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The Premier International School in Greece since 1945 Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D. President of Schools Dina

The Premier International School in Greece since 1945

Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D. President of Schools

Dina Pappas Elementary School Principal pappasd@acs.gr

Anny Kalfa Elementary School Administrative Secretary kalfaa@acs.gr

129 Aghias Paraskevis Ave. & Kazantzaki St. 152 34 Halandri Athens, Greece

Tel.: +30 (210) 639 3200 Fax: +30 (210) 639 0051 www.acs.gr acs@acs.gr

Mission Statement

ACS Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values. Through excellence in teaching and diverse educational experiences, ACS Athens challenges all students to realize

their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially and ethically -- to thrive

as responsible global citizens.

Table of Contents

Mission Statement Table of Contents Who We Are Important Numbers Facilities Elementary Campus Library Computer Lab The School Day What We Teach How We Teach How We Assess Learning Text/Workbooks We Use First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade

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Greek Language B - Non-native Speakers

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Greek Language A - Near-native Speakers

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Greek Language A - Native Speakers

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General Notes

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Arabic

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Student Expectations

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Attendance

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Tardiness

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Daily Absences

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Extended Absences

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Early Dismissal from School

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Personal Music Players, Roller Blades, Heelys & Skateboards

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Policy on Possession of Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronic Signaling Devices

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Emergency Drills

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Homework Expectations

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Discipline and Time-Out Procedures

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Time-Out

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Procedures When Handling Discipline Problems

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Dress Code

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Support Services

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ESL

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Optimal Match

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OM Consultation

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Counseling Services

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ESAS and ICCT ARTS ACADEMY

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Staying After-School

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The House System

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Student Council

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Health Services

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Lunch Program

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Transportation

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Bus Procedures

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Bus Code of Conduct:

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Special Traditions

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September

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October

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December

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February

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Role of Parents

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PTO

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Room Parents

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Parents Supporting Athletics (PSA)

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Personal Property

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Lost & Found

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Vehicles of Communication

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Report Cards

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Conferences

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Student-Led Conferences

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Passports

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Elementary Newsletter

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Monthly Principal’s Coffee

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Website

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Telephone

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School Activities

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School Photos

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Field Trips

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Birthday and Holiday Celebrations

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Enrollment

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Admission/Registration

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Visitor/Guest Policy

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Who We Are

We are a group of dedicated professionals who bring unique experiences and expertise to the field of education. Most of us hold Masters Degrees in one or more fields of Education and continue our professional development every year.

The ACS Athens Elementary program relies heavily on the synergy that comes from good teamwork. Classroom teachers work in tandem with their grade level colleagues and specials teachers. Your student receives the benefit of teachers using their individual and collective strengths to help the student learn quickly and feel successful. Teacher assistants work with the teachers to help prepare and organize needed materials.

the teachers to help prepare and organize needed materials. Important Numbers Main Campus: 210 639-3200

Important Numbers

Main Campus:

210 639-3200

Elementary School:

210 639-3200, ext. 229/231

Middle School:

210 639-3200, ext. 226/228

Academy:

210 639-3200, ext. 241/222

Admissions:

210 639-3200, ext. 263/251

Cafeteria:

210 639-3200, ext. 236

Cashiers Office:

210 639-3200, ext. 206

Health Office:

210 639-3200, ext. 217

Transportation:

210 639-3200, ext. 239

Security (after hours):

210 639-3555

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Facilities

Elementary Campus

The Elementary School is located on the west side of the main ACS Athens campus. Shaded by Mulberry trees, the Elementary School’s main building holds the office, library, computer lab, KG-5th grade classrooms, art room, cafeteria, P.E. room, mini theater and special rooms for ESL and Counseling. The Junior Kindergarten, part of the Kindergarten and OM classrooms enjoy their own wing and large grassy playground. The Health Office is located in close proximity to our classrooms. There is a commitment to ongoing upgrading of facilities to provide for a better learning environment.

The Elementary School sits across the courtyard from the Middle School and Academy’s special facilities, which are sometimes shared. They include the Main Academy Library, Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Soccer Field, Tennis Courts and Theater.

Library

The Elementary Library houses approximately 15,000 print and audio-visual materials. All new and donated library materials are evaluated on the basis of their literary merit, usefulness in balancing the collection, and value in supporting the curriculum. Our library is fully automated and students use the OPAC check-out system. Students visit the library weekly for formal lessons and to check out materials. Replacement costs will be charged for lost or damaged library materials.

Computer Lab

The Elementary Computer Lab is adjacent to the Library and consists of brand new Lenovo computers. Each computer is networked, internet capable, and supported by the use of an LCD projector and a CD/DVD recorder. Classes attend one session per week during regularly scheduled times. Additional computer class time is available throughout the week. Students learn to use the computer as a tool to enhance their learning with different software applications and with the use of the internet. The elementary lab is part of the ACS Athens network that runs off our own server. Each classroom has its own computer and many classrooms now have interactive boards for further word processing and research.

has its own computer and many classrooms now have interactive boards fo r further word processing
has its own computer and many classrooms now have interactive boards fo r further word processing
has its own computer and many classrooms now have interactive boards fo r further word processing
has its own computer and many classrooms now have interactive boards fo r further word processing

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The School Day

Every student at ACS Athens has Mathematics, Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Science, Social Studies and Spelling classes daily. Units of study alternate between Science and Social Studies. In addition, each grade level meets with specialist teachers throughout the week for Art, Music, P.E., Arabic, Greek or English. (Students are supervised on the playground from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. We ask that all students arrive early to school so that they can be ready to learn at 9:00 a.m. sharp!

