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    Dear Families,

    I apologize for not getting my newsletter to you yesterday.  I spent the day at Camp Kirby with all of our fifth grade students.  Camp Kirby is a wonderful opportunity that our fifth grade teachers provide for all of our students, going well beyond their teaching responsibilities.  Both Spanish and Japanese students travel to Camp Kirby, located just outside Bellingham, where they spend 2 nights and 3 days bonding and learning.  We are also grateful to all of the parents who act as cabin chaperones and come to teach classes which the students take, and to PTA for providing funds to offset the costs.  Here are a couple of pictures from yesterday.


    Home again, home again… Below are a few upcoming pieces of information.  Also, attached is the updated October calendar.  This year, I would like to send the calendar each month with updates.  Please let me know if you find this helpful or inconvenient as the year progresses.




    A few pieces of information:


    Lost and Found:

    Lost and found is gathered and donated at the end of each month.  Please remember to check in the cafeteria before the end of the month.  We also try to return items which are labeled.


    Student Leadership:

    This year students in 3rd – 5th grades will have the opportunity to participate in student leadership.  Two students per class will be chosen to participate each trimester.  Students will meet on Tuesdays during their lunch.  The beginning goals are to foster leadership in students, build positive relationships, and help organize all-school projects.  


    Curriculum Night

    Curriculum Night is Wednesday, October 4, from 5:30-7pm.  This is an ADULTS ONLY event, since teachers are making formal presentations.  Teachers will also have information about signing up for conferences.  If you have multiple children, feel free to select which teacher(s) to visit, or use the first half hour to hear another presentation.  Please remember, this is not a time for a private conference about your child.


    Here is the schedule for the evening:


    5:30-5:55pm Specialist presentation in the Library.  During this time you may also visit any other teacher.


    6:00-6:25pm Visit your child’s MORNING teacher.


    6:30-6:55pm Visit your child’s AFTERNOON teacher.


    Giving Tree

    Around the winter holidays we offer support to families who need a little extra help.  If you know of a family or your family could use some additional support, please contact Ms. Sarah.  Please look for tags during conferences.  Our giving tree enables our families to take a tag, select a gift, and return the item for a family at JSIS.  We also provide tags and gifts for families at Beacon Hill International School.  If you would like to help, please feel free to contact Kelly Brewer.

    October Character Trait

    October’s character traits are Empathy and Compassion.  We hope that you will discuss these with your child, and ask them about how they are demonstrating empathy and compassion at school.



    Our annual Move-a-Thon is Sunday, October 8 from 10-2 on the Burke-Gilman trail at Gasworks Park.  This is an awesome opportunity to help PTA raise funds for all of the JSIS programs they support.  Bring your children, ride, walk, roll along the trail and collect pledges.  If you can't make it, you can still collect pledges.  If you have questions, please take a look at the JSIS website.


    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081

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