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Term 1 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year

Dear Parents,


I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas break and that you managed to celebrate with your loved ones. The IIS team and I look forward to another fun and successful academic year with our students and you. As always, our academic year will bring with it exciting opportunities and events, some of which will be detailed below.


Grade 3, 5, 7, and 9 students will commence mock NAPLAN exams, as their actual assessments are scheduled to be administered in May 2016. Rest assured, the respective teachers will guide students through the test-taking procedure and prepare them so they feel confident about sitting them.


Finally, I look forward to seeing new and existing families at IIS.


Warm Regards,


Dr. Vanessa von Auer

Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We are looking forward to yet another collaborative partnership with you so our students can achieve their highest potential this year. We recognise that to achieve this, students will require support from both the home and the school.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:


1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject


We thank you for your support in advance,


Ms Shanida Abraham

Head of Junior School

Grand Designs at IIS....

During the holiday period our team have been busy giving their classroom environments a fresh new feel for 2016! We hope the children will love their new classrooms (photo examples above).


We have also renovated our OT Gym (photo above) and have added specialised equipment for our students to benefit from. For those parents interested in scheduling Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy during the school day please contact Ms. Sarah at front desk.

End Of Year Performance 2015 DVD Available for Purchase

Great news! The professionally edited video of our fantastic end of year performance in November 2015 is ready to be purchased for just $25. Please contact info@iis.edu.sg and reserve your DVD copies.

Parent Workshops 2016

We are proud to announce we have secured a number of guest speakers to facilitate parent workshops throughout the school year. The first in our series shall be Katy Harris from Family SOS. Katy will be talking about managing "device time" (think iPad, iPhone, TV, Computer, etc.) on 10 March from 7pm to 8.30pm. More details regarding this very relevant parenting talk will follow in a separate e-mail.


We hope these workshops (topics to be announced at a later stage) will equip our parent community with greater knowledge, understanding and also strategies to support your children.

We love baking!

Coming from a family of great cooks it is hard not to dabble in a little cooking herself. Ms Shanida had a lot of fun with these cookies during the school break and hopes that you enjoy this recipe as much as she did. "Swirl cookies" don't just look cool but can be made to suit the different holidays throughout the year. Everyone in the family is sure to be impressed.


Directions:

1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons milk for a few seconds in the microwave.

2. Add 6 tablespoons cocoa and mix well. Set aside.

3. Sift the flour together with the baking powder.

4. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

5. Add egg yolks one at a time beating well after each addition.

6. Add vanilla extract, then 2 tablespoons milk beating until well mixed.

7. At low speed, gradually add the sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Then increase speed to medium and beat until the dough leaves the side of the bowl.

8. Divide dough. Remove about ¾ of the dough and set aside. That portion will be the vanilla dough.

9. To the dough remaining in the mixing bowl, add the chocolate mixture and beat until fully incorporated. This forms the chocolate dough.

10. Form the vanilla dough and chocolate dough into balls and slice each ball into two equal halves.

11. On a sheet of waxed paper, roll vanilla dough into a rectangle around 7” in width and 8” in length. Repeat with the chocolate dough.

12. Flip rolled chocolate dough onto vanilla dough and peel off waxed paper. Lightly press the surface with a rolling pin to adhere both the vanilla and chocolate dough.

13. With the short end facing you, roll the dough tightly into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.

14. Repeat procedure with other half of vanilla and chocolate dough to make the second cookie log.

15. After about 30 minutes take the logs out of the refrigerator and roll on the counter to retain the circular shape and prevent one side from flattening.

16. Wrap tightly again in plastic wrap, place in freezer-safe container and freeze for about an hour or store in freezer and bake as needed.

17. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 325 F.

18. Thaw cookie log just slightly and slice to about ¼ thickness with a sharp knife.

19. Place cookie slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

21. Remove cookies from pan and place in cooling rack to cool.

YUM YUM YUM

Logistical Matters

1. We shall be sending home parent copies of student contracts during the second week of term in your child's bag. We seek your assistance to please check your child's bag and keep the copy in a safe place. Please also return the acknowledgement slip to IIS so we know you have received a copy.


2. Help us get noticed by liking our facebook page! This helps us gain a greater online presence and as a result more families learn about our existence! Please go to https://www.facebook.com/IntegratedInternationalSchool and like us.


3. Attendance counts! Students are required to maintain an 80% attendance rate. Low attendance rates will result in grade retention.


4. Please be reminded that our 2016 calendar can be accessed at http://www.iis.com.sg/calendar.html for your perusal - (upload new calendar)


5. As is typical, report cards from Term 4 will be placed in students' backpacks during week 3 of Term 1 unless you would like to collect them personally from the front desk. Please e-mail info@iis.edu.sg to make plans for collection.

Important Dates in Term 1

25 January: First Day of Term 1

8-9 February: Chinese New Year

22 February: Term 1 School Excursion

25 March: Good Friday

28-29 March: Parent Teacher Meetings (Support and Mainstream)

1 April: Last Day of Term 1