Messages from the Principal: Juliette van Eerdewijk

Juliëtte Van Eerdewijk Here is where you will find the messages from the Principal of Primary, Juliette van Eerdewijk. She sends out messages to Primary families bi-monthly with important information about what's happening in ISH. See her messages from the school year below:

Message from the Primary Principal - Week 22

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our days are starting to get longer: It is now light in the morning when the children arrive in school and it feels like spring is just around the corner! This seems like the perfect moment for us to re-start the Daily K Challenge. We'll start it again just after the Spring Holiday, and you can read more details below.

Last week, our Year 2 students ran their very own restaurant. Each of the students took turns as chefs, waiters and waitresses, and guests in The Hungry Mind, while they honed in on their personal SquISH goals.

Next Friday, February 23rd, the Dutch Leerplicht Department, the department that checks absences, lates, and special leaves, of the city of the Hague will performing checks on the absences of children in our school. Please make sure that you let the office know where your child will be, if they are absent on that day, as they will be performing household checks.

Save the Dates:

  • 22 February: Re-registration for 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March
  • 26 February- 2 March: Zein Holiday Activity Camp February Holiday - Sign up
  • 5-9 March: Start of new term for After School Activities, Mother Tongue and After School Sports
  • 14-15 March: Parent Teacher Consultations

The Return of the Bi-Weekly K Challenge

This is an initiative we ran last year for all students in Primary. In the week March 5th, every Wednesday and Friday at 08:15, all students will have the option of running or walking three laps around the astro turf pitch. That's one kilometer!

Versions of this initiative have been taking place in many schools throughout Europe including 66 schools in The Netherlands over the last few years. Last year was a great success at ISH. So many children along with you, their parents, joined in!

The initiative has proven to be hugely popular, with students happier, more focused in class, and of course it allows them to engage in some outdoor exercise. Remember, the focus on having fun, trying your best, taking part, and completing a kilometre by walking and/or running.

We are encouraging students to also ask their parents to join in - so please do join in when you can.

The challenge will be explained to students in class and assemblies. Please remind your children to wear appropriate footwear on the days they are running.

If you would like to see how the challenge runs at a school in Scotland, please see this link: The K Challenge

Year 2 Restaurant Experience

In Year 2 this week, we had the exit point for the IPC unit 'Food' where the children planned, prepared, cooked and served a meal to their year 2 classmates. It is an amazing experience for the children and one which allows them to demonstrate all of the ISH Personal Goals.

The personal goals describe the type of learner we want our children to become and can be found on the feet and legs of SquISH the Spider.

  • The children were adaptable when they tried new foods such as hummus.
  • They were resilient when they found it difficult to learn new skills such as peeling and chopping vegetables and they kept on trying.
  • They were definitely cooperative, working together as a team to make sure all the customers had their food and that dirty dishes were taken away quickly.
  • They were principled by remembering not to touch the food they were serving and the menus they made were definitely creative.
  • They learned to communicate respectfully to their customers (2 personal goals in one) by welcoming them into the restaurant and asking them if they were enjoying their meal.
  • Finally they needed to ask lots of questions and be inquiring when they were preparing and cooking the food.

None of this would have been possible without the support of some very kind parents who helped the children to prepare the food - and who also did all the washing up!

Spring Concert on April 23
At this concert there will be performances by the Primary Mid-School Choir, Upper School Choir, Orchestra, and Rock Bands. Starting from 17:00 - 18:00, we will have a general rehearsal prior to the concert. Details will be sent home soon to children in these activities.

Please remind your children to come to the choir rehearsals as we only have six more rehearsals this year!

Holiday Activity Day Camp at Zein childcare

During the February holidays, Zein will be running exciting Multi-Activity Day Camps where Little Explorers (ages 4-6) and Big Adventurers (ages 7-12) can discover new interests and further develop their talents! Led by professional and experienced childcare teachers and where relevant sports instructors and other specialists, the day camps will run Mon-Fri from 08:00-18:30 across multiple The Hague locations. Click here for more info on the programme and field trips.

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Saturday February 17
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 21

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week our students experimented as scientists, prepared to be restauranteurs for a week, showed creativity as filmmakers - and more. You can read more about what each of the classes were up to last week below. Also, please don't forget to sign your artists, engineers, athletes and linguists for After School Activities, Sports, and Mother Tongue by tomorrow (Sunday).

As you can see, our new building is really progressing and we are continuing to look at what can be done to improve the traffic situation in the meantime. Last week we had a visit from the local Alderman and two traffic advisors who came to see for themselves what the situation is like. It was a productive meeting and we will continue to make our concerns about traffic known to municipality.

