ES Newsletter

Andrea Torchin, ES Principal

December 9th, 2014

Dear ES Families:


I hope that you were all able to celebrate with your loved ones yesterday for Mother's Day. Regardless of how you spent your day, it is always nice to have more time with family and friends.


This will be the last newsletter for 2014. I wish all of you a very relaxing holiday break.

Remember that our first day of school for the 2nd Semester will be on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.


Sincerely, Andrea Torchin

Free Clothes Day - December 12th

Wear holiday colors and donate $1.00 to the Girls Flag Football Team for their upcoming competition.
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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 Dolancm@state.gov or 317-5268.

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

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

Omar Rodriguez, Grade 4 student, won the National Championship in Horseback Riding with a second place win on November 27th, 28th and 29th. He won the place of "National Sub-Champion in the 0.60m open category." Congratulations Omar!


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.


Friday, December 12th - Free Clothes Day for Preschool and Elementary.

Wear holiday colors and donate $1.00 to the Girls Flag Football Team


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


Thursday, December 18th & Friday, December 19th - Report Cards emailed home to students K-4th grade


Wednesday, January 21st - First day of school for the 2nd Semester

After School Activities & Competitive Sports

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.

Community Information/Events

Despues del Divorcio


Cuando los padres se separan, seguramente han pasado por muchos eventos que los llevaron a esa difícil decisión. Mientras que los padres lidian con sus propios sentimientos y cambios en el diario vivir, los hijos también suelen tener sus propios pensamientos y emociones sobre esta separación, que los pueden llevar a reaccionar de diferentes maneras.


Entre mejor manejen los cambios ambos padres, mejor lo pueden procesar los hijos.

Te invitamos a que asistas a esta guía básica para el cuidado de los hijos después de una separación, donde te daremos consejos sobre cómo hablarle a los hijos sobre el divorcio, tips básicos sobre el manejo de los cambios, la comunicación con tu ex y las preguntas y emociones de los hijos, entre otras cosas.


Al inscribirte, nos puedes enviar tus preguntas directas para que se cubran de manera general en nuestra charla.


Miércoles 17 de diciembre


6pm – 8pm


Centro Integral Psicológico de San Francisco


Inversión: B/.55.00


Reservar al 6677-5890

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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 .