Spring Fun Day
3 Way Conferences ASA Tiny Techies
PTA Autumn Festival
K2 Assembly Student Led Grade Conference 10Champions Business Trade ACAMIS Swimming 2014
Student Led Conference - What is Metacognition? It was a great community day on campus this Wednesday as students talked about their learning. Some parents are used to this approach and for others this is a first. It is interesting to hear children talk about their learning and to see the enthusiasm each child has for different aspects of the work they have done. The reason we put so much emphasis on students talking about and sharing their learning is because of our belief that metacognition is not just important for children but also for adults, particularly teachers. A simplified explanation of metacognition could be to state that it is learning about learning, or an awareness of how one learns. Being aware of oneâ€™s own learning helps us regulate our behaviour to maximize our learning. This is a high order thinking skill which encourages analytical thought from a young age. Children develop an awareness and recognition of why and how they have learned, not just what they have learned. I sincerely hope you learned something on Wednesday.
Student Led Conference What is Metacognition? Swimming Pool Safety !
Exemplary PYP Designers!!
School Fee Information Leaving Notice Mandarin Coffee Morning G12 Art Show Earth Hour 2014 College Talk NIS Needs Hosts !!
ASA Cycle 3! !
Korean Food Promotion!
Cafe Closed Time!!
Lunch Card online Check! !
League of Legends ! Community Activities Weekly Menu!!
PTA Notice! NIS Board Meeting Minutes!
Spring Garden Party Swing Into Spring !
Have an Ace April,
Prfang Sponsorship Opportunities
Laurie McLellan firstname.lastname@example.orgContact Information
NIS 5 Years Calendar
01 ! 02! 02! ! 03 !! 04 05 06 07 08 09~10 ! 11 ! 12 ! 13 14~15 ! 16 ! 17 ! 18 ! 18 ! 19 20 21 ! 22 23 24 25
Nanjing International School, Xue Heng Lu 8, Xian Lin College and University Town, Qi Xia District, Nanjing, P.R. China, 210023 www.nanjing-school.com Tel: +86 25 8589 9111 Email: email@example.com
Derek Pinchbeck firstname.lastname@example.org
Exemplary PYP Designers Grade 3 students have been learning about gears in PYP Design. They undertook the challenge to make â€˜The Fastest Lego Vehicle in the Worldâ€™ using gears and electric motors. Congratulations to Suyoung and Seo Hyeon (Sunny) for designing and building the fastest Lego vehicle in Grade 3. Their vehicle travels 5 meters in an astonishing 3.24 seconds.
John Rinker PYP Design@NIS email@example.com 2
Important Information About School Fee Payment
The Upcoming Week Is Mid Semester Vacation & W29 Monday~Thursday 7th~10th, April Mid Semester Vacation Friday, 11th April SSL Swim Meet @ WISS SISAC Soccer (7-A-Side) Saturday, 12th April ACT SSL Swim Meet @ WISS SISAC Soccer (7-A-Side)
Dear Parents, NIS regards parents as the entity responsible for fee payment. Please find the invoice for your child(ren) for 1st Semester (Aug 2014 – Jan 2015), Academic Year 2014/15 in Veracross ( https://portals.veracross.com/nis ) -Parent Portal-My invoices. For school year 2014-15 we will stop issuing hard copy invoices. A deposit, or minimum payment, of RMB 25,000 per student is required to ensure the applicant’s place in the grade for 2014/15 school year, and it must be paid by 15th April 2014. The balance of RMB70,000 must be paid by the due date 31st May 2014. The deposit will be refunded in full if the Admissions Oﬃce receives written notification on or before the 16th June 2014 of your intention to leave NIS. The notice must be sent to the following email address : firstname.lastname@example.org After this date, the deposit will not be refunded.
