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ASV VOICES #98 / SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Reflections about Parking and Traffic around the School Campus

We have noticed that traffic problems at the end of the school day are not functioning well, in large part due to a lack of collaboration of some drivers who park their vehicles in non-parking areas, which obstruct the normal operation of the school’s transportation services. The Parent Delegates have shared with the school this same concern, so we wish to ask the collaboration of all the school community, as well as additional measures ASV may consider to improve this situation.

First, we kindly request that parents coming to school at 16:30 do not park their vehicles in:

  • the drop-off zone
  • sidewalks with yellow lines

  • sidewalks with vehicles parked on the opposite side.

  • double row

  • any other area affecting the normal circulation of buses or cars.

It is important that drivers respect traffic signs and parking rules.  Otherwise, we may have serious problems affecting the entire school community. Let’s think together about possible consequences such as:

  • Any type of emergency representing a hazard for students, staff or parents. Just one vehicle parked on the sidewalk might block the evacuation or the access of ambulance, fire services or the police.

  • The use of a non-parking area just for a short time. If finally a driver stays a long time talking with other parents or waiting while their children play in the school parks, other drivers may not find parking, or they may be late to other personal appointments.

  • School buses not leaving the school at the scheduled time, arriving late to their stops, which is a problem for parents or relatives waiting for students there.

  • Incontinence on young children when the trip is longer than usual because the bus departed late.

  • Surpass the maximum time allowed for students on the school bus, according to official regulations. The school might be fined for this issue.

For all these reasons and more, we kindly request the collaboration, responsibility and empathy towards other members of the school community.

In addition to this, remember that the ASV Maintenance Team is always supervising the arrival and departure of the school buses, coordinating these operations and making all the effort to avoid the situations mentioned above.  We kindly request that if  these staff members inform a driver about parking proceedings or access to the ASV parking slot, please follow their directions and treat them with the respect and understanding that everyone deserves.

ASV will continue to look for solutions which may be implemented directly or may be decreed by the City Council of Puçol, as we are in contact with this agency. We would also like to inform you that the ASV Operations Team will attend the next meeting of parent delegates to share with them the latest news on difficulties encountered and possible solutions for this problem.

We appreciate your understanding and collaboration on any current and future decision the school is adopting to improve this part of our daily operations.

Ordinary Shareholders Meeting

As it was officially published on the BORME, shareholders of the Colegio Hispano-norteamericano S.A. are invited to attend the Ordinary General Meeting which is convened on February 21, 2017 (first call) and on February 22, 2017 (second call). Remember that due to quorum requirements, the Shareholder Meeting is usually hold at the second call so it will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 19:00 h

Shareholders who will not be able to attend are permitted to delegate their vote by using the delegation form at this link (click here). Please remember that you must provide your DNI or ID Card to the person who receives the delegation.

You can read the related documentation on the Parent Resources Google Site.

PBIS Parent Workshop with Dr. George Sugai

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 19:00-20:30, Dr. George Sugai will conduct a parent workshop about the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program.  PBIS was an initiative ASV began in 2015-1016 in Preschool and Elementary and which was well-received by parents and staff.  Consequently, ASV has initiated the school wide implementation of PBIS in High School as well. 

PBIS is a framework to provide for a proactive approach to school wide behavior and expectations.  It focuses on creating and sustaining a positive environment for achieving important social and learning outcomes, while helping to prevent behavioral issues. PBIS is used in approximately 7,000 schools worldwide.

Currently, 13 ASV staff members serve on the PBIS Implementation Team, and they are working with the most accomplished expert in the field, Dr. George Sugai from the University of Connecticut

All ASV parents are welcome to attend this exceptionally informative workshop, and ASV is privileged to have an opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Sugai.  

Fallas Workshop Running

The ASV Fallas Workshop "opened" this week! As we previously announced, the monument has the title "A Year of Seasonal Festivals" and celebrates that Fallas is now part of the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Our Art teacher invites the school community to bring more cardboard, newspapers and scrap paper. “Constructing this year’s Falla is also a community event”, said Ms. Jackie, “so, if you wish to help build an amazing Falla, all ASV community members are welcome. The more hands the merrier!”

Introducing Elementary and High School Yearbooks


Elementary School and High School will release in May a yearbook containing photos of all of the students and articles and pictures highlighting the best moments of the academic year 2016-2017. Interested families are invited to book their copy in February. Don’t miss a chance to get a high-quality book preserving the best memories of your son/daughter.

Welcome to ASV!

