Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, May 17, 2013
The end of the school year is quickly approaching with revision and then End-of-Year Exams! As in the past, during revision weeks the students in grades 1-9 will take the ERB external exams.
The Educational Testing Bureau’s Comprehensive Testing Program assessments will be administered to students in grades 1-9 beginning next week. ISM will be using the online version of the exams beginning this year. Students had the opportunity to practice the online exams to familiarize them with the format. Please remind your child of the importance of these exams as they are nationally normed tests.
The 1st Floor Link will be closed for air conditioning upgrades on Monday and possibly further into the week. We are asking that families use the door by the lower school computer lab as an entrance to the ECE, KG and LS classrooms. The main entrance will continue to be the entrance for the main office. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, May 10, 2013
Many thanks to the Parent Connection for a delicious and thoughtful luncheon on Tuesday to celebrate Staff Appreciation Day.
I hope everyone was able to see the all-school instrumental concert last night. What a pleasure! Congratulations to the students and staff for stellar performances.
The school year is coming to a close with many activities and events:
- High School students have been busy preparing for and taking numerous AP exams this week and will transition into revision and end-of-year exams
- The Robotics team will participate in state competition on Saturday, May 17 at Williams Arena
- High School students will enjoy the 2013 prom on May 17
- Join us at the Middle School/High School Choral Concert on Tuesday, May, 21
- SLO® Upper School Field Day is on Friday, May 24
Please enjoy the attached Weekly Update and have a lovely weekend!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, May 3, 2013
It is May 3, and Dr. Fisher’s Advanced Physics class is learning outside …. in the snow!
We all know we are in Minnesota.
I have attached the Weekly Update for Friday, May 3, for your review.
A note from the Parent Connection below:
The Parent Connection celebrates
National Teacher Day on Tuesday May 7th.The annual staff luncheon is one way of showing our appreciation.
On behalf of all the ISM families,Thank you teachers, faculty and staff!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, April 26, 2013
Great news! The International School of Minnesota earned seventh place on The Washington Post Challenge Index listing of “America’s Most Challenging (Private) High Schools.”! The private school list, which was published on April 23rd, includes 52 schools from across the U.S. Please click on the links below:
Please join us in the Performing Arts Center for one of the last three shows of Oklahoma!
“This ISM performance was 1000 times better than the award-winning movie of 1955. The quality was shockingly high” … ISM parent
“One of the things we like about ISM is the opportunity to get this type of experience in the lower school.” …. ISM parent
“This musical was my favorite one yet.”…. ISM teacher
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, April 19, 2013
I hope you all have the time to see the all-school musical Oklahoma! either this weekend or next weekend. Students, parents, and staff have been working tirelessly to create a wonderful event for everyone :
SABIS® Parent/Guardian Surveys will open next week. On Monday, April 22, you will receive an E-mail inviting you to complete your online survey. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and for choosing ISM’s SABIS® Edge Program for your child’s education. The survey will be opened from Monday, April 22 – Friday, May 3.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, April 12, 2013
Hopefully, the “Spring Snows” are over and the weather will move towards warm and sunny! Our students, parents, and staff have been busily preparing for the opening night of the ISM spring musical, “Oklahoma!”.
‘OKLAHOMA!’, which is based on Lynn Riggs’s 1931 play, ‘GREEN GROW THE LILACS’, is set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906. This classic of musical theatre includes some of the best known songs in musical theatre: ‘OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’, ‘SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP’, ‘PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE’, and of course, ‘OKLAHOMA!’. The show tells the story of the high spirited rivalry between the farmers and the cowmen, the romance of cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey, and the tormented farmhand Jud who tries to tear them apart, the flirtatious Ado Annie and the steadfast, down to earth Aunt Eller who teaches everyone to persevere. The lively dance numbers, the “dream ballet” and exceptional lead vocals are sure to be a highlight of the show.
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘OKLAHOMA!’ opens April 19 and runs through April 28.
Adults $10.00 – Students $7.00. To order tickets, contact the box office at 952-918-1871.
We hope to see everyone in the ISM PAC for one or all of the performances!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, March 29, 2013
Thank you all for attending another successful round of Parent/Teacher conferences! It is a complete pleasure to join together in support of your children.
