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Lower School Newsletter 6  March 2023




Upcoming Event

*7 March          Grade 5 Exhibition Launch 8am                                           *9 March  Parent Coffee Morning 10am   *17 March   Grade 4 Assembly 8.15am   *27-29 March  Book Fair                   *28 March    Student-Led Conferences   *31 March  Mid-term progress reports   *3-5 April        Spring break/tomb sweeping

2023-2024 dates

*23 August -15 December -Semester 1 2023

*09 January -21 June         -Semester 2 2024

              100 DAY CELEBRATION                 100 days of fun, friendship and learning



                                   Developing Resilience in Teenagers

Resilience is the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties. It is important for teenagers because it helps them build the skills needed to cope with challenging situations, such as bullying, academic pressure, and physical and emotional health issues. It teaches them how to manage stress, recognize and cultivate positive relationships, and develop problem-solving skills that can help them navigate through life's ups and downs. By providing teens with the tools to respond to difficult situations in healthy, productive ways, resilience can help them develop a sense of security and confidence as they make their way through adolescence.

We will be exploring how to foster resilience in teenagers during the Coffee Morning on Thursday 9th March. I am looking forward to seeing some of you there.

If you have any questions or worries about your children please contact Dr Ryan by email


Please take time to access this helpful resource for parents that highlights how you can be talking with your child about Math and Numeracy in everyday, real life experiences.

This helps children to see the application, connection and purpose of the Math and builds deep conceptual understanding.

            Principal's Message       

Dear Parents,

Seeing so many of you in the school attending events and assisting on field trips has been excellent. I hope to meet more of you this week at events at school.

Count Up to a 100-day celebration.

What a wonderful day we had, celebrating our first 100 days of school on our new campus at HIS. Our 100 theme was displayed everywhere, with Math activities all focused on 100. These activities included weighing friends together to make 100 kgs, buildings structures with 100 cups, doing exercises for 100 seconds, estimating jars and guessing the one with 100, building structures 100 cm tall, and making pictures from loose parts celebrating the number 100! Whether 2 or 11 years, no one wanted to leave and declared it "absolutely the best fun"!  

Lots of discussions have been part of the daily number talks as students created posters to showcase the number their class was highlighting.

Thank you to Ms.Roche and Mr.Soos, who led this activity, and the team that supported them in devising and setting up activities, running the event along with our fabulously talented 'aging makeup' crew! 

A fantastic team effort! 

Grade 5 Exhibition

The Exhibition is the highlight of grade 5 and the time when students demonstrate over many weeks the understandings, concepts, approaches to learning, and the dispositions central to the learner profile as they investigate an area of interest in depth and then share it to a broad audience.

The journey begins tomorrow with the launch of the Exhibition, and I'm excited to see grade 5 parents and students share this significant moment. It is delightful that we can finally do this together on campus! 


Parents of students taking the buses, please speak to your children about appropriate manners and safety procedures that must always be evident when traveling to and from school. I expect all adults will be treated with respect and listened to when they request students comply with regulations. 

Dr. Ayers and I will follow up with the families of students who cannot follow the required standards. 

Heating up

Spring has finally arrived, and the temperature is warming in the middle of the day. Students are now shedding sweaters and jackets and forgetting to collect them after playing. Please label all clothing and water bottles so we can return them to their owner if left.

Have a great week.

Kind regards,


Lynn Pendleton 

LS Principal

           Health and Safety Reminders             Care for our LS community

Wearing masks to enter the school is optional for students and staff. Masks will still be available for students who want to wear them. 

Please note all visitors must wear masks.

Temperature and hand sanitizer checks will still continue.

 Procedures and Protocols

We have a number of students with high temperatures this week. Please ensure that if your child is ill that they do not attend school If your child continues with a high temperature or remains unwell, please seek medical support. We ask that parents err on the side of caution and keep children at home until they have fully recovered. 

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

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

Please note that if your child is absent due to COVID you must ensure they have a valid negative COVID test to reenter the school. Please forward your child's result to or

Unit of Inquiry in Action 

Students from PREK & Grade 5 out on field trips!

Connecting to our community is inquiry.




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.


Practice basic water safety. Teach your children to always ask for—and receive— your permission before entering any body of water. And always watch your children and stay within arm’s reach of any weak or inexperienced swimmer in the water.  

Know how to recognize an emergency. A person struggling at the surface or face-down in the water or on the bottom of the pool and not moving is in trouble and needs help. Tell the lifeguard or an adult right away. 


Water competency means having the basic, minimum skills needed to be safe and survive in the water. It means more than just knowing how to swim. It also includes the ability to:  

Enter the water and submerge completely.  

Recover to the surface and stay there for at least 1 minute by treading water or floating. 

Turn completely (360 degrees) and orient to the exit.  

Level off and propel oneself on the front or back through the water for at least 25 meters.  

Exit the water.  

Remember, you may be water competent in one type of aquatic environment, for example, a pool. However, this does not mean that you are water competent in another environment, such as a lake or ocean. Each environment is different, and more skill is required. 

PARENT’S CORNER: How can you help? 

Talk to your child’s instructor about strategies to help your child participate as independently as possible without mom or dad in the class with them.  

Take some time to talk with the instructor to find out how your child is doing.  

Encourage your child to use the bathroom before swimming lessons.  

Remember, children develop swimming skills at different rates. Offer praise and encouragement at each lesson.  

Review water safety tips for your home.  

Maintain a “safety-first” attitude and always be on the lookout for a possible water emergency.  

Take your child to public or family swims to increase his or her comfort level and confidence in the water. 

It is going to be a busy month for our Dragons Swim Team! Three weekends of swimming Personal Best! 


Good luck to our 40 Dragons Swimmers competing this weekend at the SSL Round 4 hosted by Shanghai American School Pudong (SASPD). It is going to be a great weekend of swimming. 


All the best to our Upper School student-athletes representing HIS at the ACAMIS Senior Swim Championships hosted by International School of Beijing (ISB) next week March 17th-18th. 

Boys 13-14: Harry Wang, Carlos Chu, Paweike Tukula, Derek Xu, Anderson Lai, David Lou, Divay Agarwal 

Girls 13-14: Tina Liu, Alice Wu, Anna Lu, Naomi Xia, Junlin Yang, Sylvie Hao, Phoebe Spinks 


In three weeks, March 24th-25th, the below selected swimmers will be competing at the ACAMIS Junior Swim Championships hosted by Shen Wai International School Shenzhen. 

Boys U11 – Flynn Yu, Jake Li, William Lou, Ethan Yang, Vanness Chang, Yihao Zhou 

Girls U11 – Shirley Lin, Carol Zhong, Coco Jin, Mable Lu, Kaho Inoue, Pippa Willoughby,  

Boys U13 – Richard Xu, Peter Pan, Jean Mao, Leo Guo, Eachan Lu, Astin Hong 

Girls U13 – Amber Lam, Allison Wang, Lydia Wu, Helen Zhong, Akeelah Lyu 


Our warmest CONGRATULATIONS go out to all the swimmers who moved up a level these past weeks. You made us all proud of your consistent hard work and dedication each day, and how far you have come. Hat’s off for everyone’s amazing efforts! Go Dragons! 


Kaho Inoue (G5) - Pre-Gold  

Ethan Yang (G5) - Pre-Gold 

Vanness Chang (G5) - Pre-Gold 

William Lou (G5) - Pre-Gold 

Pippa Willoughby (G5) - Pre-Gold 

Kexin Chloe Han - (G5) Silver 

Ning Ning Wang (G5) - Bronze 

Chloe Wang (G3) - Pre-Gold 

Byron Lo (G3) - Bronze 

Eddie Liu (G3) - Bronze 

Derek Ying (G3) - Bronze 

Elsa Willoughby (G3) - Bronze 

Derek Yeng (G3) - Blue 


Joon Lee (G7) - Bronze 

Fiona Hong (G7) - Bronze 

Tiger Lu (G7) - Bronze 

Hyun Park (G6) - Bronze 

Cathy Zhang (G5) - Bronze 


Joanna Yan (G7) - Silver  

Prince Dong (G7) - Silver 


March 11 - Shanghai Swim League Round 4 at Shanghai American School – Pudong  

March 17-18 – 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 (Canceled) 

May 27 – HISAC Swim Meet at The Wave HIS 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW for Swim Meet Results 

Email for inquiries, and visit the Aquatics Swim Meet Calendar for updated events and practice schedules. 

         CCA INFORMATION         

Please visit the Co-Curricular page on the HIS website for more information  

You can also send an email to if you have any inquiries. 


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 are optional on entry and can be removed when children are inside the school grounds.

Please note that if your child is absent due to COVID 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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               GIN CLUB NEWS            

HIS GIN Club is collecting plastic!

Please, join to HIS GIN club members and recycle the plastic at home. They will be creating an artwork piece while supporting multiple recycle efforts around the community.


Re-enrollment Information 2022-2023

The time has come for us to open our re-enrolment process for the 2023-2024 school year. Students received last week a printed copy of the 2023-2024 School Year Re-Enrolment Contract. Please, read, complete, and send back to the school. Deadline to save and pay the seat for the 2023-2024 is March 17, 2023. After that day, we will start placing new applicants. Please, see details in the posters.

         COME AND JOIN US!         

PAFA Spring Lunch -March 15-

Join us! Let’s welcome the spring season in great company, enjoying a nice meal, and making a flower arrangement!  Scan the QR code to register.


HIS International Day!   -Save the date, Saturday, April 29

What is International Day? 

It is a HIS tradition, open to HIS students, parents, faculty, staff members, and the wider HIS community. During the event, we represent our cultural backgrounds while participating in the “Parade of Nations”, followed by the Dragon and Lion Dance, traditional performances, activities, food from all over the world, and much more. This year we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary as well!

Please, if you would like to organize as a country and participate in any way to celebrate your cultural background and community (traditional food, share traditional games, perform on stage, share celebrations from your country), please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs.  

                    SAVE THE DATE!                 

The Adams Family, a New Musical Comedy – Save the date, Saturday, May 06 @ the HIS Theater.

An Upper School musical production for the whole family!

                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,

This week the spotlight is on another Battle of The Books, the book is “Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City” written by Rob Biddulph. This is a chapter book, meaning it’s a longer book for upper elementary students to enjoy or for parents and students to read together. Here is the synopsis of the book:

Drawing feels like magic to Peanut Jones. Her dad has gone missing, and she's stuck in a boring new school. Until the day she finds a unique pencil turbo-charged with special powers.

Suddenly she's pulled into a world packed with more color, creativity, excitement, and danger than she could ever have imagined. And maybe, she might find out what happened to her dad.

 In addition, we already have the sequel, “Peanut Jones and the twelve portals” in the library, for students to enjoy after they finish the first one!

The ECE and lower school libraries constantly have new books lining the shelves! Check out some of our newer books in the photos provided. If you see a book you would like to read, with your child or simply for personal interest, follow the steps below!

Did you know, parents can have library accounts, too! As a parent you can check out up to 5 books at a time. Simply email the appropriate librarian via the email address below and we can help you set up your account. How can you find the books you want? Visit the school website, click Quick Links, next click on the Oliver link and you are in the library search engine. You can then reserve books and send us an email with the list of books – this can be done straight from the Oliver site. If you would like to visit the library after school, please email us and we can make arrangements for you to enter campus to visit the library.

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

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.    

Purchasing School Uniform

Families can purchase items at the Dragon Shop. It is open

Monday to Friday from 

9.00 am-11.00 am and 1.00 pm-3.00 pm

For more information, please contact the dragon shop:

                                       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.