LIGHTHOUSE NEWS 04/07/2020

Calendar at a Glance

Date Event/Occasion
Until Further Notice Home-Based Learning
April 10 Good Friday – No School
May 1 & 4 May First Holiday – No School
June 12 End of Second Semester/Last Day of School


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Gordon S's AP calculus work 1)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Gordon S's AP calculus work 2)

Message from Head of School

Dear ISQ Community,

Last week our Virus Safety Plan was released with our community. Though we have yet to be given a return date, it would be prudent to be prepared and familiar with what will be required of all of us when we return to our campus. Please take the time to read this document. In addition, the Education Bureau has released 7 Virus Prevention and Education Videos that are required for all staff, parents and students to watch prior to us being permitted to resume. More information relating to these videos will be coming soon.

Recently, the Qingdao Education Bureau has announced staggering resumption dates for Chinese Schools, April 15 for Grade 12 and April 22 for Grade 9. We have also been informed that there are at least three phases to the resumption of schools in Qingdao. Phase 1 Chinese High School, Phase 2 Chinese Middle School, Phase 3 other. As an international school, we fall into Phase 3, no dates have been given to us yet. Our leadership team is also forecasting different models of staffing for teaching and operations if the temporary suspension of entry into China for foreign nationals isn't lifted before our campus can re-open.

Take care and keep safe,

Ben Yap
Head of School


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Hyun Jun W's AP calculus work 1)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Hyun Jun W's AP calculus work 2)

New Dolphins in Semester 2

This semester we’ve accepted 18 students, most of them referred by you, our current ISQ families. Last week, our secondary principals and secondary teachers hosted an online New Student Orientation (NSO) for our newest dolphin, Stephanie, who is joining 8th grade from Canada.

Secondary Principals and teachers greeting, introducing themselves, and helping transition into HBL

As we receive inquires and applications for next school year, we want to thank you for partnering with us to educate your children and inviting your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to join ISQ.

Sincerely,

MAC Team


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Nena H's Chemistry Work)

Tutorial for Elementary Parents

How to Read Grades and Comments in PowerSchool

Dear Elementary Parents,

Final grades for Quarter 3 are posted in PowerSchool! Please check this the attachment below to learn how to read your child’s grades and comments.

PowerSchool Tutorial


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Bella J's Chemistry Work)

What We Can Do to Stop the Spread of COVID-19: # 2 Hand Hygiene

We have the Power in Our Hands

One of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and stop the spread of germs, including the virus that causes COVID-19, is hand hygiene. We can do hand hygiene by handwashing with soap and water, and using hand sanitizer at crucial times*: (1) before eating, (2) before, during, after preparing food, (3) after using the toilet, (4) after touching animals, their food, cage, and waste, (5) before and after caring for the sick or performing first aid, (6) after coughing/sneezing/blowing your nose on a tissue, (7) after touching garbage, and (8) when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

Studies have proven that handwashing can prevent 1/3 of diarrhea-related illnesses, 1/5 of respiratory illnesses, as well as skin infections and eye infections 1. Among school children, handwashing reduces absences related to gastrointestinal illness for up to 57% 2. That’s a lot of school-days saved. But sadly, handwashing after using the toilet is only done 1 out of 5 times around the world 3.

To properly wash your hands, follow these steps:

The National Health Service (NHS) of U.K. made a poster (see above) that illustrates the necessary steps to properly and adequately perform hand hygiene (HH) by handwashing.

In addition to step 11 in the poster, you can also turn off the tap using a paper towel. When soap and water are not available, you can rub hand sanitizer on your hands just like your washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizers contain aloe vera gel or glycerine that helps keep your hands moisturized. A hand sanitizer should have at least 60 % alcohol content to be effective. The Health Office recommends handwashing, instead of using hand sanitizer after using the toilet, and when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

ECC and Elementary friendly posters here

When we LEARN how to properly do hand hygiene and LEAD others in basic prevention, we have the power in our hands. When all of us wash our hands consistently at crucial times* as specified above, an estimated 1.1 million deaths per year could be prevented 4.

As you can see, clean hands save lives. So let us choose to LEAD in protecting lives. Let us LOVE life, especially of our loved ones. When we LEARN, LOVE, and LEAD, we don’t infect…we protect. And in a time of a global health crisis, the future of our world is in our hands.

For your well-being,

Mr. Aries Gamer and Mrs. Lucia An
School Nurses – The Health Office

Sources:
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Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Jacky W's Tessellation Design/Geometry Work)

Helpful Notes and Reminders

Virus and Safety Plan

In case you missed it, you can read ISQ’s Virus and Safety Plan which outlines our preliminary plan to resume on-campus learning when we receive a start date from the Education Bureau, information on how we as a community can protect ourselves, hygiene and disinfection guidelines, and more.

After this week, you can find the Virus and Safety Plan on our Home-Based Learning webpage.

Reminder – No School this Friday

This Friday is a holiday to observe Good Friday.


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(James K's AP calculus work, which exceeds the range of this year's AP test.)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(James K's AP calculus work, which exceeds the range of this year's AP test.)

MUNiSC Fee Refund

Hello Parents and Students,

I wanted to inform you that the school is ready to begin refunding students for the MUNiSC 2020 delegation fee. This will be a full refund of 740 RMB. To get your refund, please send the following information to finance@isqchina.com:

  • student's name
  • student's grade
  • name on bank account
  • name of bank and branch, OR bank address
  • account number

Thank you for your patience in waiting for this refund!


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Peter Y's AP calculus work 1)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Peter Y's AP calculus work 2)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Peter Y's AP calculus work 3)


Our Campus is Closed; Our Learning Continues
(Peter Y's AP calculus work 4)

Peter Y's AP calculus work. No colorful decoration, no fancy animation. To finish this work, as shown above in these 4 pictures, AP calculus students need to spend hours doing careful calculations and complete analysis. After all that critical thinking and patient work, students need to summarize the information they got from their drafts and choose the simplest and most direct way. They then carefully copy them down, because they want to reduce the difficulties for their teachers' reading on screen... Respect does not need to be in words. Finally, they try to take clear pictures. Some students have become photographers during HBL! Life is interesting, and many unexpected good things can come from difficulty. - Comment from Mrs. Shine Shi

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