All posts by Clarissa Sayson

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

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:
MS/HS Nurses: Irine Berlanga / Chiho Stenger:

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.

Message from our counselors

Upcoming Class Placement for the 2019-2020 School Year:  学年分班安排:

In the coming weeks, we will begin the placement process for next year’s homeroom classes. Teachers, counselors, and administrators will be hard at work assuring that all children are placed in the most appropriate class to suit their learning styles and personalities.

Please note, we do not guarantee a child’s placement based on parent requests. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s placement for next year, please fill out a Parent Placement information form.  We will contact you if we have any further questions.

The forms should be turned into your child’s counselor or to the ES Office before May 1, 2019.

Sincerely, ES Counselors and Leadership Team

Conferences 家长会 컨퍼런스

Student-Led Conferences next week

Monday March 25th (10am-6:00pm) and Tuesday March 26th (8:30am-3:00pm) 



다음주 학생 주도 컨퍼런스

3 월25 일월요일 (10:00am-6:00 pm) 및3 월26 일화요일(8:30 am-3:00pm)

Conference Sign-Up:  
If you have not already signed up for a conference time, please contactyour homeroom teacherso as soon as possible.  Sign-up finishedatnoon today.




아직 컨퍼런스 신청을 못하신 부모님들께서는 직접 담임 선생님과 연락하셔서 신청해주세요. 온라인 컨퍼런스 신청은 오늘 점심 12시에 마감하였습니다.

On Your Conference Day: 

Please focus on your individual child. If you have other children at ISB, we will provide child care for any ES siblings. Child care will be in the ES cafeteria this year. Please drop your child off and collect them from TAs in the cafeteria.

  • The conference 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. (PreK times are shorter for the younger children.)
  • There could be up to 3 families sharing the same conference time with you in the classroom. 
  • During your 45-minute block, you will have 15 minutes with your child and the classroom teacher to see your child’s learning and talk to them about it. 
  • You might want to plan some additional time to visit your child’s specialist teachers: Chinese, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, PE and Library
  • Please remember your child’s classroom will be considered a NO PHONE ZONE. Be present with your child and enjoy each moment!

Parents of children in the Dual Language program, will schedule to meet with the teacher their child is registered to. That teacher will be with you for the 15 minute session. During the rest of the time you will be able to see your child’s work in both Chinese and English. You only sign up though to see this one teacher. 



  • 这是一场由孩子们主导的家长会。
  • 您将在教室度过45分钟的时间,并由您的孩子带您了解并参与一些活动(PreK3-4的家长会将会短一些)。
  • 同一个时间段内最多会有3个家庭同时在教室里开会。
  • 在45分钟的时间内,您将有15分钟与孩子和老师一起讨论孩子近期的学习。
  • 除上述45分钟外,您还可以安排一些时间与孩子的语文、美术、音乐、体育、图书馆和辅导员老师见面沟通。
  • 温馨提示,孩子们的教室是手机禁用区。请专注于这次家长会活动,享受每一刻!


컨퍼런스데이(Conference Day) 당일:

이 날은 자녀에게집중해 주세요. ISB초등학교에재학중인 다른자녀가있는경우에, 학교에서 돌봄서비스를 제공해 드립니다. 올해의돌봄서비스는ES 카페테리아에서진행합니다. 본 서비스가 필요하신 부모님께서는 자녀를카페테리아에 계시는  TA분에게 맡겨 주시고컨퍼런스를 마친 후에 픽업하시면 되십니다.

  • 본 컨퍼런스는 자녀가 주도하여 진행합니다.
  • 45분 동안 교실에서 진행되며, 자녀가 각각 다른 스테이션에서 활동을 참여 하실 수 있도록 안내 할 것입니다 (PreK어린아이들은 컨퍼런스시간이 더 짧을 수 있습니다).
  • 교실 내에서 최대세가족이같은 시간에컨퍼런스를 진행하게 됩니다.
  • 45 분안에15 분동안은 자녀가담임선생님과 그 동안 배운 내용에대하여 이야기 하는 시간입니다.
  • 추가적으로 자녀의 스페셜 과목 (중국어, 음악, 미술, 체육, 도서관)선생님들을 만나고자 하시는 학부모님께서는 일정을 미리 계획하시는 것을 권장합니다.
  • 교실내에서는 핸드폰 사용을 삼가하여 주시고, 자녀와매순간을즐겨 주세요!

Dual Language프로그램의학부모님들께서는 시스템을 통해 신청하신 선생님과15분간 개별면담을 진행할예정입니다.나머지시간에는자녀의영어 및 중국어 작품을보게 됩니다. 개별 면담은 한 분의 선생님만 선택하실 수 있습니다.

 Tips for a Successful Conference: 

Allow your child to take the lead, but remember that this is meant to be a two-way conversation. Your child is prepared to tell you about various aspects of their learning experiences. In any sharing, though, a good question often helps to go deeper. We suggest you ask questions that inspire your child to elaborate on what they have 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? 



  • 关于这个(作品),你能再多告诉我一些吗?
  • 你遇到过什么挑战?你是怎么解决的?
  • 你能告诉我为什么选择这个吗?
  • 可以告诉为什么这个作品对你来说很重要呢?
  • 你是怎么做的?
  • 你用什么方法做的?
  • 你是怎么知道的?
  • 你可以告诉我这页上有什么吗?
  • 还有什么其他内容想继续开展的?
  • 在__________(课)上,你平时都做些什么?
  • 在这方面,有没有什么对你来说特别重要的?
  • 你为什么这么做?  


본 컨퍼런스진행의 주도권을자녀가 가질 수 있도록 옆에서 이끌어주세요. 컨퍼런스동안에는 쌍방향 소통 (two-way conversation)이 이루어 질 수 있도록 관심을 표현해주세요. 자녀들은 학습경험을다양한측면에서이야기를 나눌준비가되어있으며, 부모님께서 해주시는좋은질문들을 통해자녀들은 배운 주제에 대하여 더 깊게 생각할 수 있게 됩니다. 질문을 하실 떼에는 자녀가 나눈 주제에 대하여 구체적으로 하실 것을 권장합니다. 아래의 학생주도컨퍼런스에 관련된 질문을 참고 하십시오:

  • 이 부분에 대해서 더 자세하게 설명해줄수 있니?
  • 배우는 과정에서 어렵게 느껴졌던 부분은? 그것을 어떻게해결했어?
  • 왜이것을선택했는지말해줄수있니?
  • 왜이것이네게중요한지말해줄수있니?
  • 어떻게완성했는지설명해 줄 수 있을까?
  • 어떻게만들었는지설명해줄 수 있을까?
  • 어떻게알게 됬는지 말해 줄 수 있을까?
  • 이페이지의내용은무엇인지 말해 줄 수 있니?
  • 무엇에대해더알고싶니?
  • _____________________에서무엇을 했는지말해 줄 수 있을까?
  • 특별히중요한부분은 무엇이었을까?
  • 왜그렇게 했는지 말해 줄 수 있을까?

We are really looking forward to this celebration of learning and growth. The children and teachers are excited to welcome you!


본 컨퍼런스를 통해 학생들이 그 동안 배운 학습내용을 부모님과 나누고, 부모님들께 자녀의 성장을 함께 기뻐 해주시고 축하할 것을 기대합니다, 학생들과선생님들께서는모든 부모님들은  진심으로 환영합니다!