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PTA Corner

What’s been happening this week?

PTA quiz winners 2019

PTA Quiz

Congratulations to the winning parent team who scored 108 points out of possible 119 = 91% at the Friday PTA Parent and Teacher Quiz Night!

Many thanks to Jacek Latkowski, Angela Knott, Georgina Lennon and Liz Lipsett who all made this wonderful evening possible.

 

 

  • PTA quiz runners up 2019
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Year 5 & 6 disco

Thank you to Mr Parkinson and the student leadership team for organising a brilliant event in aid of the environmental improvements the student leadership team will be introducing at school.

We were very happy to contribute the refreshments and the decorations for this event.  Thank you to our parent volunteers, led by Louise Thorpe and Ania Shrubsole, who organised the decorating and the refreshments.

Upcoming events

Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, 28th February

The first week back after half term, we will celebrate the Polish festival of Tlusty Czwartek, our fabulous parent volunteers will be distributing doughnuts to all our students.

Book week

We will be holding our annual book sales at Dabrowskiego and Limanowskiego in March.  In order to run successful sales we need books to sell.

We will be collecting books after the half term, so this is a great opportunity to review your current library and donate your unwanted children’s or adult’s English or Polish language books so they can be read and enjoyed all over again. All money raised will be used to buy books for you and your children to enjoy through our libraries. There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 1st March. We kindly ask all children to bring in an age appropriate book to donate to the sale.

Friday 8th March – Wine and Words

To celebrate book week, we are holding a book discussion group on the evening of Friday 8th March. We will be discussing “Flights” by Olga Tokarczuk, which was translated into English by Jennifer Croft.

More details to follow, but if you would like to join us you may want to get started on the book now so you have time to get it finished.

 

Elaine Hiser

PTA Chair & PTA Charities Committee

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We would also like to showcase our wonderful parent volunteers who do so much for us. This we'd week like to introduce Wilton McDonald.

 

Wilton McDonald

Where would you call home?   The Cayman Islands but Poland is a close second

What languages can you speak?   English is my primary language but I have a basic knowledge of Spanish and I’m trying each day to learn a few more words in Polish

What brings you to Warsaw and what was your journey to get here?  I am a professional lawyer, accountant and notary public specializing in offshore finance and hedge funds. My wife is Polish so we spent 8 glorious years after getting married in 2005 in the Caymans and so I felt it was only fair to return the favour and come to Poland for a few years. I’ve just completed 5 years in Poland and despite traveling a lot for work manage to enjoy at least 3 seasons in Poland. Poland has afforded me the opportunity to complete my PhD in law and economics and this year aiming to defend the thesis and move on to post-doctoral research in the US.

Who have you got at school here?  My daughter Maria is almost 8 and has been at TBS for 4 years.  My son Aleksander is 5 and has been enrolled at TBS for 3 years.

Any other children?   Only the two… for now ! 

Any pets?  We have 2 fish for the kids at our home in Warsaw.  In the country near Garwolin we have dogs, cats and a hamster.

How did you get involved in the PTA?   I was invited by another parent 3 years ago to join the PTA and currently serve as the country representative for the Cayman Islands, Bahamas and Jamaica.

What do you do with the PTA?  In October of each year I sponsor a booth at the International Fair showcasing more than 20 countries each year.  Jamaica rocks !!  I volunteer at open days, school fairs, Christmas fairs and concerts, as well as book swap events and coffee mornings with other parents. Anything to promote the school and raise awareness, socialize with parents and seizing an opportunity to meet new parents to TBS.

Best thing about volunteering with the PTA?  In the run up to Xmas concerts and events I get to work on props and put together costumes and head bans for the kids. Silver duct tape is my favorite and secret weapon for keeping props together.

What would you say to somebody thinking about volunteering?  Come out and try it.  I know we are all super busy but in the end it’s worth it, makes you feel more connected to the school and the core body of parents who really want to make a difference at TBS.

What’s your favourite thing to do with your family in Warsaw?  That’s a hard question since we are always on the move in Poland or  visiting exciting places abroad.  So we crave down-time and when in Warsaw we really enjoy playing host and entertaining our family and friends at our home.

Can you tell us a joke?  What’s that?  Just kidding.  So many lawyer jokes out there. What’s 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea?  Super dedicated maritime lawyers !!!

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