Superintendent’s Bulletin

January 30, 2023 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Transitions.

Thanks to the ECA PA for organizing the new parent welcome coffee. It was good to hear new parents stating that their transition to ECA had been smooth.  

The After School Sports program got fully underway last week with VANAS soccer and volleyball practices and IMPULSE soccer and tennis activities occurring. This coming Friday, in the Gym, Julio Cesar Lameda has organized an exclusive exhibition Volleyball event, with National team players, for ECA students in grades 4 to 12. We also have a World Read Aloud day event in the Library on Wednesday.  

Transitions → Jeff Richardson (ECA Superintendent 2023-2026) will visit ECA during March 6 to 13, 2023: During this transition visit to ECA Mr Richardson will be giving a parent / community presentation, in the ECE Multipurpose Room, at 2 pm on Thursday, March 9. Please reserve this  time to come and meet the new ECA Superintendent. FYI here is a link to Jeff Richardson’s resume.

No Surprises Earlier rather than later: Should you have any concerns about your child’s progress please contact the class / subject teacher, the Principals or the Guidance Counselors.

Should you require any further information please contact Michelle Till (Elementary Principal) or Sean McMahon (Secondary Principal) 

Important Phone Number Updates: Please inform the school secretaries (Elementary Secretary or Secondary Secretary) if you have changed your telephone contact details.   

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

January 21, 2023 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – No Surprises – Earlier Rather Than Later

Hello – Week 2 passed quickly and smoothly. Last week Semester One Reports were sent to parents by Skyward.  

No Surprises – Earlier rather than later: During the coming weeks should you have any concerns about your child’s progress please contact the class / subject teacher, the Principals or the Guidance Counselors.

ECA Semester 2 – Attendance Reminder

Success with academic and social learning requires regular attendance at school. This school calendar link allows parents to plan so as to ensure that students attend school regularly. Students need to be in school unless an illness or other emergency prevents their attendance. Parents should plan vacations and medical / dental visits carefully so that students do not miss school.

Any extended student absences must be requested/discussed and communicated in writing with the school Principals beforehand. The Principals will determine if an absence is considered excused or unexcused. An excused absence is typically caused by a documented personal illness or an unavoidable emergency family situation. 

Students are responsible for completing missed work or assignments within a reasonable time as determined by the Principal.

Please note that students are at risk of not passing their academic grade level if unexcused absences exceed 10% in a given school year or/and if missing work / assignments are not completed.

During Semester 2 please plan to ensure maximum student attendance and academic success. Thank you for your support with this. 

Should you require any further information please contact Michelle Till (Elementary Principal) or Sean McMahon (Secondary Principal) 

Important Phone Number Updates: Please inform the school secretaries (Elementary Secretary or Secondary Secretary) if you have changed your telephone contact details.   

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

January 14, 2023 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Back to ECA Routines:

Once again it was very good to see how quickly ECA students settled into school routines completing a very smooth start to semester two. Soon you will be receiving Quarter 2 report information through Skyward. 

ECA Semester 2 – Attendance Reminder

Success with academic and social learning requires regular attendance at school. This school calendar link allows parents to plan so as to ensure that students attend school regularly. Students need to be in school unless an illness or other emergency prevents their attendance. Parents should plan vacations and medical / dental visits carefully so that students do not miss school.

Any extended student absences must be requested/discussed and communicated in writing with the school Principals beforehand. The Principals will determine if an absence is considered excused or unexcused. An excused absence is typically caused by a documented personal illness or an unavoidable emergency family situation. 

Students are responsible for completing missed work or assignments within a reasonable time as determined by the Principal.

Please note that students are at risk of not passing their academic grade level if unexcused absences exceed 10% in a given school year or/and if missing work / assignments are not completed.

During Semester 2 please plan to ensure maximum student attendance and academic success. Thank you for your support with this. 

Should you require any further information please contact Michelle Till (Elementary Principal) or Sean McMahon (Secondary Principal) 

Important Phone Number Updates: Please inform the school secretaries (Elementary Secretary or Secondary Secretary) if you have changed your telephone contact details.   

ECA Semester One Parent Survey December 2022 – Summary Responses: Thanks to all parents who completed the surveys. Here is a summary of the main results:  

Overall we had a 36% response rate with 36% of respondents being new ECA parents. 

ECA Mission & Vision Statements

  • 84% of respondents were aware of how ECA’s Mission and Vision statements were reviewed and approved
  • 89% of respondents agreed that ECA effectively promotes the Mission and Vision statements..
  • 90% of respondents believe that ECA’s Mission and Vision statements are shared by the community

Community Engagement

  • 94% of respondents believe that ECA is financially secure
  • 97% of respondents believe that ECA regularly informs the community about events
  • 97% of respondents state that they regularly read the Campo News Bulletins
  • 90% of respondents believe that ECA effectively manages parental communication
  • 91% of respondents believe that ECA effectively manages parental relationships
  • 96% of respondents believe that communications between home and school enhance the students’ education

Student Learning 

  • 96% of respondents state that they support mother tongue learning at home
  • 96% of respondents state that their child displays a positive attitude towards learning
  • 96% of respondents believe that teachers are generally aware of the child’s learning needs
  • 94% of respondents believe that teachers are generally supportive of the child’s learning needs
  • 90% of respondents believe that teachers keep parents appropriately informed of the child’s academic development
  • 83% of respondents believe that their child is appropriately supported emotionally.
  • 84% of respondents believe that their child is appropriately supported socially.
  • 82% of respondents believe that ECA appropriately informs parents about their child’s emotional and social development.
  • 83% of respondents believe that the unique abilities of their child was identified prior to entering ECA.
  • 95% of respondents believe that ECA teachers know their child as a person

Parent Association (PA) & Community Involvement 

  • 91% of respondents are aware of the purpose and role of the PA
  • 93% of respondents believe that the PA keeps them regularly about community events
  • 91% of respondents believe that there are sufficient opportunities for parental involvement and interaction at ECA
  • 95% of respondents state that they regularly contribute to ECA community service drives

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

January 6, 2023 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Welcome to Quarter 3

Dear ECA Community,

Hello again. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2023. Welcome to Quarter 3. I hope that you experienced enjoyable vacations with your families and that both you and students are rested and ready for further learning and events at ECA. 

