Sacuanjoche International School May Monthly Newsletter 

Letter from the Director

HI Everyone,

On March 24th, Sacuanjoche parents and teachers met to discuss their children’s progress in school, especially related to the changes in the children’s schedules. The students have been having Guided Reading in English since November, but this is the first time parents and teachers have discussed this information.

On Friday, March 31st, all the teachers and I met to discuss the reading data. We had a “Data Dialogue”. Almost 100% of students have made progress in moving up levels in reading, however, one student went up four levels!

Our Spring Fling Dinner and Dance fundraiser was held at the end of March and it  was quite a success and a lot of fun: good food, good conversations, dancing and auctions.

In early May, the school went on field trips. First through Third grades went to have a morning trip to visit Caterina where they played, hiked, ate ice cream and did a little shopping.  Fourth and Fifth graders went on an excursion to Las Isletas where they prowled around an old fort and saw beautiful birds, monkeys and houses on some of the 364 little islands surrounding Granada.

We are in our last month of school and the kids are practicing for the end of year program. This has been a great year with a lot of success for the school and the students.  

Beth McLaughlin, Director of Sacuanjoche International School

Spring Fling Dinner and Dance

We Love Field Trips!

A horse-drawn carriage ride to the lake and then a boat ride on the   La Bella del Mar.  What a great day!
First, Second and Third Grades Field Trip
A trip to Catarina, one of the famous White Towns
Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trip

A boat around the islands in Lake Nicaragua and a swim on a private island!

Sixth and Seventh Grade Filed Trip

History of Granada carriage tour
Our Parent Service  Policy
The Sacuanjoche International School Service Program helps build community, strengthens parent involvement and commitment to the school, and reduces auxiliary expenses so funds can be focused on programs and materials that directly benefit students. As part of the Parent Service Program, each family is required to give a minimum of 20 hours of service to the school each year.  The 20 service hour commitment is an obligation like the payment of tuition. The service obligation can be fulfilled in many ways such as working special events and fundraisers, helping out in the classroom or administrative office, helping out at lunch or recess or attending monthly PTO meetings.

To build a strong school and to teach our children that giving back to the community is a vital part of being a good citizen is what our Parent Service Program is all about.

STEM Education in Sacuanjoche Pre-School

From the time children are born they are little scientist running experiments using everything they find in the world around them. How many of you have given a spoon to your child and watched them drop it to the ground again and again? This may seem like a silly or naughty action but they are observing everything that happens. What sound does the spoon make when it hits the floor? Does it change ? They study our faces and expressions. How many times can I get away with this before mom and dad get angry. Children are born problem solvers and innovators. They have a remarkable ability to adapt and invent that we lose as adults. Unfortunately studies show that in most schools when students enter the primary school creativity levels drop significantly

Let’s think about how this might affect our children long term. How many of us have come across a situation in our daily lives that does not have a yes or no answer?  Life is full of problem solving and critical thinking . At Sacuanjoche we equip our students not only with the ability to read and write but to be independent and creative thinkers.

How do we do this? We create lessons that don’t necessarily have a right answer that encourage our students to take risks and think outside the box. We do this primarily by using a teaching strategy called STEM or STEAM.

New to STEM and STEAM education? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and MathSTEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and MathThese subjects are now being considered the pillars of modern education.  STEAM embraces the 4 C’s identified as key 21st century skills – Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication.

Children need to be engaged to learn. STEM is child centered using inquiry based principles, we allow children to take ownership of their learning. As their teachers we can support them in following their passions, we can get creative with our lessons, making them fun and interesting. With STEM we are teaching skills the way they will be used in the real world.

These skills include but are not limited to the following :

  • Teamwork, collaboration and communication.
  • Students have the freedom to thinking critically, creatively and to innovative.
  • Opportunities are provided for students to fail and try again in a safe environment.
  • The value of failure as a learning opportunity is emphasized and mistakes are     embraced not penalized.

Kinder has begun implementing this program this year every Friday when we have centers. Grades are mixed giving older students the opportunity to be leader. We built boats out of aluminum foil to tests capacity and our engineering skills. We explored the Earth’s orbit around the sun and changes in the sky between day and night using water coloring paintings. And much much more! We hope to further expand this program in the following year making it the corner stone of our math and science curriculum.

We Need your Help!

World Books is donating more books to the school for our upper grades. World BOoks donated 2000 books earlier this year for grades first through third and have another pallet of books to send for fourth through sixth grades. This is huge help in setting up our library and we are so blessed to have this partnership. We need to get the books from the Untied States to Nicargagua and need help paying for the shipping. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please go to our Giving page and click on the Donate button. Thanks so much for your support!
Our Scholarship Program
Sacuanjoche is proud to dedicate 35% of its student body to scholarships for children who otherwise would not be able to attend our fantastic school. We are giving back to the community and creating life long lovers of learning.

In order to continue supporting these children, we need to build up our scholarship fund. For just $30 per month, you are helping  to shape the future of Nicaragua by educating the children.

We will be happy to bill you monthly, quarterly or annually. You can pay through PayPal,  a credit card or a direct deposit into our stateside account.  Help make a difference in the life of a child!

There are several other ways you can help with our Scholarship Program:
Provide a healthy and hot meal….$30 per month
Assist with Books and Materials…$25 one time fee
Uniforms…$35 one time fee

All donations are tax deductible under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

Donate to our Scholarship Program
Thiago comes to us from Pantanal, a very low income barrio of Granada.  We have been honored to have him and he has made many changes over the last year. Thiago came to us with letter recognition only and now reads and writes at a 1st grade level. He was shy and has now found his inner extrovert. He is a model student who is always on task and helps others do the same.  He is motivated to learn English and is one of my best students never hesitating to participate or make mistakes. He is even attending at English class on Saturdays for three hours with children three to six years older and excelling in the class. Help us continue to support Thiago by becoming his sponsor.

Teacher  Spotlight
Sara Lacayo has been working as a teaching assistant for the second grade this past year. Sara comes to us with a wealth of experience in both primary and secondary education . Sara has a Master Degree in Biology and has taught Natural Sciences as well. Sara is a great educator and is patient and kind with the students. We are so happy to have her and look forward to having her as a full time teacher in the future.
From Our Cookbook

                           Quiche Lorraine

9″ prepared pie crust                                1/2 cup cream
6 slices bacon, diced                                1/4 tsp salt
1 small onion, diced                                  1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, grated
1 cup milk                                                  1 tsp flour
3 eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 350F. Cook the pie crust for eight (8) minutes and remove from oven. Cook the diced bacon and onions in a saute pan until bacon is cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Beat the eggs, milk, cream, salt in a medium bowl. Add the bacon and onion mixture and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and cheese and toss to combine. Spread half the cheese evenly on the bottom of the pie crust and add the other half to the egg mixture and mix to combine. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese in the pie crust. Bake 40-45 minutes until set. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting.

A Great Gift Idea!

The Sacuanjoche Cookbook will make a great birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation, Mother’s Day or any occasion gift.

Our Sacuanjoche Cookbook is filled with recipes from all around the world. The recipes are from our school families and our local community. Enjoy recipes from Cafe de Arte, Pan de Vida and more. The recipes are in Spanish and English with pages of helpful hints and cooking terminology.We are happy to ship any where in the world for you and offer discounts on three or more books. The cost of each cookbook is $15.00. All proceeds go directly to our scholarship program. To order your cookbook,  CLICK HERE

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Newsletter #3, August 2014

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