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Superintendent’s Bulletin

June 9 2021 – End of Year administrative information for your review and reference. 

1. Here is the link to Dr. Vega’s Zoom Vaccine Advice Webinar (53 minutes long). 

2. ECA Yearbook – June 2021 DIgital Copy: Please click on the following link to access the pdf version. You will need a pdf viewer to complete the download and view the document. Due to the large file size, downloading the document could take some time. 

3. ECA End of Year (Annual) Report 2020-2021: This link will take you to this year’s annual report.

4. Skyward Summer Maintenance: In order to update school/student records and conduct regular maintenance Skyward access will not be possible from June 24 to August 5. On August 6, 2021, the Principals, Middle/High School Academic Deans and I will be sending information about arrangements for starting the academic year 2021-2022.

5. During the summer the school facilities (fitness room, soccer field, pool, etc.) will not be open for community use.

6. ECA Online Learning Hub June 2021:  This link will take you to a learning resource website. The ECA faculty have collaborated to provide this optional online resource list which will allow students and parents access to a bank of productive activities for use during the summer break. We hope that you find this useful for complementing learning when you have free time or you want your children to be engaged with a summer learning activity.

7. FYI: Here is the link to the calendar for 2021-2022.

Please stay safe, healthy and well, so that we can resume learning together again in August 2021. Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

June 5, 2021 – Community Information 

Hello – We now enter the last on campus learning week leading to the end of the school year on Thursday, June 10 at 11:30 am.

During this school year we have had face to face on campus and online programs operating and will successfully finish the school year as planned. 

With Government approvals and the hope that an effective vaccine program will eventually be available in Venezuela, we aim to return to a face to face on campus learning in August and September 2021. 

Most of the ECA community has indicated that they aim to be vaccinated by August. If this is the case it will reduce the risk of having serious illness but will not completely eliminate future spread of infections. As a result, and in order to protect the health and safety of the ECA community, we will have to continue with ECA’s biosecurity protocols, mask use and social distancing during the first semester of the new academic year. Please be sure to read new protocols directed to vaccinated individuals

Some parents have been asking for advice related to vaccinations for students. In order to help you make informed decisions, for your children, we have arranged for a vaccine Zoom informational webinar, with Dr. Lila Vega, to be held on Tuesday, June 8 at 9:30 am. Here is the webinar link.

During June and July, we shall be carefully monitoring both COVID and vaccine developments and the government’s flexible/radical week plans for Caracas. On August 3 I will be sending you specific information related to plans for the start of the new academic year beginning on Monday, August 16

We have two (2) faculty members leaving ECA this June. This is the lowest number of overseas and local faculty members leaving ECA for the past ten (10) years. We have contracted one (1) new overseas teacher and one (1) local teacher and will send you further information, about teachers and class lists, in August. On your behalf, I thank the following exiting faculty for their excellent work and interaction with ECA students, and wish them success:

  • Clementina Vera Perez – Elementary Guidance Counsellor
  • Erik Lamb – Secondary Humanities teacher

I wish departing community members well with their new learning destinations. On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors and ECA Faculty and staff, I thank ECA parents, faculty and staff for their sustained work and support during this academic year.

Please stay safe, healthy and well, so that we can safely resume learning together again in August 2021.

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

May 29, 2021

Congratulations to High School Dean Cynthia Abdallah and Secondary faculty on the completion of an enjoyable and successful graduation ceremony. We wish the ECA class of 2021 great success in the future. 

Re-registration information has been sent to parents by email. If you have any questions about re-registration please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com 

We now enter our final two weeks of the academic year with another online learning week. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and teachers will continue to communicate / interact with you to determine daily and weekly planning, learning and activities.

We now have face to face on campus and online programs successfully operating. With Government approvals and the hope that an effective vaccine program will eventually be available in Venezuela, we aim to return to a face to face on campus learning in August / September 2021. Further details related to how we shall start the next academic year, beginning August 16, will be sent to the ECA community by June 5.

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask and regularly washing hands.  

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

May 23, 2021

We are looking forward to another on campus pedagogical support learning week beginning Monday, May 24. 

ECA Open House Event Thursday, May 27 @ 8:45 am

The next ECA On Campus Admissions Open House information will occur on Thursday, May 27 at 8:45 am. Please share this information with any families who are interested in having their children attend ECA. Further information can be obtained by visiting the ECA Admissions Page, contacting admissions@ecak12.com or contacting +58-212-993-3922 (ext. 1011).   

ECA Graduation Ceremony – Saturday May 29 @ 10 – 11:30am.

You are cordially invited to virtually attend the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021 using this Google meeting joining information Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kvc-bwgb-ajv

Continued Biosecurity Protocols @ ECA  

Please continue to help us by strictly following the ECA community biosecurity measures.

May 15, 2021

I hope that you are safe and well. Beginning this Monday, May 17, we will have an online learning week. 

During the coming week we shall be gathering feedback from Grade 4 to 11 students and parents about how online learning has worked during the second half of this year. We will be using the feedback to help with designing future online learning experiences.  Separate questionnaire survey links, for redhirts, white shirts, blue shirts and brown shirts, will be sent to you during the week. 

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and teachers will continue to communicate / interact with you to determine future daily / weekly planning, learning and activities.

As we enter the final four weeks of work, with students and complete end of year tasks, we also are preparing for the start of the next academic year. Given that we now have both face to face on campus and online programs successfully operating, with Government approvals and the hope that an effective vaccine program will eventually be available in Venezuela, we aim to return to a face to face on campus learning in August / September 2021. Further details related to how we shall start the next academic year, beginning August 16, will be sent to the ECA community by June 5.

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask and regularly washing hands. 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

May 8, 2021   

Many thanks to the ECA Parent Association and Maikel Vega for producing the ECA International Recipe Cookbook . Happy cooking and community eating. 

We are looking forward to an on campus pedagogical support learning week beginning Monday, May 10. 

Please help us by strictly following the ECA community biosecurity measures

In particular it is important to minimise access to the ECA campus – you can help us by observing the following:

  1. Students must arrive at school with everything they will need for the day. This includes: appropriately sized masks without filters (and including some spare masks in case of emergency), snacks, lunch, and water bottles. 
  2. Drivers/parents will NOT be permitted to deliver food or to enter the campus for deliveries after 9:00 a.m.  
  3. Parents, drivers, and nannies must remain in their cars at all times.
  4. The ECA campus will be closed after 9:00 a.m until 3:15 p.m. unless you have specifically made an official appointment.
  5. Everyone, on campus, should maintain appropriate social distance, minimise contact with others, wear an appropriately sized mask without filters and regularly wash hands/use hand sanitizer. 