Elementary STUCO December 14 – Service Learning Visit to Petare: On your behalf Michelle Till, Steffi James, Ana Cristina Oteyza, Adriana Toro, Federica Henriquez, Manuel Silva, and elementary STUCO representatives successfully visited the Nuestra Señora del Encuentro school in Petare to deliver the book, food and clothing items that the ECA community had generously donated. The donations were  gratefully received and our representatives had a productive time interacting with students and staff at the school. Here is a short video of the visit: ECA Petare Service Learning – December 2022

For your perusal here are three more informational ECA videos to enjoy and share with others:

ECA Calendar 2023-2024: (As approved by the ECA Board of Directors December 2, 2022). For the next academic year 2023-2024 the first day for students will be Monday, August 14, 2023 . I hope that this will help you with your summer holiday planning.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

December 12, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Happy Holidays

Well, well, well we just experienced another very busy ECA week!

Wednesday – Attendees had a very enjoyable Parent Association (PA) Community fundraising dinner. Thanks to the PA for organizing this event. 

Friday – so much energy and happiness throughout the day. We started with a very well organized, joyous Holiday concert. Thanks to Shorna Shand, all Elementary Faculty and Assistants for their work with the concert. Elementary Holiday Concert 2022 Link

This was followed by a returning Star Plaza Holiday Bazaar which was complemented by the Secondary elective presentations culminating with a well received student music performance.

The day ended with an enthusiastic Impulse Cup Soccer Finals which had all of the drama, atmosphere, joy and heartbreak equalling that of Friday’s World Cup results! The ECA Under 7 team played with great spirit but narrowly lost the final.

STUCO Visit to Petare: Steffi James, Ana Cristina Oteyza and Adriana Toro (Grade 1 & 4 parent) completed a successful preliminary visit to the “Nuestra Señora del Encuentro” school in Petare. There is still time to give to the Kindness Squad Drive: books, clothes or non-perishable food items.” Proceeds of this drive will be delivered to the school by the ES Kindness Squad / STUCO on December 14th.

ECA Calendar 2023-2024: (As approved by the ECA Board of Directors December 2, 2022). For the next academic year 2023-2024 the first day for students will be Monday, August 14, 2023 . I hope that this will help you with your summer holiday planning.

Happy Holidays: 17 weeks have just disappeared into thin air. Here we are with 4 more days of school before the much anticipated winter vacation. On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors, faculty, assistants and staff I thank you for your support and wish you peaceful enjoyable vacations with your families. I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, January 9, 2023 when ECA resumes school again.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

December 5, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Elementary Holiday Concert 

Dear ECA Community,

Hello. Thanks to ECA Parents for your generous food donations and to the PA for supporting Luz Carrascosa and the Secondary NHS students with organizing the very enjoyable and well received Field of Toys event for Maintenance Staff families.

Steffi James, Ana Cristina Oteyza and Adriana Toro (Grade 1 & 4 parent) completed a successful preliminary visit to the “Nuestra Señora del Encuentro” school in Petare. There is still time to give to the Kindness Squad Drive: books, clothes or non-perishable food items.” Proceeds of this drive will be delivered to the school by the ES Kindness Squad / STUCO on December 14th.

I look forward to seeing ECA parents and families at Friday’s Elementary Holiday Concert.

ECA Calendar 2023-2024: (As approved by the ECA Board of Directors December 2, 2022). For the next academic year 2023-2024 the first day for students will be Monday, August 14, 2023 . I hope that this will help you with your summer holiday planning.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

November 26 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Field of Toys:

A very enjoyable Friday student Thanksgiving food celebration – thanks to ECA Room Mothers for organizing this.

Steffi James, Ana Cristina Oteyza and Adriana Toro (Grade 1 & 4 parent) completed a successful preliminary visit to the “Nuestra Señora del Rosario” school in Petare. There is still time to give to the Kindness Squad Drive: books, clothes or non-perishable food items.” Proceeds of this drive will be delivered to the school by the ES Kindness Squad / STUCO on December 14th.

In advance thanks to Luz Carrascosa and the Secondary NHS students for their work with organizing the Field of Toys event for Maintenance Staff families this coming Saturday. Santa will be leaving the North Pole on Friday night to arrive in Star Plaza with toys at about 2 pm on Saturday.  

First Aid and CPR course: This past two weekends 25 ECA faculty and staff completed a First Aid and CPR course. During the next 6 months all faculty and staff will complete this course. 

We now have 3 weeks of busy interaction with students with the elementary concert rehearsals, secondary exams and many other events occurring.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

November 19, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Thanksgiving

Hello. We have much to be thankful for at ECA.

Thanks to the ECA PA for organizing Santa’s Photos and the World Cup opening ceremony activities in Star Plaza.

Please remember to give to the Kindness Squad Drive – This coming week: “Each family is asked to donate non-perishable food items.” Proceeds of this drive will support the “Nuestra Señora del Rosario” school in Petare.

On Friday the PA room mothers will provide a simple snack for students – the Principals will give further details.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for ECA event photos.

 

November 12, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – PA Santa Photos, Friday November 18.

Once again we had a very complete week of activity with the well attended and very successful VANAS Sports and Educators’ Conferences occurring at ECA. 

During the course of the events we received many pleasing comments about ECA as an institution as well as the positive community welcome that the visitors received. We definitely role modeled being positive ECA Ambassadors. Thanks to everyone for this.

In particular, on your behalf, I want to thank and congratulate the 9 ECA VANAS 2022 Presenters for bravely, positively presenting and engaging colleague educators with their presentations: Marie Claire Sanz, Steffi James, Morena Christian, Esteban Isasi, Ana Teresa Rodriguez, Ambola Nchindo, Samson Ndiege, Julio Montalvo and Adam Smee. 

Please refer to the ECA Instagram pages for photos of the events.

Please remember to give to the Kindness Squad Drive – This week clothes – Each family to donate used clothes that are in good condition. Please make sure they are washed and folded properly. No torn clothes, please.” Proceeds of this drive will support the “Nuestra Señora del Rosario” school in Petare.

Best wishes to Cynthia Abdallah and Ana Teresa Rodriguez  who, on Friday and Saturday, will take the ECA High School Model United Nations Team (MUN) to CIC for the SAMUN conference.

Many thanks to the ECA Parent Association (PA) for providing, on your behalf, an enjoyable appreciation lunch for all ECA faculty and staff last Thursday. The PA are organizing Santa Photos this coming Friday, they will send  further information. 

FYI: Here is an information link from Fundacion Impronta about their RETA Impronta 42K charity event. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon) 

November 5, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – VANAS Sports and Educators Conference at ECA this week.  

Hello. Even though we have only 3 days with students, we will be very busy during the coming week with, beginning Wednesday, the Venezuela Association of North American Schools (VANAS) Basketball Sports Tournament being held at ECA. 

On Thursday ECA and Colegio Internacional Caracas (CIC) faculty will interact, share and collaborate  professionally with each other – much of the day will be spent with Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) training. Many thanks to the ECA Parent Association for providing an ECA faculty and staff appreciation lunch on this day.

