HS Parents’ eNews for week of 18-22 August


Dear Parents,

Our first week of school went very well. Having a day of registration for all students and at the same time orientation for new students was very effective in permitting the first day of classes to be dedicated to academic issues rather than housekeeping issues.

I have reminded all students that if they haven’t already done so they are to provide the school a copy of the picture page of their Passport(s) and a copy of their Resident Card. If they do not have a Resident Card then a copy of their visa is required. They may turn in copies directly to the Registrar’s office or they may scan the copies and send them to Ms. Katie Rigney-Zimmermann at the following email address: Ango@ssis.edu.vn.

In order to keep up to date on the numerous changes in information that are a common characteristic of all schools, please add the following calendars to your Google Calendar:
1) AS (All School) Parent/Student calendar- For All School event information.
2) HS Parent/Student calendar- For HS specific events.
3) HS Athletics- For athletic events.
4) HS Counseling- For Advisory, group meeting, college visits, SAT and PSAT events.

To add a Google Calendar go to Calendar iCal links Parent Student for instructions.

A brief snapshot of next week for the students:
August 19: Monday (Day 4 F, G, H, E and group meeting schedule, p.19 in HS handbook) – Monday Vibes (Vincent Tai and Ben Shon will perform), Advisory (between 2nd and 3rd class), campaigning for Student Council rep starts, and HS Volleyball and Swimming begin.

August 20: Tuesday (Day 5 C, D, A, B and regular schedule) – Student Council campaigning continues. Swim practice from 6:15-7:30 am.

August 21: Wednesday (Day 6 G,H,E,F and regular schedule) – Student Council rep campaigning ends at end of day. Swim practice from 6:15-7:30 am. Volleyball practice from 4:30-6 pm.

August 22: Thursday (Day 7 D, A, B, C and group meeting schedule) – Class Meetings (Student Council rep speeches during class meetings). Swim practice from 6:15-7:30 am.

August 23: Friday (Day 8 H, E, F, G and regular meeting schedule) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Coffee 8-9:30 am. New Parent Orientation 9:30-10:45 am. Swim practice from 6:15-7:30 am. Volleyball practice from 4:30-6 pm.

August 24: Saturday – Vietnamese language classes begin on Saturday the 16th of August. Attendance is mandatory for all Vietnamese Nationals in grades 10, 11, and 12. Your feedback on the program is welcome and appreciated.

Announcement and Reminders:
I would just like to highlight the information above stating that our Saturday Vietnamese classes begin tomorrow, Saturday the 16th of August. The classes run from 8:00am to 12:45pm. All students who are Vietnamese Nationals are required to attend the classes. Students are to report to the High School MPR(Multi-Purpose Room) at 8:00am tomorrow, Saturday the 16th of August for information regarding instructors and room assignments. Parents will be invited to meet the instructors and learn about the curriculum prior to the start of the HS Back to School Night Program scheduled for Thursday the 4th of September. The HS Vietnamese Class for Parents will run from 5:45pm to 6:15 and the HS Back to School Night Program for all parents of HS Students will run from 6:30pm

Finally, I would like to cordially invite all parents of new students to a New Parent Orientation to be held on the 22nd of August starting at 9:30am in the MPR(Multi-Purpose Room) on the 4th floor of the HS building.

Please feel free to contact me at hsprincipal@ssis.edu.vn if you have any school related questions.

I wish everyone a very pleasant weekend and week ahead,

John Kruk
High School Principal