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Friday, 22 May 2009

Weishan Road, Shuanggang, Jinan District Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 28592007 Email: info@istianjin.net www.istianjin.org
Dear Parents and Students, I am very pleased to announce that as of yesterday morning all of this year’s Grade 12 students have now finished their IB Diploma examinations and therefore have effectively fully completed their secondary schooling. These students have worked long and hard to get to where they are today and on behalf of our entire community I wish to congratulate them on their efforts and achievements and wish them every success for their futures. I would also like to congratulate their parents and all of the teachers who have supported them on their journeys. To celebrate this momentous occasion the Grade 12 students head off tomorrow on a different kind of journey - the annual Senior Trip to Hainan Island. Enjoy the sun Seniors! Earlier this week I sent out an important community message and I wish to briefly reinforce the items addressed in this message: PFO Officers: Please support our school and consider running for one of these important positions. Influenza A (A1H1): A 5 China case was reported in Beijing today. The school is continuing to monitor the situation closely. No additional measures have been put in place by the school; however, the TEDA Education Bureau has announced that students and teachers returning to school from a country with cases of this virus may not return to school for 7 days. Please take this into consideration as you plan your vacations. Influenza A (A1H1) Distance Learning Contingency Program: Teachers sent out information packages to parents. Please read these packages carefully and provide any information requested. Please ignore any rumors that you may hear about the school’s financial stability as they are entirely incorrect and the result of misinformation, unintentional or otherwise. A reminder to all parents that Sports Day is scheduled for tomorrow: school will start as usual at 8:10 with all normal morning bus routes running to schedule. Events will finish at 12noon with students being released from classes at 12:15PM. Normal bus routes will depart at 12:25PM. Students will not have lunch at school, although the cafeteria will be open for snacks at the morning recess break. Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to share with their children following their release at 12:15; however, all community members must leave school by 1PM. Teachers will not be on duty after 12:30PM. We look forward to seeing many of you for a fun morning of events! Warm regards,
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THIS WEEK IN BLAZE
Director’s Note Graduation invitations Announcement Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition Kindergarten ocean Exhibition IST Staff Appreciation Day Elementary (N– Gr 5) Library Updates PFO Committee Volunteers Announcement IST Chinese Staff team Building Training Updates ISAC Elementary Track ad field meet. PFO News Sports Dates Diary Dates NPK Fortnightly Menu Weekly Menu

Steve Moody Director.

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International school of Tianjin

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

NOTICES - REMINDERS - ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dear IST Parents, Invitations have gone home this week for all families in the IST community to join us for our graduation ceremony on June 5. Please note that, consistent with our practice, these invitations are being sent home with your youngest child. They do, however, apply to everyone in the family. Please do come out to celebrate with us the academic achievements of our graduating class. We hope to see you there. Thanks very much. Bill Elman Secondary Principal / Deputy Director

GRADE 10 PERSONAL PROJECT EXHIBITION—May 27
The Grade 10 students will be exhibiting their personal projects on Wednesday, May 27th from 10:00 to 12:30 in the IST gym. All members of the IST community are cordially invited to attend this event and view the results of our Grade 10 students’ hard work throughout this school year. A special invitation is extended to parents of students in Grade 10. As well, because their children will be completing personal projects during the upcoming school year, Grade 9 parents are also specifically invited to attend the Exhibition and a presentation by Barbara Wrightson, the MYP Coordinator, from 10:30 to 11:00 on May 27th in the cafeteria. A bus will be depart Ao Cheng at 10:00 and return at 12:00 to transport parents to/from school. Hope to see you all there!

