BIBS Infobyte: Oct 19, 2018

Whole School

Thank you all for another energetic and engaging week at BIBS! We would like to keep you all informed about what’s happening at our school with the following updates.  In the meantime, we wish you a very relaxing weekend and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage in Beijing.

Upper East Side Campus

Autumn/Fall Weather– Please can parents make sure students are suitably dressed for the autumn/fall weather. Students are outside for recess and PE; they need to have layers of clothes to accommodate the changes to the ambient temperatures both inside and outside.

United Nations Day (24th October)-we recognise the UN Day by celebrating it as an International Day at UES- we dress up and do activities with our buddy classes to bring an awareness of other countries and cultures.

Open House– UES will welcome our BIK potential parents at the Open House next Wednesday 24th October.

School Closed 8th-9th November for Students– Parents are reminded, following the published BIBS calendar, UES is closed for students on the 8th– 9th November, as the teaching Staff will be participating in three-days of Professional Training and Development.

‘Movember’ is coming soon to UES!-In November, all around the world, ‘Movember’ is recognised as a time to bring awareness for men’s cancer. Many fundraising events take place…. including at UES, male staff growing moustaches and beards during this month.

Xueji Card (G1-G5)- 1)If a G2-G5 parent has their child’s xueji card registered with BIBS UES, please bring the original blue card to the Admissions office (room 109). The admission staff will reload or refresh the card immediately and return to the parents. 2) For any parents that completed the xueji registration this year (2018), the card has not been issued yet by the government- so please understand BIBS UES will issue these as soon as we have them. 3) If the xueji card is lost, please come to the admissions office (room 109) where the admission staff will assist you in applying for a new one.

 Shunyi Campus

YES Program

By the fourth week of the program, we are in good order and getting better now. Thank you for your support.

  1. The balance refund work has been successively handed over to the financial department. Please note to check the refund confirmation letter sent by YES and reply to the email after checking the amount.
  2. There may be some omissions due to the large number of people. If you have a refund but have not received the confirmation email, please send an email to: jasmineqian@bibs.com.cn at any time.
  3. Some parents who need to pay the fees due to class adjustments will receive the reminder of the payment. Please check the payment as soon as possible.
  4. If you want to know the learning content of each YES class, the situation in the study hall, and how to ask for leave and to submit homework, please scan the WeChat group QR code of the class.
  5. If you have any questions or suggestions about the teaching quality of YES courses, please feel free to send an email to ClaireLi@bibs.com.cn.
  6. The YES survey on winter vacation will be sent to you by email recently. We are eager to know your needs and hear your suggestions so as to provide high-quality holiday camps and courses for children.

MSHS

Dear Parents,

This week has been literacy and book week for MSHS students. It has been wonderful to see so many students visiting the library and engaging with the parent volunteers who came into classes to speak with students. It was also great to have an assembly that focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It highlighted to me just how important a holistic education is in preparing students to be successful.

This week I have enjoyed meeting with a number of parents who have given valuable feedback on our progress. As we seek to keep making improvements parent input and feedback is essential. In the future we will be starting a principal’s coffee talk series to give information and get feedback on specific programs. I look forward to meeting more of our great parents there.

Kind regards,

Caleb Archer

Being Reflective –  MYP Coordinator Terry Linton

This month, as a school we are focusing on the IB learner profile attribute, reflective. The Learner Profile is what we strive to be as IB learners. The reflective learner profile attribute is developed by providing opportunities for students to give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences. We encourage students to assess and understand their strengths and limitations. By being reflective we hope this supports their learning and personal development. Refection is done often and frequently and is an essential part of consolidating learning.

MSHS Talent Show – Student Arts Leader Mike Qian

As part of the ARTs week in November there will again be a talent show for students. Our Student Arts leader Mike Qian introduced the talent show and invited students to register for auditions. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their passions or develop their confidence performing in front of their classmates. Please encourage your children to sign up.

Shunyi School Production – MSHS Drama Teacher John Mazuroski

This year’s production will be ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and a request has been made for students to be involved in acting, lighting, sound, set production, costumes and many more areas. Over the next few weeks parents will also receive an invitation to be involved. This is a great opportunity to support our students and get to know students, staff and other parents. Please encourage your child to get involved and also think about how you can get involved with this project.

This week’s sports results

Girls U19 volleyball played Keystone on October 15th, the first set was tough and the girls lost. But, the BIBS girls regained their focus and won the next 3 sets with energy, skill, and teamwork. They came back from a poorly played 1st set and finished the game victorious.

Boys U19 volleyball played Keystone at Beanstalk, Shunyi Campus also on October 15th, the first set they won, but lost 2 sets by only a few points. The 4th set they won, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.  Ms Philippa assisted the game and helped the BIBS boys keep their focus and the boys played much best than last game. They are coming together as a team.

PTA Class representatives

I would like to remind our parents that we have PTA class representatives that they can contact to and pass feedback to.

