Important Dates From the Director by fionan


									6th November 2009

Important Dates
November 7 SAT Test, 7:45am at ISA 10 Armistice Day Recital, 10:30am in Theatre 11-14 ISSA Boys Volleyball (ISA) 11-14 ISSA Girls Volleyball (London) 12 Early Dismissal at 11am 12-13 Parent Conferences 14 SSAT/TOEFL 18 HS Student Council Breakfast 19 ES Fall Drama Production “Go Fish”, 6:30pm in Theatre 20 ES Fall Drama Production “Go Fish”, 4:30pm in Theatre 23-26 HS Spirit Week 24 AGM 7:00pm in Theatre 25 IB Recital I & II/IB Art Exhibition, 6.30pm in Theatre 27 Teacher In-Service – Holiday for Students 28 Christmas (Coach) Shopping/Sight-seeing Trip to Edinburgh

From the Director
Dear Parents Casino Night A huge thank you to the PTO for a fun Friday Casino Night. Trunk or Treat The “Trunk or Treat” event was a huge success. I hope you all had a good time. Many thanks to Logan Moore, Lori Thomas, and Deana Giuliani. Have a good weekend. Dan Hovde Director

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From the MS/HS Principal

UK Senior Math Team Challenge next week. It is being held Tuesday, 10th November at the University of Aberdeen. ISA will have a team in the competition. Parents of participating students have been notified. Careers Day 2010 is coming up on Thursday, 25th March! The day will begin as a regular school day at 08:20 and then end at 11:00 due to parent-teacher conferences (there is no school Friday, 26 March). Careers Day is an opportunity the kids won’t want to miss, so parents: Please make sure your children in Grade 8-12 are able to attend! Again, that’s Thursday, 25 March, 2010. Disneyland Math experience: Parents: The week of 18th January the math department will take 30 students to Disneyland Paris for a four-day math course. This study experience enables students to discover how math is put into practice at Disneyland Paris. Students will see the relevance of what they learned at ISA in the real world and to the working practices of Disneyland Resort. This study experience math curriculum was developed by the UK's leading provider of curriculum-led educational resources, in conjunction with math specialists and executives at Disneyland Paris to provide a unique insight for students. This programme is exclusive to Math students that are a part of the programme and not available to other visitors to Disneyland. The main topics they will explore during this course will include:



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Roller coaster math - Students will explore the use of math in roller coaster design, using Newton's law of motion (Algebra), Rate of change and gradients (Calculus), Properties of circles degrees and rotations (Geometry, Trig) Math in Action in the Resort - How math is used in the landscaping, parades and costuming of the Disney characters. Math and Architecture - discuss the role of math in architecture by exploring the construction of the nearby city of Val d' Europe.

Franke Thomas MS/HS Principal

From the Elementary Principal
• Student Leadership Next week, Elementary students in grades three, four and five will be invited to volunteer their time to participate in special leadership activities that will take place throughout the year. Classroom teachers will be asking for willing participants to put their names forward to join in initiatives taking place each month to promote either school spirit or a service project. The idea of leadership takes real meaning when children are given actual opportunities to act upon ideas they develop to accomplish goals such as spreading school spirit or helping others. The first leadership activity will be “Pink Day” on 26th November, a spirit event that will also help us to support cancer research.


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I hope the upcoming meetings between parents and teachers are very productive for everyone. In the evening session on Thursday from 6 to 8pm, some of our High School students will be running a crèche for students who are at least five years old. Parents who wish to take advantage of the crèche are asked to contact Mary Rayne by Tuesday, 10th November. To participate in the crèche, eligible children must be signed in and out by a parent. • Bookademics "But no one gets dragged the whole way across a garden, and through a hedge, and over another garden, and through a freshly-oiled flap, and ends up looking as if they’re just off to a party.” This passage is an excerpt from The Diary of a Killer Cat. It also forms a question in the reading game called Bookademics played by the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. In Bookademics, students are divided into 4 teams: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw. (For those of you familiar with the Harry Potter stories you’ll appreciate that we used our own special sorting hat to split the students into four mixed grade level teams!) The competition itself has three rounds and includes a wide variety of questions and activities. Round two, for example, is about specialist subjects, and students can choose between books they are likely to be familiar with. Everything is done in a good spirit and serves to promote and celebrate our love of reading at ISA. Students play such an active role in the game and can even make suggestions about books to be included in each round. We always try to bring in new and award winning novels, many times soon after they are published. The first session of Bookademics took place on 6th November. Don Newbury Elementary Principal

