ES Newsletter

Andrea Torchin, ES Principal

March 16th, 2015

Dear ES Families:


Thank you so much for supporting us this past weekend during the Dragon Festival. We appreciate all of the parents, teachers and students who ran in the Operation Smile Final Mile; sent in donations for the basket raffle; came to the Dragon Festival with your children; and volunteered during the event. We are especially appreciative of the PTSO whose great effort and organization allowed us to have one of the best Dragon Festivals ever!


Last Friday we unveiled the Tile Mural in the Elementary School and in all of our buildings around campus. If you have time, please take the opportunity to visit these masterpieces. The tile murals are a great expression of our school spirit and celebration of our school's 15 years.


This week we are having a Color Team Activity on Friday, March 20th. Please send your child to school wearing their color team t-shirt.


Next week, on Friday, March 27th, we have a Free Clothes Day in the Elementary to support our Battle of the Books program. Students may wear free clothes and bring a $1.00 donation. This is an optional event.


Thank you so much for your continued support!


Sincerely, Andrea Torchin

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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.

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, March 20th - Color Team Day - Wear your color team t-shirt!


Friday, March 27th - Free Clothes Day - Bring $1.00 to support BOB!


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 .