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DAIS NEWS – Sept 4th Edition

Back to School Night- Wednesday Sept 20 @6:15pm

Our Back to School Night is designed to provide parents with an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and to learn about the instructional philosophy and the curriculum at the grade level. The session is designed to be a whole group conversation and not an individual parent- teacher conference time. We are extremely excited to share what we do, so we hope you can join us. We wish to include working parents so we purposefully scheduled our event to begin at 6:15pm. We will begin with a whole group session and then move to more specific sessions within the grade level classrooms. To accommodate parents with more than one child in school, each classroom teacher will host two identical twenty (25) minute sessions. Please note that the “Back to School” event is designed as a parent information evening, so children are not expected to attend. That said, there will be child care available if needed.

Evening Schedule:

6:15-6:45 Opening and Specialists

6:50-7:15-Classroom Session 1

7:20-7:45-Classroom Session 2

We look forward to welcoming you.

Announcing DAIS Open Mic

Open Mic is a new initiative aimed to provide students the opportunity to share their learning with an audience in an authentic and timely manner. Open Mic will begin on Monday, Sept.11 and will rotate on a schedule of every second Monday from that point. Individual students, small groups or a whole class, in coordination with their teacher, can sign up for one of the five slots on the assembly agenda. Parents will be notified by the teacher by Friday of the week prior should their child be presenting at the subsequent Monday Assembly.

The Open Mic initiative is intended to replace what returning families have known as Community Time, yet still provide children the opportunity to hone their communication and presentation skills. Besides providing children an opportunity to share their learning in a more timely/authentic manner, Open Mic should also provide parents in attendance an enhanced experience in regard to being able to see and hear their child. In addition, Monday Assemblies are 30 minutes long, so working parents can share in their child’s “on stage moments” and still arrive to the office in a timely manner. Increased enrollment, the foot print of the assembly area and potential audience size was another point considered in making this change.

Revised MAP Test Dates:  Sept 25 – October 12

Elementary children will write during the week of Sept 25 and Middle School students will write after the MS Trip.



Back to School Night > Wednesday, Sept. 2

Schedule for Back to School Night 

Wednesday, September 2nd

  • 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten
  • 7:00 p.m. Preschool, Grade 4/5
  • 7:30 p.m. Grade 2, Grade 3
  • 8:00 p.m. Grade 6,7,8, Grade 1
  • Specialists will be located in the foyer from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please time your arrival so that it matches your desired grade level presentation. Childcare is available in the Library.

Director’s Message: Welcome to DAIS 2015-2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Dostyk American International School, school year 2015-2016. There is so much joy and excitement in the school right now, as we see familiar faces and meet new families. We can’t wait to have the students walk through the doors on Wednesday morning.

Children can arrive at school any time after 7:40. Supervision is provided in the Library for Grades 4 to 8, and in the Gym for Preschool to Grade 4. Yes, Fourth Grade students get to choose where they would like to hang out.

In terms of food, students just need to bring with them a mid-morning snack and a reusable water bottle. Water fountains are available in the hallways, but a water bottle will allow students to have water with them at their desks. This is particularly important with the hot weather in August. Please make your child’s snacks healthy; we ask that candy, chips and chocolates be saved for treats at home.

Basic supplies (pencils, pens and note paper) are provided for the children. Parents please ensure that your children have a hat, a backpack and a water bottle. We also encourage students to have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available. All of these items; along with plastic containers for snacks should have your family name written on them so that should an item be misplaced we can return it.

School will begin on August 12th at 8:00 am with a morning assembly in the school foyer; all parents are welcome to attend. Teachers and Teacher Assistants will be introduced and will then walk the children to their classroom. Parents are invited to follow along and wish their child a great year.

Lunch is from 12:00-1:00; this means that your children will arrive home around 12:05. Children are invited back to school at 12:45 for lunch recess on the playground.

Dismissals at the end of the school day are as follows:

  • Preschool 4 12:00
  • Kindergarten (Early Release) 2:00
  • Kindergarten (Full Day) to Grade 8 3:15

If you have a question, no matter how small, please don’t hesitate to ask. We want these first days of school to set the tone for the year: exciting, challenging, fun, filled with new experiences and friendships.

New Parent Orientation: August 19th at 4:00 pm in the Library.


Lory Thiessen, Director/Principal

Counseling: Ease Back to School Worries

Validate their feelings and let them know that you understand.

Welcome back to school! I hope that everyone had a positive and refreshing holiday.

Most children and parents (probably all) look forward to the start of school again. Getting to see their friends, meet the new students and teachers can be so exciting. But changing grades can also cause anxiety in some children. Sometimes they may feel overwhelmed with all of the changes that a new school year brings.

You can support your child at home in a few ways:

  1. Acknowledge that their worries or stress are real. Validate their feelings and let them know that you understand. Dismissing a child’s worries can lead to arguments.
  2. Emphasize continuity, rather than dramatic changes, helps children feel less adrift. Ask your child, “How different are you the day after your birthday compared to the day before your birthday?” The answer, of course, is that although the chronological age has changed, your child hasn’t changed noticeably. Moving up a grade works the same way. You may also want to let them know that “just like you managed the transition from kindergarten to grade 1 (pick your grade), I’m sure you’ll manage this transition too. It’s just another step on the same path.”
  3. Focus on the positives. Remind your child that school is a safe place for them, their teachers care about them (old ones and new ones) and that each day there are opportunities to grow and learn new things.
  4. Finally, the most important thing you can do to ease back-to-school worries is to share your confidence in your child’s ability to cope. Children tend to look to their parents to help gauge, “How dangerous is this new situation?” If you are calmly optimistic that your child will manage the back-to-school transition, it makes it easier for your child to be hopeful too. A couple of good things to say may be, “Right now, the idea of changing classes seems scary, but my guess is that after a few weeks, you’ll be used to it, and it will seem like no big deal.” You may also want to remind them of successful stories from the past.

I hope these small suggestions can open up conversations with your children about how they are feeling about school this year. I look forward to working with you and your children towards a successful school year.

Cheryl Fullerton, School Counselor