The decision to attend school is a parental decision. Online learning support will be available for those students who are not able to attend.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and teachers will continue to communicate /interact with you to determine future daily/weekly planning, learning and activities. 

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask and regularly washing hands. 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

May 2, 2021

We have just completed a very enjoyable and successful on campus pedagogical support week. Thanks to ECA faculty for providing an excellent student learning experience which was extremely well received and appreciated by students and parents. Students were engaged, focused and happy.

Many many thanks for your support with following the updated ECA Covid Biosecurity Protocols which have worked well.

Next week is an online learning week. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to communicate and interact with you to determine daily/weekly planning, learning and activities. 

We are now planning for the academic year 2021-2022. Pending government approvals and the availability of a COVID vaccine, we aim to return to on campus learning with biosecurity measures in place in August. 

Tuition fee information, for the next academic year, will be sent to you, by email, by the end of Monday May 3. 

Re-registration information will be sent to parents, by email, during this week. If you have any questions about the re-registration process please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands. 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

April 24, 2021

As you know ECA has spent the last five weeks in self-imposed quarantine so as to allow us to minimize infection risk and to safely resume the on-campus pedagogical support program during April 26-30, 2021. 

We hope to, during future flexible weeks until the end of the academic year, continue to operate the on campus pedagogical support program.

This can only occur if all of the ECA community strictly follows our biosecurity measures. In particular it is important to minimise access to the ECA campus – you can help us by observing the following:

  1. Students must arrive at school with everything they will need for the day. This includes: masks, snacks, lunch, and water bottles. 
  2. Drivers/parents will NOT be permitted to deliver food or to enter the campus for deliveries after 9:00 a.m.  
  3. Parents, drivers, and nannies must remain in their cars at all times.
  4. The ECA campus will be closed after 9:00 a.m until 3:15 p.m. unless you have specifically made an official appointment.
  5. Everyone, on campus, should maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and regularly wash hands/use hand sanitizer. 

The decision to attend school is a parental decision. Online learning support will be available for those students who are not able to attend.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to communicate/interact with you to determine future daily/weekly planning, learning and activities. 

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands. 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

April 15, 2021

Given the continued escalation of COVID cases in Caracas and the need to minimize risk we shall operate our online learning program for one more week during April 20-23. 

For the flexible week of April 26-30 and for future flexible weeks, until the end of the academic year, we shall operate our on campus pedagogical support program with strict biosecurity measures in place. The decision to attend school is a parental decision. Online learning support will be available for those students who are not able to attend.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to interact with you to determine future daily/weekly planning, learning and communication of activities to students and parents. 

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands. Observing these precautions will allow us to safely operate on campus pedagogical support learning opportunities during flexible weeks until the end of the academic year.  

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

April 10, 2021

It was very good to see ECA faculty, students and parents quickly resuming online learning routines after the Easter break. Thank you for your continued support with student learning.

Here is a useful online learning video which was produced by ECA’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students: “How to become a better online student” 

As we enter the final nine weeks of learning should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact the class or subject teacher or if needed the Counsellors, Elementary Principal or the Middle/High School Deans. Earlier is always better rather than later.

We are now planning for the start of the next academic year which is scheduled to commence, for students, on Monday, August 16. Here is the link to next year’s school calendar dates

The ECA Admissions office will soon be sending re-registration information which will include an online re-registration link. During April to August we will be holding, for prospective parents, individual virtual online information sessions, with the Superintendent, as well as On Campus Open House events and school tours. Should you know of any families interested in applying to ECA, please ask them to contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com who will provide the necessary admissions information. Please also direct them to the ECA school website which contains important information.

We will communicate to you, our operational status for the week of April 20 – 23, by 4 pm Thursday, April 15. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to interact with you to determine future daily/weekly planning, learning and communication of activities to students and parents. 

Please continue to look after your family, follow biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands. Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

April 7,  2021   

 The government has recommended that strict biosecurity measures continue to operate. Due to this and the current impact of COVID infections in Caracas the week of April 12 to 16 will be another Online Learning Week at ECA.

Once we have further government and COVID related information we will define and communicate to you, by April 15, 2021, our operational status for the week of April 20 – 23.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and ECA faculty will continue communicating with you to give updated information about future daily/weekly learning plans.

FYI: We have updated our COVID protocols – here is a link to these updated COVID protocols.

Please carefully observe and practice biosecurity measures so as to stay safe and well. This will allow us to safely offer future on campus learning opportunities when circumstances permit us to do so.

April 1, 2021

I hope that you are having a quiet, restful vacation and will be ready for the next 10 weeks of student learning. We restart school on Monday April 5 with an Online Learning week.  

We have updated our COVID protocols – here is a link to these updated COVID protocols.

The COVID situation in Caracas has escalated with hospitals and clinics operating at full capacity. It is extremely important that everyone stays safe and healthy by assuming a low profile and maintaining distance, minimising contact with others, wearing a mask and regularly washing hands. 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

Once we have further government and COVID related information we will define and communicate to you, by April 7, 2021, our operational status for the week of April 12 – 16. 

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and ECA faculty will continue communicating with you to give updated information about future daily/weekly learning plans. 

NHS Food & Clothing Drive – Deadline April 30, 2021: The National Honor Society is organizing a drive for Harina Pan and clothing (clean and in good condition please) for ECA’s Maintenance Staff. Donations can be left at the security desk in Star Plaza or at the Superintendent’s office. Many thanks for supporting this student community service initiative.

Congratulations to: Maria Teresa Plaza and IB Art Students on successful completion the IB course and the Virtual Art Exhibition Showcase – here are the links to the showcase:

IB ART gallery 2021

IB ART video 2021

March 21, 2021

Well, well, well another super busy and productive on campus week passed very quickly. Thanks to the ECA Parent Association for their support of the wonderful Venezuela Week Activities and for sponsoring the Easter Egg activity both which were fully enjoyed by students and a great successes! 

This week is an Online Learning week, there are elementary reports, online parent conferences, IB Senior students have their mock IB exams and an online IB Visual Arts Showcase.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and ECA faculty will continue communicating with you to give updated information about future daily/weekly learning plans. 

The end of this week takes the ECA community to a well deserved and much needed Easter break.

During April 5 to 9 we shall resume school with our Online Learning program.  

Once we have further government and COVID related information we will define and communicate to you, by April 7, 2021, our operational status for the week of April 12 – 16. 

I wish you all a safe, relaxing Easter vacation week.

