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All-School Digital Resources

Looking for a field trip-related form, a key learning document like our Language Philosophy or Assessment Practices. more information about the professional growth plan, or how to apply for professional learning opportunities? Look no further than the All-School Resources folder in our digital hub. This is a one-stop-shop for every handbook, procedure, and guidelines NIS has to offer. Take a look today!


PD Committee Opportunity

The esteemed NIS Professional Development Committee is in need of one new member for the 2019/20 school year. Please have a look at our updated PD Handbook for information about the committee’s purpose and function. This group meets at lunch once per cycle to consider applications. Current members are Angel, Angela R., Joe,  Sonya, Steven, and Kasson (as the non-voting Chair) if you’d like to hear more directly from committee members about this commitment.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please email Kasson by the end of business on Monday the 19th. Thanks!


Reminders for Today

Three friendly reminders for today’s festivities…

  1. New Students and their families will be on campus today from 7:45am-10:45am for students and parents. The schedule (with responsibilities) can be found in the respective PS and MS/US Sites. EY students and parents will head straight to the EY Centre (parents will drop off and head to the PAC), while all other students and parents will start in the PAC; and go to classrooms from there. Buses will depart at 10:45am, after an action-packed morning.
  2. We will have our Monday morning briefing a little later than usual, starting from 11:00am in the staff lounge for about 15-20 minutes. All should attend.
  3. Lunch for staff will be provided in the cafe (at your own cost) from 12:00pm today.  The menu is homemade sausage with potato wedges or Teriyaki tofu, along with the usual sandwiches and salad options. Normal lunch resumes in both the cafe and cafeteria tomorrow.

Thanks for your efforts in making this a special day for our new-to-NIS families. Please see Kasson or your friendly Head of Section with any questions. Our amazing NIS Ambassadors will be on-hand to assist.


Substitution Coordinator Contact Information

Good Morning, All.

Take a moment to save this phone number to contact Pat in case of absence: 139 51617072

Please remember to get in touch with Pat as far in advance as possible in cases of pre-planned absence and before 10pm the night before, or between 6 and 7am the day of, an unplanned absence due to illness. Please also remember to forward her detailed substitution plans, if required, in the Primary setting and always in the MS/US, using the substitution plan template.

A final substitution related reminder that Junlah will cover BTTs only when the BT-Teacher is absent due to illness. Please organize cover for your Break Time Teaching yourself if you are absent for any other reason.

Thanks and please see Pat or Kasson with any questions!


Closing Day Information

Hi All,

The forecast for today is rain so we are calling indoor break now.  Break today runs from at 10:00am-10:20am. Students in EY will spend the this time in the Blue Gym, Grades 1-2 will spend the Break in their corridor and classrooms, and Grades 3-5 will do the same.

MS/US students will spend the Break in the Green Gym, rocking out to the bands and signing yearbooks. All other spaces, including the cafeteria, will be off-limits. Other than yearbooks, you should leave everything in your Advisories.

At 10:20am the bell will go and PS students will quickly make their way to the Green Gym where we will all sit by House according to this seating plan for the Shield presentation.

After the Shield is presented, we will dismiss back to Homerooms and Advisories by grade level for final goodbyes. At 11:00am the bell will go and school will officially be “out… for summer!”

Today’s schedule is reposted here.

Have a great (final) morning of School Year 2018-2019!




Closing Day 2019 Schedule

Hello All,

We Hope you are looking forward to a lovely morning tomorrow as we wrap up the academic year. Please find the linked overall schedule for the day and bring along a pen for all the yearbook signing. We’ll plan to celebrate the House Shield in the Green Gym and finish the day back in Homerooms and Advisories for an 11:00am dismissal.

See you then!


Grade 6-10 MAP Make-Up/Wrap-Up Today at 8:45am

Hello Grade 6-10 MAPers,

If you need to finish-up/make-up MAP tests you will do so today from 8:45am. If you think that you might be one of these students, please check your inbox for an email from Mr. Bratton and report to the following locations with a charged laptop and a can-do attitude:

Grades 10, 7, and 6: The Large Music Room

Grades 8 & 9: The MS/US LGR


MAP Finale

Hello Grade 6 and Grade 9 Students,

You’re up today for MAP testing!

6A & 6B-Reading in the LGR from 10:45am

6C-Reading in Mr. Snyder’s room from 10:45am

9A-Math in Ms. Law’s Room from 10:45am

9B-Math in Mr. Chesterman’s Room from 10:45am

9C-Math in Mr. Coad’s Room from 10:45am

Do your best!

Ps. Tomorrow (Friday) we’ll have a MS/US MAP make-up/finish-up session in the LGR from 8:45am. Mr. Bratton will let you know if you need to attend. Thanks!

MAP Tuesday

Hello MAP Masters,

Six marvelous MAP sessions are on-tap for today:

Grades 3-5: MAP wrap-up 8:15am-10:10am in the LGR with Mr. Bratton

Grades 9A: Reading 9:10am-10:10am with Ms. Ryan (D347)

Grades 9B: Reading 9:10am-10:10am with Ms. Lenk (D341)

Grades 9C: Reading 9:10am-10:10am with Mr. Orteza (D343)

Grade 7A and 7B: Reading: 10:30am-12:30pm in the LGR with Ms. Kuan

Grade 7C: Reading: 10:30am-12:30pm in the Music Room with Ms. Keus

#finishstrong #onequestionatatime #showwhatyouknow

Ps. Grade 6 and Grade 9 are scheduled for Thursday sessions this week, with the MS/US Wrap-Up session taking place on Friday morning. The full MAP schedule is located here for your reference.

MAP-a-palooza Today!

Hello All,

We have a MAP-tastic day on tap. Please see the testing information below:

Grade 4 (All): 8:15am-9:45am-Reading

Grade 5A & 5B: 8:15am-9:45am-Reading

Grade 10 (All): 9:15am-10:20am in the LGR with Mr. Dutton and Mr. Stevens in the LGR-Math

Grade 7A & 7B: 10:40am-12:50pm in the LGR with MS. Kuan-Maths

Grade 7C: 10:40am-12:50pm in the Drama Classroom with Ms. Keus-Maths

Grade 5C: 11:30am-12:50pm-Reading

The overall MAP schedule is here for further details. Give it your best effort!

Ps. Grades 3, 5, and 10 are on for Monday!

MAP Testing Today and Thursday

Hello Grade 3 & 4 Crews,

You are on for MAP testing today:

Grade 4:  8:10am-9:35am in your Homerooms for Maths

Grade 3: From 10:40am-12:05pm in your Homerooms for Reading

Give it your best effort!

Ps. Thursday is our most epic day of MAP testing with Grades 4 and 5A/5B in the first morning slot and 5c, Grade Grade 10 coming up after. It’s going to be a BIG day of measuring academic progress, so get a good night’s rest tonight! The full MAP schedule is here for details.

Map Testing Today and Thursday

Hello All,

Grade 8 and Grade 6 are up for MAP testing today (Tuesday) from 10:30am at the locations listed below. Give these assessments your best effort and attention!

Grade 8 Reading:

8A-Ms. Merrylees Room (D241)

8B- Mr. Snyder’s Room (D212)

8C-Ms. Ryan’s Room (D347)

Grade 6 Math:

6A-Mr. Underwood’s Room (D220)

6B-MS/US LGR (Dutton)

6C-Mr. Merrylees Room (D342)


Ps. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is MS/US Athletics Day, so no MAP. On Thursday, Grade 7 and 10 will have MAP Maths. The full MAP schedule is here.

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