ES Newsletter

Andrea Torchin, ES Principal

December 2nd, 2014

Dear ES Families:

I hope that all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Break. We only have 11 more days of school before the Holiday Break. This will be a busy time for teachers and students as the second quarter comes to an end. Teachers will be collecting multiple assessments, projects, writing pieces, and end of the year evaluations in preparation for our report cards. These will be sent home by Friday, December 19th. If your child will be missing any school days, please communicate in advance with your child's homeroom teacher to identify ways to keep up with school responsibilities. Thanks for your continued support!

On November 19th, students participated in their monthly Color Team Activity. The focus for this month was "Peace". Students and their color team leaders discussed ways in which we can create and support peace. They read a story together, The Peace Book and each illustrated their own meaning of "peace." Lastly, each of them traced and cut out cranes which symbolize peace in many cultures. We will decorate our holiday tree in the main lobby this year with our cranes. Stop by and check it out!

The middle of the school year is a great time to set academic or personal goals with your child. In the latest Report to Parents put out by NAESP, parents can read tips on how to set goals with their children. To access this newsletter, please click on the link below.

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This week our PTSO is organizing the Holiday Boutique. Information has been sent out by the main office and your homeroom teacher will alert you about your child's specific day and time. Please see below for more information.

Sincerely, Andrea Torchin

PTSO Holiday Boutique

The Balboa Academy PTSO will be hosting a Holiday Boutique. This is a great opportunity for the Balboa Academy community to shop for Panamanian Mother’s Day gifts as well as Holiday gifts for family and friends. The products for sale are in the price range

from $3 to $60.


Balboa Academy G3, Big GYM.


Dec. 2nd, Tuesday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Dec. 3rd , Wednesday 8:00 am to 1 pm

Dec. 4th, Thursday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dec. 5th, Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Items for sale: Handmade items, Ornaments, Crafts, Jewelry, Toys, candles and more…


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 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

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

Elementary Calendar of Events

Every Wednesday: PTSO Ice cream and Popcorn Sales! Send money in with your child.

Tuesday-Friday, December 2nd - 5th - PTSO Sponsored Holiday Boutique

Thursday, December 4th - Last day for After School Activities

Monday, December 8th - No School, Panamanian Holiday

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

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

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.

Please remember that after school activities end this Thursday, December 4th.

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 or Richard Gough at for Competitive Sports.

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 @ .