Friday, September 11th, 2015

by admin Email

 

Dear QISS Families,

 

It is hard to believe that we have now completed week 5 of the school year.

 

Week without Walls

 

Next week will be a very special week for upper school students. At this time every year upper school students embark on their 'Week Without Walls' trips. These trips are a vital part of maturing and gaining independence and responsibility. Along the way they will make new friends, see amazing parts of China and most importantly, learn a lot.

This week, students have been working on preparations for their Week Without Walls project. They have been brainstorming lists, writing journal entries, and reviewing other materials for a successful project.

 

QISS Director's Family Swimming Program

 

Don't forget that the Director's Family Swimming Program will be commencing this weekend. Come along from 9am tomorrow morning to take advantage of our amazing school pool facilities.

 

Lower School Student Council

 

Did you know that QISS has a Lower School Student Council? Comprised of elected students from lower school classes, the goals for Lower School Student Council members are; to be leaders, to create awareness regarding issues they care about, and to help make the school a better/fun place.

Student Council currently has money earned from Healthy Sharks Snack bar last year. Hopefully funds can be generated this year too. During the next Lower School Student Council meeting, Mrs. Page and Mrs. Kumbier will lead a discussion with the student council members to ask for their input on how they want to spend the money (ex. save up for something big, spend it on something a bit smaller, etc.). Once Lower School Student Council generates ideas and a plan for how to use the funds, they will send information out to the community.

 

School Life

 

Healthy Sharks Snack Bar: Lower School Student Council hosted its first snack bar of the year. It was a big success.

 

 

Announcements

 

  • The girl's varsity volleyball team will have their first game of the season this Friday, September 11th at ISQ. Please wish the girls good luck and let's hope for a win to start the season off right. Go Sharks!
  • Sign up for the QISS Skills Development Soccer Camp. Sign-ups will run until the end of September. Please sign up as soon as possible. For all questions please contact Mr. K at mkrakowski@springfieldcollege.edu

 

 


Upcoming Events, Activities and Important Dates

 

  • September 11th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
  • September 14th-18th: Upper School Trips - Week Without Walls
  • October 1st-11th: Chinese National Holiday Break
  • October 16th: End of Quarter One
  • October 17th: Quarter One Key Assignments
  • October 21st: Teacher In-Service/Student Half Day
  • October 23rd: Q1 Report Cards

 

 

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

by admin Email

Dear QISS Families,

 

Although this was a short week, in true QISS style we have made the most of it, continuing the rigorous instruction and positive atmosphere we are famous for. We have one very important announcement for this week, the return of the QISS Director's Family Swiming Program.

 

QISS Director's Family Swimming Program

 

The QISS Director's Family Swimming Program is returning again this year. This incredibly popular event is a brilliant way for QISS families to benefit from and experience our world-class swimming pool. This year we have been successful in extending the swimming pool opening times, and so the QISS Director's Swimming Program will now be hosted on Saturday mornings throughout September and October. Join us for a splash at the QISS swimming pool between 9:00am and 12:00pm on the following dates: Saturday, September 12th, 19th, 26th & Saturday, October 10th, 17th, 24th. We encourage you to come along and enjoy this free family and community building opportunity.

 

School Life

Grade 4 students Alex, June and Bella, practice creating concentric circles during math study. This study helps the students further their understanding of geometry by decomposing circles in order to find certain angles and measurements.


Grade 5 students learn the Scientific Method


The 8B Lineup:   From left to right - Jennifer, Grace, Kerry, Alice, Justin, Yujin, and Star.  Day-to-day they lead mild-mannered lives... until someone cries for justice!  Can you guess their superhero alter-egos?


 

Announcements

 

  • The Model United Nations class is in full preparation stage for our first two conferences; TIANMUN and SEOMUN. All students new to the MUN class will be attending the TIANMUN Conference on October 22nd-24th, while a select few of the experienced members will be attending SEOMUN on November 25th-28th. Information will be sent home to parents shortly.

 

BEIMUN (Beijing Model United Nations) 2015

 

  • Sign up for the QISS Skills Development Soccer Camp. Sign-ups will run until the end of September. Please sign up as soon as possible. For all questions please contact Mr. K at mkrakowski@springfieldcollege.edu

 

 

Upcoming Events, Activities and Important Dates

  • September 3rd-6th: No School - Chinese Holiday
  • September 8th: Teacher In-Service / Student Half Day
  • September 11th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
  • September 14th-18th: Upper School Trips - Week Without Walls
  • October 1st-11th: Chinese National Holiday Break
  • October 16th: End of Quarter One
  • October 17th: Quarter One Key Assignments

 

Friday, August 28th 2015

by admin Email

Dear QISS Families,

 

What an eventful week it has been at QISS. We have successfully rolled out our enhanced After School Activity Program (ASAP), held our first PEP Talk of 2015, and seen two very successful Open House Nights. Kudos to all the teachers for putting in such a great effort to ensure that the Open House Nights were informative, interesting and engaging. Kudos to the QISS parents for attending these events in high numbers. We can truly feel the QISS spirit in effect this week. Throughout all of these events the rigorous and relevant best practice instruction has continued in all classrooms from Pre-K through to Grade 12. Congratulations to everyone for helping to make this week so vibrant and successful.

