Starting the Elementary School Year
July 26, 2017
Dear Elementary Parents,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We hope that your family has enjoyed the summer months and your children are eager for the start of school. During the summer, we have been preparing for a great school year.
When you walk on campus, you will notice a number of facilities improvements. Some examples include improvements in landscaping, a cafe at the entrance of the school, the school bookstore at the entrance of the school, a new classroom on the fourth floor of the elementary building, two pilot classrooms in grade 3 with expanded lighting and flexible furniture, an updated entrance to the early childhood area, and a shade pavillion on the elementary playground area.
As the school year begins, you will notice a number of educational improvements. Some examples include the implementation of four SuperUnits this year, distribution of SuperUnit brochures to parents before each SuperUnit, and an exciting experience in the winter called “Project X.”
Attached to this letter are some documents that will be helpful as you prepare your child for starting the new school year:
- Important Dates for Start of School: This shows the date, time, event, and notes for events for all grades, as well as events for specific grades.
- New School Year Orientation: This event is on August 8 for all returning and new students and parents.
- Preparations Checklist: This is the list of tasks to be accomplished by families during the August 8 orientation during the “school year preparations”.
We look forward to seeing you at the New School Year Orientation.
Daniel J. Keller, PhD
Elementary School Principal
Important Dates for Start of School
The following events are relevant for students in all grades:
|August 4||17:00||Communicating Class Lists||All parents will be emailed class assignments for their children. Class lists will also be displayed in the Atrium on Monday, August 7.|
|August 8||See next page||New School Year Orientation||This event is intended for all students and their parents. Families are invited at different times in the morning based. Please see the attached schedule for further details.|
|August 15||18:00 – 20:00||Curriculum Night||This event is intended for parents only.|
The following events are relevant for specific grades:
|Grades 4 and 5||August 8||13:00 – 15:00||Technology Orientation for Parents and Students||This introduces the laptop program guidelines, requirements, and supports. Students should bring their laptops. Additional information will be provided.|
|Grades 1-5||August 9, 10, 11||7:45-15:00||First full day of classes||Please bring students to the “Atrium” in the mornings to meet their class teacher.|
|Early childhood||August 9||Time varies||Teacher/Parent/Student meetings||Additional information will be sent in a separate letter|
|August 10, 11||7:45-15:00||Staggered start||Additional information will be sent in a separate letter|
|August 14||7:45-15:00||First day of full classes for all early childhood students.||Please bring students to classrooms|
|August 9, 10||7:45-15:00||Staggered start||Additional information will be sent in a separate letter|
|August 11||7:45-15:00||First day of full classes||Please bring students to the “Atrium”|
New School Year Orientation (8 August 2017)
The New School Year Orientation is prior to the first day of instruction for ALL new and returning SSIS students. This event includes:
- Welcome to the new school year
- A short presentation on information for the 2017-2018 school year
- Welcome to the homeroom class
- An opportunity for students and parents to visit classrooms and meet their classroom teachers, specialist teachers, and classmates
- School year preparations
- Purchasing school uniforms and supplies (as needed), arranging for bus services, receiving Powerschool register help (if needed), deposit funds onto student SSIS ID card, and receive the Elementary Handbook and schedules.
Each student should be accompanied by at least one parent. For your convenience, we are dividing the elementary student population into groups by last name. Families with two or three siblings are also welcome to join other group(s) before or after your schedule. This will allow for smaller and more comfortable groups as you navigate through the school.
|Family name begins with the letter||Time||Activity||Location|
|A to J||8:30-8:45||Welcome to the new school year||Auditorium|
|8:45-9:15||Welcome to homeroom class||Various Classrooms|
|9:15-9:45||School year preparations||Various locations|
|K to N||9:30-9:45||Welcome to the new school year||Auditorium|
|9:45-10:15||Welcome to homeroom class||Various Classrooms|
|10:15-10:45||School year preparations||Various locations|
|O to Z||10:30-10:45||Welcome to the new school year||Auditorium|
|10:45-11:15||Welcome to homeroom class||Various Classrooms|
|11:15-11:45||School year preparations||Various locations|
Please call Ms. Thủy (028 54130901 ext. 4) or Ms. Trúc (028 54130901 ext. 21191) in the Elementary Office if you have any questions.
New School Year Orientation
In order to make sure that each student is prepared to start the school year, please complete the checklist below before the first day of school.
|Submit completed forms||
||Distributed in the classroom
For new students: Health Form submitted to Nurse’s Office
(Returning families: Please update health information through Powerschool.)
|Update contact information||
or, if you have not used Powerschool before, please visit:
Powerschool assistance is provided at Building C reception
|School ID Card||
||For new students, parents, or replacement cards only. Go to Building C for assistance.|
||School uniforms and supplies may be purchased at the school store. A detailed list may be found here
or the elementary school office.
||Food service: Go to “The Caterers” for assistance located Building C reception
Transportation service: Go to “Bus Transportation” for assistance located at Room C128