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Newsletter // April 2022

Dear Families and Friends,  

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to our students and it is important that we work together to take an active role in teaching them about online dangers. 

Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of educating our children to keep themselves safe.  

I am delighted to announce that we have joined with National Online Safety. This organization supports schools and parents to help make the internet a safer place for our students. As well as having access to a wide variety of educational resources, videos, courses and guides, National Online Safety respond immediately to the rapidly changing trends that our students encounter.

As an ESAS parent, you now have unlimited access to the National Online Safety site, which can be accessed through the following link:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/es-international-school

CHOOSE THE PARENT/CARER TAB

The guides are especially useful and we will include one in each of our newsletters. Here you will find advice on subjects such at cryptocurrency, Wink, Deepfakes and NFTs. 

You will find also online video resources and weekly updates cover a huge range of topics, including:

- Fake Profiles & Social Bots
- Online Bullying
- Online Grooming
- Sexting
- Online Identity
- Screen Addiction
- Social Media Platforms  
- Online Gambling
- Fake News
- The Dark Web
- Games & Trends

Please enjoy exploring the site and let us have your feedback!


Mel Rose
Head of School

Upcoming Events

MAY 04
AP English Literature Exam
08:00 - 11:30
AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam
12:00 - 15:00

MAY 05
AP Macroeconomics Exam
08:00 - 10:30
AP Statistics Exam
12:00 - 15:30

MAY 06
IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Review
No Classes
Elementary only

MAY 07
Official SAT Exam
11th and 12th grade
students only
07:45 - 12:30

MAY 09
AP Calculus AB and BC Exam
08:00 - 11:30

MAY 11
AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam
08:00 - 12:00

MAY 12
Senior Class Photoshoot
15:30 - 16:30

MAY 19
Excursion to Sitges
High School students only

MAY 27
Spirit Day
All Day

MAY 31
Outstanding Work Showcase
@ the Carpa
11:30 - 14:30

MAY 31 - JUN 04
Final Exam Revision Days
12th grade only

JUN 07 - 10
Final Exams
12th grade only

JUN 10
Senior Trip
12th grade only

JUN 09 - 16
Final Exams
6th - 11th grade

Immersed in the Local Culture
At ES American School we are privileged to have a very international community, with our student body representing over 40 nationalities. At school, our shared language is English, but most of our students also study the two local languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan and Spanish. "Learning the local languages is learning the culture, and that makes you feel closer to the place where you live," explained Ms. Yolanda Rodriguez, Coordinator of the Spanish and Catalan department. This is very important for our students who are very far from their home. "We cannot understand our environment if we do not participate in the traditions or cultural milestones that each society has been able to create," said Mr. Josep Martí. Throughout the school year, teachers in the Spanish and Catalan department have made a great effort to show their students the richness of our local culture by visiting emblematic places and celebrating holidays and traditions.
At the beginning of the month, students from the Ciencies Socials went to explore Colonia Guell, a 19th century industrial town created by Antoni Gaudi. This site connected to the time period the students were learning about in their lessons. "Bringing local history to life for our students is part of our personal and educational enrichment," said Ms. Rodriguez. 

On Friday, April 29th, another group of students in the Spanish and Catalan program went on a walking tour of Barcelona. They went on a Modernist architecture scavenger hunt, searching for details in famous buildings such as Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. They spent the whole day being immersed in the local culture and environment. "These spaces are part of the landscape that we can see and experience, and that this society has treasured over the centuries," explained Mr. Martí. 
Click to see more photos from the Spanish and Catalan Field Trips
Celebrating Día de Sant Jordi

On April 23, students from all grades in the Spanish and Catalan programs celebrated a local festival: Día de Sant Jordi. During this festive day, people traditionally retell the Legend of Sant Jordi, write poetry, and give books and roses as gifts. "Traditions are part of our culture and help us understand where our roots come from, and they are especially important for young people who live in a different environment than previous generations," explained IB PYP Catalan teachers, Ms. Laura Jiménez and Mr. Didac Curia. In Elementary school, all students are in the Catalan program and get to participate in these local celebrations. 


