Elementary School news

International School of Panama’s Dolphins are always up to something good, and we want to share it with you. Catch all the good news and important announcements for our elementary school right here.

Summer Camp

Summer camp is available from June 19 to July 14. This four-week camp is a great opportunity for kids to stay sharp, keep cool, and have fun during the holiday break. Enrollment is available for a single week or all four weeks. Registration fees include all activities, lunch, and field trips. Please see our summer camp flyer for more information, and register online today!

ISP Represents At Battle Of The Books

ISP recently revived a long tradition of participating in the annual battle of the books competition. Intrepid and dedicated 4th grade students have spent countless hours reading books for the competition that took place at Balboa Academy on Wednesday, May 24. We are proud of the students participation and competition and truly appreciate their love of reading. Congratulations, and thank you for representing ISP!


As we mentioned a few Dolphin Dispatches ago, PK students worked very hard to create wonderful masterpieces around the theme of the year, eco- friendly. On May 5 PK had their fourth annual art show and raised funds to grant a very special wish to Alexandra Concepcio?n; a five year old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. On June 1 Alexandra came to school and spend some time with our PK students. She watched one of her favorite TV show in the big screen of the PAC. Afterwards, she enjoyed some very red, her favorite color, cupcakes and got to open her all about princess gifts. A donation was also made to the Make-a -Wish Foundation so they can make her wish, having a beautiful room where she can rest and get stronger to fight her illness, come true. We wish Alexandra well!

PK3 Learning

PK 3 students have learned so much about roads. It’s time to celebrate all our hard work! Students designed and implemented a safe bike track to use during PE class. This activity offered children the opportunity of applying all their knowledge about maps, road signs, and safety rules. Ms. Sharon helped us set up four stations for children to rotate:

  • Drivers’ License Test Station
  • Auto Shop
  • Road Map Play
  • Tricycle Road

Standards Based Reporting

Thank you to the parents who came out and attended the standards based reporting coffee on Wednesday, June 7. As a group we started our time together by reviewing the elementary school’s changes to our reporting system. We talked about how letter grades will no longer be on report cards next year, and that we are transitioning instead to proficiency marking. In order to learn what that means, we had work time to practice scoring and grading student work and our own thinking on a math problem. The conversation and questions were all focused on how this is going to push our school even further and help our students as learners. We will have this same coffee in August to continue our parent education on this big change. Please take a moment to view our standards based reporting presentation for more information about what was covered.

Thank You From Elementary School

The end of the school year has arrived! We are all very proud of what we have accomplished, as learners and as friends. Each grade level has its own unique memories from the year that represent some of the learning and fun we’ve spent together. Just a few examples include:

  • PK’s recycled art led to a dream coming true for a Make-a-Wish child.
  • Kindergarten had a magnificent celebration of many of the great holidays of the world.
  • 1st graders invented some marvelous machines and inventions and learned about our own Panama Canal.
  • 2nd grade held a market-day where students and staff purchased student-built recycled products.
  • 3rd grade hosted our sister school for an activity day.
  • 4th grade raised money for and spent money with a sister school in El Valle.
  • 5th graders made lifelong memories in Chiriqui.

Our entire school felt proud during this week’s end-of-year assembly as we all sang our school song, loud and proud.

In addition to pride, there is excitement for what is to come ahead. New teachers, new classmates, new uniforms, new material to learn. There is also always a little bit of sadness about what will be left behind. For some families and staff, leaving is not just moving from one grade to another, but leaving ISP. While this is an element of international schools that each of us understands, that doesn’t make it any easier as we all are impacted and come to love the people that come into and out of our lives. This year we are sad to say goodbye to many students and families, and we are also saying farewell to a number of tremendous staff members who have enriched our lives and the ISP community. We want to share the list with you so that you have the opportunity to reach out to those individuals who have personally impacted you and your child: Darcy Kilkenney, Elena Guillen, Jeromie Bongard, Amanda Mattiace, Verna Johnson, Kelle Bongard, and Sara Piedra (retiring after 16 years of service at ISP)

We wish each of our departing students and families and each of these staff members best wishes on whatever the future holds for each of you. To all of our families, whether you are staying at ISP or going on a new adventure somewhere else, we all want to thank you for the opportunity we had to educate your child and for the support you provided to each of us throughout the school year. We hope that you enjoy your break and we can’t wait to see many of you again in August.

Thank You From PK

The last week of school was full of amazing events. On Monday all our athletes had the opportunity of showing their gross motor skills during sports day. On Tuesday and Wednesday all our artist sang and danced during moving up ceremonies. Please take a moment to view our move up ceremony photos. Have a fun, restful vacation!

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