Monthly Archives: August 2018

ES Afterschool Music Ensembles Information

ES Band.  Grade 4 and 5 students. We offer two levels of band, Band 1 is for beginners and Band 2 is for those students who have played a band instrument before. We offer flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone tuba and percussion. Please be sure to attend instrument try-out and sales day. It is the day to choose your instrument, meet the teachers and sign up for the afternoon you will attend. Sessions start the week of September 3rd.

ES StringsGrade 3, 4 and 5 students. We offer four different levels of strings based on ability. Students involved in ensembles last year were automatically moved to the next level. IF you are new to ISB and play or would like to learn how to play a violin or cello this is your change. If you are new to strings plan to attend Saturdays instrument sales day. If you have your own instrument contact Ms. Campbell to register. Mozart, Vivaldi and Beginning 2 ensembles start the week of September 3rd.   Beg 1 ensemble starts the week of September 10th.

ES Choirs. Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 students. Junior Choir meets on Thursday starting September 6th. This choral group is for students in grades 2 and 3. Treblemakers meets Monday starting September 3rd. This group is for students in grades 4 and 5. Contact Ms. Campbell if you have not already registered.

SALES/TRY-OUT DAY   This Saturday September 1st is the instruments try-out and sales day. If you are interested in band you can come by and try out all the different instrument options available to you. If you are joining strings and you need to get a violin or rent a cello this is the time to do that.

Cyndi Campbell – ES Performing Arts Teacher (gr.3, 4 and 5)/ES Ensemble Coordinator

UES Back to School Night (BTSN): Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28th

Dear Families,

A reminder, that the Elementary School UES Back to School Night (BTSN) for Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5, will be held tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 28th, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Please note, this event is for parents only. There is no child care provided.

A schedule of UES BTSN events is listed below. You can view or download a copy of the entire BTSN flyer here; 2018-2019 BTSN Flyer.

Seesaw for Family Announcements

Last year we started using Seesaw across the Elementary School as a way for students to share their learning, both with their parents and with their classmates. This includes work in progress, finished work that students wish to celebrate, and reflections of their learning over time. So far, we have shared over 65,000 posts and have had over 57,000 visits from parents!

Family Announcements

This year, we have decided to use Seesaw as our platform for family announcements as well. This means that, in addition to seeing evidence of your child’s learning, homeroom teachers and specialist teachers will be sending out communication through Seesaw. It is more important than ever to ensure that you have the Seesaw app installed on your phone and that you have connected to your child’s journal and class.

Please note that we have disabled the feature that allows you to send messages back to the teacher in the Seesaw app. If you need to contact the teacher, please email them directly.

Installing the App

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, you can download the Seesaw app from iTunes. If you are an Android user, you can download the app from the Google Play store. If you are having trouble accessing that, there is a workaround: install the 应用汇 app store first and then search for and install the Seesaw app from there.

Connecting to Your Child’s Journal

You should have already received a letter home with a QR code inviting you to connect to your child’s journal. You will need to connect to each of your children’s journals if you have more than one child. If you have not received the QR code, or if you are having problems connecting, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher so that they know.

Checking Your Settings

Once you have installed the app and have connected to your child’s journal, you may want to check the app settings to determine you receive your notifications. You can decide how often you want to receive emails and how often you want to receive notifications in the app.


Getting Help

If you are having problems receiving messages from teachers or updates from your child, please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

  • There will be a table at Back-To-School-Night where we can help to troubleshoot any issues.
  • Check with your child’s homeroom teacher and let them know that you are having problems receiving messages.
  • Check with Ms Angela (LES STEAM Facilitator), Mr Sam (UES STEAM Facilitator) or Ms Tina (ES Ed Tech TA) in the ES Library for help.
  • Check in with the ES Office to let them know that you are having problems receiving messages.


Dear Parents,


We are pleased to see that you are enjoying seeing children’s work on Seesaw. You are able to comment on your children’s posts and they really enjoy it when you do.



Teachers are sending information to you using Seesaw Announcements. Please note that you should only write comments on Seesaw that are for the children. Please do not write to teachers on Seesaw. Any messages for teachers should always be sent by email. Teachers may not always see your comments on Seesaw the same day.


Written communication with teachers should be by email.

You will be able to learn more about Seesaw during our upcoming Back to School Nights.


Elementary School Back to School Night (BTSN)

Elementary School Back to School Night is just around the corner. Once again we will have two separate evenings, one designated for each section of the ISB Elementary School.

