We congratulate our students, teachers and parents for another energetic and fruitful week of study and work at Beanstalk. Please find the following school updates for your information. We wish you all a very happy and relaxing weekend!
Upper East Side Campus：
- Admissions of Siblings–Please be informed that application forms need to be completed now for any siblings of current students that are applying for BIBS UES for next school year ( Start Aug. 2018). The forms are available from the reception or online on our BIBS website. Completed forms should be handed in to the reception or admissions staff.
- International Dress Up Day–Tuesday October 24 is United Nations (UN) day. To coincide with this, UES campus will recognise the diverse cultures of the world by having a dress up day. Classes have combined with their buddy class and identified a country they have been exploring over two Friday buddy class times. Home room teachers will communicate directly with parents regarding any details specific with their room. On Tuesday class activities run from 9 – 9:45am. Parents are more than welcome to come and join in. Please note there is no parade in the morning; we will look forward to a parade during our Literacy week in November.
- Flu, cough and colds– This is the season when we see a lot of children and teachers with coughs, colds and the flu. Please remind your child of good hygiene practices, ‘cover a cough’-coughing into their arm-not their hand, and frequently washing hands with soap and water and always drying them well in this colder weather, wearing a mask and staying at home of having a fever or at risk of infecting others.
- Library events– Lots of exciting events during this International School Library month offered by our dynamic library team! Don’t forget the culminating event DOT DAY on Tuesday 31st October. We are pleased to host a visiting author and illustrator Curtis Jobling on 2nd November….
- School Photographs– the deadline was Friday to send in the order and payment for your child’s photographs. We will accept additional orders until Monday but no later than this.
Parent Coffee/Tea Morning
In October’s PTA sponsored coffee/tea morning. Please join us in the canteen.
Elementary School Metting: Tuesday, 26th Sep; starts at 8:30am
Middle School and High School : Thursday, October 19, 2017. 28th Sep, starts at 8:30am
Preparation For College Application
A speech named Preparation For College Application will be given by BIBS teachers at 10:00-11:30 on October 25th, Wednesday. All the parents are welcome to come and join.
Middle/High School Trips
We have decided to postpone the trips till spring. We were having difficulty booking all the students to the same venue and on the same flights. As head of school I also felt that in the end it would be better for the different grades to go to different venues. In this way each year students could look forward to going to a new venue; one which would be connected to their studies in school. Thank you for your patience in this matter, but I am sure with more time to plan we can guarantee a successful “School Without Walls” experience. We are already planning for this new way of organizing our trips.
Middle/High School Play
Originally the MS/HS had planned to do the play Moulin, but upon further consideration we decided that it would be better to choose a play with more good parts for many students. We will instead do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In the Chinese classroom.
This week, Chinese teachers continued their “five-minute classroom, 5,000 years of China” campaign at the BIBS Shunyi Campus. In the first five minutes, Chinese teachers completed an expansion of tang poems, song lyrics, and the evolution of Chinese characters according to different grades. Next week, Chinese department of elementary school will begin a “happy reading” campaign. Besides teachers and children reading, parents are invited to attend. They will receive an invitation letter. You can tell stories to children, or recommend a good book to children, or you’ll get an interview invitation…This is an interesting reading club. We hope the children will enjoy reading more. We look forward to your participation.
Follow up to the math Mapping sharing session.
During our Monday afternoon staff meeting, all of the Elementary staff joined together to share ideas about our Bilingual Mathematics Program. We focused on the different ways that we can create meaningful links between our Units of Inquiry and Math lessons. It was great to see all of the staff collaborating and sharing ideas. We made some wonderful progress and are looking forward to continuing to develop more inquiry based math activities.
Open-mindedness within the ES Shunyi Campus community.
The students and staff were posed the question ‘Are you being open-minded during your daily life and learning as a member of the school community?’ Having attained the resposnes they were then asked to provide evidence of this in the form of a written text, presentation of artwork. Once they had been completed they were taken to the ES Canteen to be put on display as a reminder and for others to see on a daily basis.
Keeping ourselves up with the latest in IT.
Digital Support: Over the last few weeks teachers have been exposed to a variety of internet resources and websites they are able to implement in their PYP classroom. We are also in the foundation stages of starting an online collaboration tool for staff to use – this will facilitate more integration between staff planning and document storage.
Halloween in the Library.
For Halloween, I will be asking students if they want to decorate a storybook character pumpkin/squash at home to bring to the library, where we can then have a storybook pumpkin patch. These will be displayed in the library the week of Halloween. Students can use a real pumpkin or squash or they can decorate a paper pumpkin I will provide. I will put this in a library newsletter this week with examples to send to parents and discuss with the students in their library lessons.
There will be Halloween/Fall decoration and a book display in the library and we will have a “selfie” station with props for students to take photos, with our library ipad.
We have been given a wonderful opportunity of introducing Dr. Dorothy Dexter from United Family Health of Beijing, to present a “Health Talk” on Optimal Nutrition for students with an emphasis on how healthy eating and the right nutrients can optimize performance. Come and join us in the Gym on Monday, 23rdOctober at 4pm.