The Parent Connection needs your help! The ISM Parent Connection is looking for new officers for the PC Board for the 2013-14 school year. All interested ISM parents are encouraged to place their name on the ballot for the following positions:
- Vice Chair
- Parent Liaison
Please check the Parent Connection website next week (week of April 1) for job descriptions. Names of interested parties should be turned in by April 9.
Reminder: The Early Enrollment Discount deadline is Friday, April 5, 2013. This discount is offered to all who turn in contracts on or before Friday, April 5, 2013. Mailed contracts postmarked before or on this date are also eligible. For your convenience, marketing and admissions staff will be available in the lobby on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, March 22, 2013
The ISM community had a great Olweus Bullying Prevention Kick-Off Day on Thursday, March 21:
- Students in Preschool through Grade 2 learned about kindness when they watched “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and participated in follow-up activities
- Students in Grades 3-5 watched “ Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain” and scheduled follow-up activities
- Students in Grades 6-12 previewed the film “Finding Kind”
- Parents previewed the film “Finding Kind” at the end of the school day
- PS – GR 12 staff, students and parents showed support by wearing crazy socks to “Stomp Out Bullying”
- Students in PS – GR 12 signed anti-bullying pledges and had a photo taken of their socks
- Students received “Stomp Out Bullying at ISM” orange wristbands when they turned in their pledge
- Photos will be displayed in the 1st floor stairwell
- Upcoming “Stomp Out Bullying Sock Days” – Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, April 3
- Students will be learning more about how to prevent bullying in their Advising Classes and Class Meetings
Reminder: The Early Enrollment Discount deadline is Friday, April 5, 2013. This discount is offered to all who turn in contracts on or before Friday, April 5, 2013. Mailed contracts postmarked before or on this date are also eligible.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, March 1, 2013
The senior solos were spectacular last night as well as the MS/HS Show Choir performances. A huge thank you to the staff, students and parents for all of your hard work this year. I hope everyone had a chance to attend one of the Show Choir performances.
The snow is beginning to melt as the sun gets warmer and a well-earned Spring Break begins at 12:30 on Thursday, March 7. Spring also triggers planning the next academic year for us all. We extend a heartfelt invitation to re-enroll your children at The International School of Minnesota for 2013-2014. The re-enrollment contract packet for the academic year 2013-14 will be mailed to homes next week. As in the past, ISM is pleased to offer families an Early Enrollment Discount. The Early Enrollment Discount Deadline is Friday, April 5, 2013. We encourage you to join the many ISM families who take advantage of the savings.
I know next week will be a busy week while students continue to review material before taking each End-of-Term exam. In the midst of exams, please don't forget to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences which will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00PM-8:00PM and Thursday, March 28 from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. We are looking forward to meeting with all of you. EOT Reports will be mailed to homes during the week of March 18.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, February 22, 2013
Term II Revision began today and the students are preparing for a great finish to the term. Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner following Spring Break so be sure to schedule your appointments when sign-up begins at 7:00am on Wednesday, February 27. End-of-Term Exams will be administered from March 1-7.
We are excited to announce the kick-off event for the Olweus Bullying Prevention program at ISM which includes "Stomp Out Bullying Sock Days" on Thursday, March 21, Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, April 5. Students are encouraged to show their support of the "Stomp Out Bullying" campaign by wearing the craziest socks they can create or find. A flyer is attached outlining sock days. Parents/guardians, please join us on Thursday, March 21, at 4:00PM in the PAC for the showing of the nationally acclaimed video "Finding Kind". We are hoping for a full-house!
The Spring Registration Form is attached for athletics. The form can be submitted electronically for your convenience. ISM will be offering two new spring sports this year; baseball for grades 7-up and ultimate Frisbee. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 28. Please contact the Main Office if you would like a hard-copy brochure.
The Middle School/High School Show Choir has their final performance on Friday, March 1, so be sure to attend this exciting performance!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, February 14, 2013
Our High School Show Choir is on their way to a great adventure aboard the Carnival cruise ship “Victory”. Please be certain to come to the next performance on March 1, at 7:00PM in the PAC.
Our high school students are also preparing for the trip to the Dominican Republic from June 10-15, which Mr. Pobloske will be chaperoning. Attached to this email you will find a brochure outlining the trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Pobloske by Friday, February 22. email@example.com
The junior and senior classes are leading a fundraiser to help fund participation in their senior trip and prom. Students will be selling spring flowers and candy through a Wolfgang fundraiser. The brochures will be distributed to students on Tuesday, February 19.
