Please be advised that Grade 5 students will participate in this all-day event if the air quality is good. However, if the AQI is above 150, the swimming part will still be held. Make sure your child has everything he or she needs to join in the fun by checking the list posted here previously.
Dear Grade 5 Parents,
Puberty Week is almost here and we would like to share some of the resources that we will be using. We encourage parents to look through these materials to help guide the discussions you might have at home with your child. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any comments or questions.
At the beginning of the week, students will receive one of the gender-specific handouts that are included in the links listed below. While topics for both genders will be covered in a co-ed fashion during the first few days of the week, students will only receive their gender-specific handout.
Girls and boys will be split into gender-based groups for the last two days of the week. We have found that it’s easier for many students to talk about puberty-related topics on these days.
The always.com website is a teacher resource that you also might find useful. It is produced by a company that makes feminine hygiene products and has some helpful tips and advice for girls and their parents.
The final links are for videos that we will share with the students throughout the week.
The Grade 5 Team
Puberty Resources for Parents
Information for parents and adolescents about puberty and growth topics
Tips and advice about menstruation
Looking Ahead – About Boys
Looking Ahead – About Girls
Having a Positive Body Image
Grade 5 parents,
Please don’t forget about the talk we have scheduled for this Friday at 8:30 in the MPR. Dr. Andy Wang will speak about the physical and emotional changes children go through during puberty. Dr. Wang will be available to answer your questions after his presentation.
Grade 5 will end its Wellness Unit with a week devoted to discussing the physical and emotional changes students can look forward to as part of puberty. It’s a good time to let your child know you are still there to listen to problems and to answer any questions he or she might have about puberty. To help you prepare for this, ISB has invited Dr. Andy Wang from United Family Healthcare Beijing (BJU) to come talk with interested fifth-grade parents on February 9 at 8:30am.
Dr. Wang is a board-certified family physician who joined the staff at BJU in 2006. He speaks both English and Mandarin. His clinical focus includes diabetic care, psychiatry, geriatrics, and cross-cultural medicine. He also cares for pediatric patients of all ages.
Puberty discussion for 5th-grade parents: February 9 at 8:30am in the MPR
Starting this Thursday, Middle School students will perform “Not a Box”, an original theater collaboration created by MS drama students, visiting global artists, a group of ISB teachers, and Hannah Northcott, the artistic director. The starting point for this show was the inquiry, “What’s in a box?” Three groups were formed (drama, dance and design) to explore this question. Together, they created a show that features the themes, moods, thoughts and emotions that are relevant in the middle school years.
On September 29, the entire ISB community will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the Terry Fox Run. This event is held every year in honor of a young man who sought to increase funding for cancer research by running across Canada, in spite of the fact that he had lost a leg to the disease.
ISB families and staff can contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation by buying a t-shirt for RMB120, or by making a donation on the day of the run. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Orders for t-shirts can now be given to your child’s homeroom teacher all the way up until the 29th. Beginning next Monday, the t-shirts will also be for sale during lunch in the middle school/high school cafeteria. Please follow the sizing guidelines below when ordering.
All 5th graders will soon be participating in a learning experience that will take them off-campus for 2 nights. Details of the experience and a recommended packing list are included below for your information. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns.
Travel Dates and Times:
5HD, 5KH and 5AT: September 18-20
5AD, 5ML and 5JP: September 20-22
All students should arrive at school as normal by 8:10am with a small piece of luggage, such as a backpack, and a packed lunch. (Click here to see a copy of the packing list your child will bring home to share with you.) After a short morning meeting, departing classes will leave ISB at 9:00am. Students will return to ISB 2 days later, in time to catch their regular bus home.
Location: Singing Deer Lodge, Near Miyun Reservoir
Transport: ISB Bus
Activities: The Singing Deer Lodge provides an excellent experiential learning environment for our students. Over the course of two days, students will participate in a variety of creative, intellectual, and physical activities, as well as Chinese integration. This includes a visit with a local village family, science and team building activities, an Amazing Race challenge game, art and craft activities, as well as other experiential learning opportunities linked to the 5th grade curriculum.
All activities have gone through a strict assessment to make sure your child will be safe and challenged at the same time. Activities will be modified to meet your child with their ability level. These activities help students develop trust and confidence in themselves and in each other. Our ultimate goal is to return to school with a group of students who are reflective and excited to continue experiential learning throughout the school year.
Please Note the Following:
· We are able to accommodate most special requests for your child if adequate notification is given to their teacher. If these requests cannot be met, your child may have an excused absence as outlined in the annual Experiential Learning Universal Consent and Waiver.
· Off-campus learning experiences do not follow the same AQI standards as on-campus learning experiences. Should pollution levels on the day of the experience exceed ISB’s standards, then the team leading the experience, in collaboration with divisional administrators, will make the decision as to whether the experience will run as planned, be modified, or be canceled.
Should you decide that you do not want your child to participate in an experience due to pollution, please contact your child’s divisional office on the morning of the experience and inform them as such.
The Grade 5 Teachers and the Strategic Learning Office
Dear 5th grade parents and teachers,
School picture days are taking place this month, NOT next month. Please accept my apologies for any confusion I caused by posting the wrong month earlier today. It has been corrected on the original post.