UES (Grade 3 – Grade 5) parents are invited to come learn more about the Elementary School program on Tuesday, August 28th, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

LES (PK3 – Grade 2) parents are invited to attend presentations about the Elementary School program on Thursday, September 6th, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Below, please find an outline of scheduled events for both evenings and a link that can be used to print a hard copy of the flyer.

We look forward to meeting with all parents over the duration of the two nights.


ES Leadership


2018-2019 BTSN Flyer (Click to download)

Elementary School Arrival Procedures

Dear Parents,


Please make note of the arrival procedures, listed below, for students in the Elementary School. We have included information for both outdoor and indoor mornings.


Outdoor Mornings室外集合:

  • All scholars, from both buses and parent drop-off, should enter campus through the OLE gate.
  • 所有坐校车以及家长送的学生都应从小学操场大门入校。
  • Grade 1 – Grade 5: After entering the OLE children in should remain in the OLE until music plays. When the music plays, children should line-up by homeroom and wait for teachers to come and meet them.
  • 一年级—五年级:入校后在操场等待至音乐响起。音乐响起后,孩子们应以班为单位排队并等待班主任来接他们。
  • Kindergarten: Parents choosing to accompany their child must enter through the Main Entrance and drop them off at the courtyard.
  • 幼儿园:选择陪孩子一起入校的家长必须从主入口进入并把孩子送到小学庭院。
  • PK3/PK4: Parents choosing to accompany their children must enter through the Main Entrance and drop them off in their classroom.
  • 三岁班/四岁班: 选择陪孩子一起入校的家长必须从主入口进入并把孩子送到教室。
  • Any parent needing to accompany their child on campus must enter through the Main Entrance and remain with their child until they drop them off at class.
  • 任何需要陪伴孩子一起入校的家长必须从主入口进入,并一直陪伴孩子直到教室。

Indoor Mornings: 室内集合:

  • All children that are parent drop-off should enter through the OLE gate.
  • 所有由家长送的孩子应由操场大门入校。
  • All children that ride the bus should enter through the Main Entrance.
  • 所有坐校车的孩子应由主入口入校。
  • Grade 2 – Grade 5: Will be directed to the Dome.
  • 二年级—五年级:会被指引到气膜馆。
  • Grade 1: Will be directed to the ES Cafeteria.
  • 一年级:会被指引到小学餐厅。
  • Kindergarten: Should go to their homeroom.
  • 幼儿园:应该去他们的教室。
  • PK3/PK4: Should go to their homeroom.
  • 三岁班/四岁班:应该去他们的教室。

Please note that the OLE gate does not open until 8:00. Elementary School children on campus prior to 8:00 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.


Welcome to School Year 2018-2019!

Dear Parents,

We had a lovely day one in the ES!  The campus has come back to life with the voices and laughter of children and we are all very excited for the learning that lies ahead of us.

If you are a parent of a PK3 to Kindergarten child, the homeroom teacher will set up a time to meet you.  If you are a parent of a grade 1 to grade 5 child and have not yet had the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, please try to visit your child’s classroom tomorrow, Tuesday, between 3:45 and 4:30 P.M.  This is a time for informal conversations and introductions. More specific information about your child’s grade level program will be shared during Back to School Night; more details about this event will follow in the coming weeks.

Today’s morning drop-off went very smoothly.  Starting tomorrow if you choose to come to school with your child and want to enter the building, all parents must go through main reception with their ID card.  Only ES students are permitted to enter through the OLE gates.  We have this procedure in place to ensure the safety of each child.  Also, please make sure that your child knows how to get home at the end of the day.

We look forward to working in partnership with you this year.


Information for Day 1 on Monday

Dear ES Parents, 

Are your children excited about school starting? Here we are all excited, the classrooms are ready and so are the teachers. 

On Monday children should arrive between 8:00 and 8:10am. They should come in through the Elementary School entrance by the OLE, and go to the following places:

Grades 1-5 go to the OLE/playground

PreK3, PreK4 and Kinder students go directly to homerooms, they should be accompanied by a parent. IMPORTANT please note for the young students:

PreK3 and PreK4 students finish school at 11:25am for the first two weeks of school, then each Wednesday they go home early at 11:25am. 

Kindergarten students for home at 11:30am for the first week of school. After that they stay at school until 3:25pm every day. 

Enjoy your last days of the holiday and the time with your children. (We know there are some parents who are quite excited about handing their children back to us after a long summer!)

The ES Leadership Team