Elementary Newsletter


January 2012

posted Jan 12, 2012, 5:58 AM by Fredy Ramirez   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 10:55 AM ]

Principal's Message

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

Welcome back assembly


Newsletter November 29

posted Nov 10, 2011, 9:32 AM by Fredy Ramirez   [ updated Nov 29, 2011, 11:43 AM by jjun@ans.edu.ni ]

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


Happy Autumn/October 25, 2011

posted Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 AM by jjun@ans.edu.ni   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 10:16 AM ]

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.

Jennifer Jun

Elementary Vice Principal

Newsletter September 23

posted Sep 23, 2011, 8:16 AM by Fredy Ramirez   [ updated Sep 23, 2011, 12:01 PM ]

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.

Jennifer Jun

Elementary School Vice Principal


Newsletter September 8, 2011

posted Sep 8, 2011, 9:33 AM by Fredy Ramirez   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 10:13 AM ]

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:

September 13
Independence Day
(Fiestas Patrias): There will be two performances in the covered athletic area as follows:
1st – 5th grade 7:30 -8:30 and K3-K5 at 8:45 – 9:30
The classes will have small celebrations in the classrooms throughout the day to honor Nicaraguan tradition and sample typical food. Please check with your child’s teacher.

September 30
Tiger Meeting:  This
is a school event that takes place once a month. In this event the students are the center of attention. Children from different grade levels are chosen to be the host or hostess of the meeting. In the weeks prior to the meeting students have the opportunity to submit original writings or pieces of art to be considered by a board comprised of students and two teacher advisors. In the Tiger Meeting, the works of art and writing selected by the board members are displayed and student work recognized. Student performances and special guests are also featured. Tiger meetings always end with all the students singing "The ANS Virtues Song" (You can download the song and the lyrics here). Parents are always welcome to attend these meetings. Check the school calendar outside the elementary office for times.

October 7
Parent School
. The topic for this session will be Nutrition. Dr. Carla Fjeld will present to our parent community on that date. You will receive an electronic invitation for this event with time and location.

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


Tiger spiritTiger Spirit
Tiger Meeting

Newsletter August 12, 2011

posted Aug 18, 2011, 6:50 AM by Fredy Ramirez   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 9:33 AM ]

Principal's Message:
We are off to a great start! These past two weeks have been filled with  excitement, expectation and sometime anxiousness for all. However, as we close the second week of school I can truly say that we have started a new year with a lot of positive energy. Walking through the hallways and going into the classrooms I see the children being eager to learn and happy with their teachers and class. Our new and returning teachers are putting great effort in making sure all students feel safe and secure while transitioning to a new class, new school , new teacher and new friends. One of the things that makes our school community strong is the diversity we find here. This year we have received new students from Nicaragua and other parts of the world. Approximately 96 children are new to our school this year.  A new school year is always exciting.  Our focus will be on providing each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience.  Academic emphasis on the core content areas of reading, writing, English language, math, science, and social studies will remain a priority as well as providing a safe learning environment where students feel part of a caring community of peers and adults.  Instruction in the fine arts, technology, library/media skills and physical education complete our program providing each student with the opportunity to develop areas of interest and skill. I want to let you know that on August 19th, I will hold an informational meeting for all parents where we will talk about curriculum as well as new initiatives being implemented in the elementary school this year. Meeting times will be 7:15 and 1:15, you are welcome to attend either one of those two times. 
As we begin this year, please remember that this is your school and we welcome your involvement. We encourage parents to be partners in the very important job of educating our children.


From Our Literacy Specialist
For the last three years, the ANS elementary staff has been learning about and implementing a balanced literacy approach. It is evident by the overall reading growth our students have made over the years that this research based approach has been successful at ANS. It allows for differentiated instruction and individual student growth.
Last year, teachers participated in book clubs, created curricular roadmaps of instruction and planned with the Literacy Coach to refine their practice. To continue with our balanced literacy approach, we will embark on learning more about and implementing Writer’s Workshop. Teachers will participate in book clubs, revise their grade-level roadmaps, as needed, and continue to meet weekly with the Literacy Coach for grade level planning. Materials to support the instruction that is already in place and to support the instruction we will implement was purchased at the end of the year. The materials are in the building and ready for teachers to use. We purchased comprehension toolkits that align with the cognitive strategies, as well as, support material for small group work and math work stations. In addition, our book study books have arrived and will be in teachers’ hands soon.
The Spanish teachers are also aligning their curriculum with their assigned grade level implement a balanced approach to reading and writing. They have also begun to meet with the Literacy Specialist for support in planning, the use of materials, assessment and teacher modeling.

Counselor's Corner

Our Caring School Program started last year was very successful. With the support of teachers, administrators and parents, the elementary school counselors implemented the Caring School program in order to promote a greater sense of community among our students, foster tolerance and equip students with tools to help them in their social development. We will continue this year with our Caring School Program and will add new elements to help teachers integrate this caring community building approach. You will here more about this program and the new implementations in future meetings. Also, we are happy to announce that this year we will start our Parent School. The parent school will be scheduled monthly. The counselors will conduct presentations and workshop for parents on different topics of interest. We look forward to a great year!


Other News
:

  • I ask for your patience during this first weeks of school at dismissal time. We know the parking lot get crowded at that time, but please know that once after school activities begin next week, things will get better. On that note, we have asked teachers in the lower grades K3-2nd, to dismiss students to adults only. This of course is for the safety and security of our children. Please speak with your child's teacher if you need to make arrangements.
  • We have new vendors both in the Food court as well as in the Elementary "Hungry Tiger" Children are excited with the options they are finding in those places. We are trying to offer more and healthier choices for our children every day. Please visit this link for the menu of "The Hungry Tiger"
  • Extra-Curricular Activities will start next week. Due to some technical problems with the web sign up system, the Athletic Department will be providing printed forms. You should look for sign up forms.
  • The Tiger meeting: This is a school event that takes place once a month. In this event the students are the center of attention. Children from different grade levels are chosen to be the host or hostess of the meeting. In the weeks prior to the meeting students have the opportunity to submit original writings or pieces of art to be considered by a board comprised of students and two teacher advisors. In the Tiger Meeting, the works of art and writing selected by the board members are displayed and student work recognized. Student performances and special guests are also featured. Tiger meetings always end with all the students singing "The ANS Virtues Song" (You can download the song and the lyrics here). Parents are always welcome to attend these meetings.


Dates to Remember:

  • August 17, Early Dismissal 12:00
  • August 19, Parent Information Meeting
    Time: 7:15 and 1:15
    Place: Ossi Room
  • August 24, Early Dismissal 12:00
  • August 25, Open House and Board Elections
  • August 26 Tiger Meeting
    Time: K5-2nd grade at 7:15
    3rd - 5th grade 8:30 a.m.
  • August 31, Early Dismissal 12:00

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