On Friday, 6 other international Venezuelan schools and 140 teacher participants will attend the VANAS 2022 educators’ professional development conference which is hosted and organized by ECA.  9 ECA faculty will make presentations at this conference. 

Emergency, Safety and Security Protocols: Given the recent tragic death at Colegio Humboldt some parents and faculty have been asking about ECA student safety, supervision and security procedures. Here is some information which I hope you will find helpful: 

  1. Health and Safety is everyones’ responsibility
  2. Here is a link to the ECA Emergency Manual.
  3. At ECA we actively supervise students, in and out of class, as well as continually remind students, faculty and staff about supervision and safety procedures.
  4.  Francisco Hernandez (Director of Support Services including security), Jose Miguel Zapata (ECA Facility Director) and Franklin Valdez (CAPS – the health and safety company, who legally and professionally work with ECA to ensure safety at work protocols are observed according to Venezuelan labor law) are now carefully reviewing the ECA facility infrastructure, safety / security protocols (including parking, car drop off and pick up procedures) and will recommend any safety improvements as needed.
  5. The school nurses are reviewing medical and injury protocols and procedures. 
  6. Faculty and staff are reviewing the ECA Emergency Manual and their room, corridor and workspace areas and have been asked to make health and safety recommendations to the Leadership and Administrative teams.

Once I have all of this emergency and safety review information I will be sharing this information with the ECA Human Resources Committee and Board for their review and approval. Following this approval I will then communicate, to the ECA community, any significant changes to the current ECA Emergency Procedures.  

Please enjoy the upcoming extended weekend vacation with your family.

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)  

 

October 31, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – School Photos This Week 

The Secondary Parent Teacher conferences were very well attended – it was very good to see parents and students positively interacting with ECA teachers in the gym.

The Halloween celebrations definitely showed the creativity of the ECA community with the Trunk or Treat activity being very seriously embraced by parents and fully enjoyed by students and parents. I trust that ECA students will return to school on Monday with the surplus sugar they ingested fully converted into calm learning energy. There are lots of Halloween event photos on the ECA Instagram pages. 

School photos will be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, further  information will be sent to you by the Elementary class teacher/Principals. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon)

October 24, 2022 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Secondary Parent Teacher Conferences & Halloween 

Once again ECA teachers and students quickly adapted to school learning routines this week, we have had a positive start to Quarter 2. Thanks to parents for attending the ES Parent Teacher conferences and for giving positive feedback. Onwards to the Secondary Parent Teacher conferences and to the Halloween Celebrations being held this week.

Here are some recent event video links:

Red Shirt Mini Olympics LINK

White Shirt Mini Olympics LINK

Impulse Soccer & Kung Fu @ ECA October 2022

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

Other Useful Information Links: 

Parent information can always be found at this link. 

Campo News Information can always be found at this link.

Here is the link to the ECA School Calendar 2022-2023

October 15 

ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Quarter 2 Begins!

Dear ECA Community,

Hello again. I hope that you had an enjoyable time during the very short break. Welcome to Quarter 2 and week nine of student learning at ECA.

Quarter 1 was filled with many successful community and student focused activities. You can access visual images of some of these activities using the following links:

ECA Instagram

August 2022 @ ECA

September 2022 @ ECA

Secondary Beach Bash

ECA Family Fun Day

Grade 6 to 8 Team Building at El Refugio

Elementary Arts & Mini Olympics Day 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. Useful Information Links:

Parent information can always be found at this link. 

Campo News Information can always be found at this link.

Here is the link to the ECA School Calendar 2022-2023


October 1 – October Break On the Way!

Well, well, well that was a very busy week culminating with 3 very successful, events:

  1. The Wine and Cheese IB teacher social had 90 interactive participants. 
  2. The Secondary Beach Bash, organized by STUCO – students were focused and engaged throughout the activity. 
  3. The Saturday Fun Day was a big success with over 300 very happy participants attending and interacting with each to provide great spirit and a wonderful ECA community atmosphere. 

Many thanks to Ana Cristina Oteyza for organizing this Fun Day and to Victor Montero, Pedro Gomez and the Master Swimming  team, Ms Dani for Yoga, Impulse (Soccer and Tennis), Antonio Jose Diaz Fernandez (ECA’s Olympic Karate World Champion) for a great presentation and all of the vendors for collaborating to make such a successful day.

Please check the ECA Instagram pages for visual details of these events.

Next week promises to be just as busy with Secondary Exploratory and Elective parent presentations, a Middle School Refugio team building out of school trip and the week ending with redshirt arts and music presentations followed by the ECA traditional Mini Olympics. This will be followed by the October break. 

I wish all of the ECA Community an enjoyable and restful break and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, October 17. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. Useful Information Links:

Parent information can always be found at this link. 

Campo News Information can always be found at this link.

Here is the link to the ECA School Calendar 2022-2023

September 24 – ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Two Weeks 

We have 2 weeks of school before the October break – amazing how quickly time has passed. 

Here is the link to ECA’s updated Biosecurity Protocols @ September 26, 2022

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).   

1. Upcoming Events:

  • ECA Family Fun Day – Saturday October 1, 9 am to 1 pm: Please reserve this time and refer to the sign up information being sent by Ana Cristina Oteyza.
  • Secondary Beach Bash on September 30
  • Secondary School Exploratory and Elective Parent Exhibitions – October 3 and 4
  • Middle School Team Building at Camp Refugio – October 5, 6 & 7
  • ECA Music & Art Presentations – October 7 @  9 am
  • Red and White Shirt Mini Olympics – October 7.

2. The PA Executive Committee, the Principals and I met with the ECA Room Mothers to explain this year’s event planning and operating protocols.

Parent information can always be found at this link. 

Campo News Information can always be found at this link.

Main Events Dates (More detailed information will be sent before the events):

Saturday October 1 – ECA Family Fun Day 

Friday October 7 – ECE Music & Art Presentations @ 9 am

Friday October 7 – Elementary Mini – Olympics (Red & White Shirts)

Friday October 28 – Halloween Activities

Tuesday November 1 – NHS & PA Food basket collection for ECA Maintenance staff begins  

Tuesday & Wednesday November 1 & 2 – Official School Yearbook Photos – To Be Confirmed. 

