Newsletter // November 2022

Dear Families and Friends, 

I am writing to you just after celebrating our Thanksgiving Lunch, and I am thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. 

Mine is not always the easiest job in school. However, as I look around at our wonderful students and listen to what they were thankful for, I know my job is one of the most rewarding. 

Being part of the journey when students celebrate their victories, deal with new emotions, overcome their struggles and grow into amazing young adults is so worthwhile. 

However, none of this is possible without the support of our amazing team. I am so thankful to work with such dedicated, passionate individuals on campus who also want the very best for each and every student. 

Thank you to our inspirational teachers and leaders, brilliant coaches, caring supervisors, amazing restaurant team and all the other adults that make the campus the special place it is. 

Enjoy reading the newsletter. As you can see, so many great experiences have taken place again this month and so many more to come. 

Please also see the invite to come and see the middle school performances in our final assessment week.  

I look forward to seeing many of you before the winter break. 

All the best,

Mel Rose
Head of School

Upcoming Events:

DEC 06
Constitution Day
No School
No Tennis Training

DEC 08
Day of the Immaculate Conception
No School
No Tennis Training

DEC 12 - 14
Revision Days
Middle and High School

DEC 15 - 20
Final Exam Days
Middle and High School

DEC 15 - 20
Middle School Plays 
DEC 15 - 8th Grade
DEC 19 - 7th Grade
DEC 20 - 6th Grade

@ 9:00 AM

DEC 21 - JAN 08
Winter Break
*Recommended departure
date DEC 21

JAN 09
Back to School

We Are Thankful!

We have so much to be thankful for this year, and one of those things is our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. This tradition we have held at our school for over 10 years is a wonderful time to enjoy good food and conversation with the whole school. 

This year's feast was held on November 25th. Thanks to Sergio Bonillo and the staff at La Masia restaurant, we had an excellent meal with delicious red velvet cake as a dessert. It was quite a treat!

Student Council went above and beyond to prepare the event and a charity raffle full of fun prizes. This years prizes included free private tennis lessons, equipment donated by HEAD, baked goods and a hamper full of special goodies.

The hosts of the event, Raqeem and Roman did a fabulous job and kept everything running smoothly. 

It was such a good opportunity to relax and enjoy time with colleagues and classmates and celebrate Thanksgiving together. 
ESAS Delegates at VALMUN

The 10th annual Model United Nations conference was held at the American School of Valencia (VALMUN) from December 1st through 3rd. Choosing delegates to represent our school and tackle pressing global issues was no easy feat. 

Students in high school held workshops in the weeks leading up to the conference where they practiced debating and defending their resolutions. Middle school students practiced  giving their speeches to boost their confidence with public speaking.

In total, 14 students from 7th, 8th, and 9th grade were chosen to participate at VALMUN. These were students who completed all preparation work and demonstrated discipline and confidence.  "We also took into account those students who best represent our school values," explained Ms. Wynne. 

Our delegates joined six other schools' delegarions from around Spain and Luxembourg at the American School in Valencia for the conference. They actively participated and collaborated with other delegates as they tried to get their resolutions passed. Several of our students were recognised for their successes, skills, and improvements.  

"Model UN is about getting students to research and understand real world problems and work with other delegates to come up with realistic, practical solutions to these problems in a dynamic and structured environment," described Ms. Wynne. Preparing for and participating in MUN conferences gives our students the opportunity to delve deeply into the political

world, understand how the United Nations work, cultivate their analytical skills, appreciate the art of diplomacy and the importance of team-work.

Giving our students the opportunity to participate in Model United Nations fosters their skills of critical thinking, empathy, research, team-work, compromise and a chance to practice and advance their public speaking skills. 

We are so proud of the effort, dedication and discipline our delegates demonstrated at VALMUN this year. 

