Santa Cruz International School
Friday, 21st November, 2014
Dear parents, students, teachers, assistants, administration and friends.
We have once again reached the end of another school year, and I am sure that everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved break. It has been a great year – what a wonderful school we have! The strength of our learning community and passion make SCIS a wonderful, unique place to be.
I would like give thanks to everyone in our learning community who have contributed to the school in small, large and unimaginable ways. To all our parents, thank you for all the support you give – communicating your concerns with administration and the teachers, for helping out with special events, running around getting costumes and make-up ready, for getting goodies ready for bake sales, for joining us on field trips, for making sure that homework gets done and turned in … to mention but a few things.
Thank you teachers and assistants for truly caring about our students, for showing such good spirit event when it means putting in many extra hours to cope with new rules and regulations, for genuinely being concerned about the integral well-being of each and every child at school.
I would like to thank our personnel in Administration for being so helpful and will to help out. It is your work and effort that ensures the smooth running of this school. A very special thank you is due to our staff working in Logistics and Maintenance – your quiet, and often unseen labour, ensures that we can teach and learn in a clean, beautiful environment.
At this moment it is important to thank our General Director, Dr. Carolina Ibañez Hanley for her continuous support of our teaching philosophy and new ideas that benefit our learning community. With your vision and willingness to invest, SCIS will keep on growing, holding on fast to the reputation of being the best school available in Santa Cruz.
Also at the end of each year we say good-bye to the senior class – this year we bid the members of STARKE ’14 the fondest good-bye and we wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. Taking over as leaders of the school is next year’s senior class, KHALIF ’15 – we are sure that this new group of leaders will remain true to the Griffin Honour Code, setting the example to the rest of the student body about responsibility, respect, dignity and integrity.
Sadly, we also have to say good-bye to some staff members. We have always considered ourselves fortunate to have a very low staff turn-over here at SCIS. This in itself is a blessing because we manage to maintain that “family feeling” in school.
Ms. Maria Luz Sosa, our Guaraní teacher for the past three years, leaves SCIS, due to her work obligations at a government school in another district.
Mrs. Klaartje van der Valk has worked as a Special Needs teacher with us in 2013 and this year she was in charge of one of the 3rd grade classes. She and her daughter, Eva, return to the Netherlands in December.
Mr. Steve Fox returned to SCIS in January 2013 and after a 2-year stint as the Middle School English and History teacher, he has decided to retire from the grand profession of teaching.
Mr. Pablo Muñoz, a former student, has been an assistant in the Physical Education department since 2013. He resigns to move back to the USA.
Mr. Houston Murillo has been our librarian since July 2013 and also taught Psychology and Literature to high school students. He moves back to Arkansas with his wife, Anna and his young son, Noah. Both he and Anna will pursue their Master’s Degree when there.
After 10 years of teaching computers to pre-school and elementary students at SCIS, Mr. Jonatan Muñoz has decided to move to England to work there. Jonatan set up the Operation Smile Club, was in charge of the yearbook and became the school photographer.
Joining her brother, Ms. Elvia Muñoz, is moving to Ireland in January 2015. For the past 10 years she has taught at Pre-school and Elementary level, being in charge of 3rd grade students for the past 3 years.
Ms. Melisa Santa Cruz, our high school English teachers, moves back to the USA along with her daughter, Ana Michelle. Melisa has worked at SCIS for the past 17 years! She has stated that working here has convinced her that there is only one school she will ever teach at …. Santa Cruz International School.
There are no words to express our gratitude towards you. Thank you for leaving behind deep, very deep footprints in the history of this school. We wish you only the very best for the future, and want to remind you that you will always find a home here. Once a Griffin, Always a Griffin!!!!
For personal reasons, I have asked for sabbatical leave in 2015. I will travel home to Africa for extended periods to spend time with my family and my ailing mother. The school will be run by capable professionals – Mr. Mateo Asbun, Mrs. Lola Hurtado, Mrs. Patricia Quiroga and Mrs. Tanya Cocianni form the Academic Coordination team.
The school calendar for the 2015 school year has yet to be finalized, but the Ministry of Education has indicated that classes next year will begin on Monday, 2nd February. Uniforms are currently on sale with a 15% discount at 4K. The supplies list per grade for the new school year is also available from the front reception. Please take note that the Front Office will attend to the public from 07:30 to 13:00, from 24th November to Friday, 12th December.
Have a wonderful vacation and on behalf of everyone here at SCIS, I wish all of our families a blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2015!
Amanda du Plessis