On Tuesday morning, we had a Leerplicht visit the School to talk to parents about late arrivals. In the Netherlands, Leerplicht oversees student attendance at schools and they keep a close eye on late arrivals. Make sure you leave those few minutes earlier each morning to make it in to school on time.

Save the Dates:

  • 12-16 February: Year 2 Hungry Mind Restaurant Experience week
  • 22 February: Re-registration for 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March
  • 26 February- 2 March: Zein Holiday Activity Camp February Holiday - Sign up
  • 14-15 March: Parent Teacher Consultations

Sign up for After School Activities, Sports, and Mother Tongue

Clubs are filling up fast so make sure to register for the Spring After School Activities, Sports and Mother Tongue program. Registrations will close tomorrow, Sunday the 11th of February and no further registrations can be processed after this date.

To eliminate disappointment, please make sure to register for a second choice in case your first choice is fully booked. Make sure to check out our brochure for all details on the After School Activities and Sports Program - and for the Mother Tongue Programme:

Holiday Activity Day Camp at Zein childcare

During the February holidays, Zein will be running exciting Multi-Activity Day Camps where Little Explorers (ages 4-6) and Big Adventurers (ages 7-12) can discover new interests and further develop their talents! Led by professional and experienced childcare teachers and where relevant sports instructors and other specialists, the day camps will run Mon-Fri from 08:00-18:30 across multiple The Hague locations. Click here for more info on the programme and field trips.

See what our Fabulous Students and Teachers were up to this week

Reception:

In Reception the children have been learning about learning and about how our brains work. We have been talking a lot about how we can improve our learning by not only visiting the learning areas that we feel confident in, but also the importance of setting ourselves challenges so that our brains grow bigger. We also learned about 'being stuck in the mud' (when our learning is too difficult) and about 'having a picnic' (when our learning is too easy). Next week we will all be working on our own personal challenges. We will keep you updated!

Year 1:

Year 1 have been learning how to carry out simple experiments just like scientists. As part of their unit 'Freeze it' they are practising asking questions and making predictions and beginning to form an understanding of fair testing. Making ice lollies is making this work extra fun! Next week we will be finding out why the ice in the polar regions is so important.

Year 2:

Year 2 are almost at the end of their IPC unit 'Food' and next week sees the Exit Point where the children will cook and serve a meal in The Hungry Mind restaurant. In preparation, this week, the children have been making the menu cards for the restaurant as part of the Technology learning for the unit. As part of their ICT learning, they learned how to search for images and insert them into a google doc. They then used these saved images when they made the menu cards. The children are very excited about the restaurant where they get to prepare, cook and serve the food to their classmates.

Year 3:

This week in Year 3, the children have started a new IPC unit 'Feel the Force'. This unit explores how without pushes and pulls, nothing on earth or in the wider universe would move. To kick off the unit, the teachers designed an Entry Point to let the children experience first hand forces at work. Entry Points in IPC are designed to get the children excited about the new unit and to start them thinking about the learning that will be taking place.

The teachers wanted the children to not only experience forces in action but also to start them thinking about the factors that can affect the strength of a force. To do this, they arranged a Tug of War competition on the astroturf. The children were put into teams who competed against each other, but they were also challenged to think about what helped or hindered them in the tug of war. Things such as the height of children on teams, the type of shoes worn and the surface they were on were all considered. Frost on the astroturf was an additional factor to contend with. It was a great competition and a wonderful way to kick off some new learning.

Year 4:

It's always interesting to see how a different week, brings different learning. Last week in Year 4, the children were exploring the ethics of treasures from one country ending up in another and deciding what should be done. This week, the Year 4 classrooms were transformed into a chocolate factory. This exciting event was the Entry Point for their new IPC unit 'Chocolate'.

The factory had 4 rooms, each with a different activity. The children got to taste different types of chocolate, they completed a survey about chocolate, designed chocolate wrappers and started to think about where chocolate comes from. As you can imagine, there was a lot of excitement about this new IPC unit.

Year 5:

On Tuesday, Year 5 enjoyed a fascinating talk from Dr. Albert Haldemann (a Mars exploration deputy scientist) who came to school to share his experiences and photographs from Mars and the rover. The students listened attentively and asked some interesting questions enhancing their current IPC unit, Mission to Mars. Following this, the students will be working on technology tasks of designing a rover and making a landing system.

Year 6:

Year 6 had a sensational start to the week with the premiere of their mini movies on Monday. Over the past couple of weeks, groups of students have been working collaboratively to produce short films, each based on an article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The panel of judges were impressed with the quality of both the content and cinematography, but congratulations to the group who won from 6P. We look forward to the next part of this exciting project!

