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Eagle's Nest

March 15, 2024

Principal's Pen

ECC & Elementary

Dear Parents,

As spring is now here, it is great to see the green hue coming back to the trees. I am so excited to see the flowers begin to bloom. In school, it reminds me just as things are blooming outside, that the students’ learning is also blooming and growing in the classroom.

The ECC will begin planting seeds in the garden over the next few weeks. This a great way to teach young students responsibility and what it is like to care for something that is living and growing. The students will plant and water their seeds and then, later this spring or in the fall, they will harvest what they have cared for in the garden.

At the end of March, we will have our annual Doughnuts with Dad’s. This is a great time for dads to connect with their child while at school. This event will begin at 8:30 a.m. where dads and students can come get doughnuts in either the second-floor elementary lobby right next to the landing or in the ECC if you have ECC-aged kids. After students and dads are done eating doughnuts, then they can either go outside or do some puzzles in the ECC lobby or in the landing.


Miss Barsalou


I love spring. I love seeing the flowers begin to bud; I love to see the signs of rebirth. This time of transition also reminds me of an important event happening March 21-23 – Senior Departure Seminar. During Senior Departure Seminar, our students will get to travel to Wuhan and spend time with all other seniors from LifePlus schools. This event is so crucial for our seniors as they all are in a season of transition. They have been working most of their lives to be prepared to graduate and enter university life. This time also brings stress and anxiety, as well as excitement, anticipation, and even grief. All of these things can be difficult to process on your own, which is why it is so important for our seniors to travel and learn strategies of how to cope with this major life change. It also provides them the opportunity to deepen relationships with other students throughout their LifePlus career.

Just like our seniors will gather with other seniors from across the district, so the principals have had the pleasure of doing the same this week. During the LifePlus Principals’ Meeting, we have been excited to grow in leadership and support our teachers. One way we have been challenged to grow in leadership is to continue the model of servant leadership that is at the core of our school. This model teaches that leadership is not about power and vanity but about serving others. It is about humbling yourself and loving the ones whom you lead. Though different from other styles, servant leadership helps those you lead to thrive as well as develop in character. When this happens, students and teachers, in turn, also learn to lead by serving. This compounds as students graduate and become successful in their various fields. In this way, we hope to model servant leadership, and we will train and send out servant leaders in every vocation all around the world.

From our meetings, we also are hoping to implement ways to better support our teachers. Teachers are experts in their field and bring incredible value to the classroom both in their professional knowledge and practice but also in their commitment to fostering positive relationships with all students. All principals in each of our schools have been challenged to continue helping our teachers to do what they do best. We look forward to learning and implementing these strategies this semester!


Mr. Way

School Wide Announcements

LifePlus Annual Parent Survey

As part of our ongoing continuous improvement, we invite you to take part in our annual parent survey. The survey will ask you questions about your school’s learning environment, educational programs, your child’s teachers, school safety, school-home communication, and parental involvement opportunities. We need your perspective as we evaluate these aspects of our schools, and we appreciate your comments. The LifePlus leadership team, principals, and school improvement teams will use the results to help guide both the consortium and individual schools.

Please scan the QR code to open the survey and submit it by March 29.

Fine Arts Festival Concert

For those who are unable to attend the concert, it will be livestreamed through the following link, https://lifeplus.ap.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?pid=b18db4b9-b264-4c99-b78b-b12a004488ca

Divisional News

ECC & Elementary

The ECC and Elementary Health Fair is coming up on March 19 and 21. This year, Grades 4 and 5 will have their health fair on March 19. On March 21, the ECC will have their health fair in the morning, and the theme for ECC will be ‘germs.’ We will be learning how germs enter our bodies and how we can keep our bodies safe. Grades 1-3 will have their health fair in the afternoon on March 21. This will be a great time for students in Grades ECC-5 to learn how to keep their bodies healthy.

Donuts with Dads


Our secondary teachers and students have been working hard preparing for Fine Arts Festival this weekend. This is one of my favorite annual events. It is an incredible opportunity for students from all of our LifePlus schools to come together and create beautiful art together.

Please make sure you see the performance on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in our auditorium. We will have live performances from our band, choir, and drama students from all over LifePlus. Be sure to also check out the talented visual art created by our students which will be on display in the lobby. I hope to see you all there!

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What’s Happening at TIS

Date Event
Mar. 15 TIS HS Soccer v Wellington
Mar. 15-16 LifePlus Fine Arts Festival
Mar. 21 TIS MS Basketball v TEDA
Mar. 21-23 Senior Departure Seminar
Mar. 23 ISCOT HS Badminton Tournament
Mar. 29 Quarter 3 Ends
Apr. 1-5 Spring Break
Apr. 8 Quarter 4 Starts
Apr. 10 TIS HS Soccer v TEDA
Apr. 12 Parent Teacher Conferences
Apr. 12-13 Spring Play
Apr. 13 ISCOT HS Soccer
ISCOT MS Basketball
Apr. 17 Principals' Coffee
Apr. 18-20 LifePlus HS Soccer in Wuhan
Apr. 25-27 LifePlus MS Basketball in Chengdu
Apr. 26 ISCOT Elementary Soccer

Lunch Menu – March 18 - March 22

Day Menu
Monday Hungarian-style Stew Beef. Fried Chicken Fillets. Shredded Pork, Cabbages, & Glass Noodles. Spicy & Sour Cucumber. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Beef Noodle in Clear Soup.
Tuesday Sandwiches (Ham, Chicken, Jam) Chips. Yu Xiang Pork. Celery, Black Fungus, & Eggs. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Curry Beef Noodle.
Wednesday Spaghetti. Garlic Bread. Korean-style Vegetables & Chicken Wings. Zucchini & Eggs. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Noodles with Sliced Beef.
Thursday Pizza. Spring Rolls. Stir-fried Shrimp & Beef. Potato & Green Pepper. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Tomato Beef Noodle.
Friday Taco. Corn Chips. Sweet & Sour Ribs & Lotus Root Chunk. Sautéed Cabbage. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Wonton Noodle.

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