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11.05.2021: Message from Principal

Dear Primary Parents and Guardians,

We would like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to everyone who celebrated on Sunday and also an early Eid Mubarak for those of you who have been observing the Holy Month of Ramadan.

We are waiting for confirmation from the City of Bonn that we can move away from Distance Learning.  If we are given approval, we will start this new program on Monday, 17 May.

For Grades 1 - 5 the Education Ministry requirements are that we offer a full day schedule with alternating days for students. This means half of our students will be the building each day.  The other half of students will do independent work at home.  This independent work will be a mix of follow up work provided by teachers and ongoing skills practice.

Wednesday, 12 May

In order for teachers to prepare for the students’ return to the building, there will be no live classes or meetings on Wednesday, 12 May. Students will be provided independent work by the teachers they would have on that day.

Student Split

We have divided each class into two groups, GREEN and BLUE.  This split has been done with input from homeroom teachers, Learning Support and EAL.  

  • Families (including Secondary students) have been placed in the same group.
  • Please do not ask for changes in your child’s grouping.
  • You will receive another email informing you of your child’s group.
    • Please contact Ms. Kathi (kathi.heindl@bonn-is.de) if you have not received the group email by 13:00 on Wednesday, 12 May.

Schedule

In order to run the alternative day schedule we will repeat each day of the schedule.

Monday, 17 May        = Monday B        GREEN group at school

Tuesday, 18 May         = Monday B        BLUE group at school

Wednesday, 19 May    = Tuesday B        GREEN group at school

Thursday, 20 May        = Tuesday B        BLUE group at school

Friday, 21 May        =  Wednesday B    GREEN group at school

Monday, 24 May        = Wednesday  B    BLUE group at school (NO SCHOOL, Public Holiday)

Tuesday, 25 May         = Thursday B        GREEN group at school

Wednesday, 26 May    = Thursday B        BLUE group at school

Thursday, 27 May        = Friday B        GREEN group at school

Friday, 28 May        = Friday B        BLUE group at school

 

For the group of students who are not at school, teachers will provide independent tasks for students to complete at home on those days. This schedule mirrors the Secondary schedule for Grades 6 - 9.

Students will be required to bring materials to school and back home each day to support these tasks (especially in the area of German and EAL). Communication will be sent via Seesaw from the appropriate teachers regarding materials.

Entry and Dismissal

Students will have staggered start and dismissal times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be on time to pick up your child and leave the school grounds quickly after drop off and dismissal. With the return to school, please do not park at the round about or on the footpath.

Lunch and Snack

There will be no cafeteria service. Please pack a healthy and filling lunch for your child. Students will have lunch either in their classroom or well spread out in the cafeteria.

Students will need a healthy snack to eat at morning break.  Each student should also bring a water bottle to school each day.

Masks

Students will be required to wear a medical mask at all times while inside the building.

Students should have at least TWO medical masks each day.

Rain Gear

Students will be outside as much as possible, rain or shine.  It is important that your child has the appropriate clothes at school in case of rain.

COVID Quick Testing

Students will take a COVID self test two times a week. For Grades 2 - 5 this will be done with the homeroom teacher in the classroom. Grade 1 students will be tested by the school nurse.

Parent Principal Forum

I will be hosting a Parent Principal Forum (PPF) via Google Meet for families with students in Grades 1-5.

This PPF will be at 18:00 on Wednesday, 12 May.

You can access the meeting through this link: meet.google.com/vwi-prdp-ydk

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We appreciate the flexibility and resilience that our families have shown.  We hope that the incidence rate in Bonn continues to drop and this is a step towards running a regular schedule for all our students each day.

Join me for the Parent Principal Forum tomorrow if you need further clarification. Please contact your child’s teacher with any specific questions.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing our students back in the building next week.

Regards,

Derek

04.05.2021: Message from Principal

Dear Primary Parents and Guardians,

Incidence Values and School Plans

We appreciate the flexibility and resilience shown by our students, parents, guardians and teachers that have allowed us to continue with this stage of Distance Learning.  With the current regulations we will not be able to bring Primary Students back into the building until the 7 Day Incidence Value in Bonn has been below 165 for five continuous days.  The number today for Bonn is 177.8.  You can check this number on the Robert Kock Institute site or on the Bundesstadt Bonn site.  As a school staff we are currently working to both provide an ongoing Distance Learning program for our students and also plan for reentry to school when possible.  Once the numbers have dropped I will email you and host Parent Principal Forums online to communicate details of any new plans, organisation of testing, and to answer any questions.