From Health & Safety
Safe cycling in winter months High visibility clothing (even during daylight hours) and lights during darkness are essential for the safety of children cycling to school (and during leisure time). A white light at the front and a red light at the rear, both either steady or flashing, are needed to be both legal and visible. An additional red flashing light worn by the cyclist at the back, not fixed to the bike, is helpful. Lightweight, high visibility waterproof jackets are very useful, and widely available. Reflective armbands, ankle straps, tabards, and reflective stickers for bikes and bags can be bought at reasonable cost from bike shops, and are often available from the local road safety department. Cycle helmets are designed to give protection from a fall from a bike so ISA recommends encouraging children to wear them, although their use is currently not compulsory. To be effective, they must fit and be worn correctly. For more information on cycle helmets and cycle lights visit Debbie Strachan Safety Officer

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Fine Arts Department
Armistice Day Recital Tuesday, 10th November 10:30am ISA Theatre A great recital to commemorate our veterans & soldiers. GO FISH A musical comedy by Grade 2 19th November @ 6:30pm 20th November @ 4:30pm ISA Theatre £3.00 For early booking, please complete the attached Ticket Booking Form. Likewise, tickets available at the door. A Tuna Fish who can’t carry a tune? A Star Fish who can’t get an acting job? A seven-legged Octopus? A Zebra Fish with spots? A shark who wants to be friends with everyone? Join in the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique collection of friends discover how their differences make them each special! IB Music Recital & IB Art Exhibition Tuesday, 25th November 6:30 pm ISA Theatre The IB I & II music students will present their first recital this semester, featuring musical selections from various style periods. Also enjoy the artwork by our IB artists! The ISA Fine Arts Team

Sporting News
Youth Basketball It's nearly basketball season. We will be starting our ISA Youth Basketball season on 21st November. All students in grades 1-6 are invited and everyone, regardless of ability, is encouraged to participate. This is a parent coached programme, and has been a positive part of ISA for years. The first practice for grades 1-4 is scheduled in the ISA gym at 12:30 and will conclude at 13:30. Grades 5-6 will start at 1:30 and finish at 2:30. This first session is for the coaches to assess your child's ability and put together fairly equitable teams. The practice schedule will be as follows: 4th & 11th December - Grades 1-4 18:30-19:30 4th & 11th December - Grades 5-6 19:30-20:30 After the winter break we will start regular practices on Friday, with games on Saturday. Check the weekly 'Sporting News' section of the weekly Thistle for updates regarding Youth basketball and other after-school sports.
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If your child is unable to attend the 21st November session and would like to play on a team ,please notify Ron Thomas at Basketball Grades 7-12 Grade 7 Co-ed Practice schedule starts 24th November Practice times: 3:00-4:30 Tuesday and Wednesday Girls Grades 8-9 Practice schedule starts 17th November Practice Times: 4:30-6:00 Tuesday 4:45- 6:15 Wednesday Boys Grades 8-9 Practice Starts 16th November Practice Times: 5:30-6:30 Monday 3:00-4:45 Thursday Girls Senior Practice starts 18th November Practice times: 4:30-6:30 Tuesday 4:00-6:15 Friday Boys Senior Practice starts 18th November 5:00-7:00 Wednesday 3:30-5:30 Friday Please note that the senior girls will practice on 18th and 25th November with the grade 8-9 girls. Younger players may try-out for a senior team. Athletes may play on only one team unless a team has less than ten players. Badminton We will start our badminton season in the spring. If you want more badminton, I have included some information regarding some local tournaments. All the best, Mark DeGraw PE/Athletic Director