What We Teach

Students get involved in units of inquiry that are subject-integrated. In addition to mastering the basic tools for learning (language arts and mathematics), students learn to think conceptually, gather facts and acquire knowledge, apply and practice skills, develop attitudes and take action.

How We Teach

The Elementary School views students as thinkers with important, emerging theories of the world. Building on students’ prior knowledge, teachers integrate their curriculum using a range of teaching strategies, and resources. Rather than focusing on isolated and non- contextualized facts, students develop critical thinking skills to become life-long learners and problem solvers.

How We Assess Learning

As with our teaching strategies, ACS Athens Elementary uses a variety of assessment tools to ascertain a student’s level of understanding. Students are also involved in the learning

process by giving critical feedback to their peers and themselves. Assessment can occur from written tests, lab reports, performances, observations, research papers etc. Report cards are used to assess students’ level of mastery and to provide important anecdotal observations about a student’s progress and social development. Students take a standardized, norm-

referenced test (CTB/Terra Nova) every other year in grades 2–5.

their own conferences using a portfolio of their work during the Student-Led Conferences.

Once a year students lead

Text/Workbooks We Use

Textbooks supplement rather than direct the curriculum at ACS Athens. Students learn beyond typical requirements. They strengthen higher level thinking skills. In addition to the texts listed, teachers frequently draw upon primary sources (including guest speakers or performers), library/media, online resources, computer software, trade books and literature to supplement the curriculum.

trade books and literature to supplement the curriculum. Textbooks are provided to all students through th

Textbooks are provided to all students through their classrooms teachers. All books loaned to students will be returned to the teacher at the conclusion of each course. Students who withdraw from school should return all textbooks before they can clear their records. If a student fails to return books or damages them, the student will be charged for the cost of the text.

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First Grade

EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) Language Arts Readers (Silver, Burdett and Ginn) (Modern Curriculum Press) (Scott Foresman) (School Readers) Phonics (Modern Curriculum Press) Science (Foss Kit)

Phonics (Modern Curriculum Press) Science (Foss Kit) Second Grade EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley)

Second Grade

EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) Investigations in Number, Data and Space Math-A-Pedia Quest 2000: Exploring Mathematics Phonics (Modern Curriculum Press) New Dimensions in the World of Reading (Silver, Burdett and Ginn), (Garden Gates), (Gathering Sunbeams), (Tail of a Kite) Plus many primary/secondary resource materials Science (Foss Kit) Everyday Spelling (Scott Foresman)

Third Grade

EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) Investigations in Number, Data and Space Castles of Sand (Ginn Reader) English Language Skills and Use (Scott Foresman) Handwriting Workbook From Sea to Shining Sea (Houghton Mifflin Social Studies) Earth Beneath Your Feet (McGraw/Hill Science) System of the Sky (MacMillan/McGraw Science) Science (Foss Kit) Everyday Spelling (Scott Foresman)

Science (Foss Kit) Everyday Spelling (Scott Foresman) Fourth Grade EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley)

Fourth Grade

EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) Silver Secrets (Ginn Reader) Selected Novels and Poetry Language Skills (Harcourt) Success with Maps, Level D (Scholastic) Map Skills Gr. 4 (Scholastic) Discover the Wonder (Scott Foresman Science) Science (Foss Kit) Cursive Handwriting (D’Nealian) Everyday Spelling (Scott Foresman)

Fifth Grade

EnVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) English Language Skills and Use (Scott Foresman) Building a Nation (Scott Foresman) D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (and many more trade books) - 9 -

Foresman) Building a Nation (Scott Foresman) D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (and many more trade books)

The History of US (Social Studies supplement) Science Series (Scott Foresman and Foss) Selected Novels and Poetry Spelling (Scott Foresman)

Greek Language B Non native Speakers

Accommodates students whose oral skills are inadequate to hold a conversation in Greek with ease. Instruction is given in English, but Greek is used as much as possible.

Greek Language A Nearnative Speakers

Accommodates students who have an adequate level of spoken Greek but need to develop their oral/reading/writing skills. Instruction is given in Greek. Students are required to communicate in Greek.

Greek Language A Native Speakers

Accommodates students for whom Greek is the native language and are fluent speakers and readers. Instruction is given in Greek. Students are required to communicate fluently in Greek.

Please note: Students who wish to be moved to a higher level are assessed by a placement test after teachers’ recommendation. In case a student does not meet the set standards in their current placement, the teacher reserves the right to place the student in a lower level.

General Notes

Students of all levels participate in celebrations of ethnic holidays of Greece, the host country. Fourth grade students organize and perform for the OXI Day celebration in October, whereas all students of the Greek classes participate in the Greek Independence Day celebration in March. Throughout the school year, students of all levels become familiar with Greek holidays and customs in different ways through the curriculum.

Arabic

A course description for each grade level is on file in the Elementary School Office written in Arabic for your review.

