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Newsletter - 11 September 2020
Vol. 8. Issue 2
Dear Parents,

Now that we are a few weeks into the new school year, routines and learning expectations have been established between the teachers and students. We are ambitious for all our students and so teachers personalise and differentiate teaching and learning, providing the right amount of challenge and support to enable every child to make great progress in their learning. In addition to core lessons, we aim to provide students with enrichment opportunities to develop leadership, collaboration and team spirit, creativity and fun. Due to Covid restrictions, we have decided not to offer an after-school programme for Semester 1. In these challenging times we need to adapt and find new ways to expose students to new experiences so please be assured that we are adapting the regular schedules for the semester to ensure we provide a rich offer of activities within the school week.

Our STUCO (student council) groups are being formed for the new school year and plans are underway for an active year of socially minded activities, with an environmental focus. The STUCO leaders will be sharing their plans in the coming weeks and we are excited to see what impact these impressive young leaders will have on our school community and beyond. From October, we will be running a regular series of intermural events – kickstarted with a rotation of House Team Sports Afternoons where students will have the chance to compete in a variety of sports tournaments. This programme will extend to a range of STEAM challenges, Arts projects, service activities, and themed days throughout the year. We will share information in due course and look forward to seeing our students grow and flourish this year.

Here at NAISR, community spirit and parent partnerships are at the heart of our school ethos. While Covid is restricting parent access in school, we want to maintain our community spirit and continue to provide opportunities for parents to come together. We are hosting an off-campus Parent Coffee Morning and PTSA introduction on Tuesday 15 September at Familierestaurant Bergsche Plas, close to school. We hope you will join us for a chat and a catch up with the other parents. We are also looking for new PTSA members to help organise special events for our students and parent community so come along and find out how you can get involved. Parents are also welcome to gather for coffee in the front playground after morning drop-off, we just ask that you socially distance, gather in small groups, and only enter the canteen 2 people at a time. Perhaps not quite as welcoming as we would like to be, but we miss you and hope you understand the need for these restrictions.

So, the school is coming alive. The students are very engaged in their learning, developing their friendships, and will soon be having opportunities to extend their learning in many different ways. We look forward to sharing more information with you during our Virtual Parent Information Evenings and in our newsletters over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Niki Meehan
Director
1-30 September
- MAP Testing, Grades 1-10
Tuesday, 15 September
- Parent Coffee Morning and PTSA Introduction @Familierestaurant Bergsche Plas, 9:30am
Wednesday, 16 September
- SS Parent Information Night (Virtual) - Live Q&A Sessions, 5:30-7:45pm
Thursday, 17 September
- ES Parent Information Night (Virtual) - Live Q&A Sessions, 5:30-6:30pm

Friday, 18 September
- Swimming Lessons, Grades 1-5
Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons will begin for students in Grades 1-5 from Friday, 18 September and will run every Friday for nine weeks until November 20th. Lessons will then resume January 15th and will run until the end of April. Students will need to bring bathers and a towel in a waterproof swimming bag to school on these days.
What is a NAISR Superstar?
At NAISR, we use a positive approach to foster excellence both academically, personally and socially. It is a way to recognize and celebrate significant achievements in all aspects of our programme. Superstars are recognized in Elementary School for going above and beyond expectations and role modelling the kinds of academic, personal and social behaviors we value here at NAISR. Congratulations to our first Superstars of the 2020-2021 academic year!
Lunch Cards - Check Balance
Our cafeteria uses the app, 'Topr wallet'. Please download this App, which can be found on this website and various App stores. Parents are asked to please check your child's lunch card balance and top up your card via the App or directly via the website. Please set up the Automatic top up function, found under 'Settings', to avoid insufficient funds on your child(ren)'s card. Top up my child's card >>>
Interview with new Director
Read the full interview with Niki on our website about how she plans to move our school forward in a positive direction.
Full Interview with Niki Meehan >>>
School Library Volunteers 
Our library is currently searching for parent volunteers. If you would be interested in helping in the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays with elementary class visits, the shelving of books, or enhancing our online catalogue, please contact our librarian at maria.sorondo@naisr.nl.
Medical/Contact Details
To ensure that our school has your child’s most up-to-date medical information and emergency contact details, we ask that the following form be completed for each of your children.  Complete form here >>>
STUCO (Student Council)
STUCO is a student-run organisation which coordinates both school events as well as activities of global significance. STUCO gives voice to the thoughts and ideas from our students to help improve our school. This year’s student council is led by Alex and Neva, who have been elected for their inspiring charisma and excellent leadership skills. 
Meet other NAISR parents
Would you like to meet other NAISR parents and get more involved with the school? Please join us at the Familierestaurant Bergsche Plas (pancake restaurant close to the school) on September 15th at 9:30am. See PTSA Corner below for details.
Facebook event >>>
Health Checks
With the cold and flu season just around the corner and our continued diligence regarding COVID-19 monitoring, students and staff who have been away sick will be required to complete a quick health check with our School Nurse upon returning to school.
Read to Grow
Our NAISR Library supports a Dutch charity, Read to Grow, whose sole purpose is to promote literacy by donating second hand books to children (and adults) in developing countries. We would like to collect English and French books that are non political, non violent and non religious to donate to Read to Grow. If you have books at home that you and your children no longer need, please consider making a donation to this organization. We will be collecting books over the coming two weeks, so if you have books to donate, please contact our school librarian at maria.sorondo@naisr.nl
PTSA Corner
Our first PTSA gathering for this school year will be held off site at the pancake restaurant close by the school. This will be more of a social opportunity for parents to meet other parents. All NAISR parents welcome and encouraged to attend!
Facebook event >>>

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 15 September, 9:30am @Pancake Restaurant (see below invitation)
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