Primary Materials Pick Up Day

We will host a Primary School Materials Pick Up Day on Thursday, 6 May from 12:00 to 15:00.  Pick up will be done through the external window to the Performance room near the Waves Entrance. Teachers will inform you if there are materials to be collected.  Library books can be collected and returned at the same time.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

If you have questions about Library materials please email librarystaff@bonn-is.de.

Please email Ms. Kathi (kathi.heindl@bonn-is.de) if you are unable to come during the scheduled time.

Grade 3 Market Place

Any student or family who ordered from the Grade 3 Marketplace will be able to collect their items during the Materials Pick Up Day on Thursday.  There will be a special table allocated for this near the Waves entrance.  Please have correct change in a sealed envelope.  Due to current restrictions we will not be able to give change.  Thank you to the students and families who supported our Grade 3 students in their entrepreneurial work.

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Thank you all for your support for our school community.  We realise that these are difficult and challenging times for all of us.  Please continue to contact your child’s teachers with any questions.  You are welcome to contact me if there is anything that I can do to support your family.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday for the Materials Pick Up.

Regards,

Derek

23.042021: Message from Principal

Dear Early Learning Parents and Guardians,

We have received new instructions and protocols relating to the opening and operation of our Early Learning program. These instructions are based on the incident levels in Bonn, which have risen to 199 today.

EL5

EL5 will remain open on the current reduced schedule of 08:15 to 12:15.  The regulations are that students of this age are allowed to come to school.

EL3/4

The regulations are that EL3/4 students should remain at home.

Emergency Care

On this basis we will offer only an Emergency Care Program for EL3/4.  

This program will run from 08:20 to 12:20.

Students will be located in the Early Learning Classrooms.

Students may not be with their regular classes or teachers.

To join this Early Learning 3/4 Emergency Care program, parents/guardians must fill in the attached form stating they do not have alternative child care.

The form must be signed, scanned and emailed to Ms. Kathi (kathi.heindl@bonn-is.de).

Alternatively, we will have hard copies of the form available to sign at pick up today at 12:20.

Distance Learning

A Distance Learning Program will be offered for families in EL3/4 where the child remains at home.

Details will be communicated to parents on by Monday morning, 26 April.

Emergency Care after 12:15

Any family that requires Emergency Care after 12:15 must contact Jo Junglas (jo.junglas@bonn-is.de) to apply for this service.

We appreciate this is difficult and confusing for families.  The authorities have asked that parents keep their children at home if possible.  Our grades 1-9 continues to be on full Distance Learning.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  I will also be available at pick up today for any specific questions.

Regards,

Derek

19.04.2021: Message from Principal

Dear Primary and Early Learning Parents and Guardians,

Materials Pick Up Day: Wednesday, 21 April

This Wednesday we will have a scheduled pick up time for parents to collect materials that their child may need to continue Distance Learning. As we are unsure about the the regulations moving forward, we want to ensure that students have the appropriate materials, and have an opportunity to get new library books. 
Pick up will be via the Performance Room Window (as we did in January).  
Your child’s teachers will inform you if there are any materials to pick up.

Materials will be distributed from 12:00 to 15:30.

If you are unable to come at this time please email Ms. Kathi (kathi.heindl@bonn-is.de) to make alternative arrangements.


Book Pick Up will happen on Wednesday, 21 April. To request materials from the Media Centre:

Select your items from the library catalog.
Make a Favorites List (this video will show you how).
G1-4: Post your screenshot to the Activity in SeeSaw. Grade 5 & parents: Send your requests to librarystaff@bonn-is.de
Returns can also be made at the time of Pick Up

 

Distance Learning Feedback Survey

Due the the possibility that we may need to continue with Distance Learning for a longer period, we would like your feedback on a short survey.  It should take you less than 5 minutes to complete.
You can access the survey HERE.
Can you please complete the survey by tomorrow, Tuesday 20 April?

