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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!

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

Preparing for Puberty Week (February 26 – March 2nd)

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

Puberty Week is almost here and we would like to share some of the resources that we will be using. We encourage parents to look through these materials to help guide the discussions you might have at home with your child. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any comments or questions.

At the beginning of the week, students will receive one of the gender-specific handouts that are included in the links listed below. While topics for both genders will be covered in a co-ed fashion during the first few days of the week, students will only receive their gender-specific handout.

Girls and boys will be split into gender-based groups for the last two days of the week.  We have found that it’s easier for many students to talk about puberty-related topics on these days.

The website is a teacher resource that you also might find useful.  It is produced by a company that makes feminine hygiene products and has some helpful tips and advice for girls and their parents.

The final links are for videos that we will share with the students throughout the week.  

Warm regards,

The Grade 5 Team


Printed Handouts

Boys’ Guide

Girls’ Guide

Online sources

Puberty Resources for Parents

Information for parents and adolescents about puberty and growth topics

Tips and advice about menstruation


Looking Ahead – About Boys

Looking Ahead – About Girls

Good Hygiene

Having a Positive Body Image

Period Diaries

Care for the planet – Roots and Shoots

No more plastic straws!

During the past ASA session, ES Roots and Shoots students looked at different ways to reduce the amount of plastic we throw away each day. To help avoid the waste caused by plastic straws, they decided to sell stainless steel straws to ISB students at cost.

You will be able to buy the pack of 3 different stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush (as shown here) for 20 rmb during UES lunch time, the week we return from Chinese New Year. The cloth bag makes it easy to carry the straws around in a purse or backpack.

Puberty Talk This Friday

Grade 5 parents,

Please don’t forget about the talk we have scheduled for this Friday at 8:30 in the MPR. Dr. Andy Wang will speak about the physical and emotional changes children go through during puberty. Dr. Wang will be available to answer your questions after his presentation.


Be informed about puberty

Grade 5 will end its Wellness Unit with a week devoted to discussing the physical and emotional changes students can look forward to as part of puberty. It’s a good time to let your child know you are still there to listen to problems and to answer any questions he or she might have about puberty. To help you prepare for this, ISB has invited Dr. Andy Wang from United Family Healthcare Beijing (BJU) to come talk with interested fifth-grade parents on February 9 at 8:30am. 

Dr. Wang is a board-certified family physician who joined the staff at BJU in 2006. He speaks both English and Mandarin. His clinical focus includes diabetic care, psychiatry, geriatrics, and cross-cultural medicine. He also cares for pediatric patients of all ages.

Puberty discussion for 5th-grade parents: February 9 at 8:30am in the MPR

Supporting the Arts (and former 5th graders) at ISB

Middle School students performing “Not a Box”.

Starting this Thursday, Middle School students will perform “Not a Box”an original theater collaboration created by MS drama students, visiting global artists, a group of ISB teachers, and Hannah Northcott, the artistic director. The starting point for this show was the inquiry, “What’s in a box?” Three groups were formed (drama, dance and design) to explore this question. Together,  they created a show that features the themes, moods, thoughts and emotions that are relevant in the middle school years.

Theatergoers will also be able to see a related art exhibit called “Box World”. All the art pieces in the exhibition were created from boxes found at ISB. 
Not a Box (about 50 minutes total running time)
VENUE: ISB Theater
Nov. 9, Thursday, 4:00 PM (students can still catch the 6 PM bus)
Nov. 10, Friday 6:30 PM
Nov. 11, Saturday 2:00 PM
“Box World” art exhibit
VENUE: MS/HS Cafeteria
Nov. 9, Thursday 5-6:00 PM 
Nov. 10, Fri 4-6 PM
Nov. 11, Sat 1-2 PM
To book tickets, they can log into:


Deadline extended for Terry Fox t-shirts

On September 29, the entire ISB community will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the Terry Fox Run. This event is held every year in honor of a young man who sought to increase funding for cancer research by running across Canada, in spite of the fact that he had lost a leg to the disease.

ISB families and staff can contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation by buying a t-shirt for RMB120, or by making a donation on the day of the run. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Orders for t-shirts can now be given to your child’s homeroom teacher all the way up until the 29th. Beginning next Monday, the t-shirts will also be for sale during lunch in the middle school/high school cafeteria. Please follow the sizing guidelines below when ordering.