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Elementary School

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.

Sincerely,

 

Daniel J. Keller, PhD

Elementary School Principal

Elementary School

Important Dates for Start of School

The following events are relevant for students in all grades:

Date Time Event Notes
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 Date Time Event Notes
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
Kinder-
garten
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”

Elementary School

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.

Elementary School

New School Year Orientation

Preparations Checklist

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.

Item Task Notes
Submit completed forms
  • Trip Permission Form- for trips within HCMC
  • Health Information form
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
  • Student/Family Contact Information Update
Go to

https://ps.ssis.edu.vn/public/

or, if you have not used Powerschool before, please visit:

here

Powerschool assistance is provided at Building C reception

School ID Card
  • Get required school ID card
For new students, parents, or replacement cards only.  Go to Building C for assistance.
School supplies
  • Get required school uniform
  • Get required school supplies
School uniforms and supplies may be purchased at the school store.  A detailed list may be found here

or the elementary school office.

Other services
  • Food service: Deposit money on ID card
  • Transportation service: Arrange for bus services
Food service: Go to “The Caterers” for assistance located Building C reception

Transportation service: Go to “Bus Transportation” for assistance located  at Room C128

 

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