 

Thank you all for your continued support.  I realise that you are getting a large amount of emails from the school during this time.  I will work with our team to make sure that communication is purposeful. 

Regards, 

Derek

18.04.2021: Message from Principal Early Learning

Dear Early Learning Parents and Guardians,

We have received further information from the local authorities since the email from Ms. Baier this morning.

Students in Grades 1 - 9 will be on full Distance Learning for next week and will not come to the building.

For our Early Learning students, we are able to run a reduced schedule with conservative grouping and mixing.

We will return to the reduced onsite schedule for Early Learning from Monday morning (tomorrow).  This will be the same schedule we ran this week with a 12:15/12:20 finish. However, we will have a much more conservative approach to mixing of students and adults.

There will be Emergency Care offered from 12:15, but requirements for this will be stricter than previously. Please note that the Bonn authorities have requested limit mixing and interaction where at all possible.  We appreciate your support as we work help keep our community safe.

As you are aware, we are getting multiple updates from the relevant authorities and we ask your understanding as we work to interpret them for our community.  The current posted incident rate is 196.  Should that rise, we would expect a total shutdown of Early Learning.

Please contact your child’s teacher or email me with any larger questions.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,
Derek

18.04.2021: Message from Principal Grades 1 - 5

Dear Parent and Guardians,

As Ms. Baier detailed in her email this morning, we have been required to move to full Distance Learning for all of our students in Grades 1 - 9.  

Please disregard my email from Thursday, 15 April.

This will mean in Grades 1 - 5 we will return to the schedule we ran last week.  

Monday, 19 April

Primary students will have virtual classes based on their regular timetable (Week B). They will start their day at 08:25

  • Teachers will host 50% of scheduled classes live via Google Meet.
  • These periods will be a mix of whole group/small group/individual conferences.
  • Teachers will provide a schedule each morning of who is expected online at specific times.
  • Work will be provided for students during schedule time when they are not in live meetings and teachers will be available according to their schedule.
  • Single Subject teachers will provide a weekly task and then provide live support via Google Meet and Google Chat according to times communicated by the homeroom teacher and Single Subject teacher.

EAL and Learning Support teachers will communicate with their students individually to provide support.

If you have any questions about materials, please contact your child’s Homeroom teacher.

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Emergency Child Care is available but under stricter requirements than previously. This is only available when both parents are required to work full time outside of the home. Please email Jo Junglas (jo.junglas@bonn-is.de) with any requests or applications.

I am currently planning with our staff for a materials and book pickup day this week.  We will update you as soon as we have a process in place.

I understand that you are getting many more emails from school than usually but we are once again dealing with very uncertain times with rolling updates from relevant authorities.

I know that these changes can be very unsettling for some our our students. If you are concerned about your child’s emotions or wellbeing please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Kelli (kelli.holm@bonn-is.de), our Primary School Counsellor.

Thank you for your support as we all work together to keep our community safe and healthy. Please email me with any larger questions or issues.

Regards,

Derek

15.04.2021: Message from Principal Grades 1 - 5

Dear Primary Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your families had a chance to enjoy the spring break.  Again, we have permission from the relevant ministries that we can bring students back into the building on a Hybrid Learning approach.  This means all students will be in the school building for a part of the day and will complete some tasks via Distance Learning from home.

We will begin Hybrid Learning, with students in the building, on Monday, 19 April. This will look identical to the schedule we were running before the spring break.

Rules

  • Hygiene rules will mirror what we had before April. Students will only be able to interact with students in their grade level and, as much as possible, with their own homeroom only.
  • Students and adults will be required to wear a medical or FFP2 mask at all times. Please make sure that your child has at least two masks each day and has a mask that fits properly.
  • We will continue with the use of hand sanitiser and hand washing practice.
  • We will be very specific in our seating arrangements and interactions will be more controlled and documented.
  • Please expect a more conservative approach in everything we do.
  • Parents will not be allowed to enter the building without a previously arranged appointment.

