We congratulate our students, teachers and parents for another fruitful week at Beanstalk. Please find the following school updates for your information. With Halloween is just around the corner, we look forward to festival celebrations and a lot of spooky fun next week. In the meantime, we wish you all a happy weekend.
Upper East Side Campus：
- UN Day/ International Day – It was wonderful to see the engagement and enthusiasm on the UES campus this week for this significant day. Thanks to all for your support: the parents, particularly room parents, teachers and student buddies that helped make this such a successful day.
- The Dot Day:On Tuesday, October 31st, BIBS-UES is culminating the International School Library Month celebration by celebrating International DOT Day. The librarians and the homeroom teachers have been busy during library time focusing on the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. The students have created pictures starting with “one black dot can be……” , they have made their mark on a world map, showing where they are going to make a difference in the world and they have all joined together to sing the DOT song ( over and over again). On Tuesday, the whole UES community will be given a large dot to wear all day. They will be given small dot stickers to add to the dot as they show positivity throughout the day.
- Visiting author:On November 2, we will kick off literacy week by welcoming Curtis Jobling, an author –illustrator , to our campus. He will entertain our grade 3,4 and 5 students and teachers by story telling and showing the process of illustrating a children’s books.
- Movember- We are just about ready for the 1st November when we will begin our activities to raise awareness about men’s health problems. Students will be getting involved by holding a bake sale, designing weird and wonderful moustaches for teachers, and making small donations to support people with cancer. Teachers will be growing moustaches, if they can, and our ladies will be having some moustache manicures! Look forward to pictures in the coming weeks!
TOEFL Morning Prep Course
BIBS is happy to remind you that our TOEFL Morning Pre Course will be starting from 30th. October, every Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 8.15 am. In-language information about the test and test preparation, in-depth review of the four sections of the test, and skill building activities will be integrated into the class to help build up students’ real English Capabilities and test abilities. We will be based in classroom 317, and learning materials will be handed out in the class. If anyone who is interested in attending the class, please sign up.
The open day of kindergarten of ShunYi campus
Siblings admission notice
Please be advised that if the siblings of our current students want to sign up for next academic year starts from August, 2018, then you can join our open day at ShunYi campus. The time is 9：30-11：30am, November 2nd or you can fill the application form which you can get from the reception desk, and give it back to admission staff or reception when you finish the form.
BIBS-United Kingdom College Immersion
We look forward you coming and joining the “In-depth Experience Program of UK Universities” in this Christmas holiday (2017/12/17-2017/12/27). In the 11-day journey, you will have an in-depth visit and exploration of the British cities like London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, that allow you to look into the British history, culture, tradition, humanities, life and business from multiple perspectives and experience your academic life in UK ahead of time.
For more information, please see BIBS Wechat Account or contact Ms Linda and Secret.
Unfortunately I must report that the swimming pool heater control is broken and we will need to close the pool until it is repaired. I know this sounds like an easy repair but we are finding it very difficult to get the right part here in China; we are not sure when it will be repaired. Until then we are reorganizing our physical education schedule.
Health & Air Pollution
We are responding to government health advisory that school children should not go outside if the air pollution level is above 150. We are immediately following this new standard and already today we stopped students from going out. We all know that puts a great strain on students and staff but against health concerns we must take these steps.
Parent Coffee/Tea morning in the Elementary School.
On Tuesday morning we held our monthly Parent Coffee/Tea morning. The parents were updated about the developments within the school, ranging from adjustments to the lunchtime routines to the addition of new resources for a number of subject areas and the library. Paul then made a presentation about the newly drafted Assessment Policy and John followed up with a presentation about recording and reporting the assessed learning. There was an outline of the interim report card process and the three-way conference given to the parents as well. This was then followed by a question and answer session.
The Grade Three Assembly.
The Student Council in conjunction with the Grade Three staff and students did a wonderful job in preparing and executing their assembly on Friday. Grade Three sang a song about cardinal directions and made a presentation about their inquiry into how the structure of the Earth is influenced by humans and nature. The Grade Five SC members talked about the upcoming Halloween event on October 31st and two members of the student council reinforced the lunchtime rules.
The Grade level homeroom teachers handed out their attributes of the leaner profile awards and Mr Hedder gave a best-behaved class award as well.
The next Assembly will be on Friday November 24th from 13:15-14:00 in the Gym and the Student Council and Grade Two will host it.
Exercising and having fun in PE.
Junior Elementary (KG-G2):
The students finished off their first unit where they had the opportunity to move in their own space reacting to different movements and instructions. They started their next unit where they have the opportunity to throw different kinds of objects towards a target on the ground and a target in the air.
