ES Newsletter

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 ggaudiano@balboa.edu.pa 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

The Hour of Code

Before our holiday break, third graders in Mrs. Wiskowski's class participated in the Hour of Code led by Mrs. Janet Bremer, our Educational Technology Specialist. Students were so enthralled by their new learning that they would not even look up from their first experiences with coding to take a picture. ;)



"The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. "

From: hourofcode.com

Students write essays in Grade 4

Before the holiday break, Grade 4 students in Ms. Nunes' class finished their essays and shared them with their parents in a publishing party. Essay writing is a critical learning goal for all 4th grade students. Here is an example of their work.

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.


For more information contact Jesus Borras, After School Activities Coordinator at jeborras@balboa.edu.pa or Richard Gough at rgough@balboa.edu.pa for Competitive Sports.

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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 atorchin@balboa.edu.pa.

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

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 @ ggaudiano@balboa.edu.pa .