Covid Self-Tests

All students are required to have a Covid self-test two times a week. Grades 1 and 5 will be tested every Monday and Wednesday, Grades 2, 3 and 4 will be tested every Tuesday and Thursday. 
We have developed a comprehensive plan to ensure that all students are safe and comfortable during this process. 

Entry and Dismissal

Grades 1 - 5 will enter and exit through the same areas we used prior to the break according to this schedule:

It is very important you are on time for entry and dismissal.  Due to safety procedures we have extremely limited capacity to work with students who are late.  Please understand that these are entry times, so your child should be in line and ready to enter prior to this time.

If your child is going to be absent for all or part of the day, please email attendance@bonn-is.de as normal.

Students will have four (4) periods each day with their homeroom teachers.  This is 2/3 of the normal academic time they would have at school and 100% of the time students would have with their homeroom teacher.

Students will engage with Single Subjects (German, PE, Music, and Art) via distance.  Students will be assigned tasks and will have live Google Meet sessions following this schedule:

EAL and Learning Support students will work with those teachers face to face while they are in the school building.  Drama for Grade 4 will take place while students are in the building.

We feel this schedule allows for a safe and controlled return to the school building.  We have learned from our experiences last year.

We are very excited about welcoming students back into the building.  However, we all appreciate the fact that the health and safety of our community is our highest priority and as a school we must honour that responsibility at all times.

Thank you all for your support.  

Regards,

Derek

15.04.2021: Message from Principal Early Learning

Dear Early Learning Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your families have had a chance to enjoy the spring break.  Again, we have permission from the relevant ministries that we can bring students back into the building as of Monday, 19 April 2021. Due to this we are now able to offer an extended day to our Early Learning students. 

Entry and Dismissal

Early Learning students will continue to enter the building through the same side gate.

EL5 will enter the building at 08:15 and will be dismissed through the same gate at 14:45.

EL3/4 will enter the building at 08:20 and will be dismissed though the same gate at 14:50.

It is very important you are on time for entry and dismissal.  Due to safety procedures we have extremely limited capacity to work with students who are late.  Please understand that 08:15 and 08:20 are entry times, so your child should be in line and ready to enter prior to this time.

Rules

Hygiene rules will mirror what we had before April. Students will only be able to interact with students in their grade level (EL5 students will not be able to interact with EL 3/4 students).  Early Learning students are not required to wear a mask unless they visit a common area of the building (for example the nurse).  Adults will be required to wear masks. We will continue with the use of wipes and hand washing practice.  

Parents will not be allowed to enter the building without a previously arranged appointment.

Sleeping and Lunch

Your child will be required to bring a cold lunch from home each day. There will be no catering service on campus. 

If your child sleeps in EL 3/4 during the day, you should bring the required bedding on Monday morning, 19 April. Please email the class teacher as well to let them know your child will be sleeping to allow us to organise beds. 

Early Dismissal

Grades 1-5 will be leaving the building every day between 12:00 and 12:20. If you prefer to take your Early Learning student home at this time, please confirm with your student’s teacher.  

Covid Self-Test

Covid self-tests will not be given to Early Learning students. 

We are very excited about welcoming students back into the building.  However, we all appreciate the fact that the health and safety of our community is our highest priority and as a school we must honour that responsibility at all times.

 

Thank you all for your support.  

 

Regards,

Derek

09.04.2021: Message from Principal Grades 1 - 5

Dear Primary Parents,

As Ms. Baier mentioned in her email, we have been required by the relevant authorities to move all our students from Grade 1 to Grade 9 to full Distance Learning from Monday, 12 April.

In Grades 1 - 5 we will revert to the schedule and routines that we followed prior to the Karneval Break.  As a parent, you can expect this to be very similar to what we had in place in late January.

We will follow the regular schedule and timings with Period One starting promptly at 08:25. Monday, 12 April will be a Week A.

Google Meet/Google Chat will be used for video interactions and chat.

What to expect this week:

Monday, 12 April
Primary students will have virtual classes based on their regular timetable (Week A).

Period One (08:25) - This will be an orientation meeting (via Google Meet) for students with their homeroom teachers.  Teachers and students will review processes and expectations for Distance Learning.

Students will access Google Meet sessions in the same way as January.

