Whole School: 31/01/2020

Dear Parents,

The end of January marks the end of the first semester; the assessments of students’ learning can be found in individual school reports that will be published on Managebac starting February 12th for Secondary and Primary.
Early Years report will be sent via email.

Here is a brief list of the items that can be found in depth in the other section specific parts of the newsletter:

  • Our congratulations to the 2 robotics teams (“InfinityBots” & JavaBots”) who took part in the FIRST® LEGO® League Italia competition in Genoa last Sunday.
  • A warm thanks to Eng. Menin and the Bticino team for the engaging project carried out with some MYP classes. The students were involved in the design of a cover of a mysterious object. The winning design for a video intercom was made and donated to the school.
  • On February 6th our Grade 11 students will present their Personal Project to the community. The Personal Project is a completely independent research project that students complete in MYP 5 (Grade 11). They choose their project, carry out the research, create a product of work or submit their findings, and write a final report that will be evaluated internally, as well as by the IB. Along the way, they have had regular meetings with a supervisor who helps them stay on track. This is one of MYP’s culminating events and is an opportunity for students to share their learning and their interests with the school community. The exhibition on the Personal Project is open to the entire ISC community on February 6th in main atrium and the MYP lobby.
  • Do not miss the opportunity to schedule meetings with the teachers that will be organized for all classes over the next few weeks.

I wish you all a peaceful weekend and I send my best regards,

E. Ferloni 

Robotics at School

Once again this year our “InfinityBots” and “JavaBots” Robotics teams gave us reasons to be extremely proud of their participation in the regional competition of the FIRST® LEGO® League Italia in Genoa on Sunday, 26 January. The JavaBots Team entered the competition for the first time and managed to rank 6th overall in the Robot Game. The judges congratulated with the team for their innovative, interactive and entertaining presentation of their research project. The InfinityBots veteran team entered the competition for the second year. They ranked 1st overall in the board game, won the title of “most innovative research project”, were asked to participate in the “Beyond Robotics” competition and will participate in the national FLL Italia competition in March.

What is FFL? First LEGO League challenges children to think like scientists and engineers. This year the theme was City Shapers. Teams had to choose and solve a real problem by submitting a project. They built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a series of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, the teams will compete following specific Core Values, celebrating the research methodology, teamwork and a professional code of ethics. These values must also be documented and demonstrated by the teams.  For more information please visit http://www.firstlegoleague.org/

InfinityBots also earned another great stellar recognition called “Beyond Robotics”. “Beyond Robotics” is an award for the best scientific projects. From the 100 teams participating in FLL Italia, the judges of each region select the most interesting projects presented at that level. They base their decision on the following characteristics:

  • Application and functionality of the project
  • Innovation
  • Originality

To find out more about “Beyond Robotics”, please visit: http://fll-italia.it/fll_context.jsp?ID_LINK=114490&area=341

The students on the teams were very good, but equally so were our teachers Ms. Ricco and Ms. Wallace who accompanied them, helped them to prepare the presentations, and generally supported them facing the numerous challenges. In short, an amazing example of teamwork, of integration of design and robotics techniques and the skills of public speaking.

To all of them, I want to express our sincere and deepest compliments. The challenge is not over and we will continue to cheer them on.

Contacts with companies

I am making contact with important companies in our area in order to be able to offer our students rich connective experiences the work world. In connection with the PYP Units of Inquiry, the Design program or the Science classes, we organize field trips that can be a stimulus and inspiration for learning. I am also structuring a work internship program for our high school students. We recently visited the Bticino technology campus in Erba and we are planning a trip to visit iTiT Cosmetics in Cantù. I would like to thank our entrepreneur parents who have already hosted us in their business realities. If you have proposals for company visits, please contact me via the staff of the Front Desk.

Preventive Measures

During the week I sent you a document prepared by the Inspired Director of Health and Safety regarding the preventive protocols against the Coronavirus emergency. I would like to highlight what was immediately implemented at ISC:

  • The health surveillance parameters require our families and teachers who have traveled to China to stay at home for a period of at least 14 days after returning to monitor for the presence of signs / symptoms of the virus.
  • Cleanliness and hygiene standards are receiving great attention. Classrooms and worktops are also disinfected during the day.
  • Suspension from lessons is required if the children are sick (especially with a cold or flu); they have to stay home and get better before coming back to school.
  • The teachers monitor the pupils’ health and alert the nurse if there is a suspicion of fever or illness.
  • Our nurse is vigilant with her surveillance with regards to students who are sick , keeps up to date with the latest information and informs me in the event that a situation changes.
  • We remind students of the importance of personal hygiene, we insist on the importance of washing your hands well, especially before a snack and lunch.

I kindly ask the collaboration of all our families in order to guarantee maximum prevention and safety for all.

After School Clubs for the second semester

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All after school clubs will end with the first week of February. The new session will resume when we are back from the Ski Week-Half Term break; the week of February 24, 2020. That week, students will be able to try other activities they might be interested in and, if they wish, enroll in a new club. You will receive a specific communication from Mr. Leon, our school after school coordinator.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Leon by sending an email to clubs@iscomo.com. 

School Calendar

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I am attaching to this newsletter the calendar of the next school year which includes 178 school days.

The calendar was aligned with those of the other Inspired Italy schools and it takes into account national holidays. Summarize the start and end dates of the school year and the various holiday periods.

  • 26-30 October: Autumn Break
  • 7-8 December: Extended National Holiday
  • 21 December – 6 January: Winter Break
  • 15-19 February: Ski Week
  • 2-9 April: Spring Break
  • 31 May – 2 June: Extended National Holiday

School uniform

Once again, I would like to remind you of the obligation that students wear the school uniform. I am aware that our uniform supplier is not yet up to speed and is not always efficient with the deliveries. For this reason, I have not spared sending my concerns and requests for attention to the company. However, I understand that the vast majority of orders have now been successfully completed.

I have urged the teachers to monitor compliance and to report any forgetfulness or infractions. If necessary,  I will be forced to call parents requesting immediate resolution to the problem.

Re-enrollment 2020/2021

As you well know at this time, the re-enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 year is February 17, 2020.  As this date falls during the Ski Week-Half Term break it is particularly important this topic be addressed. For full details please consult the email sent to all parents on January 8, 2020.

Re-enrollment: is automatic and the payment is due by February 17, 2020.  Families can use the tuition and fees file for their calculations for the first installment due (Registration and 25% of the tuition). Should you have a specific need in this regard please contact Ms. Patterson in writing as soon as possible (jpatterson@iscomo.com).

If your company is the paying entity they have also received the aforementioned tuition fees communication.  Please ensure they have understood the deadline.

Withdrawals:  must be sent in writing to us by email (to jpatterson@iscomo.com with contracts@internationalschoolofeurope.it in copy) and by registered letter with return of receipt.

Issues or Requests: an official written communication must be sent before this Monday, February 3, 2020.