Monthly Archives: January 2019

Mission/Vision Open House

Your voice and thinking are valuable to us at ISB as we revise our Mission statement.

The Office of Learning will host a week of drop in hours for you to give feedback and perspectives on ISB and the future ISB.  The Office of Learning room 2125 will be open to all parents from Monday, Feb. 11th to Friday, Feb. 15th between 8:30am and 10:00am.

This is our last opportunity to gather your perspective and thinking, so please join us on the day that works best for you! There will be prompts in English and Chinese that you can respond to at any time those days to give your perspectives about ISB.

Drop by to add your voice and perspective to this important work.

If you would like more background to this work, please read this letter sent out several weeks ago from Communications.


Upcoming Parent Presentations

Dear Parents,

The week after the CNY holiday ISB is hosting parent presentations in the coming weeks.

Dr. José Medina: The Importance of your Home Language at School

Wednesday, February 13 at 8:30 am in rooms 1226-1227 in the MS/HS library

Session Description:  What does the research say about the best way to acquire a second language? What role does my first language play in language learning? This session will explore the research and how it informs the practices that my students’ teachers are employing. We will further discuss how we can support our students at home as they learn another language.

Bio:  Dr. José Medina is the Chief Educational Advocate at Educational Solutions, a consulting company that serves to create educational access for all students, their families, and the communities they live in.  With a specific focus on meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students and language learners, he provides a broad range of support to educational entities throughout the United States and internationally.

Tanya Crossman: Parenting Your International Child

Friday, February 15 at 8:30 am in the Bank Area 1323A

Session description:  Our ISB students move between cultures every day, as they navigate our specific ISB international school culture, their home culture, and the Chinese culture of our Beijing context. Many of them go on to This seminar 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.

Bio:  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.


Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

The ES Leadership Team

Keeping Healthy at School

Dear ES Parents, This is the time of year when many children are sick. We request that when your child is unwell, that they stay at home. This is advice from our nurses:

Please let us help each other to prevent illnesses/diseases at ISB. We believe that “prevention is better than cure” and we can do this by practicing proper hygiene all the time.

Please inform your child about good hand hygiene. Washing your hands should be done before and after preparing and eating food, after going to the bathroom, after cleaning something, before & after tending to someone who is sick, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after handling an animal or animal waste, and after handling garbage,

If your child has the following signs & symptoms, please keep your child at home and consider seeing a doctor for further evaluation if necessary:

  • Fever – Temperature above 37.5 C or higher. Children should be fever free (without taking any medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea & Vomiting – starting within 12 hours prior to the student going to school or persistent diarrhea.
  • Skin rashes of unknown origin. 
  • Conjunctivitis/pink eye – watery or purulent discharges from the eye. 
  • Moist cough if the child cannot be relied upon to cover their cough. 
  • Heavy head cold with a lot of nasal congestion/sneezing.

These last two symptoms, even without fever, can cause a lot of other children to become ill if they attend school. 
Many thanks for your support with keeping everyone healthy during these cold winter months.