Happy new year! I hope you have had a restful time with your families.
First, I have a few highlights concerning campus improvements. Our support team was hard at work right here during the break. They secured the tiles on the early years playground. They built fences to keep our youngest learners in areas where they should be and out of areas where they shouldn't be. They painted, installed equipment, improved drainage, cleaned carpets, and made improvements to ensure the structural integrity of the sun shades. A huge thanks for their continuous work to maintain the campus as a safe and beautiful environment for children!
Thanks to PTO funding and some help from a contractor, the ES watering hole and our conference room have both been transformed in ways that will better facilitate student and adult learning in those spaces.
We are finishing first semester in second week after the Winter break, and second semester begins on the 20th of January for the 2018-2019 school year. Exams are currently in progress. We wish students the best as they show what they have learned. Report cards will be available in Skyward family access on January 31st, at 3:30 PM.
Finally, ISG will be hosting an Arts Festival on January 22nd in Dhahran. This year, the festival will feature work from all ISG schools. We will send several busses from ISG-Jubail to showcase different ranges of skills, talents and techniques acquired by our students. Parents are invited to attend. Access to the Dhahran campus will be granted to parents with Jubail parent ID’s and Jubail stickers on their vehicles.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Andrew Crouse, Head of School
Issue 8 | Volume 9 | 17 January 2019
ISG Jubail School
- Bob Lucky, High School Literature and Language Arts Teacher
In fall of 2018, my chapbook of prose poems, Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks: Excerpts from 29 Books You'll Never Read, was one of the winners of the James Tate Poetry Prize, a contest run by SurVision Books of Dublin, publisher of the surrealist poetry journal SurVision Magazine. In addition to some pocket change prize money, I was invited to Dublin for a public reading. Other readers included another James Tate Poetry Prize winner, Anton Yakovlev, and three other poets published by SurVision Books – Elin O'Hara Slavick, Ciaran O'Driscoll, and Anatoly Kudryavitsky.
A small crowd of poetry fans, including a former student of mine from Ethiopia, gathered at the library on a grey and windy Saturday afternoon. Kudryavistsky, publisher and editor of SurVision Magazine, began the reading with a brief history of surrealism in Ireland, brief because there really hasn't been much to speak of. (In his opinion, the best Irish surrealist poet is Samuel Beckett.) He described this particular reading the first gathering of surrealists in Ireland, but conceded it might be the second.
The Irish poet O'Driscoll, the first to read, is known for writing some surrealist poetry. The next reader, Slavick, a professor of Visual Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, accompanied her reading with a slide show of her collages. I read next followed by Yakovlev, an American poet who has published in The New Yorker and other prestigious journals, and Kudryavitsky.
Afterwards, there was a brief Q&A with the audience and among the poets, photos were taken, and books were autographed. I'm grateful I was able to attend and very pleased to spend time with the other poets. Of course, just to have an afternoon and morning to wander the streets of Dublin and pop into the Chester Beatty Library was also a pleasure.
A poetry reading in dublin
Here are the dates and topics:
What the latest brain research says about academics and sleep
Knowing how self-regulation strategies can limit tantrums and the intensity of tantrums by creating a growth mindset
Mindfulness and how it can boost academic scores (in collaboration with Ms. Loveridge)
Empower yourself and empower your child against bullying and friendship drama:
Be impeccable with words and behavior
Don’t take things personally
Always do your best
Preparing for summer academics, keep the learning happening (time may need to be modified due to Ramadan schedule)
- Amy Bennett, Learning Support
The purpose of parent workshops is to partner with parents and our school community to consider topics related to students’ learning and school experience as well as parenting and home life.
These workshops will take place on the last Tuesday of each month, at 9 AM in the ISG Jubail Conference Room and will be relevant to parents of children from elementary to high school. We invite all parents to come join in the discussion on the latest research regarding student social and emotional needs, health and wellness, academics, and life after high school.
Please fill in this form if you want to attend on Jan 29th - this will help us prepare better for the meeting.
Stay tuned for the upcoming Book Fair that will be hosted by the Library on February 10th - 14th. Everybody is welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the Reader of the Week - it's Jairah Ibay from Grade 4B. Way to go!
coffee clutch parent workshop 101
ISG Jubail’s annual Spring Spectacular will be held on March 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM at the ISG school campus.
The ISG PTO uses the Spring Spectacular as its primary means of fundraising.
Funds raised are used to improve school spaces and support specific classroom initiatives.
We hope to see you all on March 2 for a day of games, food, prizes and most of all, FUN for the whole family!