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Lower School Newsletter 19  December 2022



                 Upcoming Events

*19-23  December  Online learning 

*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

                   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!                 

                     HAPPY HOLIDAYS!            

Good evening parents!

Maintain expectations. By this I mean behavioral expectations, as well as any responsibilities they may have during the academic year.  If your children have chores around the house, have them continue doing so. If they don’t, you might consider giving them some responsibilities around the house, so that they have set activities/expectations to fulfill between their other activities. For example, walking the dog helps them have a routine of waking up and going outside every day. 

Spend time outdoors & away from electronics. While it’s the holidays and kids will be spending more time at home, it’s important that we set limits of screen time, and encourage going outside and doing things that keep the children active. Things like going to the park, socializing and doing a picnic are good for our mental health, and help children learn life skills. 

Spend time as a family. During the year, between your work, the children being at school, CCA’s and other activities, we tend to have a busy schedule. During the break, try to spend time as a family. Playing board games, going for a walk, and watching a movie are all easy activities that will allow you all to spend some quality time together. 

Lower School Counselor

Hangzhou International School

2190 Xiangbin Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310053

Phone: 86-571-8669-0045



                      Principal's Message              

Dear Parents

Thank you for your outstanding support and care for our HIS LS community this Semester.

A wonderful First Semester

It has been an inspiring and busy semester, and I think we have successfully transitioned to our new home. It seems difficult to believe that we have only been here a semester, as it already feels like home.

We are learning more about the spaces we work in and the local surroundings and look forward to more trips to explore this beautiful area. 


Several students and families are leaving us, and we wish them safe passage to their new locations. We will miss them and thank them for their contributions to our community. We know they will never forget us because "Once A Dragon, Always a Dragon!"

Online learning

I hope your family has successfully gotten online today and enjoyed their day. Although there usually are a few problems on the first day, today was highly successful. The staff has worked very professionally and wants to ensure students know how to get online and how to access their work. After each of these elearning periods, staff and students experience growth in confidence, skills, strategies, and problem-solving that has a long-term reward for everyone. 

Please remember to ensure your child is having exercise, screen-free time, family time, and play!

Monitor your child and ensure they are not creating private chats on the Teams platform.

If your child is unwell, please let them rest and catch up with work over the break. 


We will release copies of the reports online on Friday afternoon. If you want to collect the complete information, including the NWEA scores and your child's writing sample with analysis, these will be available at the Main Gate for ECE and GR 1-5 from Friday. We will send a message on Moments 365 with the exact times and way to collect them this Wednesday.


I'm sure you will join me in thanking the incredible staff that works and supports our children. They are a highly professional, caring, and supportive group that always looks to do everything to ensure the best teaching and learning environment for all students, families, and colleagues.

Health and Safety

Remain vigilant and follow all health and safety protocols and procedures.

Hopefully, when we return, we will be open to on-campus learning. 

Season and Holiday Greetings 

To those who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a wonderful and joyous time with family and friends. And lots of presents and great food!

For those traveling, safe journeys, and we look forward to hearing about your trips on your return.

Happy Chinese New Year, 2023, the Year of the Rabbit. To all our families, we look forward to celebrating the Lunar festival on our return. The Mandarin team has some fantastic events planned.                兔年大吉,万事如意


Lynn Pendleton 

LS Principal

           Vice Principal/PYP Coordinator                Cilla Giannapolous

Follow the leader: A child-led approach to learning 

Part Two

 Last week, we discussed following your child's lead at home and school. We will now look at some specific ways you can help support your child in pursuing their interests at home.

Providing and valuing learning at home is especially critical as we move into the holiday period. This is your child’s homework: to find, cultivate and extend their interests and learning, covering many subjects and areas of knowledge as they apply to the children’s lives.

One of the best strategies you can use is simply asking questions and providing an example that will force your child to revisit or explain their thinking. You could ask:

Why is it like that?

How do you know that?

What makes you say that?

What evidence do you have?

What else is that similar to?

How is that different from x?

What else can you find out about y?

How can you find out more?

What else do you need?

Another thing you can do is provide tools that will allow your child to explore. For example, if they are interested in how things work, you could set up some mini-experiments at home with kitchen items and ask what happens when you change one variable. It is easy to find great ideas online about how to take an interest and delve deeper.

One strategy you might be interested in starting at home is a “questions wall” - where family members can write down questions that are puzzling them, and as a family, you can investigate these questions. All family members of all ages can contribute, so the lifelong attribute of curiosity is modelled and fostered. 

For example, in my family, we were curious about how to make the best cup of tea, so we ran many experiments (cup size, water temperature, water quality, time of tea bag in water, cup material), graphing findings, and deciding on what the best cup of tea was. This drew on many subject areas, was fun, and involved the whole family.

As adults, we are role models for the younger generation, so you should be modelling any attributes you want to see in your children at home. If we want our children to be curious, independent and lifelong learners, we need to show them we are lifelong learners and talk about our learning process all the time.

Here are some ideas to help you follow your child's lead:
Find out your child's interest - what catches their attention and why?

Put things in their environment to help them explore and be curious - e.g. usual items, materials, old artefacts

Set the environment, so they have access to tools to help them record - e.g. notebook, pens, paint, paper

Put resources at their level and within reach so they can be independent where possible

Ask what questions they have or what they want to know or do

Make a plan to find out more together

Find resources to support your inquiry. e.g. places to visit, websites, books, people, experiments

Be a role model: ask questions, investigate resources and talk about what you are learning

Document the learning process with photos, videos, diary entries, blog posts, etc.

As always, if you conduct intriguing inquiries at home, let your classroom teacher know, and your child can share it with the class.

At HIS, we want a culture where we learn from and inspire each other with our discoveries about the world.

                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!


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.

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                           LS main building

Online teaching and Student/Teacher contact

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

                 SWIMMING NEWS               

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 for inquiries. 

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


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, or in the ECE, 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 or

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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.

                     LIBRARY NEWS                 

Dear Families,

Our Thankful Tree and Christmas Tree received so much love from the students! It has been great to see the students adding their own thoughts and creations to the library space.

The winning book for Battle of the Books is…

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

The winners of the book prizes will be announced shortly! Congratulations to all the students who participated in this semester’s Battle of the Books. Next semester, there will be a new round of Battle of the Books, stay tuned!

Please note, the librarians have set up a HIS Outdoor Library for this week. You are invited to search the Oliver Library Catalog (QR code on the poster) to see what kind of books are available. We can then prepare the books for you to come and pick up. Or come to the Main Gate and choose books from the shelf. Please remember to take a photo of the HIS library (HZL or HZE) barcode so that we know which books have been taken and send the photo to Ms. Ivy (ECE Library) or Mrs. Majoos (Lower School Library). If you have any questions, please contact us on the email addresses below or on Moments 365.

The libraries will also be open during the holidays from December 26th until January 5th (excluding public holidays). Please email Ms. Amy during this time, to arrange book exchanges.

We are also running our annual winter Book Bingo! One for ECE and one for Lower School students! See the poster for details.

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

ECE Library, Ms. Ivy –

Lower School Library, Mrs. Majoos and Ms. Amy –

Upper School Library, Ms. Sara and Ms. Cocoa –

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Majoos

Lower School Librarian

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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




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 (

Parents can place an order with Nancy in the Dragon Shop ( 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

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