March 13, 2021

It has been exactly one year since COVID 19 closed schools in Venezuela and significantly changed living and learning routines. Back then we did not think that the pandemic would last this long or that we could sustain school operations. Well sustain school operations indeed we have, in fact we have adapted, learnt new skills and further developed student learning and our professional practices. On Friday past this was evident as ECA faculty participated in a most productive online professional development day! 

Next week we have Venezuela week activities in the Elementary school – information has been sent to you through the elementary level class teacher – please check your email and Google classroom links for information updates.  

On Wednesday March 17 we have online Secondary parent teacher conferences – information has been sent to Secondary parents – please check your email and Google classroom links for further information.  

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and ECA faculty will continue communicating with you to give updated information about future daily/weekly learning plans.

March 6, 2021

Congratulations ECA for completing 5 consecutive days of On Campus learning this past week – a very busy and productive week, including a successful Open House event with 8 prospective families attending, and varied activity occurring on campus in both the elementary and secondary schools. Here is a video link showing last week’s activities.

On Friday, March 12 ECA faculty will be involved in a Professional Development Day as a result there will be a Monday to Thursday online learning program for this week. Michelle Till, Elementary teachers, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will provide further details for students and parents.

The next ECA On Campus Admissions Open House information will occur on Friday, March 19 at 8:45 am. Please share this information with any families who are interested in having their children attend ECA. Further information can be obtained by visiting the ECA Admissions Page, contacting admissions@ecak12.com or contacting +58-212-993-3922 (ext. 1011).   

Please ensure that you have read ECA’s updated COVID Protocols

Thanks for your positive response, many parents are now informing Nurses Michelle and Liliana about their family travel/health situations. Thank you, this is greatly helping to contact, trace, communicate and make safe attendance decisions for parents, the school and the ECA community. Your continued support with this will help us with safely transitioning to and sustaining ECA’s on campus learning.

February 27, 2021

On Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday March 4 we shall be taking school photos for this year’s ECA yearbook. On Friday, March 12 ECA faculty will be involved in a Professional Development Day as a result there will be a Monday to Thursday online learning program for that week. Michelle Till, Elementary teachers, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will  provide further details for students and parents.

On campus Admissions Open House information events begin on Friday, March 5 at 8:45 am. Please share this information with any families who are interested in having their children attend ECA. Further information can be obtained by visiting the ECA Admissions page, contacting admissions@ecak12.com or contacting +58-212-993-3922 (ext. 1011).   

Please ensure that you have read ECA’s updated COVID Protocols

Many parents are now informing Nurses Michelle and Liliana about their family travel/health situations. Thank you, this is greatly helping to contact, trace, communicate and make safe attendance decisions for parents, the school and the ECA community. Your continued support with this will help us with safely transitioning to and sustaining on campus learning.

Given the recent increase of COVID cases in Venezuela we shall continue to follow biosecurity measures and operate the government approved 7 (flexible week) + 7 (radical week) system –> a flexible hybrid on campus learning week, and self paced activities, followed by a radical online week. 

This means that, under restricted health/safety/internet/time zone circumstances, we will continue to provide for a balance of online, hybrid, on campus with self paced learning until longer term permanent modified on campus programs can be safely implemented. 

ECA faculty have worked continuously and industriously to make adjustments to provide for student learning and support students both online and on campus with self paced instruction and individual support. They will continue to do this and communicate with and best support students who are not able to regularly participate in face-to-face classes by providing access and support for self paced learning activities.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and ECA faculty will continue communicating with you to give updated information about future daily/weekly learning plans. As always thank you for your understanding and support.

February 21, 2021

We are now planning for the next academic year and, in due course, will be sending information about re-registration procedures. On campus Admissions Open House information events begin on Friday, March 5 at 8:45 am. Please share this information with any families who are interested in having their children attend ECA. Further information can be obtained by visiting the ECA Admissions page, contacting admissions@ecak12.com or contacting +58-212-993-3922 (ext. 1011).   

We shall continue with online learning during the coming week.  

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and class teachers will continue interacting with you to communicate future daily and weekly learning plans.

February 17, 2021   

Hello. I hope that you have enjoyed the Carnival vacation – many families travelled within and outside of Venezuela. 

Given that the government has proclaimed the week of February 22 to 26 to be a Radical Week ECA will operate an online learning program then. 

This will provide for a natural quarantine period and allow families to complete health checks and be prepared for biosafety protocols and on campus learning according to government approved “March Face to Face 7 + 7 Classes” which were explained as follows:

“In March we are going to start with face-to-face classes at all levels with biosecurity measures,” he said. As on previous occasions, Maduro ratified that sanitary measures must be complied with, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In this regard, he insisted that classes will return to classrooms under the 7 + 7 system, but biosafety protocols must be maintained, such as the use of masks and social distancing.”

I am now consulting with the School Nurses and medical professionals to review/update our return to school biosafety protocols. This information shall be communicated to you by 4 pm Wednesday, February 24 latest.

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and class teachers will continue interacting with you to communicate daily and weekly learning plans.

February 7, 2021

This week we look forward to a busy ECA on campus week of interaction with students leading to a well deserved 3 day Carnival vacation. 

The government has announced that February 15, 16 & 17 will be considered as “flexible, social, labour and cultural days for children to enjoy the 2021 Carnival time but with biosecurity measures.” Currently there has been no specific government information about  February 18, 19 or the week of February 22 to 26

ECA will operate an online program for February 18 and 19.  

The ECA learning program for the week of February 22 to 26 will be communicated to the community by 1 pm Friday, February 19 latest. This will depend on governmental permissions and the application of ECA COVID preventive measures. 

Michelle Till, elementary class teachers, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to  communicate how each week’s lessons will operate for each grade level and class. 

During pedagogical support activities and an increased on-campus learning presence it is important that all members of the ECA community continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands. 

COVID 19 Local Information from Nurse Michelle Belloso:

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

It is essential that parents immediately inform Nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com if you or your family have been, during events or gatherings, in contact with suspected or actual cases of COIVID 19.

Anyone returning from travel should self-isolate their families and stay at home (not go to work or to school) for 14 days. In any case you or your family members feel unwell, call your doctor, mention any recent travel, and stay at home. 

If one or more members of your family return from travel outside Venezuela, then all family members in the household must be quarantined for the required 14 days.

If there is any doubt ECA students/family members should not be coming to the school campus.

For any further information, please contact nurse Michelle Belloso at michelleb@ecak12.com.

January 31, 2021

Thanks to everyone for collaboration with completing a very smooth and enjoyable past week of On Campus pedagogical support activities. There were many, many happy student, parent and faculty member faces to be seen. 

Last Thursday the ECA Parent Association (PA) held a successful general informational welcome coffee morning meeting, in Star Plaza, for new parents. Here is the link to the PA presentation for that meeting.  