Elementary students had a full day of activities, starting with a poetry workshop, an explanatory video to help non-native Catalan speakers understand more completely, followed by a performance of the Legend of Sant Jordi by the upper Elementary students. "This play required a lot of preparation and work," explained Ms. Jiménez and Mr. Curia. "Together they designed the stage with murals for the different scenes, recreated the costumes of the characters, and they had to learn the lines to their role." In the end the effort was worth it, and they felt very proud of the result. "

In Middle and High School, students did a variety of interesting activities.  In Ms. Rodriguez's classes, students watched a video about the real history of Sant Jordi, wrote acrostic poems, and learned about the importance of this day in Catalunya. "Sant Jordi is the patron saint of Catalunya," Ms. Rodriguez described. "This day also commemorates the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes, two of the most influential writers," she added. Students in Mr. Marti's classes made bookmarks and performed their version of the Legend of Sant Jordi to Elementary students. "The Elementary students were happy with the visit made by the older students and the opportunity to learn from their peers," explained Mr. Martí. 

It is agreed among all teachers in the Spanish and Catalan department that our students should be given the opportunities to learn about the local culture in many ways. "In an international school like ours, knowing all kinds of cultures and traditions makes us more critical, more open-minded and with a broad vision of the world," said Ms. Rodriguez. "Respecting differences, whether of race, culture or religion, is not only important in this diverse world, but also prepares children to be supportive, to value and learn from others, to be tolerant and respectful, and to prevent them from making decisions based on prejudice," added Ms. Jiménez i Mr. Curia. We are proud to be a diverse community living in such a culturally rich place. 
 

ESAS Represents at the BISA Talent Show

On March 21st, at 18:00 our students had the pleasure of watching the BISA (Barcelona International Schools Association) Talent Show via live streaming. We were represented by middle schooler grader Ron T. and 10th graders Zachary M., Cristina C., and Linus B. They recorded their performances and shared them with the talent show coordinators. High school students attended the show virtually, alongside teachers and staff in their final class of the day.

Middle school student Ron T. reflected on the event: "I really enjoyed participating in both talent shows, like a participator and as an audience member as well," he explained. "I am very happy that the other students in the school appreciated my efforts! Comparing to other schools in the BISA Talent Show, I think we can be proud of ourselves." We are proud of all students who participated in our talent show as well as the BISA Talent Show!

Watch our students' performances at the BISA Talent Show!
Final Assessment Week

As we head towards the end of the semester, can we take this oportunity to remind all parents that students MUST be here for final exams. 

Final assessments for 12th grade students take place from Friday, June 3rd  to Thursday, June 9th. 

Final assessments for 6th – 11th grade students take place from Thursday, June 9th to Thursday, June 16th.

 

As written in the Handbook 8.13:

The final examinations period takes place during the last week of each academic semester. The Head of School prepares the final examination schedule, and all students are required to take their examinations at the times indicated on the schedule.  

Final assessment protocol indicated that changes cannot be made to the final exam schedule. Students who wish to complete a course for credit, but due to exceptional circumstances are unable to take the final examination at the scheduled time, may petition the Head of School, as an exceptional measure, to take the examination at another time. However, students will only be able to earn up to 80% if they take the final assessment out of the assessment week schedule. Permission must be approved by the Head of School and is granted only when students have a certified and unavoidable reason. Students who fail to complete their final examinations as scheduled will receive a zero for the examination. Mid-term examinations are scheduled, at the discretion of the instructor, during regular class periods.  

Learning Moments at a Glance





Students in Environmental Science did experiments with heat and moisture to determine the causes of different climates on Earth.





Students in AP Comparative Government class made final presentations in preparation for their final AP exams. 





Students in 2D Art went on a field trip to Lomography in Barcelona where they learned all about analogue cameras.





Students in 10th grade Modern European History class made crime board posters about crimes committed by colonial powers.
 





11th graders in Ms. Wynne's Honors American History class made presentations and posters about Cold War conflicts.





Middle School students in Mr. Gaudin's class used the water testing kit they ordered after participating in the National Geographic global conference to test local streams. 





Students in Mr. Curia's IB PYP Physical Education class completed sports activities in blindfolds to learn empathy skills and practice using guiding directions.






9th and 11th graders in Mr. Green's Biology classes did a laboratory experiment about the DNA of Strawberries. 





Students in Mr. Collins' Human Geography class made pinhole cameras and used them to take wonderful photos around campus.






Students in Dr. Boerkamps' Middle School Health class did presentations about the negative effects of drugs on the human body.
Proud of Our Students!
Congratulations to 12th grader Jose Montoya for winning 3rd place in the Juniors Category and his brother, ESAS alumni Felipe Montoya, for winning 1st place in the Young Riders Category at the International Dressage Competition in Andalucia. Well done!
We do so much more than can fit in a newsletter!

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