15 Oct 2019

Abacus Newsletter 15th October 2019

Abacus Kindergarten’s latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

This Week

Week Beginning – Monday 15th October

Monday CPD Day – No School
Tuesday First Day of School
Next Week

Week Beginning – Monday 24th October

Monday Parent Conferences
Tuesday Parent Conferences
Wednesday Parent Conferences
Thursday Parent Conferences
Important Dates This Term

Monday 14th October –  Staff Training (School Closed)
Saturday 23rd November –  School Fair
Friday 13th December –  Last Day of Term 1 – Christmas Concert

Although we are not governed by the statutory holidays for schools, we follow the ESF schools calendar. During every year we have 5 teacher training days built into the calendar. This is in addition to the contact days with children. These CPD days are added onto our calendar not removed from the contact days with children.

Abacus Calendar for 2019-2020 is available here.

Welcome Back

We hope you all had a restful break and enjoyed the holiday. Welcome to our new families this term. It looks like this will be a busy half term. We have lots planned for our children in the lead up to the Christmas break, including our fair and Christmas Concerts.

Abacus Fair and Meeting

Every year we have a fair day at Abacus, the main purpose of this event is  for all of our families to socialise and have fun. It is also a fundraiser for extra bits and pieces we would like to buy to enhance the provision at Abacus.

The date for this years fair is Saturday 23rd November. As you can imagine this event takes quite a lot of organisation. We would like to ask for some parent volunteers to come and help us organise the event.

Sadly we didn’t have any interest in helping with the fair. We are still looking for volunteers to help organise this event. If you can help with the organisation please let Frances know in the office, otherwise we may have to postpone this event for this year.

Environmental Action
We just wanted to let you all know that the paper recycling company picked up 4 bags of paper recycling last week. Great effort from every one of of our staff and children in the classroom and around the school.
Our recycled paper will be shredded then they are baled and then exported to recycled paper mills in S. East Asia (Vietnam, Korea) and China) to manufacture recycled tissues.
Report Feedback
As I mentioned in the email before half term we have moved to a new report format and this is the first time we have used this format. We would be very grateful for some feedback on the report from a parents’ perspective.
If you would like to feedback any information about the new report please complete the following form.
Alternatively you can email any feedback to me at frances.hurley@abacus.edu.hk
We look forward to hearing from you.
Class Teachers for This Year

The new class teachers for this year are as follows:

K1 English Class – Hannah Derisley, Sue Tyson/Penny Loveridge and Michelle Chan

K1 Bilingual Class – Olivia Kane, Allison Fung and Maria Lee

K2 Bilingual Class – Zena Deal (Maternity cover) Danielle Evans, Susanne Liu and Anita Jims

Danielle is currently on maternity leave until December. Zena is joining us from Clearwater Bay School for the term to cover.

K2 English Am Class – Suzanne Carrigan, Bridgette Walker and Hannah Jamieson

K2 English Pm Class – Fiona Hall, Bridgette Walker and Hannah Jamieson


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Moodle – Your child’s portfolio and reports, class news, school news and photos.
Gateway – Change personal details, sign up for events and book parent consultations on Gateway.
The School Calendar – All important dates can be found here for next year.

Class Pages

K1 English Class

K1 Bilingual Class

K2 English Class

K2 Bilingual Class