Happy New Year! I wish you all a wonderful year ahead for 2023. In addition, the Year of the Rabbit is soon upon us. So, to add to my sentiments, Happy Chinese New Year as well!
I am happy to be writing this email to you from my office, with a school filled with students and staff who are excited to be together for the next two weeks before the Chinese New Year holiday! For today’s email, I would like to give some details on the busy calendar we have for the next two weeks.
Here is a summary of what is coming from January 10th to January 20th.
Please consider signing up for the workshops we are providing for parents. These have been designed by our teachers to give valuable information for parents to support their children at home in connection with their school life. Our PR department will send a registration link, so our leaders are able to plan for the number of attendees. It is a great time to help build our community, interact with other parents and learn. Coffee, tea and snacks are also provided J
Our Mandarin department has been very busy preparing for our Chinese New Year celebration in the Primary School on Thursday. If students have some traditional Chinese clothing, they may wear it that day while they learn more about Chinese culture and participate in a variety of fun activities.
Semester One Report Cards
On January 13th, you will be able to access your child’s Semester One Report Card on Managebac. Please download this document and read it carefully. Remember, we do not give letter grades in the PYP. The 1, 2, 3 numbers you see beside the learning outcome indicates where your child is in their understanding and ability to demonstrate their learning. A 1 stands for ‘emerging’, meaning he or she is just beginning to understand and may need support from the teacher. A 2 stands for ‘developing’, meaning they have started to show their learning and understanding of the skill but still may need support at times. A 3 represents ‘demonstrating’ which indicates the child has shown they understand and are able to explain or show the skill independently.
Soon you will receive a registration link from our PR to reserve your place to watch the 2023 XLIS Spring Concert (formally our Christmas Concert). In fact, you will notice the program is still very much Christmas-themed. Let’s take this time to celebrate together, even though it is a little late. The doors will open at 1:00 pm, the show will begin at 1:30 pm and finish at 3:20. All Early Years students will return to their classroom after they have performed, so parents may pick them up there if need be. Our P2 – P6 students will be in the big gym, so if parents would like to pick them up, that is where you will find them. I am looking forward to this day, the students have been preparing for a very long time.
Parent Teacher Conferences
After a reporting period, we give the teacher and parent the opportunity to discuss the student’s learning and progress. This week, you will receive a schedule created by the homeroom teacher with a 15-minute time slot assigned to you. Please come to the school at that time and bring any questions you may have about your child’s learning. Our single-subject teachers (PSPE, Mandarin, Music, Visual Arts) are also available on this day. You may email them to set up a time. Please note, there are no classes for students this day and there will not be any child supervision at the school. It is best if the children are left at home or with a caregiver.
January 20th marks the last day of our first semester. I am looking forward to the second semester, now that the epidemic prevention and control measures have been lifted. I wish you all a happy and healthy Spring Festival holiday!
Please reach out to me via email or WeChat (principal_marly), I love hearing from you!