Eagle's Nest Week of 9-28-20

Week of 9-28-20

 

School Wide News and Announcements

Papa John's Day - Grades 1-12


Sept. 28

A reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 29 is Papa John's Day. If you did not pre-order pizza for your child last week, please make sure they bring a packed lunch to school as no other food will be sold at the cafeteria.

Principals' Coffee


Sept. 26

We are happy to announce our first Principal’s Coffee event on October 28th. The original date of the Principal’s Coffee on October 7th has been moved to October 28th.

We invite parents to come, learn more about our school, and meet the principals. We are looking forward to seeing you there! More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Message from the Head of School


Sept. 25

Good News! If you haven’t heard yet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration has changed the policy for foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas and residence permits. This is impactful on all of us, but it might be felt in different ways. If you are still outside of China, this might be a large step forward in the process for your return home to Tianjin. If you are currently in Tianjin, this provides a quicker pathway to the TIS family reunion we have been eagerly anticipating.

Regardless of your location, the next question you might have is, will the spread of COVID-19 be contained when travel increases? This is a natural question to ask and something that I would like to address regarding safety precautions taken by government agencies and TIS. I believe that being informed on safety as global travel begins to grow is an important next step as the world learns how to operate once again post-COVID-19 .

Over the years, TIS, in collaboration with our sister iSC schools, have become leaders in championing safety. As the reminder in last week’s Eagle’s Nest, we are careful to follow the wisdom of the Tianjin authorities regarding COVID-19. All staff and students that report a fever of 37.3 or above will go to the fever clinic to complete a COVID-19test and will not be permitted on the school campus until they have been symptom free for 24 hours and have a negative COVID-19 test.

The recent experience we have already gained from staff returning across the iSC schools is helpful in understanding what the process looks like for those traveling to China. Many are completing multiple COVID-19 tests in the days leading up to the flight. Chinese embassies and consulates are then certifying the results and granting permission to travel. Upon arrival into China, all passengers are again being tested more than one time while they participate in the hotel quarantine process. If you are traveling to China under these conditions, please let us know if you have more detailed questions as we would be happy to share our experiences.

As a father, I continue to be thankful for the process that is working to keep my wife and children safe. The rigor gives me confidence to know that Tianjin, and all of China, is, and will continue to be, a healthy place for all of our children to learn and grow. If you are not yet in Tianjin, we look forward to the day that you too will join us on campus in the near future.

Regards,

Mr. Ryan Witt
Head of School

National Day Holiday / Mid Autumn Festival


Sept. 25

A reminder that there will be no classes from Thursday, Oct. 1 to Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Divisional News

ECC

Dismissal


Sept. 26

We appreciate your support as we work to make the dismissal process efficient and effective. Thank you for arriving and leaving on schedule after school. For the safety of our students, we ask that no one is on the elementary playground after 3:25 p.m.

MAP Testing


Sept. 26

Kindergarten students will take the MAP Growth assessment on October 12th - 23rd. The actual date of testing will be communicated by the classroom teacher.

MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Elementary

Mid-Quarter Reports


Sept. 26

Mid-Quarter Reports will be available on October 7th. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

MAP Growth Test


Sept. 26

Elementary students will take the MAP Growth assessment on October 12th - 23rd. The actual date of testing will be communicated by the classroom teacher.

MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Middle School

MAP Growth Test


Sept. 26

Middle School students will take the MAP Growth assessment on October 12th - 23rd.

MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Middle School Informational Meeting - For Parents New to the Middle School


Sept. 25

Parents new to the middle school are invited for a presentation next week on Tuesday, September 29th at 10:30am. It has been our tradition for many years to have a parent presentation about adolescence and how our children change in middle school, so we will continue that tradition, over Zoom, virtually. In addition we will present some helpful hints about the TIS middle school philosophy, how we support our students, and how parents can support them too. I hope to see you there!

Zoom link : https://ldiglobal.zoom.us/j/97377797730?pwd=NVZtTXNmKzNZSHRaY1YwRlFTaExDQT09
Meeting ID : 973 7779 7730
Passcode: 612586

House Leadership Evening of Training


Sept. 22

Our House leaders are voted into their position by their peers and they lead, barring any situations making them ineligible, throughout the school year. This year, our House Leaders participated in a Leadership Training event last Friday evening where they learned more about what it meant to be a leader. They also worked on building their leadership team and planning events for the school year. The evening was successful and it looks like we have a strong leadership team this year.

Fall Fest 2020


Sept. 22

We are sadly unable to travel or have overnight activities at school under our current health and safety protocols. But that doesn’t mean middle schoolers have some fun together! In place of our annual Fall Camp, this year we will have an on-campus Fall Festival. Our goals are the same as during any Fall Camp: to build relationships and to grow in our Qualities for Life, to Learn, Love, and Lead.

