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Lower School Newsletter 12  December 2022

 

Calendar

HIS CALENDAR

                 Upcoming Events

*23 December    Semester 1 reports home

*23 December    End of semester 1

*27 January        Professional inservice/ New                                Family Orientation (no school                            for students) 

*30 January        First Day of Semester Two

                      TABLE TENNIS                                           TOURNAMENT                      LS students shine!

Congratulations to our LS students who competed on Saturday in the table tennis competition.

They are Henry and Tiffany from G5. Tyrone and Alice from G4. And Angie from G3.

A huge thanks to Ms. Lily and Ms. Lucia for their work and support of our students and the event.

Chinese Language Festival 

                     Principal's Message               

Dear Parents,

It is so lovely to meet students at the gate each morning and to be there to welcome them. The Lower School Administrative team moves between gates across the week to get to know our students and families in both ECE and grades 1-5. I'm learning more and more names daily and enjoy getting warm hugs from some of our youngest students. What a way to start my day! 

Staff continues to be very busy writing reports and analyzing the writing samples. We will send school reports home on the last day of the Semester. 

Have a great week.

Lynn

Lynn Pendleton 

LS Principal

                     Vice Principal                                            Pastoral Care                       Dr. Aaron Ayers

Positive Parenting

As parents, there is no doubts that we all genuinely love and care about our children. It is innate and essential. We nurture them so they can feel loved, we guide and influence them as they discover the world and have to make decisions, and we protect them so that they are given every opportunity to grow and feel safe.

As our children get older, they become more independent and curious about the world around them. It is important to keep them safe with by establishing appropriate boundaries, but at the same time nurturing their curiosities. This can look different at different ages. For instance, younger children need support in learning how to share with others and play friendly, while older children are experiencing new levels of independence and need to be guided in thinking and making and choosing their own paths regarding areas they will likely experience peer pressure on.

When we work with our children and support them, the best practices come from applying positive parenting strategies. Positive parenting is established and maintained through a constant relationship in which we, as parents, care for, lead, communicate with, and provide for the needs of our children. Positive parenting is a relationship with our children that supports their self-esteem, is mutual in respect, and is meant to build and support our children as they grow and develop.

Of the many many characteristics of positive parenting, one of the most important ones is recognizing and addressing the emotional needs of our children and how we can support them. Researchers at the Gottman Institute identified five steps parents can take to coach their children emotionally. These five steps are 1) Being aware of your child’s emotions, 2) Make connections with your child, 3) Listen to your child, 4) Give names to the emotions your child is feeling, and 5) Finding solutions with your child.

In working with our children with a positive approach not only are we setting up our children for lifelong success, but we are also empowering them to embrace themselves and improve their health overall. When supporting our children, consider the power that positive parenting has and how this approach can guide your child.

              Vice Principal/PYP Coordinator                Cilla Giannapolous

Follow the leader: A child-led approach to learning

Part One

At HIS, we often talk about following your children's lead, meeting them where they are in their learning, and attaching new learning to their interests and knowledge.

When people hear 'child-led', they worry that this means that adults have no role. But this is untrue. It is essential to have clear and consistent boundaries that help your child feel safe and able to explore within.

The adults in this environment also play an active role in helping to foster the atmosphere for learning by curating interesting resources and asking questions to challenge thinking and push the children to pose, test, revise and defend theories.

We do this by building relationships with all the children, getting to know them and learning about their families and life outside of school. When we are inquiring into a unit of learning, we use this knowledge to hook children in and use their questions and interests as case studies, which helps us go deeper into an inquiry.

We encourage our students to connect their interests to 'bigger universal ideas' or 'concepts' that span time and place. For example, in Grade 3's unit on innovation, the Grade 3 teachers wanted their children to understand, "Throughout time, people continue to innovate for various purposes".

The teachers first thought about their students this year and how they enjoyed video games and realised that this was the perfect example to help them understand this unit. By looking at how video games have changed over time, the students' studied how and why people innovate and then applied these to other situations.

At home, you can follow your child's lead by finding out what they are interested in and passionate about. What do you notice keeps them entertained for long periods? What makes them think? What are they asking questions about?

Once you have established this, how can you extend and support this interest? What resources would support their learning? Can you borrow books from the library? Visit a museum or exhibition in Hangzhou? Is there someone you can talk to about their interest? Is there a class that they could take? How can they find out more?

Next week, I will share some suggestions on how you can best help support your child's learning at home. These suggestions will be particularly helpful as we move into the winter break.

                   COUNT UP TO OUR                                100 DAYS OF SCHOOL                  CELEBRATION

 Our students from K -Grade 5 are counting up to 100 days of school this academic year. This is a terrific opportunity to be involved in Math talks and to see the different ways the numbers can be represented! Each class will have about 3 numbers to celebrate! We will have a celebration when we reach 100 days!

       HOW TO CONTACT TEACHERS                WE ARE ONLY USING WECHAT            FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS SUCH AS SCHOOL CLOSURES AND LOCKDOWNS

Moments 365 Help

Help with Moments 365 is available from Mr Emlyn Majoos (Mr.M) to ensure we have all parents using this platform.  If you need a Chinese or speaker of another language please contact Mr M.and we will arrange support.

emlynmajoos@hisdragons.org.cn

Contacting Teachers

We ask parents to contact teachers via Moments 365 or by email. Teachers are busy working with students, attending meetings, preparing class materials, and ensuring student safety. They infrequently look at their computers or mobile phones and may miss your message. For changes to pick-up arrangements or urgent news, please get in touch with the school secretaries, who are online all day.

ECE lilyfan@hisdragons.org.cn                           LS main building florali@hisdragons.org.cn

Online teaching and Student/Teacher contact

For online teaching and correspondence between teachers and students we use TEAMS.