The Year 6's week ends with an excursion to The NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam to support their learning of energy, forces, sound and light in their current IPC unit, Fairgrounds.

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Saturday February 10
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 20

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Yesterday was a very busy day at ISH: The Secondary School hosted the DISS (Dutch International Secondary Schools) Conference with over 600 Secondary teachers and school leaders visiting our school. I heard from quite a few of our visitors who all mentioned what an amazing school we have!

If you are out and about tomorrow, stop by The Hague Municipality for the Feel at Home Fair. You'll have a chance to experience theatre, music - including the ISH orchestra and choir, workshops and international cuisine. The theme at this year's fair is Sports, Leisure and Wellness.

Year 4 is Looking at Treasures

Last week in IPC, the children in 4B worked on an International task for their IPC unit Treasure. The students explored examples of historical treasures from one country that have ended up in another country. They have been discussing who is the rightful owner in such a case and looking at the topic from both sides. They focused their discussions around the Rosetta Stone, a famous treasure which was found in Egypt but which is now in the British Museum. A debate will follow in which they will have to decide which side of the argument they support, finding evidence and giving reasons for their decision.

This task has hooked the children and has led to them considering both sides of the argument. Below you see some of their thoughts for the debate:

"The treasures from Egypt never belonged to England, they were taken by Napoleon. I don't know who I agree with. England want them to be spread all over the world so everyone can see them but the Egyptians want them back in Egypt. I think I want everyone to see them"

"The Rosetta Stone was almost never in Egypt so the Egyptian people never see it"

Save the Dates:

  • Tomorrow! 4 February: Feel@Home Fair in the Hague - Get free tickets
  • 5 February: Year 6 Unicef Mini Film Festival at ISH
  • 6 February: Year 5 Astro-physicist talk by Dr Albert Haldemann from ESA
  • 7 February: Photo Reshoot and Sibling Photographs - Signups are full
  • 9 February: Year 6 Nemo Trip
  • 10 February: Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Open Day at ISH
  • 12-16 February: Year 2 Hungry Mind Restaurant Experience week
  • 22 February: Re-registration for 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March
  • 26 February- 2 March: Zein Holiday Activity Camp February Holiday - Sign up

Sign up for After School Activities, Sports, and Mother Tongue

The new After School Activities (ASA) and Sports programme (for Year 1 to Year 6) and the Mother Tongue programme (for all year groups) have been released on the website. We are sending it all out at the same time so that you can see all the possibilities and then make your choice. Signups need to be in by the 11th of February.

Holiday Activity Day Camp at Zein childcare

During the February holidays, Zein will be running exciting Multi-Activity Day Camps where Little Explorers (ages 4-6) and Big Adventurers (ages 7-12) can discover new interests and further develop their talents! Led by professional and experienced childcare teachers and where relevant sports instructors and other specialists, the day camps will run Mon-Fri from 08:00-18:30 across multiple The Hague locations. Click here for more info on the programme and field trips.

Warm Sweater Day
Yesterday was Warm Sweater Day in the Netherlands. The idea behind this day is simple: Turn the heating down a degree or two, put on a warm sweater, and save 6% of the energy you normally use. You will save 6% CO2 per degree you lower the heating.

We have been talking about this idea all week in our Dutch classes and yesterday we turned down the heat in classrooms where possible

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Sunday February 4
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Walking down the hallways of our school at any given moment you see children who are working hard and teachers who use an wide range of methods and approaches to help your children in their learning journey. This is what makes the ISH such an inspiring place!

The school is, however, almost at full capacity and that means that we have to take care of how we manage our shared spaces. We would like to share our Entry and Dismissal times protocol with you in this newsletter, please read carefully and help keep the flow of movement in the Glasshouse running smoothly.

We are happy to announce that Tatjana Dawson was elected to the MR (The Participation Council) and Warren George has been re-elected. They had their first meeting as a whole MR together on Thursday evening.

Save the Dates:

  • 4 February: Feel@Home Fair in the Hague
  • 5 February: Year 6 Unicef Mini Film Festival at ISH
  • 6 February: Year 5 Astro-physicist talk by Dr Albert Haldemann from ESA
  • 7 February: Photo Reshoot and Sibling Photographs
  • 9 February: Year 6 Nemo Trip
  • 10 February: Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Open Day at ISH
  • 12-16 February: Year 2 Hungry Mind Restaurant Experience week
  • 22 February: Re-registration for 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March

Report Issues to the Municipality About the Road and Traffic

We are aware that the road situation outside of the school is far from ideal. We, as a school, have made ourselves heard with the Municipality about this and we think that if the ISH community voices its concerns, it might make a difference.

