Cathryn Berger Kaye – Service Learning

posted Feb 14, 2014, 1:08 AM by   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 1:10 AM ]
ISR was fortunate to have Cathryn Berger Kaye return to Rumbai and Duri to follow up with the teachers’ work on creating integrated units of study using the Social Studies, Language Arts and Service Learning standards. Working one on one with teachers, Cathy was very excited about the units of study that have been developed at all grade levels. With her extensive expertise in curricula, Cathy was a valuable resource for our teachers.

Cathy emailed me this comment on her time with us this week, “I left your schools inspired and enlivened. Numerous wonderful conversations! So thank you for this opportunity to "stretch minds and ignite new possibilities."

Cathy has gone on to Jakarta where she is a headline speaker at the GIN (Global Issues Network) Conference this weekend, which will be attended by selected teachers and Middle School students from both Duri and Rumbai. Mr. Murphy, Izzy Johnson and Rebecca MacLeay will return from the conference with a wealth of ideas to share.

For more information about Service Learning, and the exciting things happening in schools throughout the world, check out Cathy’s FaceBook website. Just key in Cathryn Berger Kaye. 

Beating the Haze

The PSI count has been above 100 this week so we have been taking precautions for the students at school. Below are three general guidelines as well as the ISR official policy.

1. Stay indoors as much as possible and reduce outdoor activities. Use a mask to reduce the effects of the haze when you are outdoors.

Drink as much water as possible during this period.

3. For the high-risk group, continue to take medication, and see doctor if condition deteriorates.

The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) The PSI converts measured pollutant concentration in a community's air to a number on a scale from 0 to 500. The PSI number of 100, corresponds to the air quality standard established under the federal Clean Air Act. According to the U.S. EPA, a PSI level in excess of 100 means that a pollutant is in the unhealthy range on a given day, a PSI level at or below 100 means that a pollutant reading is in the satisfactory range.

ISRiau Guidelines During Poor Air Quality

PSI: 0 -100: Green

  • School Life as usual

PSI: 100 - 200: Yellow

  • Limit outdoor activities, Allow Recess and Physical Education
  • Activities with reduced vigor and limited physical exertion.

  • Air filters will be operating in each classroom.

  • Air Masks to be worn when outdoors for more than 15 minutes

PSI: 200 - 300: Orange
  • No outdoor activities and reduce indoor PE activities with limited

    physical exertion.

  • Air filters will be operating in each classroom.

  • Air Masks to be worn when outdoors.

PSI: 300 & above: Red

  • No outdoor activities and minimal physical exertion.

  • Air quality is checked throughout the school day, beginning at


  • Air filters will be operating in each classroom.

  • Air Masks to be worn when outdoors.