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Student Expectations

Attendance

Regular attendance at school is a key element of academic success. Parents are asked to plan outside activities (dental appointments, family trips, etc.) around the school schedule and calendar. Students are expected to arrive at school punctually as classes start from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Tardiness

classes start from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Tardiness We expect students to arrive on

We expect students to arrive on time to all of their classes, especially the morning homeroom. Chronic tardiness sends the wrong message to children. Show the importance of punctuality by making sure your child arrives on time. If your child is late, please make sure he/she comes to the Main Office first to receive their late pass in order to go to their homeroom. If students miss more than two hours of school, they will be marked as a half day absence. Students coming to school late will be marked for unexcused tardiness.

Daily Absences

If a student is absent for the day or part of the day, call Ms. Anny Kalfa in the Elementary

Office and state the reason for the absence. We will coordinate homework on an individual basis. Students may not be taken out of school without parent notification to the Office. For absences of more than three days, a doctor’s note is also required. Absences due to health problems or family loss are considered excused absences. Mini trips or extended vacation are considered unexcused absences. Parents are responsible to communicate with the classroom

teacher in order to pick up missed homework from the Office.

Extended Absences

An extended absence severely disrupts a student’s learning program. However we acknowledge that extended absences are sometimes unavoidable. Please let us know well in advance of any anticipated extended absences (five days or more) by writing a letter to the classroom teacher and a copy given to the Principal. If a family decides to take additional vacation time, homework is not the responsibility of the teacher to prepare in advance. Please be aware that extended absences could prevent us from making a proper assessment or any assessment on your child’s report card. Many of the homework assignments require the student’s presence for completion and, thus, will have to be modified due to missed class time. If a child has accumulated a large number of absences, the Principal reserves the right not to promote him/her to the next grade level.

Early Dismissal from School

A student who must leave school early for a legitimate reason must have a parent note given

to the classroom teacher and be picked up from the office by a parent or guardian.

Personal Music Players, Roller Blades, Heelys & Skateboards

Personal music players must never be used on campus (except after school). Failure to respect this policy will result in the confiscation of the item for an indefinite period of time.

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For safety reasons and to ensure the protection of school property, roller blades, heelys, skateboards etc. are not allowed on campus.

Policy on Possession of Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronic Signaling Devices

Students are not permitted to use any type of electronic signaling devices during class time, passing periods or breaks within the classroom. Cell phones can be used if the break is outside.

If a school staff member finds it necessary to confiscate a device, parents will be notified promptly and the device will be returned in accordance with school rules after the Principal has consulted with the student’s parent/guardian. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic signaling devices. Students are to make arrangements with their parent(s) or guardian(s) to contact the school office when attempting to reach them during the school day.

office when attempting to reach them during the school day. The following are inappropriate uses of
office when attempting to reach them during the school day. The following are inappropriate uses of

The following are inappropriate uses of electronic signaling devices:

harassment, threats, intimidation, electronic forgery, cyberbullying/cyberthreats, videotaping in or out of the classroom, invasion of personal rights, cheating on tests/exams, or other forms of illegal behavior during the instructional and non- instructional day. Students are not to use material or text message to invade personal privacy or harass another person, or disrupt the instructional day, or engage in dishonest acts.

Videotaping within the ACS Athens Campus is not only inappropriate but ILLEGAL.

Students who act in violation of this policy shall be subject to ACS’s progressive discipline as follows:

1. Initial violation – electronic signaling device will be confiscated by school staff and secured in a safe location. The electronic device will be returned to student in seven days;

2. Second violation – electronic signaling device will be confiscated and secured in a safe location. The electronic device will be returned to the student in a month and the student's parent or guardian meets with the school Principal for the purpose of clarifying this policy;

3. Third violation – the electronic signaling device will be confiscated and secured in a safe location. The electronic device will be withheld for a semester and the student's parent or guardian provides written assurance that the student will no longer be allowed to possess the electronic device during the instructional day;

4. Fourth violation – the electronic signaling device will be confiscated and secured in a safe location. The student will be suspended;

5. Fifth violation – the electronic signaling device will be confiscated and secured in a safe location. The student will be removed from school.

Emergency Drills

Evacuation drills are conducted regularly and have undergone a review by the Regional

Security Office of the U.S. Embassy. Students are taught to leave the buildings quickly and safely for any type of campus emergency. Students are expected to:

Be familiar with exit route

Respond quickly, cooperate and give attention to their teacher or supervisor

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Walk quickly and silently

Stay in formation to the left and right sides of the corridor and staircase as they proceed to the exit

Remain clear of the building as directed by teacher or supervisor

Remain quiet once outdoors and cooperate fully with attendance taking procedures

It is imperative that we have your current address and phone number/s (including cell phones) plus the number of someone else to reach, on file, in case of an emergency. If any of your numbers (home, work, emergency) change, please alert us immediately through your child’s Passport or call the Main Office. Thank you.

Homework Expectations

It was on my fifth birthday that my father put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Remember son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.” - Sam Levenson.

find one at the end of your arm.” - Sam Levenson. Most students at ACS Athens

Most students at ACS Athens will have homework on a daily basis. Homework is given to strengthen skills taught at school, enrich and extend a concept and help develop solid work habits. Some of the homework assigned may require adult help or guidance.

Parents should not do homework for their children.

take a coaching role or follow the Socratic method of questioning:

“What is your assignment for tomorrow?” Parents should encourage their children, ask deeper questions and assist them when need arises.

