Pinewood

American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Giampapa's October Director's Report

Events of the Month

Enrollment

Total Students             263

Parents’ Night  [ September 16]

Our annual Pinewood Parents’ Night was a success with all. This event was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers, explore the classrooms and attend presentations centered on the wonderful things that students will be learning this year at school. Thank you to all parents who attended this important evening.

Dr. Mallidis, Pinewood IB Economics Teacher Participates in EU Event       [September 18]

We are proud to share that our new IB Economics teacher, Dr. John Mallidis, participated in the Final Dissemination Event of the EU Program, "Innovation Capacity Building by Strengthening Expertise and Research in the Design, Planning and Operations of Green Agrifood Supply Chains". Dr. Mallidis participated in extensive discussions with EU supply-chain specialists and explored future collaboration opportunities in scientific publications and EU proposals for sustainable agrifood supply chain management. Dr. Mallidis exemplifies the confluence of teaching and practice, a central tenet emphasized in our IB program.

Host Country Studies Day Trip: Olympic Museum  [September 22]

Under the leadership of Ms. Amalia Spiliakou, our Grade 1 students visited the Olympic Museum in Thessaloniki where they participated in a program called “Modern Olympics. I invite you to visit the Home page of our website to read about what the children learned at the museum.

Pinewood Mountain Day   [October 2 & 9]

Elementary and Secondary students enjoyed a day each in the mountains at Apolimeni Petra where they bonded with new and old classmates, played organized games, took hikes through the forest trails and enjoyed the natural outdoors. Thank you to all faculty who chaperoned the trip and contributed to making this another wonderful and highly anticipated trip for our students.

Ophthalmologist Examinations  [October 8]

As part of our Student Services Action Plan, EYP and Elementary students received in-school exams from a local ophthalmologist. This effort, which is to be implemented yearly, is part of the school’s goal of increasing student life skills support in the form of health education, formal presentations and seminars for students in Grades PreK-12.

Elementary Assembly [October 9]

Elementary students benefited from a fantastic presentation on the banking industry by Mr. Michalis Spanopoulos, General Counsel at Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and father of Annelie and Tristan. A very big thank you goes out to Mr. Spanopoulos for delivering a presentation on a complex topic in a way that was understandable to 6-10 year old children.

MAP Testing [October 12]

MAP testing will continue, but expand this year to include students in Grades 2-12 and with administrations in the Fall and Spring. The Fall testing window starts on October 12 for Elementary and October 22 for Secondary.

Making Music Matter at Pinewood

In Pinewood’s ‘Making Music Matter’ campaign to make music ‘visible’ this year, October’s Composer of the Month is George Gershwin. I invite you to visit the bulletin board in the reception area of the main building or the reception area of the EYP to learn about this American composer of the 20th century. And, if you are at school between 8:00 – 8:30 in the morning, you will hear the composer’s music playing throughout the school building. In other activity, Dr. Smite will prepare a group of students to perform as the Pinewood Music Choir at the annual IWOG Christmas Bazaar in December.

College Visits

Our annual visits of admissions directors/representatives from U.S. universities and colleges begin in  September and run through December. All visiting schools and dates are listed on the College Counseling page of our school’s website. In October, we welcome representatives from:

  • Kalamazoo College (MI)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Lawrence University (WI)
  • Knox College (IL)
  • Washington & Jefferson College (PA)

As our students do not have the opportunity to visit college campuses, these visits are integral to their college application process.

Psychological Services

We welcome back Mr. Nick Benetos, who will be working as our school psychologist on a part-time basis. Mr. Benetos will be at school on the following days and is located upstairs in the small office at the top of the stairs: Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:30 - 15:30 and Fridays 9:00 - 15:00.

Tech Support Services

I am also happy to share that we have brought on board a Tech Support person for IT needs. Ms. Katerina Katmada will be at school on a part-time basis to meet the growing IT needs of the school. In addition, she will be teaching IB Computer Science this year.

Newly Expanded SAT Course this Year

This year, as part of our expanding College Counseling program, our rigorous SAT preparation course continues for those students wishing to apply to universities in the USA, Canada and other universities who require the test. The course runs on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 13:15 from October through May. Our new Mathematics teacher, Mr. George Charalampidis, has assumed the position of teaching the Mathematics section.

