Parent help please

Dear Grade 1 parents we would like to ask for your help in 2 things please:

Pick up in the afternoons: Please can we ask you to collect your child from the ES Cafeteria. We know it is sometimes easier and quicker to meet your child in the hallway, however for our children, the hallways are so busy. It is hard for them to walk through with so many parents waiting for children. We really want you to support us by going all the way into the cafeteria. Please do not take your child as they walk along the hallway or near the library. If your ayis or drivers meet your child, please tell them this too. 

Contacting other parents: For things that happen in school, we as a school deal with this. We follow up with children at school, for behaviours we see at school. We also give children consequences for behaviours and support them to ensure their behaviour matches our expectations. Please DO NOT contact other children’s parents about their behaviour. We do that. Our rules of Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful guide how we talk to children. 

As a team, I, along with Catie (our counsellor), the teachers and teaching assistants, know that all children make mistakes with their behaviour. We want the children to learn from their mistakes. We want them to recognise when they have done something wrong and try not to do it again. 

If you have concerns about other children’s behaviour please let the homeroom teacher know, please do not contact the child’s parents directly. Many thanks for your support with this. 

亲爱的一年级家长们,我们有两件事需要各位的帮助:

下午放学接孩子:请您到小学餐厅接您的孩子放学。我们知道有时候在(教室附近的)走廊里等待和孩子见面更便捷,但是这样对我们的孩子来说,走廊就变得太拥挤了。孩子们很难安全通过被许多家长占据的走廊。我们真心希望您能够支持我们为孩子们的考虑,到小学餐厅耐心等待。当孩子们以班为单位前往小学餐厅时,请不要在走廊或图书馆附近直接带走您的孩子。如果您家是阿姨或司机来接孩子,也请转达给他们。

家长之间的沟通:对于学校里发生的事情,我们作为校方会进行处理。我们根据孩子们的行为,会在学校跟进管理。我们让孩子们理解行为和结果的关系,并帮助他们确保自己的行为符合学校的期望。我们作为学校会负责处理这些事情。因此,请不要就孩子在学校的行为与其他父母联系。我们的校规是安全、负责、尊重,这些是我们与孩子交谈的基础。

作为一个团队,我、我们的辅导员Catie老师、孩子们的授课老师和助教们,都知道并理解所有的孩子都会在行为上犯错。我们希望孩子们能从错误中吸取教训,希望他们能够真正认识到自己做错了什么,并在以后尽量避免再犯同样的错误。

如果您对其他孩子的行为有顾虑,请与班主任沟通。请不要直接联系其他孩子的父母。非常感谢您的支持,

Frances Lond-Caulk (Assistant Principal) 小学副校长

Baby Dragons Swim Program

Dear parents,

Our Baby Dragon swim program will begin on December 5th.  This program is a bridge program for swimmers to extend beyond the ASA and start preparing to develop their strokes for competitive swimming. This program is still very much centered around FUNdamentals.  We are inviting swimmers who are able to swim down the length of the pool (25m) in three strokes – Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke. Although the technique at this stage does not need to be perfect, we need to consider safety and ensure that swimmers have the beginnings of these strokes and can manage to move down the pool in a practice setting.  

On December 5th, from 2:30pm – 3:30pm, we will run an assessment to look at all potential Baby Dragons that are interested in this program.  Some swimmers have already been chosen from our ASA session 1 program, so these swimmers will not be required to attend the assessment. Already identified Baby Dragons will start with a practice on the 5th of December while others continue to be assessed.

For any new swimmers that have not yet been seen in the ASA session 1 program, please fill in the registration form below and drop off at the Swim Pool Mail Box before November 29th.

Chosen Baby Dragons will practice every Wednesday from 2:30PM – 3:30PM until we conclude with a final swim meet opportunity – The Baby & Little Dragon Invitational Meet, which takes place on Wednesday May 22nd. Baby Dragons are not required to sign up with the ASA early years swimming program. Sign-ups are managed through the swim office.

Important Information

Wednesday 5th Assessment – Parents will need to bring their children to this assessment at the pool. Our ASA program will be taking place at the same time, so coaches and teachers will be collecting those students. We will need parent help to bring swimmers to the pool on this first day.

Requirements before Baby Dragon practices begin:

All Baby Dragons should be competent to change on their own. Coaches or teachers will not be assisting swimmers in the changing rooms to get changed. Please practice this at home. Parents will not be allowed in the changing rooms.
Bring your own swim suit, cap and goggles. These will not be left at the pool and should be taken home after every practice.
We provide towels, so no need to bring your own.
200RMB – This program carries a very small fee that covers a t-shirt, swim cap and allows children to participate in a few swim meets from March until May. This fee will be collected after we decide on who will be in the program and fees are payable to the box office.
Although practices are on Wednesdays which is at the same time as our early years ASA, this program is different to the ASA program, and forms part of our bridge program for swimmers to extend beyond into more competitive stroke development.

If you have any further questions you can send in an enquiry to the following:

Nic Wilson – nwilson@isb.bj.edu.cn (Aquatics Director)

Jenny Deng – jdeng@isb.bj.edu.cn (Swim Office Manager) – Can field questions in Chinese.

Hard copies of this assessment flyer will be available at the swimming pool entrance, or you can download the form attached, print and return to the swim pool mailbox.