ECA Academic Calendar Main Dates for 2021-2022 – These calendar dates were approved by the ECA Board. I hope that these help you with future planning. 

Until further notice we will follow the pattern of radical week (online learning) – flexible week (pedagogical support activities) as we continue to plan for gradual increased times for on-campus learning once Government restrictions/permissions related to the legal operation of schools in Caracas permit.   

Michelle Till, elementary class teachers, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will continue to  communicate how each week will operate for each grade level and class.

January 24, 2021

Hello. You have received information related to how the next week’s flexible learning program will function. 

We will continue to plan for a gradual transition to hybrid learning and aim to introduce increased on-campus learning times once Government restrictions/permissions related to the legal operation of schools in Caracas permit. 

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will be communicating to you how the week of February 1 to 5 will operate for each grade level and class. 

We have successfully tested all ECA employees for coronavirus and have completed deep cleaning/coronavirus fumigation/spraying in school classrooms and office/general school areas. 

During pedagogical support activities and an increased on-campus learning presence it is important that all members of the ECA community continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands. 

COVID 19 Local Information from Nurse Michelle Belloso:

ECA parents it is essential that you immediately inform Nurse Michelle Belloso: (michelleb@ecak12.com) if you or your family have been, during events or gatherings, in contact with suspected or actual cases of COIVID 19. If there is any doubt ECA students/family members should not be coming to the school campus.

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community. 

 

January 17, 2021

Many thanks for your support with getting students back into online learning routines again. Next week we will continue with online learning as originally planned. 

During the “flexible week” of Monday, January 25 to 29 we will be resuming on campus pedagogical support activities. Michelle Till, elementary classroom teachers, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will be sending further operational information to parents and students by Wednesday, January 20.  

We continue to plan for a gradual transition to hybrid learning and aim to introduce increased on-campus learning times which will depend on the impact COVID in Venezuela and  Government restrictions/permissions related to the legal operation of schools in Caracas. When more information becomes available we will give you further details.

During next week we shall be providing all ECA employees with coronavirus testing. In addition we shall perform deep cleaning/coronavirus fumigation/spraying in school classrooms and office/general school areas.

Congratulations to ECA Grade 7 students David Cardenas and Alejandro Vasquez who received bronze medal mastery classification in the Latin American Mathematics Olympiads. 

The ECA School Website has been updated with photos and videos and is worth a visit.

January 7, 2021

Best wishes for the new year. I hope that you have had restful family vacation time. ECA faculty and staff are ready for the next two weeks interacting online with students.

ECA will maintain the online learning program until Friday January 22, 2021. Thereafter we aim to gradually transition from online learning to “hybrid/partially on campus learning” until we are sure we can safely and completely transition to on campus learning. This will operate differently for each grade level. 

All planning will depend on the reality of the impact COVID in Venezuela and that Government restrictions/permissions will allow schools to legally open. We will regularly review and modify plans and inform you accordingly. 

ECA will make every effort to ensure that we can have as much “safe in school/on campus  learning” as is practically possible under the circumstances.

For ECA, the priority is health, protection, and optimal learning conditions for students. We aim at all times to follow international health protocols to avoid putting the health of students, faculty/staff at risk. Therefore the entire ECA community must also ensure that health, safety and social distances measures are met, such that we are considerate of others and can safely implement on campus learning. 

Michelle Tiil and the Secondary Deans will further develop our learning plans with respective grade level and subject teachers. Further information will be sent to parents by January 20, 2021 latest. 

My best wishes for a safe, successful and prosperous 2021.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent 

 

December 14, 2020   

ECA Superintendent’s Community Message December 2020 (Courtesy of Adam Smee)

We all have experienced very challenging times since March 2020. However with your help and support, and with the ECA faculty and staff, together we have been able to sustain steady student learning online. Thank you.

On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors, Faculty and Staff I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas with an enjoyable restful vacation. 

We also send you our best wishes for the New Year 2021 – one where I hope we will be able to eventually return to interacting with each other again, in person, on the ECA campus. 

Until then, my best regards – Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent 

December 7

It was good to see more students on campus and enjoying ECA’s flexible week pedagogical support activities some of which can be viewed at this link – ECA Flexible Week 3 

This Wednesday, December 9 – (8:45 – 10 am) you are cordially invited to attend the Virtual Online Holiday Assembly – Here is the event link.

Next week we have another flexible week of pedagogical support activities It is important that all members of the ECA community continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will communicate programs/activities for the grade levels concerned. 

COVID 19 Local Information from Nurse Michelle Belloso:

ECA parents it is essential that you immediately inform Nurse Michelle Belloso: (michelleb@ecak12.com) if you or your family have been, during events or gatherings, in contact with suspected or actual cases of COIVID 19. If there is any doubt ECA students/family members should not be coming to the school campus.

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community.  

December 3 – ECA’s Plans For January 2021.

Some parents, students and faculty have asked: “What are ECA’s learning plans beginning January 2021?” At the November Board meeting we evaluated this with a view to eventually returning to on campus learning in the context of the whole school. 

Currently there are still many unknown variables which make overall decision making challenging. These include: 

  • The Venezuelan government is yet to officially authorize schools to open. 
  • There is much uncertainty related to what the Venezuela COVID 19 situation will actually be during January and February 2021 especially after a December month of “Flexibilization.” 
  • There have been and will be, during December/January, many social gatherings where social distancing will not be practiced and contact with COVID carriers will occur. 
  • The Venezuelan government has recently indicated that the country may have to revert to “Radical/Flexible” weeks again in January 2021. 
  • Many countries who rapidly lifted lockdown restrictions later had to revert to stricter lockdowns/school closures. 

The ECA Board decided that, due to the above factors, in January 2021, ECA will begin school by maintaining the complete online learning program during Monday January 11 to Friday January 22, 2021. 

Thereafter, during February and March 2021, we hope to gradually transition from online learning to “hybrid/partially on campus learning” until we are sure we can safely and completely transition to on campus learning. This will operate differently for each grade level. By January 20, 2021 latest we shall be sending specific information outlining the learning program for each grade level beginning Monday January 25. 

All planning will obviously depend on the reality of the impact COVID 19 has on Venezuela and that Government restrictions/permissions will allow schools to legally open. So we will regularly review and modify plans accordingly. ECA will make every effort to ensure that we can have as much “safe in school/on campus  learning” as is practically possible under the circumstances.

For ECA, the priority is health, protection, and optimal learning conditions for students. We aim at all times to follow international health protocols to avoid putting the health of students, faculty/staff at risk. Therefore the entire ECA community must also ensure that health, safety and social distances measures are met, such that we are considerate of others and can safely implement on campus learning. 

