Director’s Newsletter – December 14th, 2018



Dear Ambrit Parents,

As we move closer to our final day of school for 2018 I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a great holiday season and a happy new year.

It has been a busy end of the year, with Grade 5 visiting Pompeii for their yearly residential trip, the Winter Recitals, staff professional development and International Baccalaureate authorisation for our Middle Years Programme, and finally our Holiday Bazaar.

I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Kind regards,
Giovanni Piccolo

Important Calendar Dates

December 19: Holiday Bazaar
December 19: Last day of afterschool
December 20: Last Day of Classes (Dismissal at 12:00)

December 21 – January 4: Holiday Break
January 7: Classes resume for all students

Important Upcoming Events

Be sure to check our online calendar regularly for updates.

Middle School Movie Night

Date: Tuesday, December 18th at 18:00
Venue: Ambrit Theatre

Winter Bazaar

The Winter Bazaar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19th. While Primary and Middle School students will be on hand to run the show, we need some adult supervision. Sign up here and come to enjoy this wonderful day of celebration and cheer.

A few reminders:

  • Bring a Toy Dec. 16th-17th (8.15-9) Primary students can turn in a toy (in working order with all parts) and receive a coupon good for another item at the Toy Exchange on Dec. 19th.
  • Holiday Gift Sale Dec. 19th (8.30 -16.30) vendors Save the Children, ScArt and Hummustown will be selling gift items and goodies priced 5-25 euros. Students will be allotted time to shop and parents are also welcome.
  • BAKE SALE: Please complete the form if you plan to bring in a cake or cookies:
  • Atrium Giving Tree: you can still send in your donations to benefit Joel Nafuma Refugee Center up until Dec. 20th and have the chance to hang beautiful “made by Primary” ornament on our Giving Tree.
  • Canned Food Drive: We are still collecting canned meats, beans, and tuna until next Monday so please send in what you can to benefit Sant’Egidio’s non-denominational charity in Rome. Boxes in the Atrium.

As always, we are grateful for your support.
Friends of Ambrit

Prep/G1 Transition meeting

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 9:00-10:00 am
Venue: Atrium Library

Prep parents are welcome to come to hear about the transition from Early Childhood to Primary. Areas that will be explored include routines and curriculum with an opportunity to ask questions.

MYP Authorization Visit

Following two years as an MYP Candidate School in November, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) sent a Verification Team to meet with administrators, teachers, students and parents to evaluate whether certain practices and programme requirements are in place and that planning is in progress to meet the IB’s authorization requirements.

On 12 December 2018, the IB authorized AMBRIT International School to be an IB World School for the Middle Years Programme MYP. Congratulations to all our MS Teachers for their commitment to the programme, and to our Programme Coordinator Ms. Susan Kammerer. Her leadership in this approval process was outstanding.

As an IB World School offering the MYP, you are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world. We commend your school’s educators, administrators, students and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the MYP. The positive results of this choice will become evident in your community as classes of MYP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally.” 

Winter Recitals

As usual, our music teachers worked wonders in organising our Winter Recitals. This year I had the opportunity and the privilege to see all the recitals, from our youngest EC students, our individual primary year groups, to our combined Middle School recital at Teatro Marconi. Seeing the development and growth happening throughout these recitals was inspiring. Well done to all our students and our talented Music teachers, Ms. Short, Ms. De Angelis, and Ms. Giovanna.

Professional Development

In November, ten teachers from across the school attended the MAIS (Mediterranean Association of International Schools) conference in Dubai. The conference provided ample opportunity for teacher learning, networking, and exchange of ideas. During the first day of our internal Professional Development, attendees reported back to the rest of the teaching staff. Our second day was dedicated to exploring, brainstorming and creating student-centric and exciting field trips for our Grade 1 to Grade 8 students for our Explore Rome day in March. More details to follow.

Grade 5 Pompeii Trip

As part of their Ancient Civilizations unit, the grade 5 classes went on three-night trips to explore Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum and historical sites in Naples. The children climbed Mt. Vesuvius and later visited Herculaneum to see how this port city was impacted by the violent eruption. The children toured Pompeii to learn about the way of life in this city frozen in time. On the final day of the trip, the students went to the Museo Nazionale di Napoli and explored the complex history of the underground passageways of Naples. The trips are a great bonding time for children where they learn to be more independent and responsible. The children also enjoy spending time with their friends and eating the wonderful food of the region, especially pizza!

Lost and Found

Please be sure to check the Atrium tables Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th for Lost and Found clothing. We ask that all items be labelled clearly with your child’s name to help us reduce the load in the future. Clothes left beyond this date will be donated to charity.

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