Gratitude Tree

A Chance to Reflect

Reflection is an important part of the IB experience. MYP students were challenged recently to discover what they are grateful for despite such an unbelievable year.

Every blossom of our gratitude tree (in the window above our front door) contains a grateful moment. We are now grateful and look forward to a much needed break.

The attached article shared by a H.I.S. parent reminds us that our students need to play this summer, recover mentally and embrace a possible future with many more of the aspects of the life we cherish.

text & gratitude tree design: LF


Healthy Digital Citizenship Workshop

We were delighted to bring back experts, Frau Kegler and Herr Bubenitzschek with Digitale Medien, to deliver a workshop for our Grade 7 students over Zoom last Thursday.

Grade 7s discussed healthy habits regarding access to social media platforms, review of age ratings, German laws and legal advice, healthy amounts of screen time, the social structures that precipitate cyberbullying and potential abuses, video scenarios around responsibility, and the possible exploitation and risks involved when meeting new people virtually.

A special THANKS to Charlotte who graciously provided translation for our guest speakers when needed.

Here are some helpful weblinks that provide details around these valuable topics.

English language websites:

German websites:


Photo: LF

Happy Holidays from Konnie

Konnie still loves to collect things on our walks.

He has really fast recall.

Konnie is losing his winter coat at the moment.  This is great for him, but not so great for our furniture!

Time for a rest.  Happy holidays everyone!


Wellness Break & Staycation Ideas

MYP Students, still in distance learning, spent this past Wednesday afternoon, seeking to unplug and Take a Break.

We are proud of our students, teachers and parents who have endured over 3 months of distance learning and are looking forward to a much deserved rest. The activities listed are a good reminder and promote balance and wellness for each of us.  We trust that new healthy habits and experiences will blossom as you each practice some self-care in the weeks ahead.  Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Mindful Mondays

Stay in Ship Shape with Arf's sea shanty

Our primary children have been able to stay in Ship Shape with a little help from Mindful Mondays and another sing along with our friend Arf.

This week and last the children, who needed to stay home, were invited to sing a sea shanty that reminds us of skills that work; (those treasures) that make going back and forth from school to home a little better.  And we learned how to draw our own ships as we continue on this journey together. As you can see and hear, our boats are in Ship Shape as we believe better days are soon ahead.

Click for H.I.S. Shanty:


Mindful Monday

Primary students keep a cool head and sing along with Arf

Our Primary students shared in one more Mindful Monday before the holiday break. They continued to learn more about the many emotions we are feeling during distance learning by finding ways to keep a cool-head when things get hard or if we’re frustrated.

And our friend Arf joined us again to help us learn ways to feel better again. Arf also joined us to sing a new song with the kids and parents; reminding us of ways to “self-regulate” by using our feel better skills.

A reminder for all of us to take a deep breath, hum our favorite song or move around to let off some steam. Click the link to watch and hear Mr Fortner and Arf sing the song:




Time to Talk

Zoom discussion for parents

The H.I.S. Student Support Team would like to invite you to join us on 4 February at 14:00 for an open discussion about focus and concentration.

We hope to discuss the skill of focusing and review what works for our children while completing required learning tasks at home.

Please find the Zoom link for this open discussion in the newsletter no. 21.