E-Learning in the Elementary School

Dear Parents,

I’d like to extend my wishes and hopes that each of you and your children are safe and healthy.  As I’ve spent the past ten days watching events in China and around the globe unfold, I’ve been struck by how quickly a community can come together when faced by difficulties and the unknown.  Watching the news and talking to people has reminded me that learning is a journey…one that is exciting, filled with opportunities and sprinkled with challenges.

As a community, we are starting the e-learning journey together, and soon you will receive information from your child’s teacher.  In the coming days each of us will need time to get used to an approach to learning that is quite different from being in a classroom.  I ask for your understanding and patience as we get learning opportunities underway and communicated to you and your children.  Please refer to Dragons’ Gate for information and updates on the steps ISB is taking to address the coronavirus situation and e-learning.

The teachers have been collaborating online over the past week to design and create opportunities for all children to be actively engaged.  Clear guidelines have been established so that your child can pursue reading, writing, math, and specialist area content.  If you have questions about activities or tasks that are assigned, please email your child’s teacher.  Throughout the coming days and weeks, be assured that school leadership will be evaluating the effectiveness of delivering the curriculum.  Do keep in mind, however, that we will need time and ask for your understanding and patience during this period of transition.  Adjustments will be made as needed.

Parent Guidelines for supporting your child’s e-learning are published on Dragons’ Gate.  As we begin this journey, please keep at the forefront of your mind that hours are not the lone measure of learning.  Learning needs to be relevant, and learning is social.  Children and adults learn from sharing ideas and questions.  Much of the learning that happens in the elementary school occurs in small groups and through one-to-one conversations.  During this time of e-learning, we strongly encourage you to spend time talking with your child and finding ways for them to practice what they are learning.  Additionally, be mindful of managing screen time; Common Sense Media has some useful information on the topic.  Equally important is ensuring that your child has time to play and take breaks.

We look forward to working in partnership with you as the e-learning journey begins.


ES Leadership Team

ES Parent Coffee: Tuesday, November 26

Dear Parents,

The Parent Coffee Morning will focus on Social and Emotional Learning and the collaboration between home and school. The presentation will highlight practical recommendations and strategies to continue the learning for our students outside of school and how we can partner to best support the students. The elementary school counselors look forward to engaging with parents during the workshop and hope to continue to support and work collaboratively with families this school year.

Please plan to join us in the ES Cafeteria from 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 26.


ES Leadership Team

Back to School Night and Parent Education

Dear Parents,

Please plan to join us in the coming weeks to meet your child’s teachers and learn about our programs in the Elementary School.  Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • PreK3 to Grade 2 Back to School Night:  Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.
  • Grade 3 to Grade 5 Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.

We will start with a welcome in the ES Cafeteria and then follow a rotation of presentations.  Please click the following to view the schedule and list of teachers’ classrooms: 2019-2020 BTSN

Parent Education Session


September 16, 8:30 am, MPR

Our ISB students move between cultures every day, as they navigate our ISB international school culture, their home culture, and the Chinese culture of our Beijing context. This session explores what it means to grow up cross-culturally, how these childhood experiences affect and shape a developing mind, and ways that parents can better understand and support these young people.

Tanya Crossman is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on Third Culture Kids and issues facing cross-cultural families. She is the author of Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century, which articulates the experiences of young people growing up cross-culturally. Tanya is passionate about coming alongside cross-cultural families with information, encouragement, and support. Tanya lived in China for over ten years from 2004-2014 and recently returned to Beijing. 

We hope to see you soon!

ES Leadership Team

Important Update: UES Back to School Night

Dear Parents,

The date for the UES Back to School Night (BTSN) has been changed to Wednesday, September 11; the time remains the same from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.  Back to School Night will not be on September 12 as published in previous messages.  We recognize that families may be traveling on Thursday due to the Mid-Autumn Festival and want to make sure that we have as many parents as possible attending BTSN to learn about our programs and meet the teachers.

We hope this change benefits families and does not pose an inconvenience.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.


ES Leadership Team

Welcome Back to School

Dear Parents,

We hope your child enjoyed the first day as much as we did. It was great to have the campus filled with young scholars, eager to learn and grow. Having our student body returned breathed life and energy back into us all.

