Dear Parents,

Next week your child will take the MAP® Growth™ assessments from NWEA®. Testing dates are May 8-10 for scholars in Grade 3 through Grade 5. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine individual instructional needs and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. There are three assessments in the Elementary School; Math, Language Usage and Reading. Each assessment is administered on a different day.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. Scholars do NOT, and can NOT, study for the assessments. The MAP assessments are adaptive to each individual. The items scholars receive vary based on their individual performance and responses to previous items. The data we receive results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. Providing teachers with immediate and accurate information regarding appropriate differentiation opportunities.

Following the administration of all three assessments, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have questions regarding the data, you may review the results with your child’s homeroom teacher by setting up an appointment.

How to prepare your child for MAP

  • You DO NOT NEED to study for MAP.
  • Ensure your child gets a good night sleep (9 hours or more).
  • Make sure they have a good breakfast each morning.
  • Encourage them to do their best and remain positive.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.


Janet Wang                                                                                                                                                   Assessment Coordinator                                                                                                                                      Office of Learning

C.A.S.T.A is Here! (almost)

What’s CASTA?  It’s a whole ES arts event celebrating the arts, thus the name Celebrate and Share the Arts (C.A.S.T.A.)

This year it’s on Thursday April 26.

There are 3 parts:

–       1. Each student has an artwork on display in the Visual Arts Exhibition

–       2. Each class will perform sometime during the CASTA Day.

–       3. Each student and teacher wears their CASTA Tie Dye t shirt!

Schedule attached.CASTA performances

UES Track, Field and Swim Day April 17

Dear UES Parents,
Tuesday, April 17th will be our Annual Grade 3-5 Track, Field and Swim Day. This is an all day House Color 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 will 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, googles and cap (if required)
  • Towel
  • House color t-shirt
  • Comfortable running shorts (eg. 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 swimming 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 with their homeroom teacher for their picnic lunch if they wish, instead of the usual school lunch. Students who bring their own lunch from home must make sure nothing needs to be heated in a microwave. The PTA have kindly provided us with a popsicle for each student.

We will be asking if some parents can 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 the day 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

Caring for the planet – Roots and Shoots

No more plastic straws!

During the past ASA session, ES Roots and Shoots students looked at different ways to reduce the amount of plastic we throw away each day. To help avoid the waste caused by plastic straws, they decided to sell stainless steel straws to ISB students at cost.

You will be able to buy the pack of 3 different stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush (as shown here) for 20 rmb during UES lunch time, the week we return from Chinese New Year. The cloth bag makes it easy to carry the straws around in a purse or backpack.

ISB ASA Session # 3 Sign up

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

Grade 3 Culture Unit Connection

Dear Parents,

The third grade team is excited about our social studies unit about culture. It will be a great opportunity to make home connections and celebrate our diversity. If you or your family have a family tradition that you would like to share, such as songs, games, or even crafts, please contact your homeroom teacher to organize a visit. Please let us know within a week’s time.

Grade 3