Monday, 14th April Mandarin Parent Morning Tuesday, 15th April PTA Meeting Re-enrollment School Fees Due Wednesday, 16th April Action in the PYP Regional Job A Like Gr6~7 Arts Choices-students Thursday, 17th April DP Gr11 College Night Friday, 18th April CISSA/ACAMIS Track&Field SISAC Badminton Saturday,19th April CISSA/ACAMIS Track&Field SISAC Badminton Sunday,20th April EUCC Spring Garden Party
After the payment has been settled, PLEASE send the proof of payment to email@example.com or by fax at 86-25-8589 9222 Accounting Office,and quote the invoice number on it. If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. Yours sincerely,
Arek Owczarek Operations & Finance Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for Leaving Families Dear Parents, This is a time of year when some families will be moving on from Nanjing, either returning to their home countries or embarking on their next overseas posting. To assist our planning for the coming year please read and follow the exit procedure below. This information may have a direct impact on new families wishing to enter the school. We understand that some parents are still unsure, but if you know kindly let us know as soon as possible. Exit Procedure 1.As soon as you know you are leaving please email: email@example.com indicating your intention to leave and requesting any documentation that you may require. 2.Collect a clearance form from Reception or the Admissionâ€™s Office 3.Clearance forms must to be completed by the parent and student; in the PYP the Homeroom teacher will assist with this, in the MYP and DP this is the studentâ€™s responsibility. 4.On the last day of school the transcripts will only be released on receipt of a completed clearance form. Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any queries please let us know. Monica Bian
Parent Coffee Mandarin A and B
When: Monday, April 14, 2014 Where: C 136 (attached to NIS library) Time: 9:15 A.M.-10:15 A. M.
Discussion Topics Mandarin program operations at NIS PYP-MYP transition Mandarin B to Mandarin A Class Drop-ins anthonylee@staďŹ€.nanjing-school.com
EARTH HOUR 2014
Despite the threat of rain, many people turned out for the first ever NIS Earth Hour event at NIS last Saturday. This involved many people in its organisation. The PYP Student Council ran a book and toy exchange, as well as games in the dark with the help of Mr McBride. The student-led Save Our Species group provided arts and crafts. The 4R project students sold handcrafted paper they had made from recycled paper in school. There were two lantern-making activities, one from paper bags and the other from tin cans. Miss Debbie and Grade 3C organised painting a ‘bag-for-life’ and several Grade 8 students helped with the making and performing of shadow puppets. The PTA provided food for those who had not brought their own ‘nude food’ (no wrappings) picnic. Mrs Rinker read stories by candlelight. A full programme of entertainment was provided by students, parents and teachers. People were encouraged to sign pledges for the environment. If you signed up to one, please try to keep your promise! All our school lights were turned oﬀ at 8:30 pm for an hour, in line with Earth Hour around the world, and the entertainment continued in the dark. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a successful event and for showing you care about what happens to our beautiful planet. Next year Earth Hour falls on March 28th. For further information about staying involved beyond the hour, see www.earthhour.org Kath Adams kathadams@staﬀ.nanjing-school.com
COLLE G E TA LK The Importance of Internships Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and author of "Promote Yourself," and Robin Richards, CEO of Internships.com, suggest the following reasons why it’s important for you to start to think about your future career while you’re still in high school: 1. You’ll grow your network early. If you’re thinking about your career, you’ll make a point to start to network. Schawbel notes: “By going to school sponsored events, local meetups and connecting with your teachers, you can grow a powerful network that will support you in college admissions and beyond. There’s no question that having a professional network is useful for career success. High school students who focus on career early are more likely to be motivated to focus on their personal brand.
2. You’ll be more competitive for college applications. If you’re applying to colleges, your part-time job or internship experience can build a case for you as a strong applicant. “Because many students apply to college after high school without having completed an internship, your experience over the summer can help you stand out from the crowd of students," Richards explains. "The admissions committee will be able to see that you are motivated, inquisitive and serious about success from the fact that you used your break to work and gain professional experience.” 3. You’ll have a head start figuring out what you want to do after high school. When you gain work experience, it will be easier to rule out the majors you won't be interested in if you go to college, so you don't make any career mistakes. Or, you may learn that you want to pursue a career
Final SAT of the Year
COLLEGE NIGHT (G11 Parents/Students)
The final SAT will be held in June 7th, 2014!
April 17th, Thursday 7 - 830pm MYP LGR The evening will go over the general process of the college application to the USA, Canada, UK and Hong Kong. There will be time to answer questions as well.
that doesn’t require a college degree, and you can save a lot of money, time and effort. “The sooner you understand what you do and don't want to do for a career, the easier it will be to make the right career decisions," 4. You’ll learn a lot. Just applying for internships is a great learning experience. Richards explains: “Going through the internship application process and completing a summer internships program offers valuable decision-making lessons which can come in handy when applying to colleges and future summer internships.” She adds: “In addition to learning important skills that will make you a very valuable employee, a summer job or internship in high school can help you gain confidence and a better understanding of ‘the real world.'" http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-ca reers/2014/02/11/why-its-important-to-think-about-yourcareer-in-high-school
Final ACT of the Year
Deadline for application: April 1st/14
The next ACT will be on April 12th, 2014. Cost: 434RMB No Writing or 533RMB with Writing
Test Center Code: 74345 School Code (NIS): 694219 Country Code: 457
For these tests you MUST register ONLINE and not through the school.
