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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:


Janet Wang                                                                                                                                                   Assessment Coordinator                                                                                                                                      Office of Learning

MAP Testing for Grade 5

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing will begin tomorrow, September 5th for all scholars in Grade 5. The testing days are September 5th, 6th and 7th. MAP testing is an online, interactive, adaptive assessment for Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. These assessments help teachers evaluate the progress and instructional needs of their scholars throughout the school year. During MAP scholars are presented with engaging and age-appropriate content. As scholars respond to questions, each test adapts and appropriately adjusts the level of difficulty. Due to the nature of the MAP assessments, scholars are expected to correctly answer only half of all items. The data collected from each testing session will; provide invaluable information about current levels of performance, indicate areas of strength and itemize standards that may need further individualized instruction.

How to prepare your child for MAP

  • You DO NOT NEED to study for MAP (You can not study for the adaptive items).
  • Ensure your child gets a good night sleep.
  • Make sure they have a good breakfast on testing day.
  • Encourage them to try their best, be positive and remind them it is normal to find certain items too challenging on this assessment.

For more information regarding MAP, please go to the official NWEA MAP website and read the Parent Tool Kit. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding MAP you can contact Brian Byrne, the ES Assistant Principal, or the Office of Learning.

ASA Registration for Session 1 Begins

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to ISB and the 2017-18 school year. Hopefully your children have settled into their school routines. If you are not aware, this week is ASA Registration.

Please note that ASA registration begins today, Monday, August 28th. Registration will conclude on Monday, September 4th at noon. The ASA Registration process is not a “first come, first serve basis”.  All selections are computer generated, so please take your time this week with your child and go over all the selections in the ASA program. 

Additionally, please welcome Ms. Angie Wang who will take over for Lexie Qi in the Activities Office. Angie will help run the ASA program. During this week, if you have any questions, or need any help, always feel free to stop by the activities office and let us know how to assist. 

Angie Wang and Jason Cuthbert from the Activities Office

Important Dates

  • August 28- September 4th: ASA Registration
  • Monday September 11th: Start of ASA Session #1
  • Friday November 17th: End of ASA Session #1

2017-18 Elementary School Swimming Opportunities

  • UES Season Swimming – a seasonal session for all swimmers in grades 3-5 who are looking to improve their skills but are not yet quite ready for the academy. All ability levels welcome – August 29th start, every Tuesday and Thursday from 15:40-16:30. Please complete the attached Entry Form Seasonal Try-out Aug 2017 and return to the swim office by August 28th.
  • ISB Swim Academy Tryoutsfor any students in grades 2-12 who want to be part of the year round ISB swim program and who want to compete and represent the school. This is a higher-level group and swimmers will be judged on their times across several events. If you are a swimmer and are ready for a challenge then this is for you. Time trials are September 4th, 6th and 8th after school, ES students from 15:35-16:30Please complete the attached Entry Form Academy Try-out Sep 2017 and return to the swim office by September 1st.
  • ASA Learn to Swim Programopen to all students in grades 1 and 2 who are beginner swimmers and are wanting to improve their basic skills in the water. Registration for this will be via the ASA Session 1 Registration week from August 28th-September 4th.
  • Baby Dragonsis a development program for students in grades K-2 who are already on their way to being strong swimmers. Sessions and times will depend on chosen days on the form, which will begin from the week of November 28th until the end of the school year. Please complete the attached Entry form Baby Dragon Swimming 2017 and return to the swim office by November 23rd. Assessments for all new swimmers for this program take place on the 29th of November.

Important Information to Consider 

  • UES Swim Season is not open to children that make it into Swim Academy. 
  • Baby Dragons from last season may begin practices from November 28th.
  • Grade K-2 – if your son/daughter is wishing to swim in the year-round program time trials, or being assessed for Baby Dragons in November then you MUST accompany them to the pool when these take place, they are not permitted to go alone. If you are not there to collect them from class on the designated day, they will be sent home as per their usual arrangement. 
  • To take part in either the time trials for The Swimming Academy, UES season or the Baby Dragons program, you MUST complete the relevant registration form attached and turn that back in to the pool office by the deadline dates. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unsure of your child’s ability, we would advise to schedule an appointment with the Aquatics Director to assess your child’s suitability for either the UES season or Academy offerings. Baby Dragons assessments will take place on November 29th but it must be stressed that for safety reasons, all Baby Dragon assessment swimmers should be able to swim 1 lap of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.