School Calendar

What's Coming Up?

For a complete listing of all school events, view our website calendar: Calendar

Jan. 10 – HS Science Fair

8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1st Floor ISQ

Jan. 13-17 – China Week Celebration

Monday - Rats in Pajamas Day
Tuesday - Character Day
Wednesday - Team China Day
Thursday - Animal of the Zodiac Day
Friday - Traditional Chinese Day

Jan. 17-18 – iSC Science Fair

At Chengdu International School (CDIS; an iSC school)

Jan. 17 – Half Day

Students release at 11:30 AM
Buses leave at 11:45 AM

Jan. 18-Feb. 02 – Chun Jie Break (No School)
Feb. 14 – ES Health Fair

Details: TBA

Annual Schoolwide Improvement Survey!

Dear ISQ Parents,

It is January, and we’re excited to begin second semester. For those of you with us last year, you may remember that we conduct an annual school-wide survey of parents, students, and staff. Having your thoughtful input helps us in our continual efforts to improve the educational experience for your children.

The survey asks questions about your experiences with the school’s learning environment (physical, as well as social and emotional), the educational programs, your child’s teachers, school safety, school-home communication, and opportunities for parental involvement. We need your perspective as we evaluate these aspects of our school, and we appreciate your comments. We welcome survey responses from both parents, or one parent can respond for the whole family.

Maybe you can take a few minutes to pour yourself a cup of your favorite drink, click on the following link, and let us know what you think.

Thanks again for partnering with us.


MAC department


Please join us for the HS Science Fair on Friday, January 10th, from 12 to 1:30 PM. The fair will take place on the 1st floor of our ISQ campus. We encourage you to come see the displays, and talk with our secondary students as they share the results of their science fair projects. Refreshments will be served at the event.

Come and help us celebrate the hard work of our students. If you have questions, please contact Zoe Zhang.

Important Health Notice

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the Spring Semester. We trust that you had a restful holiday and your child is excited to start a new semester of learning. With various illnesses, such as the flu or pneumonia on the rise this season, we would like to ask for your cooperation in ensuring the health of all our students. Here in ISQ, we strive to keep our community updated in matters concerning health and safety. We are aware of the reported viral pneumonia outbreak, which is currently being investigated to determine the type of virus. While current healthcare and treatment (in general) can deal with pneumonia, promoting health and prevention are still the best approach we can take.

For students who are displaying flu-like symptoms, other respiratory symptoms (cough, sputum, breathing difficulty), and a body temperature of above 37.7 degrees Celsius or greater, we ask that you do not send them to school for the day, so that you can monitor them at home for their own safety. Also, when you receive a call from the school that your student is running a fever, please promptly pick them up from school for their own safety.

As a school, we continue to encourage students to practice prevention - such as frequent handwashing, covering their mouth when choughing/sneezing, and not sharing food. We will also continue to regularly sanitize the facilities in school. On top of prevention, health promotion—which consists of regular and balanced diet, and enough sleep—strengthens our immunity against diseases. We will also continue to regularly sanitize the school’s facilities. Starting tomorrow morning until further notice, we ask that parents take the temperature of their ECC and elementary students before they are sent to school.

Thank you for partnering with us in keeping our school a safe space for all.


The Health Office
Nurses Lucia An and Aries Gamer

Welcome Back Secondary Families!

Welcome back to the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Both Secondary Principals enthusiastically expect good things to happen at ISQ. January will be a short month for us but we will have the opportunity to celebrate our host country through China Week; February will see us host MUNiSC, our annual Model United Nations conference; March will be filled with the Fine Arts Festival in Tianjin. In April we enjoy a bit of a break; Spring Trips throughout China for high school students occur in May; and June we bid farewell to the class of 2020 at graduation.

In addition to the typical events that happen on the ISQ Calendar, we look forward to our continued adjustment to the many new things that Mr. Attaway and Mr. Peek have introduced. The Flex period at the beginning of each day gives teachers an opportunity to engage students on a range of topics and issues that are not measured on an academic test, but play an important part in their academic success. More importantly, they are social and emotional skills that helps students in all areas of life. One goal we have in Middle School is getting organized and trying to reduce the number of ways that students submit their homework. Feel free to ask your child how this is going for them.

Finally, we are excited to continue to implement iSC’s 3 commitments to “Learn, Love, Lead” and our iSC 9 Qualities. Stayed tuned for more on this in future Lighthouse publications.

New Family Message Rollup

Dear New Families,

We’re so happy you’ve joined ISQ! A lot has already happened as many of you have just moved to Qingdao, joined our New Student Orientation, met several of our ISQ team members, and have connected with your teachers and fellow ISQ parents.

We would like to share with you messages we’ve sent to parents last semester that we believe will pertain to you. Please click the link here to go over previous messages about our operational hours and supervision, where to find all of our school’s current policies and procedures, how to access our digital library, and more!


Marketing, Admissions, and Communications (MAC) Team

China Week schedule

Dear ISQ Community,

Recently, you may have heard some of our students talking about the “rats” they received at school. This coming year, according to the Chinese zodiac and lunar calendar, 2020 is the “Year of the Rat”. Next week, January 13th-17th, to celebrate our host country’s Spring Festival, we will have special activities during ISQ’s annual China Week. As always, the celebrations will include:

  • Daily themes for dressing up in traditional Chinese clothing or creative costumes (see the attached schedule)
  • Time set aside during the Chinese language class times for all students to participate in experiential learning of Chinese culture
  • China Week Assemblies for ECC/Elementary and Secondary students to exhibit their Chinese cultural knowledge and language learning skills on the ISQ Auditorium Stage

We are also looking forward to a very special show from the especially invited Peking Opera performers! Parents and guests are welcome to attend the performances or watch the live stream online via according to the following details:

  • Date: January 17, 2020
  • Time: 8:30am-9:30am (ECC/Elementary)
  • 10:30-11:30 am (Secondary)**
  • Location: ISQ Auditorium

Please remember that Friday, January 17th is also a Half-Day of School, which means the students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, with busses departing at 11:45 AM.

If you have any questions about China Week, please contact ISQ’s Chinese Department Head, Liza Wang.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Spring Festival,

ISQ Chinese Department

China Week Dress-Up Days Schedule

Monday, January 13th

Rats in Pajamas Day

  • Wear your pajamas, bringing stuffed rats, and/or dress like a rat!

Tuesday, January 14th

Character Day

  • Dress up like a character from Chinese history, legend, cartoon, or movie! Be creative and be an actual hanzi (Chinese language character)!
  • (Bloody or scary characters and toy weapons are not allowed).

Wednesday, January 15th

Team China Day

  • Wear things that represent China’s famous sports/teams:
  • China’s national team colors (red and yellow)
  • Famous Chinese athletes’ jerseys (for example basketball players Jeremy Lin or Yao Ming)

Thursday, January 16th

Animal of the Zodiac Day

  • Dress-up as a rat to celebrate 2020 as the Year of the Rat, as the animal for your birth year, or as any of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac (ox, sheep, horse, pig, dog, rooster, tiger, rabbit, monkey, mouse/rat, snake, or dragon)!

Friday, January 17th

Traditional Chinese Day

  • Wear Chinese historically accurate or traditional clothing!