Archive for January, 2014

Helpful Tips for Testing!

Written by Rachel Lefton. Posted in ES Counselor

girl test takerWhile the International Schools Assessment (or ISA for short) is right around the corner (February 4th and 5th) for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips for our students to feel calm, well rested, and as prepared as possible! Feel free to discuss these tips with your student before Tuesday.  All of our students are going to do a wonderful job showing us everything they know!

PREPARING FOR A TEST

 

1.     Sleep

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
  • Make sure you sleep at least 8-10 hours!
  • Big tests require a lot of energy.

2.     Eat

  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Your brain needs a lot of energy to be able to focus on a test.
  • Foods like eggs, cereal, toast, & fresh fruits help energize your brain to think more clearly.

3.     Be Prepared

  • Be prepared on the day of the test!
  • Wake up early enough to have a healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive to school on time.

 

BEFORE& DURING A TEST

 1.     Relax! 

  • Take deep breaths

2.     Give yourself positive messages:

  • I will do the best I can.
  • I can do it.
  • I am prepared.

3.     Read or listen to the directions carefully:

  • Block out other thoughts.
  • Concentrate on voice or words.

4.     If you get stuck—-don’t panic!

  • Go back to your relaxation exercises.
  • Give yourself positive messages.
  • Change positions to help you relax.
  • Reword the question to help you understand.
  • Don’t panic if others finish before you, it’s not a race!

5.     Budget your time:

  • If you’re stuck on a question, move on.
  • Pay attention to the 5 minute warnings.

 

2nd Grade Experts!

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 2nd Grade

The 2nd graders have wrapped up their Informational Writing Unit of Study by sharing their Expert Texts with the 1st grade students! What a great opportunity to learn from one another in so many ways! Students made connections with the topics. After reading their books to each other, one 2nd grader commented on how much she enjoyed listening to a book about Spain, because she and the author share some favorite Spanish foods!  A 1st and 2nd grade student were happy to learn from their “travel books” that they both agree Barcelona is such a special place to visit, and live! It was neat to see the students so proud of their work and eager to share with one another! 2nd grade will begin the next Writing Workshop Unit of Study next week, where they will experience opinion writing!

Introducing the E-Club!

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Administration, Elementary School, ES Principal

Dear Fellow Environmentalists,

As members of the E-Club (short for Environment Club), we would like to first introduce ourselves.  We are a group of 4th and 5th grade students that want to make a positive impact on the world’s environmental health.  To do so, we will be sharing information about positive steps we can take to help our environment and organizing projects to support our efforts.

Our first project of the year is to encourage the reuse of cell phones that are still in working condition but no longer being used.  Therefore, we are accepting donations of any cell phones that are still in working order.  The cables and packaging are not necessary.

We will be collecting donated cell phones from February 3rd to February 7th.   For elementary families, there will be collection boxes in each elementary classroom.  For middle and high school families, there will be a collection box at reception with Ms. Correa.

Once we have finished collecting the cell phones, we will be donating them to a research group from the University of Barcelona.  They are collecting phones from across the city that will be sold for reuse and the proceeds will go toward medical research.  For more information about this project, please visit the following website.

E-Club LogoThank you for your kind consideration and for supporting the E-Club.  If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Duval for more information.

Think Green!

The E-Club

 

Around the World in One Day!

Written by admin. Posted in 4th Grade

January 29, 2014

Dear Parents,

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In celebration of our rich cultural and linguistic diversity, the 4th and 5th Grade Team is excited to announce Around the World in One Day.  We invite you to dust off your great-grandmother’s recipes, dig up your favorite childhood stories and join us on Friday, February 14th to present a piece of your culture to the children.  The students will rotate through classrooms for 20- 30 minute blocks and listen as you engage them in the beauty of your country!

 

Are you interested in presenting?

If so, you will have the opportunity to share your culture by:

  • Reading a book or telling a traditional story
  • Teaching a song or game
  • Sharing a favorite food item
  • Teaching about the geography and history of

your country

  • Sharing photos or videos
  • Teaching common phrases, greetings, or other words in your language
  • Other ideas?

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below by Wednesday, February 5th.  You may also email this information to your child’s teacher. Around the World in One Day will not be possible without your help! We thank you!

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Your name ______________________________________________________

Your child’s name _________________________________________________

Email __________________________________________________________

Country ________________________________________________________

What are you bringing or sharing?  ___________________________________

Available Times (Check all that apply):

_____ 9:00-10:30  (3 sessions)                            _____ 2:15-3:15 (2 sessions)

A Day for Cultural Exchange …

Written by admin. Posted in 5th Grade

January 29, 2014

Dear Parents,

In celebration of our rich cultural and linguistic diversity, the 4th and 5th Grade Team is excited to announce Around the World in One Day.  We invite you to dust off your great-grandmother’s recipes, dig up your favorite childhood stories and join us on Friday, February 14th to present a piece of your culture to the children.  The students will rotate through classrooms for 20- 30 minute blocks and listen as you engage them in the beauty of your country!

Are you interested in presenting?

If so, you will have the opportunity to share your culture by:

  • Reading a book or telling a traditional story
  • Teaching a song or game
  • Sharing a favorite food item
  • Teaching about the geography and history of

your country

  • Sharing photos or videos
  • Teaching common phrases, greetings,

or other words in your language

  • Other ideas?

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below by Wednesday, February 5th.  You may also email this information to your child’s teacher. Around the World in One Day will not be possible without your help! We thank you!

———————————————————————————————————-

Your name ______________________________________________________

Your child’s name _________________________________________________

Email __________________________________________________________

Country ________________________________________________________

What are you bringing or sharing?  ___________________________________

Available Times (Check all that apply):

_____ 9:00-10:30  (3 sessions)                            _____ 2:15-3:15 (2 session

Book Clubs

Written by admin. Posted in 5th Grade

What could possibly be more enjoyable than curling up with a good book in the winter?  Well, for the 5th graders, the answer is … reading in a book club!  During Reader´s Workshop, all of our 5th grade students are reading in leveled book clubs.  Each group began by reading historical fiction books on their reading levels.  As students become experts on this genre, they are able to choose other books to read in their book clubs together.

Recently, we have been focusing specifically on how to have an effective conversation about what we´ve been reading in our book clubs.  These book talks are really starting to shape up!