As a reminder, beginning tomorrow only scholars will be able to enter campus through the OLE gate. Parents accompanying their child to school must have their campus ID and enter through the Main Entrance.

Also, regarding parent pick-up, PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten will be picked up in their rooms. Grade 1 will be picked up in the ES Cafeteria and Grade 2 – Grade 5 will be picked up in Gym 1.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, we look forward to collaborating with you all year.


ES Leadership Team


Message from the Nurses’ Office

Please pick up your child’s medication if you have any left in the Nurses’ Office before the end of the school year.


If your child is between the ages 4-6 years old or 11-12 years old, they might be due for some immunizations.
4-6 years;  DTP, Polio, MMR, Varicella
11-12 years;  Tdap*, HPV(Human Papilloma Virus), MenACWY(Meningococcal ACWY)

These immunizations are recommended by US CDC immunization schedule.  DTP, Polio, and MMR are ISB required immunizations to protect not only your child’s health but also the ISB community. If you are not following US CDC recommendation, contact your healthcare provider. Please update your child’s immunization record with the school nurses if your child received any immunization during the summer.

*Tdap vaccine is not available in China. Tdap is a booster shot that helps protect your preteen or teen from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.


If your child has severe allergies, asthma, diabetes, seizures, or other medical condition, please download the Emergency Action Plan from the Nurse page on Dragon’s Gate and ask your doctor to complete it.  You are recommended to have an extra Epipen for the nurse office for your medical emergency.  Please be aware that Epipens are not available in China.  If you need medication to keep at the school, please make sure to have the medication and the action plan form dropped off at the school nurses’ office on the first day of school. If you only have the emergency action plan, not medication, please scan and e-mail the form to the divisional nurses’ office.

  • Rising Grade 9 students (Current Grade 8, excluding new students) will have physical examination scheduled in August for 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact the nurses’ office if you have any questions. We wish you all a happy healthy summer break.
ES Nurses: Richard Fernandez / Cara Wang:  ESNurse@isb.bj.edu.cn
MS/HS Nurses: Irine Berlanga / Chiho Stenger: mshsnurse@isb.bj.edu.cn

Gift from the PTA

Dear Elementary School Parents,
Today or tomorrow the ES children will bring home a lovely blue pencil case. These are a gift from the PTA to all of our students.

Please can you help your child to write their name on the pencil case, using a permanent pen, so that they know which one is theirs. There will be 800 of them at school, so having their name on will be important! There is a white space under the dragon for a name. Please do not write the class, as they will be using them next year also.

Many thanks to our PTA who have been a great support to the Elementary School all year.
Clarissa, Brian and Frances


ES Production Friday 24th May 4pm

Do Wop Poster

We are excited that on Friday afternoon at 4pm, our annual ES production will take place. The show Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood involves 120 of our ES students. It’s going to be fun!

ISB families are welcome to attend the Friday afternoon performance. Children in Grades 1-5 will see the show on Thursday during school time. Due to limited seating in the theatre you need tickets to attend.
Monday May 20th – Friday 24th May
Location: ES office:
08:30 – 09:00am and 3:00 – 3:30pm
*Only parents or adult members of the community are permitted to obtain tickets.

Book Week: April 22 – 26 – 4月22-26日图书周

Book Week April 22-26th

Our final and most exciting event of Book Week is the Book Character Parade. Children and staff are invited to dress up as a character from their favorite book.

On Friday 26th April, at 8:25am, ES students and staff will parade around Gym 1, flaunting their amazing costumes for all to see.

Children must bring along the book that their character is from. We warmly welcome all families to watch the parade! Home-made costumes are strongly encouraged. To ensure feelings of safety for our students, no weapons or overtly scary costumes are allowed.


我们图书周最后一个,也是最激动人心的活动是图书人物游行. 我们邀请孩子和老师们装扮成他们最喜欢的书中的角色。


孩子们必须携带他们扮演角色所在的书。我们热烈欢迎所有的家庭观看游行! 我们非常鼓励在家中自制服装. 为了确保学生的安全,我们不允许孩子们携带武器类或穿过于恐怖的服装。