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Newsletter - 9 October 2020
Vol. 8. Issue 4
Dear Parents,

It has been another busy few weeks of great learning here at NAISR and it is wonderful to see such high levels of enthusiasm and engagement from the students across all age groups. However, when a child finishes school for the day and parents ask what they learned today, we know that their response is quite frequently a bit vague and along the lines of, “Just Stuff”.  So, what is this ‘stuff’ that the students are doing that keeps them so busy, so engaged and so excited about learning?

Each week at NAISR the stuff that is going on is so varied and provides our students with such a rich education, academically, socially and physically. At the heart of our approach is the belief that young people are naturally curious and that our job as educators is to feed that curiosity. Whatever the age of the students, it is essential to retain the creativity inherent in play and inquiry, and to use this in a constructive and exciting manner to enhance the learning process. It might look different for older students but the spirit of play and inquiry, and excitement in learning and making sense of new concepts, is there whether they are in Early Childhood or IBDP. A great example of this being our Grade 11 Biology students, who were using play-doh and interpretive dance to demonstrate their understanding of complex formulas and concepts!

Our approach is to create opportunities and tasks to challenge and deepen children’s learning; to get them to think in different ways, to question, to learn through exploration and imagination, while working individually or collaboratively. In different contexts we open the learning tasks so that students can take their learning in different directions – exploiting their individual strengths, interests and existing knowledge. Where possible we try to link learning to real life contexts such as; comparing the social geography of Rotterdam with that of students own cities and countries; using cooking as a method for teaching measurement; engaging students in the UN Global Goals or real life environmental challenges. We also place great emphasis on students gaining the confidence to present and speak in front of an audience and love to see them sharing their learning successes during assemblies and class presentations and presenting their opinions in debates or circle time activities.

So, when your child, whether they are 3 or 13, tells you that they did ‘stuff’ today, please know that this means they have had a day full of exciting learning. Know that their teachers are feeding their curiosity and challenging them to know about the world around them. We look forward to sharing this great learning with you throughout the year, virtually and hopefully in person during parent-teacher conferences and learning showcase events later in the year.

Thanks again for entrusting your child’s learning to us.

Niki Meehan
Director
Wednesday, 14 October
- G11 Y1 IBDP Information Evening, 18:00
Thursday, 15 October
- Parent Coffee Morning - Grades 6, 7 & 8 - 08:15

19-23 October
- Fall Break, School Closed
Sunday, 25 October
- Daylight Savings Time Ends, Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour
Wednesday, 28 October
- ES Halloween Celebrations, 08:15-12:00 (See 'PTSA Corner' for more info)
Thursday, 29 October
- Parent Coffee Morning - Grades 3, 4 & 5 - 08:15
Tuesday, 3 November
- English Book Fair @NAISR
New Global Campus
This past week we have enjoyed the launch of the new Global Campus 2020 through fun activities in and out of the class. The new and improved GC is an online platform where Nord Anglia Education students connect, learn and interact with one another through collaborative projects. To access GD, please follow these instructions:
1. Login into NAISR portal with your child's NAISR email and password.  
2. Click on the Global Campus icon
3. Explore and have fun!
More about Global Campus >>>
SeeSaw
If you are the parent/caregiver of an Elementary student, please remember to download the 'Family' Seesaw App onto your mobile telephones, so as not to miss any important communication from your child's Teachers, including snapshots of your child's day and learning at NAISR. If you need assistance with this, please email technology.support@naisr.nl
MS Student Council (STUCO)
Exciting news - the Middle School STUCO is now underway! Our Grade 8 students are leading this initiative and are meeting during their lunchtime breaks to organize and get ready for Monday, where they will go to Grades 6 and 7 to encourage them to join STUCO. This year they are being supported by Ms. Debra and Ms. Rose and it is great to see the collaborative teamwork and enthusiasm exhibited by these young leaders.
Intramural House Events
This week, students enjoyed their first House Events for the school year. Once a month, students from Grades 3-12 will compete in a sporting competition or a team building event and earn points towards their House Team. The House Events aim to build community, morale, support healthy competition and celebrate student successes. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours to these events (WATER, EARTH, FIRE or AIR).
Book Fair & Book Donations
The first English Book Fair for this school year will take place at NAISR on Tuesday, 3 November with our supplier The Little English Bookworm. More information about this fair will follow in the coming weeks. In addition, our school library is always looking to add to our book collection. If you are interested in making a book donation to the library, please contact our librarian at maria.sorondo@naisr.nl.
School Photos
School Photos were taken this week and order forms will be distributed in the coming weeks for online orders and payments. For more information, please refer to the attachment emailed to all parents on 28 September. A re-take day will be held at the end of the month.
IB English A - Year 2
The second year IB English students have been wrapping up a unit of literary study on the graphic novel Persepolis, written by Marjane Satrapi. To practice literary analysis and using literary vocabulary, students led discussion circles with their peers on various chapters from the novel. We enjoyed learning from each other! 
Health Checks
Any students and staff who have been away sick will be required to complete a health check with our School Nurse upon returning to school.
Like to Learn Dutch?
Arianne from Pera-Pera Language Training offers Dutch lessons for NAISR parents. For any questions or to sign up for one of her courses, email  peraperalanguagetraining@gmail.com
G6 - Jeopardy Gameshow
The Grade 6 Science class spent a lesson reviewing material from our current unit, Creativity, by playing the game show Jeopardy! Thanks to Mr Parks for helping us review our learning through a fun and friendly competition! 
Scholastic Book Club
Thank you to everyone who supported our school by purchasing books through our recent book club order. Books will be distributed to students before the break.
Spirit Wear
All new PE Kits that have been paid for have been distributed, and the new range of NAISR Spirit-wear items that were paid for have been ordered. We hope to distribute Spirit-wear items to students by the end of October.
PTSA Corner
PTSA is excited to announce a new Facebook group! NAISR PTSA-Community Connections will be a closed group page that will be for the NAISR community to connect, ask questions and socialize. As we know that it is hard for parents to meet one another and utilise each other as a support group due to Covid restrictions, our hope is that this will be a safe space in which to do some of that. You can request to join the group via this link: NAISR PTSA-Community Connections or by going to the groups section of our PTSA Facebook page, 'NAISR PTSA'.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year our Halloween celebrations for elementary students will take place during the school day. On Wednesday, 28 October, elementary students may arrive at school in their Halloween costumes, and the day will begin with a costume parade (for K-Grade 5 students) outside on the back playground. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the parade, which will run from 8:15-8:45. Then throughout the morning, students will enjoy various Halloween activities, including a Trick or Treat walk through the school. The PTSA are supporting this event and our Middle School students will be in the Elementary classes as student leaders. 

Finally, don't forget to bring your individually wrapped candy for the Halloween event and drop it off before or after school at the bins located at the playground and front gate. We will receive candy through October 27.

Next Meeting:  Will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 13 October, 09:00.
LINK to Meeting >>>   Meeting ID: 729 3715 6309   Passcode: P65FqL
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