The resumption of lessons after the break has launched us into Term 2 which will end with the Easter holidays. Many new events and initiatives have been planned, including school trips and sports tournaments as well as preparing and taking exams and tests. It will be another intense and rich period of learning.
From the upper grades of elementary school to high school, we are introducing systematic checks on the learning, called “cycle testing”; the students will test each week on various subjects.
In the meantime, our teachers have started the rigorous evaluation process that will lead to the compilation of report cards.
The reports for the first quarter will be published on February 8 when they will be available for downloading from Managebac
I would like to give my warmest welcome to new families and students who have joined our school community. This is my wish for a happy 2019:
Don’t get used to your friends – you and they will change and grow up soon enough.
Don’t get used to the people you learn from – they are exceptional people.
Don’t get used to your experiences – they are treasures that help make you who you are.
Focus on special things that happen every day.
Just be grateful.
Happy new year to all of you and have a good weekend!
Birthdays at School
On all our shared school documents we have long reiterated that our school is “nut free”. This means that foods containing nuts of any kind are prohibited here at ISC.
Health laws requires that we are vigilant with regards to all allergies, including those that are food related. Among our school community we have students who are highly allergic to a range of foods; some cases are so severe that simply a trace of nuts, soy, dairy products or flour can cause anaphylactic shock or a severe allergic reaction.
In light of these considerations, we have decided to eliminate cakes or pastries brought to school by families to celebrate birthdays. With our current number of students we are not able to control the ingredients of food brought into school and to manage and monitor in total safety the distribution of the same.
However, since we would like to preserve the wonderful tradition of exchanging greetings and singing a Happy Birthday in the classroom, it seems appropriate that if a family so wishes, they may provide simple candies (not chocolates) whose ingredients must be clearly stated on the package. I agree that sugars are not a healthy food, but this is certainly less risky fr0m the point of view of food allergies. We think this is a good compromise.
In order to be able to better safeguard the safety and health of our students, I kindly ask you to comply with these new provisions. Our nurse will be sending a communication shortly.
Italian Language Course for Parents
Some parents, especially among the new international families who have joined ISC this year, have repeatedly asked me to organize an Italian language course here at ISC, such as those that are offered for English. I am pleased to announce that I have found the right person. Ms. Laura Biazzi, one of our Italian teachers, is also experienced and qualified to teach adults. I would like to share with you here her brief presentation:
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”, said Ludwig Wittgenstein, and all my adult life has always been based on this concept. Indeed, after graduating in Philosophy of Language (5 years degree) at the University of Milan, I had the privilege to work with Language and to explore its unending powers, especially in its written form. I had been a book editor and a journalist for few years, until I felt the need of something higher: being a teacher of Italian Language.
I studied at Università per Stranieri di Siena and I took the DITALS, the leading Italian certification recognizing the ability to teach Italian to foreigners. I started working as an Italian Language teacher for many private Language Schools, and I will never forget my first students: from opera singers to managers of the most important fashion companies, from college students to migrants. Different needs and different levels, they helped me becoming an encouraging and patient professional, a facilitator more than a teacher, who uses creative lesson planning to provide a fun yet structured environment, in which to meet individual and group goals.
If you are interested in receiving information on the course that Ms. Laura will hold at school, leave your name at the front desk. Laura will organize an introductory meeting soon.
Code of Conduct
The values of the IB Learner Profile are our constant reference when it comes to reflecting on rules of behavior. The capacity for listening, dialogue, empathy, collaboration and tolerance are exercised and enhanced in school life, at every level.
The codes of conduct are clearly laid out for our students and the expectations of behavior are cited constantly. Primary school students, as well as those of the Secondary School each receive a respective document entitled “Code of Conduct” that we ask them to read carefully and to sign.
Our parents recognize that educating children is a process that involves collaboration between parents, class teachers and the entire school community. Partnership with our families requires the sharing of certain values and educational principles. This is the sense of the Code of Conduct shared with the families who choose our school.
The purpose of this code of conduct is to make behavioral expectations transparent to parents, carers and visitors of our school, with the aim of improving the sense of community and ensuring an atmosphere of mutual understanding.
I am sharing here belwo some guiding principles that you find described in detail in the document “ISC Parent Code of Conduct” that will be sent by email in the coming days.
We expect parents, carers and visitors to:
- Respect the caring ethos and values of our school
- Understand that both teachers and parents need to work together for the benefit of their children.
- Demonstrate that all members of the school community should be treated with respect and therefore set a good example in their own speech and behaviour.
- Seek to clarify a child’s version of events with the school’s view in order to bring about a peaceful solution to any issue.
- Correct own child’s behaviour especially in public where it could otherwise lead to conflict, aggressive behaviour or unsafe behaviour.
- Approach the school to help resolve any issues of concern.
- Avoid using staff as threats to admonish children’s behaviour.
Summer Camp Fair
If you are looking for a Summer Camp abroad for your children, I suggest you take part in an interesting Fair which will be held at ISC on Wednesday, January 23 from 15:30 to 17:30 and to register here: fair registration link
A team of experts will be available for personalized and free consultation on a wide range of summer programs for children and teenagers in England, Europe and the United States.
The camps exhibiting include:
- Language courses
- Summer camps
- Sports academies
- Artistic and creative academies
- Pre-university programs
- TOEFL & SAT College Exam Preparation,
- Voluntary programs
Re-enrolment for Next Year
Very shortly you will be receiving the tuitions and re-enrollment information for next year. We are waiting to receive the latest documents from the central office.
I can announce that the deadline for re-enrollment has been set for March 4.
Please do check your emails for this important communication the coming days.
Welcome to Alberto & Edo
It is with great joy that we announce that in recent weeks two of our teachers have given birth to two beautiful boys. A warm welcome to Edo and Alberto and best wishes to Ms. Valentina and Ms. Claire and their respective families.