Welcome Back to the Sister Borgia Elementary School
It is with sincere enthusiasm that I write this year’s “Welcome Back” to all students, parents, guardians, staff and community members. Each of you plays an important role in the educational process of our students. While some of you may be sad that summer vacation is almost over, there is always a certain air of excitement about the start of a new school year that is hard not to get caught up in.
We welcome 29 new students of group 1, 1 new student of group 4, 2 new students of group 6 and 2 new students of group 7. We hope you and your family feel welcome here at our school.
We also send a warm welcome to our new teacher’s assistant: Tr. Srimona Karioredjo. Welcome to the Sister Borgia Elementary School Team.
And of course we welcome the remaining 178 students and staff back to school.
This year our theme is:
To our Parents:
Welcome back to all parents and a special welcome to all the new families joining our school this year. I am confident that soon you will find that you have made the right choice for your children. We are here for the children and we will always put the student’s need first. This is what education is about, and at Sr. Borgia Elementary School we have a clear understanding of this concept which is deeply embedded in our school ethos and philosophy. Having said that, I will also say that parent’s involvement in school life is fundamentally important. Children need to know that there is a strong connection between school and parents and that the parents are aware of what is going on and that they are there to offer support. Teachers and parents must work together in order to help the children become independent learners and ultimately learn how to become interdependent in order to become global citizens, responsible team players, and inspirational leaders. I would like to strongly encourage you to attend school events, starting with the General Meeting/Classroom Meeting on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Philipsburg Cultural Center.
Extended School Hours
As of Monday August 11, 2014 we will be implementing the extended school day for all students until 2:00 p.m.
This also comes with an optional Extra Curricular Activities Program with homework guidance until 5:00 p.m.
This means that your child should be picked up at 2:00 p.m. instead of 12:45 p.m.
If you opt for the Extra Curricular Activities Program, you will pick up your child at 5:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday all students must be picked up at 12:45 p.m.
On Wednesdays the Extra Curricular Activities Program will be available from 1:00 p.m.
For all students: there will be two snack periods during school hours so please remember to give your child an extra snack.
To our Students:
The first day of school marks the beginning of a journey that will take you through the school year, which is an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, and to have new experiences. My message to students is simple: treat every day in your life like it is the most important day. Start with the end in mind, and by this I mean think about you being promoted to the following grade with flying colors.
Once you’ve managed to do that, it means that you have a clearer target and a goal. All you then have to do is take the journey step by step and do your BEST in everything you do, both in and outside the classroom. Use every opportunity you have to learn and develop at all levels. You will have moments when you will be happy and you will have moments when you will feel disappointed. It is happening to all of us. The main thing is to always keep trying and always find a new way to approach the inevitable challenges that lie ahead. “In every difficulty lies opportunity”. Good luck all in the new academic year!