Should you have a concern, you would like the Municipality to hear, then here is a step by step guide on how to do that on the municipality's website. The below link will allow you to report a problem. Note that the steps following are in Dutch but it is relatively clear - and you can even add images. We've made a handy guide should you need help navigating the site in Dutch.

Call For Parents: ISH Focus Groups

The Communications Team is working to improve whole school communications and is keen to hear your thoughts and feedback. We currently have a roster of 24 parents and are planning meetings over the coming months. Sign up to give an hour of your time to share your thoughts - and perhaps meet a few other ISH parents: We'll find a schedule that fits your busy life.There will be coffee and snacks - and a lot of listening from the Communications Team! Sign up for a Focus Group

PTA Newsletter

Keep up on what is happening with the PTA. Would you like to help with the Annual Teacher Appreciation Lunch on February 23rd? Join the PTA on February 8th at 14:00 at The Hungry Mind to learn how you can help out with this loved event.

Mid-Year Reporting Survey Results

Thank you to all parents who provided feedback on Mid-Year Reports via the survey. The responses were generally positive in terms of the report achieving its purpose and being useful as a mid-year report. Also the significant majority of parents stated that they understood the terms for attainment we use- working towards/at or above expected level.

However, some individual comments questioned the reliability and validity of these judgements. The process of ensuring consistency and meaning for these terms at school and amongst teachers is referred to as 'shared meaning' and is continually worked at by teachers through moderation and discussion referenced to curriculum objectives. This is an ongoing process which we regularly discuss and reflect upon. At some stage in the near future I believe an information session for parents on assessment at ISH Primary would be helpful in explaining this process more deeply.

International Festival 2018

Call for Country Coordinators:

A big thank you to all the country coordinators and helpers that have signed up for the International Festival so far - we have more than 30 countries registered!

Below is a list of countries that had a stand in 2017 but do not yet have a country coordinator for 2018. Many of our parents that coordinated these countries last year have moved on and therefore we are looking for other members of the ISH community to step forward and take them on. Don't worry if you've not been involved before, the PA board and our team of helpers will be on hand to guide you through the coming weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself.

Algeria | Australia | Bangladesh | Cameroon | China | Czech Republic | Egypt | Finland | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Indonesia | Ireland | Israel | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Korea | Lebanon | Libya | Malaysia | Peru | Russia | Slovak Republic | Spain

If you are interested in representing one of these countries, please sign up below or contact our events coordinator Judy Hardy-Robbins on if.judyrobbins@gmail.com

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Sunday February 4
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 18

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What a stormy week! I want to thank you for your flexibility and help on Thursday when we were confronted with a Code Red storm. The students were safely inside the building while wind whipped The Hague and the rest of the Netherlands.

If you are concerned about the traffic and road situation just outside the school, below you will find a step-by-step guide on how you can make your voice heard to the municipality.

This week you will also find a couple of opportunities to participate in school life: you can get free tickets to the Feel@Home Fair on February 4th - and there is also the opportunity to become a Country Coordinator for the ISH International Fair in April.

Save the Dates:

  • 25 January: Primary MR (Medezeggenschapsraad) Meeting
  • 4 February: Feel@Home Fair in the Hague Get free tickets
  • 5 February: Year 6 Unicef Mini Film Festiva at ISH
  • 6 February: Year 5 Astro-physicist talk by Dr Albert Haldemann from ESA
  • 9 February: Year 6 Nemo Trip
  • 12-16 February: Year 2 Hungry Mind Restaurant Experience week
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March

Report Issues to the Municipality About the Road and Traffic

We are aware that the road situation outside of the school is far from ideal. We, as a school, have made ourselves heard with the Municipality about this and we think that if the ISH community voices its concerns, it might make a difference.

Should you have a concern, you would like the Municipality to hear, then here is a step by step guide on how to do that on the municipality's website. The below link will allow you to report a problem. Note that the steps following are in Dutch but it is relatively clear - and you can even add images. We've made a handy guide should you need help navigating the site in Dutch.

Report a Problem with the Municipality

ISH in the Feel@Home Fair

On February 4th, ISH will be at the Feel@Home in the Hague fair. Do you want to try out a new activity like cricket, korfball, salsa or pilates? Get a feel for where you'd fit in at the Fair. Get free tickets here

The Hague Region has an excellent infrastructure of clubs, associations and sports facilities to practice every sport imaginable: from beach sports to skiing, sailing to golf, gymnastics or dance to rugby or football, hockey or korfball. Companies, friends and family teams are invited to take part in friendly challenges and competitions.

