We Learn, therefore WeChat

wechat_official_logoIt has been exciting to watch the evolution of WeChat as a tool for communication and community-building at BISS this year. WeChat is a social networking app used by over 650 million people in China, with 1.1 billion active accounts.

Thanks to dedicated Class Parents, who initially set up, moderated and posted content, BISS now has 7 thriving grade level communities. (And more! WeChat is also used extensively by the Athletics Department, the PTA, and many students in informal social & academic groups.)

In the Elementary School, the power of instant translation, just-in-time reminders and media sharing has strengthened our sense of belonging and connection within class communities.

Teachers have enriched the experience, by posting photos and videos throughout the day, creating a real-time window into life at BISS. The separation between home and school is ever diminishing, as parents gain insight into inquiry learning, appreciate joyous moments, see discoveries happen, and understand their child’s day-to-day experiences.

Read on to find out what happened next!
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Parent-Teacher Partnership

IMG_1079Thank you to all parents who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences last week. Across the school, BISS parents were deep in conversation with teachers about our highest priority: student learning.


Teachers were thrilled to celebrate progress, answer questions and share information about each student’s strengths, needs and goals. There were nods, smiles, tears and laughter, as parents realised just how well BISS teachers know and care for, their child.

Thank you, parents, for reading the Progress Report, sharing information and asking insightful questions. We are proud of our students and thrilled to have dedicated parents supporting our practice. Please feel free to make additional meetings without your child’s teachers as the semester continues. We love talking about learning!


Tales from the Breakfast Table

IMG_0473Last Thursday, we enjoyed our annual Breakfast at BISS.

After 1 month of school, it was timely for parents to chat with principals about their impressions and experiences of a new academic year.

We heard tales of blossoming confidence, improved work habits and admiration for teachers, as well as questions about homework & upcoming events.

Read on for more pictures and messages!
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Meet the Teacher!


Thank you to all parents who joined us last Thursday for Meet the Teacher Night.


With 100 elementary families in attendance, we were thrilled to re-unite with returning parents and build relationships with new families. As always, we are very appreciative of your time and support.


With all parents, we shared the key elements of learning at BISS (belonging, expert teaching, engaged minds and lifelong thinking skills).  Each teacher then explained the routines, expectations, learning methods and exciting inquiries in their own class. Thank you, parents, for your commitment to strong home-school connections. Remember that your child’s teachers, the PYP Coordinator and the Principal are always just an email (phone call or visit) away!