WAB Weekly

Whole School


Whole School WAB Weekly

Whole School WAB Weekly: June 14, 2018

Early Dismissal on the Last Day of School: Students will be dismissed today at 12:10pm. Parents are welcome to join us in the ES Gym for our end-of-year assembly, but please be aware that space will be very limited. There are no After-school Activities. Have a great summer! Please note that campus will be completely closed beginning Monday, June 18, as our campus construction projects begin. There will be no access to school facilities during this time. We will look forward to seeing you in August.

End-of-Year Letter from the Director: Please have a read through Director Courtney Lowe's end-of-year letter, which was sent to parents this morning via WAB Special Email.

Information about the 2018-19 School Year: All of the information you'll need for starting the next school year is available on our Welcome WAB Families page. This will have important dates for parents and students, lists of required documents for submission to the school, as well as links to resources for parents. We will update this periodically throughout the summer, so please make sure to check back regularly.

Use WAB's Summer Reading Platforms: Don't forget to take advantage of WAB's eBook and Audio book collections this summer. You can use this link to access books using the OverDrive catalog and magazines and newspapers using the PressReader app. Also don't forget to have a look through the FLoW21-inspired reading list, of which many are available on these platforms. Happy reading!

On behalf of the Parent Link, outgoing Chair Su Cheng Harris-Simpson and the incoming Co-Chairs Jaclyn Dam Laute and Ling Shee would like to wish everyone a safe and fun summer break. They are looking forward to seeing everyone in the new school year!

Elementary School


Elementary School WAB Weekly

Elementary School WAB Weekly: June 14, 2018

ES End of Year Reports: The ES end-of-year report cards are available for parents to access and download. Please click here if you need instructions to view the reports. Contact ES reception if you need support.

Last Day of School/Early Dismissal: Our last day of school is today, and students are dismissed at 12:10pm. Please note that buses will leave WAB soon after, and there are no After-school Activities.

2018-2019 Class lists and bus information will be accessible on Thursday, August 9.

Message from the Principal: What a great year it has been. Many NEW initiatives took place this year which made us a stronger, more successful school. Here are a few:

  • Matt Glover Writers workshop inspired a new approach to writing
  • EAL instruction started in the EY and will continue next year
  • Basic mathematical expectations strengthened and grade-level teaching strategies streamlined
  • Implementing project-based learning in the Dutch program
  • An induction program developed to introduce Chinese program to parents
  • Implementation of the "Social Thinking" curriculum for targeted Grade 3, 4, and 5 students
  • Planning has begun for library renovation and outdoor spaces
  • "Come Fly with Me" musical script co-created with students
  • PE students accessed QR codes encouraging self-directed skill development
  • The Swiss School Beijing at WAB was born
  • The Green House, MakerSpace and Learning Kitchen hit their stride, working to capacity
  • Parent as Learners Workshops were well-attended. These will continue next year, with some also being offered in Chinese and Korean
  • Tighter admissions guidelines were introduced to maintain diversity quotas
  • Global awareness, going beyond the 4 Fs, was spread over the year, adding depth and substance to the concept

We can be proud of our achievements in the Elementary School. It has been an honor to serve you as principal in my first year, and I cannot wait for the next to begin! We wish you all a peaceful, rejuvenating and fun summer.

What's Happening in the ES? (View WAB Calendar here)

  • June 14: Last Day of School (Half day)

ES Blog

Parents, don't forget to read your school blog for specific class information!

Middle School


Middle School WAB Weekly

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for the support of all parents this year. We are also very excited to share that in 2018-19, every student will have a progress mentor working with them closely and getting to know them well. Please read more about the Progress Mentoring program in the MS here. We will have a coffee morning in August to talk more about the mentor program.

Reports are released in PowerSchool now. Please click here for instructions on how to access your child's report card online and the link here explains how to understand your child's report. Whether your child is returning or leaving after this year at WAB and you need a printed copy of his or her report, please contact Ceci Tai.

Grade 8 Celebration: Thank you to the parent and student committee members who made this wonderful night possible. Thanks also to all our sponsors and parents making donations; these helped to make the night truly magical for our students. Please find a special Thank You letter on the Grade 8 blog.

Summer Reading: Please remember to return all resources to the library if you still have over-due books in your possession. Multiple summer reading lists can be found here to meet the needs of our diverse learners. Happy reading!

What's Happening in the Middle School? (View WAB Calendar here)

  • June 14: Last Day of School (Half day)
  • August 13: First Day of School 2018-19 School Year

MS Blog

Parents, don't forget to read your school blog for specific class information!

High School


High School WAB Weekly

Have a great summer! The High School wishes you and your family a wonderful summer vacation. We look forward to welcoming you back to school in August. Happy travels!

Important Message from Visa Office: If your child is turning 18 soon, we encourage you to contact our School Affairs Department via Zhang Rui and Janet Wang. WAB's School Affairs Department closes on June 16. If your son or daughter is turning 18 over the summer, you should contact our department urgently.

Next Year's Calendar: Parents may wish to know about two important sets of dates for their planning for next year. The 2018 China Studies trips in HS will be from October 8 to 12. Note that this is a change from past years; the trips will directly follow the October holiday. Grade 12 Mock Exams will be scheduled beginning Tuesday, February 12, and ending on Tuesday, February 19. Chinese New Year holiday is from February 4-8. I hope this information is helpful to you as you plan your holiday travels. Please do note that both China Studies (for all grades) and Grade 12 Mock Exams are a required part of our program at WAB, so parents should not book holidays which conflict with either period.

HS Reports: Student reports will be finalized and will be available on PowerSchool at the end of the day on Thursday, June 14. For instructions on how to access reports and print reports for Grades 9 to 11, please see this explanation. Grade 12 parents can access final scores under F1 on PowerSchool. Grade 12 families can request unofficial copies of the HS Transcript in our Counseling Office. Official copies will be mailed directly to institutions on behalf of students.

Summer Reading: Parents and students often ask for summer reading suggestions. Look at our Green Sky Studio webpage for some suggestions. Take a look at "Suggested Reading" for ideas.

What's Happening in HS? (View WAB Calendar here)

  • June 14: Last Day of School (Half Day)
  • June 14: HS Reports available on PowerSchool at 4pm