Parent Workshop – “Safe Touch”


Safe Touch – Protective approaches to inappropriate touch

Wednesday November 6th, 7:15-8:30 ES Staffroom

Please join the Counselors as they explain how the NEW “Talking About Touching” program will be taught to your children during Guidance Lessons. You will also hear how parents can: reinforce the program’s safety skills at home; protect children from unsafe-touch situations; initiate discussion about family safety rules, such as helping children set personal touching boundaries with both peers and adults; and create an invaluable home-school partnership in connection with this program

Poster Touch Nov 2013 JPEG




Weekly Bulletin- 25th September- 2013 

What is ISA?

International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment programme that has been specially developed to measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing of students in international schools.

ISA is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  It is designed and developed in Australia by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The ISA reports provide descriptive information about what students know and can do. The results are equated from year to year so they can be used to track changes over time at individual and school level.

ISA is not a competitive or comparative test.  It is not a test that students “pass”.  It will not be used for purposes other than providing data to us, you and your child, about his/her learning. Students do not ‘prepare’ for the tests.

A growing number of international schools now use ISA.  This is the 5th year that IST has been doing the ISA

How do the assessments work?

Students complete a reading literacy test, a mathematical literacy test and two writing tests, each of which takes between 45 minutes and one hour to administer.  The tests include both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks.

They will be taken in ‘normal’ school conditions e.g. in homeroom groups, in conditions that are familiar to our students.

What information will parents receive?

We will pass on all information about your child to you in the form of an individual report. These reports are provided by ACER and are very comprehensive. They will give you a detailed record of your child’s performance in mathematical literacy, reading literacy and writing. You will receive them by February 2014.

In Conclusion

Grade 3, 4, and 5 will be doing their ISA on the 8th and 9th of October.  On 10th October is the make-up day for students who miss the test on one of those days. There will be no re-take for students missing both days.

You may also wish to visit the websites of PISA ( and/or ACER (, for further information.


October Parent Workshops @ IST


This month @ IST Elementary the following parent workshops will be offered:

Good Friends – Wednesday 2nd October, ES Staffroom 7:15-8:30

Please join the counseling team for a presentation about supporting your child’s social development. Learning about skills your children need in order to build relationships. Helping your children to find, make and keep friends. Learning how to help your child navigate the trickier aspects of friendship.

The Learner Profile – Thursday 10th October, ES Staffroom, 7:20-8:20

Parents will have the opportunity to explore the learner profile in depth. They will inquire into how parents can model the learner profile for their children.

Blogs and Communication – Wednesday 30th October, ES Staffroom 7:20-8:00

What is a blog? How are blogs used at IST to communicate with parents and community members? Come and join the ICT teaching staff for a chat about the IST blogs and how you can be actively involved, by commenting on posts.

Vision and Hearing Screening at IST Elementary


Why Screening Is So Important

Very few children complain about vision or hearing problems because they have no way of knowing that their vision/hearing is not normal. To them, it is “normal” because it is the only vision/hearing they have ever known. Most parents are  comfortable with the thought that their child’s primary care physician will discover any eye or hearing problems but unfortunately, this is not always the case. School screening programs can help detect these serious problems.

So school-age hearing/vision screenings are an integral tool in identifying children with hearing/vision difficulties who were not identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who developed these difficulties later. Without routine screening in schools, students with hearing/vision difficulties may not be identified or will be misdiagnosed and managed.

Therefore, the IST Elementary Student Services team, in collaboration with the nurses, has organized:

  • Vision screening for all students EC-G5
  • Hearing screening for EC and KG students, as well as some students in G1-G5 that teachers are concerned about.

This screening will happen during school time under supervision of the classroom teacher.

Vision screeningOctober 1-10, 2013

Hearing screeningsometime after December break.  We will keep you posted on the dates.

Vision Screening (EC-G5) scheduled for Oct. 1-10, 2013

The vision screening is the same as the normal vision tests used by an optometrist : both eyes are tested separately, reading from a card at 6 meters distance. If indicated,  color vision can be tested as well.

Parent notification

Each student that has been screened will receive a note that same week, indicating whether

O No concerns were found

O We have some concerns about your child’s vision/hearing

Please be on the look-out for these notes during this time period.  Should concerns be indicated, we strongly urge you to have your child further tested by health care professionals in Dar or abroad as soon as possible.  The Student Services department will follow up on this later this school year.

Thank you for your cooperation and don’t hesitate to contact should you have any questions.

September Parent Workshops @ IST


This month @ IST Elementary the following parent workshops will be offered:

An introduction to the PYP – Thursday 12th September, ES Staffroom, 7:20-8:20

This workshop will help parents understand how the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is organized both philosophically and practically. You will learn how to discuss units of inquiry with your children too!



Empathy – Wednesday 18th September, ES Staffroom 7:15-8:30

Join this parent workshop to discover what your children are being taught through our Second Step Program, and how you can support their learning at home. Follow this link to the Counselor’s Blog to find out more…


Introduction to Digital Citizenship – Wednesday 25th September, ES Staffroom 7:30-8:30

An introduction for parents about how we are teaching students the rules of good citizenship online. This includes protecting private information, staying safe online and basic email etiquette.

Parent Workshop: Thriving Through Transition


Wednesday, September 4th, 7:15-8:30 Staff Room


Find out more about this session for families new to IST by following the link below to the Counselor’s Blog


Swim Squad Try Outs

Our competitive Swim Squad is for children in Grade 2 to 5 and the squad regularly swims with schools in Dar es Salaam and once a year with schools from around Tanzania. Try outs for the swim squad will take place early in the second week:
Monday 19th August from 2.00pm to 3.00pm – Grade 2 and 3 (children must be able to swim 25m in at least two different strokes to be eligible for try outs)
Tuesday 20th August from 2.00pm to 3.00pm – Grade 4 and 5 (children must be able to swim 50m in at least two different strokes to be eligible for try outs)
Please note that successful swimmers be asked to commit to Swim Squad for the whole year. Those children who are not selected for Swim Squad will be able to join Development Squad.