November 4 or 18 – PA Santa’s Booth Photos – To Be Determined – Further information to follow

Thursday November 10 – PA Appreciation lunch for ECA Faculty & Staff

Friday November 25 – Thanksgiving

Saturday December 3 – National Honor Society (NHS) Field of Toys for the children of ECA Maintenance staff 

Friday December 9 – Elementary Holiday Concert, Presentations & Related Activities

December 15 @ 11:30am – Last day for students 

December 16 to January 8 – Winter Vacation

Monday January 16 – Second Semester PA Welcome Coffee 

Friday February 10 – Valentine’s Day Celebration

March 3 – Venezuela Day Activities

Friday March 31 – ECE Easter Egg Hunt

Monday May 22 – PA Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Preparing for Next Year.

Saturday May 30 – International Fair – To Be confirmed

June 1 – 7 – Secondary End of Year Events 

Wednesday  June 7 – Elementary End of Year Presentations

Thursday June 8 @ 11:30am – Last day for students   

Here is the link to the ECA School Calendar 2022-2023

Further information will be sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon) and the PA in due course.

3. NHS Supply Drive: Thanks for your generous support of this. This coming Wednesday on your behalf the Secondary NHS will distribute rulers, pencils, colored pencils, gridded and lined notebooks, rulers, erasers, and other supplies to the ECA Maintenance staff.

4. ECA Security and Traffic Reminder. Thanks for your positive response with helping ease the morning and afternoon traffic flow. With local schools starting soon there will be increased early morning traffic in the Las Mercedes area. It is especially important to leave home earlier so as to be here on time and to have all student materials and backpacks well organized before they leave the vehicle. This will help with ensuring that the flow of traffic is not interrupted.

ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Security and Traffic Update September 17, 2022.

Thanks to Senior parents for attending the student / parent careers/college interactive session last Friday. The PA Executive Committee, the Principals and I will be meeting with the ECA Room Mothers this week to further develop event planning and operating protocols.

Please note that this coming Friday, September 23rd ECA faculty are involved in a professional development day – students do not attend on this day.

ECA Security and Traffic Reminder. Thanks for your positive response with helping ease the morning and afternoon traffic flow. With local schools starting soon there will be increased early morning traffic in the Las Mercedes area. It is especially important to leave home earlier so as to be here on time and to have all student materials and backpacks well organized before they leave the vehicle. This will help with ensuring that the flow of traffic is not interrupted.    

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. NHS Supply Drive Extended Deadline September 21:  Every year, the National Honor Society (NHS) organizes a back-to-school supply drive for the children of our valued maintenance staff.

We will be buying the school supply combos and for that, we are kindly asking each family to contribute 15 USD (per family) to help us continue this ECA school-wide tradition. It is an excellent way to show our gratitude to our workers and their families.

With the money collected, we will buy the following supplies: rulers, pencils, colored pencils, gridded and lined notebooks, rulers, erasers, and other supplies. 

The deadline for donations is September 21. Enrique González, Francesco Buttaci and Ms. Luz can receive your donations in Star Plaza each morning.

Please place your donations in an envelope and record the names of your children and their grade levels on the front of the envelope. The ECA Secondary School NHS.

  1. After School Activities: Impulse and ECA After School Activities are now fully operational – Should you require any further information please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com
  2. Impulse Soccer Program 2022-23 – Impulse cordially invites you to attend an informational meeting about their soccer program plans in the ECE E305 room on Thursday, September 22 at 1pm. For further information please contact:Impulse.eca@gmail.com
  3. ECA Family Fun Day – Saturday October 1, 9 am to 1 pm:

Please reserve this time and refer to the sign up information being sent by Ana Cristina Oteyza.

Reinforcement of ECA Security and Traffic Protocols – September 10

Last week the Principals and I met with the new Parent Association (PA) Executive Committee to begin planning for this year’s events. The PA Executive Committee, the Principals and I will soon be meeting with the ECA Room Mothers to further develop event planning and protocols. Here is the link to the PA website 

Reinforcement of ECA Security and Traffic Protocols. Our objective has always been to efficiently have traffic safely and respectfully enter and exit the campus. Morning and afternoon traffic is now operating fairly smoothly. However we still have some drivers who still are not observing protocols with some also being disrespectful to ECA security staff and supervising faculty. 

All drivers need to to drive slowly, carefully, respectfully and safely in Calle La Cinta and upon entry to the ECA Campus. Please note that drivers who do not comply with ECA security and traffic protocols or who are disrespectful will not be allowed to enter the campus. Your understanding and collaboration with ensuring a safe drop off and pick up of students is of the utmost importance.    

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. Parent Academy: The Principals will be sending information about Parent Academies that they will be offering to inform parents about relevant educational topics related to parenting and student learning. You are encouraged to attend these Parent Academy events.
  2. After School Activities: Impulse and ECA After School Activities are now fully operational – Should you require any further information please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com 
  3. Impulse Disney Cup (Orlando February 2023) Impulse cordially invites you to attend an informational meeting in the ECA  Multi Purpose Room on Thursday September 15 at 2pm. For further information please contact: experiencias@grupoimpetu.com
  4. ECA Communication Protocol Hierarchy

When questions or concerns arise, we ask parents to follow the communication protocol hierarchy:

  1. Parent meets with the teacher / faculty member and staff that the question or concern is related to (if not resolved, then move to step 2). 
  2. Parents meet with the teacher / faculty member and with the Divisional Counselor.
  3. The parent meets with the teacher / faculty member with the Divisional Counselor and Elementary or Secondary Principal.

Most or all questions and concerns can be answered by following the above protocols. We appreciate parents’ efforts to first meet with the relevant school faculty / staff member directly related to the question / concern to work together to seek solutions with students.

If after meeting with the Divisional Principal the matter is unresolved then please arrange to meet with the Superintendent.

  1. ECA Family Fun Day – Saturday October 1, 9 am to 1 pm:

Please reserve this time and refer to the sign up information being sent by Ana Cristina Oteyza.

  1. Earlier rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact the class / subject teacher or if needed the School Counselors, the Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Secondary Principal (seanm@ecak12.com).
  2. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: The Elementary Principals and teachers will soon be sending parents information about the MAP testing schedule for grades 1 to 5. 

Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – September 3 – Week 4

Thanks for attending the ECA Back to School Nights. It was very good to know that many parents commented that students were happy to be back, were well settled into school routines and that they and teachers report that there is a very good energy circulating around the school campus. 

Video Link – Three weeks at ECA in 6 minutes

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. Parent Association (PA) Election of The PA Executive Committee: 35 ECA families attended this event. Many thanks to the PA for successfully completing the ECA Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM). The newly elected PA Executive Committee representatives are:
  • Liliana Abreu 
  • Federica Henriquez 
  • Adriana Toro 
  • Linda Ramirez 
  • Maria Puente 
  • Adriana Almenar 

Here is the link to the PA presentation which was shared during the meeting. On behalf of the ECA community, I thank the 2021-2022 executive committee members for their interaction with the ECA administrative team and their excellent work with organizing events and supporting student life during the past academic year. 