Cost: ! SAT I 564RMB SAT II 403RMB and ! ! 80RMB per subject test
ACT Test Center Code: 872250
External Test Dates for 2014-2015 School Year: PSAT - Saturday, October 18th, 2014 SAT I The external testing dates have been set for next year and here they are: , December 6th, 2014; and Saturday, Saturday 2014; 8th, er Novemb , Saturday 2014; and II - Saturday, October 11th, 2015! 18th, April , June 6th, 2015 ACT - Saturday, October 25th, 2014 and Saturday
Grade 11 Student/Parent College Prep Meetings
month to create a plan for the upcoming I will continue meeting with G11 students and their parents over the coming ent appointm an up set to Tang Zoe Ms. months leading up to the application cycle. See m) (firstname.lastname@example.org
NIS STILL NEEDS HOSTS
We still need lots of host families for the ACAMIS Soccer tournament on April 24th - 27th this year. 120 students will be coming to NIS to take part in this tournament. We are very proud to be hosting this event and we very much hope that it will be a real showcase for our school and the fantastic community we have here. Hosting is a great experience for both the visiting students and the host families. All transportation is provided so all you need to do is provide them with a few meals and somewhere to sleep. If you have a spare bed or even just floor space with a mattress, please consider offering to be a host. You can sign up by completing the form attached on the next page, pick up a form in the Centre foyer or if you email Danny Clarke on email@example.com with your details, I can do the form for you. Danny Clarke, Athletics Director Sport & Activities Office Contact Details: (Room G213, on the second floor of the center) Robin Hutchison(Activities Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org extension:1037 Danny Clarke (Athletic Director) email@example.com extension:3058
HOMESTAY RETURN FORM Yes, we are able to provide homestay for the visiting athletes on 24 - 27 April 2014. Grade:
Student name: Parent Name (main contact): Home phone:
Parent mobile (main contact):
Parent email (main contact): Ideally athletes will be hosted in pairs. If you are able to host more than 2, please indicate this below and, if we are short of homestay houses, we will come back to you to ask if you can host more. Our family can host the following number of students:
(please tick the appropriate number)
we are willing to take more students up to a maximum of (please indicate the maximum number of students you would be able to host)
Please indicate the gender of the individuals your family is able to host Male
Does not matter
We have a connection with School and would like to host students from that school. We would specifically like to host the following students:
Pets: We have no pets We have the following pets in our house: Any other information we should know?
Please return this form to the Athletics and Activities Office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 14th April. Thank you very much for your support.
Nanjing International School
THE CENTRE HOURS MID SEMESTER VACATION
Swimming Pool operation hours during Mid Semester Vacation will be: CLOSED 11am ~ 3pm 9:30am ~ 3pm
Saturday, April 5th ~ Monday, April 7th Tuesday, April 8th ~ Friday, April 11th Saturday, April 12th
The pool will be closed on Saturday, April 5th till Monday, April 7th due to the Tomb Sweep Day Holiday. The Fitness Room will be available for the entire break - hours of operation will not change.
John Holbery email@example.com
ASA Cycle 3 Important Cycle 3 Dates Week 28: Mon. March 31st - Cycle 3 Started Week 30: Wed. 23 April - No ASAs due to 3-Way conferences Week 34: No ASAs for MYP / DP students due to exams Week 37: Fri. June 13th - Cycle 3 Finishes
Cycle 3 Signup Stats There are a total of 50 ASAs. 274 students have signed up for one or more ASAs.
