HAIS Headlines #25

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” (Calvin Coolidge)

Hello families!

There is so much growth and change happening on campus. It’s exciting, it’s invigorating, it’s inspiring, it’s hard work!

This weeks Headline will look a little different as we have so much information to share with you.

Room Parents
We are hoping to introduce the idea of Room Parents to HAIS. The parent acts as a point of contact for the homeroom teacher. They help to share information, make requests, organize parent volunteers etc. If you would like to be a room parent for your child’s classroom, please email the classroom teacher. You will be contacted by the PTA and a meeting will be organized to discuss roles and responsibilities. I hope there are many of you who are willing to become involved in this process. It helps to create community and that is what HAIS is all about.

Good Morning Food Cart
The Grade 7/8 Good Morning Food cart officially launches on Monday April 1st! Hours of operation are 7:30-8:15 am. Delicious pancakes are on the menu on Mondays and Banh Mi on Wednesdays. Please support this student run enterprise. I am so proud of all of the effort, early mornings and enthusiasm these wonderful students have shown! This is such an amazing learning opportunity! I hope to see many families gathered around the cart, eating, chatting and celebrating our community.

A huge thank you to Ms. Julie who was at home ill, but still Skyped in with her students from bed to make sure they were on track and ready to go on Monday! That’s dedication!

Hoi An Eco City/Earth Hour
A few HAIS students and teachers will be participating in the Hoi An Eco City/Earth Hour Event at the Hoi An Sculpture Garden from 5:00-6:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday 30th, March. We will be putting on a small presentation and then making seed bombs with the public. If you are available please drop by and support this initiative.

Please make every effort not to send your children to school when they are ill. This includes runny nose, cough and especially fever. As is clearly stated in our Parent Handbook, students need to be fever free for 24 hours BEFORE they can return to the school. We are spreading the germs to each other and many of our staff are now ill. Staying home is the first line of defence in preventing the spread of illness at school.

This week was Chinese culture week. Ms. Bella wanted to share the beauty of China and Taiwan with the kids. She also wanted know more about the culture from the children’s home countries. They were asked to search for information about their home countries, traditions and cultures. It was decided that Friday would be cultural clothing day. The children learned the words for clothing in Mandarin and shared their culture with each other. It was a lovely way to build community.

We are also trying to build community and gratitude at the beginning of our Environmental Afternoons. Each week we ask a teacher or class to share their highlight of the week or something they are grateful for. This week the Grade 7/8 students performed a musical piece with Mr. Dramane that celebrates the gratitude for women carrying water long distances. (see video link)
We as a community are grateful for Dramane and all he brings to our school community.

Here We Grow Again
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest members to the HAIS community.

Shahil Nunes-International K1
Harlow and Orlando Loxley-International Grade 2 and Grade 4 respectively.
Eyal and Alon Harduf-International 3/4 and 5/6 respectively.
Please join me in welcoming these students and their families to our community.

Thank you for another incredible week of teaching and learning. A huge thank you to all of our hard working staff that make HAIS the place that it is.

We will see you at the green gates (and food cart) on Monday morning.

Until then,

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