  • Liliana Abreu
  • Linda Ramirez
  • Vivianne Cavalcanti
  • Hadil Hachem
  • Marianna Bove
  • Aisha Mansour
  • Patricia Olivares
  1. ECA Communication Protocol Hierarchy

When questions or concerns arise, we ask parents to follow the communication protocol hierarchy:

  1. Parent meets with the teacher / faculty member and staff that the question or concern is related to (if not resolved, then move to step 2). 
  2. Parents meet with the teacher / faculty member and with the Divisional Counselor.
  3. The parent meets with the teacher / faculty member with the Divisional Counselor and Elementary or Secondary Principal.

Most or all questions and concerns can be answered by following the above protocols. We appreciate parents’ efforts to first meet with the relevant school faculty / staff member directly related to the question / concern to work together to seek solutions with students.

If after meeting with the Divisional Principal the matter is unresolved then please arrange to meet with the Superintendent.

  1. ECA Family Fun Day – Saturday October 1, 9 am to 1 pm:

Please reserve this time – further information to follow from Ana Cristina Oteyza.

  1. Lunch Delivery Information.

Beginning Monday, September 5 (for Grades 1 to 12) officially designated family drivers can drop off homemade student lunches to Star Plaza only during 11 am to 12 noon. Please note we will not allow delivery service from restaurants or fast food / home delivery services to enter the school. Delivery must be made by an ECA approved designated family driver. 

  1. Earlier rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact the class / subject teacher or if needed the School Counselors, the Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Secondary Principal (seanm@ecak12.com).
  2. September – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: In due course the Divisional Principals and class / subject  teachers will be sending parents information about the MAP testing schedule for grades 1 to 10. 

ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – PA Elections and Back to School Nights – August 27, 2022

Week three at ECA begins. I look forward to seeing parents on campus for productive interactions at the Parent Association (PA) Elections and during Back to School Nights. 

Thanks for getting students to school on time so that they can be ready to start learning no later than 8:15.am. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. Parent Association (PA) Welcome Coffee Morning Invitation and Election of The PA Executive Committee – Monday, August 29 @ 8:45 am in Star Plaza: The Parent Association cordially invites new and returning parents to a welcome coffee morning and the annual PA executive committee elections in Star Plaza. 
  2. Back to School Nights (BTSN): These will occur, on the ECA campus, on the following days:
  • Monday, August 29 – Red Shirts – 5:15 → 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30 – White Shirts – 5:15 → 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31 – Secondary School – 2:30 → 5:30 pm

Please refer to the information sent to you by Michelle Till, class teachers and Sean McMahon.  

  1. ECA Communication Protocol Hierarchy

When questions or concerns arise, we ask parents to follow the communication protocol hierarchy:

  1. Parent meets with the teacher / faculty member and staff that the question or concern is related to (if not resolved, then move to step 2). 
  2. Parents meet with the teacher / faculty member and with the Divisional Counselor.
  3. The parent meets with the teacher / faculty member with the Divisional Counselor and Elementary or Secondary Principal.

Most or all questions and concerns can be answered by following the above protocols. We appreciate parents’ efforts to first meet with the relevant school faculty / staff member directly related to the question / concern to work together to seek solutions with students.

If after meeting with the Divisional Principal the matter is unresolved then please arrange to meet with the Superintendent.

  1. Lunch Delivery Information.

Beginning Monday, September 5 (for Grades 1 to 12) officially designated family drivers can drop off homemade student lunches to Star Plaza only during 11 am to 12 noon. Please note we will not allow delivery service from restaurants or fast food / home delivery services to enter the school. Delivery must be made by an ECA approved designated family driver. 

  1. ECA Emergency Health and Safety Protocols – Student Protection Policy & Code of Conduct: Each year ECA reviews and updates the Emergency and Health and Safety protocols. 

During September and October we will complete Fire, Earthquake and Lockdown drills with students, faculty and staff. 

For your information here are the links to the updated ECA Student Protection Policy documents:

ECA Student Protection Policy (Spanish Version)

ECA Code of Conduct (Spanish Version)

  1. Earlier rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact the class / subject teacher or if needed the School Counselors, the Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Secondary Principal (seanm@ecak12.com).
  2. September – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: In due course the Divisional Principals and class / subject  teachers will be sending parents information about the MAP testing schedule for grades 1 to 10. 

ECA Superintendent’s Parent Bulletin – Week Two – August 22, 2022

Hello. Well, well the first week passed very quickly and smoothly

It was very good to see students back on the ECA campus again. The next few weeks will be very busy with Back to School Nights, Parent Association (PA) Elections, After School Activities and MAP Testing operating. 

Thanks for getting students to school on time so that they can be ready to start learning no later than 8:15.am. 

With increased enrollment we have increased traffic. Once After School Activities have started we will be reviewing traffic protocols to make any necessary changes to efficiently and safely enter and exit the campus. 

Meanwhile can you please remind your drivers to drive slowly, carefully, respectfully and safely in Calle La Cinta which is a residential area. Thanks for your collaboration with this important community task.   

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates sent to you by the Elementary Principal (Michelle Till), class / subject teachers and the Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon).     

  1. ASA and Use of Facilities Information: Impulse and After School Activity Contractors will be available for sign up, at 1 pm, in Star Plaza on Wednesday, August 24. 
  2. Parent Association (PA) Welcome Coffee Morning Invitation and Election of The PA Executive Committee – Monday, August 29 @ 8:45 am in Star Plaza: The Parent Association cordially invites new and returning parents to a welcome coffee morning in Star Plaza. Further information related to the election of officers, to the PA Executive Committee, will be sent in due course. 
  3. Back to School Nights (BTSN): These will occur, on the ECA campus, on the following days:
  • Monday, August 29 – Red Shirts – 5:15 → 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30 – White Shirts – 5:15 → 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31 – Secondary School – 2:30 → 5:30 pm

Michelle Till, class teachers and Sean McMahon will be sending parents further information during this week.  

  1. ECA Emergency Health and Safety Protocols – Student Protection Policy & Code of Conduct: Each year ECA reviews and updates the Emergency and Health and Safety protocols. 

During September and October we will complete Fire, Earthquake and Lockdown drills with students, faculty and staff. 

