Calendar at a Glance

Date Event/Occasion
October 1-6 National Day Holiday & Mid-Autumn Festival (No School)
October 3 HS SAT
October 7-November 6 MAP Testing
October 12-November 4 HS Volleyball Season
October 12-December 2 HS Ping Pong Season
October 12-December 2 MS Soccer Season

*Please note that our annual iSC Educators Conference (time taken every year for the professional development of our staff) has been changed to November 9. There will be no school on this day, and Quarter 2 will begin on November 10.

To view these changes, and the entire school calendar, follow the link below.

2020-2021 Calendar

5th Grade Genius Idea projects

Government Health Guidelines

Dear ISQ Parents,

We are grateful for your diligence in monitoring your family’s health and ensuring that your child is healthy to come to school. You are the strong links to protect our community from illness.

Please read the following important government guidelines related to travel outside of Shandong Province, as well as the guidelines for students who have not recently traveled but are showing flu-like symptoms. Below are the health guidelines as of September 28, 2020.

1. International Travel:

Non-essential travel outside of China is not encouraged by the Education Bureau at this time. Upon return from international travel, a 14-day hotel quarantine is required as well as a negative COVID-19 test and government issued documentation from the quarantine. After a student has completed their 14-day quarantine, ISQ will monitor the student’s health information (or daily health status) for another seven days. Should a student develop COVID-19 symptoms* within 21 days of their return to China, the student is required by the Education Bureau to visit a doctor, preferably at Hospital No. 3, or No. 8 in Licang, accompanied by a parent. All of the diagnostic papers and the doctor’s clearance letter authorizing that the student may return to school are to be sent to the ISQ’s Health Office at before the student may attend school or board the school bus. After checking the doctor’s clearance letter, the nurses of ISQ Health Office will give the final approval for students to come back to school. During this process, our divisional assistants will contact parents whenever students are absent from school to find the reason for the absence and to monitor the situation.

2. Domestic Travel:

Non-essential travel outside of Shandong Province is not encouraged by the Education Bureau at this time. Prior to traveling outside of Shandong Province parents need to email their travel dates and locations to the appropriate divisional assistant or and copy Upon return from domestic travel outside of Shandong Province, please send a screenshot of your child’s green health code to Should a student develop COVID-19 symptoms*, the student will be required to see a doctor, accompanied by a parent, and stay home from school for 48 hours following a fever (37.3C or higher) and 72 hours following vomiting and/or diarrhea. Our divisional assistants will contact parents whenever students are absent from school to find the reason for the absence and to monitor the situation. When the required time is over (48 hours for fever, and 72 hours for vomiting and diarrhea) the parent will need to specify the health status of their child including the last episode/time of fever (37.3C or higher), vomiting, or diarrhea AND upload a doctor’s clearance letter to authorizing that their child may return to school. The nurses of ISQ Health Office will give the final approval for students to come back to school.

3. Flu-like Symptoms (without recent travel history):

Parents are responsible to monitor their child’s health and keep their child who is sick or showing symptoms at home. Sometimes, students come to school and are showing flu-like symptoms. Our Health Office staff will determine whether students should be at school that day, go home, or be sent to the hospital immediately. Parents will be responsible to pick up their child with symptoms professionally judged as high risk by ISQ nurses in compliance with the World Health Organization guidelines for symptoms. Our divisional assistants will contact parents whenever students are absent from school to find the reason for the absence and to monitor the situation. Before returning to school, parents must communicate with the nurses of ISQ Health Office to receive final approval for students to come back to school. In some cases, this may include submitting a doctor’s clearance letter.

*Symptoms of COVID-19 according to WHO and CDC are: headache, fatigue (excessive tiredness), runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, muscle aches or joint pains, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (three or more loose or watery stools in a day).

Thank you for cautiously following these healthy school guidelines.


ISQ Health Office
ISQ Principals’ Leadership Team

Elementary creating Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns and decorations

Fall MAP Testing

Grades 6-10: October 8-16
K-Grade 5: October 20-30

Dear Parents,

Starting next week, October 8, students in grades 6-10 will take a MAP® (Measuring Academic Progress) Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or iPad. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Reading, Math, Language Arts, and Science.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in Kindergarten to grade 10 take the tests in Reading and Math, grades 3-10 take the language arts test, and grades 6-8 also take the test in Science. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.

Please help your child get plenty of sleep before his/her tests and try not to miss any testing school days (unless very ill). Please encourage him/her to do his/her best and make sure he/she answers every question. Even if he/she is not familiar with the material, he/she should select a best guess answer. Remember, this first test is like a pre-test, to help teachers assess where your child is in his/her learning.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:


Geetha Bridgeman

MAP Testing Coordinator

Lao Shan Shu Yuan Cultural Field Trip for K-G5

Last Friday our Kindergarten to 5th grade students visited Lao Shan Shu Yuan. They had so much fun on the field trip. It was a beautiful day with a mild breeze and warm sunshine. The students visited the main buildings with their ancient architecture, and explored traditional art, crafts and games. These activities open a door for students to be able to connect more with Chinese culture. Enjoy the pictures from the day.

Papermaking; pitch-pot game; engraved wood painting

Walking on stilts; tie-dye; gourd painting

Middle School posters for Mid-Autumn festival

Notes and Reminders

After School Activities

After School Activities (ASA) at ISQ expands our students’ learning as students try new skills. We look forward to resuming ASA’s later in the semester once our foreign staff have returned. Be watching for details in the Lighthouse News!

Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day Holiday

The Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day Holiday are coming up on October 1 until October 6.

School will be closed for the holiday, and will open again on Wednesday, October 7.

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