Notable Upcoming Events

School Photos [October 12-16]

School photos will take place all week with our school photographer, Mr. Kostas Papantoniou. The schedule for each class has been distributed by the respective Principals and parents are reminded to submit payment with their photo form.

Yearly Financial Audit [October 13-16]

The Ernst & Young auditors will be on campus to conduct their yearly audit this week from Tuesday to Friday (and possibly into the next week). The results of the audit will be presented at the November Corporation meeting.

European Code Week [October 12-16]

Again this year, Pinewood students, under the leadership of Mrs. Pinakidou, are participating in European Code Week, which will involve coding activities throughout the week in the MS and HS IT classes. Coding, or computer programming, is an integral part of our IT curriculum at Pinewood. Coding, according to a recent International Business Times article, “Coding in the Classroom: What is Coding and Why is it so Important?,” is telling a computer what to do in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically, a family of foreign languages. There are many different coding languages, each one designed with certain things in mind. Examples include C, a ‘low level’ but fast programming language that is good for anything graphically intensive like games; Javascript, which was specifically designed for dealing with web content; and Perl, a multi-functional language that is often referred to as the ‘swiss army knife’ of programming. Coding is important because code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer program, calculate and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. Over the next 10 years, it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age and we are excited to be participating in the European initiative again this year!

Host Country Studies Trip to St. Demetrios Church [Grade 2 -October 13

On Tuesday, Grade 2 will visit the Church of Saint Demetrios. Buses will leave school at 10.00 am and return by 1.30 pm. Mrs. Spiliakou, Mrs. Venters and Mr. Papantoniou will accompany the students.

PSAT Administration to Grades 10-11 [October 14]

Pinewood will administer the new redesigned PSAT on Wednesday. All students in grades 10 and 11 will take the test. This test is used as a counseling and diagnostic tool and focuses on the knowledge and skills that matter most for college and career readiness. The new PSAT test consists of 4 sections:

  • Reading (60min.)
  • Writing and Language Use (35min.)
  • Mathematics (without calculator - 25 min.)
  • Mathematics (with calculator - 45min.)

The individual students' PSAT Score Reports will arrive at school later this year and will be distributed to students and parents. Based on the results of the test, a dedicated SAT study plan is created and customized skills based practice will be available through Khan Academy online. Additional information about the PSAT test can be found at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

OXI Day – St. Demetrios Day Assembly  [October 23]

I am delighted to invite you to join us for the OXI Day & St. Demetrios Day Assembly at 13:30 in the gymnasium on Friday, October 23. At this annual celebration, students from Grade 1 through 12 will be performing creative pieces related to both Greece’s historic event of October 28, 1940 and Saint Demetrios, the patron saint of the city of Thessaloniki.

NESA Fall Leadership Conference [October 22-25]

NESA is the dynamic  professional development organization of which Pinewood has been a member for  decades. NESA, which stands for “Near East South Asia” region, serves member schools by facilitating sustainable and systemic school improvement based on the best practices of American and international education. Each year, NESA holds a worldwide conference for school leaders. Approximately 500 heads of school, principals, curriculum coordinators, trustees, business managers and others in leadership roles attend this conference of keynote speakers, three-hour workshops presented by specialist speakers, networking and general interest sessions presented by well-known names in the field of education. This year, the conference is being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. Giampapa will be attending keynotes and workshops such as, “Establishing and Supporting Personalized Learning Using Data”, “Inspiring Creativity and Innovation” and “Creating a Culture of Inclusion”.

NO SCHOOL  [October 26-28]

There will be no school on Monday, October 26, Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28 in observance of Oxi Day and St. Demetrios Day.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat [October 30]

Pinewood has established itself as the premiere venue for the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event in the city of Thessaloniki. This year is no exception as our Pinewood PTFA parents diligently plan for this year’s event. Each year, Pinewood organizes a wonderful evening for our EYP and Elementary students, their families and children from other schools with decorated cars, games, treats and amazing costumes. We look forward to another successful fundraising event this year!

PTFA

The Pinewood PTFA (Parent-Teacher-Friends Association) will continue with the committees established last year to enrich school life for students and families. In order for these committees to be successful, I invite all parents, faculty, staff and friends to help with the activities of each by clicking on the following link to denote your interest.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GTJ8WY
Simply click on the “YES, I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMMITTEE” button next to the committee in which you are interested. Then, complete the CONTACT INFORMATION at the end and click DONE to submit it electronically by October 30.
We will begin our monthly PTFA meetings next month. At these meetings, the school will have informal discussions and committees will meet to organize their activities.

