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!
Upper East Side Campus
‘Movember’ has arrived at 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. For the students, to donate, there are Movember braclets they can purchase for 10RMB at the PTA Café.
Art Auction Tickets- Tickets will be available for the Silent Art Auction next week from the PTA Café. The cost of a ticket is 20RMB. No ticket is required for entrance but ticket purchase provides a basic fund-raising base and also are used for ‘lucky draw prices’.
AMC8 Mathematics Competition– on the 14th November, 20 students will be participating in American Mathematics Competition (AMC8). This is been a select team of students that have worked with Ms Alice and Mr Jordan as an extension math group. We wish them all the best for this competition.
ASA Block One– The make-up week 19th-23rd November is for the missed ASA Block 1 classes and is for every day- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes.
ASA Block Two– Registration opens on the 12th November and the deadline closes at 4pm on 19th November. Registration is online- and there will be computers in the lobby if you need assistance to do this at school. Block Two has 9 weeks starting in December through to March.
Admissions Registration for GK and G1– We are now accepting registrations for GK and G1 for the August 2019 entry. Parents that have additional children or siblings should collect applications from the admisssions office or front desk and submit completed to the admissions office (Rm 109) by 30th November.
Additional GK class opening in January 2019– UES is opening a fourth GK class in January, there are some places still available. Recommendations for UES GK would be appreciated from our parent community to friends and families.
One Old One Young Insurance– For parents that have met the requirements for this insurance and have submitted the documents as required to Li Libo in the admissions office, then please check your email account for a status update regarding the process. Any parents, still eligible, but have not submitted the required documents must do this to Lili Libo (Rm 109) before the end of the working day on the 14th November.
Lego Drive- This year, we are developing a STEM/STEAM room on the fourth floor at UES. We are slowly building up a variety of resources. The Student Council are doing a Lego Drive- where we ask parents to donate Lego that they may have at home but the children are no longer playing with it. The Student Council are developing a competitive Lego Drive…. More information to follow from them to the classes.
Upcoming UES Dates & Events:
14th November- AMC8 Mathematics Competition
19th-23rd November – Literacy Week
19th-23rd November- ASA Makeup Week
5th December- Silent Art Auction
7th December- Reports Published on Managebac
13th December- Student-Led Conferences Day
15th December- Shunyi Winter Bazaar
21st December- Half Day- School finishes at 12:00
22nd December-6th January- Winter Holiday
7th January- School Classes Resume
And….. 28th March (Thursday) UES Spring Show
It is a short week this week so I am taking a break from my infobyte series on the ‘teachers’ and their impact on student learning, but I wanted to start another conversation.
There are going to be a number of core values that we focus on as a school each year. The core value for this semester is respect. It was launched today by the Head of School and will become part of our regular pastoral program between now and the winter break.
So, for parents, here is my conversation starter…
I spoke today to our student leadership about the concept of leadership as a verb, an action word, and of leadership not just being done, but being seen to be done. I asked the question, what does visible leadership look like for students? I would like to ask parents the same question about respect. What does respect look like to you, and what does visible respect look like? I am aware that though the concept or respect may remain the same, it can look different at home, in a classroom or on a football field. The context is important as are personal opinions and experiences. Therefore, does respect look the same to you as it does to your child?
In the interest of keeping this brief, I will leave it there and ask that you all please start this conversation with your child. Then look out for your chance to contribute your thoughts and help us build a culture of visible respect.
Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the extra family time that these Teacher PD days provide.
IB Learner Profile attribute of the month: Thinker
Each month we focus on another attribute, last month was Reflective, this month’s Learner Profile attribute is Thinker. To be a thinker mean that…“We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.” (ibo.org)
The student leadership team is going to report back to me about their role, the work they are doing behind the scenes and upcoming initiatives. They are also going to add in their thoughts on how they will make student leadership visible. I will post their responses here and look forward to any thoughts or feedback.
MSHS Photos will be taken from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th of November. Students are required to wear correct BIBS school uniform for their photos. We will have some extra blazers available for those who have out grown their current one. Please ensure that students are wearing correct white shirts, plants or skirt and shoes (and plain black socks) for the photo.
For more details on uniform expectations, how to order photos and timings see the PTA group or contact your class PTA representative.
Please also be aware that the timings may change to accommodate important assessments, but parents and students will be informed if this happens.
|Tuesday MSHS Photos|
|Time||Class||Photo Time||# of Students|
|8:30 – 9:30||7.4||60||20|
|10:20 – 11:20||11.1||60||11|
|11:20 – 12:20||11.2||60||13|
|12:35 – 1:35||7.2||60||18|
|1:35 – 2:35||10.2||60||14|
|2:35 – 3:35||10.1||60||14|
|3:50 – 4:30||TBC||40||44|
|Wednesday MSHS Photos|
|Time||Class||Photo Time||# of Students|
|8:30 – 9:30||9.3||60||18|
|10:20 – 11:20||8.1||60||18|
|11:20 – 12:20||8.2||60||18|
|12:35 – 1:35||7.1||60||20|
|1:35 – 2:35||8.3||60||15|
|2:35 – 3:35||9.1||60||19|
|3:50 – 4:30||TBC||40|
|Thursday MSHS Photos|
|Time||Class||Photo Time||# of Students|
|8:30 – 9:30||6.1||60||20|
|10:20 – 11:20||6.2||60||21|
|11:20 – 12:20||12||60||10|
|12:35 – 1:35||6.3||60||17|
|1:35 – 2:35||6.4||60||20|
|2:35 – 3:35||Catch up||60|
|3:50 – 4:30||Catch up||40|
13-15th November – MSHS Photos
19-23rd November – Science and Arts week
23rd November – MSHS Talent Show
10-14th December – IBDP Exam Week
13-14th December – BIEG Orchestra Practice
15th December – Winter Bazaar
19th December – Dream time culmination
19th December – Last day of school before winter break
As stated previously this month’s Monday ES staff meetings have been 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. The focus and home groups are starting to collate all their data, which, will be shared, with all the staff of BIBS Shunyi in the near future. These sessions are nearing their completion and soon we will be discussing our feedback with the whole school.