Parents should

If absent from school for any reason, the student is responsible for making up all of the class work and homework he/she missed. If a student is absent for only one day, it is best for him/her to telephone a friend to find out what material was covered in classes and what homework assignments were given. If it is not possible to get this information, students should ask their teachers about missed work immediately upon their return to school.

If absent from school for an extended period of time (two days or more), the student or his/her parent or guardian should telephone the school. Assignments should be collected from teachers. They can be delivered by a friend/neighbor, or be picked up by parents from the school.

Students are expected to set goals and work to achieve them. It is important to get the most out of one’s time in every learning situation. Students are asked to maintain a serious attitude towards their work, think positively, and stick to a plan.

Discipline and Time-Out Procedures

At ACS Athens Elementary School, we work with students so that they may become managers of their attitudes and actions. We discuss with them how then can become better students and cooperative members of our community. We actively encourage students to be Inquisitive, Good Thinkers, Quality Communicators, Knowledgeable, Risk-Takers, Principled, Caring, Open Minded, Well Balanced and Reflective. These characteristics are discussed during Morning Assemblies and within the classroom along with our virtues of the month.

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Time-Out

Time-Out is a school-wide discipline plan that deliberately seeks to extinguish inappropriate behaviors and allows students to make appropriate choices. The Time-Out philosophy and procedures are posted on the school website under Elementary School.

Positive Decision Making

We know that by rewarding positive behaviors we encourage children to repeat these behaviors. We are proud of our students when they make appropriate decisions in their approach to academics, safety, and inter- personal relations. To help them grow, we use positive praise, notes in the Passport, assemblies, class meetings, and reinforcement from adults with whom they come in contact. We know that these actions speak volumes to children. In some cases we even reinforce behavior with small prizes or awards. Our goal is to find success in each and every child.

Procedures When Handling Discipline Problems

every child. Procedures When Handling Discipline Problems We all have the ability to make either appropri

We all have the ability to make either appropriate or inappropriate choices. Part of the learning process involves knowing how to maturely accept the consequences of our actions, whether positive or negative. If a student does not follow the rules, the teacher will administer our Time-Out discipline during which students reflect about what they have done. This is not a punishment. If the student chooses not to show progress and has three Time- Outs in one day, the child is sent to the Principal’s office. The number of Time-Outs for

upper elementary (grades 3-5) is subject to change at the end of the school year, but parents will be notified by the classroom teachers. Once sent to the Principal, the following

consequences will be imposed:

First Referral: Student meets with the Principal; warning or other consequence commensurate with the action given at the discretion of the Principal. (Record kept of all incidents.) Second Referral: Loss of recess/es and parent notification Third Referral: Meeting with parents and student at school Fourth Referral: In-school suspension Fifth Referral: Out-of-school suspension Sixth Referral: Staff meeting called to discuss recommendation for expulsion. A conference will be scheduled with parents. Serious Offenses (fighting, possession of weapons, destruction of school or personal property, leaving campus without permission, stealing) could result in immediate suspension or expulsion from our school.

Parents are asked to take an ACTIVE ROLE in the development of their child’s behavior at school by conferring regularly with their child, their child’s teacher, the Counselor or the Principal.

Dress Code

Cleanliness, appropriate grooming, and proper dress are important in promoting a positive atmosphere for school and social conduct. The standards of dress for school should reflect cleanliness and appropriateness.

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Students who come to school without proper attention toward personal cleanliness or appropriateness of dress may be sent home to be properly prepared for school or required to prepare themselves for the classroom before entering.

Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner at all times. In particular, the following items are not allowed at school: shorts and skirts that are higher than mid-thigh and clothing with obscene or suggestive words or patterns. Torn clothing, halters and shirts that are deemed too revealing and showing one’s stomach are also not allowed. A student violating the dress code will be asked to change clothing.

A dress code is also required for P.E. classes. The P.E. attire includes sports shoes and a P.E. outfit (a winter and a summer set) worn on the days of P.E. Keep in mind that students will be graded on their readiness for P.E. classes.

There will be times when students will be asked to dress up for an occasion such as a field trip or a special day at school. Students should plan to wear special clothing (dresses for girls, ties or button-down shirts for boys) to the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and Graduation (Fifth Grade).

Parents should be sure all clothing and items worn or brought to school are labeled with the child’s name. Please check our Lost & Found periodically located in the cafeteria. We don’t have enough space for ‘Jacket Mountains’!

Support Services

ESL

Students who are at beginning and intermediate levels of English are required to enroll in the ESL program. The ESL teacher works with students during their language learning time on English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The ESL teacher collaborates with each student’s homeroom teacher to ensure continuity of learning and skill building. There is an additional fee for this program due to its small size and individualized attention.

Optimal Match

it s small size and individualized attention. Optimal Match The Optimal Match (OM) learning support program

The Optimal Match (OM) learning support program provides students an equal opportunity at excelling in the classroom by providing individualized and small group instruction that supplements various learning styles. The process begins with the student being referred by the classroom teacher or parent. The Child Study Team which consists of the Elementary School Principal, the JK-12 Counseling-Psychologist, the Elementary School Counselor, and the OM Specialists work together to determine a program that would be most beneficial to meeting the student’s needs. Admission to OM is based on program capacity and upon the receipt of current psycho-educational testing.

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according to the individual needs of the referred student. Effective strategies are developed by the Optimal Match Specialist and are then shared with all teachers working with each particular student. Small group instruction and cooperative learning activities are incorporated within the student’s curriculum in order to complement various learning abilities.