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • Monday, December 7, 2015
  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Monday, April 11, 2016
  • Friday, May 13, 2016

Administrative Activity

 
Dr. Mitakidou Donates to Pinewood
 
Through a dynamic student teacher program between the United States and Greece, Pinewood has had the fortune of building a valuable professional relationship with Dr. Soula Mitakidou, Professor of Education at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In light of this long-term relationship, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Soula Mitakidou, our student teacher liaison and member of the Pinewood Advisory Committee for the Board, has made a financial donation to Pinewood derived from our student teacher program. With this generous financial donation, Pinewood will be constructing a beautiful kiosk on the campus in honor of Pinewood’s long-standing professional cooperation between the United States and Greece as developed with the support of Dr. Mitakidou.

VAT 23% Law

I attended a meeting of the Association of American Educational and Cultural Organizations in Greece at the U.S. Embassy in Athens this month to discuss the pending value added tax that the Greek government is intending to impose on private schools. The purpose of our meeting was to meet with embassy officials to discuss our case for exemption from the tax in an effort to build a case for the U.S. ambassador to lobby the Greek government on our behalf. Results are still pending.

MSA Accreditation

I am delighted to report that thefull self-study and four action plans have been sent to MSA and the Chair of the visiting team in preparation for the upcoming visiting team visit on November 2-5. Thus, we now begin preparations for the team visit.

The visiting team will consist of educators from other international schools from around the world. Our visiting team, who will validate our self-study and action plans, is made up of the following members:

  • Ms. Joanne Reykdal, Chairperson

American School of Madrid
Madrid, Spain 

  • Dr. Donald Fancis

Awsaj Institute of Education
Doha, Qatar

  • Ms. Ainhoa Martin-Chico

Madrid Montessori School
Madrid, Spain  

  • Sarah Wampler

American School of Milan
Milan, Italy

  • Final member: TBA
 

As a reminder, the accreditation protocol through which we are being evaluated is called Excellence by Design (EbD). This is a protocol that uses strategic planning as a vehicle for growth and improvement in student performance and in the school’s capacity to effect that growth. The hallmark of the EbD protocol is that it provides for continuous review of programs and services and of the results of student performance throughout the accreditation period (7 years).

EbD has led Pinewood to establish 4 objectives for improving student performance and organizational capacity based on our vision for the future.

These objectives, which are detailed more completely on the MSA Accreditation page of the website, are related to the following areas:

  • English Language Literacy
  • World Languages and Cultures
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Student Services

Dr. Giampapa's September Director's Report

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I welcome the Pinewood Board of Directors and the Pinewood community to the new school year!

Events of the Summer Months

Enrollment     255

Facilities

During the summer months, the following general facilities improvements took place:

  • Beautification of the walls around the school building
  • Changes in use of classroom spaces (new IT Lab, principal’s office, optimal learning room)
  • Maintenance painting externally and inside the school
  • Classroom furniture upgrades

New Faculty

We warmly welcome the following new members of our Pinewood community. I encourage you to visit the Faculty Profiles page of the school’s website to read about each of our dynamic additions to Pinewood.

  • Mr. George Charalambidis         Secondary Mathematics
  • Dr. John Mallidis                        IB Economics
  • Ms. Alexia Marinides                 Grade 5
  • Mr. Takis Oikonomopoulos        Secondary Social Studies, IB Theory of Knowledge
  • Ms. Alexandra Valtzidou            Kindergarten
  • Ms. Stavroula Vasiliadi               Grade 3, Learning Specialist, Library
  • Ms. Isla Venters                         Grade 2

Student Teacher in Elementary

In addition, we welcome our Fall Term Student Teacher:

  • Ms. Nadina Beethe                University of Wisconsin (Grade 6 Language Arts/Science)
  • Ms. Emily Lang                      University of Northern Arizona (Grade 4)
  • Ms. Chloe Stinson                 University of Northern Arizona (Grade 5)

What’s New in Academic Programs

I am delighted to welcome Mr. Costas Kois as the EYP/Elementary Principal and Mr. Dimitris Terzidis as the Secondary Principal and Deputy Director and Mrs. Linda Kainz as Secondary Team Leader.