                  SWIMMING NEWS               

CONGRATULATIONS, Dragons Swimmers! 

Our HIS Dragons swimmers brought home the Hangzhou International School Youth Swimming Invitational 2022 - Swim Cloud Junior International Swimming Championships this past weekend. This is the first year our team has participated in the event. Our swimmers experienced remarkable growth—87 Personal Bests on Day 1, and 36 swimmers qualified for the Finals. Day 2 concluded with 29 medals, 41 other excellent showings, and the Team Award Overall Champion! Congratulations, student-athletes, coaches, and parents, for making our program great. 

SCAN THE QR CODE FOR Hangzhou International Schools Junior Swimming Invitational Photos 

Email swimming@hisdragons.org.cn for inquiries. 

 

https://www.his-china.org/extend/swim-team/results 

Upcoming Swim Meets: 

Dec. 17 – HIS Santa Splash Swim Meet at The WAVE 

Feb. 11-12 – Shanghai Swim League Round 3 at Nanjing International School 

March 10-11 – ACAMIS Senior Swim Championships at ISB Beijing 

March 24-25 - ACAMIS Junior Swim Championships at SWIS Shenzhen 

April 22-23 – Shanghai Swim League Championships at Shanghai American School – Pudong 

April – HISAC Round 3 at Wellington College Hangzhou 

May – HISAC Developmental Meet at The Wave HIS 

Email swimming@hisdragons.org.cn for inquiries. 

                     BUDDIES                           So much fun and opportunities for learning and leadership!                                        Gr 4B with EY1 

           WHAT ARE LOOSE PARTS?              We Need Your Help collecting Loose Parts!

             PICK UP OF STUDENTS                DELAYS  AND IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO TEACHERS

Please assist staff by advising us early (before lunchtime) wherever possible, if you need your child to do something different at their usual pick-up time and location. Teachers focus on working and engaging their class while maintaining a safe environment. They get to their computers sporadically and may miss changes. In addition, some classes are with Specialist staff for the last lesson and bring the students to the pick-up locations. They may be unaware of last-minute changes.

If you need to make a late change to plans, I'd suggest you send a message to our Lower School secretaries, florali@hisdragons.org.cn or in the ECE lilyfan@hisdragons.org.cn, and they can pass on your message.

COVID Procedures and Protocols

Please pay strict attention to your COVID prevention protocols and monitor your health code status regularly.

Masks must be worn on entry and can be removed when children are inside the school grounds.

As you know, we are back to 72-hour COVID tests in Hangzhou. The school will usually conduct three (3) COVID tests for all staff and students weekly. 

Please note that if your child is absent on the testing days, you must ensure they have a valid COVID test to reenter the school. Please forward your child's result to lilyfan@hisdragons.org.cn or florali@hisdragons.org.cn

 

                        PAFA NEWS                   

                                               HIS PAFA Winter Lunch

HIS PAFA Winter Lunch (Poster Attached)

Join us for the Winter Festival Lunch. Please, enjoy a wonderful lunch with fun activities, delicious food, and great company! 

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                      Lost Property                 

Please label your child's jackets, coats, umbrellas, waterbottles......everything! It is very worrying to see the number of unclaimed items, some of them brand new, but without a name and the ability to find the owner! We will try and locate the owner if the item has a name on it! Please help us and avoid needing to buy new items that could be located, if only we knew who it belonged to.

Dear Families,

The HIS Libraries are excited to invite you to the Family Reading Activity. Come and listen to some stories on Thursday, December 15th from 4:45pm-6:00pm. Please see the attached poster for more details and scan the QR and to sign up for the event.  

There are only a few days left to the add your Storybook Ornaments to our trees! Thank you to everyone who has already done so. It is looking so festive.

The Upper and Lower School libraries are holding a “Season’s Readings” Competition! It is similar to our winter book bingo from last year. Come to the library to get your card for the competition – only one week left!

The second week of voting for the Battle of the Books is completed! The Top Two books for the Battle of the Books are:

Mr. Stink by David Walliams

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

This week students will vote for the winning book. May the best book win!

If you would like to contact the libraries, please use the email addresses listed below:

ECE Library, Ms. Ivy – ecelibrary@hisdragons.org.cn

Lower School Library, Mrs. Majoos and Ms. Amy – lslibrary@hisdragons.org.cn

Upper School Library, Ms. Sara and Ms. Cocoa – uslibrary@hisdragons.org.cn

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Majoos

Lower School Librarian

      Messages for entering/exiting 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

DRAGONS WEAR THEIR UNIFORM WITH PRIDE EACH DAY!

School Uniform

Please wear our school uniform with pride each day, and we seek your support in having your child dressed in the complete uniform each day. We will notify you if it is a special day to dress up; otherwise, students should be in uniform. Also, please have your child wear their PE kit on swim days (Grade1-5). Please label your child's clothing to help us return it to you. We often find many items without names, and the students cannot recognize their belongings.    

Ordering School Uniform

Parents can go to the 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 (dragonshop@his-china.org) by email or by calling the school directly (Tel# 8669-0045 X109) during office hours (Monday-Friday 7:45 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm).

Also, parents may make an appointment to go to the Dragon Shop between 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 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:

Give items directly to students

Wait for pick-up at the school gate

Deliver home 12RMB pay on delivery fee.

         LS ADMINISTRATION TEAM             

Lynn Pendleton

Lower School Principal 

Aaron Ayers

Lower School

Vice Principal

Student Welfare

Cilla Giannopoulos

Lower School

Vice Principal 

PYP Co-ordinator

SCHOOL LUNCH

What's for Lunch?

See this week's cafeteria menu

HIS Mission Statement

We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.