Robin Hutchison (Activities Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org Vicki Hong (Secretary) email@example.com
Teams competed, over a number of weekends in March, in the very first NIS Games Online Tournament. This yearâ€™s game was League of Legends. Jack and Charlie initiated and ran the event as a fundraiser for Ray of Light Cambodia. It was a very close tournament and ended in a tie between Sanguinis Primus and G9. Sanguinis Primus: William, Siebe, Jungmin, Odin and Kyeong Dong G9: Sanghun, Taewon, Seungjun, Junpyo, Jibeom
www.rayoflightcambodia.com Paul Underwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Activities April 5th- 18th
Saturday, April 5thSunday, April 13th
SCHOOL CLOSED DUE TO
TOMB SWEEPING DAY & MID SEMESTER VACATION
Saturday, April 5th and 12th: Crossfit Workout
MYP/DP & Parents
Sunday, April 6th and 13th:
MYP/DP & Parents
Thursday, April 10th:
MYP/DP & Parents
April, 14th: Monday:
English: 8.15- 9.45am (Eva), 10- 11.30am (Daniel) Pilates: 8- 9am (adv), 9- 10am, 10- 11am Zumba: 2- 2.50pm Yoga (Neila): 4.30- 5.30pm Ladies Soccer
6- 8pm MYP/ DP & Parents
Basketball 7 - 9.30pm
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Community Activities April 5th- 18th
English (Daniel): 8.15- 9.45am Pilates: 8- 9am, 9- 10am, 10- 11am Zumba: 2.35- 3.25pm MYP/ DP & Parents Badminton 6 - 9pm Parents
Wednesday: English (Eva) 8.15- 9.45am, 10- 11.30am Yoga: 8.30- 9.30am (Shylaja), 4.30- 5.30pm (Neila) Kick Boxing 10- 11am Golden Ball Football Club 6 - 9pm Parents Pilates: 6.30- 7.30pm (Heidrun), 7.30- 8.30pm (Francesca)
English (Daniel): 8.15- 9.45am Pilates: 8- 9am (adv), 9- 10am, 4.30- 5.30pm Nanjing Singers Choir 7.30 - 8.45pm DP & Parents Volleyball 6.30 - 9pm MYP/ DP & Parents
English (Eva): 8.15- 9.45am, 10- 11.30am Yoga (Shylaja): 8.30- 9.30am
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Lunch Card on-line Balance Checking Available Dear Parents, Please follow the steps as below to check you and your children’s lunch card details on line: A.1.Log onto the school website: http://www.nanjing-school.com Then select the item: Lunch Card Balance. 2.Input the entire card number – letter and numbers. If you have a problem with entering this number, please contact Annie @ Eurest Below. 3. Input password: nis. Enter the Validation code .You will then be able to view the lunch card consumption details. B. Parents and Students can check their card balance every time the card is used on the screen at the cashier’s table in the Canteen and Center Café. Please Contact Eurest if you have any questions or need help. Kind Regards, Annie and the Eurest Team at Nanjing International School Tel: 025-85899111-3010/18651816852 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch Card Top up Times 8:00am-12:30am 2:00pm-4:00pm Thanks for your cooperation!
The PTA would like to thank our members who assisted in the organisation of the Earth Hour Event on Saturday 29th March. The PTA raised 900RMB for the NIS Green team through food and drink sales and an auction of organic produce. The Athletics department is looking for hosts for the ACAMIS Soccer Tournament from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April. This is a great opportunity to support our community. If you can assist please contact Danny Clarke.
The PTA Spring Fun Day will remain on Saturday 3rd May. We are looking for countries to take over and run a booth for this day. Please contact Janene Kummer or Amy Gombert on email@example.com to sign up.
âœ´PTA Merchandise will be available for sale every Tuesday from 2 until 3pm in the foyer at our new PTA merchandise store. âœ´Please note that classroom sales are delivered to your child every Friday, and are available by using the order forms located on the wall near the display cases in the corridor of the foyer leading to the Admissions Office. Orders must be paid at the cashier by 10:00am Thursday for delivery the next day.
Next PTA meeting: Tuesday 15th April @8:15 in Centre Cafe PTA - firstname.lastname@example.org 19
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Education a Gift for Life! 14th Annual Pfrang Gala Sponsorship Opportunities!
On Saturday May 17th 2014 the Pfrang Association will be hosting the 14th Annual Pfrang Gala at Nanjing International School. This event is one of the highlights of the expatriate social calendar in Nanjing and attracts 300 people each year for an evening of fun and fundraising. All the money raised on the night allows the Pfrang Association to provide scholarships to cover the 6 year High School education of needy students in rural Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.! Since its founding 14 years ago the Pfrang Association has provided more than 700 students the opportunity to go to school. Working with the Amity Foundation we are able to support students in rural Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. We take on only as many students as we can guarantee to support until the finish of their schooling.! Like the Pfrang family, in whose memory the association was set up, the association is an integral part of the Nanjing expatriate community in general and Nanjing International School in particular. In past years many members of the local business community have been generous in their support of Pfrang’s work by providing sponsorship for the Pfrang Gala. ! If you would like help us this year the following options are possible. We are also always open to other suggestions:! • Donation of prizes to be raffled or auctioned! • Donation of supplies of the gala (e.g. beer, wine, place settings etc)! • Covering of cost of an aspect of the event (e.g. printing costs for publicity)! • Buying a block of tickets for the event for your organisation.! In return for sponsorship your company will receive publicity during the course of the evening.! For more information about the work of the Pfrang Association please see our website:! http://www.pfrang-association.org/index.html! To contact us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org !