Our Kindergarten class has been split into two smaller groups this year to accommodate the large numbers at that level.

MAP testing will continue, but expand this year to include students in Grades 2-12 and with administrations in the Fall and Spring. The Fall testing window will take place in the month of October.

As part of our development of the Grade 10 IB-preparatory offerings, we introduce several exciting new courses in the Secondary School as follows:

  • Physics 10
  • Art / Dance 10

“Making Music Matter” at Pinewood

Pinewood introduces a new campaign called ‘Making Music Matter’ this year. From EYP through High School, the Music Department will be making music ‘visible’ in creative ways all year long. One of the first initiatives is the introduction of Composer of the Month. I invite you to visit the bulletin board in the reception area of the main building or the reception area of the EYP to learn about a different composer each month. And, if you are at school between 8:00 – 8:30 in the morning, you will hear the composer’s music playing throughout the school building. September highlights German composer Robert Schumann.

Dr. Giampapa publishes in Business Partners

Dr. Giampapa published an article in Business Leaders, a bi-monthly publication of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Giampapa’s article is part of a section called “Thought Leaders” wherein educational leaders in Greece were invited to share their thoughts and ideas on the topic of “Greece: A Center of Education Excellence?”. Dr. Giampapa’s article is titled, “Three Ways to Develop International Mindedness in Greece” and focuses on the ways in which education at Pinewood is transformative, diverse and inclusive. – providing a model for other schools in Greece to follow. The Thought Leaders section begins on page 28 of the following link. Dr. Giampapa’s article is on page 39. http://www.amcham.gr/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BP79.pdf

Alumni News

A group of Pinewood alumni have organized a Pinewood reunion for June 24, 2016 in Thessaloniki. We will be working with them to bring “old and new Pinewood” together.

Notable Upcoming Events - September

Parents’ Night                               September 16

Our annual Pinewood Parents’ Night will be held on Wednesday, September 16. This event, one of the most important of the year, is an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers, explore the classrooms and attend presentations centered on the wonderful things that s/he will be learning this year at school.

No School                                      September 18/21

By order of the Ministry of Education, there will be no school on Friday, September 18 and Monday, September 21 due to parliamentary elections in Greece.

Pinewood Activities Program     September 22

Our after school activities program begins. Please be sure to visit the Activities page of the website for details about the wealth of clubs to be offered this year.

Host Country Studies Day Trip: Olympic Museum         September 22

Under the leadership of Ms. Amalia Spiliakou, our Grade 1 students will visit the Olympic Museum in Thessaloniki where we will participate in a program called “Modern Olympics.Please visit the following site for more information: http://www.olympicmuseum-thessaloniki.org/

College Visits

Our annual visits of admissions directors/representatives from U.S. universities and colleges begin in September and run through December. All visiting schools and dates are listed on the College Counseling page of our school’s website. In September, we welcome representatives from Lehigh University’s Lee Iacocca’s School for Global Entrepreneurship (Pennsylvania) and Kalamazoo College (Michigan).

Administrative Activity

MSA Accreditation

Last year, with the cooperation of representatives from all constituents, we completed a full year self-study related to all areas of school operations. The results of our self-study will be sent this month to our accrediting body, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in preparation for a visiting team of educational professionals this year. The carefully selected MSA validating team will visit Pinewood on November 2–5, 2015. At this time, they will examine all areas of Pinewood operations and present a recommended accreditation status to MSA.

As a reminder, the accreditation protocol through which we are being evaluated is called Excellence by Design (EbD). This is a protocol that uses strategic planning as a vehicle for growth and improvement in student performance and in the school’s capacity to effect that growth. The hallmark of the EbD protocol is that it provides for continuous review of programs and services and of the results of student performance throughout the accreditation period (7 years).

EbD has led Pinewood to establish 4 objectives for improving student performance and organizational capacity based on our vision for the future.

These objectives, which are detailed more completely on the MSA Accreditation page of the website, are related to the following areas:

  • English Language Literacy
  • World Languages and Cultures
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Student Services

Dr. Giampapa's June Director's Report

On behalf of the Pinewood faculty and staff, I wish each of our families a wonderful summer holiday!

