January 23, 2014
A New Look!
*Important* - Vehicle Permits
All vehicle permits to access the Chevron Compound must be renewed by end of January. If you have yet to receive a new sticker or submit a renewal application for your vehicle please see Yulia at the PRIS office ASAP. Vehicles with outdated stickers will not be permitted to access the compound after the end of January.
PRIS Music & Library
Annie, Jr. rehearsals are in full swing. For a copy of the rehearsal calendar, rehearsal audio tracks or general information, visit the blog or the Annie, Jr. folder on Google Drive. LINES & BLOCKING MUST BE MEMORIZED BY FEBRUARY 1!
Students in grades Pre-K through 4 will start their piano unit soon. Students in piano lessons are welcome to bring practice materials from home. Piano days will be: Wednesdays (Grades K-2), Tuesdays & Fridays (Pre-K) and Fridays (Grades 3-4). The piano unit will start the first week of February.
From Our Director:
A belated Happy New Year!! From all accounts our students, teachers and families all had wonderful holidays and returned to school re-energized and ready to work hard towards the end of our second trimester, which is now only six weeks away. We have had a terrific start back to school these past two weeks with students settled and focused on learning. Prior to and during the holiday we said good-bye to a few members of our school community and we recently welcomed some “PRIS Newbies”. All very much part of being an expat or a “global nomad” as some would say.
Academically speaking, as noted above we are at the mid-point of our second trimester, which means Progress Reports are ready and will be sent home on Monday, January 26th. As we had parent conferences recently we have agreed as a faculty to send Progress Reports only if a child is not working to grade level standard in one or more subject areas. If you do not receive a report then you can assume that your child is achieving to grade level standards at this time.
In addition to events and activities in the present, we are also busy projecting and planning for our next school year with budgets, staffing, ordering and of course school calendar. We have formed a calendar committee with meetings planned over the next few weeks. Once we have determined some plausible options we will seek community input before recommendations are presented, discussed and finalized by the PRIS Board. Stay tuned.
Reflecting upon the events in our calendar over the past semester and thinking of our schedule in the coming weeks/ months, we are undeniably a vibrant and active school community focused on providing quality-learning opportunities for our students. Community is the key for as we know from experience, it really does “take a village to raise a child”. With that in mind we thank you for your continuing support of our PRIS Community as we collectively nurture the growth and development of all our students.
Please note that we have a Parent Committee meeting on Monday morning following assembly. Have a terrific weekend and Happy Australian Day on Monday to all our “Aussie” families. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oye, Oye, Oye!
Enjoy your weekend.
Setting SMART Goals for Success
Goal setting is an important component of students' motivation, self-regulation, and
achievement in academic settings. A goal is a behavior or outcome that one is
consciously trying to perform or attain. Goal setting refers to the process of
establishing that behavior or outcome to serve as the aim of one's actions. Goals can
exert positive effects in achievement settings by directing students' attention to
important activities and away from distractions and by mobilizing their effort and
persistence directed toward goal attainment. Given the centrality of goals to
classroom learning, it is important that students set goals that are likely to have
A Wall Street Journal article said, “A student’s ability to set and achieve realistic
goals is linked to higher grades, lower college-dropout rates and greater well-being
in adulthood.” As parents, we have goals for our children, and recognize that our
children also have goals for themselves. How can we help them through the process
of setting and achieving their goals?
Parents can spend some time brainstorming with their child about different kinds of
goals. Examples of academic goals could include, “raise my math grade to an A” or
“complete all science lessons prior to their recommended due date.” Children can
also set personal goals, such as learning a new piano song, or running a 5K race.
Parents can discuss examples of long-term and short-term goals. Young people who
identify a goal and then successfully achieve it feel a sense of personal pride that
motivates them to move on to their next set of goals.
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The PRIS Difference...Your Child Is Worth It!
PRIS Active Lifestyles - Include Family Fitness in 2015
Sharing physical activities with your kids isn't just a good way to get your
heart pumping and burn calories. It's also a great way to build family bonds.
When you play tag, toss a Frisbee, or join in a dance party, you're creating
memories your child will treasure someday—memories of times you
spent laughing and simply enjoying each other's company.
"Play is a magical time for kids and parents," says Steve Sanders, Ed.D., the
director of the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science at the
University of South Florida in Tampa. "It's a time when parents aren't
thinking about other duties of the day, and can spend one-on-one time with
Kids also love to feel a sense of power and mastery, so it's critical to let them
take the lead when you play. "Your role is to be a facilitator or guide to help
your child learn about, refine, and improve physical skills," says Dr. Sanders.
"This creates trust that carries over into other areas of your child's life." So
allow your child to initiate the games you play together, whether it's crawling
like a cat or kicking a soccer ball.
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The PRIS Difference...Your Child Is Worth It!
Dates to Remember...
January 26 - Parent Committee Meeting after Morning AssemblyJanuary 26 - Progress Reports Distributed
February 4 - 100 Days of School!!
February 9-11 - Visiting Authors
February 12 - Jedi Night - A Fitness Performance -630pm
February 18,19,20 - School Closed - Chinese New Year
March 12, 13 - "Annie" - A Musical Production