Have a great long weekend and don’t forget to rsvp for the Parent Connection Social which is coming soon – February 23!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, February 8, 2013
Next week is full of excitement! The upcoming Target Center games will take place on Monday, February 11, against the Community of Peace Academy. The girls varsity team will play at 5:30 and the boys varsity team will play at 7:00! Please show your support for Husky Athletics by buying a ticket! There will be a table selling tickets at tonight’s Show Choir Event, and tickets will also be sold at the door. Also, the ISM Show Choir will be traveling to Miami on February 14, and will board Carnival Cruise ship “Victory”. Don’t forget about group picture day on Wednesday, February 13, and Valentine’s Day on February 14! There is no school on Friday, February 15, due to Professional Development Day and also on Monday, February 18, due to President’s Day.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, February 1, 2013
Today was the first day of February and the end of Term II is near, with Revision Week beginning in 3 weeks. The grade 4/5 students are at this moment enjoying Jimmy John's subs at a Student Life led activity night. Later in the evening they will perform at a talent show and watch a movie.
Next week our upper school students will perform in the Annual Show Choir Show at 7:00PM on Friday, February 8. This show is a must-see before the High School Choir travels to Miami on February 14, where they will board Carnival Cruise ship “Victory”. The choir will have a performance in Key West and on the ship and will also have a workshop with the Carnival entertainers aboard the “Victory”.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 21, 4:00PM-6:00PM Bullying Prevention Kickoff Event: “Finding Kind” in the PAC.
The Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement and documentary based upon the powerful belief in KINDness. It brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of bullying. Childcare will be available.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, January 25, 2013
It was wonderful to see so many families at "What's The Scoop?" last night. Parents learned about the ISM College Counseling Program from Ms. Troseth, the Student Life Program from Mr. Michaud, and Mr. Welle described the scheduling process for 2013-14. Parents had the opportunity to speak to the Heads of Departments about the course offerings at the high school level and answer questions. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Welle firstname.lastname@example.org with any scheduling questions and Ms. Troseth email@example.com regarding the College Counseling Program at ISM if you have further questions. If you have questions regarding the Student Life Organization, please contact Mr. Michaud firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Reports have been mailed to homes. For information regarding your child’s progress, please contact:
Whitney Frisch (PS-GR 2) email@example.com
Brooke Tousignant (GR 3-7) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Welle (GR 8-12) – email@example.com
Christi Seiple-Cole – firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE: The Olweus Bullying Prevention Committee is organizing a kick-off event which is scheduled for Thursday, March 21. Students in grades 5-12 will attend an assembly to view the movie "Finding Kind" http://findingkind.indieflix.com/home/, which is sponsored by the ISM Parent Connection. Parents are invited to a second showing at 4:00PM in the PAC. Please mark this date in your calendars! More information will follow in the weeks ahead.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, January 18, 2013
Following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, parent/guardians of students in grades 8-11 are invited to join us in the Leila C. Saad Performing Arts Center at 4:00 on Thursday, January, 24, for a short meeting prior to preparation for course selection for the 2013-14 academic year. Following the brief welcome, parents will proceed to the third floor where the ISM Department Heads will be stationed to speak to families about the courses available to their student/s. Scheduled sessions in the computer lab with Ms. Troseth will help parents/guardians access their Naviance account for course selection. Following the course preference selection, ISM Administration and HODs will be available for ice cream sundaes and to answer further questions. We are looking forward to meeting with ISM parents to begin preparing for next year!
ELL Intensive Course
ISM will be offering an 8-week ELL Intensive Course starting after Winter Break. This course is highly recommended for MS ELL, ELL 1 and ELL 2 students. The syllabus for this 8-week course will include gradual study in grammar, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Also, each week will include a session with Read Naturally, a computer reading program to enhance English proficiency with the strategy of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring to maximize reading proficiency. Parents/Guardians, if you have not already signed your student up for this program, please print the Registration Form and return it to Sarah Bianucci. So far we have 7 students signed up!
Grade 5 Parents/Guardians/Students Middle School Orientation
Save the date! Grade 5 students and parents/guardians: Please join us on Thursday, January 10, for a middle school informational meeting beginning in the library at 5:00PM. Parents/guardians and students will learn about each department’s vision and goals for middle school students at ISM. Participants will attend informational sessions and then return to the library at 6:20 at which time ISM students will speak about their experiences.