Students will start preparing for Fall Fest on Monday, October 12 during House time by putting the finishing touches on House Flags and practicing House Cheers. Preparation for the event will continue until October 15th when we will cancel classes and begin Fall Fest. Soccer students will still attend their soccer practice the afternoon of the 15th in preparation for the planned (and tentative) soccer tournament with other ISCOT schools on October 18. Otherwise, students will be dismissed for their normal 3:30 busses.

Computer Cases


Sept. 22

Every student should carry their laptop or iPad in a case that will prevent damage to the device in case of a drop or fall. It has been noted that our students are not nearly as careful with their devices as they need to be. Please ensure your child has a padded case, and is reminded to use it, to help keep their computers and iPads safe.

Warm Clothing


Sept. 22

As we get closer to cool fall weather, students are encouraged to bring a warmer shirt or jacket in case they get cold during the school day or outside during recess.

Lunch Cards


Sept. 22

In middle school, students use their lunch cards to purchase their school lunch or items from the school store, the HUB. Lost cards should be immediately reported and replaced so no one else uses the lost card. There is a 30RMB replacement fee for a lost or misplaced card. Students are told not to share their cards, to purchase their classmates treats or other items. Parents are encouraged to review their child’s PowerSchool lunch card balance to know what their child is purchasing.

Language Policy


Sept. 22

We have had several students be assigned to our Monday after-school English class these last couple of weeks. Please encourage your children to follow the school’s English policy.

Students of many national and ethnic backgrounds attend TIS. In order to function in this kind of an environment, it is important that a common language be used. Students are expected to use only English during the school day or at school activities, including sports
games. This includes lunchtime in the cafeteria, in student lounges, and the time before and after school when students are still in the school building. Exceptions include language classes and communication with other adults who cannot speak English.

High School

Fall Fest 2020


Updated Sept. 26

High school students are unable to travel for our annual Fall Camp. We will strive to meet the same goals in this year’s Fall Fest by getting to know our classmates of different ages better, and growing in our qualities for life: Learning, Loving, and Leading.

On October 15th and 16th, students will participate in team competitions, an annual skit show, and many other activities. We plan to stay late on Thursday, October 15th, in order to share supper and fellowship together. On Friday, students will be dismissed at 3:20 and Volleyball players will have their final practice before their end of season games on Saturday.

Seniors will begin the Fall Fest activities after school on Wednesday, October 14th

AP Test Registration


Sept. 26

This year, students in AP classes are automatically enrolled in the AP test. If students are taking additional AP tests, they must receive approval from the school before they are allowed to register. The last day to register for additional AP tests is Monday, September 28th.

MAP Growth Test


Sept. 26

9th and 10th grade students will take the MAP Growth assessment on October 12th - 23rd.

MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

PSAT Test


Sept. 24

The PSAT will be given to Juniors on the morning of October 14th. The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests students on reading, writing, and math.

Lunch Cards


Sept. 22

Students use their lunch cards to purchase their school lunch or items from the school store, the HUB. Lost cards should be immediately reported and replaced so no one else uses the lost card. There is a 30RMB replacement fee for a lost or misplaced card. Students are told not to share their cards, to purchase their classmates treats or other items. Parents are encouraged to review their child’s PowerSchool lunch card balance to know what their child is purchasing.

College and Career
Athletics

October Tournament


Sept. 30

For the players who will be attending the away tournament in October, a wechat group was set-up for coach-parent communication. You would have received this in an email from the Athletic Director. Again, this was only sent to players and parents who are on Varsity team in High School, or the Middle School soccer teams.

Always make sure your contact information is up to date in PowerSchool. Athletics uses this information as contact information for parents. If something is not correct, please contact Admissions to up-date the information. Thank you.

Jerseys


Sept. 24

Over the next week players will receive their jersey for competition play. Please keep the jersey safe, as they will need to be returned at the end of the season. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Athletics office or your players coach

Health Office

Take Action, Prevent the Flu


Sept. 18

Flu season is here! Although not required, we highly recommend getting a flu vaccination to help protect yourself and your family. Due to a new CDC regulation, we regret that neither Tianjin United Family Hospital nor Raffles will be able to provide the flu shot on campus. Due to COVID-19, the current demand for the flu vaccine is far greater than the supply, so we’ve been informed it is difficult to make an appointment. Parents please refer to the following information if you are considering taking the flu shot.

Tianjin United Family Hospital and the local community health centers (社区卫生服务中心) are providing the flu vaccination at their hospital until the end of the year depending on appointment availability and supply. You can get more details at the following links:

Tianjin United Family Hospital:
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/AKD4ZCBEjA1xMAbT8RLP5Q
Customer service hotline: 022-58568516

Tianjin United Family Hospital天津和睦家医院
No.22, Tianxiao Yuan, Tanjiang Road, Hexi District, Tianjin 300221
天津市河西区潭江道天潇园 22 号 邮编300221
Tel/电话: +86 22 5856 8500 Website/网址: http://www.ufh.com.cn

The local community health centers(社区卫生服务中心):
http://tj.bendibao.com/live/20171023/80894.shtm

If you have questions, please contact the health office at nurse@tiseagles.com

Sincerely,
Mr. Jeon

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