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Newsletter // October 2020

Dear ESIS Parents, 

 

It has been a busy month for everyone, and we are glad to say that the midterm has successfully been reached. I am so happy that not only have we been able to provide rich learning experiences on campus, but as you can see from our newsletter, we have also been able to enhance our learning with educational visits safely off campus.  

 

Enjoy reading our news from October!  

Remember, my door is always open!  
 

Mel 
Head of School

Upcoming Events

NOV 01
All Saint's Day
LOCAL HOLIDAY
Does not affect school schedule

NOV 02
High School
CLASS PHOTOS
Students will have both individual and class photos taken
 

NOV 03
Elementary and Middle School
CLASS PHOTOS

Students will have both individual and class photos taken

NOV 07
Official SAT Subject Tests
11th and 12th grades only
7:45 - 12:30
 

NOV 26
Thanksgiving Day
AMERICAN HOLIDAY
Does not affect school schedule

DEC 07 - 08
Dia de la Inmaculada
NO SCHOOL

Developing and Eye for Detail
    Being a creative, critical thinker is one of our Core Values at ESIS, and developing this side of ourselves is integral in every classroom. These skills are important for problem solving as well as reading and writing, and attention to detail is paramount in being successful in any undertaking. This semester in Middle School, Mr. Gaudin was inspired to share his love for photography and the joy that being creative with a camera can bring. “Photography has been something I have had a passion for since I was young,” said Mr. Gaudin. “I minored in photography in college and I was a photojournalist for the US Army for five years.”
He wants to expose his students to the art of photography and to have them learn key skills that have them focusing on the details in their images. This way, they can make pictures instead of take pictures.
 Recently, students from the photography class went on an excursion to 
Sitges in order to use the skills they had learned. They participated in a photography competition and were asked to take pictures in four key categories: Fine Art, Photojournalism, Landscape, and Street Art Photography. “I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the kids on the trip, and the excitement they showed when they created something special,” remembered Mr. Gaudin. Many of the students enjoyed using the clear photography ball, or lensball, to create unique images.  It was a difficult decision to choose the winners in each category, but we want to congratulate Peter Ye, Iris Scheepstra, Troy Scevenels, and Emilia Hamborg-Thomsen for getting first prizes. Romina Fuentes Fonseca and Roman Ussoyan got an honorable mention for their photographs.  “Of course, I want to keep learning about photography,” said Romina Fuentes Fonesca.  For us this is the ultimate goal - inspiring our students!
View the winning Photography Contest photos here!
Exploring Who We Are
This month, Elementary school has been working on their Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are. They’ve explored topics related to health, human rights, and family. As the students discussed these topics in class, many questions arose and were explored through unique and enriching activities.  
First and second graders concluded their inquiry into the topic of families by planning their perfect family holiday. Students explored all aspects of vacation planning including choosing lodging and deciding what to pack. They enjoyed sharing their opinions and ideas with the class.
In 3rd and 4th grade, students began the unit by inquiring into the concept of health. As questions arose in class, their teachers reached out to some experts and planned a few on campus "field trips". First, three psychologists from Entrelazadogs in Barcelona came and introduced them to some of their therapy dogs. Next, two of the 3rd grade parents, Ainhoa Fornos and Alfonso Iglesias, led a workshop about positive thinking and growth mindset. In the end, they examined links between features of their school environment and the specific needs of living things (in this case – them!). They are currently preparing to give their final pitch for a new and improved playground.
Fifth grade concluded their study of human rights and responsibilities with an introduction to the concept of action. They’re excited about continuing to take action throughout the year as they prepare for their PYP Exhibition project. 
The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Spanish and Catalan teachers combined their final projects in Sociales. They discussed and analyzed how rights and responsibilities function in friendships. They learned about how to make and maintain respectful, fulfilling friendships in their community spaces and beyond. 
Spirit is on the Rise Around Campus
   By October, school feels like it is back in full swing. We have elected our Student Council and have met with our Spirit Teams many times. It is during October that the Spirit Teams get a chance to team-build and bond over fun activities and start earning their team some Spirit Points. This year so far, the Spirit Masters, Ms. Morrison and Mr. Rios,  have thought of several creative ways for teams to show their spirit and get some points. From creating a team chant to wearing pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it has been wonderful to see 
how much students want to participate.  
    Halloween is one of the major highlights of any school year and having spirit on this day counts. On Friday, October 30th, students from all grades participated in a costume competition with their Spirit Team. They had to design, plan, and execute an idea together and present it to the Spirit Masters. There were some very fun entries, but after presenting their ideas, the Purple Panthers were crowned the winners for their creative recycling costumes. Well done! Let’s keep the spirit alive everyone!
See more photos from the Halloween Spirit House meeting here.
In Ms. Rodriguez’s Spanish class, Middle School students recited poetry during their event PoemaWEEN! The expression and passion students put into their performances was impressive! 
In Other News...

Thanks to a generous donation from the Fuentes-Fonseca family (a former PYP and current middle-school family), the Elementary School has an exciting new addition to their playground – Clean Point, an all-in-one hand-washing, temperature-taking station! After students tidy up their playground, they pass in front of Clean Point’s temperature-taking screen and wash their hands at the same time – making their recess routine run much more smoothly and ensuring they can safely enter their classrooms throughout the day. 

High School literature classes have been working on some very interesting projects this month. Mr. Slease’s 10th grade class has been reading Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and creating posters to display their research, while in Mr. Collin’s 10th grade class, they created an Instagram account for a character in that same novel. In 9th grade, students used rhetorical devices to deliver effective, persuasive speeches and recorded them for everyone to see. It is wonderful to see so many creative and thoughtful projects!
 
Watch the persuasive speeches here!





High School students went on an excursion to see an immersive virtual reality symphony at the CosmoCaixa museum in Barcelona. Students were impressed by the exhibits of the new Yeezy shoes as well as the unique cultural experience. 



Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon of team-building and emotional wellness activities at the Granja just outside of Barcelona.  Students worked together to walk through a path of different sensory stimulations while barefoot, and they also enjoyed the relaxing time together in the forest. What an interesting and rewarding experience!

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