Kinder Immunization Reminder

Dear Parents of Kindergarten students,

This is a reminder that your child might be due for MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) and Polio.  Children at age 4 to 6 years old should receive these vaccinations as a part of routine immunization. These immunizations are important to protect your child from serious diseases and keep ISB community healthy. We encourage you to make sure your child has up to date vaccination before the new school year to be Grade 1.

Required Immunization for Grade 1 students

The 2nd dose of MMR or MMRV

The 5th dose of DTaP 

The 4th or 5th dose of Polio 

Please update your child’s immunization with the nurses’ office once your child has received the shots.

If your child has taken these shots already but if you have not updated the record with the nurse, please scan and e-mail your child’s immunization record to the ES nurses’ office (esnurse@isb.bj.edu.cn).

If your child has taken all these shots when enrolled at ISB, please disregard this reminder.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the ES nurses.

 US immunization schedule ; https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-easyread.html

 

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] 

 

Kindergarten End of the Year Party

Good Evening,

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is here! On Wednesday we will have our end of the year party and you are all invited!  Here is the plan for the afternoon:

12:45-1:00 Drop off food and drinks outside in the Kindergarten Courtyard. There                             will be tables set up.

 Publishing Party- After you drop off food and drinks, proceed to your                               child’s classroom where they will be sharing with you their last                                           published writing piece.

1:00-2:00 All classes will go out to the courtyard and sit at their designated space.                          After teachers are finished talking, classes will be dismissed to eat and                            the party will begin!

2:00-2:25 Clean-up and home

A few reminders:

*Bring a change of clothing as the water will be turned on for students to play

*Your child may bring water toys

*Please check-in with your child’s teacher before you leave

 

We are looking forward to a fun afternoon celebrating a wonderful year in Kindergarten.

Fondly,

Kindergarten Team

 

Botanical Garden Field Trip Update

Good Evening,

We are scheduled to go to the Botanical Garden this Tuesday, May 29th at 8:30am. Just a reminder to ensure your child has:

*a small backpack (students will be in charge of their own belongings)

*home lunch if preferred (school lunch will be handed out to students first thing in the morning)

*healthy snack

*water bottle

*hat

*sunscreen applied before your child comes to school

*Optional 5RMB for an ice pop treat after lunch (please show your child where the money is located in their backpack, no additional money is necessary)

We are really looking forward to this field trip. Have a wonderful evening!

Kindergarten Team

Botanical Garden Cancelled

Good Morning,

Unfortunately our field trip is cancelled due to pollution. We would like to reschedule this trip for the week of May 28th. More information to follow.

Have a great day!

Kindergarten Team

Botanical Garden Field Trip

Good Evening,

This Thursday, pending AQI, Kindergarten will be heading to the Botanical Gardens for a day full of fun and exploration of all things plant! We would like everyone to have a comfortable day so please ensure your child has:

*a small backpack (students will be in charge of their own belongings)

*home lunch if preferred (school lunch will be handed out to students first thing in the morning)

*healthy snack

*water bottle

*hat

*sunscreen applied before your child comes to school

*Optional 5RMB for an ice pop treat after lunch (please show your child where the money is located in their backpack, no additional money is necessary)

We are really looking forward to this field trip.  Have a wonderful evening!

Kindergarten Team

 

C.A.S.T.A

Good Afternoon!

Come and celebrate the arts with us tomorrow! There will be an Elementary School assembly in the cafeteria first thing in the morning to kick of C.A.S.T.A and then classes will be performing throughout the day. Each child will have one piece of art displayed at random throughout the halls, and compliment cards will be available to leave a comment on children’s art work.

Kindergarten performances are as follows:

9:20-9:40 KRK and K Dragons in the MPR

10:20-10:40 KSJ and K Phoenix in the MPR

Please have your child wear their C.A.S.T.A tie dyed shirt.

We are looking forward to celebrating the arts with you!

Kindergarten Team

Student Led Conferences

Student-Led Portfolio Conferences are nearly here! 

 

March 26th from 10am-5:45pm 

& 

March 27th from 8:30am-2:45pm 

 

Conference Sign-Up:  

If you have not already signed up for a conference time, please do so as soon as possible.  If you do not know how to sign up, please contact the Elementary School Office for assistance.   

 

On Your Conference Day: 

  • These conferences will be led by your child.  
  • You will have a 45-minute scheduled block in the classroom where your child will walk you through a few stations in the classroom. 
  • There could be up to 3 families sharing the same conference time as your family. 
  • During your 45-minute block, you will have 15 minutes with your child and the classroom teacher to look at and discuss your child’s SeeSaw portfolio. 
  • You might want to plan some time in addition to your 45-minute block to visit your child’s specialist teachers: Chinese, Performing/Visual Arts, PE, Library, and the Guidance Counselor 
  • Please remember your child’s classroom will be considered a NO PHONE ZONE. Be present with your child and enjoy each moment!

 

Tips for a Successful Conference: 

Each piece in your child’s portfolio provides a window into their learning. Please invite your child to share his/her learning journey by encouraging them to guide you through their portfolio. Allow your child to take the lead, but remember as well that this is meant to be a two-way conversation. Your child is prepared to tell you about various aspects of his/her learning experiences. In any sharing, though, a good question often helps to go deeper, so we invite you to ask questions that inspire your child to elaborate on what he/she has already told you. Here is a list of questions to consider asking your child during their Student-Led Conference: 

  • Can you tell me more about that? 
  • Did you encounter any problems? How did you solve them? 
  • Can you tell me why you chose this? 
  • Can you tell me why this is important to you? 
  • How did you do it? 
  • How did you make it? 
  • How do you know? 
  • Could you tell about what is on this page? 
  • What is something else you would like to keep working at? 
  • What sorts of things do you do in _____________________ ? 
  • Is there something in particular that was important to you in this? 
  • Why did you do that? 

 

We are really looking forward to this celebration of learning and growth! 

 

Kind Regards, 

 

The Kindergarten Team 

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