From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

It's been another busy week in Elementary School. The Grade 5 had their inter-house athletics on Monday. Grade 4 had their turn this morning. On Wednesday after school over 150 students and parents enjoyed a one off juggling presentation from world famous French juggler Vincent de Lavenere. Our own students impressed Vincent with their own skills and then the audience was privileged to witness an amazing display of expertise.

Our Young Jugglers Posing for a Photo With Mr. Vincent de Lavenere

Our Jugglers Showing Off Their Skills

We have had two parent workshops this week (Supporting English Language Learners and Understanding Measures of Academic Progress - MAP). Results of MAP should have come home today via pupil post for Grade 3-5 students. Last week we held a workshop on school communications. Here is a summary of the helpful feedback from the 25 parents who were present at this workshop:

  • Review the procedure related to communication from the nurses to parents following injury or illness at school to ensure messages are clear.
  • Make sure the telephone numbers used by the school are all operational * and use one school number to call parents from.
  • Greater consistency between classes/grades on amount of postings on Seesaw
  • Allow students to upload and share on Seesaw relevant experiences outside of school with approval from class teacher
  • Weekly Grade newsletter to include some information about specialist classes
  • When child is absent from school parent to inform class teacher and Sarah Daniel (
  • Provide opportunity for community responsibility to younger students
  • More detailed written reports

ES Telephone numbers:

0658-228883, 0658-228885

0684228882, 0684228883,


It's a great addition to have a community room on campus. For those of you with EC children who have older children in school please feel free to use the room with your child between 1-1.40pm whilst you wait for school to finish for the older children. A selection of toys and games will be put in the room in due course. The room will be used for EPN meetings, parents workshops as well as being another large meeting space for students/teachers.

Next Week

Tomorrow, Saturday October 6: Re-Ignite!!!

A cross campus evening of Music takes place on Saturday October 6 at Secondary School. This student led initiative was started two years ago and has been a great success. Elementary and Secondary School musicians will be performing in the ambient setting of the Twiga Quad. The concert begins at 6pm and will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Open Swim Lessons

Monday 8th-Thursday 11th October. Parents are welcome to attend their child's swimming lesson during this week and sit above the pool in the viewing deck. We look forward to welcoming you all.

Concept Based Maths: Parent Workshop Tuesday 9 October at 7.15am - Community Room

Nick Opie, our maths coordinator this year will be presenting a Maths workshop to parents on Tuesday . Helping our students towards mathematical understanding conceptually is the focus of the workshop.

Grade 3 Assembly

Our assembly next week takes place on Thursday October 11 at 7.20am. This assembly will be led by our Grade 3 classes and it will be a highly entertaining presentation I'm sure.

Friday 12 October: Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC)

Parent/Teacher Conferences (PTC) take place on Friday October 12. This conference is for teachers and parents only. Students are not at school on this day. 70% of parents have complete their sign ups to see Homeroom teachers. Please complete your sign up before Wed, 10th of October when the window will be closed. If you're having difficulties please contact our Director of IT David Hunt (

To make a time to meet specialist teachers on conference day parents are asked to sign up on sheets which will be displayed near the Front Office. The sheets will be up until Wednesday October 10.

Beyond Next Week

Parent Workshops: Tuesdays at 7.15am in the Community Room

  • October 23: Child Protection
  • October 30: No Parent Workshop
  • November 6: Principal's Coffee: ASAs at IST Elementary
  • November 13: Words Their Way: Spelling Programme
  • November 20: Parent Workshop: How to Help Your Child Excel in an Additional Language

From the Library

Dear Students and Parents,

The beginning of the year has been busy in the library with more new and exciting events coming up:

Grade 2/Grade 3 Pajama Party!

It is that time of year again! Are you ready for another night of reading, hot chocolate, PJ's, stuffed toys and blankets? Grade 2 and Grade 3 are invited to join us on Friday night, October 26th, at 7 pm, for the first pajama party of the year! Moms and Dads, we need your help volunteering to read in the classrooms. Students will arrive at school at 6:45 PM and head to classrooms with snacks at 7:00 for reading time. More info to come. If you are interested in reading that evening, please sign up HERE. Thanks, and see you soon!

Whole School Mother Tongue Read In

All parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to join us on the covered court on Monday, October 29, at 7:20 am, for our Mother Tongue Read In. Last year, we had children and parents reading in nearly 30 different languages. Feel free to bring books from home, borrow books from the home language section of the library, or just come to read with your children. It is a magical morning and we look forward to seeing you there!

Mother Tongue Reading During Library Lessons

During International Week, we would like to invite parents to come in to read to their children's homeroom classes in the mother or father tongue. This is a great way to share language and culture with our students. We are so fortunate to attend a school like IST with the enormous amount of diversity that we have. Come share your language with our students. Sign up to visit a library class HERE! We can't wait to have you.

Friday November 2: Whole School International Day at ES Campus!!!

Calendar for the Week

Date Event Location Time
Tues, Oct. 9 Parent Workshop: Concept Based Maths Community Room 7:15am
Tues, Oct. 11 Grade 3 Assembly MPH 7:20am
Fri, Oct. 12 Parent teacher Conferences Classrooms (Homeroom Teachers, MPH (Specialists)) 7am - 3pm
Mon, Oct. 22 Grade 4 Parent Meeting for Bagamoyo Trip Community Room 7:15am
Tue, Oct. 23 Parent Workshop: Child Protection: (Lynn Kogleman and Carole Kessler) Community Room 7:15am
Fri, Oct. 26 G3, 4 & 5 Inter-house Invasion Games

KG/G2 Assembly

G2/G3 Pajama Party
Field, Covered Court and MPH




6:45pm for 7pm start

Other Important Information

Absence from School

If your child is absent from school please contact your child's teacher and Sarah Daniel (Front Office): Tel. No. +255-658-228883 or +255-684-228882

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to to browse the latest books and order online. 18% has been added to the price to cover the cost of shipping and customs. Paper fliers will go out next week to Grades EC - Grade 2. Everyone else will just use the digital site, and all orders are to be done digitally. Books should arrive at some point in October, depending on customs.

Please place your order online by October 12th, 2018.

Tony Breese