I hope that this information helps you with vacation and general planning and that all ECA students will be ready and enthusiastic to return for further learning on Monday, January 11, 2021.  

Best Regards – Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent. 

November 28

Thanks to the ECA Parent Association for organising last week’s Santa photos. Here are some community information video links for you to enjoy.

Merry Christmas From The ECA Parent Association

Santa @ ECA 2020

ECA Elementary Parent Health & Wellness Session

Wednesday, December 9 – (8:45 – 10 am) – Virtual Online Holiday Assembly – ECA school community invited – please reserve this time – Here is the event link.

Next week we have another flexible week of pedagogical support activities It is important that all members of the ECA community continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will communicate programs/activities for the grade levels concerned. On Monday, December 14 we will be sending further information about how school will operate in January 2021. 

  

November 21

During the last week once again we completed on campus activities. We also held the induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society. As we enter the last 4 weeks of work with students please keep up your family energy and focus. Since August 2020 the ECA community has collaborated and worked so well together. Despite the challenges we have faced together we have much to be thankful for. I especially would like to thank the ECA Parent Association for their continued support and their recent work with the National Honor Society in coordinating the Field of Toys support drive for ECA Maintenance staff.       

Here are some recent community videos which I hope you will enjoy: 

Another Flexible Week @ ECA 

NJHS Ceremony

ECC Library

Earlier rather than later: Should you have any concerns about your child’s progress please contact the class or subject teacher or the Elementary Principal, Middle School or High School Deans.

November 15

Hello. Last Wednesday ECA faculty participated in a most enjoyable and productive professional development day involving reflection, differentiation, collaboration, collegiality, sharing and socialization. Here are some links which show ECA faculty working during that day:

Maikel Vega’s PD Day Video

PD Day November 11, 2020

Next week we have another flexible week of pedagogical support activities It is important that all members of the ECA community continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah continue to work with faculty to further develop and communicate programs/activities for the grade levels concerned.  

Earlier rather than later: We now have 5 weeks of interaction with students before the winter break and semester reports are completed to be sent to you in January. Should you have any concerns about your child’s progress please contact the class or subject teacher or the Elementary Principal, Middle School or High School Deans

Online Survey Summary Results – Thank you.

Thanks for your positive responses in the recent online learning surveys. Overall 59% of parents responded. Here are links to a summary of the survey results:

ES Online Learning Parent Survey Summary Information

SS Online Learning Parent Survey Summary Information

Here is short summary of parent comments:

Elementary School Excellent organization:

“My child is happy – My child is content – My child is able to be more independent – My child is learning – My child is more self disciplined – Good rapport with his teammates and at assembly time.”

Middle School & High School: Good ECA organization

“My child is:

– More Independent/confident 

– More responsible

– Follows routines better 

– More motivated/committed and participative

– Has improved concentration

– Is able to work at own pace

– Has better technology use.”

November 8

Here is a link showing last week’s “flexible week activities” which generally functioned smoothly. It was very pleasing to see very small groups of students on the ECA campus receiving various forms of pedagogical support – slowly day by day we are transitioning and learning. Part of this learning will be for all of the ECA community to continue to observe our COVID 19 protocols to remain at home if a student or family member shows COVID 19 symptoms, to maintain social distance, minimise contact with others, wear a mask and to regularly wash hands.

For future flexible weeks Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will be working with faculty to further develop and communicate programs/activities to the grade levels concerned.   

During the coming radical week ECA online learning will continue. Please note that on Wednesday November 11 there will be NO interaction with students as ECA faculty will be involved in a professional development day.  

November 1

It was very pleasing to see life and limited structured activity on campus last week with successful Grade 10/11 PSAT testing, MS and ES Halloween Drive By events. These events showed how much the ECA community appreciates everything that we can do to complement the online learning program. 

Many thanks to Parent Association representatives for organizing the Elementary Drive by event which they, the students and supporting faculty seemed to really enjoy. 

During this flexible week we will provide some pedagogical support with very small groups of redshirt students. Grade 12 students will attend to gain authentic exam experience in the Cafeteria. Middle School/High School students will have voluntary limited optional afternoon on campus activities.     

All the work and experience that we obtain during flexible weeks will help us transition and be better prepared for whatever the Venezuela Government and the COVID 19 circumstances permit in January 2021. 

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will be working with faculty to further develop and communicate future flexible week programs/activities with other grade levels.

Middle School Halloween Video 

October 25

Hello – We now begin to complement our established online learning program, during Government permitted flexible weeks, with gradual, limited, controlled pedagogical support for Pre-kinder, Kinder and Grade 12 students. This will be optional for those families who are comfortable with participating and will require written individual parent agreement to comply with ECA’s social distancing protocols/conditions related to the type of on campus pedagogical support offered. 

During the coming weeks Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean) will be sending further information to the community explaining how we shall develop online learning pedagogical support for other grades

This Wednesday afternoon we have the Middle School Halloween Drive By and on Friday afternoon we have the Parent Association Elementary School Drive By. 

We have been busy working to ensure that the ECA campus will be safe and ready for students, faculty and staff. Here are some videos showing how we have been preparing the ECA campus. 

ECA Pre-K & Kinder Orientation

ECA Getting Ready October 2020

High School Dean, Cynthia Abdallah, has been working with students who have produced a new edition of ECA’s Digital Literacy Magazine “ECHO.” This is definitely worth spending some time reviewing to experience student and community viewpoints.     

Digital Citizenship Week 2020: This week, at ECA, we are celebrating Digital Citizenship Week. During the last 4 years we have consistently promoted Digital Citizenship which is important as we continue to work online with the entire ECA community. Click HERE for more information!

Maikel Vega – ECA Technology Integration Facilitator (TIF)

October 19

Hello – I hope that the October break has provided you, and your family, with much needed family time, for rest from online learning, for time for reflection and has helped renew important energy levels to sustain us during the next 9 weeks.  

On Monday, October 5 about 40 ECA parents attended my Zoom Webinar information meeting and parents gave feedback. For your information here is the link to a video recording of that meeting. At that meeting the parents and students who indicated that they needed the most support with online learning were the redshirt parents.  

The Venezuelan government has indicated, in recent news reports, that they intend to continue with the current 7 + 7 radical/flexible week planning until there is sufficient evidence that COVID 19 infections are sufficiently reduced.     

I have held follow up discussions with the ECA Educational Leadership team, the ECA Board of Directors who have reviewed ECA’s original planning, ECA community feedback, the recent Government plans and the impact of COVID 19 resurgence patterns/social restriction occuring  in other countries.      