The Optimal Match Specialist provides support and guidance to the classroom teachers in order to properly support student abilities. Collaboration is established amongst the entire team and valuable tactics are adopted in order to enable students to maintain success within the classroom. Monitor Sheets are student assessments that are distributed to parents monthly to validate student strengths and to determine areas that need improving. The Monitor Sheets are kept in the student’s confidential file. This information provides the program with evidence of student strengths and areas where additional assistance is needed in order for the student to excel in the classroom.

OM Consultation

OM consultation is performed on a case by case basis. Students that are placed in OM Consultation are monitored by the OM specialist and their classroom teachers. An observation of the student is performed through the above mentioned monthly monitor sheet. There are fees for enrollment in either the Optimal Match Program or the OM Consultation.

Counseling Services

The Elementary School Counselor works with all students individually and in group settings to help them succeed in the Elementary School emotionally, socially and cognitively. If a student has a challenge or feels uncertain about some aspect of the Elementary School, the Counselor may be consulted. The Counselor works closely with teachers and parents to resolve any issues students may be faced with. The Counselor provides yearly school-wide psycho-educational programs for grades JK-5 on various topics. Some of these topics include the Wellness (Anti-Drug) and the Anti-Bullying Programs. The Counselor also provides classroom interventions on a needs basis (i.e. communication skills, respect of one’s privacy, stress, conflict resolution, etc.)

In addition the Counselor invites parents to discuss a variety of child development issues once a month (every 3 rd Wednesday of the month from 9:15-10:00 a.m.). Parents may contact the Counselor Ms. Alessandra Sax-Lane at 210.639.3200 ext. 266.

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ESAS and ICCT ARTS ACADEMY

(The Elementary Sports After-School and Institute for Critical and Creative Thinking Arts Academy)

Instit ute for Critical and Creative Thinking Arts Academy) ACS Athens Elementary believes that participation in

ACS Athens Elementary believes that participation in a co-curricular activity is important to a student’s development.

The ESAS and Arts Academy programs are primarily run by

teachers or other professionals. Participating students are asked to make a donation. Parents provide their own transportation. Classes typically run once a week from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. We strongly encourage all ACS Athens students to get involved. Many of the programs culminate with an exciting exhibition of some kind.

If there is an activity you would like to suggest or lead, please let us know!

All ESAS information will be made available on our website at the beginning of each semester. Registration will be made available online.

A Sample of Past ESAS Activities Offered at ACS Athens:

Basketball

Karate (Beginning and Advanced)

Soccer

Swimming (Various Levels)

Tennis

A Sample of Past Arts Academy Activities Offered at ACS Athens:

Ballet

Modern Dance

Chinese Language and Culture

Classical Guitar

Art History

Language and Culture • Classical Guitar • Art History Staying After-School Buses depart campus at 3:40

Staying After-School

Buses depart campus at 3:40 p.m. All students must leave campus at that time unless they are staying for an activity that starts immediately after school. Students are not allowed to wander around school grounds or play outside without parental supervision. Parents must pick up their child(ren) on time as students are too young to be left unaccompanied.

The House System

The House System was started at ACS in 1950 and established in the Elementary School in 2007. All students, faculty, and staff are assigned to one of four houses as a life-time member; Athenian (green), Corinthian (red), Spartan (blue), or Trojan (yellow). It is a concept meant to bond teachers and students, encourage school spirit and build a strong sense of belonging to our school. It is also meant to create a sense of continuity and permanence for our graduates.

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Student Council

The Student Council plays a significant role in the life of the Elementary School. Student Council representatives are elected in class three times a year while meetings are held twice

a month. Student councils representatives work with faculty and are encouraged to assume the position of spokespeople for their classmates. Students are encouraged to make suggestions to their representatives concerning the school.

Health Services

their representatives concerning the school. Health Services The health and safety of your child at school

The health and safety of your child at school is of utmost concern. A registered full time nurse and a consulting part time physician on campus administer emergency first aid treatments and care for sudden illnesses. In addition, several elementary staff members including the PE Teacher are trained and certified in CPR/First Aid.

The nurse also conducts regular vision and lice checks and maintains a health record for every student. If the child needs to be taken home, the nurse will call you directly. If the student is severely injured and we cannot reach anyone at home, the student will be taken directly to the nearest hospital for proper treatment. Ms. Mary Papalanis, the School Nurse, can be reached at: 210 639-3200, ext. 217.

All students are required to have a physical examination by their family physician within thirty (30) days of their enrollment which must be updated yearly. Please note the following:

Prescription medication will not be administered by the Health Office to students of any age unless the medication is provided by the parent and accompanied by a note which clearly states the dosage and time the drug should be given as well as the reason it was ordered. Non-prescription medication may be administered to JK-5th grade students only when parent consent has been obtained by phone on each occasion.

A child recovering from an illness should not return to school until she/he is well enough to

participate in the full, regular school day, including recess, lunch and PE classes. Students must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Students cannot attend any ESAS activities including swimming without an updated physical examination form.

Lunch Program

an updated physical examination form. Lunch Program Students are offered a complete, balanced hot meal .

Students are offered a complete, balanced hot meal. A detailed menu will be posted monthly on the school website. Each lunch menu (a complete meal) will have a set price and students will be able to buy the meals in advance using a card system.