Grade 8 Parents/Guardians/Students High School Orientation
Save the date! Grade 8 students and parents/guardians: Please join us on Tuesday, January 15, for a high school informational meeting beginning in the library at 5:00PM. Parents/guardians and students will learn about each department’s vision and goals for high school students at ISM. Participants will attend informational sessions and then return to the library at 6:20 at which time ISM students will speak about their experience at ISM in High School. Pizza will be served!
ISM AGAINST HUNGER - WE DID IT AGAIN!
Each year, our ISM community takes on a new goal to serve our local and global communities. Each year, our ISM community adds a new success to community service goals. Our ISM community is blessed with generosity and kindness.
Thanks to all of you who donated and attended the Yard Sale, attended and performed at Barnes & Noble, volunteered your time, purchased T-shirts, cookbooks, bracelets, and made financial donations. With all of your support, the ISM community will fund the installation of a new water unit and a remote laboratory that will be installed inside a remote medical clinic in the Dominican Republic plus send 150,000 meals to a community in need. ECE, along with our ISM Community, packed over 950 lbs. of non-perishable food that was donated to our local food shelves.
Your generosity and support of ISM Against Hunger is appreciated by so many.
On behalf of the SLO® Social Responsibility Dept., Students In Action, ISM Against Hunger Committee and all of the volunteers, Thank You and Happy New Year!
The Parent Connection
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, December 21, 2012
ISM was buzzing today with the excitement of ISM Against Hunger and the pending holidays! Students in grades 1-12, parents, and staff visited the ImpactLives facility to learn about developing nations, ImpactLives initiatives, and to pack meals for families in need. Because of your efforts, a donation will be made to ImpactLives to purchase a reverse osmosis water treatment station which will be housed in a remote medical clinic in the Dominican Republic. ISM ECE and Kindergarten students exceeded their goal of collecting 150 boxes of non-perishable food items, with a donation of 171 boxes which will be taken to ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka and PROP in Eden Prairie. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this enormous and heartfelt effort. The ISM community made a difference in the lives of many families today. We look forward to hearing about the proposed initiatives of the Social Responsibility Department of our SABIS Student Life Organization® for next year!
Wishing you and your family happy holidays and a fabulous new year!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, December 14, 2012
Below please find the Weekly Update for this week, and it is filled to the brim with important information.
Check out the other attachments – they all include some sort of fun, physical activity. Sign up today!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, December 7, 2012
End-of-Term Reports were mailed to homes mid-week. Term I yielded very positive results and we encourage everyone to continue working hard!
The fourth floor was very quiet today because the middle school students are participating in the annual retreat. This year the students went to Basecamp, where students participated in rock climbing, ropes courses, survival skill classes and leadership training. The lock-in event was led by high school SLO® prefects.
ISM Against Hunger is gearing up for the Barnes & Noble event which will be held on Saturday, December 15. Please join us in support of ISM Against Hunger from 9:00AM – 4:00PM for performances, activities, food, and fun.
Parents of grade 10 students are invited to join Kerrie Troseth in the PAC on Monday, December 17, to learn how to interpret PLAN/PSAT test results from 6:30PM-7:30PM. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please join us in the PAC on Tuesday, December 18, for the All-School Instrumental Festival at 6:00PM.
ISM Against Hunger - Preschool-Second Grade
This year we are expanding the local component of ISM Against Hunger to include students in Preschool-Second Grade with a food collection for metro-area food shelves. Please help us make a difference by filling a box with non-perishable food items for local food shelves. Donation boxes were sent home with all students today after a classroom discussion about the project. Boxes can be returned to your classroom teacher any time between December 3 and December 21. Our goal is to fill 150 boxes of food to be donated to local food shelves on December 21.
All ISM families and staff are welcome to participate in this project. Extra boxes are available at the ISM Against Hunger table by the main office. Please feel free to take a box and fill it with non-perishable food items. Boxes from staff and families in grades 3-12 should be returned to the drop off location under the stairs leading up to the lower school. Look for the ISM Against Hunger sign.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, November 30, 2012
How exciting to see so many High School students involved in the Annual Winter Market volunteering their time to teach the younger students about their culture! Many thanks for your help and for sharing your talents at the market and during the grade 3 concert.
