Dribbling Dragons Game Information

This is the last week for Dribbling Dragons.  Both on Monday and Wednesday the students will be playing games, please make sure that they bring their uniforms. Due to high school ELOs, many of our high school basketball players who coach will not be at school this week.   Though, there still will be teacher coaches the last two sessions will only go for one hour on both days.
Please note if your child takes the bus they will be 3:30 bus on Wednesday
Thanks you for you understanding in advance.
Kind Regards,
 Jason L. Cuthbert
Asst. Director of Student Activities
International School of Beijing
No. 10 An Hua Street, Shunyi District
Beijing 101318
Mobile:  86 13501051492
Office:  86 10 8046 2345 x2054

Grade 5 Transition Activities

Very soon, our Grade 5 students will become Grade 6 students! There are a handful of events coming up to celebrate this move from the Elementary School to the Middle School.
During the week of June 4th, each fifth grader will receive a gift from the PTA: a t-shirt with the name of every student in the grade written on the back. That same week, on June 7th and 8th, fifth graders will get to eat lunch in the MS cafeteria. Students always say the pizza is much better there than in the ES!
During the last week of school, each homeroom will have an end-of-the-year party. On June 11th and 12th, fifth graders will go again to eat in the MS cafeteria. On the 13th, there will be an outdoor barbecue (weather permitting) just for fifth graders to enjoy. And on the last day of school, the entire Elementary School will say good-bye to the fifth-grade class at the ES assembly.
As you can see, our almost-sixth graders will have many opportunities in June to celebrate both the end of their time in Elementary School and their transition to Middle School. It’s a very exciting time of year!


Dear Parents,

Next week your child will take the MAP® Growth™ assessments from NWEA®. Testing dates are May 8-10 for scholars in Grade 3 through Grade 5. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine individual instructional needs and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. There are three assessments in the Elementary School; Math, Language Usage and Reading. Each assessment is administered on a different day.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. Scholars do NOT, and can NOT, study for the assessments. The MAP assessments are adaptive to each individual. The items scholars receive vary based on their individual performance and responses to previous items. The data we receive results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. Providing teachers with immediate and accurate information regarding appropriate differentiation opportunities.

Following the administration of all three assessments, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have questions regarding the data, you may review the results with your child’s homeroom teacher by setting up an appointment.

How to prepare your child for MAP

  • You DO NOT NEED to study for MAP.
  • Ensure your child gets a good night sleep (9 hours or more).
  • Make sure they have a good breakfast each morning.
  • Encourage them to do their best and remain positive.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.


Janet Wang                                                                                                                                                   Assessment Coordinator                                                                                                                                      Office of Learning

C.A.S.T.A. is here!! (almost!)

What’s CASTA?  It’s a whole ES arts event celebrating the arts, thus the name Celebrate and Share the Arts (C.A.S.T.A.)

This year it’s on Thursday April 26.

There are 3 parts:

–       1. Each student has an artwork on display in the Visual Arts Exhibition

–       2. Each class will perform sometime during the CASTA Day.

–       3. Each student and teacher wears their CASTA Tie Dye t shirt!

Schedule attached.

CASTA performances

Dribbling Dragons

Dear Parents,
In the last few weeks, there have been a few parents inquiring of when Dribbling Dragons will be begin this school year.   The dates for Dribbling Dragons are set and will be begin on Monday, May 14.  The registration form for the program will go out to classes on Tuesday, April 24th. Please if you have any questions about the Dribbling Dragon program feel free to stop by the activities office in the next week.
Those families new to the school, Dribbling Dragons is a four week (Monday and Wednesday) basketball program offered to 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders. 
Thank you!
Kind Regards,
Mr. Cuthbert

Middle School Transition Night – Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Come learn about what to expect in the Middle School (MS). During this useful talk, which will be held in the MPR from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm this Wednesday, on April 18th you will learn about the following:

  • Middle School philosophy
  • Opportunities for academic and extra-curricular involvement
  • Differences in the schedule from ES to MS
  • And other available programs.

The transition into middle school is full of social and physical milestones, but with the right strategies you and your child can make this step with confidence.

Track, field, swim day April 17

Dear UES Parents,
Tuesday, April 17th will be our Annual Grade 3-5 Track, Field and Swim Day. This is an all day House Color event, which will take place at the ISB Stadium and pool. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30am with events commencing at 8.45am and will conclude in time for the end of the school day. We encourage all parents and family members to come and cheer on your child in what is sure to be an action packed, fun-filled day.

What to Bring
All students should bring the following items:

  • Swim suit, googles and cap (if required)
  • Towel
  • House color t-shirt
  • Comfortable running shorts (eg. PE shorts)
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • A hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sun Screen: apply at home before coming to school (except Grade 4- apply after your morning swimming events)

8:30-8:45:                       Opening Ceremony

8:45am- 10:15am:      Grade 3 Field Events, Grade 4 Pool Events, Grade 5 Track Events

10:15am- 10:30am:    Recess

10:30am – 12:00pm:   Grade 3 Track Events, Grade 4 Field Events, Grade 5 Pool Events

12:00pm -1:00pm:      Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm:       Grade 3 Pool Events, Grade 4 Track Events, Grade 5 Field Events

2:45pm – 3:15pm:       Relays and Closing Ceremony

Students will sign up with their homeroom teacher for their picnic lunch if they wish, instead of the usual school lunch. Students who bring their own lunch from home must make sure nothing needs to be heated in a microwave. The PTA have kindly provided us with a popsicle for each student.

We will be asking if some parents can help give out ribbons at the finish line during track events. Announcements will be made to come down and help.

If the AQI is above 150 at 7:30am on the day we will reschedule to Thursday, April 19th. If it is above 150 AQI on the rescheduled day the day will unfortunately be cancelled.

We hope to see everyone there! Go Dragons!

Thank you, ESPE Team – Josie O’Reilly, Caleb Hill, Tom Parun and Leo Liu