IST Staff Appreciation Day
The IST Staff Appreciation Day barbecue/luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd. The PFO will provide meat, chicken, sausages, and drinks. Parents can show their appreciation of teachers and staff by making and donating various dishes to accompany the food provided by the PFO. Appetizers, side dishes, desserts, salads, and bread donations from parents would be greatly appreciated. Splitting your donation into two portions will ensure that both the Elementary and Secondary staff get a chance to enjoy your culinary skills, as they have two different lunch hours. Parents can send their food donations in with their children to be dropped off in the main foyer, or bring their food in by 11:00 a.m. on June 2nd. We will be holding this event in the courtyard (between the library and the main foyer). We must ask parents to refrain from eating until the teachers and staff members (from both Elementary and Secondary lunches) have eaten. We need parents to help that day with regulating portions so that everyone gets equal amounts. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer that day to serve portions, please contact anyone on the PFO Committee or e-mail us at IST_PFO@istianjin.net

2 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

This week in Elementary Library
N-1 have been enjoying pictures books by Mo Willems to celebrate his latest award, “Best Picture Book for K to 2” for the book The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. Mo Willems is a very popular author among IST students. His deliberately simple illustrations and text are an excellent model of how focusing on the most important details of a story make it come alive. Grade 2 used the library catalog’s Visual tab to search for books relating to their unit on How we share the planet. The content focus of the unit is endangered animals, and the students have many titles to choose from. The Visual tab also has links to student-friendly sites on endangered animals. Grades 3 to 5 have been enjoying Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves book on punctuation. This book has been on the bestseller lists for months and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Ms. Truss makes punctuation fun and interesting. Would you like to test your punctuation knowledge? Go to www.savethecomma.com and take the Comma IQ test. Good luck!

Volunteers Needed for the 2009-2010 PFO Committee

There are several positions open for next year’s PFO Committee. Please consider volunteering your time to be a part of this worthwhile organization. PFO members engage in activities intended to support faculty, staff, and parents in their efforts to provide an excellent school experience that fosters the intellectual, moral, and personal development of all IST students. This is also a great opportunity to help sponsor events that bring together members of the IST community for social and informative purposes and to facilitate communication between all members of the greater IST community. The PFO also provides a forum for discussion of common problems and concerns and assists in fundraising activities to the exclusive benefit of our children. Interested parents can e-mail the current committee at IST_PFO@istianjin.net or sign up below and return this form to the school if they wish to help inspire and enrich their children’s educational experience. The positions that are currently open are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and all of the Liaison positions (Korean, Western, Danish, French, European, and Asian).
Name Position of Interest Telephone # E-Mail Address

3 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

TEAM BUILDING TRAINING UPDATES
On May 15 and 16, 2009, the IST Chinese staff successfully underwent teambuilding training in Jixian County. Thanks to the collaboration between the Chinese Professional Development Committee and the IST Human Resources Department, and the support from the IST administration, faculty, and board, the weekend was possible. It was a challenging but rewarding experience which perfectly integrated personal growth and development with group leadership and team work. All lifetime lessons and values of confidence, courage, trust, integrity, compassion and cooperation were compressed in 1.5 days. We have learned that goal setting, concrete planning, acceptance of responsibility, risktaking, efficient and effective communication, and leadership are the indispensable elements to fulfill a mission. One quote from the instructor perfectly explains the whole training, “We are always better than we know.” We all have found our true potential by challenging ourselves, by pushing our limits, by achieving things we never thought possible. We all have the ability to transcend self-imposed limits. The last activity was spectacular. It involved the whole IST team, climbing over a 4.26 meter wall without the aid of any tools. With support from the base and dragging and pulling from the top and through our wit and wisdom and all strenuous efforts, we all burst into the joy of triumph. We were deeply touched by the whole team. We are grateful to the organizers and planners for putting the weekend retreat together and to everyone in the IST team. It was an absolute success for the whole IST team, and we know once again what a great team we are in. Special thanks to Mr. Moody for his strong support and Bravo, IST Team! by Laurette LIN.

4 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

Sports BRIEF

ISAC Elementary Track and Field Meet
On Friday May 15th 2009 a group of 21 excited elementary students traveled to WAB to compete in the annual ISAC Elementary Track and Field Meet. This was perfectly timed as we have just had our own meet for Be Active in May Your Way Day and also we have just finished our Athletics unit in Physical Education classes. The event itself was extremely successful with approximately 1000 competitors and the competition was very strong. Our students performed very well indeed with most making the finals of their respective events and in particular Michael Fitzgerald who won a Gold Medal in the 60m sprint, and Jung Woo Park who won a Bronze Medal in the Javelin. Well done to all competitors who performed and behaved very well on the day.