Teachers will host 50% of scheduled classes live via Google Meet.
These periods will be a mix of whole group/small group/individual conferences.
Teachers will provide a schedule each morning of who is expected online at specific times.

Work will be provided for students during schedule time when they are not in live meetings and teachers will be available according to their schedule.

Single Subject teachers will provide a weekly task and then provide live support via Google Meet and Google Chat according to the regular class schedule.

EAL and Learning Support teachers will communicate with their students individually to provide support.

If you have any questions about materials, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. 

As all of our students have had experience using this schedule and process, we believe the implementation should be smooth.  However, we are aware that with all of the changes our students, families and staff have faced, things can still be confusing and difficult.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me with any questions.

Things to do:

  • Provide an individual work area for your child where they have access to the required materials
  • Set up and test iPad with Google login information
  • Charge iPad overnight

We appreciate that Distance Learning can be difficult and brings about unique challenges for each family.  At this point we are not certain what school will look like from Monday, 19 April.  We will update you as soon as we have more information.

We thank you for your support as we all work together to make this work for our community.

Regards,
Derek

09.04.2021: Message from Principal Early Learning

Dear Early Learning Parents,

I hope that you and your children had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the the mix of sun and snow that we have had during this break.  As Ms. Baier said in her email, the authorities have required that we move most of our students to Distance Learning for next week.

Students in Grade 1 - 5 will be on Distance Learning from Monday, 12 April and will do all of their learning from home.

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Early Learning Students will be allowed to continue to come to school and run the schedule we ran before the break.

We will continue onsite with the same 08:15/20 start times and 12:15/20 dismissal times and processes.

We will continue with the same protocols and practices we followed before the break for children and adults in Early Learning.

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Emergency Child Care:  Please email Jo Junglas (jo.junglas@bonn-is.de) if your family requires this service after 12:15.

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COVID speed/antigen/Self tests - All adult BIS staff will be required to take two COVID tests per week.  There are no plans to test Early Learning students onsite.

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Depending on regulations and developments, we plan to extend the Early Learning day from Monday, 19 April.  We will update you once we have more information from the relevant authorities.

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Please contact your child’s teacher or email me if you have any questions.  Thank you all for your continued support for our community.

Regards,

Derek

19.02.2021: Message from Principal

Dear Primary Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your families have had a chance to enjoy this school holiday.  As Ms. Baier informed you prior to the break, we have permission from the relevant ministries that we can bring students back into the building on a Hybrid Learning approach.  This means all students will be in the school building for a part of the day and will complete some tasks via Distance Learning from home.

There will be NO CLASSES OR Distance Learning Activities on Monday, 22 February for Primary School students. This will be a teacher work day to prepare our classrooms and plan for implementation of Hybrid Learning.

We will begin Hybrid Learning, with students in the building, on Tuesday, 23 February.

Rules

  • Hygiene rules will mirror what we had before December except students will only be able to interact with students in their grade level and, as much as possible, with their own homeroom only.
  • Students and adults will be required to wear a medical or FFP2 mask at all times. Please make sure that your child has at least two masks each day and has a mask that fits properly.
  • We will continue with the use of hand sanitiser and hand washing practice.
  • We will be completely airing the classrooms every 20 minutes, so it is important that your child has warm clothes.  The temperature inside will be the same as the temperature outside.
  • We will be very specific in our seating arrangements and interactions will be more controlled and documented.
  • Please expect a more conservative approach in everything we do.

Parents will not be allowed to enter the building without a previously arranged appointment.

Entry and Dismissal

Grades 1-5 will enter and exit through the same areas we used prior to the break according to this schedule:

 

It is very important you are on time for entry and dismissal.  Due to safety procedures we have extremely limited capacity to work with students who are late.  Please understand that these are entry times, so your child should be in line and ready to enter prior to this time.

If your child is going to be absent for all or part of the day, please email attendance@bonn-is.de as normal.

Students will have four (4) periods each day with their homeroom teachers.  This is 2/3 of the normal academic time they would have at school and 100% of the time students would have with their homeroom teacher.

Students will engage with Single Subjects (German, PE, Music, and Art) via distance.  Students will be assigned tasks and will have live Google Meet sessions following this schedule:

EAL and Learning Support students will work with those teachers face to face while they are in the school building.  Drama for Grade 4 will take place while students are in the building.

