Calendar at a Glance

Date Event/Occasion
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
October 29 HS PSAT
October 30 House Color Dress Up Day
November 6 Quarter 1 Ends
November 7 HS SAT Subject test
November 9 Quarter 2 Begins

To view the entire school calendar on our website, follow the link below:

2020-2021 Calendar

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Science class exploring light

Foreign Staff back in China

We are very excited that more of our foreign staff outside of China are starting to make their way back to Qingdao!

This weekend Heather Brown, Ellen Peterson, and Steven Malan & family are scheduled to arrive in China.

Danielle Chua and Joel Price are scheduled to arrive the end of next week.

And next weekend Jo Anna Kolbe, Carol & Ivan Franck, Melanie & Glenn Harsch, and new staff Lori & Dave French are scheduled to fly into China.

More staff have received their visas, and their updates will be shared as they come in.

The Bishops are out of quarantine and home in Qingdao!

5th grade meets 2nd grade

House Color Day

Dear Parents,

House is Back! On October 30th we will have our first All-School House event. Our hope and goal is for students to dress up, make connections, and for us to be able to record it through photos. We want your child to be able to participate.

Dress up! Wear the color of your House on the day. Students may wear a costume or clothes that match the color of their House. Goforth is yellow; Liddell is blue; Morrison is green; Taylor is red. If your student doesn’t know his/her house, the information can be found in PowerSchool. Students can ask their teacher or email June Sun ( Secondary Students can see the list on the 4th floor outside room 406. It’s a competition so 1 point for each student who dresses up. Staff will dress up as well.

Show up on time! Remember to make sure that you drop your child off at school by 8 AM since we will try to capture the All-School House Photo at the very beginning of the day (8:10 AM on the Soccer Field).

5th grade meets 2nd grade

The Importance of Sleep to Our Children’s Academic Success

It’s amazing to see our students strive to do so well in school. They work so hard at their schoolwork! When our children work their brains so hard it is critical for them to get plenty of sleep.

When children work hard on academics their brains (like their muscles) get worn down. Their brains (and muscles) actually grow during sleep. Rest is what makes them stronger!

“Plentiful evidence suggests that sleep performs a range of vital functions, including restoring damaged tissues, boosting learning and memory, and flushing toxins from the brain. Sleeping too little can have serious long-term health consequences, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.” ¹ “The primary consequences of poor sleep among children and adolescents are behavior problems, impaired learning and school performance, mood and emotion problems, and worse health including obesity…A recent study found that greater media use in teens was linked to a higher body mass index, largely because of reduced sleep time.” ²

The brain needs breaks from strenuous academic work by engaging in physical exercise, getting outside, doing nonacademic activities, and most importantly adequate sleep.

So, what is considered enough sleep? “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended that children aged 6–12 years should regularly sleep 9–12 hours per 24 hours and teenagers aged 13–18 years should sleep 8–10 hours per 24 hours.” ³

Here is a challenge for the whole the family that can help improve sleep. Have each family member pick one of the below tips and try it for a week to help improve sleep!

  1. Turn off electronics an hour before bedtime. Put them somewhere away from your bed, Maybe put all the family electronics at a central charging station an hour before bed. Sleep can improve when you are away from screens. Reading a book at night is better than being on a screen.

  2. Reduce your caffeine and sugar consumption at least 6-8 hours before bed.

  3. Finish eating two or three hours before bed.

  4. Try moving more during the day, do some type of daily exercise. Try not to do it before bed because this may keep you more awake.

  5. Develop a plan/schedule that helps you get your work done in a timely way so you can go to bed on time.

  6. Develop bedtime rituals that help you calm down, like putting on your pajamas, dimming lights, or being in a quiet place.

  7. Work on time management so you are able to go to bed at a reasonable time.

So if you want to take the challenge, have each family member select one of the above tips and try it for a week! Happy dreams!

Glenn & Melanie Harsch

Secondary and ECC/Elem Counsellors

Foundations and AP Physics

Alumni Report

On Monday, October 12th, our grade 11 and 12 students had an opportunity to listen to Jerry An. Jerry graduated last year as the Salutatorian and is now a student at Duke University. We were glad to hear that Jerry is really enjoying his first semester of college. He encouraged our students to take initiative in college by talking to their professors directly, building relationships with classmates, and seeking out ways to be engaged in service and research. We are grateful to Jerry for taking the time to talk with our students.

5th Grade showing empathy and appreciation for custodian Mr. Liang. He fell off the ladder and broke his foot when he was helping the class move their projector.

Notes and Reminders

Government Health Guidelines: Flu-like Symptoms

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.

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