Students from 10th through 12th grades will have the opportunity to participate in the MUN conference at ESADE in Barcelona in April 2023. We can't wait to see what you all can do!
Click to see more photos from VALMUN
How We Express Ourselves
In their second unit of inquiry, elementary students are learning about 'How We Express Ourselves'. In lower elementary, their central idea is that we all tell stories in different ways. They have worked on how to describe parts of stories
including the characters, settings, and plot. They are starting to explore different ways to retell stories. This will include creating puppet shows with sets, picture books, acting, writing, and through music.
Elementary students visited the SOS Galgo greyhound rescue center to participate in a reading program. Founder of the rescue association, Anna Clements, started the program to support children's confidence in retelling stories and reading aloud.
In upper elementary, students are focusing on how people can express beliefs and values through traditions and celebrations.   Each student chose a culture to research and share about.
The first country they investigated was Italy. Students brainstormed ideas about the country, looked at the geography and practiced cooking some Italian food and speaking some words in Italian. 
Students continued to think about how we express ourselves in their math lessons too. They looked at the different ways we can express multiplication through area models, place value chips and algorithms. 
The students are now preparing for their Unit 2 Showcase and deciding how they want to share their learning with the wider school community. 
We look forward to your final presentation!
Technology Free Field Trip
On average, children spend between 4 and 6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teenagers spend almost 9 hours a day! This has serious consequences for social and emotional health. To take a break from this, middle school teachers decided to plan a 'technology free' overnight trip with their students.  
On Monday, November 21st, students and teachers turned off their phones and traveled to La Granja, an educational farm just outside of Barcelona. There, students took part in team building activities, horseback riding and equine therapy. They learned how horses can help people create emotional bonds.
At first, students were nervous about being technology free for two days. This fear, however, quickly faded. "I felt more free because I didn’t have to worry about what people posted on Teams, who texted me on WhatsApp, or if there was a notification on a game I like," explained 6th grader Aitana P. "I felt more relaxed and free."
At night the students completed a maze activity in the dark and had a disco party. "My favorite activity was the maze because it was super fun, and it was dark and we could barely see," detailed 5th grader Leopoldo. Overall, it was a great experience for the middle school students to disconnect and spend time with their friends - technology free!
Spirit House Updates
It has been an eventful month for our Spirit Houses! At the beginning of November, the Blue Sharks were in the lead, but very quickly things have changed! Teachers have also been awarding students Sprit Points for actions that demonstrate our school’s core values of respect, effort, and discipline. Students have also earned points by helping others in our community, acting with integrity, reading and being inquisitive!  
Some notable examples of students being recognized for their work this month are:

Merali and Ivan for helping Mr. Rios set up all the Thanksgiving raffle prizes. Thank you! 😊 

Naysha and Moon for being caught reading on THE READING BENCH outside the office!
Well done! 👍 
These are total Spirit House points up to November 25th!
The scores are tight and all teams are still in the race!

Let's keep the spirit alive!
National Online Safety
Learning Moments at a Glance


6th graders in Dr. Boerkamps' science class created posters about    the different types of energy sources we use.

Students in Mr. Collins' Human Geography class set up a gallery walk and presented about important cultural buildings around the world.

Middle School students in the Enrichment class practiced using a power sander with the guidance of Mr. Green.

High School students in Integrated Math 1 were very focused on doing well on their exam!

11th grade students in Ms. Wynne's American History Honors class made wonderfully creative posters and sculptures about the 1920s!
Click to see more photos of High School projects

In Elementary Art class, students created carnival masks that reflected their values.

9th graders in Biology did an activity to measure catalase enzymes under different environmental conditions. 

Hands on learning is fun!
Proud of Our Alumni!
Alumni Marc Feliu and Diego Herrera visited campus recently and described their new lives after graduating university in the United States.
We do so much more than can fit in a newsletter!

The mission of ES American School is to be an exemplary learning and athletic community. We challenge ourselves to be better through an emphasis on critical thinking, and intellectual and social awareness. Students develop a passion for learning through individualized support in a nurturing environment. Our success is founded on effective communication and an engaging academic curriculum. 
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