The cafeteria is equipped to provide daily lunches and to serve food for various events and activities during the year. Proper behavior in the cafeteria means exhibiting good restaurant dining manners. Students

are to proceed in single file through the serving line, and once they have received their food,

they are to remain seated until they are done eating.

their own trash and to return the trays before leaving the cafeteria.

All students are expected to dispose of

Many students choose to bring lunches from home. Please be aware that students are not allowed to purchase items from the on-campus kiosk or off-campus taverna while at school.

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If your child is staying for after-school activities, please have them bring a healthy snack or

drink from home.

Important Note: Parents are responsible to provide their children with a lunch, a lunch card or money to buy lunch daily. The Elementary School Office does not provide lunch passes.

Transportation

Bus services are contracted by ACS Athens parents and cover virtually the entire Athens area.

Students are transported by professional drivers and are supervised on the monitor. Bus monitors regularly communicate and collaborate with the building principals regarding discipline issues. Ms. Leta Meleki, the Transportation Head, can be reached at: 210.639.3555 or 210.639.3200, ext. 239.

bus by a

at: 210.639.3555 or 210.639.3200, ext. 239. bus by a Bus Procedures Students must be at the

Bus Procedures

Students must be at the assigned stop at the scheduled boarding time. Students must disembark only at the scheduled stop.

If a student wishes to take a bus other than the one normally

assigned, or get off at a stop other than the one normally assigned, a written parent request must be submitted to the transportation office for approval 24 hours in advance and presented to the monitor before boarding. Permission to ride on a different bus will be granted only if space is available.

Change of address resulting in a change of route or bus stop should be presented to the transportation office in writing two days prior to the change. Failure or considerable delay of the bus in arriving at the scheduled pick-up point entitles students to secure alternate transportations to the school. The Transportation Officer will make reimbursement of any costs incurred.

Concerns regarding the bus monitor or driver must be registered with the Transportation Officer. Bus monitors reserve the right to assign students to a specific seat and all passengers must comply with these directions.

Students are expected to follow the Bus Code of Conduct to ensure a safe ride for everyone. Consequences are clearly spelled out for students. Please review the transportation code of conduct, talk with your child about these rules, and let transportation know if there is a concern or problem. Making sure your students are feeling safe and happy during their commute is important to us. Should students not follow the Bus Code of Conduct, they will first be given a warning from the Principal. If the behavior is repeated a second time, they will be asked not to ride the bus for a week. If the behavior is repeated for

a third time, they will not be allowed to ride the bus for the month. Finally, if the behavior is repeated for a fourth time, they will not be allowed to ride the bus for the remainder of the school year. Students’ safety is a serious issue.

There are no after-school activity buses (ESAS or ICCT Arts Academy) for elementary students. Parents must provide transportation after school on these days. Students need to be picked up at 5:00 p.m.

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Bus Code of Conduct:

Students must follow the directions of the bus monitors, adults and drivers at all times. No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed. Students must be quiet and seated in their assigned seat at all times. Respectful language must be used at all times. No weapons/toy weapons or incendiary devices are allowed at any time.

Special Traditions

In addition to our curriculum activities, the Elementary School enjoys its own special traditions. Parent volunteers are essential to the success of these events. If you would like to assist with any one of these traditional events, or others, contact the classroom teacher. Please understand that some of these events are subject to change.

September

that some of these events are subject to change. September • Opening Assembly • First Grade

Opening Assembly

First Grade Parent Orientation

Back To School Night

October

Grade Parent Orientation • Back To School Night October • Picture Days • Parent Teacher Conferences

Picture Days

Parent Teacher Conferences

OXI Day Celebration (Fourth Grade performance)

PTO Halloween Carnival / Pumpkin Patch

November

• PTO Halloween Carnival / Pumpkin Patch November • First Grade Dino-Daze Show • Thanksgiving Holiday

First Grade Dino-Daze Show

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

Winter Concert

Second Grade Greek Folk Museum Exhibition

Report Cards

Second Grade Greek Folk Museum Exhibition • Report Cards February • Second Grade Food Show •

February

Second Grade Food Show

Fifth Grade Play

Third Grade Space Gallery

100 th Day Celebration

Third Grade Space Gallery • 100 t h Day Celebration March • Fourth Grade Reader’s Theater

March

Fourth Grade Reader’s Theater Performance

Report Cards/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Greek Independence Day Celebration

April

Fourth Grade Simple Machines Expo

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Poetry Break

Taverna Day

May

JK/KG Field Day

Spring Concert

Third Grade Talent Show

Student-Led Conferences

Student Art Show

Spring Fair

June

Grades 1-5 Field Day

Second Grade African Exhibition

Kindergarten Graduation

Fifth Grade Graduation

Volunteer Reception

Report Cards

Role of Parents

• Volunteer Reception • Report Cards Role of Parents Due to the rigor of our program,

Due to the rigor of our program, parents need to take an active role in guiding schoolwork and organizational skills. Besides creating a quiet study area, parents can help to foster a positive academic attitude by engaging their children in dinner discussions about what transpired during the day’s classes. Having resource materials handy, such as a dictionary, thesaurus, internet connection etc., and limiting T.V. viewing and non-academic computer use can also help. Encourage your children to read for pleasure. Take time to share responses to books and articles you have read in common. The Home/School Connection is a vital one as it sends a clear message to students that we are all working together for their success. In short, we need to be on the same team. If you have concerns, or questions, go to the teacher and talk with him or her first. Parents should seek to resolve problems by conferring with the teacher first. Should there be any further concerns after consulting with the teacher, the chain of command is as follows: Department Chair, Principal and, finally, President of ACS Athens.

