From My Family to Yours, Welcome Back to ISD!



This summer, my family and I traveled to the Amalfi Coast and while we were there, we walked the Path of the Gods. Click here to learn about the Path of the Gods



Brad, Lily and I were looking for a little balance and we wanted to rejuvenate. While we filled our lungs with ocean air I noticed that my heart was filling too. My heart was filling with gratitude. As I looked out over the beautiful landscape, not only was I grateful for the incredible opportunity to be hiking the path of the Gods, but I was overwhelmed with with the love and joy I felt from just being with my family. I thought a lot about family that day and a lot about my extended family all the way back in Dakar. You are all part of that family and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with such outstanding parents, teachers, and students.


Walking along the somewhat challenging stretches, I thought of the challenges some of our students face. Thinking of our boys, I decided to reread an oldy but a goody, Raising Cain.



While Raising Cain, a book by Child Psychologist, Michael Thompson is rather old, there is a recent documentary on the same book and it explores the emotional development of boys. It is mainly an American discussion but it certainly applies to boys of all countries. If you are a parent of boys, a teacher of boys, if you are a boy or if you know any boys, I highly recommend the book and the documentary!

Click here to watch the documentary about the emotional well being of boys


While most of our vacation involved hiking and walking we had a lot of time to talk about our health and well being. On the flight home we watched the documentary Sugarland and it confirmed many suspicions we already maintained regarding processed sugar. Sugar resides in so many foods we eat, it is difficult for our body systems to manage. Sugar consumption also adversely affects our mental focus and can generate significant mood swings. Eating large quantities of processed sugar makes it hard for our students to concentrate. My family and I pledged to significantly reduce our sugar intake this year. I encourage you to send healthy snacks for your children. Click here to learn about Sugarland The Film is a 2014 Australian documentary starring and directed by Damon Gameau. The film looks at hidden sugar in foods and the effect it can have on the human body.


The 2018-2019 School Year is full of promise. I hope you and your family also had an opportunity to rejuvenate over the vacation. I look forward to hearing your family’s stories as we meet again in the following weeks. Welcome and welcome back!





Kelly Chumrau

Elementary Principal

kellych@faculty.isd.sn

The International School of Dakar

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