Ms. Alyssa Martinez will be joining our teaching staff in February 2017 where she will teach third grade. Ms. Martinez (see her above) taught at ASV in the fall 2016, so the students and staff already know her.  She fell in love with ASV, Valencia and Spain, and she is thrilled to return. Ms. Martinez received her bachelor degree in Elementary Education, with an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement from Florida State University, where she was on the Dean's List and President's List. She is also a certified K-6 teacher. Ms. Martinez has several experiences in elementary, including third grade, and is very excited to be joining us.

Ms. Maria F. Torres will be assuming the role of Preschool and Elementary Counselor also in February 2017, as Ms. Felicitas Berazay transitions to her new role as the ASV Admissions Director.  Ms. Torres comes from San Diego, California (US) and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Southern California (US) and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of San Diego (US). In addition, Ms. Torres was a post-graduate participant at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid) with a specialization in the evaluation and methodology of English language learning. She has several years of school counseling experience, and holds membership in the American School Counselor Association and the Chi Omega Iota International Honor Society of Counseling.

Please take the opportunity to welcome Ms. Martinez and Ms. Torres to our ASV school community, Valencia and Spain.  

Lost and Found


Please stop by the office this week to claim any lost objects. We have a variety of objects looking for their owners such as glasses, watches, keys, jewelry, wallets, and pencil cases. Any unclaimed objects will be donated to charity at the end of the week.

Preschool Prepares for Carnival


Preschool has Carnival on Friday, February 24, 2017. Students can dress up on this day. Please make sure that the costumes are comfortable and easy to remove for going to the toilet. Swords, guns and knives are not allowed

As it is tradition at ASV, children will enjoy arts and crafts and games in the morning. Thank you to all of those parents who are volunteering to collaborate with this part of the celebration.

Everyone is invited to attend the parade that will take place in Park B at 15:00 h. Parents will be able to pick up their children after this event but, please, communicate this decision to the school office by filling the online form.

 

3B Assembly. Appreciation to Ms. Chelo Roig

Ms. Chelo Roig’s class offered a complete show on the topic “Showing Respect” on Friday, February 3, 2017, for their annual assembly. Students demonstrated this rule on daily situations such as being respecful during a theater play or towards the elderly.  They also danced to two of the most popular Beatles’ songs: Love Me Do and All my Loving, inviting the audience to enjoy the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

After the performance, students and other Elementary teachers and assistants showed their appreciation to Ms. Chelo Roig, as this teacher is taking a partial retirement as of March 2017 after 35 years of faithfully serving ASV, including serving as one of the first teachers of ASV at its founding in 1980.  Ms. Chelo is leaving her position as a homeroom teacher, but she will continue at ASV as Reading Support Teacher. Students and parents will miss her care and love.

Preparing Fallas Day


As it is tradition at ASV, students are invited to dress up with their fallas costume on March 13, 2017, as part of the celebration of Fallas in Elementary School. Please, read the informative letter available on the Parent Resources Google Site.

3th and 4th Grade could see a theater play based on the Middle Eastern folk tale “Aladdin” on Monday morning. Their classmates in 1st and 2nd Grades enjoyed a fun remix of diverse folk stories on Wednesday.

On International Peace Day (January 30th), 4th Grade performed a song describing Syria's situation. Our music teachers, Ms. Rosa (here playing the piano) and Ms. Leah, rewrote in English and Spanish the popular song "Cómo te atreves", composed by the Colombian band Morat. All the schools participating in this initiative shared their songs online.

We held new talks on Internet and Social Media Risks addressed to 4th Grade (Monday) and 6th Grade (Friday)

5th Grade Families can review the presentation used during the recent orientation meeting. By Wednesday, students should be clear on which language they want to take next year, French or German. They will continue to study this language through 8th grade, so please choose carefully. I about two weeks, parents will get a course selection approval form.

Parent Resources Google Site: 5th Grade Presentation.

Student Council is planning a Fun Run to raise funds for Kapita School

THIMUN 2017


ASV student-delegates participating in THIMUN 2017 had an intensive week of debates on a wide variety of relative global issues across an extensive number of committees. After the lobbying process was completed early in the week, the student-delegates had the opportunity to speak in favor and against, as well as ask question about seemingly never ending list of resolutions.

Aside from the formal opening speeches made by four ASV student-delegates in their committees, over 150 students debated these resolutions and their contents. In addition, the student-delegates enjoyed a cultural trip to Amsterdam where the highlight was traditional pancakes.

Official Dates of the IB Final Exams

 
We already know the detailed schedule of the IB Final Exams that students following this program in 12th Grade must take from April 27 to May 19. Students in Business Management (Paper 2) and Biology (Papers 1 and 2) will need to come to school on May 1st which is a holiday to take their exams. They need to bring their lunch.

Parent Meeting for Grade 6 Families.