Events of the Month

Thermi Dam: Grade 11    [May 11]

During the trip at the Thermi Dam Park, students studied different ecosystems by participating in hands-on experiments of natural systems including their flora and fauna. The deciduous forest in the area was sampled by identifying and recording plant species present and freshwater aquatic ecosystems (streams) were studied by identifying and recording invertebrates present. Through observation and experimentation, our students further developed their skills in scientific approaches to knowledge. Thank you to Mrs. Paliouris for arranging this experiential educational opportunity for students.

Science Festival Day Trip: Grades 4 & 5    [May 14]

Our young scientists in 4th and 5th graders traveled to the HELEXPO to visit the Science Festival to engage in science experiments and observations and meeting with scientists. Thank you to Dimitra Bentioulis and Monica Varsakopoulos for arranging the experiential opportunity for their students.

Lake Plastira Overnight Trip: Grades 9-10    [May 14-16]

Students in Grades 9-10 traveedl to Lake Plastira with Mrs. Amalia Spiliakou as part of our Host Country Studies program. Thank you to Mrs. Spiliakou for organizing and chaperoning this wonderful learning experience for our high school students.

Pinewood Corporation Meeting    [May 20]

The May meeting of the Pinewood Corporation took place on this evening. Thank you to the Nominating/Electoral Committee (Linda Manney, Rodica Cojocaru and Maria Nikolaidou) for your service to the Corporation during the election period. Thank you to each of the candidates for your willingness to be involved in Pinewood school life. Congratulations to the newest members of the Pinewood Board of Directors (Mr. Athanasios Chryssoulas and Mr. Todor Dimitrov).

Metsovo Overnight Trip: Grades 6-8     [May 22-23]

Students in Grades 6-8 traveled to Metsovo with Mrs. Amalia Spiliakou as part of our Host Country Studies program. Thank you to Mrs. Spiliakou and Mrs. Paliouris for organizing and chaperoning this wonderful learning experience for our middle school students.

Balkan Botanical Gardens: Grades 1-5    [June 2]

The Elementary school took an all-day fieldtrip to the Balkan Botanical Gardens to explore the beautiful location and to enjoy the Spring weather. Thank you, again, to Mrs. Spiliakou, for organizing this wonderful out-of-school learning experience for our Elementary students.

Senior Trip to Crete

Our Senior class took their annual class trip to Chania, Crete this year, under the guidance of Katerina Tsaloumi, Christina Pagidou, Iordanis Paschalidis and Kostas Papantoniou. Thank you to each faculty/staff member for donating your time to travel with our students and make it a memorable experience for them.

Senior Prom June 6 (note date change)

Students in the Class of 2015 came out in their very best last Saturday for the annual Senior Prom! Hosted and paid for by the Junior class, our Seniors were honored with an evening of good food, friends and dancing (well, not much dancing this year!). Congratulations to Toni Kirmanidou and Stefanos Manolis for being crowned Prom Queen and King. Thank you to all teachers who attended this time-honored Pinewood tradition.

Pinewood “We are Writers” Book!

A very big thank you to Ms. Helen Dalakas and Mrs. Marsha Shkurina for spearheading the first annual Pinewood “We are Writers” book and inspiring writers among our student body. The books are in so we encourage you to come in to purchase your copy! All proceeds from the Pinewood “We are Writers” book will go towards books for our own Library, so I encourage you to purchase yours (only 12 euros)!

Pinewood Plastics Project

As written by Foivos Isakoglou, ’16, “Deeply concerned about the perpetual use of plastic in our everyday lives, IB 1 CAS students worked in close collaboration with Grade 5 students and Mrs. Varsakopoulos, in order make a follow-up measurement of the consumption of plastic water bottles over a 5-day period here, at Pinewood, this time under the scheme of the environmental campaign of “Let’s Do It Greece.” The outcome of this investigation is revelatory. 79 water bottles were collected, the estimated number of bottles over an entire school year being 2,844, which corresponds with an estimated cost of 1,422 euros. Admittedly, there has been a marked improvement in the amount of water bottles used, as compared to the last measurement of 8,885 water bottles with an estimated cost of 4,970 euros. However, it is of primary importance that we keep making an effort to minimize the use of plastic and, thus, harm to the environment.” Thank you to Grade 5 and IB1 students for your interest in helping Pinewood reduce its environmental footprint!

