School Bulletin #13 – 3rd of May, 2019

UPCOMING DATES: 

  • Tuesday 7th of May: Secondary Parent-Teacher Meetings - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 8th of May: Shakespeare Festival
  • Thursday 9th of May: BSCR Sports Festival
  • Friday 10th of May: BSCR Sports Festival
  • Friday 10th of May: BSCR/Humboldt Model United Nations
  • Saturday 11th of May: BSCR Sports Festival
  • Saturday 11th of May: BSCR/Humboldt Model United Nations

WHOLE SCHOOL

SPORTS FESTIVAL V, 2019:  The P. E. Department would like to invite our Learning Community to our fifth annual Sports Festival which will be taking place between the 9th and 11th of May. Everybody is welcome to attend, enjoy and support our students as they participate in three different sports (football, basketball and volleyball).  We also remind you that Saturday 11th of May is the Grand Classic XXXIII Race, which will follow this schedule:

Parents, Teachers, Secondary & Alumni: 4.5 km - Cat. A - 7:00 a.m.
Early Years 1: 100 m - Cat. B - 8:00 a.m.
Early Years 2 & Early Years 2: 200 m - Cat. C - 8:15 a.m.
Year 1 & Year 2: 400 m - Cat. D - 9:00 a.m.
Years 3-4-5: 800 m - Cat. E - 9:15 a.m.

PLEASE be there 30 minutes before your assigned race time and thank you in advance for your participation.

BOOK WEEK:  This week we celebrated the love and value of reading in our lives through many activities in Primary and Secondary, such as Drop Everything and Read, having Senior students and parents visit Primary to read to the children, the literary character costume competition, the writing of collective stories, the English department Creative Writing competition, a Mexican cultural stand, an assembly organized by the Spanish, French and English departments with several performances, among many others.

We would like to congratulate the following students for their efforts in making outstanding costumes:

Year 6-8:          Cecilia Poll and Ankit Patel
Year 9-10:         Carolina Muñoz and Enrique Bocaletti
Year 11-12:      Anthony Chau and Stella Sánchez

We would also like to congratulate the winners of the annual English Department Creative Writing competition:

Year 6-8:          Felipe Rubinstein
Year 9-10:         Mariangel Moya
Year 11-12:      Estefania Petta

In Primary, students explored the idea of ‘creativity’ (one of our core values, and the theme of this year’s Book Week) in a variety of activities throughout the week, which culminated in each class decorating their display boards with a Book Week/Creativity theme. On Tuesday, children dressed in their pyjamas for ‘bedtime stories’, and finished the week with a drone photograph of them all in literary costumes!

We would also like to thank every Primary and Early Years class for contributing to the ‘Anthology Project’: each class wrote a shared story based on the same photograph as a stimulus and every story will be included in an anthology that is in the process of being made. In addition.  We would like to thank every child who entered both the Mini Saga and Visual Story competitions. The winners will be announced soon.

Finally, we would like to thank all the people who made this week’s activities and assembly possible. We would also like to encourage you to carve out a quiet time in your daily schedule to find solace in reading a new book this year.

HOUSE UPDATE:  Barva House was the winner of the first quarter merit competition. As a result, for all Barva students, the house colours non-school uniform day for both Primary and Secondary students will be Thursday 23rd May (jeans/shorts and a green shirt).

PRIMARY

SCHOOL PHOTOS:  School photos will continue next week for Early Years and Year 1, according to the schedule below. A year group photo and individual photos will be taken on the indicated day. Whilst we are able to reschedule individual photos for students who are absent on their assigned day, unfortunately we cannot reschedule the group photograph.

Monday 6th May:          Year 1
Tuesday 7th May:         Early Years 1
Wednesday 8th May:    Early Years 3
Thursday 9th May:        Early Years 2

PARENT WORKSHOPS:

YEAR 1 AND 2: We will be hosting a workshop for all Year 1 and 2 parents on the subject of “Bullying, Our Role as Parents”. The purpose of this workshop is to share information with our parents about the school’s rules and protocols on the subject of bullying and to offer strategies for handling any conflicts or situations that might come up with your children. The workshop is on Thursday 9th of May, at 8:15 a.m. in the School Auditorium.

EARLY YEARS 1 – 3:   The school will also host a workshop for Early Years 1, 2 and 3 Parents on “Emotional Regulation Based on Sensory Stimulation” by occupational therapist MSc. Kimberly Lee. The goal of this workshop is to offer parents strategies for sensory stimulation as a tool for social-emotional development and behaviour regulation in preschool children. The workshop is on Thursday 16th of May at 8:15 a.m. in the School Auditorium.
If you wish to attend either of these workshops, please confirm your assistance via the links below. Both workshops will be in Spanish, please fill in the form and let us know if you wish to have the information in English.

Year 1 and 2 workshop: CLICK HERE (https://forms.gle/hsp7tA5YaoQHzcQn8)
Early Years 1, 2 and 3 workshop: CLICK HERE: (https://forms.gle/zPMgm6nUd3VeHpto6)

ITEps FAREWELL:  Over the past eight weeks we have been joined by four student teachers from Stenden University in The Netherlands. They have been learning from our teachers whilst also enriching the learning experiences of our students. As we say goodbye to them this week, we would also like to wish them the best in their future studies and careers in international education. We look forward to hosting more student teachers next year, as our collaboration with Stenden University strengthens.

SECONDARY

INTERNATIONAL LAW GUEST SPEAKER:  Mr. Ignacio Gallegos Gurdián spoke to both the IB Global Politics and Year 11 Estudios Sociales classes on Thursday about human rights and international law. Don Ignacio, a BSCR parent, a former student of Oxford University and current university lecturer in international law, provided students with a framework of how the rule of law is so central, not only to the protection of human rights, but also to who we are as a society.  We are always appreciative of external speakers and would like to extend an invitation to any member of our community who would be interested in enhancing our curriculum through sharing their expertise.  If you are interested please email bjacob@bscr.ed.cr.

HOUSE UPDATE – SECONDARY:  This coming quarter will see lots of exciting House Competitions, starting with Volleyball and ending with Trivia and Spelling Bee Competitions. Thanks to all the House and Sports Captains who have come to the competitions and made them such a success this year so far!

YEAR 8 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL:  On Wednesday, May 8th, we will have our annual Shakespeare festival.  Year 8 students have been rehearsing three plays they will present at the following times in the School auditorium:

10:30 a.m.        Othello
11:10 a.m.        Much Ado About Nothing
6:30 p.m.          A Midsummer Night's Dream

Parents are welcome to join us during the daytime or evening, but if you are unable to come in the morning, there will be a Facebook live broadcast for the first two shows.  We hope you enjoy the plays!

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