maybe we'll see you in Monterrey, Mexico!

Have a safe and happy vacation from all of us at ISD!!!


1. A Year of Jaguar Spirit!: Here are some memories of the 2015-16 school year compiled, as ever by Ms. Chantal - the dancing clip is really special:

The Elementary Year 2015-16

2. ASA Assembly: Thanks to Jean-Philipe Bourgeois for these lovely photos from the recent ASA assembly, and thanks to Mr. Rodine for coordinating through the year:

ASA Assembly

3. Ms. Shelly's Plant Animations: 2S have also been hard at work in the tech lab producing these plant growth animations - very cool!

Plant Animations

4. Time Capsule: In the school year 2025-26, when our 2nd Graders graduate, we will be digging near the clock tower. Our ES Student Council have put together a time capsule with contributions from the Elementary classes, and here is Ms. Niassa saying a few words, as Mr. Ngom is burying it for the next 10 years:

Time Capsule for 2026!

4. Ms. Monica's Class Presentations: Class 2Y had spent a lot of time researching animals, and they confidently presented their work in a variety of formats. Thanks for the invite!!:

2Y Animal Presentations

5. Summer Reading: This is from Ms. White in the Library - reading lists:

Below is a link to extraordinary summer reading lists from the librarians at the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network to share with your students and their parents. Published just six weeks ago, it is divided by grade level and includes both fiction and non-fiction. Scroll down for the grade level lists:Summer Reading Lists

Africa Access features two wonderful reading lists for children: Anansi Reads (picture books) and Sankofa Reads (chapter books). Africa Access was founded in 1989 to help schools, libraries and parents build book collections focused on Africa. Click on the links below:

Anansi Reads (picture books) Sanfoka Reads (chapter books)

6. Transitions: Ms. Pam has been 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. She is working on books with the kids and will also present them with a nice gift from us: Here are three links you may find useful:  

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

7. Summer Camp: School will be in Summer Camp session for the next three weeks, and security informs me that access is only for the campers who have signed up. There will be a list kept at the gate. Once camp is over, we will revert to the normal weekend schedule. 

8. Next Year: A couple of key dates for next year:

- August 10 from 1:00-3:00 ES Class Drop-in (come and meet your child's new teacher)

- August 11: 8:00 School opens for a regular day 

                       8:30: Welcome Assembly for parents only (kids in classes)

Upcoming Events: 

- August 11: School Opens for 2016-17 School Year

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar