Lower School Newsletter
31 October 2022
*November 2 Due to the Math Curriculum night there are no Wednesday CCA's or Swim training. Students will depart at 3pm or 3.15 pm by bus.
*November 2 Curriculum Evening-Math 6.00pm-7.30pm. Complete entry procedures and be seated by 6pm in the black box.
LS families and students enter via the ECE drop off area.
*19 November Seussical KIDS Musical Workshop 8am-12pm
*25 November Professional Inservice Day
*26 November Tree Lighting- Four Seasons
*3 December Seussical KIDS performances
*23 December Semester1 reports home
*23 December End of semester 1
MATH CURRICULUM MORNING
FOR EY PARENTS ONLY
REGISTER WITH THIS QR CODE FOR THE MORNING ONLY
MATH CURRICULUM EVENING
FOR EY-12 PARENTS
REGISTER WITH THIS QR CODE BELOW
GRADE 1 PARENTS PLEASE COME AT THE TIME ADVISED BY YOUR CLASS TEACHERS.
MOMENTS365 SUPPORT AT THE
EY MATH CURRICULUM MORNING AT 8.15am
EY-12 MATH CURRICULUM EVENING AT 6.00pm
Thank you so much for your attendance at the parent meetings on Tuesday. It was lovely getting to chat with you, and I know many of you supported the Book Fair, got assistance with Moments 365 from Mr. Em, donated blood supporting the GIN club, and purchased extra uniforms to prepare for Winter.
We are excited to welcome you again on Wednesday morning for ECE parents and in the evening for parents across the school (including ECE parents) who would like to see the experiences and understanding students develop across the grades.
Due to health and safety regulations, we ask that all LS families enter via the ECE drop-off and pick-up entrance. You will need to complete the usual protocols, wear a mask, have a temperature check, have a valid negative covid result in the last 48 hours, and have not left the province in the previous five days. There will be staff to walk you to the main campus, where a short presentation will be in the Black Box. Maps will be available of class demonstrations across the school that you can view.
Grade 1 Parents and Students
Our grade 1 parents will attend in smaller groups in the grade 1 corridor and then are free to participate in the other grade presentations.
Moments 365 Help
Help with Moments 365 will be available to ensure we have all parents using this platform.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and in the LS main building email@example.com.
Halloween was fun, and the students looked tremendous in their costumes. I hope you can watch the drone video and that students slept that night after their successful trick-or-treating at the various stations around the LS school.
Due to the Math Curriculum Night, there is no CCA's or Swim Club practice this Wednesday. A make-up session will be available on Wednesday, 21 December.
I look forward to seeing you all at our Math morning (ECE) and evening EY-12. Please remember to enter vis the ECE drop-off area.
What is an IB Education?
The International Baccalaureate's (IB) mission is "to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
In choosing HIS, you have chosen a school that strongly believes in and implements an IB mindset daily. Our mission is "to provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community."
But what does this mean, and what does it look like for your child? Being part of the IB is like travelling to a new country where everyone speaks a different language, and their customs and behaviour are unknown to you. It takes time to adjust, tune into the "language," recognize similarities and find what you know and appreciate in this new world.
One of the most significant differences between an IB school and a more "traditional school," is the focus on the learner. Namely, your child drives the learning. At HIS, engagements and experiences are planned with the children's knowledge, interests and areas of growth in mind. This means that while the end goal of the learning is the same across grade level classes, how they get there might look different in each class, as the students are different.
We believe in allowing children to use their agency and want them to learn essential skills and attitudes that will support them in their life. In the classroom, our students should be the ones doing the thinking, challenging themselves to find answers, defending theories, and communicating their ideas.
Mathematics Curriculum Night
This Wednesday, November 2, join us for the Mathematics Curriculum Night, where you will see how the children develop their mathematic thinking skills; and how, through engaging hands-on experiences, our children develop the knowledge and skills of mathematics in our rigorous programme. We encourage you to think like a mathematician and talk to the children as they challenge you with some of the problems and activities they have encountered in the classroom.
You cannot learn the IB programme in a newsletter item or by participating in one curriculum night. However, you can learn more about IB by reading small snapshots in the newsletter, attending upcoming curriculum nights, reading your teacher's Moments, attending class celebrations of learning, and, most importantly, by listening to your child. By doing this, you will see how the IB comes to life and prepares HIS students to become lifelong learners.
We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night. Please remember to register via the QR code, as spaces are limited.
COUNT UP TO OUR
100 DAYS OF SCHOOL
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 celebrationi when we reach 100 days!
No CCA's this Wednesday, 4 November
due to Math Curriculum Night
A reminder that there will be no after-school CCA this Wednesday 2nd November. For those that have Wednesday CCA scheduled, with our CCA partners listed below, your catch-up date will be on Wednesday 21st December.
Yougo Sports – Flag Football
Golf for Beginners / Advanced Golf
Aeroluxus – Aviation Club
There will also be no swim training after school this Wednesday. Everything returns to a normal schedule on Thursday.
CCA 1 DATES
Monday, October 10 – Friday, December 16
Please visit the Co-Curricular page on the HIS website for more information https://www.his-china.org/extend/co-curricular-activities-clone.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any inquiries.
Message from the Vice Principal
WINTER IS COMING!
Ah yes, as seasons change, so too do our needs, especially our children. Winter is full of fun and adventure, but cold weather comes with its own needs. Here are some things to think about as we prepare for weather change:
Dress in Layers – Make sure your child comes to school with layers of clothes. We do play outside and being bundled up can help stay comfortable. Think about the layers you are using. First layer thin and comfy, second layer to keep the heat in, third layer a coat or jacket to keep the cold out. Proper hats, socks and shoes are important as well. When the temperatures drop significantly, make sure gloves, mittens, etc. are used to protect against harsher temperatures and the dangers that come with them. At the same time, we keep the inside of our buildings very comfortable, a child having the ability to take off the thicker layers of clothes to be comfortable is important.
Protect the Skin – Winter is often dry, which can create skin issues. Skin gets a little itchier, and the most obvious issue that arises is chapped lips. Lotions and balms can help with this.
Stay Hydrated – We often forget that water is still an essential component of having fun. Kids still sweat and the need to replenish their liquids is a must. Water is the obvious choice to ensure proper hydration.
Time Outside – At school, we will monitor and adjust outside time accordingly, we also recommend the same for home. If your child is playing outside on a cold day or night, make sure they are coming in to warm up every 30 to 60 minutes.
Keeping these tips in mind and being observant of weather changes can make a significant difference in our experiences during cold weather.
Changes to pick-up arrangements of students
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, email@example.com or in the ECE firstname.lastname@example.org, and they can pass on your message.
COVID Procedures and Protocols
COVID Procedures and Protocols
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
AFA Autumn Walk/Picnic Lunch
All HIS parents are invited to join us for this nice activity. Let's continue meeting other HIS parents, new and returning!
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL PHOTOS & VIDEOS
' SCAN FOR THE LS HALLOWEEN VIDEO
Lower School Spooktacular Halloween Festival -Photos and Video-
We hope the students had tons of fun! Below are the QR codes for the Photos, Event Video and Parade Video.
DragonNews Fall 2022 issue is out online
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball Teams, HISAC Champions!
Last Saturday our Volleyball Varsity Teams played against other International School from Hangzhou at the HISAC tournament, and after exciting matches, both, boys, and girls HIS teams became Champions. Thank you, to the teams, coaches, and parents for the good work this season! #GoHISDragons!
You can look at the photos by scanning the QR code.
GIN CLUB ADVENT CALENDAR
GIN Club – Support HIS GIN Club Projects in the community while giving a special gift during the festive period!
You can order your Advent Calendar made with a mix of imported chocolates, by scanning the QR code on the poster. Pre-Sale starts now till November 15th, and orders will be distributed by November 28th.
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.
It was so fantastic to welcome all students, family members and staff to the HIS Book Fair this week. Many thanks to all who came and supported this school initiative. It was wonderful to see all the happy faces choosing their favorite books.
A special thanks to all sponsors of the Book Fair competitions. Each winner got to choose a book from the fair and this came with a lot of excitement.
If you would like to contact the libraries, please use the email addresses listed below:
ECE Library, Ms. Ivy – email@example.com
Lower School Library, Mrs. Majoos and Ms. Amy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper School Library, Ms. Sara and Ms. Cocoa – email@example.com
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Lower School Principal
HIS Mission Statement
We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.