We feel this schedule allows for a safe and controlled return to the school building.  We have learned from our experiences last year.

Further Information

You will receive a message from your child’s homeroom teacher on Monday, 22 February with any details you will need.

I will be hosting a Parent Principal Forum for Primary School Parents at 18:00 on Monday, 22 February.  This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you have about these changes.

You will be able to access the Google Meet Session HERE.

You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher with any specific questions and you are always welcome to contact me.

We are very excited about welcoming students back into the building.  However, we all appreciate the fact that the health and safety of our community is our highest priority and as a school we must honour that responsibility at all times.

Lastly, please review the attached letter from our Director, Pat Baier, that summarizes the key hygiene rules that are guiding our reentry. 

Thank you all for your support.

Regards,

Derek

06.01.2021: Distance Learning until 31 January 2021

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful new year and am happy to welcome our students “back” to school.  I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new families to BIS.

Although we are in Distance Learning, we are excited for so many new students and families to join us. The last two days of Distance Learning have been full of excitement and challenge. Our students and teachers have shown curiosity, creativity and resilience in working together to learn and grow.

Distance Learning Update

According to the updates from today’s press conference, we expect all students to remain on Distance Learning until 31 January 2021.

In both Early Learning and Primary we will continue to follow the Distance Learning process that we put in place this week. We appreciate all of the effort that students and parents have put in to adjust to this system.  It has been challenging, and we have all learned over the past 48 hours. However, it has been rewarding to see the enthusiasm and excitement that our students bring to their virtual engagements every day.

We know that students and parents will have many questions as we spend more time on Distance Learning.  On Tuesday, 12 January I will be hosting three Parent Principal Forums to answer any parent questions or concerns related to Distance Learning.  Please see links below:

     Early Learning 17:30 - 18:10
meet.google.com/hss-yiie-nov

  ✅   Lower Primary (Grades 1- 2) 18:15 - 18:55
meet.google.com/zvw-ises-oyx

  ✅  Upper Primary (Grades 3 - 5) 19:00 - 19:40
meet.google.com/jze-weht-bvf

Thank you all for your support and we all work to support our students and their growth.

Derek

02.01.2021: Primary Parent Update for Classes Starting 04.01.2021

Dear Primary Parents,

I hope that you and your families have been able to enjoy this holiday.  I wish each of you a happy and peaceful new year.

As Ms. Baier informed you in December, due to the current lock down status we will be following Distance Learning next week.  The current restrictions are in place until Sunday, 10 January.  We expect an update from the government in the middle of this week that will allow us to plan what will happen from Monday, 11 January.

There are three possible scenarios from Monday, 11 January:

  1. All students return to the school building for in person school with regular class sizes and regular schedule.
  2. All students remain on Distance Learning.
  3. Students are allowed back to the building with smaller class sizes / limited number of students in the building / reduced schedule.

Once we have clarification from the government we will communicate our plans with you.

What to expect this week:

Monday, 4 January

Teacher collaboration and planning day

There will be no live classes or activities for students.  Teachers will be meeting virtually to plan and coordinate activities for the week.

By 12:30 parents will receive notification via Seesaw to confirm login and Google Meet links.

Tuesday, 5 January

Period One (08:25) - This will be an orientation meeting (via Google Meet) for students with their homeroom teachers.  Teachers and students will review processes and expectations for Distance Learning.

From Period Two (09:15) - Primary students will have virtual classes based on their regular timetable (Week B).

We will follow the regular timetable for the remainder of the week (Week B).

  • Homeroom Teachers will host three periods each day of live classes via Google Meet.
  • These periods will be a mix of whole group / small group / individual conferences.
  • Teachers will provide a schedule each morning of who is expected online at specific times.

Single Subject teachers will provide a weekly task and then provide live support via Google Meet and Google Chat according to the regular class schedule.

EAL and Learning Support teachers will communicate with their students individually to provide support.

In anticipation of possible Distance Learning, teachers have sent home appropriate materials that students can use, including iPads in Grades 2 - 5.  If you have any questions about materials, please contact your child’s Homeroom teacher.