Given the above and the current COVID 19 situation in Caracas/Venezuela we will be continuing with our online learning program until further notice. 

We however aim to begin to complement the online learning program, during Government permitted flexible weeks, with limited, controlled pedagogical support for Pre-kinder, Kinder and Grade 12 students. This will be optional for those families who are comfortable with participating  and will require written individual parent agreement to comply with ECA’s social distancing protocols/conditions related to the type of on campus pedagogical support offered. 

Elementary Principal Ms Michelle Till will send further details to Pre-kinder and Kinder parents about how this will operate.

Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean) will send further details to Grade 12 students and parents about how this will operate.

Based on how this limited complementary pedagogical support functions, with our established online learning routines, we shall begin to look at the best way to provide pedagogical support for other grade levels in a gradual, structured manner. 

October 5, 2020

Hello – we have been working intensely online for 8 weeks now and the much needed October Break occurs during October 12 to 16. I hope everyone, in the ECA community, uses this time to switch off and renew important energy levels.   

Following my recent parent information announcement stating that  …..  “the ECA Board decided that we continue with our online learning program for all students during October 5 to 9.'”

Some parents, it seems, are interpreting the information as an opportunity to meet with teachers and are contacting each other or the class teacher to ask if they can meet with faculty. Please note that there are NO Face to Face on campus meetings planned with parents or students during October 5 to 9.

On Monday, October 5 at 4 pm, I have invited ECA parents to attend a Zoom Webinar information meeting where I shall give background information, related to how this decision was taken and take parent feedback which I shall share with the ECA Board of Directors.     

September 30, 2020

The current Coronavirus circumstances in Venezuela remain complex with increased health risks because the implementation of social distancing protocols has not been uniformly or fully observed. 

Governmental guidelines related to the opening of schools, during the week of October 5 to 9, are vague and give the following general information: “provide pedagogical assistance to parents and students and take into account all biosafety protocols including obligatory mask use.” 

This pedagogical assistance provision was introduced to specifically help local school parents and students to briefly meet with their teachers, face to face, and obtain information packages/work to help students start their school year online. The current Government information also indicates that schools would not be able to open for face to face learning until at least January 2021.

ECA has been operating for seven weeks now, with an online learning program which generally has worked well and has provided much needed routine and stability for students. We have fulfilled the pedagogical assistance provision. The planned ECA October break will occur during October 12 to 16. After that there is no definite information available, related to what the government guidelines will be for future flexible week situations. It is very clear that online learning will continue to be essential until schools are allowed to safely and legally operate again. 

Given the above information the ECA Board of Directors met to evaluate matters. As a result the ECA Board decided that we continue with our online learning program for all students next week. 

We shall further assess matters, in the light of Governmental school operating guidelines and the legality related to “flexible week provisions.” We will continue to evaluate a return to safely and legally using the school premises for learning in the context of our original planning criteria which were: 

  • Begin the academic year 2020-2021 with the ultimate objective to gradually and safely transition to face to face on campus learning when appropriate, legal and safe to do so.
  • Regularly evaluate the impact of government regulations and other local factors/circumstances on ECA and student learning.
  • Ensure that appropriately defined health safety cleansing/hygiene/social distancing/safety protocols are in place and accepted and followed by the community.
  • Maximize the student online learning experience, in collaboration with students and parents, and in line with ECA’s Mission, Vision and Guiding statements. 
  • Be flexible and adaptable so as to be able to respond to and refine learning and operating approaches relative to the evolving “normality” of operating an international school in Caracas, Venezuela.  
  • Ensure regular communication for the ECA community

On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors, I thank you for your understanding and support.   

Best Regards,

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent. 

September 28, 2020

Governmental guidelines related to the opening of schools, during the week of October 5 to 11, are vague and give the following general information: “provide pedagogical assistance to parents and students and take into account all biosafety protocols including obligatory mask use.” 

The current Coronavirus circumstances in Caracas remain complex with increased health risks existing for all sectors of the community and gasoline shortages making transport  difficult. 

As I indicated earlier in the school year we need to accept, and be prepared for the fact, that any return to an On Campus school model will not look like it did before. We will need to go slowly, carefully plan, with patience, discipline, structure, strict social distancing, with precautionary health and hygiene measures in place and observed by everyone in the ECA community. 

After fully discussing this matter with the ECA Board, I will send an information update, by 4 pm Wednesday, September 30. 

September 20, 2020

I want to thank the ECA community for the collective work, interaction, comprehension, flexibility and adaptability with making online learning work despite the many challenges that everyone in the ECA community is facing. 

Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the Counsellors, Elementary Principal or the Middle/High School Deans. Earlier is always better rather than later.

September 16, 2020

Subject – Planning for October 5 to 11,2020

As I am sure you know, yesterday, a Presidential announcement gave general information related to the opening of schools, during the flexible week of October 5 to 11, to “provide pedagogical assistance to parents and students and taking into account all biosafety protocols including obligatory mask use.” 

Once we have more exact government information related to what “giving pedagogical assistance and all biosafety protocols” means we will prepare plans for how this week will function at ECA. 

As I indicated earlier this week we need to accept, and be prepared for the fact, that any return to an On Campus school model will not look like it did before. We will need to go slowly, carefully plan, with patience, discipline, structure, strict social distancing, with precautionary health and hygiene measures in place and observed by everyone in the ECA community. 

By 4 pm. Wednesday, September 30 we shall send you information related to how ECA will function during the week beginning October 5.  

September 12, 2020

Last week we held several parent information online sessions. Here are the video recording links to these meetings.  

ECA Middle School Coffee Morning Meeting September 2020 

College Information ECA Grades 9 & 10 Video Presentation 

College Information ECA Grades 11 & 12 Video Presentation

This week we have planned the following virtual online information meetings: 

Monday September 14 @ 3 pm Parent Association Zoom Welcome Meeting 

 Agenda:

  1. Presentación de las integrantes
  2. Función y objetivos del PA
  3. Actividades realizadas período 19/20: 
  4. Comités
  5. Sesión de preguntas y respuestas 
  6. Contactos

Wednesday September 16 @ 4 pm – Elementary MAP Information (the meeting link will be sent to parents of Grades 3 to 5)  

Congratulations to the four ECA students who successfully participated and obtained medals in the Venezuelan National Final of the 2020 Youth Mathematics OlympiadVenezuelan Mathematics Olympiad Success

When will ECA begin On Campus Learning?

ECA is now operating fully online and will continue to do so during the coming weeks. Some community members are asking questions such as: “When will ECA operate with students on campus?” or “What is the ECA plan for Hybrid or semi presencial learning?”    