There will be an Elementary School Parent Coffee/Tea morning on Tuesday 24th October in the main canteen. We will report back on the latest developments within the school, as well as the assessment and reporting strategies used in the Elementary School.
The Elementary school will be having a Halloween celebration on Tuesday October 31st. The staff, student council and PTA are working together to arrange for judging of costumes, trick or treating and a parade.
Report Cards will be emailed out on November 10th 2017. All parents have been requested to confirm their email addresses with their homeroom teachers. There will be follow up Three Way conferences with the parents and students on November 17th 2017.
From the BIBS Shunyi Campus Elementary School team.
Upcoming reports information
I’m sure that all of you aware that reports are due to go live on the 10th November and are excited about hearing how your child(ren) are progressing this year at BIBS.
We have made a few changes to the interim reports this year, in fact they are now called Session 1 reports!
This report includes not only a pastoral report but also will include academic data. For Diploma a mark is generated based on an IB summative assessment and for Middle Years Programme (MYP) there will be one judgment for all strands of each criteria, A,B,C,D.
We are continuing to use online reports through managebac and so in anticipation of the reports we would like parents to ensure that they can log into managebac and know how to access the reports.
If parents have any problems or queries with logging onto managebac please get in contact with the school. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Science Subject Group meeting
There is a meeting on October 24th at 10:00am in the library for parents showcasing our Science Programme at BIBS. This meeting allows parents to find out more about our programme. The meeting will have a general introduction of the Science teachers. This will then follow with curriculum information. Meeting will last approximately one hour.
G10 parents morning on diploma choices
Dear parents you are invited to attend a morning meeting on October 26th at 10:00 in the library. This is regarding the Diploma subject choices for the 2018/2019 Academic year. The meeting is aimed at G10 parents but those parents who have child in other grades of the MYP are more than welcome to attend. The meeting is scheduled for an hour with a question and answer at the end.
- Differences between the IB Diploma programme and the BIBS high school Diploma
- Introduction to each of the Subject groups in the IB Diploma
- Introduction to each of the courses we offer at BIBS.
- Introduction by our university counsellor on the application process
- Question and answer period.
This week both our Boys and Girls Volleyball teams played their first competitive games of the year. A huge congratulations to all the students who have begun to develop their skills in the sport for competing against more established teams. Both teams showed great improvement each game and I am looking forward to watching further games in the season as they continue to improve with their coach.
The BIBS University Series would like to remind interested families and students to attend the Eastern Consortium University Fair on Monday, 23 October from 4:30 -7pm with over 100 universities in attendance and the Western Consortium University Fair on Tuesday, 24 October from 4:30 – 7:00pm with over 70 universities present. Please go see your counselor in A219 or e-mail email@example.com for details and to sign-up. Transportation is individually arranged.
Theatre Festival Information Sharing Meeting
On Wednesday, October 25th, there will be a meeting at 10 am and Thursday, October 26th for parents interested in information about the Theatre festival next April 27th to May 2nd in Indonesia. It will be a highlight of your chid’s Middle School years. Places for the event are already filling up. Only a limited amount of spaces remain. The festival is for students in grades 6 through 8. Prior to the meeting, you are encouraged to visit the following website for more information about the event: bit.ly/istatelunas. The meeting will take place in the Drama room, A230, near the High School library. I hope to see you at one of the meetings. Mr M
- PARENT SEMINAR
On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30-8:00pm there will be a Parent Seminar here in the School. It is not too late to register your attendance. The seminar will be the first of four to be hosted at the school this year. The first seminar titled ‘Raising a Confident and Self-Disciplined Child’ will be presented by a local speaker and expert on the subject with much experience and qualifications to speak to the subject matter. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.
- SCHOOL CHOIR
Next Tuesday the newly formed School Choir will perform for the first time at our regular weekly assembly. Our Music teacher, Maggie Jin has been working with the choir for a few months now praticising their performance and we will be seeking many opportunities for these students to perform. As an example, our students have been invited to perform at the Conrad Hotel in Beijing later this year for their Christmas Lighting Ceremony and our Choir will represent us at this event.
- FIELD TRIP CANCELLED
All parents are kindly advised that the previously communicated Field Trip planned for next week has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Regular timetabled lessons on the Thursday will take place instead.
- DRESS UP DAY & HALLOWEEN ACTIVITES
On Tuesday, October 31 we will be having a whole school dress up day as well as a number of small class-based Halloween activities. All staff and students are encouraged to be in costume on the day and a lot of enjoyment is sure to be had by one and all. Speak with your class teacher for more details.
- INTERNATIONAL DEEP LEARNING WEEK
We are committed to providing an international and bilingual program for our students and the International Deep Learning Week on Oct 30 – Nov 3 is another example of our progress and commitment to this end. Please support the activities in this week by taking the time to discuss the activities with your child and speak with your child’s about how you can get involved in the 4 days of ‘deep learning’ and 1 day of showcasing/presenting the week’s discoveries.
- DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 24 – Assembly – Choir presentation
October 25 – Evening Parent Seminar
October 26 – October Field Trip – cancelled
October 30 – November 3 – International Deep Learning Week
November 22-23 – Dongrun Art Festival