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NEWSLETTER No.13
3rd December 2020
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From the Principal



Dear Parents,
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
― Mother Teresa ―

There is no doubt that the last few months and weeks have been stressful for us all and I thought I would share some information with you this week about ‘resilience’. 

‘All children are capable of extraordinary things. There is no happiness gene, no success gene, and no ‘doer of extraordinary things’ gene. The potential for happiness and greatness lies in all of them, and will mean different things to different children. We can’t change that they will face challenges along the way. What we can do is give them the skills so these challenges are never able to break them. We can build their resilience. 

Resilience is being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma or adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world. 

The great news is that resilience is something that can be nurtured in all children.’

https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/

Teaching resilience does not always involve a list of do’s and don’ts, but helping our students become more resilient will certainly help them as they meet challenges, both in their academic life, but also in their social and emotional life too.

I also wanted to share with you something that came to my attention a few days ago - the reverse advent calendar. While advent calendars, trees, wreaths and all the other trimmings are a wonderful part of the experience leading up to Christmas, there is a way that you can adapt your celebrations to help others in need.

The reverse advent calendar is becoming increasingly popular with philanthropic festive fans. Instead of (or as well as) eating a piece of chocolate to mark the days that lead up to Christmas, the idea is to put aside an item each day to donate to a food bank or charity. Collect these goodies throughout your days of Christmas, and take them to a donation point – like a food bank – on the final day. This links very nicely with my article last week about how helping others can help reduce stress.

Finally, as mentioned last week, please make every effort to leave the campus as soon as possible once you have picked up your child, avoiding mixing with students from other classes and avoiding playing on the grassy area opposite the ECC. Thank you for your help with this.

Please continue to take very good care of yourselves.

Kind regards,
 
Sarah-Jane Green
 


Gentili Genitori,
 
Non è tanto quello che diamo, ma quanto amore mettiamo nel dare. 
― Madre Teresa ―

Non c’è dubbio che gli ultimi mesi e settimane sono stati difficili per tutti noi, pertanto questa settimana ho pensato di condividere alcune informazioni sulla resilienza. 

“Tutti i bambini sono capaci di cose straordinarie. Non esiste un gene della felicità, o un gene del successo, e nemmeno un gene per fare cose straordinarie. Tutti hanno il potenziale per la felicità e il successo, due aspetti che significano cose diverse per i diversi bambini. Non possiamo cambiare le difficoltà che incontreranno lungo il loro percorso, ma possiamo dare loro le capacità affinchè tali problemi non li pieghino. Possiamo costruire la loro resilienza.  

La resilienza è la capacità di riprendersi da stress, difficoltà, tragedie, traumi o avversità. Quando i bambini sono resilienti, sono più coraggiosi, più curiosi, si adattano meglio e sono più capaci di aprirsi verso il mondo. 

La buona notizia è che la resilienza può essere coltivata in tutti i bambini”. 

https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/

Insegnare la resilienza non sempre prevede una lista di cose da fare o non fare, ma aiutare gli studenti a diventare più resilienti sicuramente li aiuterà ad affrontare meglio le difficoltà, sia nella vita scolastica sia nella vita sociale ed emotiva. 

Volevo inoltre mettervi al corrente di una cosa che mi è stata segnalata qualche giorno fa, ossia il calendario dell’avvento al contrario. Nonostante i calendari, gli alberi, le ghirlande e tutte le altre decorazioni sono un aspetto meraviglioso dell’avvicinarsi al Natale, questo nuovo calendario è un buon modo per usare le nostre feste per aiutare le persone bisognose. 

Il calendario dell’avvento al contrario sta diventando sempre più popolare tra i sostenitori delle festività solidali. Invece di (od oltre a) mangiare un cioccolatino per segnare i giorni che mancano a Natale, si può mettere da parte ogni giorno qualcosa da donare al banco alimentare o a un’associazione di beneficenza. Possiamo raccogliere gli alimenti fino a Natale e poi donarli a un centro di raccolta, come un banco alimentare, nell’ultimo giorno. Questo si collega perfettamente al mio articolo della settimana scorsa in cui dicevo che aiutare gli altri contribuisce a ridurre lo stress. 

Infine, come accennato la settimana scorsa, vi preghiamo di lasciare il campus non appena avete ritirato i vostri figli, evitando che studenti di classi diverse si mescolino ed evitando che giochino nell’area verde a fianco dell’ECC. 

Vi auguro di continuare a stare bene e al sicuro. 
 