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Parent Teacher Organisation (PTO) News

“Thank you” is the only thing I know to say about last Friday’s Adult Casino Night!! Thank you to everyone on the PTO Board for organising the night, thank you to Ian and Ann for all of the wonderful food, thank you to John Montgomery for keeping us “safe” during the night, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended and made the event so much fun!! I have heard many wonderful comments about the night. Hopefully, the Adult Social will become a regular yearly event!! Do you need presents for the upcoming holiday season? Get some ISA Spiritwear for your family!! Grandpa would love an ISA baseball cap and now we have them in stock. Contact Debra Cagle and Anja van der Tuin today and get those presents ordered!! Deana Giuliani PTO President

Christmas Coach Trip to Edinburgh Saturday 28th November Departing ISA at 08:00hrs Leaving Edinburgh at 17:00hrs Price: £18:50p per person Contact: Pat at Reception (if interested)

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Dear Parents, On behalf of everyone in the 11th grade traveling to Morocco, I would like to thank you for your participation in Trunk or Treat and for your donations! In total, we raised £1108 for our service trip. Saturday was a great day to have the event with the beautiful weather and 32 participating cars! I believe everyone had a great time, including the parents and I look forward to doing this again next year! Once again, thank you for helping us raise £1108! Logan Moore 2010 Morocco Trips

Pre-booking Form
Dear Actors and Parents, The ISA Fine Arts Department is pleased to present “GO FISH!” November 19 & 20, in the ISA Theatre. Tickets are £3 each. Payments can be made in cash or by cheque payable to International School of Aberdeen. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete and detach the form below. Return the form with your payment to Kent Walter. Thank you for your support in this production. We are pleased with the hard work and efforts of the entire cast.


We would like to book tickets for the following performance(s):

Thursday, November 19th


____ tickets @ £3=_____ TOTAL

Friday, November 20th


____ tickets @ £3=_____ TOTAL

GRAND TOTAL £______ Check one: _____ Please give our tickets to _________________. _____ I will collect our tickets at the door before the performance.
Please allow 24 hours to process your order.

Afterschool Activity Schedule
Monday Karate Grades 1-6 3:15-4:15 Soccer Grades 3-4 3:00-4:30 Soccer Grades 5-8 4:30-6:00 Volleyball Boys Grades 7-9 3:00-5:00 Volleyball Girls Grades 7-9 4:00-5:30 (Last practice October 28) Volleyball Boys Grades 9-12 5:30-7:30 Gymnastics Grades 3-5 3:00-4:15 Anticipated start date Nov. 16 Gymnastics Grades 6-12 4:15-5:30 Anticipated start date Nov. 16

Wednesday Soccer Girls Under 14 3:00-4:15 Cross Country Grades 3-5 Meets every other week 3:00-4:00 Field Hockey Grades 3-6 3:00-4:30 Volleyball Boys Grades 7-9 3:00-5:00 Volleyball Girls Grades 7-9 4:00-5:30 Volleyball Boys Grades 9-12 5:30-7:30

Thursday Soccer Grade 1 3:00-4:00 Soccer Grade 2 3:00-4:00 Table Tennis Grades 6-12 3:00-4:00 Soccer Grades 5-8 4:00-5:30

Tuesday Soccer Boys Grades 9-12 3:15-5:00 Volleyball Grades 4-6 3:00-4:15 Volleyball Girls Grades 9-12 5:00-7:00

Soccer Girls Under 14 5:30-7:00 Volleyball Girls Grades 9-12 5:00-7:00

Friday Friday Fun Grades 3-5

Flag Football
3:00-4:00 Soccer Boys Grades 9-12 3:15-5:00

PTO’s November Cultural Corner
Bonfire Night – Britain – 5 November. In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain's most notorious traitor. To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords. Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed. On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. St. Martin's Day /Lantern Festival – Germany – 11 November. German children celebrate St. Martin's Day. They learn the story and song of St. Martin, who lived in the Middle Ages and became known for sharing his coat with a poor man in the cold wintertime. In order to celebrate St. Martin they construct lanterns and take them on a parade through town. Thanksgiving – United States - 26 November. This harvest festival is traditionally a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, or over the course of the associated weekend, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.

