Lower School Newsletter
20 June 2022
Specialist Fun Morning EY-K
* Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony
* Last Day of School for students/Reports issued
* New Family Orientation/Open House
*First Day of Semester1
For our final unit of the year, we inquired into how innovation can lead to entrepreneurial opportunities. With Mr. M's support, we looked at innovative products people have created that are environmentally friendly or have a sustainable aspect to them and from this how they went about selling these products. We looked at creating our own business idea, product development, persuasive techniques to pitch our products to sell, and budgeting. Today was the day all our learning came together, selling our products and working out our profits. It was a fantastic experience for all involved.
Field Trips This Week
Grade 4 and Grade 1
15th ANNUAL DRAGON RUN! (New poster and QR code for photos)
Rain or Shine, we said, and what a way to shine for the HIS community and friends who came to run and enjoy the activities!
Thank you everyone who ran, volunteered, and sponsored this great event to benefit the Library Project. Your smiles, enthusiasm, and caring love made possible this event and the fun!
Congratulations to the 5K champions in the 3 different categories:
Grade 2 student Miranda Hong
Grade 5 student Hyun Park
Grade 7 student Sophia Ding
Grade 8 student James Lee (FIRST PLACE OVERALL)
Grade 2 parent, Mrs. Mickey Chen
HIS faculty, Mr. Andrew Lawrence
You can see photos and videos of the event by scanning the QR code.
Sponsor Solar Panels for Our New Campus!
Thank you to all our sponsors! They are now part of the HIS green initiative by sponsoring solar panels for the new campus and you can be part of this big step towards reducing our carbon footprint as a school and battling climate change.
This August 2022, Hangzhou International School is moving to our new campus in the same convenient and beautiful area of Binjiang District. A group of committed students, including HIS alumni Suhani Sikri, are working towards acquiring and installing solar panels for clean, renewable energy in our new campus. In the face of the consequences of global warming, this is a step towards a greener future, and in the long term, will impact the Hangzhou community positively and cut down on our school's pollution. Installing solar panels will also provide new and exciting learning opportunities for our students to learn more about how renewable energy and the technology works, take responsibility, develop leadership skills, and realize this is an important issue that our school is acting upon.
As a school, we want to continue our legacy of being environmentally friendly school, and by sponsoring a panel, you can also be a part of this legacy. Every solar panel you sponsor would be a step towards this environmentally friendly change that will impact our whole school community and support our school in using more sustainable forms of energy and help reduce the school's carbon footprint. As a sponsor, your name or your company/organization's logo will be gratefully acknowledged in many ways. Please, contact us to learn more about it.
Create your family or company's 'print' on our new campus and pave the way for a greener future for our community. Let's Go Solar and Brighten Hangzhou!
Don't miss the school year memories and order Cost: 288 RMB
Deadline to order: FRIDAY, JUNE 17.
Yearbooks will be distributed last day of school, June 23.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.his-china.org
PYP COORDINATOR NEWS
A time to reflect
"We do not learn from experience... We learn from reflecting on experience," - John Dewey.
As we enter the last two weeks of the 2021-22 school year at HIS, it is an excellent time to stop and reflect on the year and the progress your child has made.
Reflection is an integral part of the IB program. Units are planned with reflection throughout the inquiry cycle; we strive to embody the 'learner profile' of being 'reflective', and we reflect to check in with ourselves and set new goals as part of the 'Thinking Skills' 'Approaches to Learning' (ATLs). The children and teachers reflect on what's happening, what's working, what's not working, and how to change what's not working and set the direction for what's next.
Porter (2017) describes the benefit of reflection, "Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning. This meaning becomes learning, which can then inform future mindsets and actions."
The year often moves at such a fast pace that we can lose sight of where we have started and how far we have come. To help your child recognize their progress, spend time with them talking about their year and thinking about their growth in all areas (Academic, Personal and Physical).
Ask your child: What do they know now that they did not know before? How did they learn it? What did they struggle with this year? How did they overcome challenges? What did they enjoy and find success in? What made it so enjoyable? What did they feel they did not do so well in? How can they do better next year?