Call For Parents: ISH Focus Groups

The Communications Team is working to improve whole school communications and is keen to hear your thoughts and feedback. We currently have a roster of 24 parents and are planning meetings over the coming months. Sign up to give an hour of your time to share your thoughts - and perhaps meet a few other ISH parents: We'll find a schedule that fits your busy life.There will be coffee and snacks - and a lot of listening from the Communications Team! Sign up for a Focus Group

International Festival 2018

Call for Country Coordinators

This year, the annual International Festival will take place on the 15th April 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity for ISH to celebrate its cultural diversity, showcase the various national customs and bring together the community.

It's a day filled with music, dance, demonstrations and let's not forget the food! Last year we had 52 amazing countries who treated us to a glimpse into their culture and cuisine.

Does that sound like something for you?

National Bird Counting Weekend

In the weekend of 27-28 January it is National Bird Counting Weekend in the Netherlands. This is to find out what birds are found in the Netherlands and count how many birds of each species are in Holland. Your family can take part in this survey by signing up via this link (In Dutch).

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Wednesday January 17
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly, I'd like to wish you and your children a very Happy New Year - Here is to a joyful and very successful 2018! We have had a smooth start to the new term and we hope that you and your family are back into your daily routines.

Yesterday the Year 2 students took a trip to the Clara Maria Cheese Farm near Amsterdam. They had a chance to make their own cheese, feed some of the cows, watch how clogs are made, and even play hide and seek amongst the hay in the barn. It was an exciting trip and the students had a splendid time!

Save the Dates:

  • 19 January: Year 5 takes a trip to the European Space Agency
  • 9 February: Year 6 Nemo Trip (*Correction: The email newsletter incorrectly stated 5 February for this trip.)
  • 12-16 February: Year 2 Hungry Mind Restaurant Experience week
  • 26 February - 2 March: Spring Holiday - Back to school on 5 March
  • 14-15 March: Parent/Teacher Consultations
  • 30 March - 2 April: Easter holiday - back to school on Tuesday, 3 April
  • 18 April: Student Led Conferences
  • 27 April: 'King's Day' Holiday
  • 30 April - 11 May: May Holidays - back to school on 14 May
  • 21 May: 'Whit Monday/ Pinksterdag' Holiday

Morning Routine

We hope that you are able to leave those few moments earlier each morning to ensure that you can make it in to school each day. We'd like to remind parents that the triangle is a no parking zone in the morning. If you would like to come in to the school with your child in the mornings, please use the parking lot outside of the school. We would also like to remind parents that if you would like to remain with your child until school starts, you will need to accompany them to the playground at 8:15.

CPC Run
You can still sign up for the City-Pier-City (CPC) Run on March 11th. This is a famous Half Marathon organised every year in The Hague and they also organise shorter distance races for amateurs and for children. Monday is the last day for families to sign up!

International Festival 2018

Call for Country Coordinators

This year, the annual International Festival will take place on the 15th April 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity for ISH to celebrate its cultural diversity, showcase the various national customs and bring together the community.

It's a day filled with music, dance, demonstrations and let's not forget the food! Last year we had 52 amazing countries who treated us to a glimpse into their culture and cuisine.

Does that sound like something for you?

Sign up to be a Country Coordinator

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Friday January 12
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week the school has been full of festive fun, music and song, and cheer with class parties throughout the school. Today the Year 5 classes dressed up as Romans and transported the school back in time. Tomorrow the students have a shortened day and finish at noon: Before that they will have an assembly and hear from their student council.

A big thank you to the PTA for all of their support this year and for providing food for our hard working teachers tomorrow morning. The teachers are looking forward to this! I, too, would like to thank our teachers for all of their hard work - You and our students make the heart of ISH!

Lost and Found

Before you leave on break, I'd like to ask families to check the Lost and Found. There are a lot of items that have yet to find their way back home. Please have a look at the table in the Glass House -- and check the photograph (See email) that contains other items such as keys and even phones that need to find their way home. You can find them in the Primary office.

I hope that you and your children have a restful holiday - we look forward to seeing the students back in school on Tuesday, January 9th.

Save the Dates

  • 22 December: Primary Students finish at 12:00
  • 8 January: Teachers' Inset Day (No School)
  • 9 January: Primary children back in school
  • 12 January: Year 2 takes a trip to the Maria Cheese Farm
  • 19 January: Year 5 visit the European Space Agency

Annual Winter Gala

A special thank you to Dina Titan for making this event beautiful!

On December 13th our Annual Winter Gala Concert took place. In front of a full Malcolm Davies Auditorium (MDA) the ISH Primary children amazed their parents and teachers present displaying their talents, hard work, and musicality. The audience had the pleasure of listening to a very varied music programme.