Students in grades 1-12 participated in a kick-off assembly for ISM Against Hunger on Tuesday, November 27, led by High School students. The students learned about the medical clinic in the Dominican Republic which will house the water treatment equipment funded by ISM Against Hunger. A student-created video was previewed during the assembly and will also be shown in the ISM lobby.
ISM Against Hunger Dates to Remember:
Dec. 15 – Annual Barnes & Noble – A day of music, reading, and fun for the whole family
Dec. 21 – Food Packing Event for the whole family
Holiday Celebration for ISM Staff!
The Holidays are upon us, and it is time to pull out those baking pans and create your family favorites. On Wednesday, December 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. the Parent Connection will be hosting a celebration to show the teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. We would love your help in the form of a donation of a holiday treat.
Click HERE to view flyer.
For Questions please email Mary Sears at email@example.com or call at 952-368-4834.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, November 16, 2012
I have been participating in the U.S. Director’s Conference for the past three days and have had the opportunity to train with the other SABIS® Directors of our sister schools in the U.S. The Weekly Update is a bit behind schedule due to this training.
Students and staff are hard at work with End-of-Term Exams and everyone is utilizing every moment to prepare. SABIS SLO® prefects have been organizing exam relief activities such as bingo, ice cream sundaes, and the grade 4/5 activity night. Thanksgiving vacation is coming up next week and everyone will enjoy a rest before beginning term II!
The Holiday Flower Sale Order Form (sponsored by Show Choir and Show Choir Band)
College Visit permission form for GR 11 students
The Staff Tea Sign-up form (sponsored by the Parent Connection)
GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!
ISM Against Hunger has officially kicked off the all school service project and is fundraising for a water filtration system for a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic.
As you consider your charitable end-of-year giving, please consider participating in Give to the Max Day November 15. GiveMN is easy to use, and your gift to ISM Against Hunger will make a huge difference to our school community as it approaches its future endeavors.
Even better, help us win a Golden Ticket! $1,000 will be given to a random donor’s charity every hour. You could be that donor! Want to increase your chances? Consider giving to ISM Against Hunger in the middle of the night, early afternoon or VERY early in the morning - the less popular times of day to donate.
Click HERE to go to the site to register (just takes a minute), and on November 15, please give to ISM Against Hunger.
As a token of our appreciation and in the spirit of the day, feel free to wear your ISM Against Hunger t-shirt or sweatshirt with your uniform bottoms on November 15th!
THANK YOU! The Parent Connection
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, November 9, 2012
We are moving quickly to the end of term I; the students will begin to take their end-of-term exams next week. During the past 12 weeks, students have been equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform at a high level on the upcoming exams. Please take the time to review the material in all content areas, eat well, get plenty of sleep, and we will see great results!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, November 2, 2012
Grades 4 and 5 are off to Concordia Language Village this weekend and I am certain they will have a wonderful time! Please plan to join us in the Leila C. Saad Performing Arts Center and enjoy the fall play, “Once In a Lifetime” on Friday and Saturday this week and next.
Student will participate in Mock Elections on Tuesday, November 6. Patriotic Dress is encouraged and prizes will be given for the most patriotic outfits!
The SLO® Academic Department is currently working on organizing the Shadow a Professional Day which will be taking place on Tuesday, November 28, for all grade 12 students. We are still looking for professionals in all career fields who are interested in offering an ISM student the opportunity to shadow them during a typical work day. If you are interested, please contact Brenna Jarvis, the SLO® Deputy Head of Academics at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Michaud, Student Life Coordinator, at email@example.com and thank you in advance for your support!
Senior families, please see the attached letter regarding Shadow a Professional Day.
Revision Week for Term I is quickly approaching for students in grades 1-12 (November 7-13), followed by End-of-Term Exams (November, 14-20). End-of-Term Reports will be mailed to homes following the Thanksgiving Break and Term II begins on Monday, November 26.
Please click on the Weekly Update to find further news and information.
NEWS FROM THE PARENT CONNECTION
It’s time to plan this year’s ISM Against Hunger Community Service Project for 2012. An informational meeting is scheduled for 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 31, in the PAC. Please plan to attend so you can learn more about the water project we will be fundraising for this year.
For more information click HERE.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, October 26, 2012
As the world seems to grow smaller due to the wonders of technology the staff, students, and parents at The International School of Minnesota are all aware of the value-added of contributing to others through service projects. Every year, The International School of Minnesota chooses a full school service project that supports both our local and global communities. The goal of ISM Against Hunger is to introduce our students to social responsibility and how they can make a difference in our world.