Helping our children develop their metacognition will help them to know themselves as learners. They will start to see what they need to do better and, by setting their own goals, will be more motivated to achieve. By focusing on the process of learning, our children will continue to develop a growth mindset, where they see mistakes and struggle as critical to learning.
Taking time out of your busy schedule to reflect can be difficult; however, by regularly engaging in reflective chats, we can all continue to grow and develop with focus and clarity. We can do this, safe in the knowledge that reflection is ongoing, and we can all continue to improve. If our children can get into the habit of regular reflection now, imagine far they will go in the future!
We look back with great pride at our achievements over the last year, and there have been many.
The Lower School team works continuously to provide a comprehensive, inclusive, rigorous, and rich curriculum embodied in a conceptual and inquiry-based pedagogy. The relationships and connections the staff make with our learners across academic, sporting, and CCAs help provide a warm, secure, friendly, and nurturing environment for students to learn and develop.
I know you will join me in sincerely thanking our professional, hardworking, and talented staff who make learning authentic, accessible, and engaging. Also, we thank the departing team for all you have contributed to the success of the school and the outstanding legacy you leave.
We recognize this is a bittersweet moment for many as we farewell staff, students, and families we have grown to embrace and care for as they leave HIS and move to various parts of China and the world. We also have many eager and talented teachers waiting to join the HIS community, and we look forward to welcoming and getting to know them.
Finally, we say farewell to our current campus that has served the HIS community so admirably for 20 years and, for many students, is home!
Yet, we are also excited to see the new campus starting to look like 'our school' and grow more real daily!
I want to thank all families for their tremendous support across so many areas of the school. It has been lovely welcoming you back on campus and sharing events and field trips with the grades. I know teachers have enjoyed having your company and support as well. We hope this can continue and expand next year!
We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and relaxing break. For those traveling safe passage, and for those leaving, we hope for every success and happiness in your new location.
Always remember, "Once a Dragon, always a Dragon!"
Dramatic Play Donations
Please help if you can.
To wrap up the year, some classes had a wonderful popsicle party because they brought back all their library books on time. We have also received great help from the Librarians in Training and middle and upper school students, with grade 7 and 9 deserving a special mention, who are helping us pack up the library for our move to the new campus. It shows us that HIS is an amazing community, and the students really care about their school.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you would like some book recommendations for the summer. Even though the library at school will be closed, due to the move, books are available to be purchased on Obido or Taobao and books can also be loaned from the local libraries around Hangzhou. We are all very excited to see you in the libraries at the new campus very soon. Wishing you all a fantastic summer holiday!
Lower School Librarian
Messages for entering the school
Parent and Student ID Cards
All students and parents should have an HIS Identification Card. Please review the information on the website to submit your photo to the secretary for ID card generation. HIS ID card information
Ordering Uniforms or School Merchandise
We are very proud of the HIS school uniform and we seek your support in having your child dressed in the complete uniform each day. Please ensure you label all of your child's items so that we can return them. Staff will be alerting you to the PE time for your class when students wear their PE shirts.
Parents can go to following link and look at the uniform web page (https://www.his-china.org/support/dragon-shop).
Parents can place an order with Nancy in the Dragon Shop (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email or by calling the school directly (Tel# 8669-0045 X109) during office hours (Monday-Friday 7:45am - 11:30am and 12:30pm - 4:30pm).
Also parents may make an appointment to go to the Dragon Shop between 3:45pm – 4:30pm when the regular school day is over.
Older students may come to the Dragon Shop to select sizes and purchase uniforms if they have time before or after school during open hours.
Payment may be made through AliPay or by giving students cash.
You can choose from the following options to receive uniform orders:
1. Give items directly to students
2. Wait for pickup at the school gate
3. Deliver home 12RMB pay on delivery fee.
HIS New Campus Update
I think you will be delighted, as were the Administrative team that visited the new school site last week.
Lower School Principal
HIS Mission Statement
We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.