Welcome back everyone after what I hope was a restful break. A particularly big welcome to the 9 new students who have joined the ISS family this week. It is always a pleasure to welcome new families into our inclusive multicultural community.
A very happy Deepavali (Diwali) on Saturday 29th October. Deepavali is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Deepavali is the celebration of the return of Rama and Sita following the defeat of the evil Ravana by Rama. This festival of lights represents the victory of good over evil. I wish all those of our community who celebrate Deepavali my best wishes for the day. For those of you who do not celebrate Deepavali I hope you enjoy the colour and beauty of this festival of lights.
In the coming week Middle School has the Parent Teacher Conferences which is a vital time for parents to discuss with teachers how their child's learning can be further enhanced. The Elementary School 3 way conferences will be the following week on 16th November. Please note there will be no school for ES students on the 16th November as they should attend the 3 way conference with their parents. As we did last year there will als be a Book Fair in the Lbrary on this day.
Elementary School News
The Design Center, a new addition to the Paterson Campus this year, has been busy. This new learning space is a dedicated environment for our students and teachers to explore and experience a “Design Thinking” project with links to their grade level unit of inquiry. The students have been planning/brainstorming, prototyping and/or creating. While inquiring into mechanical, potential and kinetic energy, our Grade 5 students worked in the design center to design catapults using skewers, elastic bands and marshmallows!
A group of Grade 4 students began their design thinking process in class during a math inquiry. They then worked in the design center as they went through the ideation process, changing their device to a 5 second timer from a 10 second timer.
Photo Shoot Monday 31st October
On Monday we will have professional photographers in school taking the annual individual and class photos.
Mandarin Coffee Morning
The ESL and Mandarin Departments would like to invite you to a special coffee morning to be held on Tuesday 8th November at 8 a.m. until 9:15am in the Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) on level 3. We will explain how the children learn other languages and share with you strategies that you can use at home to help your child to be successful in developing skills in an additional language.If you wish to attend, please click the link to register the event before Nov. 7, 2016.
3 Way Conferences and Book Fair Wednesday November 16th
The 3 Way Conferences will take place on 16th November. At the same time there will be a book fair in the library so it will be great chance to browse and buy books whilst you are up at school with your children.
Parents will have the chance to discuss their child's learning with their child and their child's class teachers.
Parents should sign up for an appointment time using the links that will be sent to you at 3pm on Tuesday 8th November.
Sign ups will close at 2:30 pm on Tuesday November 15th to enable staff to prepare for the day.
Please note that there will be no school on November 16th.
Monday, 31st October - School Photoshoot
Saturday, 5th November - Urgent Run
Tuesday, 8th November - Elementary School Learning Other Languages Coffee Morning
Wednesday, 16th November - 3 Way Conferences and Book Fair
Middle School (MS) News
Believe it or not that is Term2 has begun! Where did ten weeks go? Over the first term students in the MS have sung french songs, built robots, drawn still life, learnt to swim, tug-of-war’d, donated to Sok Sabay, functioned in math, lived the Outsiders, celebrated Mid-Autumn festival, performed Beatles songs, explored ancient river valleys and vied for Scientist of the month. Can’t wait to see what unfolds in the next term.
Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) are upon us. PTC is a great chance to meet one on one with each student’s teachers. The conversations are kept to around 10 minutes and you can identify if follow up time is necessary. First opportunity is Wednesday, 2nd November (17:00-20:00). Sign Ups were sent out via ManageBac and the IB Parent Group. The next opportunity is Wednesday, 9th November (15:00-18:00).
One of the social events of the year is the school Halloween disco. This will be held on Friday, 4th November in the MS Hall from 17:30-19:30. The students are supervised and once at the disco will only be allowed to leave if travel home has been confirmed. It promises to be a ghoulishly great night.
What better way to follow up the Halloween disco than the Urgent Run in East Coast on Saturday, 5th November. The run supports the World Toilet Organisation in providing sanitary toilets in regions throughout the world
Early notice there is a book fair in Paterson Library from 2pm-6pm before the Parent Teacher Coferences
Tuesday 1st November - School Photoshoot
Wednesday, 2nd November - Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 5PM - 8PM
Saturday, 5th November - Urgent Run
Wednesday, 9th November - Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) 3PM - 5PM
Wednesday, 9th November - Book Fair 2PM - 6PM Paterson Library
Sharyn Skrtic: Elementary School Principal
Michael Taylor: Middle School Principal