From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,


I hope all parents enjoyed Open House on Wednesday and found the event informative and interesting. If questions have come to mind since attending please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.





Parents Socialising at the Open House Event

Teachers Presenting to Parents at the Open House Event

Next Tuesday, September 4 Mike Mansell who is the curriculum coordinator in Elementary School will be explaining the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and leading a discussion about the programme. Please do join Mike at 7.15am on Tuesday in the Staffroom.

This morning in our assembly we featured all those students who have volunteered fro roles of responsibility this term to benefit the school community. This includes our Student Action Council, EC/KG Grade 5 Friends, Library Assistants, Mosquito Trap Monitors, Twiga Tech Helpers and Grade 4 PE Equipment Monitors. Thank you to all these children who are giving up some of their free time to help the school community!

The Student Action Council

Measures of Academic Performance (MAP)

On Tuesday Tina Fossgreen presented a parent workshop about our new external Standardised Assessment. About 30 parents attended but we appreciate it, as it was not possible for all parents to attend at this time. Please follow this link to the MAP Workshop Presentation and please also read this MAP letter. MAP testing in Elementary School starts during the week beginning 11 September.

Director of Teaching and Learning, Tina Fossgreen, Presenting to Parents at the MAP Workshop

Announcements

ASAs Begin!

After school Activities start on Monday, September 3. We have a wide range of activities for students to enjoy and we're looking forward to the start of this important aspect of school life at IST.

ES School Musical

The 2019 ES Musical was announced yesterday in Assembly. The Golden Ticket will take place on February 28, March 1 and 2 2019. Please note this is the Thursday, Friday, Saturday before the March break. If there is any chance that your child would like to take part (Grades 2-5) please don't book a holiday to leave on that Friday evening or Saturday!

Seesaw for Families

Over the next few days, you will be receiving an email from your child's homeroom teacher that contains an invitation for you to connect to your child's Seesaw journal. Please follow the instructions in the email. We hope to have all families connected by 14th September. If you have any difficulties in getting connected, please contact Sarah Hodgson (shodgson@istafrica.com) or pop into the Ubunifu Lab.

Wheelie Wednesday!

Next Wednesday, September 5th, will be the first Wheelie Wednesday of the year. Students in G1-5 are allowed to bring scooters, skates and skateboards to school and ride them in the covered court during lunch break.

Rules:

-No bikes

-Helmets must be worn

-Use wheels safely

-Have fun

Open Physical Education Lesson's Postponed

Open PE lessons will not take place next week and have been moved to later in the academic year once students are settled into their new classes and routines. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Important Swimming Pool News

  • Due to A National Swim Time Trials Event The ES Pool will be closed for community use tomorrow, Saturday September 1st between 10am-12noon

  • On Sunday, September 2nd the pool will be closed for some renovation work

  • On Saturday September 8th the pool will be used for IST/Taliss Time Trials between 10am-12noon

  • Parent Workshops: Tuesdays at 7.15am in the Staffroom

  • September: 4: Introduction to the PYP
  • September 11: Seesaw: Online Communication Platform
  • September 18: Early Years Programme
  • September 25: Community Engagement
  • October 2: Child Protection
  • October 9: Concept Based Maths
  • October 23: ASAs at Elementary School
  • October 30: No Parent Workshop

  • November 6: Words Their Way: Spelling Programme
  • Upcoming Events

    Monday September 3: ASAs begin

    Tuesday September 4: 7.15am - Parent Workshop Introduction to the PYP

    Friday September 7: 7.20am - Whole School Read In: No assembly

    Regards,

    Tony Breese