Sports Dates:
Sat. May 23 IST Sports Day 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Wed. June 3 IST Athletic Awards Assembly, 1:30 p.m.- 2:10 p.m.

Go Blaze!!
5 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

PFO NEWS
The IST Staff Appreciation Day barbecue/luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd. The PFO will provide meat, chicken, sausages, and drinks. Parents can show their appreciation of teachers and staff by making and donating various dishes to accompany the food provided by the PFO. Appetizers, side dishes, desserts, salads, and bread donations from parents would be greatly appreciated. Splitting your donation into two portions will ensure that both the Elementary and Secondary staff get a chance to enjoy your culinary skills, as they have two different lunch hours. Parents can send their food donations in with their children to be dropped off in the main foyer, or bring their food in by 11:00 a.m. on June 2nd. We will be holding this event in the courtyard (between the library and the main foyer). We must ask parents to refrain from eating until the teachers and staff members (from both Elementary and Secondary lunches) have eaten. We need parents to help that day with regulating portions so that everyone gets equal amounts. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer that day to serve portions, please contact anyone on the PFO Committee or e-mail us at IST_PFO@istianjin.net There are several positions open for next year’s PFO Committee. Please consider volunteering your time to be a part of this worthwhile organization. PFO members engage in activities intended to support faculty, staff, and parents in their efforts to provide an excellent school experience that fosters the intellectual, moral, and personal development of all IST students. This is also a great opportunity to help sponsor events that bring together members of the IST community for social and informative purposes and to facilitate communication between all members of the greater IST community. The PFO also provides a forum for discussion of common problems and concerns and assists in fundraising activities to the exclusive benefit of our children. Interested parents can e-mail the current committee at IST_PFO@istianjin.net if they wish to help inspire and enrich their children’s educational experience. Parents are also being asked to please consider running for one of the two parent elected positions now vacant on the School Board of Governors. Board membership is a great responsibility but also a wonderful opportunity to carry out important duties in service of the school’s mission, philosophy, and future. If you are interested, you can read more information at http://www.istianjin.org/uploaded/ documents/blaze_May15.pdf . The last PFO Parent Meeting of this school year will be on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. We hope to see you there! We need some parent volunteers to assist Ho Su Cho and friends with the flower arrangements at the Hotel Nikko Tianjin on Thursday, June 4th for the upcoming Secondary Graduation Ceremony. If you're able to help out, please contact Magdalene So at 139-208-88654 or Cami Chen at 138-20316606. Thank you!

6 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

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FRIDAY, 22 May 2009

Diary Dates Do you want to learn about how to
4-21, May IB Diploma Final Exams Fri 15, Sat 16, May Chinese Staff PD Fri 22, May Elem Assembly hosted by Library Specialist teachers Sat 23, May Sports Day—Half Day Wed 27, May MYP Personal project Exhibition PFO Committee Meeting Thurs 28, May Thursday Night Live Dragon Boat Festival Fri 29, May Secondary Summer Formal Mon 1, June IST Annual Secondary Creative Writing Competition Entries Close Tues 2, June IST Appreciation Day Wed 3, June PFO meeting Thrus 4, June MYP AOI Assembly Fri 5, June GRADUATION Wed 10, June Elementary Spring Show Thurs 11, June Grade 5 Graduation Secondary End of Semester Awards Assembly Fri 12, June Last Day of School—half day Reports Sent home End of 4th Quarter—51 days End of 2nd Semester—91 Days Sat 13, June Teacher work day—half day

Care for the Ocean?
Please visit the

Kindergarten

Date: 29 May 2009 Where: Ming 7, 8 , 9 Time: 10:15-3:15
Help us care for the ocean. Please bring a small DONATION! HOPE WE SEE YOU THERE!