Notable Upcoming Events

Alice in Wonderland    [June 8]

I encourage everyone to attend this year's Elementary Drama production of Alice in Wonderland. Thank you in advance to Liza Tziatas and Dimitra Bentioulis for their dedication to making this a wonderful show for the children and for us. Also, thank you to all of the teachers, including Gundega Smite and the Elementary classroom teachers, for your support with the show, too!

Secondary Final Examinations    [June 10-16]

On Wednesday, Final Exams begin for Secondary students. Exams will run for 5 days and are weighted at 20% of the Semester II grade. Parents are requested to note the letter that was sent via email regarding final examinations and important end-of-year procedures.

After School Activities End    [June 11]

On Thursday, the After School Activities Program ends. This will be the last day of the program. Please ensure that your families know this (EYP and Elementary). We will also send a message from the school.

Baby Robin’s Birthday – Shh – It’s a Surprise    [June 12]

On Friday, the final EYP Spring Show will take place at 13:30 in the gymnasium. Thank you to everyone in the EYP and Gundega Smite, Niki Tzivanaki and Helen Dalakas for their efforts in preparing for what will no doubt be a wonderful show.

Grade 5 Move Up Day    [June 15]

Grade 5 students will be taking part in their annual Move Up Day, a ceremony to celebrate the completion of Elementary school and the transition to Middle School. The ceremony will take place at 13:30 in the school gymnasium.

Last Day of School    [June 17]

The last day of school is on Wednesday, June 17. Students who have cleared their Library and Canteen responsibilities will receive Yearbooks and students in the Secondary school will participate in their final awards ceremony. All students will be dismissed at 12:00 on this day.

Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony    [June 17]

Our annual commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2015 will take place at 20:00 outside on the school grounds. It gives me great pleasure to announce Ms. Elena Rapti, member of the Hellenic Parliament, as our commencement speaker this year. In addition, our valedictorian is Smaragda Spyrou and our salutatorian is Marilena Rozaniti. Congratulations to the entire graduating class for their accomplishments. On behalf of the entire Pinewood community, I wish you the very best as you venture out into the world!

Administrative Activity

MSA Re accreditation

Our Accreditation Action Plan Teams, who are responsible for developing 7-year Action Plans for each objective, are busy preparing their working documents to provide direction regarding the steps to be taken to achieve our objectives. Look for further details about each objective as they are developed by the Action Plan Teams. Also, I encourage you to visit our MSA Accreditation page on the website (under the News tab) for periodic updates and details about the accreditation process. When the self-study is complete, our school will host a Visiting Team for 3.5 days, who will validate what we have presented in our self-study. This team will make an accreditation recommendation to the Commission of the Middle States Association and a final decision will be made by the Commission thereafter at their biannual meeting. Our visit is scheduled for November 2-5, 2015.

Family Feedback Survey 2015

Last year was the first year that we sent an electronic survey out to our families to get feedback in major areas of school operations and programs. We have continued this process again this year with another electronic, low-burden survey for parents to complete. The survey to the community will address areas such as Home-School Communication, Educational Programs, School Climate, Administration, Opportunities for Involvement, School Safety, After School Activities, Transportation and Facilities. In addition, another section aimed at getting feedback in the 6 areas of a developing 5-year strategic plan will be included. I remind you to complete the survey by Tuesday, June 30. Community feedback is a vital component of our growth and improvement efforts at Pinewood, so we thank you for your contributions.

Warm Wishes to Mr. Robert Sanders

Mr. Robert Sanders, U.S. Consul General in Thessaloniki, has been serving on the Pinewood Board of Directors for the past 3 years. His contribution to the Board has been valuable, informative and always in our best interest. We warmly thank him for his service and dedication to our school and wish him well as he completes his post in Thessaloniki and moves back to Washington D.C.

Enrollment for 2015-16

In the Administrative office, we continue our enrollment process for next year. Thank you to everyone who has either submitted the down payment for next year or has taken advantage of our new 7% discount on tuition policy for full payment.

Summer Hours

The offices will be open throughout the summer months during weekdays from 9:00 – 14:00. Please note that the offices will be closed during the week of August 10 – 14.

Enrollment

Total Students 256