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Elementary School. Some are assisting in the library or art room, sewing costumes or building sets for grade level plays, taking photos for the Yearbook, being a guest speaker, assisting during DIBELS Testing, helping with Bake Sales, ad infinitum! We welcome you to our school as a volunteer. Please contact your child’s teacher or call the Main Office if you would like to volunteer in any area.

PTO

ACS Athens has an active and enthusiastic Parent/Teacher Organization. A combined PTO serving all three schools meet monthly after the Principals’ Coffee and work collaboratively to support the respective schools. There are representatives who serve each school. The PTO organizes social activities for the families at ACS Athens, parent and staff functions, fund- raising events and informational programs. All parents are asked to get involved with the PTO in some capacity and attend monthly meetings. Big PTO Events include: Welcome Back Barbeque, Halloween Carnival, Christmas Bazaar, Spring Fair and Campus Beautification. Please get involved!

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Room Parents

Each grade level has one or two parents that act as room parents and work closely with the classroom teacher to arrange various celebrations in the Elementary School throughout the year. In case of school cancellation, the room parents will be contacted by the pertinent teacher and will be asked to assist in notifying parents according to an existing phone tree.

Parents Supporting Athletics (PSA)

An active group of parents, the “PSA”, help raise money and encourage participation JK–12 in athletic events and programs. Please contact the Athletic Office for more information.

Personal Property

The school cannot assume responsibility for the loss of personal property, and the school does not carry insurance to cover the loss of student property. To avoid the possibility of loss, students should not bring expensive jewelry, large sums of money, radios, CD players, iPods or other valuable or personal objects to school.

Lost & Found

Label, label, label!!! And when this fails, check the Lost & Found (located in the multi-purpose room) for items that are missing. We will set up a Lost & Found table during Winter Break, the Parent/Teacher Conferences and at the end of the school year. Unclaimed items are given to a charity. Expensive toys, electronics, and valuable items in general should not be brought to school.

Vehicles of Communication

Report Cards

Report cards are posted on Family Access three times a year at the end of each trimester. Parents can view their child’s report card on line by entering the Skyward Family Access Report Card program.

by entering the Skyward Family Access Report Card program. ACS Athens will report on each student’s

ACS Athens will report on each student’s achievement and progress at the conclusion of each 60-day trimester.

A

student must be enrolled at least five weeks in order to receive a complete report card.

If

a child demonstrates achievement or behavior that would result in a “1” rating (“Not

Meeting Standards: Is not yet demonstrating expected skills and knowledge”) parents should

expect to be informed. In this way parents are informed and invited to an “intervention process” for their child.

In the event a child leaves ACS Athens prior to the last day of school, the final report card may be mailed to the family on the last day of school. Parents should provide the school an address of the new school.

Conferences

Conferences are scheduled three times per year; Parent/Teacher Conferences in the fall, Parent/Teacher Conferences “As Needed” in the spring, and Student-Led Conferences in the spring. We consider the Parent/Teacher Conference the most important means of reporting

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student progress and sharing information about your child’s successes and challenges in school. We also encourage you to arrange for a conference at any time throughout the year to gather more information about your child’s learning experience and find out ways you may be able to help at home. Please make arrangements with the teachers in advance via the student Passport.

Student-Led Conferences

ACS Athens is excited to have student-led conferences during the spring. Student-led conferences have been used at many state-of-the-art schools. Students and teachers jointly select finished work to be shared, and the students direct the conference by sharing his/her Portfolio with his/her parents. Both the student and the parent reflect upon the successes achieved and challenges ahead. Students take ownership of their academic progress while parents dialogue with their child about schoolwork and assessment.

Passports

Each student Grades JK to 5 is issued a Passport at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to write down assignments and organize their homework in these notebooks DAILY.

Teachers will often write special messages for parents in the Passports and parents are encouraged to use the Passport to communicate with the teacher. We also use Passports to motivate students and ask that you do the same. Students must bring their Passports to and from school DAILY. Parents are expected to sign the passport should a message be written from the teacher so that we know they have seen it. Replacement Passports will be issued for 5 Euro (subject to change depending on current prices) available at the Main Office.

Elementary Newsletter

Every month the entire school community JK to 5 publishes The Muse, a newsletter for parents which apart from the hard copy distributed to students, is posted on our website. The Principal and teachers share highlights from the school and explain what is happening in each grade level.

Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Parents are welcome to join the Elementary Principal and Counselor for a

monthly coffee meeting.

webpage for parents to view. Educational innovations are discussed, recent developments school-wide are introduced and upcoming calendar events are explained. Principal Coffees are another form of

communication at ACS Athens.

The agenda for that day is posted in our

Teachers sometimes conduct lessons,

as well, for parents. It’s a wonderful way to meet other parents. Join us!

Website

a wonder ful way to meet ot her parents. Join us! Website The ACS Athens website

The ACS Athens website www.acs.gr can be accessed by parents and students. It contains a variety of useful announcements, the school calendar, our Elementary School Newsletter and upcoming events to name a few. Should there be an announcement for school

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cancellation, for whatever reason, it will be posted on our website and/or emails will be sent to parents notifying them of the closing of school.