First, our ISH Primary Orchestra played a number of seasonal songs. This year, our Mid-school Choir was able to include children from Years 2 to 4. Even though their last two rehearsals had to be cancelled due to all sorts of December events (snow, Sinterklaas etc.) the children performed beautifully!

The Upper School Choir has been working very hard on mastering harmony singing. We were all delighted to see how much progress they had made and fun they had on stage.

Finally, the ISH Primary Rock Band closed the night with an impressive performance of two pop songs. They managed to perform without their bandleader, Mr. Fennis which is a sign of the quality of our young musicians!I would like to ask for parents to share any beautiful pictures they might have made of the event with me, so that I can add them to the music room "Wall of Fame" (d.titan@ishthehague.nl)

I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all teachers and assistants who made the evening possible. In particular, I would show my gratitude to the Music Team who always supports my crazy initiatives: Mrs. Fragu, Mrs. Henning and, our new teacher (who will cover for Ms. Fragu's maternity leave) Mr. Garreton.

- Dina Titan

ISH PTA January 2018 Newsletter

Have a look at what is going on in January of next year!

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Thursday December 21, 2017
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 15

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe, but next week is our last week of school before the Winter break. This week has turned out to be quite a different week than planned with two snow storms at the beginning of the week. As a school we were constantly checking the weather reports and also talking to the other International Schools in order to make good decisions about when and if to close the school.

We appreciated the quick response and support of the parents to our emails. As school we are looking into different ways of communications in these occasions. In such situations the safety of our school community is our main concern.

Mid-Year Reports

Today you should have received your child's report. The teachers and leadership team have worked hard to help you have an accurate picture of your child's progress. This report gives you very specific feedback on your child's current strengths and targets within their learning. We do hope you find this informative and useful.

We are very interested in your opinion regarding the mid-year report and would really appreciate it if you could complete a short survey. This would allow us to take parent views on board before deciding if any changes to this report period are needed for next year.

Save the Dates

  • 16 December: SOLD OUT: PA Dusseldorf Christmas Market Trip to visit the incredible holiday markets in Dusseldorf, Germany for the day
  • 22 December: Primary Students finish at 12:00
  • 8 January: Teachers' Inset Day (No School)
  • 9 January: Primary children back in school


School Photo Deadlines And a Reshoot in February

Following Pret-a-Portrait's recent visit to take school photographs, we just wanted to remind you that the earlybird deadline for you to receive a 10% discount on the school pictures finishes on 20th December. A makeup day will happen in February, so if your child missed the shoot - or if you would like to take sibling photographs - you can do so then.

Country Coordinators for International Fair

This year, the annual International Festival will take place on the 15th April 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity for ISH to celebrate its cultural diversity, showcase the various national customs and bring together the community.

Become part of the team that makes this event one of the favourites of the year by becoming a country coordinator, a performer or entertainer, or by signing your children up to join the flag parade or the national costume show.

More information and Sign up Here

ISH Shoebox Charity

Thank you for those who participated in the in the shoebox charity drive. Stichting Jarige Job was able to make a lot of children happy this holiday season!

CPC Run

You can still sign up for the City-Pier-City (CPC) Run on March 11th. This is a famous Half Marathon organised every year in The Hague and they also organise shorter distance races for amateurs and for children. Get more information and sign up here.

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Monday December 18, 2017 at 09:42
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 14

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have a lot of important information about the traffic and upcoming strike next week so please read carefully.

Strike
Next week the whole of the Netherlands is having a strike for teachers. Many of our staff have decided to join the strike. We have decided to rearrange the staff in the school and stay open for that day. Unfortunately, to do this we have had to close the Reception classes for the day. We simply did not have enough teachers to cover all of the year groups - and this year group in particular requires a familiar set of faces.

If you are choosing to keep your children home on Tuesday, please remember to inform Villa Bloom, Zein Child Care and Achttax. Students who stay home on this day will have an excused absence through the school.

Traffic and Construction Situation

We have been informed by the Municipality the road will be finished from next week. Should this deadline be extended further, we will let you know. As of today it looks as though it is safely nearing completion.

To ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the mornings we ask that, when possible, please avoid parking on the triangle and going in. In the mornings the triangle is a 'kiss and go' area. We do understand that parents of smaller children may need to accompany their children into building.