Eid' ul-Adha (‫ىحضألا ديع‬‎ ‘Īdu l-’A ā) - 27 November - This very important Muslim holiday is celebrated at the end of Hajj, which is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is followed by a ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, which pays homage to the Prophet Abraham’s unselfish act of sacrificing his son, Ishmael, to God. In turn, God spared the boy’s life and instead substituted a sheep. Now in remembrance, people sacrifice a lamb, goat, or other animal, and give the meat to family, friends, relatives, and most importantly, the poor. Eid-Ul-Adha is a four-day holiday and celebration. It starts with a special holiday prayer, performed in congregation in the Mosque or other suitable places. It is a time of celebration, of visiting family and friends and of thanking Allah, for all the blessings bestowed upon them. Fasting is prohibited during these days. St. Andrew's Day – Scotland – 30 November. This is the feast day of Saint Andrew who is the patron saint of Scotland. St. Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day .

If you know of a celebration coming up in your culture that you would like recognised in the Cultural Corner, please contact PTO’s Cultural Liaisons Mette Pedersen ( or Marijn Bosma (

Calling all 3rd to 6th grade girls! You are invited to come and help the Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award for a fun day with basketball, dancing and awesome music. WHAT: A fun day full of girly basketball, dancing and fun music. WHEN: Saturday, 21st November, 10 o’clock to 12 o’clock WHERE: ISA gym WHY: The Senior Girl Scouts and the Ambassador Girl Scout are working towards their Gold Award – the highest Girl Scout Award. WHAT TO WEAR: Comfy shorts, t-shirts and comfortable shoes.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. For questions and/or further information please see posters in elementary and middle school hallways. Thank you and hope to see you there, Lisa Dunagan, Erica Dunagan and Lauren Giuliani Please fill out this form and place it in the gold box at reception by November 11th. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Name: ________________________ Grade: ______

Name of Parents: ____________________________________ Home Phone Number: ___________________ Mother Contact: _________________ Father Contact: __________________ Alternative Phone Number and Name: _____________________________________ _________________________ Parent Signature: ___________________ NOTE: There will be a nurse as well as supervising parents present. Thank You P.S. NO BOYS ALLOWED!!!

Photo Consent Form
To be completed by parent/guardian YES / NO (delete as appropriate) I give my consent for player named overleaf to be photographed at the event and give permission for the photograph to be used in any publication or promotion advertising Sports Development. Signature of Parent/Guardian ........................................................................................ Date ........................................................................

Newcomers Welcome
Dates: 15 Nov 09 29 Nov 09 06 Dec 09

National Governing Body Website

Venue: Banchory Academy & Sports Centre Check in & courts open for warm ups: 10am – 10.30am BanchoryAcademy Dining Hall

Closing Date: 04 Nov 09
Recreat/Word/Sports/Badminton/2009/Sedondary Singles League

Description Entry Form Badminton Secondary Singles League
What is it? Who is it for? Badminton singles league for individual players. S1-S6 secondary school players with a basic understanding of badminton rules & ability to serve & sustain a rally. Banchory Academy & Sports Centre, Schoolhill, Banchory, AB31 5TQ Sundays 15/11/09, 29/11/09, 06/12/09 Check in by 10.30am Courts available for warm ups from 10am. £20.00 payable to Aberdeenshire Council pool system To Joan Prieur no later than noon on 04/11/09 All players must be affiliated to the National Governing Body (BADMINTONscotland) either as individuals or through their club or school. Affiliation forms are available from Joan Prieur or from the web page. To download forms and keep up to date with results, photos, events, and much more visit the Aberdeenshire Badminton website on ment/badminton.asp Name: Male / Female (please circle) Address:

