Archive of ‘August 2017’ category

Thank You!!

Dear Parents,

As we finish up our second full week of school, I’d like to thank the SIS community for the warm welcome. I have had the opportunity to speak to many families and I am looking forward to getting to know more of you as the year unfolds. Before arriving at SIS, I had heard that the community at SIS is unique, with involved and  supportive parents collaborating with our teachers and I have found that this is absolutely true. To continue this partnership I will be hosting a monthly coffee morning with parents where we can get to know each other and strengthen our working relationship with the common purpose of making our school great. These meetings will not necessarily have an agenda but will follow a social, open forum approach. The first Principal’s Coffee Morning has been scheduled for Wednesday 20th September from 8:15am-9:15am in the Multipurpose room in Building 7. I hope to see you there!

My wife Paula Brunning, is the College Counsellor at Bayside and we have five children. Three of our children are at SIS in kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 8 and are enjoying learning and exploring all the wonderful experiences SIS and Shenzhen have to offer. This is my 23rd year in education and our family is thrilled to be part of the SIS community. In fact, last week we had our first elementary school assembly, and our youngest commented on how much fun he had. He also mentioned that he thinks he needs to learn Chinese! For our returning families, you probably noticed that the assembly had a different format and setup and we will continue this throughout the year. For more information about when your child’s class will be sharing their learning in assembly, please refer to the ES Administration blog. 

From time to time you may hear me using the term primary instead of elementary as this is terminology I am most familiar with, coming from the United Kingdom and working in International Schools that follow the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

I look forward to seeing you at the Principal’s Coffee Morning.

Harish Kanabar
Elementary Principal

PSA Launch

Dear parents,
On behalf of the PSA (Parent  Support Association )  I would like to say what a pleasure it is to have you as part of our school community.

Whether you are new this year or a returning family we are so excited to have you here. The PSA is comprised of all parents. We work together to create memory-making events and activities and to build a strong, involved, informed community.

There is a very special feeling at SIS school that I believe only happens because of the commitment of teachers, staff, students, and parents to bring out the best in everyone.

As this years President of  PSA I would like to encourage you to come out and join us , be a part of this wonderful group .

Please join us for the PSA Launch for more information about what we do ...
Where: Gecko Theatre, Parkside
When: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Looking forward to meeting you all this year.

Best Regards,
Poppy Tedja
PSA President

Assembly Schedule-Subject to change but hopefully not too much :)

Date Class Teacher ESLR
18th Aug Admin KG/G1 8:30-8:45 Mr. Kanabar Welcome to new students and new staff (SPAH)
18th Aug Admin G2-G5 8:10-8:25 Mr. Kanabar Welcome to new students and new staff (Gecko Theater)
25th Aug Admin 8:15-8:45 Mr. Kanabar (SPAH) Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
8th Sept Admin 8:15-8:45 Guest Reader!!
22nd Sept 4A Mr. Sheppard
29th Sept KD Mrs. Cormack Communicator Award
13th Oct 5B Ms. Terrell (Civilizations)
20th Oct 1B Ms. ILL
3rd Nov 2B Ms. Cheung (Balance & Motion) Independent Learner Award
17th Nov 3D Mrs. Kuemmerlin
1st Dec 3C Mr. Musker
8th Dec 5C Ms. Diaz  (FLL 5th Grade Robotics Team) Collaborator Award
12th Jan 3B


Ms. Banner

Gymnastics movement composition

19th Jan 2D

Cheer ASA

Ms. Koch

Plus Ms. Erlendson

2nd Feb 1C & 1A Mrs. Hennigar & Ms. Van Zandt Complex Thinker Award
9th Feb Chinese Dept. Chinese New Year Cultural assembly
2nd March 2C Mr. Fredericks
16th March Library Tentative Book Week assembly choice! Gaylene
23rd March 4C Mr. Banner (Migration Green Screen or Poetry?) Global Citizen Award
13th April 4B Mrs. Kim (Migration or Poetry?)
20th April KA Mrs. Edwards
27th April 1D Mrs. Krebs Communicator Award
4th May 5A Mr. Damroth (Exhibition or Tie-In with Learner Profile)
11th May French French Bilingual Program
18th May Chinese & German Mr. Denson 3A

Chinese & German teachers

25th May KC Mr. Porter Independent Learner Award
1st June 2A Mr. Nock
8th June KB Ms. Erlendson
15th June Admin Goodbye Assembly Collaborator Award

Assemblies for 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

Please note that assemblies will look a little different this year.

In an effort to authentically connect the assemblies to the learning that happens in the classroom, each class will take a lead role in at least one assembly throughout the year.  This means that the students in each class, will share what they have been learning in a variety of different ways.  The goal is to also have the assemblies be more transdsciplinary and include elements across the different curriculum areas.

Your child’s teachers will let you know when your child is involved in one of these assemblies. The ESLR’s will continue to be awarded once a month.

Mrs. Sheppard will continue to lead the school performances, recitals etc.  The dates for those can be found here:

Best wishes,

Mr. Harish Kanabar

ES Principal

Welcome to 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

We’ve had an excellent start to the new year.

Here are some of the highlights of the first week back:

Ice Cream Social-We warmly welcomed our new families to the SIS community.  Parents had the opportunity to learn more about our extensive After School Activities programme, buy additional school kits, meet the Parent Support Association and sample the delights from our new catering company Nom Nom.

Meet the Teacher afternoon saw students finding out who their new teachers are for the year.  There was definitely an excitement in the air and parents received important information about schedules, contacts etc.

Curriculum Night offered brief information about SIS’s adoption of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and what this means in terms of Teaching and Learning  as well as a quick overview of the authorisation process.  Parents then had an in-depth presentation with their child’s homeroom teacher about what to expect over the course of the year.  Both sessions stressed the importance of the parent, student, teacher partnership and how working together will give your children and our students the best opportunity for success.

Parents and teachers have commented that we’ve had a positive smooth start, despite the challenges of the construction outside the Jin Shan campus.  To continue this, we’d like to remind you to park and drop off your children in the designated areas. 

Finally, all the adults that visit our school are expected to wear yellow lanyards.  If you do not have one of these, please visit the office at Mountainside and talk to one of extremely helpful office assistants Sonia and Laurie.

Best wishes,

Harish Kanabar

Elementary School Principal

PS There will be many more parent learning opportunities over the course of the year so please make sure you check as well as this newsletter!