 

PEP Talks

Our first PEP Talk for 2015 was a great success. The topic was 'Transitioning to QISS: Life at an International School'. We had a record turn-out and the QISS Coffee Shop Cafe was abuzz with activity. Thanks to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you all again for our next PEP Talk on Thursday, September 24th.

 

 

Open House Nights

The 2015-2016 Academic Year Open House Nights were truly a great success. The community was very engaged and the teachers all did a splendid job of explaining their curricula, defining their expectations for the year and highlighting how they will implement best practice teaching to ensure student success this year. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet their children's new teachers for the year.

 

QISS Lower School Staff: 2015-2016
QISS Upper School staff: 2015-2016

 

School Life

 

Grade 4 enjoyed learning about observational drawing this week in our "life drawing" session.  Students modelled for each other and worked hard to capture the pose of the figure in 1 minute, using line to build the form.  This class did an excellent job at this challenging activity and showed that they can really think and see like artists by simplifying the form. Grade 4 is pretty excited to be working in their brand new sketchbooks!

PE Fitness Activities- Grade K and Grade 2

Grade 3) Students brought in artifacts to share about their culture. This picture is of a Korean game.
Grade 3) Students worked with teammates to solve place value math problems
Grade 3) Students had fun celebrating their first ESLR party by bringing in special toys to play with

QISS 5th graders pinpointing their travels on the map while sharing their experiences and stories of interacting with other cultures.

Updates from Mr. Mills:

  • World History has completed their autobiographies and Oldest Living Relative presentations and I feel they went very well. As the teacher I got to learn a little about each student and their families that I would never have had the chance if it were not for this presentation. Thank you tenth grade! We are now on to the Industrial Revolution.
  • Asian studies completed their geography project "Edible Landscapes". That was a delicious class. They were assigned one of our countries of study and had to work in groups to create a replica map out of food. The class is moving on to exploring Asian culture and history up to 200 CE.
  • The MUN class has been hard at work learning the terminology, documentation and procedures of preparing to be a delegate at future Model United Nations conferences. The experienced members of MUN have been leading and mentoring students who are new to MUN in preparation for their first conference, TIANMUN, in October.

 

Announcements

  • Sign up for the QISS Skills Development Soccer Camp. Sign-ups will run until the end of September. Please sign up as soon as possible. For all questions please contact Mr. K at mkrakowski@springfieldcollege.edu

 

  • The 2015-2016 Varsity Girl's Volleyball season will begin next Monday. There were some tough decisions to make and the efforts of all the girls who tried out were appreciated. Please congratulate these Lady Sharks on making the team: Julia (G12), Heddy (G11), Carol (G11), Emily (G11), Ariel (G10), Angel (G10), Jenn Cho (G9), Teresa (G9), Jenn Lee (G8), Jenn Moon (G8), Grace (G8), and YuJin (G8).  We will be practicing every Monday and Wednesday from 3:35-5:30 from now until ACAMIS on October 29th. Let's have a great season!

 

Upcoming Events, Activities and Important Dates

  • September 3rd-6th: No School - Chinese Holiday
  • September 8th: Teacher In-Service / Student Half Day
  • September 11th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
  • September 14th-18th: Upper School Trips - Week Without Walls
  • October 1st-11th: Chinese National Holiday Break
  • October 16th: End of Quarter One
  • October 17th: Quarter One Key Assignments

 

Have a great weekend!

 


Friday, August 21st 2015

by admin Email

Dear QISS Families,


Week two of the 2015-2016 academic year is now completed and we are starting to get settled into our normal QISS routines. Students are all working hard in their classes. The buzz of activity and sense of learning is palpable as you walk through the halls.


School Life


Below you will find some wonderful photos from class this week. Included in the photos are our newly arrive teachers, Ms. Kathleen Sherman (Pre-K and K) and Mr. Joshua Chan (Grade 1). We also see Ms. Aricia and Mr. Zawisa captivating their students' attention.


