Davy College Newsletter Mission DC is a bilingual school providing a challenging, balanced, international education. Our mission is to empower students to be active, responsible citizens on the local and global levels throughout their lives
“A bilingual, international school established in 1995”
Nov. 15th. 2011
Martín Albán admitted to San Ignacio de Loyola University
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Introduction From the Superintendent Early Childhood Elementary School Secondary School Announcements
Vision Our vision is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world as LEADERS in their respective communities. These leaders strive to be: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective
From the Superintendent Saying 'No' to Your Child: How to be a More Assertive Parent– Part II by Sara Bean, M.Ed., Parental Support Line Advisor How to Take Back Control Many parents said “no” to their kids because of how their kids react: they might scream, cry, curse, use name-calling, throw things, damage the house, or hit. Some kids harass their parents by following them around, arguing and begging, which can be just as challenging. Parents often reach a point where they prefer to say “yes” because it’s not as hard to deal with. Some eventually give up hope that their child’s behavior can change, but it can. You can start to take back control by keeping your long-term goal in mind. Before you answer a request from your child ask yourself, “How do I want my child to be as they grow older? What do I want them to learn here?” Think about this before you respond. If your child continues to lash out at you, beg you, or badger you after you’ve told them “no,” it’s very important to set a clear, firm limit. Remember: your job is to set the limit, not to control how your child feels about it or reacts to it. So focus on what you can control—yourself and how you act. Tell your child their behavior isn’t going to get them what they want and walk away. After you’ve walked away, do something to take care of yourself, something that will help you deal with the stress or frustration you’re feeling. For example, you might call a friend, go for a walk (if your child is old enough to be left alone), or write in a journal. No matter how you cope, be sure to stick with the limit that you have set. There will be times that you make mistakes, but it’s important to be as consistent as you can. It’s the slot machine effect: you can follow through 99 times out of 100, but that one time you didn’t follow through and gave in will be what your child remembers, and he’ll keep coming back for more. When Your Child Manipulates You While some kids can get pretty ugly when they’ve been told “no,” others can take it to the other extreme by acting too good to be true. I’ve heard many parents say, “She can be so sweet when she wants something.” If you have the type of child who suddenly starts scrubbing the toilet and making you breakfast after you’ve said no to them, don’t take the bait! Other kids will cry and sob and thrust that “You don’t love me!” dagger directly into your heart. However your child tries to manipulate you, it’s important that you first recognize it for what it is. Acknowledge it, and then acknowledge your guilt. Yes, it’s horrible to feel guilty, but it’s not worth sacrificing your authority to ease your guilt. You are strong and you can cope if you just remind yourself that effective parents set appropriate limits, and that parents have to say “no”—it’s part of your job description. Use your positive self-talk here as well and stand your ground. If your child makes another request to which you have already said no, let them know you appreciate their help and (not “but”) it doesn’t change your answer. That said, there are acceptable ways for kids to negotiate. What this looks like is that your child doesn’t jump right into any sort of abusive behavior. She might express some unhappiness about your answer, but not in a harmful way. When negotiation is healthy, your child will leave the situation, think things through, and then come back and calmly ask for a compromise. It should sound like a business transaction—no crying, no verbal abuse, no threats, no manipulation. And keep in mind that “appropriate” doesn’t mean “perfect.” Suppose your son stomped to his room and slammed the door—which is a pretty harmless show of frustration—and then he conducts himself decently during his discussion with you later, when he requests a later bed time. Saying “yes” to a child who negotiates appropriately like this is an opportunity to reward positive behavior, to show your child that calm, respectful communication skills work and help him get what he wants. A word of caution: your child can be very calm and respectful, and make a completely appropriate-sounding request, but don’t fall into the trap of giving your child the payout before he’s earned it. Kids will often promise to change or promise to do something you want them to do only if you give them something they want first. This is not a compromise and it’s not a respectful, businesslike proposal. It’s manipulation, plain and simple. Don’t fall for it. Peter Zeitoun, Ph.D. Superintendent
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Childhood Early Early Childhood / Inicial DEVELOPING OUR IMAGINATION THROUGH THE CREATION OF STORIES Albert Einstein said: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world (…)” In this day and age the decline in reading habits is becoming notorious. Movies, video games, television, and free time have caused children to lose the taste for reading. Reading is an activity that helps children and adults develop their minds, streamline their thinking, and utilize their imagination. Conversely, the creation of tales and stories helps to satisfy and enrich the inner life of children. It also helps them develop their intellect and stimulates their imagination. This in turn acts as a bridge linking the students’ past experiences to the present, supports student planning, and empowers creativity. In EC4 classrooms, we are currently working on the Unit of Inquiry "Everyone Has a Story to Tell." One of these units' activities asks students to demonstrate how big their imagination is by creating their own stories. Students will be responsible for giving life to their characters, choosing the setting of the story among other things. Remember that when creating or writing a story it is not necessary to develop a story with a strong argument. However, it is important to instill our children with confidence in their ability to improvise and be resourceful when creating their story. We are confident that these stories will bring a smile to the reader´s face. Ponies Class
Elementary Rules for Raising a Well-Behaved Child It is difficult to teach your children how to behave without them taking on undesirable characteristics learned outside the home. It is easy to watch all of your parenting and hard work disappear after an outing with a classmate or a sleepover with a group of your child’s friends. There are several steps that you can take to help keep your child on the right track:
Always make sure that you have your own set of established rules governing appropriate behavior. You will want to go over these often so that you and your child both understand what is to be expected. Always attempt to approach parenting with an understanding, patient and loving outlook.
