Visit from Busan Education Training Institute

We had 26 teachers from Korean schools in Ulsan and Busan spend the afternoon with us on Monday. They visited many classes and observed both students and teachers interacting. The focus of their visit was twofold – on developing an understanding of how International Schools operate as well as the how the IB framework, MYP and DP works in a school.

 

PTA Cookbook Fundraiser

Help ISB by sending your family’s favourite japchae recipe or beloved brownies! The PTA is putting together an international cookbook to represent the many cultures represented at our school. You can help by submitting some of your favourite family dinners, desserts, snacks, etc. The goal is to collect enough recipes to create a cookbook in celebration of International Day and the 35th Anniversary. The more recipes the better the book! If possible, chefs can also explain how this recipe is part of their family traditions, when it is typically served, or include a quote from their child. If you can help, please send your recipe to: amber.draves@gmail.com with the subject title: “ISB Cookbook” by February 22nd. Please include the following information when submitting:
1.       Submitted by:
2.       Parent of _____, grade(s) ____
3.       Name of Recipe:
4.       Recipe’s country of origin:
5.       List ingredients by order of use- be specific (a conversion chart will be included within the book).
6.       Cooking instructions – please include details such as cook times, pan sizes, temperatures, how many does it serve? etc. number the instructions step by step so beginners can try it out.
7.       Category Information: Is this a dessert or breakfast? Vegetarian or gluten-free? Traditional Thanksgiving beverage or everyday drink?
8.       Backstory (optional)

Personal Project 2019

Tuesday 25 February, 9.30am-5.00pm, MHS Hall

The grade 10 students are nearing the end of their Personal Projects. The students have been working on their Projects for approximately 4 months. Please join us for their Showcase. It really is a tremendous achievement for the students and their supervisors.

Canadian Math Contests

Dear Parents of students in Grades 8, 9, 10, and 11,

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, The University of Waterloo is hosting their annual math contests for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. The contests are listed below.

Pascal Contest – Grade 9 and below

Cayley Contest – Grade 10 and below

Fermat Contest – Grade 11 and below

Students will be given 60 minutes to complete 25 multiple choice questions. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving skills. These contests provide great opportunities to inspire students who already have a strong interest in mathematics and also help to increase confidence and ability in mathematics for other students. These contests are designed to be accessible to a large number of students, and they also challenge very strong students. Past contest questions can be found http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/past_contests.html.

Interested students and parents can contact Ms. Suh at jsuh@bifskorea.org by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4 pm to register to write these contests. The school will cover the entrance fees. The contests run 70 minutes (60 minutes to write, 10 minutes to prepare) and will be conducted after school on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 3:40 pm in C2.1.

We believe that our students will benefit from and enjoy the experience of writing these contests as well as benefit from the rigour and challenge that this opportunity provides.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Suh

DP/MYP Mathematics Teacher

Joon wins 3 GOLD!

Hosted by the Superintendents of the Busan Ministry of Education, Joon Park recently competed in the Busan city ski competition where he was extremely successful. He competed in three individual races and managed to win all three of them – an amazing achievement.  Not only is his family very proud of him, as a School, we are also very proud of this outstanding achievement! Well done Joon.

He was interviewed by the local Busan newspaper – please read the article below.

http://mobile.busan.com/view/busan/view.php?code=2019012216352987574

 

 

Common Winter Illness

With school back in session, we have already had several ill students. As you may already know, proper hand
hygiene is most important in decreasing communicable illness. Please encourage your child to wash his/her hands
after using the restroom and before eating. Here are some of the most common winter illnesses.

Common cold

Children usually get 6 to 10 colds every year, primarily during winter. Colds are caused by a virus that infects the
nose, sinuses, throat, and airways and they are often spread through contact with mucus. Symptoms include
sneezing, a stuffy or a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, chill, ache, a mild fever and swollen lymph glands.

Flu

Between 10% and 20% of the population contracts the flu each year. Children are two or three times more likely to get
the illness than a healthy adult. The flu is caused by a virus that infects the lungs and airways and can be spread
through direct contact or airborne droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. The CDC recommends a 3-
step approach:
1. Get a Flu Vaccine – It’s not too late!
2. Stop the spread: Wash hands often; avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth; clean frequently touched items; cover coughs &
sneezes.
3. Take antiviral medications if prescribed by your doctor
** Students should stay home until fever free for a Full 24-hours and able to fully participate in school activities. **

Stomach “Bugs”

Often caused by Norovirus, stomach “flu” or “bug” is highly contagious. Common norovirus symptoms are nausea,
vomiting, abdominal pain, watery or loose diarrhea, low grade fever and malaise. Prevention include frequent hand
washing and cleaning contaminated surfaces and laundry.
** Students must remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever stops. They should be
able to tolerate normal meals before returning to school. **

Measles

More than 30 people national wide has been confirmed to have contracted the measles which is a highly infectious
disease over the past one month. Measles is caught through direct contact with an infected person through droplets
when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Measles usually begins with a high fever, runny nose,
cough and sore red eyes, followed by a rash starting behind the ears and spreading to the body a few days later.
The best way to prevent measles is two doses of MMR vaccine which is usually given at 12~15months and 4~6
years of age as well as maintaining good general hygiene.
** Measles is most infectious from 4 days before the appearance of rash until 4 days after. So, Students should be
kept off school for 5 days after the onset of the rash. **
The CDC recommends washing hand frequently as the easiest way to prevent the spread of any of the illness.

Help us maintain a healthy school environment by reminding students to follow Healthy Hygiene Habits.

https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/a-z.html

 

Fun Assembly Yesterday

Arthur – telling jokes and dancing at the same time!

Chris – cracking some ‘one liners’!

Daniel and Zach – “The Water Bottle Toss” competition!

Trying to make each other laugh!

 

House Activities this Friday.