Preparing for Puberty Week (February 26 – March 2nd)

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 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.  

Warm regards,

The Grade 5 Team


Printed Handouts

Boys’ Guide

Girls’ Guide

Online sources

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

Good Hygiene

Having a Positive Body Image

Period Diaries

Care 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.

ISAC Handball March 10

Dear Parents,

On Saturday March 10th, there is a Grade 5 ISAC Team Handball tournament at DSP (German Embassy School Beijing).  We are hoping to send several 5th grade boys and girls teams. We would like your child to come and help us represent ISB! All levels of handball are welcome.

Boys: the tournament will start at 9:00am on Saturday morning and finish around 1:00/1:30pm.

Girls: the tournament will begin at 2:00pm and aim to finish around 5:00/5:30pm.

We will send out confirmed details as soon as the tournament schedule is set.  We will have buses from ISB to take students to and from the venue.

Please email me on if your child is able to attend the handball tournament by Friday March 2nd.

Go ISB Dragons!!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Josie O’Reilly

Puberty Talk This Friday

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.


Parent Coffee Tuesday February 6

Hi Families! Next Tuesday, February 6 from 8:30-10:00 in the ES Cafeteria is the ES Math Parent Coffee. This session will offer a more in-depth look at what math looks like in an elementary classroom, introduce rich tasks, give an overview of the mathematical practices, and provide an opportunity for discussion. Teachers from several grade levels will be part of the presentation. We hope you can attend!


Be informed about puberty

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

Grade 5 Winter Fest Thursday December 14, 2017

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

Time really flies and now it is the time for the “Grade 5 Winter Fest,” which is a very special event for our fifth graders.  The Winter Fest will take place on Thursday, December 14th from 11:00 p.m. to 3:25p.m.  This is a joint event for all the fifth grade classes.  There will be six different activities planned.  Each classroom is in charge of one special activity. The children will also enjoy a shared lunch.

1). Each student need to contribute one food item according to his/her last name. In addition, please send the food item to the classroom with a marked container (unless the disposable container will be used). Lastly, please indicate if a food item contains nuts, dairy or meat.

If the last names begin with the following letters then those families will be responsible for providing the following…

  • A-E  Breads or appetizers
  • F-K  Main courses
  • L-P  Vegetable, potato, rice, pasta
  • Q-U   Dessert
  • V – Z  Drinks   (preferably juice boxes)

Finally, one of the activities will be a cookie or cupcake decorating station. For this activity we need a number of parents to send in undecorated sugar cookies or cupcakes, or cans of frosting. If you are able to send in any of these items, please send them in or contact your class homeroom parent.

Together we will help to make a great party for our kids!

Thank you in advance!


Homeroom Parents

Showtime is here!

Tuesday November 21st at 8:30 in the theater all 5th grade classes will present.

We are Global Performers!

In collaboration with the 5th grade unit Global Citizenship, the performing arts classes have been traveling the world and discussing how understanding the arts can make us better global citizens.

Come enjoy as we travel to England, Taiwan, Ecuador, Greece, Georgia Sea Islands, and Zimbabwe. Listen as classes combine improvisation and original compositions with traditional folk songs. 3 part choral and spoken pieces will have you humming along and 2 very different dances with give you some extra lift to get your feet moving for the rest of the day.

ISAC Table Tennis

Dear Parents,

We are super excited for the upcoming U11 (Grade 5) ISAC Table Tennis Tournament. It will be held at WAB on Saturday November 25th from approximately 8:20am-1:00pm.

If your child is interested in playing, please  email Miss Josie at by Monday November 20th  to confirm your child’s entry.

We will send out more information once our entries are confirmed.

Go ISB Dragons!!

Supporting the Arts (and former 5th graders) at ISB

Middle School students performing “Not a Box”.

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.

Theatergoers will also be able to see a related art exhibit called “Box World”. All the art pieces in the exhibition were created from boxes found at ISB. 
Not a Box (about 50 minutes total running time)
VENUE: ISB Theater
Nov. 9, Thursday, 4:00 PM (students can still catch the 6 PM bus)
Nov. 10, Friday 6:30 PM
Nov. 11, Saturday 2:00 PM
“Box World” art exhibit
VENUE: MS/HS Cafeteria
Nov. 9, Thursday 5-6:00 PM 
Nov. 10, Fri 4-6 PM
Nov. 11, Sat 1-2 PM
To book tickets, they can log into: