ISB Weekly - November 14, 2019

ISB Weekly

 

 
Welcome to the ISB Weekly! Organized into school-wide, Elementary, Middle, and High School announcements, this email contains all the info you need about upcoming events at ISB as we take a break for a Staff Professional Development Day and a School Holiday.

Mission and Vision Adoption Process – Vote Now

As you will be aware, ISB has conducted a comprehensive review to update the school’s Mission and Vision statements over the last few months. Hundreds of people contributed to the conversations to redraft the current statements into phrases (visualized in the image above) that all members of our community can relate to, from the youngest learners to the parents and employees of ISB.
 
The community now needs to vote to formally adopt these refreshed statements and make them operational for the 2020-2021 school year, our 40th anniversary. Voting will be carried out by electronic means between Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 22. You should have received an email today (Thursday, November 14) from vote-now.com with instructions on how to vote online. If you don’t see the email, please check your junk/spam folders. Please note that the ballot email will be resent up to three times if you have not yet voted.

Request for Temperature Check at Home  

We’d like to ask parents to take your child’s body temperature every morning through November. There have been cases of pneumonic plague reported in Beijing, and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking schools to take precautions. To prevent any spread of highly contagious diseases – not only plague but also norovirus (stomach flu) or seasonal flu – in school, it is important for your child to stay home if they are not feeling well and cannot comfortably participate in school activities.
 
Your child should stay home for rest and/or treatment if she or he has any of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, severe coughs or severe cold symptoms, fatigue, or fever.
 
Fever means a temperature reading greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius via axillary (under the armpit) method or 37.8 degrees Celsius via tympanic/oral (ear or mouth) method. Your child can come back to school after 24 hours of no fever without medication.
 
See these fact sheets from the U.S. CDC for more information:
Human Plague: Transmission From Person to Person
The Flu: Guide for Parents 
Gastroenteritis/Norovirus/Stomach Flu

Parent Workshop – Developing a Champion’s Mindset in Young Athletes

All ISB parents are invited to a workshop in the MPR from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 20 with John O’Sullivan. Mr. O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game Project, is a well-known figure in athlete, coach, and parent education in the U.S. His organization aims to improve the experience children have in sports by providing coaches and parents with the resources they need to make participating a positive and rewarding experience.

Parent Education Series – Learn About How We Teach Chinese

ISB’s Chinese language program is recognized as one of the region’s best in an international school. ISB has become a training base for curriculum leaders from other schools, and in 2018, ISB opened the Chinese Language and Culture Center to help foster more cultural as well as language proficiency.
 
On Friday, November 22, come learn how we teach the local language and encourage cultural integration in the latest sessions in our Parent Education Series of talks. Learning Chinese Through Literature will be conducted in Chinese in Bank Area 1323A from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, and How to Develop Chinese Oral Proficiency will be conducted in English and Chinese in the same venue from 10:10 am to 11:30 am. Click here to register.

2020-2021 School Calendar

The Board of Trustees has approved the school calendar for 2020-2021. We hope this helps you plan for the year ahead. Please note holiday and other important dates.

Parent Coffees – Your Chance to Chat with ISB’s HOS and Principals

During this year’s second round of coffee mornings, parents have the chance to talk with the Head of School as well as all three school principals. You will get an update on major events and goings-on, and have chance to ask questions.
 
Middle School Parent Coffee
8:30 am to 10:00 am on Monday, November 25
MPR
 
Elementary School Parent Coffee
8:30 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 26
ES Cafeteria
 
High School Parent Coffee
8:30 am to 10:00 am on Thursday, November 28
MPR
 
Head of School Parent Coffee
8:30 am to 10:00 am on Friday, November 29
Upper Gallery

The Tim Callahan Great Wall Shootout

Please come along and support the Dragons in the 17th Great Wall Shootout from Thursday, November 27 to Saturday, November 30. One of the highlights of the year for the whole ISB community, this boys and girls basketball tournament was founded by then ISB teacher Tim Callahan 16 years ago. A tournament schedule and further information, including on the schools invited from around the region, will be made available soon.

Free PTA Lama Temple Trip

The PTA would like to invite all parents on a PTA-sponsored trip to the Lama Temple and lunch in the hutongs on Tuesday, December 3. We will depart from school in an ISB bus at 9:00 am and drive to the Lama Temple, where we will be guided through the grounds. Following our tour, we will walk over to the hutongs for a delicious local lunch. We will return to campus by 3:00 pm.
 
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to ptaevents@isb.bj.edu.cn. Please note that this trip is for parents only.

Student Art on Show

Come see artworks by our talented students in four shows around school until the Winter Break. An exhibit of Grade 11 IB art students’ work is in the Gallery (Room 1632). In the High School Office Hallway, there is more High School drawing plus Where I’m From, an exhibit of work from the High School Yearbook team. And High School visual arts students’ abstract photography is on display in the hallway outside the MS/HS Cafeteria.

Long Weekend in November

We hope families are enjoying a day off school today, which is a Staff Professional Development Day. Please remember there is also no school tomorrow (Friday, November 15), which is a School Holiday.
 
Information correct at time of publication. Check the Calendar
for updates and to see what else is coming up at ISB.
 
 

ASA Registration

After-school activities (ASAs) for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are split into three “Sessions.” Session 1 will end on November 22. Session 2 will run from December 2 to February 21. Registration for Session 2 ASAs will open at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 18 and close at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 25.

Registration for ASAs will take place online via CHQ, our activity registration platform. CHQ is accessed through your PowerSchool account and instructions can be found here.

Please note that spaces in our activities are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This means that you can register your child for activities at any time during the registration period. You will receive an email with your child’s confirmed activities on Thursday, November 28. The first day of activities will be Monday, December 2.

Winter Holiday Giving Tree

This activity from Monday, November 25 to Monday, December 16 supported by the Migrant Children’s Foundation calls for donations of new books suitable for children aged 2 to 6. The books may be in English or Chinese, and may include purchases from the Winter Book Fair (see below). Further details will be announced soon.

Winter Book Fair

Our biannual Book Fair will take place on campus from November 28 to 30, extended into the weekend to offer more opportunity for parents to attend. A range of English and Chinese books for our younger learners will be on sale. Further details will be announced soon.
 

ASA Registration

After-school activities (ASAs) for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are split into three “Sessions.” Session 1 will end on November 22. Session 2 will run from December 2 to February 21. Registration for Session 2 ASAs will open at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 18 and close at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 25.
 
Registration for ASAs will take place online via CHQ, our activity registration platform. CHQ is accessed through your PowerSchool account and instructions can be found here.
 
Please note that spaces in our activities are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This means that you can register your child for activities at any time during the registration period. You will receive an email with your child’s confirmed activities on Thursday, November 28. The first day of activities will be Monday, December 2.

MS Counselor Coffee – Positively Connect with Tech

Counselors, Educational technology specialists, and students will present ways to positively connect with tech in the Staff Lounge Meeting Area during the Middle School Counselor Coffee morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Tuesday, November 19.
 
Our daily use of technology comes with many pros and cons. We will spend this session showcasing ways ISB students use technology in the classroom, discussing how students use technology to communicate with each other, and providing parents with an opportunity to ask questions. We will also offer parents tips on navigating our online learning platform, Dragons’ Exchange. Join us!

MS Concert – Band, Choir, and Strings Showcase

The Middle School band, choir, and string ensemble will perform for the ISB community in the Theater from 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 20.
 

University Information Visits

Representatives from the University of Hong Kong are due to visit the High School Counseling Office at 11:05 am on Tuesday, November 19 to provide admissions information.

Tickets Available for HS Theater Production

This year’s High School Production is Girls Like That, an urgent and explosive play exploring gender equality and pressures on today’s digital generation. It will be the second outing in the HS Studio series after last year’s Anon(ymous). The Studio format is designed to be a small-cast, one-act play in the 100-capacity Black Box theater for an intimate and engaging audience experience. Each show will be followed by a “talk back” in which the audience can discuss the production with the student performers and production team.
 
Click here to get your free tickets, or scan the QR code on any of the posters or e-boards you may see. Shows will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 21; 7:00 pm on Friday, November 22; and 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 23. Please note that the production contains mature themes, language, and situations and is not recommended for Elementary School or younger Middle School students.
Information correct at time of publication. Check the Calendar 
for updates and to see what else is coming up at ISB.

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