Schoolwide Information

End of First Semester & Christmas Vacation

As most of you know, the last day for this semester is next Friday, December 21st. That day will be a half day with classes ending at 11:30 AM and the bus leaving at 11:45 AM.

Christmas vacation spans for two weeks (Dec. 22-Jan. 06) and school will resume on January 07.

Finance Notice

Dear Parents,
Please be aware that the due date for 2nd semester/3rd quarter payment is Jan. 4th 2019.
Finance office is going to be closed during Christmas break (Dec-22-2018 to Jan-6-2019).
Please arrange your payments accordingly and do not hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions or concerns.

Finance Office

ISQ’s Annual 12 Days of Christmas All School Sing-Along!

Every year all ISQ staff and students gather on the last day of school before Christmas vacation to sing the 12 days of Christmas and participate in other activities. This year, Friday 21st December, it will begin as students arrive in the lobby.
It is a House Event for ISQ. So we encourage students to dress in house colors, or to compete for individual prizes.

Individual Prizes this year will be given for:
Most house spirit (Dressed and decorated in their house colors)
Most Christmas Spirit (Dressed and decorated for Christmas)
Most Wrong Holiday (Dressed and decorated for any other holiday besides Christmas)
Most Creative Props (Bringing items to match the verses of the 12 days of Christmas song)

Looking forward to this fun ISQ tradition with the students! Merry Christmas!

Serve the City!

Hey Houses!
Please help the PTO and Serve the City Club as we collect school supplies! The donations will help schools near Qingdao, in the countryside, where many students don't have what they need for school. We will have 4 boxes in the lobby, one for each house, from December 12th to the 21st. So please, bring some supplies and fill your boxes!
Ideas for donations (all new please):
English Books
Serve the City will deliver the supplies during their Christmas holiday. Let's be a school that gives!

2019-2020 School Year Updated Vaccine Requirements

In accordance with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, International School of Qingdao will be changing its vaccination requirements beginning the 2019-2020 school year. Please read the attachment below and prepare accordingly.

Your child's health is important to us and the rest of the ISQ community!

Lighthouse Vaccinations letter 2019.pdf

Elementary News

Elementary Student Council – Bench

Here is the Elementary Student Council’s latest contribution to ISQ: the friendship bench! At both playgrounds, you’ll see a bench with a sign against the fences. The idea is simple: any student on the playground looking for a playmate or hoping to be included in the fun can sit on the bench. When other kids see someone on the bench, they’ll know to go and include them, or maybe just sit with them and chat…whatever the kids decide.


Tetanus and Diphtheria (Tdap, TD) Vaccine for Teens

Why get vaccinated?
Tetanus and diphtheria are very serious diseases. They are rare in the United States today, but people who do become infected often have severe complications. Td vaccine is used to protect adolescents and adults from both of these diseases. Both tetanus and diphtheria are infections caused by bacteria. Diphtheria spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Tetanus-causing bacteria enter the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.

TETANUS (Lockjaw) causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck, so you can’t open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Tetanus kills about 1 out of every 10 people who are infected even after receiving the best medical care.

DIPHTHERIA can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and death.

TD vaccine
TD vaccine (also called Tdap) can protect adolescents and adults from tetanus and diphtheria. Td is usually given as a booster dose every 10 years, but it can also be given earlier after a severe and dirty wound or burn. Another vaccine, called Tdap, which protects against pertussis in addition to tetanus and diphtheria, is sometimes recommended instead of Td vaccine.
Your doctor or the person giving you the vaccine can give you more information. Td may safely be given at the same time as other vaccines.

Tdap vaccination is recommended for preteens at ages 11-12
All preteens should get one Tdap shot when they are 11 or 12 years old. If your teen is 13 years old up through 18 years old and hasn’t gotten the vaccine yet, talk to their doctor about getting it for them right away. Babies and little kids get shots called DTaP to protect them from diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. But as kids get older, the protection from the DTaP shots starts to wear off. This can put your preteen or teen at risk for serious illness. The Tdap vaccine is a booster shot that helps protect your preteen or teen from the same diseases that DTaP shots protect little kids from.

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Secondary Final Schedules

Below are our schedules for Finals Week. The first attachment is for High School and the second attachment is for Middle School