ES Newsletter

Andrea Torchin, ES Principal

May 4th, 2015

Dear ES Families:


The fourth quarter is in full swing and the Elementary has some special events happening at the end of the year that we would like you to add to your calendar.


The Read-A-Thon will be held on Wednesday, May 13th in combination with our Color Team Day. On May 13th we will spend the day on various literacy activities such as Mystery Reader, read alouds, partner reading, silent reading, AR quizzes, and a special color team activity dedicated to reading. This is a special fundraiser that is held every year that allows us to add new books to our Media Center. Thank you in advance for your support!


We will be having MAP testing from May 14th - June 5th. More information regarding specific testing dates will be sent home by your homeroom teacher. This is a time for our students to shine and demonstrate everything that they have learned this school year!


Next year we will begin a new initiative! The Elementary will have its own student council. In preparation for this new student activity, we will be holding elections for officers at the end of the 4th quarter. Next week, Mr. Foster will share with students the function of the Elementary Student Council and the 4 officer roles that students may campaign for. These will be President (open to all Grade 3 students) and Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer (open to Grade 3 and Grade 2 students). Be on the look out for more information soon. Important dates have been added to Edline.


On June 10th, we are inviting parents to an interactive Open House we have named STEAM Day. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Parents may come to our building any time from 8:30 am - 10:00 am to explore what our students have been up to in these 5 content areas. You will be asked to bring your own device such as IPad or Smartphone. Some bulletin boards and classrooms will have interactive activities and demonstrations for parents. More information will be shared as the date gets closer.


Sincerely, Andrea Torchin

After School Activities

A Note from our Athletic Department:


Fourth quarter after school activities have begun! Please let your homeroom teacher know if you need a form to sign up for an after school activity. Forms can also be found on Edline.


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.

Competitive Sports Program

Please come out and support our elementary students in our games this week and next:


Monday, May 4th

Sub-10 Girls Soccer vs. ISP @ Balboa, 3:00 pm

Sub-10 Boys Soccer vs. MDA @ Balboa, 4:15 pm


Tuesday, May 5th

Sub-12 Boys #2 Basketball vs. MDA @ Balboa, 3:00 pm

Sub-12 Boys #1 Basketball vs. Javier @ Balboa, 4:15 pm


Sunday, May 10th

Mini American Football

Dragons vs. Vikings, Balboa Stadium, 12 noon


Monday, May 11th

Sub-10 Girls Soccer vs. Colegio Real @ Javier, 3:00 pm

Sub-10 Boys Soccer vs. AIPCV (B) @ El Colegio Real de Panama, 4:15 pm


Sunday, May 17th

Mini American Football

Dragons vs. Eagles, Balboa Stadium, 8:00 am

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 section of the ES Newsletter is dedicated 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.


Friday, May 1st - No school, Panamanian Labor Day


Wednesday, May 13th - Elementary Read-a-Thon


Wednesday, May 13th - Color Team Day


Wednesday, May 20th - Mini BOB Competition


Wednesday, May 27th - BOB Competition


Wednesday, May 27th - All After School Activities cancelled for today. All students will be dismissed at 12:45 pm. Teachers will be involved in a special end of the year event.


May 14th - June 5th - ES MAP Testing (Spring 2015)


Wednesday, June 10th - STEAM DAY (Save the date!)

8:30-10:00 am


Thursday, June 18th - Color Team Day & Last Day of School for Students


Friday, June 19th - Report Cards for the 4th Quarter emailed home to parents.

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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 .