Dear ES Parents,

It is only right, at this special time of the year, that we pause for a moment and ask ourselves, “Just what is it that we have to be thankful for in our lives?” The answer is pretty simple. We can be thankful for each other, our friends, our children, and our families. We can be thankful that there are teachers, parents and support staff here at SIS that give love and care to our children, each and every day. As one SIS parent said to me about our school:

“As a parent, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing my children grow up in such a loving and caring environment here at SIS.”

Along these lines, we are so very grateful for all of our ES room-moms who helped-out during our first ever Walk-a-thon. Along with the Walk-a-thon the grade 5 Spirit Club had several fundraisers this semester. First, students collected several boxes of books to be shipped to Cambodia. The Spirit Club also had Halloween Candy Grams and the Walk-a-thon. From these fundraisers each organization received 500,000 won – The Yongin Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and FREAD.

ES continued with our on-line safety program on the Do’s and Don’t’s of internet usage. The program we are using is called Nearpod. It is an interactive, online digital citizenship curriculum for grades 4 and 5 covering the following areas: internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyber-bullying, digital footprint, self-image and identify, information literacy, and creative credit and copyright. The goal is to empower SIS students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in their digital lives.

This year we have new members of the Literacy Support Team (LST) working together to guarantee that all students meet their learning goals. The goal of the LST is to help support students with additional strategies to best facilitate the learning needs of each student. These may include new teaching strategies, differentiation and/or modification of instruction. The Literacy Support Team works closely with parents to help build a strong partnership between home and school. These academic support teachers collaborate with grade-level teachers to provide assistance until the student is able to demonstrate the ability to function successfully and independently in the classroom. The goal of the Literacy Support Team is to ensure every student at SIS has the foundation needed to become a successful learner.

On another note (pardon the pun), our ES Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 8:30 am for all the ES children and again on Wednesday Dec. 12th at 1:40 pm for all the ES parents to enjoy.

Our ES Christmas Carol Sing-a-long will be on Thursday, Dec. 13th at 2:00 pm in the school auditorium. The children in Pre-school through grade five will sing Christmas carols together and be dismissed from their classroom at 3:00 pm.

Our EPC meeting will be Monday, February 25th at 9:00 am with several presentations including ISA Testing data.

May this Holiday season bring happiness and joy to your lives; and may all your travels be safe. We are so thankful to be working with wonderful children, caring parents and dedicated teachers here at SIS.

Mr. Art
Es Principal