We expect this process to be easier for our Grade 4 and 5 students due to their experience last year and stronger self management skills.  As live on-line engagements will be new for our younger students we anticipate challenges and we will work together with you to support them.

Things to do:

  • Provide an individual work area for your child where they have access to the required materials.
  • Set up and test iPad with Google login information.
  • Charge iPad overnight.

Primary Parent Teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday, 21 January and Friday, 22 January will be moved to Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 January. Once we have clarification from the authorities, we will provide you with more details as to how these will take place.

We appreciate that Distance Learning can be difficult and brings about unique challenges for each family. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher on Monday afternoon if you have any questions.

We thank you for your support as we all work together to make this work for our community.

Regards,

Derek

20.08.2020: Letter from the Primary Principal Start of the School Year

Dear Primary School Parents,

I am aware that you have received a large amount of information from school about the start of the year.  This email contains important information about your child’s first day at school so I ask that you read the entire email.

All of us here in the Primary School team are very excited about welcoming your children back into school on Tuesday, 25 August.  This week teachers and staff have been at school planning for the students’ arrival.  It has been a positive and enthusiastic start for the year. 

 

Guiding Points for Practice in the Primary School

Students should interact mostly with their own class and only within their grade during the school day.

Students should not interact physically with students who are in a different grade.

Students should wear their mask unless they are sitting at their assigned seat in their classroom, or at their assigned seat in the cafeteria.

Primary Students should not visit the Agora or Crest Building.

 

Drop off 

School Entrance 

  • Students will not be allowed to enter the building until the appropriate time.
  • Please contact attendance@bonn-is.de if your child is going to be late or absent.
  • Parents will not be able to enter the school building without a prior appointment.

First Side Gate

  • 08:15 - EL5 line up and enter at first side gate
  • 08:25 - EL 3 / 4 line up and enter at first side gate
  • Students line up by class in assigned area

Waves Entrance

  • 08:15: Grade 3 line up and enter at Waves Entrance
  • 08:20: Grade 2 line up and enter at Waves Entrance
  • 08:25: Grade 1 line up and enter at Waves Entrance
  • Students line up by class in assigned area

Second Side Gate

  • 08:15: Grade 5 line up and enter at second side gate
  • 08:20: Grade 4 line up and enter at second  side gate
  • Students line up by class in assigned area

Students arriving late will report to the Primary Office.  Late students will be given a sticker to show that they registered with the office.

 

Dismissal

First Side Gate

  • 15:10 - EL3 / 4  exit via first side gate by class
  • 15:20 - EL 5 exit via first side gate by class

Waves Entrance

  • 15:05: Grade 1 exit via Waves Entrance by class
  • 15:15: Grade 2 exit via Waves Entrance by class
  • 15:20: Grade 3 exit via Waves Entrance by class

Second Side Gate

  • 15:10: Grade 5 exit via side gate by class 
  • 15:20: Grade 4 line up and enter at side gate

When picking up your child, you and your child must keep distance from other families. We also ask that you leave the area once you have collected your child.

 

Masks

Students must wear a mask at all times in the building except when they are sitting in their assigned seat in their classroom.

Masks are available at security for students who lose or damage their mask.
 

Materials

Students will not be able to share materials in the classroom.

We ask that all students bring a pencil case that contains:

  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pen (blue or black)
  • Headphones (all grades)

Students will take these materials to all of their classes.

 

Single Subjects

Arts, Music, Drama, German will be held in the Waves building.

PE will be held outside.

Students will have an assigned seating arrangement for these classes.  

On days students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform to school. Students will not change at school.

When students enter the classroom they will be required to sanitize their desk and chair area with clearing wipes.

 

EAL & Learning Support

Students can be mixed in a grade but cannot be mixed between grades.

 

Personal Belongings / Bags / Shoes

All students should have indoor shoes, outdoor shoes for PE (if required), and appropriate rain gear at school. We will be going outside even if it is raining so it is important that students have rain gear and shoes.

Students will have a storage area/hook either outside or inside their classroom.

All students MUST have their ID card and lanyard at school.

 

Water Bottles / Fountains

All students must have a personal reusable water bottle labeled with their name.