Many Thanks! The Pfrang Association
Staff Handbook 1.007
NIS Calendar 2013/14 to 2017/18 MAF = Mid Autumn Festival ; TSD = Tomb Sweep Day ; ILD = International Labour Day ; DBF = Dragon Boat Festival 2013/2014
INSET 1 day: Sep 20
6 TH19/9 MAF 7
5 5 M8/9 MAF
National Day 8
INSET 2 days: Sep 25~26
INSET 2 days:11/Sep/17
INSET 2 days: Sep 24~25
MAF Sun 27/Sep
5 12 5 13
school day finishes Fri 12/Dec/14 @11.00
16/Dec/13 23/Dec/13 30/Dec/13 18 6/Jan/14 INSET 2 days: 19 Feb 6~7 13/Jan/14 20 20/Jan/14 CNY 27/Jan/14 CNY 3/Feb/14 21 10/Feb/14 22 17/Feb/14 23 24/Feb/14 24 3/Mar/14 25 10/Mar/14 26 17/Mar/14 27 24/Mar/14 28 31/Mar/14 Mid Semester Vacation TSD Sat 5 Apr
Winter Holiday 5 18 5 19 5 20 21 22 5 23 5 5 5 5 5 5
INSET 5 days: Feb 23~27
CNY CNY 24 25 26 27
15/Dec/14 22/Dec/14 29/Dec/14 5/Jan/15 12/Jan/15 19/Jan/15 26/Jan/15 2/Feb/15 9/Feb/15
school day finishes Fri 18/Dec/15 @11.00
18 Winter Holiday
MAF Thu 15/Sep
19/Sep/16 INSET 2 days: Oct 10~11
Mid Semester Vacation TSD Sun 5 Apr
school day finishes Fri 16/Dec/16 @11.00
5 18 Winter Holiday
school day finishes Fri 15/Dec/17 @11.00
19 INSET 5 days: 20 Feb 15~19 21 22 CNY
16/Feb/15 23/Feb/15 2/Mar/15 9/Mar/15 16/Mar/15 23/Mar/15
5 5 5 5
CNY 23 24 25 26 27
15-Feb-16 22-Feb-16 29-Feb-16 7-Mar-16 14-Mar-16 21-Mar-16
5 5 5 5 5
22 23 24 25 26 27
13/Feb/17 20/Feb/17 27/Feb/17 6/Mar/17 13/Mar/17 20/Mar/17
5 5 5 5 5 5
TSD Mon 4/Apr
5 5 5 5 5 5
Mid Semester Vacation
14-Dec-15 21-Dec-15 28-Dec-15 4-Jan-16 11-Jan-16 18-Jan-16 25-Jan-16 1-Feb-16 8-Feb-16
MAF Wed 4/Oct
5 5 5 5
19 INSET 5 days: 20 Feb 6~10 21 CNY CNY
18/Dec/17 25/Dec/17 1/Jan/18 18 8/Jan/18 5 19 15/Jan/18 INSET 5 days: 5 20 22/Jan/18 Feb 19~23 5 21 29/Jan/18 22 5/Feb/18 CNY 12/Feb/18
Mid Semester Vacation
12/Dec/16 19/Dec/16 26/Dec/16 2/Jan/17 9/Jan/17 16/Jan/17 23/Jan/17 30/Jan/17 6/Feb/17
5 Winter Holiday
CNY 23 24 25 26 27
19/Feb/18 26/Feb/18 5/Mar/18 12/Mar/18 19/Mar/18 26/Mar/18
Week No. INSET 2 days:
Week No. INSET 2 days:
Aug 6~7, 10
Week No. INSET 3 days:
INSET 3 days: Aug 7~8 & Aug 11 First Day - New students only - Aug 12 First Day - All students - Aug 13
updated in Apr 2014
INSET 3 days: Aug 7~9
TSD Tue 4/Apr
TSD Thur 5/Apr
5 5 5 5 5
5 5 5 5 5
4 31 F1/5 ILD
31 TH1/5 ILD 32
ILD Sun 1/May
ILD Mon 1/May
ILD Tue 1/May
36 M2/6 DBF 37
DBF Wed 9/Jun
DBF Tue 30/May
4 38 S20/6 DBF
DBF Mon 18/Jun
School finishes Thursday 185 19/06/14 11.00
School finishes Friday 185 19/06/15 11.00
School finishes 185 Fri 17/Jun/2016 @11.00
School finishes Fri 16/Jun/2017 @11.00 183
School finishes 184 Fri 22/Jun/2017 @11.00