Save the Dates

  • 12 December: Strike in Primary - Reception Class affected
  • 13 December: Music Winter Gala Concert. Performances by the ISH Primary Choirs, Orchestra and Rock Band in the MDA from 17:30 More information here.
  • 15 December: Primary Report Cards delivered to parents
  • 16 December: Dusseldorf Christmas Market Trip - Leave ISH at 8:00 and come back at 17:30 to visit the incredible holiday markets in Dusseldorf, Germany for the day
  • 22 December: Primary Students finish at 12:00

Sinterklaas Photographs

*See your email to see the photos.*

School Photo Deadlines And a Reshoot in February

Following Pret-a-Portrait's recent visit to take school photographs, we just wanted to remind you that the earlybird deadline for you to receive a 10% discount on the school pictures finishes on 20th December. A makeup day will happen in February, so if your child missed the shoot - or if you would like to take sibling photographs - you can do so then.

European Christmas Order Deadline:

  • 10 December: for Unframed Prints, JPEGs on USB
  • 21 December: for JPEGs to download

If for any reason you have lost your original viewing instructions please don't worry. Pret-a-Portrait will be more than happy to help and you. You can contact them directly at customerservice@pret-a-portrait.net.

Country Coordinators for International Fair

This year, the annual International Festival will take place on the 15th April 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity for ISH to celebrate its cultural diversity, showcase the various national customs and bring together the community.

Become part of the team that makes this event one of the favourites of the year by becoming a country coordinator, a performer or entertainer, or by signing your children up to join the flag parade or the national costume show.

More information and Sign up Here

Years 5 and 6 Croatian Conservation Activity Book

Congratulations to the students in Years 5 and 6 whose creative winning entries made it into the activity book initiated by the Secondary School.

Croatian Conservation Activity Book is on Sale: If you would like to buy a copy of this book, full of fun activities based on Croatian species, please send 5 euro to school with your child and they can order a copy through their classteacher.

The money raised with help Operation Wallacea, a research organisation that works to save biodiversity. Some ISH Secondary students will be going out to help with this research in Croatia in the summer of 2018.

Reception Writes Letters to Sintkerklaas

Reception really enjoyed celebrating Sinterklaas this week, though one girl, Natalie, was not happy with the mess that the Rommelpiet had made in her classroom so she decided to write a letter to Sinterklaas to complain. Sinterklaas replied with a real letter!

This inspired all children to write letters of their own to Sinterklaas and when Sinterklaas visited Reception on 5 December he was given a bag full of letters, which he very much appreciated.

Year 2 Moves from Toys to Food

It has been an exciting time in Year 2. Just last week, they finished their IPC unit Toys with a visit from a puppet theatre. This week, saw them start their new unit 'Food' with an exciting Entry Point.

At the beginning of a new IPC unit we have an Entry Point, which provides the 'wow' factor and gets children excited and motivated to learn about their new unit. In Year 2, they held an international food fair. Not only did the children have to bring food from their home country to share with their classmates, but they also had to prepare some information about the food which they presented to the class.

Each class had a sumptuous feast in their room with a huge variety of food from all the different countries of our children. We had sushi from Japan, rice and daal from India, cheese pie from Serbia, shortbread from Scotland, spring rolls from China to name but a few. The children were not only incredibly proud of the food they had brought in, but were also very open-minded about trying foods from other countries. What a great way to help develop international mindedness!

Zein Winter Camps

This Winter Break: Festive Winter Themed Activity Day Camps at Zein Childcare. Will your family be spending (part of) the winter break in The Hague? Give your child a holiday to remember at Zein's Holiday Camps! The fun and engaging workshop programme is complimented by a range of recreational (outdoor) sports and activities and games as well as field trips to Naturalis, Ayers Rock and the Space Expo! Read the full and varied programme and registration. A place can be reserved for as little as two days per holiday.

ISH Shoebox Charity

Stichting Jarige Job is a charity which hands out birthday boxes for kids aged from 4 to 12 years.

If you want to help:

Please prepare a shoebox, decide if you want to give it to a boy or a girl and the age of the child. Keep in mind the following age categories: 4-6 years old, 7-9 years old, and 10-12 years old.

Stichting Jarige Job only uses new presents and please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • The presents have a value between 1 and 15 euros; and
  • No presents that require batteries, no toy weapons, no presents that are related to a specific holiday, and no easily breakable products.

Remember to bring the shoebox to the school library by Wednesday the 13th of December. If you have any questions you can contact Pia Fallenius.

CPC Run

You can still sign up for the City-Pier-City (CPC) Run on March 11th. This is a famous Half Marathon organised every year in The Hague and they also organise shorter distance races for amateurs and for children. Get more information and sign up here.

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Friday December 8, 2017
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Message from the Primary Principal - Week 13

Dear Parents and Guardians,

**Check your email about Sinterklaas news**

The Senior Leadership Team has sent you an email about the changing traffic and construction situation outside the school. Please read this information carefully and allow yourself ample time in the mornings to ensure that your children can be at school on time. Most of all, I ask that vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to pay close attention to one another.