G6.1:Feifei’s mom Sun Sulei , Judy’s mom Bella

G6.2:Sylvia ‘s mom Peng Wen, Dulan’s mom Echo

G6.3: Yomi’s mom Kelly

G6.4:Tina’s mom Wang Xiangjing, Sam’s dad  Charlie

G7.1:Jacob’s mom Annie,Jiajia’s mom Jiang Wei

G7.2:Pearl’s mom Liu Fang

G7.4:Teresa’s mom Tracy

G8.1:Frank’s mom

G8.2:Oscar’s mom  Lucy Grace

G8.3:Tiger’s mom  Catherine

G9.3:Lisa’s dad Gao Xiang、Andy’s mom

G10.2:Harry’s mom Serena

G11.1:Harry’s dad  Black

Swimming update

6.1 and 6.2 – to swim on Monday 22nd October

9.3 – Monday 22nd October

9.1 and 7.2 – Tuesday 23rd October

8.3 – Wednesday 24th October

9.3 – Thursday 25th October

6.3 and 6.4 – Start on Monday 29th October.

Upcoming events

20th October – Chinese Debate competition

22-26 October – MAP Testing

27th October – U19 Boys BASE Volleyball Tournament @ Keystone

27th October – U14 Boys BASE Football Tournament @ Daystar

29th October – 2nd November – Counselling Week

7th November – MYP/DP Coffee Talk on Assessment in the IB

8th & 9th November – Staff Professional Development Days – No Classes

10th November – U19 Girls BASE Volleyball Tournament

ES

Dear

Readers;

As stated last week this month’s Monday staff meetings will be focusing on our journey towards our WASC visit in March next year. This is a valuable opportunity to reflect on our overall practices that are fundamental to the well-being of our students at BIBS.

On Wednesday we had our whole school assembly. The theme for the assembly was STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students chanted the letters out and thought about the letters S. T. E. M and what they might mean. They then watched a motivational video about STEM. Next they were asked to consider if STEM was important to their learning, to which they agreed in loud chorus that it was important to them. Then they thought about how it was important to them in their daily lives and listened to a song about this. Finally, two of the Grade four boys performed a rap dance to close the ES part of the assembly.

On Thursday morning the University of Johannesburg choir came to visit the BIBS Shunyi campus. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to listen to choir music and interact with people from a different culture. From the expressions of delight and awe on the faces of the students it would appear that they really enjoyed themselves.

This has been literacy week in ES. The students have been watching staff reading continuously in the library, reading books during recess, had guest readers, made posters with the theme ‘Literacy changes the World’ and a Book Character parade.

Dates for your diary;

October 24th ES Open Day for new parents-in the morning.

October 24th to 26th Obido books will be present in the school.

October 31st Halloween.

November 8th to 10th is Professional Development

November 23rd Thanksgiving.

December 3rd to 7th ES Art week.

December 10th to 14th Winter Festival week

December 14th ES Winter concert.

December 15th– Winter Bazaar.

Dongrun Campus

IPC PARENT PRESENTATION

Next Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30-7:30pm our Principal will be providing a presentation for any parent interested in finding out more information about the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) here at Dongrun. This presentation will be particularly helpful to those parents who are new to the school and would like to find out more information about the IPC.

FIELD TRIPS

There are 5 field trips that will take place next week and it will be the first time that separate grades will visit separate locations. We are looking forward to taking the students out to these locations next week. The Field Trip details include:

Tuesday – Grade 1&2 will visit the Xiang Ju Lou Village and Farm.

Wednesday – Grade 3 will visit the Beijing Garden of World’s Flowers.

Thursday – Kindergarten will visit the Beijing Aquarium Park and Grade 5 will visit the Chinese Science & Technology Museum.

Friday – Grade 4 will visit the Geological Museum.

CHINESE CULTURAL CLASSES

Did you know that all our students participate in regular Chinese Cultural Classes as part of their normal timetable? Developing skills, knowledge and appreciation of Chinese culture is very important to us in Dongrun. Classes include Chinese Opera, Chinese Drums, Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Art. If you would like to know more information about these classes, please contact our Vice Principal, Lisa Li for more details.

IPC UNIT 2

Parents are encouraged to engage with the learning in the current IPC units in all grades by asking regular questions to their children each week about the activities that have been investigated and researched. The current units are as follows:

Grade K – The Magic Toymaker (Milepost 1)

Grade 1&2 – Super Humans (Milepost 1)

Grade 3 – Explorers and Adventurers (Milepost 2)

Grade 4 – Active Planet (Milepost 2)

Grade 5 – Inventions that changed the world (Milepost 2)

ENGLISH TEAM LEADERS

We are pleased to announce that the school has appointed two English team leaders to help lead the school forward into our future. Sarah Bennett has been appointed as the Lower Elementary English Team Leader (K-2) and Mia Templeton has been appointed as the Upper Elementary English Team Leader (3-5). The three key areas of responsibility within these roles include 1) Curriculum Oversight, 2) Providing leadership to the teaching and learning that occurs within the English classes and 3) Leading and Managing the respective English staff in both teams.

DONGRUN TEAMS

At Dongrun, all staff have their own specific school roles and positions they perform each week. In addition to these roles, all staff contribute to the life and community that exists within our school by participating in a “Dongrun Team”. There are 11 teams that include Student Leadership, Culture & Festivals, ASA, Health & Safety, Assessment, School Assemblies, Social, Environment, News & Multimedia, Technology and The Yearbook. These teams meet regularly and organize many events, activities and practical aspects of everyday school life. We wish to publicly acknowledge and express our appreciation to all staff that contribute to making this wonderful community function each day and whose contributions extend well beyond the roles and responsibilities of classroom teaching.