Happy new year and welcome back to ANS for the second semester of this school year. After a well deserved holiday vacation we come back with renewed energy to give our very best in the final stretch of the year. Our second semester started with a Tiger Spirit Rally where all the students came together to be welcome and cheer "Strong, Striped, Proud. Roar it Aloud. T-I-G-E-R... TIGERS! It was an exciting assembly and a nice opportunity to have the whole elementary school come together.
Our teacher's had their first "Professional Learning Community" (PLC) meeting of the year on the first day back. During the PLC time every Wednesday teachers and specialists have the opportunity to refine and ehance their teaching skills to better serve all of our students. Currently elementary teachers are participating in book studies during some of the Wednesday sessions. Teachers and specialists are reading, discussing and learning more about teaching form the following books: Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover; Kindergarten Literacy
Matching Assessment and Instruction in Kindergarten by Anne McGill-Franzen; The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction by Bonnie Campbell-Hill and Carrie Ekey, and Mentor Texts Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6 by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli. As a learning community we are very grateful to be able to have the time to learn from our colleagues and enhance our teachers skills.
Math Super Stars
Our Math Super Stars program begins now! Check on your child's teacher website to download the worksheets and learn more about this math enrichment initiative. This year our math committee aligned the Math Super Stars worksheets to our Singapore Math program. Be sure to ask your child's teacher about Math Super Stars.
Upcoming dates and events
January 20 - Parent School Ossi Room
January 27 - Tiger Meeting
February 6th-10th Poetry Week
Dear ANS Parents,
The Holiday Program has been changed to Wednesday, December 7th. The program for 2nd-5th will be from 7:30-8:45 and the program for K3-1st will be from 9:00-9:45. We hope that all of you will join us as we end the year. We would like to thank you for your support that you have shown to our students and to our staff. We wish you a very joyful and safe holiday season!
Dear ANS Parents,
It truly seems like this school year is flying by. We are mid way into the 2nd quarter and there are many activities happening around school. On November 11th we will host our Muffins With Mom. This activity is graciously sponsored by the PTO and we are grateful for their support. During our Muffins with Mom activity moms will have an opportunity to mingle with other moms over a cup of coffee and a delicious muffin. Then our teachers have prepared a mini lesson to show how our children learn their strategies to become great readers. Finally, our children will have a chance to read with their mom to demonstrate how far they have come this year. It is an exciting activity and we hope to see all of you here at school tomorrow.
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Many celebrations are being planned right now for this important day. Our room parents are busy coordinating with their teachers all the details of the celebration. Teachers are having activities to teach our children about the significance of being thankful and the celebration itself. The 5th grade team in collaboration with our Student Council will host a celebration for the children of our sister school "Los Ladinos". Sharing with students from our sister school is a great service learning opportunity for our children. This is the second year we host "Los Ladinos" at our school.
The winter break is also in the horizon. All the classes are already making plans to participate in our winter holiday show. Teachers will be contacting parents to let them know how they can help with this celebration.
Here are some dates to remember:
November 11 - Muffins with Mom
November 18 Tiger Meeting
November 23 Thanksgiving Celebrations (Contact your child's teacher for details)
November 24 and 25 Thanksgiving Holiday no school
Remember that all Wednesdays students are dismissed at 12:00
Dear ANS Community,
The rainy season is almost ending, the first quarter has completed and the second quarter has begun. As you can see from the photo album, the elementary students had their first Spirit Week and publishing celebrations. We learned about what it means to be an ANS student by brainstorming adjectives that describe us, dressing up in class colors, displaying healthy foods/nature through creative wear, and gathering together for a Tiger Rally. It is imperative that our students understand what it means to have a school spirit. I believe that our students need to feel proud to be a part of this great school that will become a part of their lives. I hope that as a family, you will encourage your child to ponder about what it means to be a part of the ANS community.
It was a pleasure attending the 3rd grade classes that celebrated their writing through publishing. Our students are on their way to becoming great writers.
K4 students enjoyed their day at the movies, watching 3D Lion King. 1st and 2nd graders saw a great play on friendship, honesty and environmental awareness at Ruben Dario Theatre. Every student commented on how entertaining the play was.
Fall Festival is this Friday from 6-9. It is another way to show our school spirit; We look forward to seeing you all at CAA.
Elementary Vice Principal
Dear Elementary School Community:
First of all, we would like to express our sincere thank you to all parents who attended the Nicaraguan Independence Day celebration at CAA and also contributing to the classroom food festivities. It truly was wonderful to see our community come together.
Secondly, I would like to thank the ANS community for welcoming me into my new position. It’s been very challenging to learn the new ropes to this position; however, with all your support, I know we will work together for our students’ growth.
Since becoming the vice principal, I have had the privilege of visiting all classrooms. It’s a joy to see dedicated teachers and eager students at work. I must say it’s my favorite part of my job. As our school moves more toward technology, our classrooms will also reflect the change. I already see many teachers utilizing technology to make learning more fruitful.
I am sure that many of you have seen the great big apple tree in our Elementary Patio. The tree is called The Giving Tree, named after one of the most beloved children’s book by Shel Silverstein. The purpose of the tree is to provide a space for our community to express gratitude towards someone. We hope to use our positive energy to form a community that encourages one another. We have many apples with wonderful messages already hanging on the tree. We would like to invite you to use the tree to express your thankfulness to someone at the school as well.
Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have completed the MAP assessment. The results will be sent with the report card on October 17th. If you have any questions regarding the test, please make an appointment with either Mr. Ramirez or myself.
As you are aware, the first quarter ends on October 7th. We are launching a different method to share your child’s report card this year: The report card will be sent home in an envelope with your child on October 17th. After you look at the report card, you will sign on a designated area on the envelope and then send it back to your child’s homeroom teacher. If you need to conference with the teacher regarding your child after reviewing the report card, you may make an appointment with the teacher for Wednesday, October 19th after 12 p.m. We hope that this new system will give you a chance to talk to your child about his/her grades before you meet with the teachers.
The September Tiger Meeting will be held on Friday, September 30th. The 3-5th grade meeting will be held from 7:15-8 and the K5-2 meeting will be held from 8-8:45. This meeting will be hosted by the 4th and 1st graders. We hope to see you all there.
The next Parent School has been scheduled for Friday, October 7th at 7:15 in the Ossi Room. Ms. Carla Fjeld will speak about nutrition. Please contact the counselors if you have any questions regarding Parent School.
Please know that I am here to support you and your child.
Elementary School Vice Principal
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents, school has been in session for almost six full
weeks now. A lot of things have happened during these first weeks of school. We
hope that all new students and family are adapting well to all the changes and
possible challenges faced in transitioning to Nicaragua and to ANS. During our
Open House we had 54% participation of parents. That is just a bit over half of
the 409 families we currently have in the elementary school. There will be more
opportunities for all parents to participate in different events at school we
hope you can join us for some of our celebrations.
Here is a description of a few upcoming events:
I hope to see many of you in any or all of the activities we
have planned for this school year.
Here are other dates to remember:
September 14, 15, and 16 Independence Days Holiday. (No School)
September 21 Early Dismissal 12:00
September 28 Early Dismissal 12:00
October 12 Early Dismissal 12:00
October 19 Report Card Day Early Dismissal 12:00