School closed for Professional Development: November 22-23
Dates for Winter Recitals (All performances at 9:30 am in the theatre)
November 29: G1- (Thursday);
November 30: G2- (Friday);
December 4: G3- (Tuesday)
December 5: G4- (Wednesday)
December 6: G5- (Thursday)
Winter Bazaar: December 19 Last day of 1st term: December 20 (dismissal at 12:00) Winter Break: Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 Return to School-2nd term begins: Jan. 7, 2019 Report cards sent home electronically: January 25, 2019
Congratulations to all the Ambrit students who participated in the annual sphere and pumpkin decoration contest. More than 60 students participated in the sphere contest and about 30 students from grades 5-8 participated in the pumpkin carving contest. Both competition raised 969 euro through the participation of the students. Thanks to Ms. Pascale, Ms. Giovanna and all the parent volunteers who organized and staffed the wonderful bake sale. The bake sale raised an additional 3,078 euro for a grand total of 4,047 euro! Sphere participants are encouraged to re-use their plastic spheres for seasonal decorations.
Before going on the Autumn Break, we had a Halloween assembly where the children sang spooky songs and cheered for their creative classmates. Here are the list of sphere and pumpkin carving winners:
The Parent Portal is new and improved! Please enter the password P@rents2018! to enter. In addition to an updated school calendar, you will find a staff directory and past newsletters from the principals and director. Each grade level and class now have their own page with easy access tabs to the daily schedule, curriculum maps and learning stories. We hope these improvements make the Parent Portal more user friendly and useful. Please let me know what you think of the changes!
G4 Arteaparte Trip
Grade 4 just finished up their residential trips to Arteaparte near Todi, Umbria. Arteaparte is a wonderful three day, two night experience that focuses on art, music and nature. Set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, the children spend their days absorbed in music and art workshops calling upon their creative energy. The children also explore the countryside, going on long walk and looking for wildlife along a quiet stream. One highlight of the trip is the homemade food, where everyone is encouraged to taste everything and talk to one another about their day. The culmination of the trip is a performance on the final day where the children combine their musical and artistic expression into a celebration of learning. The trip is a great way for children to explore their artist side and bond with their classmates. Arteaparte also has summer programs for children and families and is available for weekend retreats.
Grades 4 and 5 met this week to learn about student council. Student council is a great way for children in upper primary to gain leadership skills and help improve the school. Former G4 student council members Emma, Jonah, Dylan and Alice gave an excellent presentation to their classmates on the importance of being a good class representative. They discussed how you need to represent the views of your class and not just your own. You would also need to sacrifice your lunch break one day a week to attend meetings with the coordinator Ms. Ramsay. Children interested in running for class representatives should prepare a short presentation for their class on the reasons the would make a good representative. Classes will later vote for two reps per class, one being a alternate when the main rep cannot attend the meeting. Please encourage your child to participate in our student government!
Annual Ambrit Piano & Friends Concert
The Ambrit Piano and Friends annual concert is Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Ambrit Theatre. The concert begins at 18:30 and lasts about one hour. This is a great opportunity for music lovers and their parents to come and hear professionals perform short pieces on a variety of instruments: flute, violin, piano, voice, clarinet, and cello, among others. Donations will go to the Jhantia Khasi orphanages in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Bring your friends!
Questioning in the PYP
After an initial provocation (see October newsletter for more on this topic), teachers unpack a central idea of a unit with the children and introduce teacher questions about the unit. Teacher questions align with the lines of inquiry to bring about certain key understanding throughout the unit. Students are also asked to contribute questions of their own about the central idea and lines of inquiry to help teachers discover student interest and further refine the inquiry. Helping the children develop their questioning ability is at the heart of inquiry. You can help your child at home by prompting them to ask questions about things they don’t understand. This can be as simple as getting them to ask about your day or asking them to think about questions you would need to think of if you were planning a holiday.
Ambrit Going Green
The Early Childhood department has worked very hard over the past few years striving to make Ambrit EC an environmentally friendly space. We are now trying to work together with Primary, Middle School and the parents to create a truly green school.
We ask the Ambrit Community to support our projects by raising awareness in the community.
Please remember to use labelled bins in the school properly and remind others to do the same.
Everyone has their own water bottles.
EC Children are provided with a reusable cup. Students in Primary and MS should bring their own reusable water bottle to school.
Limit plastic packaging in lunch/snacks.
Model correct recycling practices at home.
Discuss the impact of rubbish (plastic in particular) on the environment.
The FoA will be working with us to help implement new ideas. Please watch for more information in their upcoming communications.
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