For your information here are the links to the updated ECA Student Protection Policy documents:

ECA Student Protection Policy (Spanish Version)

ECA Code of Conduct (Spanish Version)

  1. Uniform/Dress Code Information 2022-2023: Please ensure that students have sufficient quantities of the correct student uniform. We are strictly enforcing this ECA Dress Code Uniform Policy. ECA uniforms can be purchased from the ECA school supplies office.  
  2. Earlier rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please contact the class / subject teacher or if needed the School Counselors, the Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Secondary Principal (seanm@ecak12.com).
  3. September – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: In due course the Divisional Principals and class / subject  teachers will be sending parents  information about the MAP testing schedule for grades 1 to 10. 

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

Academic Year 2022-2023 – Welcome Back – August 14, 2022

Welcome! 

We look forward to seeing students on the ECA campus again. The Elementary Principal, (Michelle Till), Elementary classroom teachers and Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon) will send you specific information to help you during this first week. However you need to register with Skyward so as to receive all of this information. Please carefully read the following information.

  1. Biosecurity Protocols: Please read this Superintendent’s Parent Letter, which contains important information about the beginning of the school year.
  2. Uniform/Dress Code Information 2022-2023: Please ensure that students have sufficient quantities of the correct student uniform.. We shall be strictly enforcing this ECA Dress Code Uniform Policy. ECA uniforms can be purchased from the ECA school supplies office.        
  3. School Starting and Finishing Times 2022-23: All ECA classes will begin at 8:15 am and finish at 3:30 pm (Wednesday 2 pm). Students arriving after 8:15 am will be recorded as arriving late.
  4. Secondary School Mobile Phone Use – 2022-2023: Due to the many distractions, to learning that the use of mobile phones have caused, during the past academic year, we will not allow mobile phone use during the school day. Further information about how this will function will be sent to secondary students and parents.

August 12, 2022 – Welcome New ECA Families!

Today we welcome about 50 new parents and students for an information and orientation session. All at ECA are looking forward to seeing students again on campus on Monday, August 15 no later than 8:15 am when the National Anthem will  be played.

Academic Year 2022-2023 – Start Up Information – August 8, 2022

Hello. We have 13 new faculty members who completed their initial orientation last week. This coming week returning faculty will be working to prepare classrooms and be ready to meet students at 8am on Monday, August 15  for the start of the academic year. 

By 4pm Thursday, August 11, Elementary Principal, (Michelle Till), Elementary classroom teachers and Secondary Principal (Sean McMahon) will send you specific information to help you be ready for the start of school. 

\We look forward to seeing students on the ECA campus again. Please carefully read the following information.

  1. Biosecurity Protocols: Please read this Superintendent’s Parent Letter, which contains important information about the beginning of the school year.
  2. Uniform/Dress Code Information 2022-2023: Please ensure that students have sufficient quantities of the correct student uniform for the start of the new academic year. We shall be strictly enforcing this ECA Dress Code Uniform Policy. ECA uniforms can be purchased from the ECA school supplies office.        
  3. School Starting and Finishing Times 2022-23: Beginning August 15, 2022 all ECA classes will begin at 8:15 am and finish at 3:30 pm (Wednesday 2 pm). Students arriving after 8:15 am will be recorded as arriving late. 
  4. Secondary School Mobile Phone Use – 2022-2023: Due to the many distractions, to learning that the use of mobile phones have caused, during the past academic year, we will not allow mobile phone use during the school day. Further information about how this will function will be sent to secondary students and parents,
  5. Parent Association (PA) Meeting – May 30, 2022: 20% of ECA families attended and the PA revised By-laws  (English Version) – (Spanish Version) were unanimously approved.
  6. Here is the link to the Calendar for the Academic Year 2022-2023.

Biosecurity Protocols – August 1, 2022

Please read this Superintendent’s Parent Letter, which contains important information about the beginning of the school year.

Por favor lean la  Carta del Superintendente a los Padres, la cual contiene información de importancia acerca del comienzo del año escolar.

ECA End of Year Administrative Information – June 6, 2022.

Dear ECA Community,

After another very busy and productive year at ECA here we are with only 4 days of school remaining. Please find below many important administrative notices for your review and reference.  

  1. ECA Annual) Report 2021-2022: This link will take you to this year’s annual report which was approved by the ECA Board of Directors on June 3, 2022. Here are my annual report concluding remarks:

“ECA’s COVID biosecurity protocols worked effectively throughout the school year. The community again showed customary flexibility, resilience and creativity as we continued to provide a safe, robust learning experience for students regardless of the circumstances occurring outside of the ECA campus. The continued dedication, motivation and professional work of ECA faculty and staff contributed to making what was an initially challenging year ultimately a successful one. On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors and ECA Faculty and staff, I thank the ECA parent community for their sustained support during this academic year. 

I wish departing community members well with their new learning destinations. I congratulate the ECA graduating class of 2022 and wish them success with learning and their lives beyond the gates of ECA. I encourage ECA graduates to keep in touch with each other and with Escuela Campo Alegre! 

I hope that all community members have safe vacations, stay safe, healthy and well, so that we can resume learning together again On Campus on Monday August 15, 2022.”

  1. ECA 2021-22 – A Short Video
  2. Parent Association (PA) Meeting – May 30, 2022: 20% of ECA families attended and the PA revised By-laws  (English Version) – (Spanish Version) were unanimously approved. 
  3. ECA Yearbook – June 2022 DIgital Copy – “Beyond The Spectrum”: 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. 
  4. Skyward Closed for Summer Maintenance: In order to update school/student records and conduct regular maintenance Skyward access will not be possible from June 25 to August 4, 2022.
  1. Uniform/Dress Code Information 2022-2023Advance Information: Please ensure that students have sufficient quantities of the correct student uniform for the start of the new academic year. We shall be strictly enforcing this ECA Dress Code Uniform Policy from the start of the next academic year. ECA uniforms can be purchased from the ECA school supplies office.        
  2. School Starting and Finishing Times 2022-23 Advance Information: Beginning  August 15, 2022 all ECA classes will begin at 8:15 am and finish at 3:30 pm. Students arriving after 8:15 am will be recorded as arriving late. Each Wednesday all classes will finish at 2 pm.  
  3. ECA Biosecurity Protocols August 2022: At the end of July when, COVID circumstances in Caracas, are better known the ECA Board, after consulting with the school’s medical advisors, will review ECA’’s current biosecurity protocols and make appropriate adjustments bearing in mind the overall health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Further information will be sent to the community by 4 pm Monday, August 1, 2022.
  4. Secondary School Mobile Phone Use – 2022-2023 – Advance Information: Due to the many distractions to learning that the use of mobile phones have caused, during this academic year, next year we will not allow mobile phone use during the school day. Further information about how this will function will be sent to students and parents before school resumes in August. 
  5. Further Information for the Academic Year 2022-2023: By 4 pm on Friday, August 5, 2022, the Elementary and Secondary Principals will be sending further information about arrangements for starting the academic year 2022-2023. 
  6. ECA Online Learning Hub: 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. 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 learning activity.
  7. Encouraging students to read is a great way to help students at any time. 
  8. Here is the link to the Calendar for the Academic Year 2022-2023.
  9. During the summer the school facilities (fitness room, soccer field, pool, etc.) will not be open for community use.
  10. Impulse August Summer Camp: 

