Week 17 - January 10, 2017
Welcome back to the start of the Semester 2. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces at the gate this morning, even though some looked a little tired and jet-lagged. It was also very pleasing to see so many new faces who are joining us for the first time. I am sure that you will all make these new families feel very welcome and help them to settle into life in Hangzhou.
Over the Christmas break we made a number of improvements to the school buildings and grounds. Many of these were the result of safety audits that we regularly conduct at the school. The safety and well-being of the students is always our main priority and we are constantly making improvements and modifications based on our inspections.
New Bicycle Parking
If you come on campus this week, please notice the new additional bike or scooter parking lot at the front entrance of the school. This will provide easy access for students riding their bicycles or parents riding e-bikes, so they won’t have to fight traffic flow in the morning. Students can secure their bicycles safely and they will also be supervised by the school guards. In this way, we encourage our community to ride bicycles and keep Hangzhou green!
After School Activity Registration for Quarter 3
Quarter 3 ASA Dates & Deadlines
ASA Q3 Parent Registration January 10 @ 5:00 PM to January 13 @ 11:00 PM
ASA Q3 Begins January 23
ASA Q3 Ends March 17
• To see the list of all the ASAs being offered in Quarter 3, please access it from the HIS Website.
•Click ASA Information for a list of all ASAs.
To find the ASA registration website visit the HIS website homepage and go to the upper left column. You will need an HIS-parent email to register. For those without an active his-parent email, there is a “Signup Without Login” option that will allow you to register.
• Go to www.his-china.org
• Click on the ASA Sign Up tab on the left column
• Enter a valid 'his-parent' email and password
• For parents without an active 'his-parent' email, click the Signup Without Login
Swimming Club will commence training this coming Wednesday. For further information please refer to the swimming club website. http://hisswimteam.weebly.com/
Quarter 2 Long Tales
Please take a look at the student designed Long Tales publication produced by Mr. Suit’s Graphic Design class. It is a good opportunity to see what students and faculty are doing. The hard copy version will be available upon return to school in January.
Tech Pagoda News
Arcademics is a free online multiplayer environment that builds skills in mathematics and language arts. Your child can have fun testing their mettle against other students from around the world. http://www.arcademics.com
The Green Team is an upper school club that organises a range of activities to promote positive environmental awareness and action. You can find out more by going to their website: http://his-greenteam.weebly.com/
The Community Garden ASA will be selling a variety of small potted herbs after school on Thursday, January 19th. We have cilantro, dill, oregano, lemon grass and mint, with prices starting at 15 RMB per pot. Proceeds will be reinvested into the garden.
HIS will be hosting the “Golden Microphone” public speaking contest in Quarter 3. All MP2, MP3 and middle school students are encouraged to enter. Classroom and Language Arts teachers will provide full details to students this week.
The annual HIS Spelling Bee competition will be held this quarter. You can find competition details, full list words and the provided definitions on the Upper School Middle School website. All students from MP2, MP3 and middle school are invited to enter.
Student Services News
Homework: How to get it done!
Parents can help children succeed with homework by providing clear messages about the importance of homework and specific support strategies.
There are three key messages about homework that parents need to give their children:
1. Homework is an important part of school. Expect children to complete homework and hand it in when it is due. Holding children accountable for homework builds responsibility and time management skills.
2. Parental support will be provided as needed. Some children are genuinely overwhelmed by homework, either because they find it too difficult or because they don’t know how to work on their own. However, children are less likely to become discouraged or frustrated when parents offer encouragement and assure them that help is available when they get stuck. For some children, it is helpful just to have a parent nearby while they work.
3. Parents will not do homework for their children. This message lets children know that the parent role is to encourage and to help them get unstuck, while at the same time communicating that homework is designed to help children master skills that parents already attained.
Strategies for Supporting Homework: Beyond these messages, there are important ways parents can help children with homework:
- Check in with your children every day. ‘‘What do you have to do and when are you going to do it?’’ should be a daily mantra for parents as they help their children plan for homework.
- Establish clear homework routines. Setting up homework routines early in elementary school can build habits that will make it easier for children to adjust to the greater homework demands that middle school and high school present.
- Supervise but don’t micromanage. Some children will need more help with homework than others, but a general rule of thumb is provide the minimum help necessary for the child to be successful.
- Help children establish and maintain organizational systems. Help your children keep workspaces neat and set up systems to keep track of homework assignments
- Look for others to help. Homework can be time-consuming for both parents and children. Parents may find it helpful to take turns supervising homework, alternating by nights or by subject matter. Older siblings, relatives, or even peers can provide homework support.
- Use incentives if necessary. For children who are not motivated by grades or who struggle in school, parents may need to look for other rewards to help them get through their nightly homework routine.
- Establish clear communication channels with teachers. Parents should take advantage of school websites (like our Weebly sites) and parent–teacher conferences, not only to understand the teacher’s homework policies and practices but also as ways to communicate to their children that they consider homework an important part of their education.
Happy new year from your PAFA facilitators, we hope you had an enjoyable break! As we embark on the second half of the school year, it's a good opportunity to get together, talk about upcoming PAFA activities, meet new parents and catch up with friends. Please join us at our coffee morning, everyone welcome! We hope to see you there!
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