Term 1 Welcome Newsletter

From our Principal

A warm hello and welcome back to school!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to another fresh and exciting year at the Integrated International School. As another year begins, we would like to welcome all new families to our incredible school community. We are certain that your children will adjust quickly and enjoy their learning journey with us.

We would also like to welcome our new teachers: Ms. Maggie, Ms. Farisha, and Ms. Anuja. They have already introduced themselves to you and your children in our previous smore letters. With new team members joining, we at the same time, must bid farewell to our Administrative Executive, Ms Claire. She will sadly be relocating at the end of January. We will announce her replacement after we have found someone suitable to fill her shoes. We seek your kind patience during this transition period.

Farewell from Ms Claire

It is with a heavy heart that I write my farewell to the wonderful Integrated International School and all of its incredible pupils. On reflection of my time working at IIS, I shall most treasure my days that have been brightened by students' enthusiastically dancing away at the Zumba ECA, performing in a magical End of Year Performances and seeing such tremendous growth in children from their first to their current day.

I wish all the IIS pupils the very best in their future endeavors - and the school much more success!

Dr. Vanessa's Maternity Leave

As my maternity leave looms near, I would like to thank all of you wonderful parents for your well-wishes and am pleased to inform you that Dr. Humberto Macias (Vice Principal) and Ms. Shanida Abraham will be taking over my responsibilities starting 2 February. I envision to have the pleasure of returning back to school full-time in Term 3. I look forward to introducing our daughter to you and your inspirational children then!

Teachers, Tea and Treats

Please do join the IIS teachers on Friday 13th March from 3pm to 4:30pm for an afternoon of tea and light refreshments. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child's class teachers in a relaxed and social setting and to get to know them a little better. As well as mingling with the IIS teachers, it will also give parents the chance to speak to other parents in your child's cohort and the whole school.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Complimentary Parenting Workshop

As a thank you for your support of IIS and as a welcome back, our School Counselor, Ms Mallory Lyons is pleased to invite all parents of IIS to a parenting workshop: "Fostering an Emotionally Intelligent Parent-Child Relationship"

Overview: Too often, interactions between parent and child unintentionally lack emotional intelligence. Many parents unknowingly find themselves in the habit of discounting their children’s feelings or overemphasizing them. By taking the “feelings” out of our everyday interactions or replacing them with our own, we are teaching our children not to trust or express their feelings.

Objectives: This workshop will help parents gain awareness of their own emotional intelligence and provide introductory tools for raising an emotionally intelligent child. Parents will learn the concept of emotional intelligence and how to help children deal with their feelings. This workshop will also teach how to engage cooperation, use discipline appropriately, and teach alternatives to punishment.

Time/Date: We will be holding this workshop on one of the following dates (not both) and would like to get a headcount on which day would be preferable:

Wednesday 4th February at 7pm-9pm


Saturday 28 February 10am to 12pm

Kindly e-mail us your preferred date to info@iis.com.sg by 28 January 2015.

From the IIS Foody' Corner

Before Dr. V leaves us for her maternity leave, she would like to share a yummy and natural recipe for her popular red velvet cupcakes - a sure hit with your children. Instead of adding that entire bottle of liquid red food color, this recipe uses beets to make sure that your children get to enjoy a delicious yet healthy snack.

For the cupcakes

  • ¾ cup freshly puréed beets (boiled until tender, then puréed)
  • ⅓ cup oil (coconut oil gives a nice tropical flavor to the cupcakes)
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (or milk alternative e.g., almond milk)

For the icing

  • 1 block light cream cheese (250g)
  • 1 to 1½ cups icing sugar
  • a splash of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Mix the beet purée and oil until incorporated.
  3. Add sugar, vanilla extract.
  4. In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk until incorporated into the batter.
  6. Divide among cupcake liners, filling them ¾ full, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. To make the cream cheese icing, whip together all ingredients (add the icing sugar ½ cup at a time until it reaches your desired consistency)
  8. Pipe onto cupcakes as desired.
  9. Enjoy :)


Dear Parents,

Please be reminded of the following administrative matters:

1.) Parent copies of the 2015 student contract shall be sent home early next week in your child's bag. We appreciate your co-operation in completing the acknowledgment slip attached to the contract and returning it to Sarah in admissions at your earliest convenience.

2.) Attendance counts! Students are required to fulfill an 80% attendance rate per annum.

Failure to attend school can result in grade retention.

3.) Withdrawal notices need to be submitted in person or via e-mail by completing the

official cancellation form by 1 December or 1 May, as applicable, directly proceeding the following school semester. These forms can be downloaded by following this link


4.) Late fees of $250 are applicable on any outstanding payments throughout the year.

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