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What's been happening at CIS...

It's that time of year again, March into Reading(March 27-31)!  The elementary program has a lot of exciting things happening next week!  Here's what is going on: 

  • Starting this weekend(March 26!), students need to read in English at home.  Parents will sign a reading log for students indicating how long the student read each day.  At the end of the week, the class with the most minutes will have a special surprise!
  • Guest readers will be invited into our classrooms to read each day.  If you would like to come read to your child's class, make sure you let the teacher know, and they will help you arrange a day and time to come by.  
  • Grades 3-5 will be taking turns throughout the week walking to the international kindergarten to meet up with a little buddy and practice reading!
  • Some fun lunch-time activities will be available for students to join in ONE super special literacy based game!  This year, we've got awesome activities like Book Bingo, a Book Scavenger Hunt, and Book Jeopardy!  It's going to be AWESOME!
  • On March 31, it is Book Character Day.  Students are encouraged to dress up like one of their favorite characters from a book!  We have had some extremely creative costumes in the past! Can't wait to see what's up for this year!
  • And last but not least... everyone's favorite, The Book Fair!!  Friday, March 31st students will have a chance to buy books that they can bring home.  If you would like your child to purchase anything, please send them with money on FRIDAY ONLY.  

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams who did an amazing job last week in their competition! CIS placed 3rd with our Middle School team, and both 2nd and 3rd with our high school teams!  

March 3rd was the Elementary School's annual Science Fair!  Students and parents had a blast going around to all the Gr 1-5 classrooms checking out experiments and demonstrations that students had been learning about while studying the Design Process and the Scientific Inquiry Process!  The Secondary program has their first Science Fair coming up on April 21st!  See you there!

Students from Grades 10-12 are departing early Thursday morning to head to Beijing for the Harvard Model UN conference.  Good luck to everyone going! 

Coming up on March 25th are our second round of Parent Teacher Conferences.  If your child's teacher wishes to see you, the school will be contacting you this week.  If you are unable to make it on the 25th, please arrange another time directly with the teacher when it is convenient to come in.  Conferences are from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please make sure to arrive a bit early as we have a tight schedule! Translators both in Chinese and Korean are available.  See you then!

10 students in Secondary along with Ms. Willett and Mr. Hildebrandt are leaving on March 29th to go to Arusha, Tanzania for 10 days.  They will be visiting a village to learn about their culture and day to day lives. Students will learn about local crafts with members of the community and learning to hunt with traditional Masaai warriors!  They will also be assisting in the development of a new school, as well as partaking in some fun activities such going on a safari!





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