Dry and Dodgy Tomorrow

June 11, 2018

Here is a message from the ESPE Department:
We are super excited for Dry and Dodgy tomorrow.  Here are a reminder of the times:
Grade 3 8:40-10:10 (Teachers vs Students at 9:50am)
Grade 4 10:55-12:25 (Teachers vs Students at 12:05pm)
Grade 5 1:10- 2:40 (Teachers vs Students at 2:20pm)

Please try to make sure your class are in Gym 1 on time. Students should wear comfortable athletic clothing (they do not have to wear their PE kits), or if they would like to come up with team colors/uniform that is also okay.

At the last minute 3-AC decided on wearing black tomorrow for Dry and Dodgy.
Hope you can make it!

Good Afternoon,

Tomorrow students will be enjoying a very low-key Poetry cafe to celebrate their writing. We will have coffee shop fare like hot cocoa, tea (students can bring their own or I have some) and light snacks. Not everyone will be bringing snacks for this, just a few volunteers.

The class End of the Year party will be on Monday. We will be ordering pizza for lunch, so no need to pack a lunch or buy school lunch that day. The class will also be watching a movie and playing games. Please see the list below to see what your child signed up to bring. It is no big deal if someone can’t bring anything or forgets, we will have plenty!!













Main Dish

Jennifer: Korean sushi

Jungyoon: Korean wrap







Ji Hoon



Mrs. Costa






Library books are due today! Summer check out begins tomorrow, June 1st. Please encourage your child to find their books and return them promptly so they can check out their 10 summer books. Students can return and check out up to 10 books right up until the last week of school.

Here are some library resources you can use this summer.

From Mr. Wong:

ES Online Reading

Also, please see the following information from the ES PE teachers:

All students in Grades 3-5 will be participating in the Dry and Dodgy Dodgeball tournament Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The entire grade level will be in Gym 1 for their entire time slot. Parents are invited to attend. See details below.

 June 12th – Day B

Grade 3, 8:40 – 10:10- Teachers vs Students at 9:50am 
Grade 4, 10:55 – 12:25- Teachers vs Students at 12:05pm
Grade 5, 1:10 – 2:40- Teachers vs Students at 2:20pm

Good Morning!

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is our first day of swimming. Please make sure to send all necessary swimming gear.

Please check out the information below regarding library:


CASTA was a huge success!



Good Morning!

I wanted to remind all of you that tomorrow is C.A.S.T.A.!! Here is part of the performance schedule:



ES Cafe


Opening Concert


Junior Choir- “Good Night” and “Sixteen Tons”
Mozart String Ensemble

ES Band


9:15 – 9:40

Upper Gallery


Brother Eagle, Sister Sky- a musical exploration of an inspirational speech by Chief Seattle. It’s as globally relevant today as it was in the 1850s in America.

Grandfather Twilight—bringing to life a magical story through a carpet of sound, movement, and singing

Also 3AC will begin swimming soon, here is a message from the PE department:

Dear Parents:

It is now time for the other half of the UES to swim in PE from May 3- June 5. The classes involved and details on what to bring are listed below. Those classes not swimming will be involved in a Health and Fitness unit during their PE time.

Please read the following guidelines below so as to have your child ready to begin his or her swimming lessons:


Girls should wear a one-piece bathing suit. Boys may wear Speedos, trunks or knee length Lycra suits; however, it is not convenient to wear bathing suits that are below their knees. Please check the condition of your child’s suit. To ensure that the children do not forget their bathing suits for their swim lessons, all children will leave their suits hanging in a designated place at the pool. When they arrive for their next lesson, their suits will be there, dry and waiting for them. Please clearly write your child’s name on their bathing suit.


Students can make do with basic, inexpensive goggles that are comfortable for them. Swimming Caps should be worn by all students with long hair as it makes swimming comfortable and is much more practical. At the very least, long hair should be tied back. Again, the students will leave their goggles here at the pool until the swimming unit is complete. Please clearly write your child’s name on the cap and goggles.


Each class, a clean towel is provided for all students participating in swimming.


It is our belief in the PE department that if a child is attending school, then they are generally well enough to participate in all classes including Physical Education/Swimming. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. If they are well enough to be at school, then they are expected to participate.

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive professional and high quality instruction from qualified and experienced aquatic staff. Students will experience a safe and friendly environment that allows them to develop their confidence in a variety of aquatic activities. Support your child in this program. Swimming is a life skill!!

For inquiries regarding this unit, feel free to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator, Coach Nic Wilson   Email: nwilson@isb.bj.edu.cn     Phone: 81492345 ext. 1601, or alternatively contact Josie O’Reilly in ESPE Email: joreilly@isb.bj.edu.cn Phone: 8149 2345 ext: 2639


Thank you!




Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

Hello Parents,

Next Tuesday, April 17th is our Track and Field Day. It is different from second grade so please see the information and details below:

Tuesday, April 17th will be our Annual Grade 3-5 Track, Field and Swim Day.  This is an all day House Colour event, which will take place at the ISB Stadium and pool. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30am with events commencing at 8.45am and conclude in time for the end of the school day.  We encourage all parents and family members to come and cheer on your child in what is sure to be an action packed, fun-filled day. 

 What to Bring 

All students should bring the following items: 

  • Swim suit, goggles and cap (if required) 
  • Towel 
  • House colour t-shirt 
  • Comfortable running shorts (example; PE shorts) 
  • Comfortable running shoes 
  • A hat  
  • Water bottle  
  • Sun Screen: apply at home before coming to school (except Grade 4- apply after your morning pool events) 


8:30-8:45: Opening Ceremony 

8:45am- 10:15am: Grade 3 Field Events, Grade 4 Pool Events, Grade 5 Track Events 

10:15am- 10:30am: Recess 

10:30am – 12:00pm: Grade 3 Track Events, Grade 4 Field Events, Grade 5 Pool Events 

12:00pm -1:00pm: Lunch 

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Grade 3 Pool Events, Grade 4 Track Events, Grade 5 Field Events 

2:45pm – 3:15pm: Relays and Closing Ceremony 


Students will sign up in their homeroom class for their picnic lunch if they wish.  Students who bring their own lunch from home must make sure nothing needs to be heated in a microwave and there will be no hot water available. The PTA have kindly provided us with a popsicle for each student. 

 We will also be in need of parents to help give out ribbons at the finish line during track events.   

Announcements will be made to come down and help.  

 If the AQI is above 150 at 7:30am on the day we will reschedule to Thursday, April 19th. If it is above 150 AQI on the rescheduled day it will unfortunately be cancelled.   


We hope to see everyone there! Go Dragons! 

Thank you, 

ESPE Team 

Josie O’Reilly, Caleb Hill, Tom Parun and Leo Liu 


Highlights from Yesterday

March 30, 2018

I hope all of you have an enjoyable and restful Spring Break next week! Here are some photos from yesterday: making goodies in the ISB kitchen, and our mystery reader !


Thank you for having your child participate today for our Star Wars theme! Here are a couple of class photos:


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018

Hello from 3-AC!

Just a reminder that tomorrow the students from 3-AC should wear white to represent the Storm Troopers from Star Wars. If you have any Star Wars costume items or props that would help support our theme please send them in, it will be great for our class photo. Friday please have your children wear their house colors.

The week of April 2-6 there will be no school for Spring Break. If you go anywhere or have a staycation, please send in a photo, a memory, or a souvenir for your child to share at morning meeting.

On Tuesday, April 17th is our Track and Field Day. There was a blog post sent to UES parents explaining the details of the day.

Tomorrow we are heading into the ISB kitchen for the first time to practice our fraction skills, and group and communication skills. Below is a picture of one group converting fractions.


We are also wrapping up our culture inquiry presentations. The group that performed today shared a sushi treat with the class after a live demonstration. The students will be sharing the videos from their project onto their SeeSaw accounts soon.


Friday, March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

Hello from 3-AC!

Thank you to all of you for signing up for conferences, I will see you next Monday or Tuesday! Please remember there is no school on those days, school will resume on Wednesday, March 28th, and then there will be Spring Break from April 2-6.

Next week is Spirit Week:

Wednesday, March 28
NEON DAY – dress in bright neon colors
Thursday, March 29
Homeroom Battle of the Themes –
3-AC will wear all white (Storm Troopers) and Mrs. Costa will wear all black (Darth Vader) 
Friday, March 30
House Color Challenge –
Wear your house color shirt
Reading:  We have been comparing and contrasting non-fiction animal books by writing the topic, main idea and details for a chosen section. First, we practiced together, then in partners, then the students completed the process independently. Recently we started comparing and contrasting fiction stories by the same author.
Writing: 3-AC have begun a new unit, Literary Non-Fiction stories, where students plan out a fiction story using the story elements, and then insert facts about that topic. The goal is to eventually create a digital story book, like the ones shared with us this morning by 9-10th grade students from the High School.
Math: We have been practicing drawing pictures, writing numbers, number lines and explaining fractions. Next week on Thursday we will get into the kitchen to use our fraction skills and bake some goodies!
Social Studies: We are wrapping up our culture unit with our inquiry projects, and are beginning our Space and Place unit soon.