Buffalo Weekly - April 17

April 19 - Good Friday (HALF DAY)
April 22-26 - MS MAP Testing
April 29-May 3 - Elementary MAP Testing
April 26-27 - iSC Varsity Soccer Tournament at WYIS
May 1 - May Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
May 3 - Fine Arts Showcase - Secondary - 6:30PM
May 10 - Fine Arts Showcase - Elementary - 8:30AM

General Announcements


The iSC Varsity Soccer Tournament will be here at WYIS on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Games begin at 8 a.m. both days. Come out to cheer your WYIS Buffaloes!

PTO will help support the soccer tournament by organizing food and other volunteer opportunities. Parents, this is a great opportunity for you to be involved at WYIS and understand our school events better. If you'd like to donate food or help out in another way, please scan the QR code to join our soccer tournament volunteer group on WeChat.

Thank you for your support!


You are invited to the WYIS Fine Arts Showcase 2019. There will be two separate performances:
The Secondary Fine Arts Showcase will be on Friday, May 3, at 6:30PM.
The Elementary Fine Arts Showcase will be on Friday, May 10, at 8:30AM.

The 2019 WYIS Fine Arts Showcase entitled “We Are the World” represents a celebration and expression of us, as people of the world. The world doesn’t always fit inside national borders, educational circles, or socioeconomic classes. Instead, we - along with our individual nationalities, cultures, languages, passions, abilities, values, appearances, experiences, and dreams - are the world. Each person was created intentionally with purpose, and we all have the ability to make a difference for good.

Through this showcase, we hope to use art and music to express our uniqueness and to share our individual dreams of how we can change the world. Standing together while celebrating our individuality is one small way we can begin to make the world a better place.

If you are the parent of an elementary student, please read this letter containing what to wear and other important performance information.

CALENDAR FOR 2019/2020

If you're ready to plan your holidays for next year, please save this calendar of Key Semester Dates . This is not an events calendar but is a listing of semester dates and time off from school. To see our regularly updated school events calendar, please visit the calendar on our website.

OPEN HOUSE FOR 2019/2020

Mark your calendar for our Open House on Friday, August 9, from 6-8pm. This time is intended for all families (new and returning) to hear more about the 2019/2020 school year. At Open House, you'll get to learn about our new initiaves and understand our academic programs, plus you can meet your children's teachers and follow up on bussing, uniform, tuition, and other needed information.

New families will want to also attend our Pre-Open House from 4:30-5:30, in order to get help with registration, uniforms, finance, etc.


On Friday, May 3, Students Services will present Parent Workshops from 2-3 pm on the topics of Child & Adolescent Development. There will be separate workshops that focus on the needs elementary students and secondary students.

ELEMENTARY: This workshop will focus on how children develop emotionally and academically during the early and elementary years. Parents will gain better understanding of how WYIS teachers strive to reach students in age-appropriate ways, and we will provide examples on how parents can also use these concepts. All of this leads to better engagement with children for deeper learning rather than momentary compliance or simple memorization.

SECONDARY: This workshop will focus on the changes our Middle School and High School students move through on their path to adulthood. We will offer tips on how to better understand and support the journey from adolescence to independence, as well as healthy communication methods.

Translations will be made available according to need. Locations: 1st floor conference room, 1st floor cafeteria, 5th floor cafeteria

Speakers: Mr. Warren MacLeod (Secondary - in English, with Chinese translation), Mrs. Kaylin Koh (Elementary - in English), Mrs. Sophia Chan (Elementary - in Chinese)

Please scan the QR Code to sign up for the workshop. Registering helps us plan for space and translation needs.


Last week we had record attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC). How did it go for you? How could we improve the process of PTC? We would love to hear your comments or suggestions about PTC and anything else. The QR Code shown here will take you to our Feedback Form. Please use that form any time you want to give us your feedback about anything we do here at WYIS. We love to hear from you, and we need to hear from you. The Feedback Form is always available on our WeChat subscription menu or here on our website. You can be anonymous or leave your name, so we can follow up with you.

We look forward to hearing from you!


We understand that some families will exit from WYIS at the end of year. We would like to make your leaving process as smooth as possible. If you are planning to leave WYIS at the end of year, please fill out the Notice of Departure form as soon as possible.

All of the documents for exiting families and graduating students will be available for picking up from our Registrar Ms. Agnes Liu from Monday, June 10 between 9 am to 3 pm. All the yearly report cards for returning students will be available over the summer vacation or during the 2019/2020 school year.

Please make sure you have no outstanding books, equipment, instruments, or payments due before the last day of school. According to our policy, the registrar cannot release any documents before everything is clear. If there are any refunds you believe are due to you, please discuss this with the Finance Office directly.

Please contact our registrar if you have any questions (registrar@wyischina.com)


Below are After-School Activities for Quarter 4. Log in to your parent portal on PowerSchool to sign up and view additional information.

  • CrossFit Kids (Grades 1-2)
  • Chinese Calligraphy (Grades 1-5)
  • From Trash to Toys Recycling Club (Grades 1-4)
  • Badminton (Grades 2-5)
  • Minecraft Education (Grades 2-4)
  • Soccer (Grades 3-5)
  • Harry Potter Club (Grades 3-5)
  • Join the Story Book Club (Grades 4-5)


  • In order to have plenty of space for all who are interested, please limit your child's activities to two for each quarter. If there are still spots available after Wednesday, April 17, these will open up to anybody who wants to join, even those involved in two activities already. Last day to sign up for activities is Monday, April 22..
  • Please doublecheck PowerSchool after you sign up your child for an after-school activity. Occasionally, there are issues with the system. If you notice any issue regarding your child's after-school activity signup, or if you have general questions about these after-school activities, please contact Aaron Householder (aaron.householder@wyischina.com).


All high school parents are invited to attend a college preparation information session on Tuesday, April 30 from 2pm -3pm. Topics include SAT testing, AP courses, GPAs, graduation requirements, extra-curriculars, and more.

Please RSVP for this event by scanning the QR code, so we can prepare information and translation as needed.