Impulse/Impetu August 2022 Summer Camp 

Campamento de Verano de Agosto 2022 Impulse/Impetu 

For further information about summer camps please contact:

Carla D’Onofrio  – 0412-8019500 – impulse.eca@gmail.com

Claudia Chafardet – 0414-1120358 – ipro@grupoimpetu.com 

Please rest and enjoy the vacation with your families. Stay safe, healthy and well. I look forward to interacting with the ECA community again when we resume learning together again on August 15, 2022.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent

May 30, 2022 – Final Two weeks 

Another week filled with community events at the school. Grade 5 to 6 transitions, High School soccer, the NHS Coffee appreciation morning, the excellent Grade 4 Market activity in Star Plaza. 

The very well organized graduation ceremony was a great success. All parents, families and students positively expressed their thanks to ECA for the work that we do, together over the years to prepare students, so as to ensure that ECA graduates are successful with their university choices and in life.

On Saturday the atmosphere in Star Plaza and in the ECA Theater was one of pure positivity, pride and happiness. Congratulations all at ECA and to the Class of 2022. Here is the link showing some photos from the event.     

All of these events provide evidence that we are living the ECA Mission and Vision and that the community believes in and supports the Mission and Vision. This is very clearly reflected in the recent parent survey responses detailed in the following links:

Red Shirt Survey Responses May 2022

White Shirt Survey Responses May 2022

Blue Shirt Survey Responses May 2022

Brown Shirt Survey Responses May 2022

1. After School Activities (ECA and Impulse): All ASA’s will finish on Friday June 3.

2. ECA Yearbook – June 2022 DIgital Copy – “Beyond The Spectrum”: 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.Lost & Found Items: Please remind students and parents that this week we will be displaying the many Lost and Found items on tables in Star Plaza. If these items are not reclaimed by 4 pm Friday June 3 we shall be donating the items to the Unidad Educativa Nuestra Señora del Encuentro school in Petare.

4. FYI: Here is the link to the calendar for the academic year 2022-2023.

5. FYI – Impulse Summer Camps: Impulse/Impetu August 2022 Summer Camp 

Campamento de Verano de Agosto 2022 Impulse/Impetu 

For further information about summer camps please contact:

Carla D’Onofrio  – 0412-8019500 – impulse.eca@gmail.com

Claudia Chafardet – 0414-1120358 – ipro@grupoimpetu.com 

Please stay attentive to the announcements and information about changes to schedules and activities that are sent by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean), and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean).

May 23, 2022 – A Slow Yet Steady Return

A very busy week with a slow yet steady return to on campus events at ECA. We had High School soccer game against the British School on Wednesday, the superb National Symphony Orchestra concert and cocktail celebration on Thursday, a well organized and received secondary Art Exhibition in Star Plaza, an unexpected Fire Drill which kept us on our toes, elementary and middle school Impulse soccer games against Washington school on Friday afternoon, the TOEFL exam and a great Aquathlon event on Saturday. Oh I almost forgot, the International Baccalaureate examinations finished on Friday! During all of these events the ECA community expressed joy and happiness at being able to safely and socially interact with each other again on the ECA campus.    

Next week, with the three weeks of school remaining, we have transition activities, admissions testing, a Grade 4 Market Place activity and High School exams. 

On Saturday we salute the class of 2022 at the 32nd ECA Graduation Ceremony.  

ECA Graduation Ceremony 2022 livestream

Saturday, May 28 · 10:00am – 12:00:pm

Google Meet joining information

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xmz-emvn-yxw

Please stay attentive to the announcements and information about changes to schedules and activities that are sent by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean), and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean).

May 16, 2022 National Symphony Orchestra @ ECA

Thanks to the ECA Parent Association and room mothers for the international lunches which were enjoyable and very well attended. It was especially good to see so many dads on the campus again. Here is the link to the Instagram photos related to the event.

On Saturday past 10 ECA families (32 staff, parents and students from Kinder to Grade 12) participated in a Community Service Learning Project in Petare. In collaboration with Impact Hub Caracas and Trazando Espacios. ECA volunteers spent the morning at the Unidad Educativa Nuestra Señora del Encuentro in Petare, working on a project that will convert a vacant lot of the school into an educational and recreational area. Here is a photo link for the event. Thanks to everyone who supported this event. 

1. Venezuelan National Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Celebration at ECA. Thursday, May 19 @ 6pm – Cost $30. Proceeds will go towards supporting the National Symphony Orchestra. For further information please contact Ana Cristina Oteyza: anacdo@ecak12.com

2. FYI – Impulse Summer Camps: 

Impulse/Impetu Summer Camp 

Campamento de Verano de Impulse/Impetu 

For further information about summer camps please contact:

Carla D’Onofrio  – 0412-8019500 – impulse.eca@gmail.com

Claudia Chafardet – 0414-1120358 – ipro@grupoimpetu.com

3. Mardeleva Summer Camp: For further information please contact: mardelevatravels@gmail.com

4. National Honor Society (NHS) Clothes Drive – May 2022 – The National Honor Society is once again planning the annual Clothing Drive for the first week of June. The results of your generous contributions help our maintenance and support staff. Anything works for the clothing drive: pants, shoes for kids or adults, sunglasses, belts, tank tops, leggings, you name it – all donations are appreciated! Please make sure your items are clean and in good condition. The NHS students count on you one more time to help our maintenance and support staff. Deadline: May 16th. Please send your donation to Room 314 Thank you – Luz Carrascosa & the NHS Students. 23 de mayo de 2022 Tenemos mucha información importante – Favor leer 

5. ECA Careers Fair – June 6 @ 1pm: Are you interested/available to participate in this year’s ECA Careers Information Fair?. Here are the basic details:

a) Be at ECA on Monday June 6 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

b) Give a presentation to Secondary students in your area of expertise.

c) Answer student questions and motivate them to think about their future.If you are interested/available please contact Marc St Laurent: marcstl@ecak12.com

May 8, 2022 – Five (5) Weeks 

ECA Superintendent Appointed July 2023: I am very pleased to inform you that, after a comprehensive International Search, using SEARCH ASSOCIATES, the ECA Board of Directors have appointed Jeff Richardson as the new ECA Superintendent effective July 1, 2023. Here are links which will give further information about Jeff Richardson and his family.

