Monthly Archives: August 2017

ASA Registration for Session 1 Begins

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to ISB and the 2017-18 school year. Hopefully your children have settled into their school routines. If you are not aware, this week is ASA Registration.

Please note that ASA registration begins today, Monday, August 28th. Registration will conclude on Monday, September 4th at noon. The ASA Registration process is not a “first come, first serve basis”.  All selections are computer generated, so please take your time this week with your child and go over all the selections in the ASA program. 

Additionally, please welcome Ms. Angie Wang who will take over for Lexie Qi in the Activities Office. Angie will help run the ASA program. During this week, if you have any questions, or need any help, always feel free to stop by the activities office and let us know how to assist. 

Angie Wang and Jason Cuthbert from the Activities Office

Important Dates

  • August 28- September 4th: ASA Registration
  • Monday September 11th: Start of ASA Session #1
  • Friday November 17th: End of ASA Session #1

2017-18 Elementary School Swimming Opportunities

  • UES Season Swimming – a seasonal session for all swimmers in grades 3-5 who are looking to improve their skills but are not yet quite ready for the academy. All ability levels welcome – August 29th start, every Tuesday and Thursday from 15:40-16:30. Please complete the attached Entry Form Seasonal Try-out Aug 2017 and return to the swim office by August 28th.
  • ISB Swim Academy Tryoutsfor any students in grades 2-12 who want to be part of the year round ISB swim program and who want to compete and represent the school. This is a higher-level group and swimmers will be judged on their times across several events. If you are a swimmer and are ready for a challenge then this is for you. Time trials are September 4th, 6th and 8th after school, ES students from 15:35-16:30Please complete the attached Entry Form Academy Try-out Sep 2017 and return to the swim office by September 1st.
  • ASA Learn to Swim Programopen to all students in grades 1 and 2 who are beginner swimmers and are wanting to improve their basic skills in the water. Registration for this will be via the ASA Session 1 Registration week from August 28th-September 4th.
  • Baby Dragonsis a development program for students in grades K-2 who are already on their way to being strong swimmers. Sessions and times will depend on chosen days on the form, which will begin from the week of November 28th until the end of the school year. Please complete the attached Entry form Baby Dragon Swimming 2017 and return to the swim office by November 23rd. Assessments for all new swimmers for this program take place on the 29th of November.

Important Information to Consider 

  • UES Swim Season is not open to children that make it into Swim Academy. 
  • Baby Dragons from last season may begin practices from November 28th.
  • Grade K-2 – if your son/daughter is wishing to swim in the year-round program time trials, or being assessed for Baby Dragons in November then you MUST accompany them to the pool when these take place, they are not permitted to go alone. If you are not there to collect them from class on the designated day, they will be sent home as per their usual arrangement. 
  • To take part in either the time trials for The Swimming Academy, UES season or the Baby Dragons program, you MUST complete the relevant registration form attached and turn that back in to the pool office by the deadline dates. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unsure of your child’s ability, we would advise to schedule an appointment with the Aquatics Director to assess your child’s suitability for either the UES season or Academy offerings. Baby Dragons assessments will take place on November 29th but it must be stressed that for safety reasons, all Baby Dragon assessment swimmers should be able to swim 1 lap of Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.

My mistake!

Dear 5th grade parents and teachers,

School picture days are taking place this month, NOT next month. Please accept my apologies for any confusion I caused by posting the wrong month earlier today. It has been corrected on the original post.

Kind regards,

Ms. Dawn

School picture day is almost here!

School photos, taken each year, are used for yearbooks and school identification; prints are also available for purchase. Parents, who wish to, will be able to order photos online. Parents will receive a proof of their child’s photo 2-3 weeks after the photo session, along with instructions on how to order and pay online, through PayPal or credit card. Products ordered will be delivered to school and distributed in due course. Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher, divisional office, or Dragons’ Gate Calendar for further details.

Dates by class:

August 25: 5HD and 5AT

August 28: 5KH

August 29: 5JP, 5AD, 5ML

PE swimming unit schedule

Wondering about the swimming unit in PE? This post from the PE blog should answer all your questions. To receive the most up-to-date information about your child’s physical education at ISB, subscribe to the PE blog by clicking on this link.
Dear Parents:
Half of the 5th grade will begin swimming in PE the week starting September 7. The other half of the 5th grade will swim May 3- June 5. Please see below for information on when each class will swim and what is required:
September 7 – October 17
                                                                                May 3- June 5
This is a great opportunity for your child to improve swimming and water safety skills while participating in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Please read the following guidelines below so as to have your child ready to begin his or her swimming lessons:
Girls should wear a one-piece bathing suit. Boys may wear Speedos, trunks or knee length Lycra suits; however, it is not convenient to wear bathing suits that are below their knees. Please check the condition of your child’s suit. To ensure that the children do not forget their bathing suits for their swim lessons, all children will leave their suits hanging in a designated place at the pool. When they arrive for their next lesson, their suits will be there, dry and waiting for them. Please clearly write your child’s name on their bathing suit.
Students can make do with basic, inexpensive goggles that are comfortable for them. Swimming Caps should be worn by all students with long hair as it makes swimming comfortable and is much more practical. At the very least, long hair should be tied back. Again, the students will leave their goggles here at the pool until the swimming unit is complete. Please clearly write your child’s name on the cap and goggles.
Each class, a clean towel is provided for all students participating in swimming.
It is our belief in the PE department that if a child is attending school, then they are generally well enough to participate in all classes including Physical Education/Swimming. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. If they are well enough to be at school, then they are expected to participate.
This is a great opportunity for your child to receive professional and high quality instruction from qualified and experienced aquatic staff. Students will experience a safe and friendly environment that allows them to develop their confidence in a variety of aquatic activities. Support your child in this program. Swimming is a life skill!!
For inquiries regarding this unit, feel free to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator, Coach Nic Wilson   Email:                        Phone: 81492345 ext. 1601

After School Ensemble Program information

Welcome back to another school year and welcome to all new families.

My name in Cyndi Campbell and I organize the afterschool ensemble program.

We offer 2 choirs for all students who love to sing.

  • Junior Choir for grades 2 and 3 (first rehearsal on Sept 14th)
  • Treblemakers for grades 4 and 5 (first rehearsal on Sept 4th)

4 levels of string ensembles:

  • Beginning 1 (starts the week of Sept 11th)
  • Beginning 2 (starts the week of Sept 4th)
  • Vivaldi (starts the week of Sept 4th)
  • Mozart –audition only group (starts the week of Sept 4th)

Beginning Band for grades 4 and 5

  • Starts the week of Sept 4th. Students will be introduced to program on Aug 29th with a performance by HS band under direction of Mr. Nate Long.

I will speak about the program at Back To School Night later this month. Many of the string teachers will be present on that evening as well.

Instrument Sales Day is Sept 2nd from 9:00 – 12:00. This a the perfect day to try out instrument and purchase what you need for the upcoming year.


All information about ensembles, practice material, concert dates everything you might need to know, is posted on the ENSEMBLE Blog found on Dragons Gate. You must visit page and register to receive notice for new postings.   Dragon’s Gate>ES Blogs>drop down menu for Specialists> ENSEMBLE


Any questions contact me at

Meet and Greet

Welcome to a new school year! Here in the 5th grade, we can’t wait to meet our new students, but we’re also eager to get to know you, their parents. Please stop by and introduce yourself to your child’s homeroom teacher this Monday or Tuesday between 3:45 and 4:30.  Don’t forget to bring that Hopes and Fears form!