ES Newsletter

Andrea Torchin, ES Principal

November 12, 2014

Dear ES Families:

I hope everyone is well rested from the latest holidays. We look forward to having our students back in their regular classroom routines this week and next.

We have two interesting activities this week for the Elementary School community. The PTSO is sponsoring an Escuela Para Padres on Video Games and Addiction. As parents, this is a topic that we are all interested in. We hope to see you this Thursday, November 13th, in the MS Wolf Room at 8:30 am.

On Friday, November 14th, we are co-sponsoring a fundraiser with FANADI. Students are asked to wear a light blue shirt and bring a healthy low sugar lunch to raise awareness about childhood and adolescent diabetes. We are asking for a $2.00 donation on Friday to support FANADI's efforts to help families through Hospital del Nino to acquire the necessary medications and care for their children. Thanks in advance for your support!

You may also participate in the Toys for Tots drive which will be happening here in the Preschool and Elementary. Unwrapped toys can be brought to school and delivered to one of the large boxes placed around the school. These toys will be delivered to needy children in the Cocle area. Thanks for your donation.

Thank you for reading the Elementary Newsletter. You can find more information below regarding a Casita de Mausi event this weekend. In addition please find the after hours emergency phone number for our after school activities and competitive sports in this week's newsletter.

Sincerely, Andrea Torchin

Escuela Para Padres - November 13th, 2014

This Thursday, November 13th, please join us at 8:30 am in the MS Wolf Room for our Escuela Para Padres session on "Video Games and Addiction."

World Diabetes Day – November 14th

November 14th is World Diabetes Day in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. Balboa Academy is joining forces with FANADI (Fundacion de Apoyo al Nino y al Adolescente Diabetico de Panama) to build awareness and educate students about diabetes. On Friday, November 14th, we ask all PK-4th grade students to wear light blue shirts to school with their school uniform shorts and to pack a healthy lunch with items that are low in sugar. In addition, there is a voluntary donation of $2.00 which we will collect to support FANADI’s efforts in assisting needy families through Hospital del Nino. Thanks in advance for your contribution!

Casita de Mausi Bake Sale - This Sunday!

Balboa Academy is collaborating with Fundacion Casita de Mausi for a Bake Sale that will be held on Sunday, November 16th at La Casa del Jamon in Costa del Este from 10 am to 5 pm. Each student will receive one ticket for participation and entry into the bake sale. Bring your family this Sunday and support a great cause!

La Casita de Mausi is a residential institution where cancer patients and their families from cities outside of Panama City can receive lodging while undergoing outpatient treatment at the Instituto Oncologico in Ancon. Family members can also stay here when visiting patients who are hospitalized at this cancer facility. Casita de Mausi is a private charity performing an important role for a public hospital and every year one of its fundraising activities is a bake sale.

Support our HS Club - Lead the Way

Dear Parents,

Lead the Way, a High School social-action club, is hosting an estimation game in order to collect money for their next activity—a new ecological water fountain. The first fountain will be located in High School and the goal is to put one in every building! ! This activity will be hosted in Mrs. Bhatty’s art class. The students are able to guess, for $1, how many toys, or cheese strings they think are in the jars—they can repeat as many times as they want. The winner takes the jar, and the student that guesses the closest amount of cheese strings, gets 3 movie tickets.

Thank you,

Lead the Way

Online Book Orders through Scholastic


Dear Teachers, Students and Parents,

The PTSO has set up an International Scholastic Book Club school group order online. This means you can now order the books online and have them delivered directly to our school. The price listed for books already includes the shipping cost, so it couldn’t be easier! You are billed directly to your credit card for the books ordered online; they are grouped together, and delivered to our school to be picked up at the end of our order period.

Orders will only be accepted online. Please do not send orders with money to school.

You need to order your books online by Sunday, 23rd of November 2014. After that date, the PTSO will confirm that all the online orders are in and the books will be delivered to school for the PTSO to hand out in class. Every book you buy from Scholastic helps Balboa Academy to earn money to spend on much-needed books for our own libraries!

An email with ordering guidelines was sent out last week. For more information contact the PTSO at

Toys for Tots

Get in the spirit and make a child’s Christmas special by donating a gift to Toys for Tots. Please drop your unwrapped gift (toys that do not require batteries preferred) in the box starting November 14. All donations will benefit Fundación Pro Niños de Coclé. For more information, please contact Carson Dolan at or 317-5268.

After School Emergency Contact

Our individual school offices close at 4:00 p.m., which has caused a problem for parents who are trying to contact the school about after-school transportation issues later than that time. While we understand that traffic can cause delays in picking up children on time, it is very important that parents make arrangements to be on time for after-school activity pick up. In the case that there is a delay after 4:00 p.m., parents who are not able to contact their child directly by cell phone may also contact the Athletic Office 302-0037 or the Athletic Director cellular phone number 6781-1852.

ES Student Achievements

This is a new section in the ES Newsletter devoted to highlighting student achievements outside of school. Please send any important student achievements to highlight in the newsletter to

Elementary Calendar of Events

Every Wednesday: PTSO Ice cream and Popcorn Sales! Send money in with your child.

Thursday, November 13th - Escuela Para Padres

Topic: "Video Games and Addiction"

MS Wolf Room, 8:30 am

Friday, November 14th – World Diabetes Day

Wear light blue and bring a healthy lunch to school. $2.00 donation

Wednesday, November 19th - ES Color Team Day

Wear your color team t-shirt!

Wednesday, November 26th - ES Book Fair

Thursday & Friday, November 27 and 28 - Thanksgiving Break

Monday-Friday, December 1st - 5th - PTSO Sponsored Holiday Boutique

Monday, December 8th - No School, Panamanian Holiday

Wednesday, December 17th - Last Day of School for students

Thursday, December 18th - Report Cards emailed home to students K-4th grade

After School Activities & Competitive Sports

Preschool & Kinder:

Coach Acuña offers soccer training for preschool and Kinder students after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 12:30 pm. Parents need to provide their own transportation back home at 2 pm. To register, please call Coach Acuña at 6713-9950. Students need to bring water, a snack, hat, and sunblock.

For more information contact Jesus Borras, After School Activities Coordinator at or Richard Gough at for Competitive Sports.

Games This Week:

All game dates and times are posted on Edline. For directions to different game locations, please check the Athletic Department page on Edline.


Wednesday, November 12th

Sub 12- Boys vs. ISP @ Balboa, 2:00 pm (Quarterfinals)

LIDECOPA Basketball:

Wednesday, November 19th (Change in Date!)

Sub 12- Girls vs. La Salle @ La Salle, 3:00 pm (Semifinals)

Edline Help Desk

Edline is an online platform that helps us communicate in a more effective way with parents and students about many items of interest including homework, assessments, events, and curriculum. Each teacher has important information that will begin to be posted during the first few weeks of school. It is important that every parent from PK to 4th grade activate their Edline account if you did not do so last year. You will be receiving an activation code during the first week of school if you are a parent who did not activate their account last year or if you are new to Balboa Academy. If you do not have your activation code or are having trouble logging in to Edline, please communicate with Mrs. Gaby Gaudiano, ES counselor @ .