Homework for Trip Orientation

Dear West Sylvan travelers,
We are nearly two weeks away from your orientation meeting on Sunday, May 4th!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone then and going over more program and travel details, as well as answering your questions.

To prepare for our meeting, you have a homework assignment! We are asking you to put together a small photo album to share (eventually) with your host family in Madrid. We will be practicing presenting these at the orientation, so please make sure to have your album completed, to have practiced a bit before, and to know all the vocabulary you need to explain your pictures, etc.

Please find the details on this preparation assignment attached.

Let me know if you have any questions.

As a reminder, students should arrive at the orientation at 2pm on Sunday, May 4th at 1226 SW Salmon (First Unitarian Church, across I-405 from Lincoln).

Parents will join us for the last hour, from 5-6pm.


Instructions:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
We suggest bringing a small photo album with photos of you (childhood photos too!), your family and friends, your home and school, your dog and iguana…whatever is an important part of your life here. Your new host family and friends may have heard a lot about California, but probably know very little about the Northwest. You should be able to explain some things about yourself…in Spanish, of course!
You will practice this at the student orientation. After dividing into small groups, each student in the group will share his/her photos, in Spanish, with the others. The others can join the fun by pretending to be family members and asking questions.
Bring your photo album to the orientation and be ready to talk about the photos and yourself. Practice before the orientation so you know the vocabulary and phrases you’ll need to explain the photos.
In addition to photos, you may want to include…
 a map of Oregon and/or Portland
 postcards
 brochures about area attractions
 information about Oregon, Portland, your school…


December 3 at 6:30 in the West Sylvan Library – come meet Javier from Gredos!

Hello Parents and Students!  Please plan to meet the Gredos representative, Javier, in the West Sylvan Library on December 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm!  Please come with your questions!  This will be a great opportunity to find out more and get to know the Spanish representative of Gredos where our children will be going next June.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Also, I know this is during Hanukkah and sincerely apologize.  Javier is only here December 3-6 and we need to have the parent meeting before his last night here.  If you have questions and cannot make it please either comment here on the blog or let me know directly and I will see that they are asked.

Madrid Trip dates now finalized

The finalized dates for the Madrid, Spain trip are:
Thursday June 19th , 2014- Monday July 7th, 2014.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the mandatory meeting on Tuesday, October 1st, 6:30pm, WS Library.  Please bring one parent and one student from your family.

And…. if you can’t make the mandatory meeting, please email Jesse at: jprader@yahoo.com.

thanks all!

Mandatory meeting now 10/1; 6:30pm, WS Library

Mandatory Meeting

The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:30 pm in the West Sylvan Library. Rebecca Gundle from ANDEO will be there to answer any and all questions along with members of the Apoyemos Board and John Feraro the West Sylvan Principle.

If you are un-able to attend, please let us know at the following email address: jprader@yahoo.com

Behavior Contract

There is a behavior contract that has been finalized and approved by ANDEO and Apoyemos.  It needs to be submitted with the initial application on October 15.  Please download the form from the link below.

Behavior agreement 2014

Info Handout Spain 2014 Students_Parents

Scholarships Update

All parents will complete their student’s initial application and pay their deposit by October 15th.  The deadline for requesting financial assistance is November 1st and parents will be notified not later than November 15th.   Due to this delay, parents applying for assistance will have until Nov. 15th to cancel and still receive a full refund of their deposit if unable to afford the trip due to financial hardship.

Download and print the application from the Apoyemos Web site, located under the “forms” tab.  http://www.apoyemosk12.com/


2014 Capstone Trip Madrid Spain

Hi everyone I am Jesse Rader and I am the trip liaison for our class. Here is some information: regarding the trip details

People to Know:

Apoyemos Trip Liasion:  Marla McCleod-Ali (Chaperones and Scholarships)

8th grade Trip Liaison Parent: Jesse Rader

Blog Mistress: Celeste Lewis

Capstone Steering Committee Chair: Jill Goldsmith

ANDEO Representative: Rebecca Gundle

Tentative Dates for the Trip: June 24th– July 12th, 2014 (Finalized Oct 15th)

Payment Schedule:           

  • October 15, 2013:  $500 with Initial Application (Attached)
  • November 15, 2013: $1,200 with completed application packet
  • February 1, 2014: $1,200 due
  • April 1, 2014: Final Balance Due

Parent and Child Mandatory Information Meeting:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:00-7:30 pm in the West Sylvan Library.  Rebecca from ANDEO will be there to field any and all questions regarding the trip.

Other Pertinent Information:

  • Please post all questions to the blog.  Questions are great and I am sure that others have similar questions and want to know the answers.
  • Sr. Otero has volunteered to work with ANDEO and Gredos on the language instruction so they are on the same page regarding our language instruction needs.
  • If you know someone who is on not on the blog please tell them to “follow”  the blog, given all the information will be there.
  • There will be a paper copy of the update information and initial application at the school office and in the block classes.  There is also a copy here:  Info Handout Spain 2014 Students_Parents

Trip Meeting follow up

For those of you who couldn’t get to West Sylvan, here are the important documents to review:

Jill Goldsmith’s notes of the meeting: notes from Panama meeting 9-5-13

Additional ANDEO Madrid and Costa Rica information: WSylvan ANDEO info 2014

Sample itinerary for the Madrid trip: Madrid GSD-WEST SYLVAN sample itinerary

Updated costs for all (3) trips:  Estimated Costs for 2014 Trip 9-5-13

Student video from the 2013 Panama trip: watch it HERE

Jane Greenhalgh’s notes: Panama-Jane final reflection 2

Have a great weekend!

and be sure to vote for a destination by sending an email to Jill Goldsmith at jillgoldsmith@comcast.net…deadline to vote:  9/15/13

Information packet regarding the trips, please review

Attached you will find all the handouts created by the Capstone trip committee about the (3) possible destinations.  Each of the destination options are reviewed in these documents:  Costa Rica, Spain and Panama.  We will be voting on a destination soon, so please make sure you understand the options.

More information about the vote will be out soon, but expect to be asked you opinion in September.  We will publish the voting procedures here in the next week, all going well!


Class of 2018 Capstone Trip Planning April 17 meeting final

Info Handout Spain 2014

Info Handout.WSYL.Costa Rica.2014

Program Options spreadsheet 4-15-13

West Sylvan Survey 2013-1

Info Handout Spain 2014

Info Handout.WSYL.Costa Rica.2014

Panama-Jane final reflection 2