7 Weishan Road, Shuanggang Jinan District, Tianjin 300350 P.R.China Tel: 86 22 28592001 Fax: 86 22 285920 Email: info@istianjion.net www.istianjin.org

NPK to Grade 1 – Special Lunch menu (WEEK 1)

Monday
Week 1

Tuesday

Wednesday
● Sauteed String Beans * ● Spaghetti (beef sauce) ● Grilled Sausages ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

Thursday

Friday

● Carrot and ● Sweet Corn Cucumber Sticks * * ● Ham and Cheese ● Danish Meat Balls Sandwich ● French Fries ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink ● Mashed potato ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

● Diced Carrots, ● Vegetable Salad peas and corn * ● Fried Tenderloin *

Chicken ● Pasta with Parmesan Cheese ● Sausage & Broccoli ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

● Vegetable Pasta ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

NPK to Grade 1 – Special Lunch menu (WEEK 2)

Monday
Week 2

Tuesday

Wednesday
●Sauteed String Beans * ● Chicken Meat Ball (tomato sauce) ● Mashed potato ● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

Thursday

Friday

● Carrot and ●Sweet Corn Cucumber Sticks * * ● Fried Rice with ● Pork Schnitzel Ham ● Steamed Beef and ● Cheese Potato

● Diced Carrots, ● Vegetable Salad peas and corn * ● Macaroni Cheese ● Sausage Broccoli * & ● Cheese Pizza

& ● Vegetable pasta

● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

● Fruit ● Dessert & Drink

●Protein ●Milk product(Calcium) ●Starch Monday 25/5/2009 Fruit Salad
(pineapple,apple,orange)

●Cooked Fruit or Vegetables ●Soup

Tuesday 26/5/2009 Garden Salad
(lettuce,tomato,cucumber,carrot)

Wednesday 27/5/2009 Potato Salad
(potato,cucumber,carrot)

Thursday 28/5/2009 Shredded Veg Salad
(olive,cabbage,green&red pepper)

Friday 29/5/2009 Tomato & Cheese Salad
(tomato,cheese)

French Onion Soup * * * Fish Fillet
(cod,tartar sauce)

Cream Cauliflower Soup * * * Spaghetti
(ham,veg)

Russion Soup * * * Grilled Pork Chop
(pork,teriyaki sauce)

Cream Broccoli Soup * * * Sweet & Sour Pork
(pineapple,pork)

Beef Soup * * * Grilled Pork Chop
(pork,onion and mustard sauce)

Grilled Chicken
(chicken,BBQ sauce)

Chicken Curry
(chicken, curry sauce)

beef ball Stew
(beef,onion,green pepper,mushroom)

Fried Chicken Ball
(chicken ball, tartar sauce)

Chicken Stew
(chicken,celery)

Mixed Veg French Fries * * * Fruit Jelly

Steamed Carrots&Broccoli Roasted Potato * * * Swiss Roll

Roasted Veg Potato Sticks * * * Ice Cream

Mixed Veg Baked Potato * * * Cookies

Cauliflower Mashed Sweet Potato * * * Chocolate Cake

●Protein ●Milk product(Calcium) ●Starch Monday 1/6/2009 Potato Salad
(potato,carrot,egg)

●Cooked Fruit or Vegetables ●Soup

Tuesday 2/6/2009 mixed salad
(lettuce,cucumber,tomato)

Wednesday 3/6/2009 Fruit Salad
(apple, pear, banana)

Thursday 4/6/2009 Beans Salad
(bean,carrot)

Friday 5/6/2009 Cucumber Salad
(carrot,cucumber)

Minestrone Soup * * * Pizza
(Salami,Cheese)

Tomato Soup * * * Roasted Beef Sticks
(beef,pepper sauce)

Cream Corn Soup * * * Chilli Macaroni
(Beef mince,tomato)

Pasta Soup * * * Beef Steak
(beef,gravy sauce)

Beef Soup * * * Satay Chicken
(Chicken leg)

Grilled Chicken Leg
(chicken,cream and pepper sauce)

Chicken Schnitzel
(chicken,tartar sauce)

Grilled Chicken
(chicken, spain sauce)

Kim Bab
(Laver,rice,meat,vegetable)

Pork Chop
(pork,onion,green pepper,carrot)

Ratatouille Baked Potato * * * Fruit Mousse

Grilled Vegetable French Fries * * * Carrot Cake

Baked Beans Sauteed Potato * * * Ice Cream

Korean Vegetable Mashed Potato * * * Banana Bread

Mashed Carrot Indonesia Fried Rice * * * Cheese cake