Allow your children to ask questions about your rules, and encourage them to tell you what they think each rule means in their own words. This will give you a good idea whether or not they are comprehending what you are asking of them.
Always reward your child for acting responsibly and respecting others. Verbal praise, giving hugs and kisses, allowing your child to stay up late and having friends over are all excellent ways to let your child know that you see all of their hard work and effort and are proud of them.
Carefully consider your child’s age and experience levels when giving responsibilities or expecting things of your child. Each child is different and will learn things differently and in his/her own time.
Make sure your child understands that he/she has the power to choose between his/her own actions as opposed to those of his/her friends. He/she does not have to do what everyone else does.
Set an example for your child by acting responsibly and showing respect for others at all times. The best thing you can do is lead and teach by example. Children are very attentative to what others do around them. Give them the most positive model to follow.
Communicate with your child. Explain what consequences may ensue if they are not acting appropriately.
Stick to your guns! If your child is acting inappropriately, be sure to carry out the discipline. Be sure that your child understands the consequences attached to breaking the rules or acting inappropriately. Robert Hagenbucher M. Ed. Primary School Director (Adapted from Associated Content)
Secondary Expociencia Davy â€”2011
This is the second year we carry out the Expociencia Davy 2011. This was a successful activity in several aspects. Firstly, students from grade 6 through grade 9 participated with much enthusiasm preparing, designing, elaboration, promotion and reflection of all the projects exhibited. They, as true scientists, completed they own research considering hypothesis and theories. They made research among several sources of world scientistÂ´s achievements an finally made a presentation based on their creativity, a Project following a logical procedure using the scientific method. This is our responsibility, as educators, promote this kind of learning based on research where students work starting from their previous knowledge to achieve new one in their context, in the real world. This will allow them to know more about their environment. Thank you to the students, parents, authorities and in particular to the Science Teachers for their effort and dedication to carry out this event. Angel Girano Head of Science Department
Announcements Musical: This year´s Musical will be “Los Músicos de Bremen”. Tickets are available for sale at the school receptions. Optional Uniform Day: This Nov. 14 will be the last optional uniform day of the year. We hope to collect used toys and second hand clothes to prepare our Christmas baskets for the children of the schools we are supporting: Jardín Tres Molinos, Tartar Grande and Plan Miraflores. Thank you to all the Davy Community for your cooperation through the 2011 school year to the Service Program. Art Exhibit at the CC El Quince: Davy College students have been invited to exhibit their art work at the CC El Quince starting on November 15 through 23. You are all invited to enjoy this exhibition. Firemen Corp: the voluntary Firemen Corp is asking for our support by buying bracelets at S/. 5.00 each. They will visit us on Nov. 15. If you want to support our firemen, it will be highly appreciated. What’s Happening November 12 November 12 & 13 November 14-18 November 14 November 15-23 November 16 November 18 November 19 November 21-25 November 24-26
First Communion ceremony, Posada del Puruhuay, 10:00am Volleyball tournament U17, gym Art Exhibition – Elementary School Uniform Optional Day Davy College students’ Art exhibition at the CC El Quinde, 2nd floor Report Progress sent to home (ES/SS) Workshop for Parents (EC2 and EC3 at 5:00pm cafeteria) Workshop for parents (EC4 7:45am, school cafeteria) Confirmation ceremony Art Exhibition – Secondary School Musical (school gym, 7:00pm)
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Dr. Peter Zeitoun Superintendent
Superintendent: ECE Principal: Elementary Principal: Interim Secondary Principal: Edition and Design: Proof-Readers:
Peter Zeitoun Ph.D. Mg. Arlette Romero Robert Hagenbucher, M.Ed. Mr. Manuel Huaripata (Interim) Miss Sara Nalvarte Dr. Peter Zeitoun / Mrs. Milagros Servat
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