"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

October is Communicator Month!

During September assemblies for caring, the students created a Caring Corridor and folk-danced their hearts out, in both cases exhibiting how much fun we can have working together and being considerate.

Learning to be effective communicators is our focus during October. The IB Organization defines the skills required of good communicators as:

They understand and express ideas and information confidently & creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively & willingly in collaboration with others.

Teaching and modeling international-mindedness is essential in creating a more caring and compassionate world. We are continuing our mission to educate our community about peer aggression, guided by the tools introduced last spring by Trudy Ludwig, author and anti-bullying advocate. Classes will create skits to perform at assemblies exemplifying a tool from Trudy's Toolkit.

Recommended reading

  • K-2nd: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki, Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shabib Nye
  • 3rd-5th grade: Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Questions and comments are always welcome.

Tamara Beecroft, Librarian, library@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 ext. 102