Donations wanted!

The ISS Learning Commons team have over the last few years been contributing to the library collection of a children’s home/school in Uganda organised by a charity called Heart for Children.  They provide a home and schooling for orphans from all over Africa.  We have donated many of our unwanted library books and the charity has gratefully accepted.

They will be shipping a container at the end of April 2017 and have asked if we have any donations to make.  If you have any unwanted Children’s books please bring them to the Upper, Lower or SIFI School Library from now until before the Easter break.

The books should be in relatively good condition.  We CANNOT accept Textbooks or Adult books.

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Maybe you would even like to buy a new book at the book fair and donate this!

For more information about the charity Heart for Children please view the following website.

https://www.heart4children.de/

Book Week 20th – 24th March 2017 and visiting author Mark Robson in ISS

Dear Parents,

ISS is going to celebrate Book Week from the 20th to 24th of March. Throughout this week everything about reading and creative writing will be highlighted and celebrated. We have also invited an author Mark Robson, who is from the UK, especially around Essex and West Wales. He was also a RAF pilot until 2005 although he started writing in 1995. He has written books such as Devil’s Triangle series, Imperial Spy Series, Dragon Orb Series, Darkweaver Legacy Series, Warrior Kids series and more. In ISS Sindelfingen he will be speaking to students from EY through grade 8 on Wednesday. You can read more about the author here http://www.markrobsonauthor.com/about/ There will be a book sale on Wednesday in ISS Sindelfingen. Please send minimum 10 Euros with you children to buy books signed by the author.

In ISS Sindelfingen we also have lots of interesting activities surrounding the theme “Imagine all the stories you could write” during Book Week. Everyday we have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), the author visit on Wednesday, Haiku in a Pocket on Thursday and wear your favorite book or author hat on Friday. Primary students are writing Haikus right now during their library sessions. Please help your children to design and create their hats and bring them to school on the 24th of March. Students’ creative writings will be displayed around the school.

We are looking forward to a week full of fun with reading and writing and more.

Sincerely,

Julia Daniel and Matthew Rose

danielj@issev.de, rosem@issev.de

Mark Robson

The Hour of Code is coming!

It is time again for the Hour of Code! The Learning Commons Team will be running hour long sessions from December 5th (Monday) to December 9th (Friday) for grades EY to 5 and there will be some session in G6 and 7 Design classes. The Hour of Code provides students with the opportunity to learn basic block programming (coding is basically creating a step by step guide for getting a computer to complete a task). The students use age-appropriate apps to go through levels which get progressively more difficult and which continually builds on the skills they are learning along the way.

The students will be using lots of thinking skills during the hour, specifically – sequencing, patterning, patience and attention to detail. There is lots of information on the Hour of Code website where you can watch tutorials and listen to influential people talk about the benefits of teaching children to code.

Try the following apps yourself or use the Code.org self-guided tutorials.

  • Scratch Jr. or Daisy the Dinosaur
  • Beebots (good for pre-readers)
  • Kodable
  • Hopscotch