Students can refill their water bottles at either the fountain or at the sink in their classroom.

Water bottles should be taken home and cleaned at least once a week.

 

Hand Washing

Primary Students will use hand sanitizer or wipes on entering the building in the morning and then will be required to wash their hands at regular intervals during the school day.

 

Toilets

Only one student will be allowed in the toilet at a time.

Students will use a toilet assigned to their classroom.

 

Movement In the Hallways

Students will not be allowed to move on their own in the hallways.  Movement will be led and monitored by adults

 

Lunch

Please refer to earlier email regarding lunch orders.

If you have not ordered a lunch, and your child does not bring a lunch from home, we will contact you to bring food to school.

All students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and will sit at assigned seats with their class.

 

Break

Students will have regular breaks outside in the morning and after lunch. Outside they will only be able to interact with other students in their grade.

 

During the first days of school teachers will be working with the students to help them understand and follow our new guidelines. 

I will be hosting a virtual Parent Principal Forum with Ms. Baier tomorrow evening Friday, 21 August, 16:00 – 17:00.  Use this link to connect: meet.google.com/bhi-kwyf-cov.  This is your opportunity to ask any questions about our reopening.

It is very important that if your child, or anyone in your house shows any COVID-19 symptoms you should keep your child at home.  Also if you are arriving from a risk area you must quarantine your child for 14 days or present a negative COVID-19 test result to school.  It is vital as a school community that we work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

We are all looking forward to welcoming all our Dragons, both old and new, to campus on Tuesday.

Regards,

Derek

12.08.2020: Start of School Year COVID Guidelines

Early Learning

Early Learning children will return to school with no restrictions on which groups they mix with.
The following rules apply to our EL students:

  • Early Learning children enter and exit the building through the first side gate next to the field. This gate leads directly through the EL playground to classrooms. It was used for entry to school during the last weeks of school in June.
  • Only one parent for each child should bring their child to school.
  • Adults should ensure that they maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. If this is not possible, they are to wear a face mask.
  • All surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly every day.
  • Playing with soft toys and the use of cushions and fabric covered furniture should be avoided.
  • Children will wash their hands regularly and be encouraged to avoid physical contact.
  • As much time as possible will be spent outside.
  • Classrooms will be thoroughly aired on a regular basis.

Grades 1 - 5

All adults and students are to wear face masks in the school building and during breaks. Teachers and assistants have to wear a face mask if they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. Students will wash/sanitize their hands at the start of the day, after break and before and after lunch.


Entering and exiting school:

Primary students enter and exit the building through the Waves Entrance (Grades 1 - 3) and the side gate leading to the fields (Grades 4 - 5).  This will happen on a staggered schedule. Specific timings will be communicated to parents next week.

In the classroom:

  • Students in Grades 1 - 5 do not have to wear face masks in the classroom when they are seated at their assigned desk. 
  • Students will have a designated desk at which only they sit during the day.
  • The seating plan has to be documented and kept on file for 4 weeks.
  • When moving around the classroom or participating in group work, students have to wear a mask.
  • All surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly every day.

Further impacts:

  • A class group will predominantly have contact with only their class group.
  • Students will have contact with other students in their grade during the school day in German classes, EAL, Learning Support and break.
  • There will be no contact between the different grades
  • When working in a different classroom to their homeroom, students will be asked to wipe the desk and chair surfaces with sanitized wipes before they leave.
  • Primary students will not have classes in the Agora.
  • Art  and Music will take place in classrooms and areas within the Waves building. 
  • Singing and use of wind and brass instruments is not permitted until the October break.
  • PE classes will be held outside until the October break and contact sports will be avoided.
  • Grade 5 students will not have German classes together with Grade 6 students.

Students may not share iPads, school supplies and equipment nor food and drinks (a separate email with details will be sent shortly). Birthday treats may only be brought to school if they are individually wrapped. 

Reading and Online Research Resources

Sora App

Welcome to the Sora app, a tool for reading online eBooks. Some teachers will expect students to use this tool, while others might recommend it for pleasure reading. 

Help your student navigate this tool with our Quick-Start guide:

Visit our Media Centre pages on this website for more information and other learning resources!