QSI Skopje: The Scoop

September 10, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars

September

  • 13th-30th: NWEA MAP Testing (Reading, Language Usage, Math)
  • 23rd: Secondary Night 6:00


October

  • 1st: Community Time - Responsibility SO
  • 2nd: QSI Community Camp Out
  • 4th-8th: After-School Activities (ASA's) for Quintile 2 (Q2) Registration (5YOC-11YOC)
  • 5th: Community Chat 6:00- Topic: Child Protection Policy and Keeping Safe Curriculum
  • 8th: End of Quintile 1 - Status Reports Emailed Home
  • 8th: Last Day for ASA's for Quintile 1 (Q1)
  • 11th-15th: Fall Break No School
  • 18th: ASA's for Q2 Begin
  • 29th: Community Time - Kindness and Politeness SO
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Welcome Back, After-School Activities!

Dear QSI Skopje Community,


It was an exciting week as we began our After-School Activities (ASA) program for the first time since March 2020! This is a major step in the right direction as we work to bring back all of the opportunities and learning experiences that benefit our students in the safest way possible. #ForwardTogether


At QSI, we not only focus on academic growth but strive to nurture children socially, emotionally, and physically. Our ASA program provides opportunities to expand and diversify student interests, ignite passion, build self-esteem, and develop cooperation, social development, and leadership skills. The skills and dispositions developed through these experiences are essential in preparing students for success in a 21st-century global society.


We will provide a variety of different activities for each quintile and look forward to offering new opportunities for Quintile 2. If you are interested in sharing a passion of yours, please consider volunteering to lead an ASA for Quintile 2.


QSI Skopje students are thriving as we continue to move forward together!


Thanks,
Heather

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Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

One of Quality Schools International’s core components is providing a positive, safe, and supportive environment in each of our schools. Quality Schools International (QSI) believes it is imperative that children have a safe and secure environment in which to develop, thrive, and be successful, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or cultural heritage. Because of this belief, QSI has adopted the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC). This curriculum is in alignment with the QSI Success Orientations and the QSI Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy. See more information in the Letter to Parents below.


Teachers recently starting the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum once per week. Below is a list of the key themes and focus areas that students will study. More information on the program can be found here.


Themes

The curriculum follows 2 main themes:

  • we all have the right to be safe
  • we can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.


Focus areas

The 2 themes are explored through 4 focus areas:

  • the right to be safe
  • relationships
  • recognizing and reporting abuse
  • protective strategies


The full letter from QSI Headquarters about the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers with any questions or concerns.

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MSA Planning Team Members Needed

The school-wide MSA Planning Team consists of members representing all stakeholders. The planning team gathers once or twice per year, and more often as necessary, to monitor progress towards the objectives, other school improvement plans, communication issues, celebrations, and the general maintenance of a continuous planning ethic at the school.

The purpose of planning team meetings is:


a. To ensure that QSI Skopje is meeting or exceeding the standards set by MSA for the Achieving Excellence System-Wide protocol.
b. To review yearly climate survey responses and associated feedback from parents and other community members.
c. To review the action plans for the Objectives.
d. To continue to guide school improvement by identifying areas for improvement and offering suggestions accordingly.


We are establishing the new MSA Planning Team and need parents and students (12YOC or older) to join the team. If you are interested, please click the link below to express your interest in participating. #ForwardTogether

Fall MAP Testing Begins Next Week

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5/6YOC: "We Are All Wonders"

The 5 - and 6 -year-old classroom have been happily adjusting to their new school routine. They enjoyed renewing last year’s friendships, getting acquainted with new arrivals, and meeting their new teacher, Miss Claire.


We have had numerous discussions about the heartwarming book, We Are All Wonders by R. J. Palacio. The children understand the importance of belonging and to be seen as they truly are. Respect and kindness are very important in our classroom.


For academics, our children have been reviewing numerous skills they learned last year. We had lots of fun learning about an unusual animal called a Dik Dik. Mira told us she had seen a group of them when she lived in Africa. All children drew their own version of a Dik Dik, and the 6-year-olds wrote a sentence or two detailing a specific observation.


During Cultural Studies, we are learning about the types of homes that families build relative to their climate and physical land structure. The class is drawing and building their own versions.


We are all enjoying the beginning of a new year!


Mary and Claire

“We Are All Wonders.”

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PSG: Building Community

QSI Skopje recognizes that parent involvement is crucial for our student's success and the success of the school as a whole. It is because of this that the school leadership works to establish an active Parent Support Group (PSG). All QSI parents are encouraged to become actively involved with the school through the PSG. Through our PSG's monthly meetings, this dedicated group of parents works to support the school and build community. Our PSG works to make the learning environment at QSI Skopje the best possible place for children.

2021-22 PSG Executive Committee

Congratulations to the new PSG Executive Committee for the 2021-22 school year!


2021-22 Executive Committee Members


President: Jovan Vranikj

Vice President: Esther van Niekerk

Treasurer: Sandra Poceva

Secretary: Marija Lyra

Officer at Large: Daniela Bjurenvall


Thank you for serving our community and leading the initiative to RE-CONNECT and RE-ENGAGE the QSI Skopje community after a difficult year and a half.

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QSI Skopje Staff Emails

Stay Informed with Updates and Information from QSI Skopje

Communication between home and school is vital to the success of all students. To improve communication between school and home, QSI Skopje now has an optional WhatsApp and Viber group for parents.


Please click the link below to join the new QSI Skope Parent Group.