Telephone

The phone is a quick and personal way of getting in touch with

a teacher or staff member. Call Ms. Anny Kalfa, Elementary

School Administrative Assistant, ext. 229 to leave a message. The teacher or staff member will return your call as soon as they are able to do so. Please remember that a teacher’s day is

quite full and may extend into the evening. Therefore, it may take a day to get back to you.

School Activities

School Photos

A photographer comes to the school every fall to photograph students individually and with

their class. Parents may choose to purchase the photo package, but there is no obligation to do so. See Ms. Anny Kalfa in the Main Office for more information. We sometimes have

volunteers throughout the year taking publicity shots for school. You may see them in the annual Yearbook!

shots for school. You may see them in the annual Yearbook! Field Trips During the school

Field Trips

During the school year, several trips are scheduled which relate to specific subject matter studied at each grade level. We consider the field trips to be a crucial element of our curriculum. Field trips extend the classroom studies allowing students to collect data and apply and connect learning to the real world. We expect all students to attend. There are usually two field trips a year for each grade.

No child is permitted to take a trip without parental permission (given via a permission slip prior to the trip). Students are expected to exhibit good behavior as representatives of ACS Athens Elementary School. If the teachers and Principal feel that a student’s behavior and/or decision-making is questionable, we reserve the right to have him/her remain at school during the trip.

Birthday and Holiday Celebrations

If your child wants to celebrate his/her birthday with the class, we ask that

you provide enough treats for the entire class. They will be distributed during snack break. These celebrations are short (usually celebrated at recess or in the last fifteen minutes of the school day), as we need to keep all non-instructional class minutes to a minimum. Teachers must know well in advance of any celebrations planned. Cupcakes, cookies or individually wrapped treats are appropriate.

cookies or individually wrapped treats are appropriate. Only when there is an invitation for every child
cookies or individually wrapped treats are appropriate. Only when there is an invitation for every child

Only when there is an invitation for every child in class may invitations for any party be distributed at school. All others must be mailed. The school cannot be responsible for handing out party invitations. Please be willing to teach your child discretion for the feelings of those not invited.

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Enrollment

Admission/Registration

*See Student Admission Policy for detailed information or contact Mr. John Papadakis, Director of Enrollment Management at 210.639.3200, ext. 263.

Junior Kindergarten students must be three or four years old on or before December 31st of the year they register at ACS Athens. No exceptions will be made. Junior Kindergarten is a two year program.

Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before December 31st of the year they enter school. No exceptions are made.

Parents registering their child for school must make an appointment to meet with Mr. John Papadakis, Director of Enrollment Management, ext. 263. The school carefully reviews the student’s academic history/portfolio (KG to Fifth Grade only) and conducts an informal assessment and interview before acceptance into the program (JK to Fifth Grade). Parents should bring student report card/s and records, samples of student work, if available, passport/s and/or birth certificate, and a residence permit with them when registering their child(ren).

Transfers From Our School

Given the transient nature of many of our families, it occasionally becomes necessary to withdraw a student from school during the year. If your child is moving to another school please let us know at least one week in advance so that we can efficiently collect and prepare needed transfer materials. Records will be mailed if the request is immediate and urgent. A forwarding address will be requested in either case. The receiving school will receive student report card/s and records.

If there is anything else we could provide to ensure proper placement and success for your child, please let us know.

Please note: Any student officially withdrawn from ACS Athens who wishes to return to the school, needs to re-apply for admission, submitting all application related documentation. For more information, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management, extension 251 or 263 or visit the Admission section at www.acs.gr.

Visitor/Guest Policy

We make every effort to keep the classroom sacred so that maximum teaching and learning can take place. Serious work is being done in the classroom and teachers appreciate professional space and respect. For that reason, visitors are not allowed in a classroom unless they have a Visitors Pass or have made prior arrangements with the teacher and Principal.

Prospective students are invited to visit the school for a day after speaking with the Principal or Counselor and allowing at least one day to make proper arrangements with the teachers. We limit visitations during the first two weeks and the last two weeks of school.

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Students may be permitted to bring a guest to school for one day only, providing it is not during exams. Prior approval is required and can be secured from the Principal by bringing a note from parents a day before the visit.

First, the parents of the ACS Athens students must write a letter to the school Principal asking for permission for their child to bring a student guest. This letter should be written at least one day prior to the guest’s arrival on campus and should state the reason why the ACS Athens student would like to have a guest on campus for that day. It is suggested that the reason for the visit be educationally appropriate and that the visiting guest respect the educational environment and not distract the other students, teachers or the academic program.

Each request will be carefully reviewed by the Principal and a decision will be made based on what is best for the student body as a whole. Unfortunately, same day requests will not be approved.

based on what is best for the student body as a whole. Unfortunately, same day requests

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129 Aghias Paraskevis St. & Kazantzaki, 152 34 Halandri, Athens, Greece Tel.: +30 (210) 639
129 Aghias Paraskevis St. & Kazantzaki, 152 34 Halandri, Athens, Greece Tel.: +30 (210) 639
129 Aghias Paraskevis St. & Kazantzaki, 152 34 Halandri, Athens, Greece Tel.: +30 (210) 639

129 Aghias Paraskevis St. & Kazantzaki, 152 34 Halandri, Athens, Greece Tel.: +30 (210) 639 3200, Fax: +30 (210) 639 0051

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