Buffalo Weekly - October 16

School Calendar/Upcoming Events

October 21 - Fall Concert
October 25 - Parent Workshop: Understanding MAP Reports
November 4 - Parent Workshop: College Prep for 11/12 Graders
November 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)
November 8 - Parent Workshop: College Prep for 9/10 Graders
November 13: Half Day of School (Staff Professional Development)
November 14-15: No School (Staff Professional Development)
November 23: International Day

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

News & Events at WYIS

THE MILITARY GAMES - TRAFFIC & SCHEDULE

This week, and all during the Military Games, we are planning to be open as usual. We expect road delays, especially on Friday (Oct 18). Attached are two maps you may find helpful. The bus map shows how to get to WYIS from Golden Harbor Friday. The map with red and green circles shows which roads will be open and closed on Friday. (The red line shows the route that will be closed. The green line shows a route drivers may take if they have a permit.)

If students are late to school this week due to traffic, we will offer an excused tardy or absence all week, not just on Thursday and Friday as originally stated. Please plan to leave home early in order to prepare for extra traffic and to avoid the road closures.

Our buses are running as usual this week, though the Golden Harbor bus is using a different route to school. If you would like your child to be added to the GH bus route for this week, please contact bus@wyischina.com to make arrangements with our bus coordinator.

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FALL CONCERT

Join us for Fall Concert on Monday evening, October 21. Fall Concert features our Secondary Choirs, Secondary Bands, and Children's Choir.

Tickets are not necessary. Join us!

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Mark your calendars for our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Sign-up will be available on Monday, October 28.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

SPIRIT WEEK

Instead of our usual Fall costume time at WYIS, this year Student Council (STUCO) has organized an all-school Spirit Week. Spirit Week will be held the last week of October, October 28 through November 1.

  • MONDAY - It's Pajama Monday
  • TUESDAY - Twin Tuesday
  • WEDNESDAY - Swag/Hoodie Wednesday
  • THURSDAY - Cartoon Thursday
  • FRIDAY - Crazy Friday

If a student chooses not to dress in a theme for the day, that's no problem, but they must wear their appropriate school or PE uniform for the day.

Have fun with this, students, and show your WYIS school spirit!

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR QUARTER 2

Below are activities offered for Quarter 2:

Mondays

  • Grades EC4/5 - CrossFit Kids – 3:15-3:45
  • Grades 3-5 - Junior Makers – 3:15-4:30 (meets on Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Grades 6-8 - VEX Robotics – 3:15-4:30

Tuesdays

  • Grades 1-3 - Soccer – 3:15-4:30
  • Grades EC5-G2 - Ballet – 3:15-4:30

Wednesdays

  • Grades 6-12 - Table Top Games – 3:15-4:30
  • Grades 2-5 - ESOL 1 English – 3:15-4:00
  • Grades 2-3 - Family Cross Country – 3:15-3:45
  • Grades 2-3 - Buffalo Scouts – 3:15-4:30
  • Grades 3-4 - Robotics Sphero SPRK+ and Drone Mambo – 3:15-4:30

Thursdays

  • GradesEC4/5 - Family Run for Fun – 3:15-4:00
  • Grades 2-5 - The Mystery of Chinese Characters (玩转汉字) – 3:15-4:30
  • Grades 3-5 - Junior Makers – 3:15-4:30 (meets on Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Grades 3-5 - Collaborative Art – 3:15-4:30

Fridays

  • Grades 3-5 - Becoming an Expert with Microsoft Office – 3:15-4:00
  • Grades 1-2 - Robotics-Sphero SPRK+ - 3:15-4:30
  • Grades 6-12 - Advanced Art – 3:15-4:45

Please check PowerSchool to confirm the start dates for each club and transportation options.
Signups will begin on October 24 at 9am. Students may only sign up for 2 after-school activities for each semester. If there are still spaces available in any after-school activity on October 29, then students may join those clubs starting at 9am. Parents will be able to do this on PowerSchool.

PARENT WORKSHOP - HOW TO READ/UNDERSTAND A MAP REPORT

Reports from September's MAP Testing are now available in DocBox on PowerSchool. Please log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal to view your child's report.

Now that you have the MAP Report, what do you do with it? How do you read it, and what does the report show about your child's learning? We will have a Parent Workshop on Friday, October 25, from 2-3 to answer those questions for you.

At the workshop we will share with you how to read these reports so you can understand how your child is progressing. To get the most out of this workshop, plesae bring a printed copy of your child's report. Please come, bring the questions, bring the reports, and learn together how to better understand these regular MAP tests your child takes here at WYIS.

Translation will be available.

SMART WATCHES AT SCHOOL

Recently, we have noticed more and more students using their smartwatches inappropriately during lesson times. This not only distracts the individual student, it also distracts others in the classroom. Therefore, please be aware that if we find any smartwatch being used for a purpose other than telling time, divisional principals will confiscate and keep the smartwatch until a parent or guardian picks it up.

If you have some way of monitoring your child's device, please ensure you switch off any additional settings during school hours. We also recommend investing in a traditional analog watch for your child, which would provide less distraction to them and others during school hours. Thank you for your continued support.

HEALTH ADVISORY FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

As the weather gets colder, we all become more vulnerable to illnesses. We can work together to help reduce health-related problems and keep our students and campus healthy. Below are some reminders regarding our school policy on illnesses:

  1. Immunization - Vaccination is one of the ways to help keep your child protected from certain diseases. WYIS follows a vaccination policy according to recommendations of the World Health Organization.
  2. Policy on fever and other symptoms - If your child is experiencing fever, unexplained rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, and body pain, please don’t send them to school. Your child can only come to school if the symptoms have been gone for 24 hours without medicine to relieve the symptoms.
  3. If your child has cough but no other symptoms and you send them to school, please give them a mask to bring to school. This will help prevent the spread of germs to other students.

Additional Tips to Stay Healthy:

  • Practice hand washing at home. This is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. Wash hands with warm water and soap after using the toilet, before eating, and before handling food. We also promote this regularly at school.
  • Consider increasing your intake of vitamin C to help boost your child’s immune system fight illnesses.

Please notify me if your child is ill, especially if you think it is contagious. This will help us monitor certain illnesses that are going around our school, so we can plan a way to prevent the illness from spreading.

Questions? Please contact our school nurse, Alpha Balusdan.