For the past 3 years, ISM’s Student Life Organization™, staff and parents participated in a fundraising project to raise money for food which was contributed to both local food pantries as well as to families in the bateys of the Dominican Republic. The full school service learning project was enriched for some students, parents, and staff when they visited the villages in the Dominican Republic, delivering food that was packed by the ISM community.
Attached to this email you will find the first document from the ISM Against Hunger Committee announcing the Parent Information Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 8:30am-9:00am in the PAC. Watch the ISM Parent Connection Website and The ISM Pulse for information about the upcoming 2012 ISM full school service project and learn about ways that you can be involved!
New Student Life Coordinator here at last!
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I started as SLC here at ISM. Students, parents and staff have all been supporting and welcoming me with open arms and I want to thank everyone for that. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated people and I am really looking forward to this new adventure ahead of us!
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Thursday, October 18, 2012
It was great seeing all of the parents and guardians throughout the corridors of The School on Wednesday and Thursday! I hope you all had very constructive Parent/Teacher conferences.
I would like to bring to your attention that the ISM boys’ HS soccer team will be participating in the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference Tournament which will take place at McMurray Fields in St. Paul on Monday, October 22, and Tuesday, October 23.
If the boys win on Monday, they will play in the championship on Tuesday. The Husky Booster Club is sponsoring a fan bus and would like to invite staff, parents and students in grades 9-12 to attend the game via fan bus. In order to ride the bus, students in grades 9-12 must submit the permission form attached to this email by Tuesday morning. Students from Preschool–GR 8 are invited to ride the bus accompanied by a parent.
Save the Date: Students will be inducted into the NHS and NJHS on Thursday, October 25, at 7:00PM in the Leila C. Saad Performing Arts Center. Current NHS and NJHS members should attend this event.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, October 12, 2012
It has been a busy week at ISM! Students in grade 12 had the opportunity to speak to James Tooley, author of From Village School to Global Brand, during English class on Monday. In addition, the book launch event on Monday was a big success, the ISM Book Fair is in full swing in the library, and Interim Reports were mailed to the homes of students in grades 1-12. Please click on the Weekly Update attachment for further ISM news.
A short video summary of The International School of Minnesota has been created for your viewing pleasure and can be accessed HERE. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the filming of this exciting new video!
We are looking forward to seeing ISM parents/guardians at parent/teacher conferences next week!
Picture Retake Day: October 12, 2012
For those who would like to have retakes of individual pictures done, Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 12, 2012.
On Friday, October 12, all students must be in uniform, but students who are having pictures taken this day will be allowed to change for pictures.
In order to have pictures retaken the original picture package must be returned to the photographer on picture day. Incomplete packages will not be accepted. The original picture package will not be returned to you.
Additional order forms are available in the main office for those students who were absent on the original picture day.
To order online, go to www.mylifetouch.com, enter the picture day ID: MI142261Y1.
Scholastic Book Fair, October 11, 12, 15-18 at ISM!
The All-Star Book Fair starts Thursday and runs through October 18. Parent volunteers are needed for the Book Fair! Peak times are before and after school and during the lunch/recess times. They also need set-up help on Wednesday the 10th from 12:30-3:30. Please email Sara Reich, Head Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help out.
Donuts with Dads! On Friday, October 12 we will be having a special book fair morning for dads and their kids. Moms are welcome to join us too! Click HERE for more information.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel goes on sale November 13! We are able to sell pre-orders at an exclusive paperback price of $8.49 ($9.11 with tax) with our book fair. What a great deal! Orders will be taken during the book fair. The Third Wheel will be delivered to and distributed at ISM on November 13.
More Book Fair details (and online shopping) can be found HERE.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, October 5, 2012
Please click on the Weekly Update for Friday, October 5, for all of the news for the week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in the wonderful International Festival last weekend. It was a great celebration of the diversity that creates the magic of the ISM community!
Schwan’s Fundraiser to Benefit the Husky Booster Club
We will be having a short Schwan’s fundraiser to benefit the Husky Booster Club this week. We will be handing out order forms and Schwan’s books on Monday, October 1, and will be collecting order forms on Thursday, October 4. Although participation is encouraged, there is no requirement to participate and no minimum amount required.