This week, you will find a fantastic persuasive piece of writing by a Year 4 child about the importance of grandmas. I hope you find it as persuasive as I did!

You will also find details about the Hour of Code events next week. The students will have many opportunities to try their hand at coding activities, and learn how coding can help with problem-solving, and creative thinking.

Finally, you will find information about a Bollywood Dancing Class after school on Wednesdays for children in Years 2-6. This is a fun, new activity that we are offering here after school. Sign up today while there is space!

Possible Strike Action - December 12th
There is a possibility that Primary may have to close the school on the 12th of December due to a strike - which will also affect all of the Netherlands. I will keep you updated as we receive more information on this.

Save the Dates

  • 2 December: ISH Parent Association Gala in the ISH from 19:30 until late. Sign up here
  • 5 December: Sinterklaas - school finishes at 12:30
  • 12 December: Possible Strike in Primary
  • 13 December: Music Winter Gala Concert. Performances by the ISH Primary Choirs, Orchestra and Rock Band in the MDA from 17:30 More information here.
  • 15 December: Primary Report Cards delivered to parents
  • 16 December: Dusseldorf Christmas Market Trip - Leave ISH at 8:00 and come back at 17:30 to visit the incredible holiday markets in Dusseldorf, Germany for the day
  • 22 December: Primary Students finish at 12:00

Wednesdays: Bollywood Dance for Years 2-6
Learn and get inspired by vibrant, fun-filled styles of Bollywood dance comprising of semi-classical, folk, Zumba, hip-hop, Bhangra, Free-style. It's a perfect place for the children to express themselves creatively and release any pent up energy from the day. Sign up quickly for this one!

Years: Open to Years 2-6
Day and Time: Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:45 starting on December 13th

Dates: December 13 and 20, January 10,17, 24 and 31, February 7,14 and 21 (makeup class) 8 lessons in total with one makeup day.
Location: Speellokaal (The Orange Room)

Teacher: Anindita Mukherjee
Costs: 8 lessons for €72

Please email Annemieke Klein at a.klein@ishthehague.nl with your child's information if you would like to sign up!

Hour of Code
Yes, it's that time of year! During the week of December 4th to December 8th, ISH will host an Hour of Code event this year throughout the whole school, including both Primary and Secondary phases.

In the Primary section, the Computer Suite is available for classes to experience coding activities throughout the entire week beginning the 4th December.

On iPads, Primary students can use a range of apps to access coding from Years 2 to 6. We also have a mobile classroom containing 25 Macbooks that will travel from class to class as requested by teachers.

Year 4 Writing Workshop

In Year 4, their unit for Writing Workshop has been about writing to persuade others - and one of the things they have been doing is learning how they can persuade others by including lots of reasons. The children wrote a short, persuasive speech which they read to the whole class. The children then voted for the one they thought was best.

Pippa's speech has been typed up as she wrote it. Whilst Pippa has done some editing, not all spellings have been corrected as the focus of the unit was on the craft of persuasive writing:

Why Grandma's are Important by Pippa 4W

Some people think that your grandma is not important but they are wrong!!!! So here are a few reason's why your grandma is important? you might wonder why should we? well because your grandma made your mum made you so if you did not exist then this speech would not exist. and you would not agree with me!!!! because you are not there.

also what happend to me that your mum is sick or your dad at work than you grandma takes cared of you right? or not? Is that were a baby sitter is for yes I think so.

last but not least your grandma's ar also realy important because they take you to fun places like ... the EFTELING we whent on five times in the boblebaan (by the way by the first time she turned green) what a wonderful time and that is not all, caus she also boght sleep tickets that was so fun!!!!!

So that is why everyone should appreciate their Grandma's

Primary Curriculum Evening
Yesterday evening we welcomed over 50 of our parents to a curriculum evening on three school areas: Writing Workshop, Mathematics, and Looking for Learning. The evening was a mixture of theory and practical with parents asked to actively participate as their child would in a lesson in class. I would like to thank all parents for attending - but also for enthusiastically engaging in the material during the sessions as it made for a great learning focused evening.

One of the main messages from us to parents was related to the importance of teacher learning. At ISH we are committed to continuous professional learning as teachers and we recognise the enormously positive influence such a culture can have on student achievement.

I would also like to thank the staff who presented last night and who are leading teacher learning at our school. If you would like to see some of the presentations, the links are below.

Posted by Ms Heather Marie Bell on Friday December 1, 2017 at 18:28
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