On August 3rd, after consultations and a decision from the ECA Board, I sent overall information related to the ECA’s strategy for starting the school year. The ultimate objective was to gradually and safely transition to face to face on campus learning when appropriate, legal and safe to do so. This is still our objective.

Currently the lack of clarity, and misinformation/rumour, related to Venezuelan government regulations and other local factors/circumstances (the rapid continued increase of COVID 19 cases in Caracas and in Venezuela, increasing gasoline shortages which may lead to further complications) means that we need to maintain online learning, for all students, until there are significant changes with circumstances in Caracas. Gatherings inside and outside of school, under the current uncertain and changing circumstances, could increase COVID 19 risk factors for ECA students, parents and faculty.

Every country has adopted different approaches, based on their local circumstances, and had varying success rates with dealing with the spread of virus and trying to resume normal daily life and routines. Many of the countries that restarted operations have had to revert to reinforcing controlling social distancing protocols and placing restrictions on group gatherings. Most international schools and universities are currently operating online.

Worldwide everyone has been affected by COVID 19 – we are all in this together and our world today looks quite different compared to March 2020. We need to accept, and be prepared for the fact, that any return to an On Campus school model will not look like it did before. We will need to go slowly, carefully plan, with patience, discipline, structure, strict social distancing,  with precautionary health and hygiene measures in place and observed by everyone in the ECA community. 

I will be further discussing this, and our current planning with the ECA Board, at a Board meeting at the end of September, when further and hopefully clearer government and local circumstantial information is known. Once I have further information I will inform the ECA community. As always thank you for your understanding and support.

We are very pleased to announce that four ECA students qualified for and participated in the Venezuelan National Final of the 2020 Youth Mathematics Olympiad. We wish gold medal winners David Cardenas (grade 7), Alejandro Vazquez (grade 7), Nicolas Vazquez (grade 7) and Michele Gatto (Class of 2020), all the best in the final part of this important national challenge!

The ECA Student Protection Policy can be found here and the ECA Code Of Conduct can be found here.

August 31, 2020

Earlier Is Better Than Later

Hello – Thanks to parents for attending the Back to School information sessions. 

During the coming weeks should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the Counsellors, Elementary Principal or the Middle/High School Deans. Earlier is always better rather than later. 

Please bookmark these links so that you can easily access ECA information: ECA Learning Hub & Campo News.

The Calendar for 2020-21 can be found at this link and the Annual report for 2019-20 can be found at this link.

ECA’s Overall Learning Plan For the Academic Year 2020-2021 

Online Learning —-> Blended Learning → On Campus Face to Face Learning When Conditions Safely Permit ECA To Do So.

ECA Faculty Commitment For Online Instruction:

  1. We will post all class material and assignments on either Google Classroom, Google Websites, Schoology or Seesaw. 
  2. This will include a summary of what was covered each day in class. 
  3. We will be online and available for student questions during the time when our classes are scheduled and at scheduled student support time.
  4. Synchronous instruction lessons (Face to Face) will occur on a regular scheduled basis.
  5. We will strive to answer student/parent emails within 24 hours during the working week – Monday to Friday. 
  6. We will strive to ensure that online instruction adheres to the best teaching practices based on inquiry, conceptual understanding, local and global contexts, collaboration, differentiated teaching and continuous assessment. 

For registration information please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com

For financial information please contact Francisco Hernandez: franciscoh@ecak12.com

I look forward to again interacting with the ECA community and wish everyone a safe and productive academic year.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

August 3, 2020

Information Related To Starting The Academic Year 2020-2021 

Dear ECA Community,

Hello – I trust that this ECA information update finds you and your families safe and well. 

The unprecedented global circumstances caused by COVID 19 continue to affect every country albeit with different outcomes. Here in Venezuela the local circumstances make what was difficult before, and especially operating a school, even more difficult and complex. 

However given the difficulties we were able to successfully finish the school year online, due to the dedication and commitment of our faculty, assistants, staff and with your support and cooperation. It is important to mention that our faculty and assistants chose to stay in Caracas, to work and support ECA – they remained here during the summer and are now here and are more committed, dedicated and ready to start learning again with students. 

We know that many parents are concerned and anxious about the nature of how learning, at ECA will, function given the current and the unknown rapidly developing circumstances that exist in Venezuela. We fully understand these concerns. 

ECA has excellent campus facilities but our real success comes from the dedication of our experienced, qualified faculty, assistants and staff and our commitment to ensure that eventually the school will safely return to, when the appropriate circumstances permit, face to face on campus learning. 

The ECA Board met on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and have defined and approved the following criteria which underpin our learning strategy for the academic year 2020-2021:  

ECA Will:

  • Begin the academic year 2020-2021 with the ultimate objective to gradually and safely transition to face to face on campus learning when appropriate, legal and safe to do so.
  • Regularly evaluate the impact of government regulations and other local factors/circumstances on ECA and student learning.
  • Ensure that appropriately defined health safety cleansing/hygiene/social distancing/safety protocols are in place and accepted and followed by the community.
  • Maximize the student online learning experience, in collaboration with students and parents, and in line with ECA’s Mission, Vision and Guiding statements. 
  • Be flexible and adaptable so as to be able to respond to and refine learning and operating approaches relative to the evolving “normality” of operating an international school in Caracas, Venezuela.  
  • Ensure regular communication for the ECA community.

Here is a general overview of how ECA’s overall learning will function until the end of September when our plans will be further reevaluated and communicated.

ECA’s Overall Learning Plan For the Academic Year 2020-2021 

Online Learning —-> Blended Learning → On Campus Face to Face Learning When Conditions Safely Permit ECA To Do So.

Given the differing needs of supporting both younger and older students we will operate two distinct modified learning programs/schedules for: Nursery to Grade 2 and Grades 3 to 12. 

The Elementary Principal (Michelle Till) and the Middle School Dean (Julia Baranowsky) and High School Dean (Cynthia Abdallah) will be sending further operating information and arranging online grade level information and technical support sessions for parents and students of registered families during August 4 to 13.

ECA Student Online Starting Dates:

Grades 3-12 will begin on Monday, August 17.

Nursery to Grade 2 will begin on Monday, August 24.