Venue: Dates: Time: Cost: Format: Entries: Affiliation:

Postcode: Email: Telephone No: Emergency No: School Attended: Circle School Year Special Needs Emergency Contact: Please complete tick or circle information:
I am affiliated to BADMINTONscotland Yes Where do you play badminton? School If Other Squad No Sports Centre








please give detail………………………………………………………

How long have you been playing in years?……………………………………… What level of player are you? Beginner/Improver/Development/Performance
Return form with payment by 4 Nov 2008 to Joan Prieur, Badminton Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven AB39 2DQ

For further information please contact: Joan Prieur, Badminton Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ Telephone: 01569 768352/8 Fax: 01569 765455 Mobile: 07860 554757


Recreat/Word/Sports/Badminton/2009/Sedondary Singles League

Booster Club Do THE SHUFFLE!
Want to win an iPod Shuffle? Then come out and show your ISA spirit at the Senior Volleyball Tournament, November 12-14th. Come dressed in a black or red ISA supporting t-shirt, spirit wear or something of your own creation in school colors, and you can put your name into the box for a chance to win the iPod Shuffle located at the Boosters t-shirt table! You must be present to win. Drawing will be held at the awards assembly after the games on Saturday.
Game schedule listed below: Thursday ISA game times: 9:00, 11:00 and 1:00 Friday ISA game times: The schedule will be announced Thursday after 3:00. The results of Thursday have to be calculated before a schedule can be made. Check the gym and a school email will be sent home! Saturday ISA game times: See the same note as above for our schedule on Saturday. (This schedule will be announced on Friday after the games.) Championship play offs will be at 12:00 and 1:00. Awards ceremony: Saturday, 1:30.

THE ISA CAFĖ MENU WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2009 Opening Hours: 7.30 am - 3.30 pm

Home Made Soup of the Day Chef’s Special Dish of the Day Pasta/Rice Dish Pizza or Panini Potato & Vegetable Sweet Potato & Pepper Chilli Con Carne & Boiled Rice Tomato or Garlic Prawn Sauce Panini Herb Steamed Potatoes, Bean & Pepper

Home Made Soup of the Day Chef’s Special Dish of the Day Pasta/Rice Dish Pizza or Panini Potato & Vegetable Minestrone Golden Breaded Chicken Kiev Filled with Garlic Butter Tomato or Cheddar Cheese Sauce Pizza Potato Wedges, Cabbage & Sweetcorn

Home Made Soup of the Day Chef’s Special Dish of the Day Pasta/Rice Dish Pizza or Panini Potato & Vegetable Scotch Broth Cajun Spiced Chicken Fillet or Beef Steak in a Ciabatta Roll Tomato Sauce or Mushroom Risotto Toasty Curly Fries, Carrots & Peas

Home Made Soup of the Day Chef’s Special Dish of the Day Pasta/Rice Dish Pizza or Panini Potato & Vegetable Student Early Dismissal

Home Made Soup of the Day Chef’s Special Dish of the Day Pasta/Rice Dish Pizza or Panini Potato & Vegetable Student Holiday

SANDWICH SELECTION Core Selection or Pre-order with Filling of Your Choice SALAD SELECTION Core Salad Plus Weekly Specials Spanish Omelette Three Cheese Coleslaw Smoked Salmon Pasta Russian Salad BAKED POTATO Plain or With Filling or Your Choice

Grades K – 2 are served with a tray which includes a choice of Main Meal, Pasta/Rice or Panini. Also included are vegetables, potatoes and desert (fruit only). However, if the Main Meal, Pasta/Rice or Panini is not selected children must ask for an alternative and a Baked Potato With Filling or Soup and a Sandwich will be offered. Ice cream or fresh fruit pots can be purchased separately if desired.

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