Cordiali saluti,
 
Sarah-Jane Green
SCHOOL CALENDAR
NEXT WEEK
8 Dec: Public Holiday
9 Dec: Elementary School Presentation for Kindergarten Parents (17:30 on Zoom)
10 Dec: Middle School Presentation for Grade 5 Parents (17:30 on Zoom)
11 Dec: Christmas Jumper Day

COMING SOON: 
23 Dec-6 Jan: Christmas Holidays
7 Jan: Back to School 
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PARENT REPRESENTATIVE 
Mrs. Francesca Botto, our parent representative on the UIS Board, can be reached via email: francesca.botto.uis@gmail.com should you wish to contact her.
 
RAPPRESENTANTE DEI GENITORI
La dott.ssa Francesca Botto, rappresentante dei genitori nel CdA della UIS, può essere contattata all’indirizzo email francesca.botto.uis@gmail.com 
Film
FILM FOR CHILDREN
Cinema Visionario always pays special attention to children. Comfortably sitting on their sofa, they will be able to enjoy the film Peo e i Grandi Artisti as if they were in a cinema. Click on the image to find out how to buy your tickets for this weekend. 

FILM PER BAMBINI
Il Cinema Visionario ha sempre un occhio di riguardo per i bambini. Comodamente seduti sul divano di casa, potranno vedere il film Peo e i Grandi Artisti e avere la sensazione di essere al cinema. Cliccate sull'immagine per sapere come acquistare i biglietti per questo fine settimana. 
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LET'S BUY LOCAL! 
For this particular Christmas, we would like to respond to the call of local bakeries and try to buy local products for our festivities. We can all do our small part to support our businesses. For more information, click on the image to read the full article. 

COMPRIAMO PRODOTTI LOCALI! 
Per questo particolare Natale, desideriamo cogliere l'appello delle imprese dolciarie locali e cercare di comprare prodotti locali per le nostre festività. Tutti possiamo fare la nostra piccola parte per sostenere le attività. Per ulteriori informazioni, potete cliccare sull'immagine e leggere l'intero articolo. 
WEBINARS ABOUT EMOTIONS 
We would like to share this series of free webinars organised by Punto Salute Fvg. Led by a psychologist, the webinars will be helpful to understand and live emotions. Click on the image to find out how to sign up. 

WEBINAR SULLE EMOZIONI

Vi segnaliamo questa serie di webinar gratuiti organizzati da Punto Salute Fvg. Sotto la guida di una psicologa, questi webinar ci aiuteranno a capire le emozioni e a viverle. Cliccate sull'immagine per scoprire le modalità di iscrizione. 
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WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS
Please click on the image to get information concerning free online parent workshops about Developing Life and Leadership skills with Positive Discipline. 

SEMINARI PER GENITORI
Cliccando sull'immagine potete accedere ai dettagli dei seminari online per genitori su come sviluppare delle strategie di vita e di leadership tramite la disciplina positiva. 
NEWS FROM THE STAFF ROOM
NEWS FROM THE ECC

Tactile Learning in Pre Nursery 

In Pre-Nursery we explore our surroundings, both inside and outside the classroom, using our senses, including touch. Taking advantage of the fall weather, we love playing with the abundant dry leaves in the playground, throwing them upwards and watching  them flutter back down,  and listening to them crunch under our feet when we jump on them. The pebbles are smooth and rounded, and are fun to dig up. We even learned that banging them together makes a special sound. We play with soapy water, putting our hands in and rubbing them together to make more bubbles. We enjoy mixing water and dirt to make it all muddy and messy, and cleaning our toys with sponges.

Ms Laura
Pre-Nursery Teacher 

ECC
ECC
NEWS FROM THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Strong and Stable Structures 

Grade 3 has been exploring strong and stable structures in Science in the past weeks. One of the ways to understand more was working with cardboard tubes. First the students worked in pairs to identify the most stable and the least stable. Then with limited materials (dried beans, plasticine and toothpicks), they tried out different ideas of how to make the tube more stable. The conclusion was that by adding weight to the base (dried beans) and making the base wider (plasticine and toothpicks) the unstable tube became more stable, and more firmly fixed to the table when it was moved back and forth.

Paola Gandrus 
Grade 3 Teacher

ELE
NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Experience German! You learn it when you do it! 

Bearing this principle in mind German lessons are focused on letting students “experience” their knowledge and making the new language meaningful to them with constant ‘hands-on’ activities.
Grade 6 students have learnt how to introduce themselves and to say what they like doing in their free time. They wrote their identity card in German, as well as a presentation on a “Teenie Forum” (an internal one, of course) in order to find new friends from all over the world. To practice free time activities, hobbies and sports we also played a pantomime game.
In Grade 7 we spoke about how the Fibonacci rules  also apply to the solar system, and did a project about it. In order to comply with the “covid rules” the students worked on a shared document where each student presented a slide with the main information and trivia about one planet. Grade 7 also learnt about how to buy fruit and vegetables at the market.
Grade 8 students completed the topic about the media area and learnt to talk about computers, social media, music, TV and cinema and presenting a film review. They did some research finding out information about the film and its production and showed all their knowledge in expressing their opinion about the film, the actors, the plot and the characters using complex structures in German.

