Andrea Torchin, ES Principal
January 22nd, 2015
Dear ES Families:
Welcome back to the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year! It was great to see all the smiling faces return to school this morning eager to reconnect with friends and meet new classmates. We welcome our new elementary families to Balboa Academy and wish them a smooth transition this semester. Please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Gaudiano, ES Counselor, at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Over the past two days our faculty and staff engaged in two full days of Tribes Learning Communities Training with an outside professional. We spent these days learning inclusion techniques, community building activities, cooperative learning, and ways to embed these effective teaching strategies into the core curriculum. Our teachers enjoyed this opportunity to develop professionally and we are grateful to have spent this valuable time together.
We committed to following 4 agreements:
1. Attentive Listening
2. Appreciations/No put-downs
3. The Right to Pass
4. Mutual Respect
Summer is here in Panama! In the third quarter we look forward to more playground time, ES Field Day and outdoor learning experiences.
Looking forward to reconnecting with you soon!
Sincerely, Andrea Torchin
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After School Activities & Competitive Sports
Our After School Activities Form for Elementary Offerings for the 3rd quarter went home today via email. After school activities and Competitive Sports Tryouts begin on Monday, January 26th, 2015.
Please make sure that if your child is staying after school that you have filled out the form and sent it to school to their homeroom teacher. In addition, homeroom teachers needs to know if students are staying afterschool for competitive sports try-outs. Please communicate with them via email or via a handwritten note.
Thanks for your attention to this.
A Note from our Athletic Department:
Students may not stay after school if they are not signed up for an after school activity or have a practice for a competitive sport. Students need to be supervised after school by a teacher or coach. Please support us in our efforts to keep students safe. If a student is found on campus, parents will be notified. Thanks in advance for discussing this with your child.
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.
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 Clyde Cumberbatch, our Athletic Director, at his 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Calendar of Events
Every Wednesday: PTSO Ice cream and Popcorn Sales! Send money in with your child.
Wednesday, January 21st - First day of school for the 2nd Semester
Monday, January 26th - After School Activities Begin
January 26 - February 6 - Competitive Sports Try-Outs
Wednesday, February 11th - ES Field Day - Wear your color team t-shirt!
February 16th-20th - Carnival Break - No School
Saturday, March 14th - Dragon Festival
March 30th - April 3rd - Spring Break - No School