6th Grade Families can review the presentation used during the orientation meeting held yesterday. Ms. Isabel Castro described the most important changes students will face  in 7th Grade. Some routines are being introduced this year to ensure a smoother adaptation to High School. Parents play an important role supporting their child in this time of growing responsibilities.

Parent Resources Google Site: 6th Grade Presentation.

Welcome back Emily Barker! Ms.Barker returns for the rest of the year to teach 7th and 8th grade English while Ms Amanda Bird is on maternity leave. Ms Barker finished her student teaching at ASV this past fall. We are excited to welcome her back!

Upcoming Parent Meetings. Save the Dates


We have planned the following meetings to support your child and family in making informed decisions about the academic programs for 2017-2018.  We will present important information and hope to clarify any questions you may have.
  • Current Grade 10   /  Thursday, February 9, 2017 (15:00-16:30)
  • Current Grade 11 Sel  /   Friday, February 10, 2017 (15:00-16:30)
  • Current Grade 11 IB   /  Thursday, February 16, 2017 (15:00-16:30)
  • Current Grade 7    /    Monday, February 20, 2017 (15:30-16:30)
  • Current Grade 9    /    Monday, February 27, 2017 (15:30-16:30)
  • Current Grade 8    /    Thursday, March 2, 2017 (15:30-16:30)

All of them will take place at the school theater.

Upcoming Parent Workshops organized by the High School Guidance Counselor

  • UK University Application Process for Grade 10 and 11 Parents. February 24, 2017 from 3.15 to 4.15.Please  sign up here.
  • USA University Application Process for Grade 10 and 11 Parents. March 10, 2017 from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m. Please sign up here.
  • Studying University Abroad, for Grade 6 to 9 Parents. April 7, 2017 from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m. Please sign up here
  • New Technologies: risks and opportunities. Grade 6 to 12 Parents. May 26, 2017 from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m. Please sign up here.

Enrollment Fee for 2017-2018

There was a mistake on the enrollment fee for the school year 2017-2018 published on ASV Voices 97 (January 28, 2017). The right amounts are:
  • Enrollment fee for shareholders: 234,60.
  • Enrollment fee for temporary students: 714,00.
This fee will be invoiced on February 15, 2017, by following the usual means of payment.

Reminder on communication with the School Nurse


We would like to inform you about our procedures on health issues, which are necessary to keep our students safe, as well as some procedures to follow when contacting with the school nurse.
  • The best time to contact Ms. Inma Requena is first thing in the morning, before 10:30, preferably by e-mail.
  • Please  follow these instructions regarding medicine administration at school, temporary diet, and symptoms which may require a medical absences.

Learning Day for Languages

 
Our French and German ASV+ students have next week their Learning Day for this activity and they have been working very hard to prepare games and fun activities to challenge their parents.

Let us remind you the schedule:

  • 3-4-5 Grade Deutsch Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • 1-2 Grade Français Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  •     3-4-5 Grades Français Thursday, February 9, 2017

Many families have already confirmed! If your child is in any of these groups make sure you fill in the Google Form so we can plan ahead for this event (click here).

Upcoming Games

This week ASV teams will play different games:

  • Saturday, February 4: 3-4-5-6 grades Field Hockey vs Massarrojos  at 11:00 at the Hockey Field in Tarongers
  • ASV+ 1 Grade Basketball at 10:00 will play against Caxton at the Sport Facilities of Caxton College
  • Sunday, February 5: ASV+ Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer Girls will play against Picassent FC at 10:00 at Picassent Sport Center.
  • Saturday, February 11: ASV+ Varsity Girl’s Basketball will play against Guadalaviar School at 9:15 at the Sport Facility of Guadalaviar School.
  • Monday, February 13: ASV+ 3-4-5 grade Soccer will play against Puzol UD at 17:15 at ASV Athletic Field.
  • ASV Varsity Soccer Boys will play against Puzol UD at 19:00 at the Sport Facilities of Puzol UD.
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Parent Resources Google Site


Remember that we have  a new communication and information resource for our families: the ASV Parent Resources Site, a repository of school information for parents and students who are officially enrolled at ASV, with sections that show specific documents for each school division (Preschool, Elementary, High School) or department. 

Please be sure to login to your ASV parent account in order to access important information on it. 

In the event that you have forgotten your @parentsvalencia.org password, please contactasvtechnology@asvalencia.org.  

We would like to remind you that any changes related to transportation must be requested by sending an e-mail to buschanges@asvalencia.org before 12:00 on the day of the change. Students not using the bus on an specific day, please communicate by using this online form. Read carefully the  ASV Transportation policy before submitting any petition.

We would like to remind you that the school only provides park supervision between 9:30 to 16:30 h. School parks close at 17:00 h.


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