Senior Elementary (G3-G5):
The students finished off their first unit where they had the opportunity to calculate their resting heart rate. They could determine their fitness levels and what exercises they can do to get fitter. They started their next unit where they have the opportunity to improve their teamwork and communication by playing different invasion games e.g. Soccer.
Showing our creative artwork.
In Art, students are finishing their Autumn-related projects. There are so many colorful and creative artworks that we hope we can put most of them on display for the Elementary Art Show in the middle of November (Art Show dates are November 13-17).
Congratulations to the two BIBS Shunyi campus winners for the Little Star BWYA Environmental Postcard Design Competition “A GREEN FUTURE”; Angela Guo, Gr 4B, Second prize and
Viki Huang, Gr 5, complementary prize.
Mural Painting ASA is a great success. The students are almost done with a big mural in the Art Room. Now our Art Room has a new look. Come over and take a look!
Can you hear the music.
K – Gr 1 We are busy inquiring about being a composer: This week we are learning about Music Words such as loud/soft/faster/slower/ Crescendo/Decrescendo. We will play our own music using some of these words.
Gr 2-3 We are busy investigating ‘Singing’ We have chosen a song after a long voting procedure: We are going to learn, practice and enjoy singing our song.
Gr 4-5 We are busy with our Unit on music notation and are busy writing our own melody/composition.
Halloween is alive in the Library.
The library is turning orange, red, brown and gold as the leaves are changing outside, too. We are featuring books about Halloween – ghosts, monsters, witches, fun costumes; Fall/Autumn themes – orange/red/brown colors, leaves, pumpkins; and, of course, Panda Award Books. Students are already bringing in pumpkins – real and paper – and our storybook pumpkin patch is growing. Please stop by and choose some books! Don’t forget parents can borrow up to 10 books for two weeks.
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. A great big thank you to the PTA for funding the prizes for this event.
All of the Elementary School staff will be participating in appropriate Professional Development workshops from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November 2017.
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.
Student Council Halloween Event
Please come dressed in you scariest clothes and maybe win a prize. There will be fun activities in the canteen run by the student council for all students to attend and class parties period 8. There is also a haunted house for students to enjoy at lunch which is part of our Grade 10 drama students assessment.
We wish all the best to our girls and boys volleyball teams as they have a game on Saturday. They have been working very hard on improving their ability and I look forward to hearing about their continued improvement.
This week, middle school students are working hard on the upcoming debate competition, which will be held in Dulwich next week. We will send two teams, the middle school team and high school team, to represent BIBS in the competition. Chinese teachers has devoted extra hours in coaching students and helping them improve the debating skills. Students’ ability and skills have been remarkably improved through all those efforts and devoted time. We are looking forward to seeing their excellent performance in the competition. A big thank you to all the Chinese department members.
Grade 5 2017 Graduation Ceremony
For those students who finished BIBS grade 5 last year at Shunyi or UES we will be having a graduation assembly to celebrate them finishing Elementary School. Invitations have gone out to parents and we hope you can attend this event at our school on the 3rd November to celebrate with your children.
Grade 12 University Application Push
Grade 12 students are on the final week of their first application deadline, 1 November. Students are ready to push the send button after polishing their applications, personal statements, and having transcripts and recommendation letters sent in. The next step is now the interview and audition stages before offers are sent out. We would like to congratulate one of our grade 12 students, Leon Lin who has been invited for the initial alumni interview with Georgetown University. We would also like to congratulate David Xu who has his first university audition invite later this semester. Let’s wish our Class of 2018 all the best as they continue to push toward graduation.
On Wednesday evening, we hosted our first parent seminar titled ‘Raising a Confident and Self-Disciplined Child’ presented by local speaker and expert on the subject, Ms. Hairong Liu. It was a very successful evening! There were just over 30 parents in attendance and a very informative and helpful evening was enjoyed by all. We look forward to hosting the next parent seminar in January.
- SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Thank you to all parents who have supported the English Department and purchased English books from the Scholastic book club. Consistent reading quality books at home and at school is so important for each child’s literacy development.
- DRESS UP DAY & HALLOWEEN ACTIVITES
Don’t forget that next 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 taking place next week is another example of our progress and commitment to this end. The week will involve 4 days of ‘deep learning’ about other countries and 1 day of showcasing/presenting the week’s discoveries.
- STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
In two weeks’ time there will be three days of staff professional development (one of these days is a Saturday) and so there will be no school for students on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November. On the Saturday at 2:00pm, there will be an IPC presentation for parents to attend and find out more about how the IPC works in our English classrooms.
- DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 30 – November 3 – International Deep Learning Week
November 7 – Assembly (3A English class presentation)
November 9-10 – NO SCHOOL
November 14 – Assembly (3B Chinese presentation)
November 22-23 – Dongrun Art Festival