Mr. Chan - Grade 1

Ms. Sherman - Prek-K and Kinder

Ms. Aricia - Grade 1

Mr. Zawisa - Grade 5



Announcements


Next week we will be very busy, as several important events are occuring;


  • The new After-School-Activity-Program is commencing next week. All students should now be signed up for their preference of ASAPs. Starting on Monday, August 24th regular classes still end at 3:30pm, but on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday students will be attending their after-school activities until 4:30pm. Buses will be leaving school at strictly 4:30pm. Please ensure that you are aware of your new bus schedule.


  • The first PEP (Parent Education Program) Talks of the year will take place on Tuesday, August 25th. There will be two sessions; 8:30am to 9:30am for the morning session and 2:00pm to 3:00pm for the afternoon session. PEP Talks are a great way for parents of new and returning students alike to learn more about what QISS offers and to gain insights into how best to support their children in their eductional journey. The topic of the PEP Talk next week is "Transitioning to QISS: Life at an International School". This session will be especially valuable for parents of new students, but all parents will find it of value. We encourage you to come along to learn how you can best support your child in an international school setting. 


Click here to see the flyer with information about this PEP Talk session.

Click here to see general information about PEP Talks.

Click here to see the schedule of PEP Talks for the 2015-2016 academic year.


  • Open House Nights will take place on Wednesday, August 26th (Lower School) and Thursday, August 27th (Upper School). These provide a wonderful opportunity to meet your child's new teachers and to learn more about the instructional programs on offer at QISS.


  • Attention: Lost Property: The school's main office is filling up with unclaimed lost property. While it is mostly clothing, there are also sporting good and various school related items. Items that are not claimed within the next two weeks will be donated to a local charity.



Upcoming Events, Important Activities and Dates


  • August 24th: New After-School Activity program begins
  • August 25th: August PEP Talk
  • August 26th-27th: Open House Nights
  • September 3rd-6th: No School - Chinese Holiday
  • September 8th: Teacher In-Service / Student Half Day
  • September 11th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
  • September 14th-18th: Upper School Trips - Week Without Walls

 

Friday, August 14th 2015: Welcome Back!

by admin Email

Dear QISS Families: Welcome back!

 

The 2015-2016 academic year has started, classes are in full swing and the students and staff all look very happy to be back. We trust and hope that everyone had a wonderful, safe summer holiday. We look forward to sharing stories with you as we meet again in the coming weeks and months.

 

This is a very special school year, as we are starting with the highest enrolment we have ever had. We are growing very rapidly as a result of our excellent educational practices and dedicated teachers. This year, we have been joined by several new, highly qualified and passionate teachers. We look forward to introducing them to you during our Open House Nights on 26th and 27th of August.

 

Below you will find relevant information about what has been happening in QISS this week, and upcoming QISS dates:

 

School Life

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten played with water beads and learned about colors.

 


Grade 3 students built structures using tape, marshmallows, string and sticks. This challenge helped students develop their teamworking skills and build community.

 

 

Grade 11 Chemistry students learned how to purify water.

 

 

Announcements

 

  • This year we are holding our very successful PEP (Parent Education Program) Talks once again. Click here to see the 2015 to 2016 PEP Talk Schedule. PEP Talks are a great way for parents of new and returning students alike to learn more about what QISS offers and to gain insights into how best to support their children in their eductional journey. The first PEP Talk this year will be held on Tuesday, August 25th. Please click here to see the August 2015 PEP Talk Flyer. For more information on the PEP Talks, please visit the QISS website

 

  • Due to popular demand, the enhanced QISS After-School-Activity-Program will begin on Monday, August 24th. All students are in the process of signing up for their desired after-school activities. This new program will provide all QISS students with valuable opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and participate in the QISS community. For high school students, ASAPs are a great opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills and a commitment to civic duty. This will help in their future university applications.

 

  • Open House Nights will take place on Wednesday, August 26th (Lower School) and Thursday, August 27th (Upper School). These provide a wonderful opportunity to meet your child's new teachers and to learn more about the instructional programs on offer at QISS.

 

  • Boys and girls Varsity Volleyball season will begin on Monday, August 17th. The girl's team will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:40-5:30. The boy's team will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:40-5:30. The season will last until October 30th, when both teams will travel to Beijing to compete in our regional ACAMIS tournament. Please be sure to come and try out for the teams! Go Sharks!

 

  • Attention: Lost Property: The school's main office is filling up with unclaimed lost property. While it is mostly clothing, there are also sporting good and various school related items. Items that are not claimed within the next two weeks will be donated to a local charity.

 

2015 - 2016 School Year Academic Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events, Important Activities and Dates

  • August 24th: New After-School Activity program begins
  • August 25th: August PEP Talk
  • August 26th-27th: Open House Nights
  • September 3rd-6th: No School - Chinese Holiday
  • September 8th: Teacher In-Service / Student Half Day
  • September 11th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
  • September 14th-18th: Upper School Trips - Week Without Walls

 

 

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