Gut gemacht!

Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher

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NEWS FROM THE ITALIAN DEPARTMENT
Piccoli geografi crescono 

46° Nord e 13°Est … forse vi starete chiedendo a che cosa corrispondano questi due numeri?

Basta chiederlo ad un qualsiasi alunno di quarta! Si tratta delle coordinate geografiche della città di Udine. 

Quando posso chiamare lo zio Max a New York senza correre il rischio di svegliarlo in piena notte?

Facile! Basta calcolare il fuso orario e sapere quante ore indietro rispetto all’Italia si trova!

Durante le ultime lezioni di geografia i ragazzi hanno imparato a prendere confidenza con questi concetti per nulla semplici. Si sono cimentati nello studio delle coordinate geografiche, dei paralleli e dei meridiani e nella differenza che c’è tra latitudine e longitudine. Per far sì che questi argomenti così complessi ed astratti fossero meglio compresi, ho chiesto loro di realizzare un modellino tridimensionale della Terra su cui poter tracciare il reticolo geografico, il Meridiano di Greenwich e l’Equatore. Sono rimasta sorpresa quando i bambini hanno presentato il loro lavoro, svolto con grande cura e meticolosità. 

Sono davvero molto orgogliosa di tutti i miei giovani studenti e della passione che mi stanno dimostrando accogliendo con entusiasmo qualsiasi progetto venga assegnato loro … e se non mi credete, date un’occhiata ad alcuni di questi lavori, così potrete rimanere a bocca aperta anche voi, proprio come è successo a me!

Maestra Francesca

ITA
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Key Stage 2 Prize-giving 2020
 
This morning at the Key Stage 2 Prize-giving ceremonies, we celebrated our students’ 2020 academic achievements.
 
As I watched the students celebrate their progress this year, something that really struck me was the adaptability and resilience of both our students and our school. In keeping with Covid regulations, both ceremonies were live streamed on Facebook. I suspect that if at last year’s Prize-giving, someone had told us that we would be broadcasting the next one to parents at home and at work, all the way across the city, we would have been very sceptical – but here we are!
 
Our students have achieved amazing results this year, and they have done so while adapting to online learning, face masks, social distancing, and so much more. Their achievements, always something to be celebrated, invite particular respect given the challenges they have faced.
 
Today, we took the time to celebrate our Prize-giving recipients’ achievements. I would also like to take a moment to congratulate each and every student in this school. You have been amazing this year – you can all be so proud of yourselves!
 
To our Prize-giving recipients: well done! We are so proud of you! Congratulations on your amazing achievements – I hope they inspire all of us to keep working hard next year!
 
Hannah Kirkaldy
Key Stage 2 Teacher
 
Blouberg International School
SOUTH AFRICA
IES SEK
A new experience
 
It is crazy to think how fast things can change in a matter of weeks or even minutes. In our case we went from going to school everyday and spending more time with our teachers, classmates and friends to staying 24/7 at home in front of a computer or iPad, and the only way that we had to communicate with each other were our cellphones and apps like WhatsApp, FaceTime or social media. Online school as most of us call it, was a total different experience, we had to learn to use Zoom and we were totally dependent on technology. In my personal experience remote learning was something new but not that exciting since I had trouble paying attention to my classes. The way I see it, at home we have thousands of distractions that go from our pets to the bird that you see flying from your window.
 
 A week ago when my parents got an email from  school things took a drastic turn of events. This email was about my schools’s plan to come back. On that day I had a talk with my parents and they told me that they had decided for me to return since they realized that online school did not agree with me. I was so excited and I felt as if all my problems were solved. After six months of not seeing any of my friends I had my first day in a in person learning  with my classmates inside a classroom together with two meters of distance.
 
First the doctor checked my temperature and I was amazed and happy to see how strictly the protocol was being followed, this made me feel safe. At lunch I had an amazing meal and for the first time in months I was not distracted and actually learned many new and fabulous things.
 
María Gracia Analuisa, Sophomore IB
 
Colegio Internacional SEK Los Valles
QUITO - ECUADOR
IES SEK
Council of International Schools
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Tel: +39 0432 541119     Email: 
info.udine@iesmail.com       Web: www.udineinternationalschool.com

 






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