On Wednesday we had a whole school assembly. After the welcoming remarks from our head of School, Brian Zhao from Grade One A played a well-liked piece of Chinese music called ‘In the hall of the mountain kingdom’ on the piano which had us gripped to our seats. Also, Justin Smith from MSHS gave us a presentation of the learner profile ‘Thinker’ as this will be the whole school profile for this month.
The following students received either a scariest or most original award for their costumes during the Halloween Parade; Joyce (KA), Shawn (KA), Levi (KB), Sylviah (KB), Aruna (1A), Vivian (1B), Kunkun (1B), Tiger (1A), Hailey (2A), Neville (2A), Yolanda (2B), Joy (2B), Jessie (3A), Lucas (3A), Eric (3B), Maggie (3B), Morgan (4A), Oscar (4A), Kathy (4B), Yian (4B), Wilson (5A), Kerry (5A), Angela (5A), Isabella (5B) and Wendy (5B). These students also received the ‘Risk-taker award for their adventurous creations and taking part in the parade.
The following students also received participation certificates for representing the school during the weekend’s table tennis competition; Hailey (G2A), Steve (G6), Jonathan (G6), Andy (G6), Harry (G8) and Sammy (G6). They battled well against some very strong competition and did us all proud. Well done to you all.
This week we have been doing some MAP testing of the G3A and G4A students. The students were really excited about having this opportunity to test their English Reading and Usage, Math and Science skills. In the coming weeks we will provide the same opportunity to the G2, the rest of G3 and the G5 students. Once the tests have been completed we will analyze the data so that we can better meet the needs of all our students.
From November 8th to 10th all of the ES staff took part in professional development workshops. There were two in-house workshops on Transdisciplinary Learning and Social and Emotional Learning. Some of the teachers went to WAB to participate in the Librarian and Making the PYP Happen (Chinese) workshops. We are looking forward to them sharing their learning with their colleagues later this most as we seek to enhance our current teaching and learning practices for our students’ well-being.
******On Monday November 12th there will be a photo shoot for all the students and staff. It is very important that all the ES students come to school in their school uniforms.
Dates for your diary;
- November 12th to 14th will be a whole school photo shoot.
- November 23rd Thanksgiving.
- November 27th will be an ES Open House for new parents for next year.
- December 3rd to 7th ES Art week.
- December 10th to 14th Winter Festival week
- December 14th ES Winter concert.
- December 15th– Winter Bazaar.
- December 19th is the last day of school before the winter break. Students return to school on January 7th 2019.
BIBS Shunyi ES Team.
BIBS Co-curriculum Department
- There is a week off this week and we only have some make-up classes.
- If your child wants to enroll for any course, please email email@example.com or call 64560618-121.
- Please take the time to fill out our questionnaire, which will allow you to provide feedback and suggestions. https://forms.office.com
- The Session 2 questionnaire will soon be distributed to the entire school. Parents are welcome to send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to have us select the courses that meet the requirements of students and parents.
United States Academic Decathlon(USAD) / United States Academic Pentathlon(USAP)
BIBS will arrange MSHS students to attend the USAD China and USAP China. Please pay attention to the email notification if you want your children to attend the competition.
You can also scan the Wechat QR code below or join us for an information session next week on campus. Schedule will be informed in our Wechat group later.
If your child(ren) is in Grade 6-8, please scan:
If your child(ren) is in Grade 9-12, please scan:
Next week all classes will participate in Mathematics activities and fun competitions with their Mathematics teachers. The intention of these activities is to promote interest and enjoyment in Mathematics. Ask your child each day about these days and help the teachers to promote the enjoyment in Mathematics.
We would like to request all parents to consider the time of day when sending messages to the class Wechat groups. Sending messages after 7:00pm is not a good practice as it does not promote a balanced lifestyle for all members in the group, especially the teaching staff.
Parents are advised that we have changed our Winter holiday dates- the 3rd and 4th January are now also included in the Winter Holiday. All students and teachers will return to classes on the 7th January, 2019.
This week the teaching staff used the time to work with their colleagues on curriculum planning, developing their knowledge of inquiry in the classroom, assessment and data training as well as setting targets for the school across four specific areas of school life. These included Student/Staff Welfare, Academic Achievement, Community/Extra-Curricular and Administration/Operations. IT was very clear to observe during this session that our staff are committed to making this school a better place for all to be at. We are looking forward to seeing the students return next week and continuing on towards the end of the year.
November 12-16 – Mathematics week
November 27-30 – Grade-based Field Trips
November 28 – Christmas Choir Performance at Conrad Beijing Hotel