Weekly Schedule:   

  • Monday and Tuesday am – Online learning – pm individual student support and follow up 
  • Wednesday am – Student reinforcement and individual student support and follow up 
  • Wednesday – pm – Teacher planning and Professional Development
  • Thursday and Friday – am online learning – pm individual support and follow up 

ECA Protocols for Online Learning:

    • 8 am to 4 pm office hours for faculty & staff
    • Before the school year starts – We will provide student and parent orientation technology training – encourage parents to upgrade their internet or have hotspot backups
    • 30 Jio Hotspot devices are now available for faculty/assistants with poor internet
    • Regular face to face online daily schedules interaction with students
    • Clear weekly lesson plans published in advance
    • Regular student schedule/routines are important to maintain 
    • Use of Schoology/Google Classroom/Seesaw/Google Sites – Permanent record of lesson will available for parents and students to access
    • Online references information and learning resources available to retrieve/refer to 24/7
    • Flipped/combination/hybrid/classroom/prepared videos etc… with structured schedule of group meeting class interaction times  
    •  ECA will establish, publish and reinforce online learning faculty and student expectations, essential agreements, protocols and operating procedures 
    • Where and if needed backup teacher and library resource paper material will be available for pickup/delivery from ECA front gate
    • Teachers/Counselors will be available to address and support social/emotional orientation/interactions/developing relationships
    • Maintain official documented communication with student/parents (not just WhatsApp communication)
    • Teachers and administrators will respond to students/parents and be available to communicate with students/parents within 24 hours Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
    • Elementary Principal & Secondary Deans will follow up/monitor progress with faculty, students and parents and ensure regular clear communication for the ECA community

ECA Faculty Commitment For Online Instruction:

  1. We will post all class material and assignments on either Google Classroom, Schoology or Seesaw 
  2. This will include a summary of what was covered each day in class. 
  3. We will be online and available for student questions during the time when our classes are scheduled and at scheduled student support time.
  4. Synchronous instruction lessons (Face to Face) will occur on a regular scheduled basis.
  5. We will strive to answer student/parent emails within 24 hours during the working week – Monday to Friday. 
  6. We will strive to ensure that online instruction adheres to the best teaching practices based on inquiry, conceptual understanding, local and global contexts, collaboration, differentiated teaching and continuous assessment. 

The Elementary Principal (Michelle Till) and the Middle School Dean (Julia Baranowsky) and High School Dean (Cynthia Abdallah) will be sending further operating information and arranging online grade level information and technical support sessions for parents and students of registered families during August 4 to 13.

For registration information please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com

For financial information please contact Francisco Hernandez: franciscoh@ecak12.com

I hope that the above information is helpful. As always thank you for your continued trust, support and understanding. 

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent. 

ECA Online Learning Hub:

Optional online resource list 

ECA Superintendent’s Webinar May 26, 2020

Council of International Schools (CIS) Team Visit Report
The complete report contains 465 pages of information. For your reference here are some of the report comments:
“Escuela Campo Alegre is an inviting, vibrant, and welcoming learning environment, with a strong sense of community, genuine interest in student learning and well-being, fully aligned with the CIS accreditation drivers.”
“The evaluation team would like to thank: the students for always greeting us with a smile, and being genuinely interested in making us feel welcomed at all times; the teachers for welcoming us into their classes and sharing their interest and commitment to student learning; the faculty and the administration for their patience and rapid response in sharing information about the school when asked, and ensuring we were well taken care of at all times.” 
 
.…..an institution of high standards, expectations, and aspirations…”

“The survey results highlighted numerous areas of perceived strength, most notably: the safe environment the school provides for children and in general for all members of the school community; the way in which students are engaged and challenged with their learning; the extensive use of technology to enhance learning; and the effective use of assessment to inform learning and teaching.”

“Teachers engage students, employing practices that serve to achieve the high-quality learning defined in the guiding statements”

“Commendations mainly relate to the development of a stimulating learning environment, the learning support provided to students, and the extensive and effective use of technology to enhance learning.”

“In conversations with students, most students indicated that they are very happy in the school, and remarked: “when you’re in this school you just forget about other problems (outside of the school)”.

“The school fosters students’ leadership and voice and has channels through which students can give input to the school regarding their learning and well-being.”

“Parents also mentioned that they appreciate the openness of the school and free access to the community.”

“The school has a strong performance appraisal system for faculty ….”

The Visiting Team commends…. “The superintendent and board for managing to recruit and retain high-quality staff under the current political and economically adverse circumstances.”

Online learning at ECA.

The following guidelines will help parents and students to establish effective online learning routines:

Parents:

  • Monitor email and Schoology/SeeSaw/Google Sites/Google Classroom updates and be sure to check in with your child daily about the distance learning tasks, activities and assessments they are working on.
  • Designate a place where your child will work independently on his/her assigned tasks.
  • Ask your child to provide a brief summary of the learning he/she is engaging in for each class to ensure their understanding of the content and of the process they are being asked to engage in to demonstrate their learning.
  • Ask your child about their calendar deadlines and support them, as needed, in submitting assignments according to the established deadlines.
  • Remind your child to email his/her teachers if your child or you have questions or if you need extra help and support.
  • Our faculty will be on hand to help and provide support within 24 hours.

Students:

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences.
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Regularly monitor online platforms (SeeSaw, Schoology, email) to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
  • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
  • Collaborate and support your ECA peers in their learning.
  • Proactively seek out and communicate with others as the need arises.

Events at ECA

Presentation Links:

ECA International Recipe Cookbook

Here is a link to the updated COVID protocols.

IB ART gallery 2021

IB ART video 2021

Venezuela Week Activities

Open House March 5, 2021

Another Flexible ECA Week – March 2021

 A Flexible Week At ECA

The ECA Parent Association (PA) held a successful general informational welcome coffee morning meeting, in Star Plaza, for new parents. Here is the link to the PA presentation for that meeting.  

ECA Academic Calendar Main Dates for 2021-2022 – These calendar dates were approved by the ECA Board. I hope that these help you with future planning. 

ECA Superintendent’s Community Message December 2020 (Courtesy of Adam Smee)

ECA Flexible Week 3 

Merry Christmas From The ECA Parent Association

Santa @ ECA 2020

ECA Elementary Parent Health & Wellness Session

Field of Toys

Another Flexible Week @ ECA 

NJHS Ceremony

ECC Library

Maikel Vega’s PD Day Video

PD Day November 11, 2020

ES Online Learning Parent Survey Summary Information

SS Online Learning Parent Survey Summary Information

Flexible Week 2 Activities

ECA Pre-K & Kinder Orientation

ECA Getting Ready October 2020

Digital Literacy Magazine “ECHO.

ECA Digital Citizenship Week

ECA Middle School Coffee Morning Meeting September 2020 

College Information ECA Grades 9 & 10 Video Presentation 

College Information ECA Grades 11 & 12 Video Presentation 

Parent Association Information Presentation September 2020

Elementary School Map Information September 2020

   

ECA Open House Online Presentations: To make an appointment for an Online Open House Presentation, please email: admissions@ecak12.com.

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