We are looking forward to seeing all our little ones on the 5th of December,

Best Regards, Nic Wilson Aquatics Director / Head Of Competitive Swimming

Entry form for Baby Dragon 2018[2]

Pick up after school

Dear Grade 1 and Grade 2 Parents,

As you know we have made changes to pick up at 3:25 (2:25 on Wednesdays). Grades 1 and 2 now get picked up in the ES Cafeteria.  Once ASAs start, there will be many less children at pick up, however, for now it’s very busy and I would like to ask for your help.

My aim is to make it as calm and easy for the children as possible. As from tomorrow (Wednesday) I would like to ask you to sit at a table in the first section of the cafeteria.

Once you are all sitting, the children will come in and look for you. Please stay sitting so that they can easily see across the tables. When you leave please go out from the far side of the cafeteria. Here’s a map, to show where. Thank you for your patience and support as we try to make this work more effectively. Ms. Frances x

Third Culture Kids and Language Development Survey

Dear Parents,

I am a teacher at ISB and also a graduate student conducting research on third culture kids and language development. I am inviting your child to participate because they attend an international school, which is one of the main factors distinguishing a third culture kid.

Participation in the study includes taking a short demographic questionnaire to be completed by the parent and an online reading comprehension test to be completed by the child, which can be taken in the home at the convenience of both the child and parent. This assessment should take roughly 40 minutes. Both the questionnaire and the test combined should take no longer than 45 minutes.

To find out whether your child would be an ideal participant for the study, please answer these questions:

  • Is your child bilingual?
  • Is your child aged 5-7 years old?
  • Do they attend an international school?
  • Has your child lived overseas for more than a year?

If you answered “yes” to these questions then your child fits within the demographics needed for the study.

If you would like your child to take part, please click on this link which will take you to the participant information sheet and consent form.

Should you have any questions about the study or about participating, you can contact me by email at slucas@isb.bj.edu.cn or s.lucas8735@student.leeds.beckett.ac.uk. You can also contact the project supervisor, Dr Maria Zammit, at m.l.zammit@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kind Regards,

Sarah Lucas

Swimming during PE class starting next week!

Dear Parents: Your child will be starting their swimming program on the week starting March 5th, during their PE lesson. This program will end April 19th. This is a great opportunity for your child to improve swimming and water safety skills while participating in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Please read the following guidelines below so as to have your child ready to begin his or her swimming lessons:

BATHING SUITS:

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.

GOGGLES & CAPS:

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.

TOWELS:

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

SICKNESS:

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

ASA

Dear Parents,

 

 

  ASA Session # 3 Sign up is this week

 

As mentioned in previous weeks, this week is ASA sign up for Session # 3.  The sign up will begin today at noon and will conclude in one week on February 12th.  Please take your time this week to look at all of the ASAs with your child.  The selection process is computer selected, so you have the whole week to make your selections.  Please if you have any questions, feel free to stop by the activities office.

 

Important ASA Dates:

Last day of ASA Session #2 is Wednesday February 14th

ASA Session #2 Make up week Monday February 26th – March 2nd

First day of ASA Session #3 is Monday March 5th

 

No ASA Dates:

March 15th – March 16th BJ MUN and Professional Development Day

March 26th – March 27th Parent-Teacher Conference

April 2nd – April 6th Spring Break

April 30th – May 1st Labor Day Holiday

Kind Regards,

 Jason L. Cuthbert

Asst. Director of Student Activities

International School of Beijing

No. 10 An Hua Street, Shunyi District

Beijing 101318

Mobile:  86 13501051492

Office:  86 10 8046 2345 x2054

Winter Party – THANK YOU

Thank you for the wonderful soft, beautiful scarves for Ms. Caroline and myself.  They are beautiful and will certainly keep us warm in the winter season.  🙂

THANK YOU to all of you for your help with the winter party!  The time and effort that was put into the party was certainly what made it go so smoothly and all of the children were able to enjoy each station!  Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

Here are a few pictures from the party.  We have a lovely class picture in front of the Christmas tree but I have not been able to load it.   When it is loaded I will add it to this post 🙂

 

During Vacation, Friday – House Color Shirts


House Color Shirts on Friday: On Friday, we will have an elementary school assembly to say good bye to our friends that are leaving the elementary school. 

WEATHER PHOTOS During Vacation: When we return from our Winter Holiday break, the Grade 1 classes will be starting a new unit focusing on climate and weather.

To help us launch the unit when we return, it will be helpful to have pictures of weather in different parts of the world. What better resource than pictures of weather the children themselves have experienced, since children will be in many parts of the world over the break and will be experiencing many different kinds of weather.

Over the break could you have your child take a few photos of the weather outdoors where you are during the break, and then when we come back in January we will look at all the pictures together as a class and talk about what we observe in the different pictures.

Pictures may be emailed to me at any time during the break at: jturner@isb.bj.edu.cn or you can print them out yourself and send the print-outs with your child on Monday, January 8th. We will share all the photos with our whole class when we return in January. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a WONDERFUL and SAFE vacation from school!   I can’t wait to hear about all of the wonderful adventures the children have over the holiday!

Happy Holidays!!

Ceramic Sculptures Coming Home Soon

Hi First Graders:

Many of you will receive your ceramic (clay) sculpture packed up and ready to go home in the next few days.
If you do not get it, don’t worry… I just borrowed it for an art show in the hallway or maybe for CASTA (Celebrate and Share the Arts) later this year.

In this sculpture, students were investigating life cycles and created a creature using a pinch pot. Some made frogs and added lily pads. After they were fired in the kiln, we added a special clay paint called glaze. When it was fired again, the chalky paint transformed into glass. Now the sculptures are safe to wash with water, but they will always be fragile.

-Mrs. Eveland
Visual Arts Teacher