European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) offers a rich and diverse programme of After School Activities (ASAs) for all students from Early Years to Grade 12. Students are given space and time to develop their artistic talents, social competencies, physical endurance and skills, as well as having fun in a supervised and supportive environment.

Weekly Newsletter - 21st February 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A huge thank you to the Classroom Parent Representatives and parents involved in organizing International Languages Day – the students had great experiences playing new games, learning new words and sharing aspects of their cultures. 
Book Week will be take place next week. The aims are to focus attention on the importance of reading and developing good habits. The following events are taking place during the week: 

Poster Competition: Students can complete at home or in class. All the posters will be submitted to the LRC by the 26th.
“Caught Reading”: please send photographs of your child caught reading at home or elsewhere to by the 26th.
A Book Opens Doors: Each class will decorate class door with a book cover.
“Drop Everything and Read” will happen each day.
Kahoot Quiz: MS & HS students will take part in a book challenge in 3 rounds to find the winner. The first two rounds Kahoot quiz will take place during Homeroom Teachers time.   The final round will be on the 27th
Book Fair: Phuong Nam Bookstore will run a Book Fair, with discount books, in the room above tennis courts. 
In addition, the LRC will run reading activities and book related activities during snack and lunch times. Book Week Assembly will be on February 28th at 8.00am. Students and all staff will dress up as book characters. Parents are welcome to attend.

As parents will be aware the school has been focused on improving security provisions in line with accreditation standards. One aspect of this is a ‘’lockdown” – a safety procedure that schools have in place to protect everyone in the school in the event of an emergency threat e.g. intruder coming on site. It is common practice in many schools internationally and the routines are relatively simple for all students and adults to follow.
When a lockdown occurs a signal, which is different to a fire evacuation will be sounded to alert everyone that a lockdown is to be activated. At the time the teachers and staff will ensure all students are located in a safe, secure and locked location in the building. Blinds will be pulled down and students asked to remain silent and gather in a part of the room where they cannot be seen from outside. We will be talking with students about ‘’lockdown’’ during the coming days. For our PYP students, discussions regarding "lockdown" will be adjusted according to age to avoid any undue anxiety. We will practice our procedures on Wednesday, 27th in the morning.

We anticipate that the school will receive handover of the new building during next week. We anticipate a phased occupancy of the building during the first week of March.

The next opportunity to meet with the SLT will be on Monday, March 4th in the LRC at 8.00am. There will be a presentation on the “Adolescent Brain (Ages 10 to 15) – What Parents Should Know”, followed by a brief discussion.

As parents may be aware the payment system for the Extra Curricular Activities (Monday/Friday) Programme changed in January 2019. All outside providers will now be invoicing you directly for participation in the activity and not the school. The reason for this is that the school does not have service contracts with these providers for ECAs, but that the providers are given permission to use the school facilities for their activities. 
We have come to realise that this information hasn't been clear for some parents and we apologise for this oversight and any inconvenience caused. In order to further assist in this change please note the following options for payment:
1) Make payment to the ECA provider directly.
2) Place money in a well-sealed envelope with your child's name and the activity clearly written on the front and give to Ms. Tam at reception – she will pass on to the provider.   
If you have any have any questions regarding the ECA programme please contact our Co-Curricular Coordinator Mr. Philip at
We will welcome a Visiting Team of 12 members from the Council of International Schools and International Baccalaureate Organization, commencing on Sunday, March 10th. The team will be present in the school during the following week conducting evaluation of the school against the standards for accreditation and curriculum authorization.

During March the school will also embark on developing the school budget for next school year. A-Star-Education will approve the budget by the end of March and the fees for next school year will be notified in early April.

All the very best,

Sean O'MaoNaigh
Head of School

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