QSI Skopje: The Scoop

September 24, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars

September

No More Events


October

  • 1st: Community Time 8:15- Responsibility SO
  • 2nd: QSI Community Campout
  • 4th: PSAT (Sec 2 and Sec 3) Registration Due
  • 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: PSG Meeting (Open to ALL Parents) 6:00 in the Community Center
  • 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
  • 21st and 22nd: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Student Dismissal at 12:00)
  • 26th: PSAT for S2 and S3 Students
  • 29th: Community Time - Kindness and Politeness SO
  • 30th: Fall Festival
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Welcome Back, QSI Skopje Community Events!

Dear QSI Skopje Community,


This year, we are committed to providing all of the opportunities stolen by COVID in the safest way possible. On October 2nd, the Parent Support Group (PSG) will host the first community event on campus since the pandemic started! #ForwardTogether


Research indicates that family and community involvement in schools is associated with improvements in students' academic achievement, higher attendance rates, improved quality of school programs, and an increase in positive attitudes about school. Attending school events may seem time-consuming, intimidating, or even uninteresting. However, these opportunities offer you the chance to define your involvement in your child’s learning environment while positively impacting their success academically, socially, and emotionally.


When your child sees your passion for school events, the excitement rubs off. Whether it’s a field trip, game night, or community service project, sharing experiences with your child helps them make greater gains in many aspects of their academic and social life.


We look forward to RECONNECTING and RE-ENGAGING as a community. I hope to see you there!


Thanks,
Heather

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PSAT for Secondary 2 and 3 Students

The purpose of the PSAT is to set a “baseline” for students as they approach the timeframe to take the SATs later. While the results of the PSAT test have no bearing on university admissions, it is important in other ways.


The PSAT can:


  • introduce students to the SAT format in a low-stress situation.
  • provide baseline information on the student’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to the test content.
  • give students some very good feedback on SAT preparedness and what specifically to brush up on for the SAT.


All secondary 2 and 3 students are highly encouraged to take the PSAT test scheduled for October 26th. Registration for the PSAT (form and payment) is due by October 4th. Please contact Mrs. Ivana (ivana-zivkovic@skopje.qsi.org) with any questions.

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Secondary Night

We held the first Secondary Night of the year to inform parents about our secondary program. We discussed the QSI graduation requirements, the AP Program, the AP Capstone Diploma, AP vs IB, university counseling, and extracurricular opportunities. If you missed the meeting, resources about our course offerings and the path to graduation are attached.


Please feel free to contact our counselor, Mrs. Alicia, to schedule a meeting if you would like more information.

Secondary Path to Graduation

Everything a Secondary Student Needs to Know

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QSI Skopje Campout

The tradition is back! Join us for a fun time as we camp out under the stars on our beautiful campus on Saturday, October 2nd. This event is hosted by the PSG.


Important Details:


  • Camping tent set-up begins at 4:00. Feel free to join anytime after 4:00.
  • Families should bring their own food. We will have BBQ grills available for people to use to cook.
  • PSG will sell drinks during the event.
  • Families are welcome to join us for dinner and not spend the night.
  • Feel free to bring games to play. The PSG will organize some games and sports competitions. Come ready to play!
  • Please complete the RSVP below so that we know how many families to expect.
  • This is a school event with students present, so alcohol is NOT allowed at the event per our Child Protection Policy.


**Important Note: Parents must be vaccinated to attend. Please bring your vaccine card.

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Biology: Hands-on and Authentic Learning

Students experience a significant increase in the amount of information that they retain when given the opportunity to practice what they are learning in the form of hands-on training. When students are given the ability to learn in a practical hands-on environment, they are very often engaged, stimulated, and empowered in their own learning while increasing critical thinking skills.


Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are the fundamental processes in the flow of energy and the cycling of matter. Photosynthesis is a complex topic that many students need help understanding. Using a hands-on experiment to demonstrate the process helps reinforce the concepts while creating meaning for students. Biology students conducted an experiment to model photosynthesis and cellular respiration to observe this process in real life.

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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.