Please consider using this opportunity to load on some favorite family foods for the winter and even just as a replacement for your weekly shopping trip. Also consider asking families, friends and neighbors if they are interested.
The food will be available for pick-up on Saturday, October 6 at The International School of Minnesota from 9:00-1:30 PM. Payment can be made when collecting food. Checks can be made out to Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. Major credit cards, cash, and EBT are also accepted.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday is the big day! Please plan on joining us tomorrow at the ISM Yard Sale from 8:00am-12:00pm and the International Festival from 11:00am - 3:00pm.
International Festival: Saturday, September 29, 2012
For additional information, visit any of the links below.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, September 21, 2012
We are at the end of an exciting Homecoming Week. The boys’ soccer game had us all on the edge of our bleachers yesterday. Great win! The High School students are now looking forward to the Homecoming Dance tonight.
Fall is officially upon us and we are all looking forward to the International Festival and Annual Yard Sale next Saturday. Ticket sales for the International Festival continue in the main lobby before and after school. Please stop by to purchase your tickets in advance of the event.
Attached to this email is the Weekly Update. Please click on the Weekly Update attachment for a comprehensive communication from each of ISM’s departments every week. In addition to middle school homework schedules, a Chinook flyer and information about Can Do Canines, an internet safety message from the U.S. Department of Justice is also attached to this email which outlines tips for keeping your children safe online.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, September 14, 2012
Next week is Homecoming Week at ISM and the SABIS® Student Life Organization™ prefects have been working feverishly to provide a fun-filled schedule for students in grades 4-12. Please read the attached Weekly Update to find out how your child can participate.
This week several SLO™ prefects have been organizing participation in the “The State Farm Celebrate My Drive”, a teen-driver awareness promotion. This is a national promotion that is giving $100,000 to 13 different school across the country. One school in the Minneapolis area will win one of the $100,000 grants. The winning school is based on online votes and is calculated based on a matrix of factors including the over-all enrollment.
Please help us by going to the website celebratemydrive.com where you can vote for ISM. To participate in the School Vote you must be 14 or older. Participants do not have to be enrolled in ISM, so parents, grandparents, etc. may vote. Voting ends today at midnight.
Also attached is a special invitation to attend the ISM-SABIS® Book Launch event on Monday, October 8, from 4:00-5:30PM in the PAC. Please join acclaimed writer and education expert, James Tooley, for the release of his latest book, From village School to Global Brand.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, September 7, 2012
I would like to announce two informative event for parents: “Overview of the ISM College Counseling Program”, with Kerrie Troseth, ISM College Counselor. This event will be held on Thursday, September 13, at 6:30PM in the PAC where you will learn about how ISM prepares students for college admission. Please also save-the-date for Monday, October 8 at 4:00PM in the PAC to attend an exciting late afternoon with the author of From Village School to Global Brand, James Tooley.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, August 31, 2012
I have attached the Weekly Update for Friday, August 31. September is about to begin and the new school year is going great! I hope that you have all had the opportunity to read the first Annual Report which was mailed to homes this week and we are all looking forward to seeing you at the Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 6, from 7:00PM-8:30PM.
Weekly Update: Director’s Note, Friday, August 24, 2012
Welcome back! I hope that everyone had an awesome summer and that you are refreshed and ready to begin a new and exciting year at The International School of Minnesota. I have attached the first copy of the Weekly Update for the 2012-13 academic year along with a staff directory, the enrollment brochure for the newly updated SABIS® WebSchool site, and other important documents. Please note that if you have already registered for WebSchool, you may continue to use your existing username and password but will find a new look to the website.
As always, we are here to serve the ISM school community and the best interests of our students and therefore, if you have any questions, comments, and or concerns, always please feel free to call (952-918-1835) or e-mail (email@example.com) at your convenience. We are truly looking forward to the 2012-2013 school year!
Upper School Summer Enrichment Program
We are pleased to once again roll our Summer Enrichment Program. Upper school students are invited to join our four-week long program running from July 1-26. We’re offering a wide variety of courses designed to meet many different needs and interests. Some courses are for school credit and can be used to meet ISM graduation requirements, some are designed to prepare students for a rigorous course here at ISM or for the college experience in general, and some are offered purely out of academic interest. These classes will generally be offered Monday-Thursday and will take place before noon. The availability of these classes depends on how many students register.
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