August 23, 2013

posted Aug 23, 2013, 7:43 AM by Barry Johnson ISR

Welcome

We are delighted to have welcomed three new families to our ISR Rumbai family this week! We also have a new student thanks to the Fadzle family. It has been our pleasure to have Mohammad and Abadie’s daughters Eisya and Auni at ISR over the last two years, this year their son Rayyan joined our Preschool class. Rayyan had a special week as he celebrated his Birthday on his second day of school.

We thank the Malaysian Consolate for bringing us another new family. Ibu Irwana Abdul Zaman is the mother of our new student Batrisyia, who has also joined our Preschool class.

Welcome also to Mark and Allie Zyweck who have come to us directly from Bangkok. The Zywecks, originally from Australia, are bringing us their son Chris and their daughter Emma. Chris has joined the sixth grade class and Emma is in fourth grade.

Finally, we welcome the Ruangturakij family who have just moved here from Australia. Tanes and Lynn are originally fromThailand. They are bringing us their daughter Natalie and their son Nathaniel.

After School Activities

Our First Quarter Activities got off to a great start this week. Thanks to Shane van Staden for organizing a tremendous variety of activities to accommodate all grade levels. We will be adding two more activities this week. Julia Pedrett is offering a Thai Cooking Class that parents have been invited to join. The class is already full, but we will offer the class again next Quarter for those who missed out.

Another added activity is Ballet and Jazz Dance for Kindergarten through second grade. Cari Armpriester will be offering this activity on Saturdays; the exact time and the venue will be announced when you are invited to sign up.

MAP Testing

Starting on September 2nd, we will administer our standardized testing program for Kindergarten through eighth grade. The program we use is “Measures of Academic Progress” (MAP), a computerized assessment tool that measures a student’s growth without the pressure of “timed tests”. Students take these tests so we can determine areas of growth in reading and mathematics, and also in language usage for grades three through eight. Teachers use these assessments to guide their curricular focus with classes and individual students.

For students to do their best work for these assessments, they must come to school well rested and we recommend a healthy breakfast. No other preparation is required.

Moving into New Office Spaces

This week we began to move into our newly renovated spaces. So far we have occupied the main office, including the Reception area, the Business Office and the Principal’s Office. The Library and the two new classrooms are not yet ready for occupation. The photos below reflect the progress of our renovations.

Thank you to the Custodians

Mr. van Staden recognized the custodians for working on the weekend for ten hours, scraping, preparing and painting the Gym floor. 

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