American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Giampapa's Weekly News(October 7, 2011)

Give the Gift of a Book to your Child!

Although we have a wonderful range of children's books to choose from in our library, children always want to keep a favorite book for themselves. A very young child will always enjoy having a colorful storybook and as they get older and become more independent readers, a new book chosen especially for them can be a good way to encourage them to read.

To assist you in purchasing appropriate books (in English!) for your child, our Librarians have sent you the Scholastic Autumn Catalog. The leaflets feature a wide range of books for all tastes and abilities so there's something to suit everyone. You'll also notice that every book is discounted so you can make great savings and help to support our school. We receive free books for our classrooms and the library with every order placed.

To order books, simply check the books you would like to purchase on the back of the catalog, and fill in the information at the bottom of the page – Total Quantity, Name, Total amount, and Class. Then, please return your order with the payment and the details requested to your child's teacher (PreK-5) or class advisor (Grades 6-8) by Monday, October the 24th!



Dr. Giampapa's Weekly News(September 30, 2011)

Student Council

One of the most vibrant components of school life at Pinewood is Student Council, our student government organization in charge of planning and implementing a host of activities for all students in the school. Congratulations go out to our new Student Council Officers, elected on Wednesday during Secondary Seminar! Particular kudos to our High School and Middle School head officers. We look forward to the exiting events and fundraisers that will come out of Student Council 2011-12. For a full list of all Student Council and Class Officers and photos for Grades 6-12, please visit our Student Council page.

Interim Reports

Also in the Secondary School, Middle and High School Interim Reports will be emailed to parents next Friday, October 7. The fundamental goal is for students and parents to use the information provided on Interim Reports as a way of students taking ownership of their learning. For more information about Interim Reports and for an interesting article from the New York Times Magazine (September 18, 2011) on character education and student achievement, please visit our Interim Reports page.

Mount Holomontas

The Elementary trip to Mount Holomontas was a great success on Tuesday. While there, the students and teachers in Grades 1-5 played soccer, basketball, forest ‘tag’ and many other outdoor cooperative games. It was a wonderful bonding experience for the children and a beautiful setting among the pine trees of Halkidiki.

Trip to the Archaeological Museum

Our Elementary and Middle School students will travel to the Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, October 4 with our Host Country Studies & Art Historian, Mrs. Amalia Spiliakou. Visit next week to see what they learned!


Dr. Giampapa's Weekly News(September 23, 2011)

September 23, 2011


After meeting the college representative from the University of Chicago this morning, I am reminded of the importance of a liberal arts education. Our discussion centered on the benefits of providing a well-rounded education to students and the necessity of providing opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Indeed, exposure to fields in science, mathematics, languages, the environment, humanities, arts and sports—inside and outside the school—are part of what makes Pinewood unique.

This is evident today as our Middle and High School students visit Mount Holomontas in Chalkidiki to hike the nature trails, play various team sports and bond with their classmates and teachers. At the same time, our Juniors and Seniors are in Athens with Mrs. Spiliakou, Ms. Tzima and our two student teachers. While there, they will be touring the museums of the city, visiting historical sites and attending artistic performances in the evenings.

By the same token, our Elementary students (Grades 1-5) will travel to Mount Holomontas on Tuesday, September 27 with their teachers! It is a wonderful place in the heart of the oak forest of Chalkidiki at 900 meters (altitude). Busses will depart from Pinewood at 8:45 and return before the end of the school day. While there, they will enjoy the same activities as our Middle and High School students are enjoying today.

Another exciting event coming next week is Student Council Elections on Wednesday, September 28 during Secondary Seminar. This year, we have elections in the Middle School and High School, thus providing opportunities for leadership among all of our Secondary students. Students are reminded that candidacy speeches are due no later than Monday, September 26 by the beginning of lunch. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our Student Council Advisors: Mrs. Paliouris, Dr. Manney and Mrs. Tsaloumi.

I also take a moment to thank all of our parents who attended Parents’ Night on Wednesday. We enjoyed meeting with you to talk about our programs and all of the exciting things that your children will be doing this year at school. Please remember that all Course Outlines are available on our website under Academics.


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