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April 15, 2016
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April 21-22
April 26-28
April 29
April 30
May 3
ISSL - II Season
Parent Academy on Digital Footprints (new date)
Board Elections | Pre-Candidate Workshop
Indian Day Celebration  
Professional Development & Global Leadership Day (Responsible Stewardship focus) - 1/2 Day: Students dismissed at 11:30
Tiradentes Day - No School
Brazilian Book Fair
Habitat for Humanity Walk
Destination Imagination Creative Day #4
Board Elections | Pre-Candidate Workshop

The Activities Calendar with all school events will be published early next semester.
School News
PASB Core Values
The spirit of community is greatly strengthened by shared values and common goals.  Joining our school community means behaving in an ethical manner by accepting and supporting the PASB principles. 

RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP

Being accountable to self, community, and the environment, managing resources effectively to build a sustainable future.
News from the Board
Are you interested in running for the Board of Trustees?

Pre-Candidate Workshop

The PASB Board of Trustees is elected by the parent community and works closely with the school administration in establishment of strategic direction for the school, holding the administration accountable for compliance with its policies and for generating desired results. Board members agree to give of their time - they may have children enrolled in the school, but recognize that they do not to serve in the capacity of any self-interest but instead in the name of the general PASB community. They do not receive any payment or benefits of any other kind.  The Board normally meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month, in the evening.  Additional committee meetings are normally expected, as are 2-3 Board retreats each year.  The Board itself may have additional meetings, if needed.

Destination Imagination
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4th Destination Imagination  Creative   Day  - Starry Showcase Presentations
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time:  08:30am-12:00pm
Place: MPR (Music Room)

The Destination Imagination program at PASB for the 2015-2016 year is coming to a close very soon. The final moment of our creative year will be DI Creative Day #4 on Saturday, April 30th when we will hold our Starry Showcase Presentations. This year we had eight teams from across the elementary and middle school levels and they have been working hard on their Solution Presentations for their Team Challenges. We would like to invite all students and parents of the PASB community to attend and participate in this final moment in a celebration of creativity. There is no charge for attendance in this DI Creative Day, just bring your appreciation and be ready to be wowed by our students' amazing work. Don't miss your chance to learn more about the Destination Imagination program and process by missing this final event!  

An additional Parent Workshop about DI scoring and tournaments will be offered on a different day, prior to April 30th, to be announced soon. Parents who wish to learn more about the DI program and/or who would like to attend this workshop should email Ms. Alison Gould, the PASB DI coordinator at  a.gould@pasb.com.br.  
Athletics Department
This week our volleyball HS teams played other schools in a friendly match. Here are the results:

DATE TEAM PASB

VISITING TEAM
Monday, April 11th HS GIRLS PASB 0 2 Colégio São Paulo
Monday, April 11th
HS BOYS PASB 1 0
Colégio São Paulo
Tuesday, April 12th
HS BOYS PASB 3
0
Colégio Sartre
Thursday, April 14th HS GIRLS PASB 2 1 colégio Sartre

Congratulations to all our athletes!
Brazilian Program News
Indian Day - Elementary School
 
On April 19 we celebrate Indian Day. There are many events this day devoted to the appreciation of the indigenous culture. It should also be a day for reflection upon the importance of protecting the indigenous people, and respecting their cultural expressions. Our students will participate in activities with the purpose of recognizing and valuing the importance of the indigenous culture in our lives and our culture. 1st and 2nd grades will work the theme "indigenous legends", 3rd grade will work "indigenous games", 4th grade will study about "Indians nowadays", and 5th grade will study about "indigenous inheritances".

Trip to USP Professions Fair

The Brazilian Department invites grade 11th parents and students to a meeting on April 19th (Tuesday) at 1:40 p.m. in classroom C205. We will be talking about the trip for 11th grade students to the USP Professions Fair in São Paulo, from August 11th to 14th, 2016. In this meeting Mr. Francisco Mota - who is organizing the trip - will be with us to give you information about the trip itinerary, prices and to clarify any doubts you might have.  We hope to see you all there!
EducationUSA College Fair
We would like to thank all the colleges that visited our school this week  as part of an EducationUSA College Tour. Also, thank you to all parents and students who stopped by to get to know those colleges and ask questions to their representatives. Here are some pictures:



Secondary School News
  • Student Led Conferences (SLC's): Thank you to all of the parents who came in for Student Led Conferences.  We had an improved turnout this year and hope to further increase our numbers at future parent events. For those whose parents were not able to attend, all secondary students had a chance to present their work to a peer from a grade level above or below them. It was nice to see the students sharing their work and supporting one another in reflecting on their academic achievements.
  • Spirit Week: It was an exciting week with impressive participation across the grade levels in the various theme days and other activities. Thank you to the High School STUCO for putting the events together-these are excellent community building events that bring us together as a division.
  • ISSL Tournament: Best of luck to all of our athletes who will participate in the Season II ISSL Tournament! Do your best to represent PASB well in all of your matches in your athletic abilities, but more importantly, in your heart and sportsmanship. Go Panthers Go!
  • Tiradentes Holiday and PD Half Day: Due to the holiday next week, Thursday and Friday are non-instructional days. Wednesday is a half day as the afternoon will be dedicated to professional development activities for our teachers and staff.  The morning is an official school day and all students who are not attending the ISSL tournament are expected to be in attendance.
Elementary School News
  • 20 April is a Staff Development ½ day for all teachers. Students are dismissed at 11:30.
  • Tiradentes is celebrated on 21-22 April. There is no school on these days.
  • At the Elementary School, cell phones are to be off from 07:45-14:30 unless being used for instructional activities. Children are not allowed to text or make calls during the school day (Handbook, page 16).
  • Third quarter grades are finalized. Please check your chil d's progress on PowerSchool. If you need help, please message the ES Assistant at  p.ferreira@pasb.com.br . Third quarter report cards will be distributed at Student-Led Conferences.
  • Please remember to email the ES Assistant (p.ferreira@pasb.com.br) before 10:45 if you are changing your child's dismissal routine or picking your child up early. Please help us to help you.
Digital Citizenship Tips
Parent Academy on Digital Citizenship

The first Parent Academy on Digital Footprints with 2 sessions was a huge success! Thanks to all who attended! Here you can find the pdf files to the presentations: Elementary and Secondary. The next session on the same topic will be as follows:

Topic: Digital Footprints - What are Digital Footprints and How Can I Teach My Child to Walk Lightly Online
Date: Monday, April 18 (new date)
Time: 8:00-9:00am

Place: Elementary Computer Lab
Target Audience: Elementary School Parents
Place: Library
Target Audience:  Secondary School Parents


Save theses dates for the next topics (attention to the change in dates!)

May 3 and 9
Becoming Social Media savvy
June 6
Digital Citizenship recap
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