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Elementary News: November 13

posted Nov 13, 2015, 3:04 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 5:46 AM ]

Dear Parents,

We had a very spirited day today with WAISAL and there was a lot of black and yellow!! Here's a quick clip from the assembly when our Jaguars raised the roof!:

Spirit Assembly

Monday is our ASA Assembly, and you should have been notified if your child is performing (African Drumming, Dance, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Circus Art, Oil Painting- They are going to walk through with their art) and we look forward to seeing you all at the Parent/Teacher meetings on Thursday or Friday - please remember, these are half-days and only for parents (student-led conferences are in March). 


1. Accreditation Surveys: A key component of our current CIS/MSA accreditation process is a parent survey. This is a similar process to the annual survey the Board request you to complete, but it is linked to the accreditation. To help facilitate that, we will have a bank of computers available for parents to use to complete the 15-minute survey at the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is not compulsory, but we will need a certain amount of parental feedback, and we do appreciate your time. 

2. ASA Assembly Upcoming: 



Monday, November 16 - 3:30-4:30 in Gym

Come help us celebrate these ASAs.....

African Drumming, Dance, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Circus Art, Oil Painting

3. Spirit Week: Thanks, Ms. Chantal for these great photos of Spirit Week!:

Spirit Week & WAISAL

4. Orphanage Drive: If you are thinking of donating - thank you! Here is the list of items we'd like to send to the orphanage we work with, La Pouponniere de Medina: 

1. Laundry Detergent (powder)

2. Dish Soap

3. Bars of Soap

4. Ajax

5. Bleach

6. Baby Bath Products

7. Diapers

8. Baby Wipes

9. Formula for babies ages 1-2

10. Baby Clothes for kids ages 0-2

11. Mineral Water

5. Saturday Library!!: And yes, the library is open now EVERY SATURDAY!!! It is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm

6. Kindles for Signing Out: Ms. White would like to let you know that we have some Kindles that parents and Gr 4 & 5 students can now sign out. Please do look this up if you come in on Saturday.

7. ES Parent Teacher Conferences: We do look forward to seeing you at our conferences on Thursday and Friday. Here's a poem by Allan Ahlberg on the subject...

Parents' Evening

We're waiting in the corridor,

My dad, my mum and me.

They're sitting there and talking;

I'm nervous as can be.

I wonder what she'll tell 'em.

I'll say I've got a pain!

I wish I'd got my spellings right.

I wish I had a brain.

We're waiting in the corridor,

My husband, son and me.

My son just stands there smiling;

I'm smiling nervously.

I wonder what she'll tell us.

I hope it's not all bad.

He's such a good boy, really;

But dozy - like his dad.

We're waiting in the corridor.

My wife, my boy and me.

My wife's as cool as cucumber;

I'm nervous as can be.

I hate these parents' evenings.

The waiting makes me sick.

I feel just like a kid again

Who's gonna get the stick.

I'm waiting in the classroom.

It's nearly time to start.

I wish there was a way to stop

The pounding in my heart.

The parents in the corridor

Are chatting cheerfully;

And now I've got to face them,

And I'm nervous as can be.

(From Heard it in the Playground by Allan Ahlberg)

More great poems in Allan Ahlberg's anthology here....

Upcoming Events: 

- November 19/20: Parent/Teacher Conferences
- November 21: DWG Bazaar
- November 23: ES Faculty Meeting (Mon.)
- November 26/27 Thanksgiving Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
- December 1: Parent Book Group
- December 2: K-2 Winter Concert
- December 3: Gr 3-5 Winter Concert
- December 9: Santa Sale
- December 11: Last Day of School/Report cards sent home

Ian Clark

Ian Clark Ed.D.

Elementary School Principal

International School of Dakar