Welcome Back 2014-15

Please read the important information for the first days of school.

Dear IAS Students, Teachers, Parents, Family, and Friends,

25 years! It is the silver anniversary year of IAS! From our humble beginnings back in 1989 as the first post-communist private English speaking international school in Poland to 25 years of excellence in education and an IB world school, it has been quite a memorable journey. Along the way we have sent graduates to Oxford, Kings, MIT and countless other leading universities around the world. We have always been so proud to have seen our graduates spread their wings and enter the world with confidence and the skills they need to succeed. And it has all led us to here and now. As our 25th year anniversary, this will be an especially exciting year for everyone. We have new teachers and students joining us from around the world as well as many returning faces. This year’s graduating class of 2014-15 has so many shining stars that it will be an absolute pleasure to see them leading by example and paving the way for all the classes to come. And with a new year brings a fresh start.
 
We are bringing back, new and improved, some of the most beloved events from the past including the Art Festival, Lock-ins and Spirit Week as well as adding many fresh ideas including a spring Green School to Tunisia, an IAS Film Festival, a Bridge Building Competition and a Science Olympiad. Teachers have been hard at work all week planning and improving and building on the successes of the past, and everyone looks forward to working with the student council to make the 25th year at IAS the most epic year ever.         
 
As we look forward to Monday and seeing all the new and familiar faces, let’s review some of the important information for the first days of school:
  
Opening Ceremony/Orientation Day – Monday, September 1st, 2014
On the first day of school, members of the administration will officially welcome you to our 25th year during our opening ceremonies. After opening remarks from the administration, homeroom teachers will meet with students and parents from their homeroom class. Teachers will distribute and review all relevant information for the school year including the student handbook, school calendar, a class schedule and a list of required materials.
 
Teachers will also review procedures for behavior, attendance and academics, as well as answer any questions parents or students may have. New students will then be welcomed to the Kindergarten room (PreK-3rd) and the Cafeteria (4th-12th) for additional orientation. The orientation will end at around 1 p.m. and no classes will be held on this day.
  
Schedule for Orientation Day - Monday, September 1st, 2014
 
Dembego 12 (Pre-K – 3)              Start 10:00    Opening Remarks
                                                        10:30    Meeting with homeroom teachers
                                                        11:00   New Student orientation in KG room
 
Dembego 18 (4 – 12)                   Start 11:00   Opening Remarks
                                                        11:30   Meeting with homeroom teachers
                                                        12:00   New Student orientation in cafeteria
 
Please Note: The only items you need to bring on the Orientation Day are 2 passport-sized photos (if you haven’t already brought them) for your child’s file and a small padlock for your child’s locker (4th-12th Grades only). New students will need to pick up their student ID cards in the main office at Dembego 18. Returning students need to bring their ID cards so that they can be stamped for the current school year.
 
The First Week of School
During the first week of school, teachers will be reviewing the Student Handbook (download link below), class expectations, procedures, routines, required materials and class syllabi with the students. Students will be informed of club options, run for student council and get acquainted with the school-wide attendance and behavior plan.
 
Educational Agreement
We would like to kindly inform you that we will be continuing our educational agreement for parents whose children/child attend/s International American School. The above mentioned document, which should be signed by all parents, is available on the web site www.ias.edu.pl <http://www.ias.edu.pl>- enrollment (zapisy). We would kindly request all parents to fill in, print out and submit to the office one copy of the educational agreement with a photocopy of your passport/ID or residence card. If you require help with this, please come to the office.
 
Club Day
Students will choose from a range of clubs which will continue this year on Wednesday afternoons from 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. On Wednesdays buses will leave at 4:00 p.m. (3:45 from Dembego 12). No clubs will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, and buses will leave at the normal time on this day.
 
Registration Period
Registration time will take place daily from 8:30 - 8:43 a.m in Dembego 18 (4th-12th grade). During this time, students will hear important information, have attendance taken, hold class president speeches and elections, and listen to school announcements and the IAS Radio Show.  Lessons in Dembego 12 (PreK-3rd) will begin promptly at 8:30 every day
  
Charity
This year we are continuing to raise money through creative fundraisers for Blessing, the deaf/disabled girl to whom we are donating funds for her education in Uganda. We also plan to continue working with the Warsaw Volunteer Mission and the Warsaw Children’s Hospice. Any parents interested in being a part of our charity events are always more that welcome.
 
Parents’ Weekly Bulletin
We will continue to increase our communication with parents by sending a weekly bulletin via email to the entire IAS community informing about the upcoming week’s schedule including field trips, parent meetings, and school-wide events. Please check emails from the school every Friday afternoon to see the upcoming week’s schedule.  If you are not receiving the bulletins, please inform secretary@ias.edu.pl. Teachers from grades PreK-3rd will also be sending a Class Newsletter via email every 2 weeks to inform parents of the exciting happenings in their classrooms.
 
IAS Committees
The 2014-2015 school year will include several exciting events, performances and competitions organized by the IAS committees in conjunction with the Student Council. The committees include: language arts performance; science, math, ICT and innovation; sporting events; International/Polish crossover; school pride; year book and Green School. We are very excited about the wonderful events, trips and celebrations to be held this year. 
 
Silver Star Award Program
We are continuing the Silver Star Award program for students whose work exceeds the expectations of their teachers. We are proud to continue the program this year to reward those students who go above and beyond the already high standards set by their teachers. When students receive 10 silver stars, they will be presented with an award from the school during the end of year International Day celebration in June. These awards and gift show appreciation to students for their hard work.
 
Calendar
The calendar for the 2014-2015 school year may be found at http://www.ias.edu.pl/en/calendar. It can also be uploaded to your electronic devices using the GoogleCal or iCal link.
 
Swietlica
We are very happy this year to be bringing back our Swietlica program for all students in the PreK-3rd grades. Dembego 12 will now be open from 7:30 to 17:00 so that parents may have more flexibility in picking up and dropping off their child/children. The morning and after school program is at no extra charge to parents and will include games, art projects and homework time.
  
Books
Students will have the opportunity to buy new books from the school secretary in the main office and collect them using the receipt of purchase for grades PreK - 10 from Mr. Razvi Hussaini in the bookstore and for grades 11 - 12 from Mr. Uden. All books must be collected by all students by Friday, September 5th. Book store hours and price lists will be handed out on Monday, September 1st and posted on the information board as well.
 
Transport
Any parents who require transport for their children should please contact Mr. Ceesay through the school. Telephone numbers of all drivers will be given, and all pick-up times will be provided by the drivers after the route is fixed. Parents will be called about pick-up times and locations by the drivers after orientation on the afternoon of Monday, September 1st. Please be informed that all parents are responsible for their own child’s transport on Orientation Day, Monday, September 1st.
 
Catering
AMO CATERING will continue to provide lunchtime food service this school year. Representatives will be in school from 10 pm in both Dembego 12 and 18 on Monday, September 1st to register students for the lunch service. You may also contact them personally if you wish to have this service provided for your child.
 
Additional information:
AMO CATERING
Ul. Velvet
02-739 Warsaw
Website: www.amocatering.pl
email: zgloszenia@amocatering.pl
 
Please be informed that the transportation and catering service is not a part of the school, but cooperating partners. All payments and concerns should be brought up directly with the transportation and catering companies directly.
 
Closing Remarks
International American School is very excited to welcome the entire IAS Community for a brilliant 2014-15 Silver Anniversary school year!

Kindly download Student Handbook 2014-15 here

 
Best Regards,
 
Steve Johnson
Principal, International American School