The ECA Board, Administrative team and I will be working with Jeff Richardson to effect a smooth transition during the next academic year. 

Please continue to carefully refer to the notices and information updates which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean), and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

Here are this week’s notices:

1. International Lunches This Week: Normally, at this time of the year, we have a Saturday International Day event – this year the Parent Association (PA), in consultation with the ECA administration, have organized a series of community on campus international influenced lunches with parental attendance, as follows:

Monday – Red Shirts 11:45 → 1 pm – Atrium

Tuesday – Grades 1 & 2 – 11:45 → 1 pm – Star Plaza 

Wednesday – Grades 3, 4 & 5 →11:45 → 1 pm – Star Plaza 

Thursday – Middle School S – 12:15 → 1:15 pm → Star Plaza 

Friday – High School  – 12:15 → 1:15 pm → – Star Plaza 

Students and faculty are encouraged to wear their country colors on the day of their lunch. The Parent Association executive will be working with room mothers to give you further information how this will operate for each group of students.  

2. FYI – Impulse Summer Camps: This information will be sent to parents on Monday:

Impulse/Impetu Summer Camp English Version

Impulse/Impetu Summer Camp Spanish Version

For further information please contact:

Carla D’Onofrio  – 0412-8019500 – impulse.eca@gmail.com

Claudia Chafardet – 0414-1120358 – ipro@grupoimpetu.com

3. Eleven (11) Faculty Leaving ECA in June 2022

We have seven (7) overseas faculty members and four (4) local teachers leaving ECA this June. On your behalf, I thank the following exiting faculty for their excellent work and interaction with ECA students, and wish them success for the future :

Elementary School (5) 

  • Mariana Tuozzo (Venezuelan) – Kinder 
  • Isabel Angeli (Venezuelan) – Grade 1 
  • Ana Nouel (Venezuelan) – Grade 1
  • Stuart Tourle (Australian) – Grade 3
  • Heather Working (Canadian) – Elementary Music

Secondary School (6) 

  • Julia Baranowsky (Canadian) – Middle School Dean
  • Barry Cowell (Canadian)- Humanities 
  • Megan Bagdonas (North American) – Humanities 
  • Jimmy Gathu (Kenyan) – Mathematics & Computer Studies
  • Matt Sheets (North American) – IB Curriculum & IB Coordinator and Economics
  • Marolga Tosta (Venezuelan) – French and Ministry of Education Relations. We wish Mariolga a long and happy retirement! 

4. New ECA Faculty August 2022

So far we have contracted nine (9) new overseas teachers and two (2) local teachers. We expect to hire one (1) more overseas teacher and two (2) local teachers as well as (2) two more teaching assistants to complete staffing for the academic year 2022-23. 

Here is the link to a presentation giving further information related to the new overseas teachers joining ECA in August 2022.  

New Elementary School Faculty (6) 

  • Dulce Gomez (Venezuelan)  
  • Suyin Briceno (Venezuelan) 
  • Shorna Shand (British) – Music and Performing Arts
  • Derek Helpenstein (North American)
  • Leilani Thomas (North American)
  • Calvince Opot (Kenyan)

New Secondary School Faculty (5)

  • Sean McMahon (British) – Secondary Principal
  • Michael Harrell (North American) – Language Arts and Social Studies 
  • Sandeep Kamboj (Indian) – Learning Support, English and Social Studies
  • Ambola Nchindo (Cameroonian) – Economics, Business Studies, and Global  Perspectives/Issues 
  • Samson Ndiege (Kenyan) – Mathematics, Business Studies and Economics. 

5. Community Service Project in Petare: In collaboration with Impact Hub Caracas ECA volunteer families (parents with students together) are working to complete a service learning project. 

Thanks for your positive response with sending in empty wine bottles – we still need more!. On Saturday May 14, 10 volunteer ECA families will travel, by bus, to a school in Petare to decorate a school garden there. We are asking for the following voluntary donations to support this and other projects:

  1. Empty wine bottles which have been washed and cleaned.
  2. Please send these to Star Plaza where plastic containers will be available for storage.
  3. To fund and support the practical aspects of such activities ECA is opening an ongoing public voluntary community service fund.
  4. Please send your dollar ($) cash donations, in an envelope with your child’/children’s name and grade level noted on the front, to Mr Christian. Thanks.
  5. We will be publishing a permanent list of donors and participants to acknowledge support of community service learning at ECA. 
  6. Thank you for supporting ECA community service learning initiatives. 

6. PROJECT AVILA: Previo al envío de la invitación impresa, sirva el presente para hacerle llegar a todo el personal,  estudiantes,  padres y representantes de la Escuela Campo Alegre nuestra más cordial invitación, libre y gratuita, a  la primera edición de la competencia internacional CIC INTERART 2021-2022, “Proyecto Ávila” , la cual se realizará en el Colegio Internacional de Caracas el domingo 15 de mayo de 2022 de 11:00 AM a 2:00 PM. 

Un panel de venezolanos expertos en arte será el Jurado que calificará las obras presentadas en las menciones  correspondientes. Les animamos a no perder la oportunidad de presenciar la premiación de su obra y  de la pugna por la compra de su Ávila, en la subasta que a beneficio del Hogar Bambi seguirá inmediatamente. ¡Será un evento lleno de emociones!

Cordialmente,  Gustavo Sever, Superintendente – A.C. Colegio Internacional de Caracas

7. Venezuelan National Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Celebration at ECA. Thursday, May 19 @ 6pm – Cost $30. Proceeds will go towards supporting the National Symphony Orchestra. For further information please contact Ana Cristina Oteyza: anacdo@ecak12.com

8. National Honor Society (NHS) Clothes Drive – May 2022 – The National Honor Society is once again planning the annual Clothing Drive for the first week of June. The results of your generous contributions help our maintenance and support staff. Anything works for the clothing drive: pants, shoes for kids or adults, sunglasses, belts, tank tops, leggings, you name it – all donations are appreciated! Please make sure your items are clean and in good condition. The NHS students count on you one more time to help our maintenance and support staff. Deadline: May 16th. Please send your donation to Room 314 Thank you – Luz Carrascosa & the NHS Students. 2 de mayo de 2022 Tenemos mucha información importante – Favor leer 

9. ECA Careers Fair – June 6 @ 1pm: Are you interested/available to participate in this year’s ECA Careers Information Fair. Here are the basic details:

a) Be at ECA on Monday June 6 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

b) Give a presentation to Secondary students in your area of expertise.

c) Answer student questions and motivate them to think about their future.

If you are interested/available please contact Marc St Laurent: marcstl@ecak12.com

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