From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

Last Saturday 150+ children performed in ISTs Got Talent. There were 42 wonderful acts comprising of singing, dancing, instrumentals, gymnastics, and comedy. Also a number of children presented some very creative and quality artwork. The MPH was packed and it was a great afternoon of entertainment with seemingly all children enjoying their moment in the limelight! A huge thanks to the EPN Committee; Yolande Du Plesis, Anise Jivani and Doris Wilkie for orchestrating the whole event and to Lauren Schwartz for managing all the music.

Bruce Hale (Children's Author)
This week we have been thrilled to have Bruce Hale on campus. His presentations have been both very enjoyable and motivating for our students and will hopefully have inspired them all with both reading and writing. A big thank you to Kirk Leichner (our school librarian) for organizing this visit.

Book Fair Coming!
IST ES has our 2nd annual Elementary Book Fair sponsored by Educraft Tanzania happening in April. Educraft is returning again this year with a number of great titles for our students. The Book Fair will take place on April 16-18. April 18 is Student Led Conference day, making it a great opportunity to share in your child's learning and to do some book shopping. The book fair will take place in the community room near the EC and KG classrooms. We NEED volunteers to help set up on Monday the 15th, as well as to help work at the Book Fair from April 16th to 18th. Volunteers like you make it possible for us to have fun events like Educraft's Book Fair! You can sign up HERE.
Thank you so much and happy reading!
Mr. L.

Juggling Show
Next Friday 12 April over 30 ES students will be putting on a Juggling Show in the MPH starting at 6:30 pm. This is open to the whole IST Community to come and watch some incredible talent from children aged 7-11. They will be juggling with balls, rings, clubs and who knows what else!

Class Placements for 2019/20 School Year
In a few weeks time, teachers will be making tentative class lists for the 2019/20 School Year. Balanced classes are created taking into consideration gender, language needs, student support needs, academic ability, and personalities. We also aim to place children with at least one student they are friendly with from the previous school year. Classes cannot be finalized until August due to changes which happen over the long break.
Over the next two weeks if parents wish to make a request regarding placement for next year please visit our school counselors (Ms. Carole in room 26 for Grades 3-5 and Ms. Lynn in room 27 for Grades EC-2) to collect a form. However, please do note the following before making any request:
In our Parent Handbook we provide guidelines for parents regarding what they can and cannot request regarding placement:

  • Requests for specific teachers cannot be honoured
  • Requests to avoid placing a child with a particular homeroom teacher may, under special circumstances, be considered
  • Requests to pair specific children cannot be honoured
  • If possible, requests to separate children who are known to disrupt each other's learning will be considered

The final date for submitting a request will be in two weeks time: Thursday, April 18

Student Led Conferences (SLCs)
Just an advanced notice to remind parents that SLCs (KG-Gr.5) are approaching and will be held on Thursday, April 18 which is the day before the short Spring break. A parent workshop is being held on Tuesday, April 9 to explain the purpose and format of this event.
Sign up information will be sent early next week and will be staggered as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 9: Two or more children (KG-Gr5)
  • Wednesday, April 10: One child (KG-Gr5)

EC parents will have the opportunity to visit classes during the week 8-12 April and on Thursday 18 April parents can sign up for a parent-teacher conference.

Parent Workshops: 7:15 am Community Room

  • Tuesday, April 9: Student Led Conferences: Mike Mansell
  • Tuesday, April 16: Talking about the Tough Stuff: Counsellors

Elementary Campus Student Action Council (SAC)
2nd Waste Free Picnic
The SAC is busy planning our next waste-free picnic. The event is scheduled for lunchtime on Friday, April 12th!
The focus of this waste-free picnic is not only to reduce the amount of trash and recycled waste we create but also to reduce the amount of food waste we produce as a school.
The SAC has prepared a short, one minute, video for you to share with your child/children that highlights the picnics focus. We encourage you to work together to pack a limited waste lunch that your student(s) is/are eager to eat and finish!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Longanetti,

Milkshake Stall and Lemonade Stand!
Next week there are two student initiatives to tell you about. A group of Grade 4 boys (Dan, Ayaan, Mohammedrafiq and Aryan) will be selling milkshakes next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 9,10,11 April to raise money for a community based solar panel phone charging station. Milkshakes will cost 4,000 Tzs
On Thursday 11 April Ishani from KG (with some friends) will be selling lemonade to raise money for an orphanage that she has visited this year. Lemonade will be 2,500 Tzs.
Both sales will take place in the Twiga Quad.

Elementary School Fumigation
The ES Campus will be fumigated this Sunday April 7 April from 4 - 6 pm Please do not enter the campus during this time.

Calendar for the Week

Date Event Location Time Presenter/Organizer
Tues. Apr. 09 Parent Workshop: Student Led Conferences

Community Room 07:15 am Mike Mansell
Fri. Apr. 12 No Assembly - - -
Fri. Apr. 12 Waste Free Picnic (see above) Covered Court 11:40 am
Danieal Longanetti
Fri. Apr. 12 Juggling Show ES MPH 06:30 pm Megan Hardeman
Tues. Apr. 16 Parent Workshop: Talking About the Tough Stuff Community Room 07:15 am Lynn Kogelmann and
Carole Kessler
Tues. - Thurs.
Apr. 16 - 18
Book Fair! TBA All Day Kirk Leichner
Thurs. Apr. 18 Student Led Conferences Various All Day Tony Breese

Tony Breese
Elementary Principal