Announcements - August 9

Upcoming Events

DATE EVENT
August 12 Virtual Open House
August 13 First Day of School

FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL SCHOOL EVENTS, VIEW OUR WEBSITE CALENDAR.

Dear Parents - Today's announcement covers the following information:

  1. School Start Kit Pickup
  2. Virtual Open House
  3. First Day of School
  4. ECC & Online Learning Plans

SCHOOL START KIT PICKUP

Parents, please plan to come to the WYIS campus (at scheduled times) in order to pick up your School Start Kit. We are providing a School Start Kit to help equip each student with his or her online learning. Below is a schedule of when you may come, based on your child's grade level. For safety reasons, please do not enter the main Academic Building. Please pick up your School Start Kit in the Performing Arts Building lobby.

The School Start Kit includes the following:

  • Technology device (grade-level appropriate). Students in Grades 1-3 will receive iPads. Students in grades 4-12 will receive a laptop. For your child to be able to fully participate in online learning, they will need their own device. If your grade 4-12 child has a dedicated laptop at home they can use, you do not have to use the school device. EC5-grade 3 students must take our school-issued laptop, as we have pre-loaded, school-owned apps required for each class. NOTE: In order to take home a device, we must have a signed Technology Acceptable Use Policy Agreement from a parent or legal guardian. We will not release any device without the appropriately signed document. Click HERE for yours. We will also have hard copies available for a parent or legal guardian to sign while on campus.
  • Welcome Packets. Each student will receive a Welcome Packet with grade-level appropriate information, including a schedule.
  • Secondary planner (mainly for middle school students, though some may be available for high school)
  • Textbooks and other classroom learning materials

NOTES
  • New Families have a separate window of time so we can provide hands-on help for PowerSchool and Canvas instruction, as well as provide support and answer questions.
  • Families with multiple children at WYIS: Please come at your youngest child’s window of time. This will allow us to have all of your children’s kits ready at the same time.
  • Please wear a mask while on campus and be prepared to show your green code and do a temperature check at the school gate.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Save the date for our 2021/2022 Virtual Open House: Thursday, August 12. Open House begins at 6PM and ends at 7:35. Between those hours, we'll have different Zoom calls based on grade levels (ECC, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12), where you will learn from our teaching teams how online learning will work practically in each classroom or level.

Meet your child's teaching teams and leaders, learn about our online teaching plan, and discover what's new this year at WYIS. We encourage secondary students to attend Open House online with their parents.

More information about Open House, including Zoom links, will be sent on Wednesday, August 11.

Questions? Contact wyisoffice@wyischina.com.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

First day of school for the 2021/2022 school year is Friday, August 13. The school day begins at 8AM on Zoom for all students. This day will not be a full day of learning but will be a lighter schedule.

Parents, we strongly encourage you to attend your child's class sessions at Open House in order to know what to expect on day 1 of school.

ECC & ONLINE LEARNING

If you have a child in our Early Childhood Center (EC3, EC4, EC5), please note that we are considering options to our online learning plan that best suits our youngest students. Like you, we know that too much screen time is not good for any of us, especially children in the ECC. With that in mind, the options we are exploring consider less screen time, as well as other plans more appropriate to their ages and development levels.

Once we have more details on what that will look like and how we can best serve our ECC families, we will let you know.