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Dragon Dispatch - September 2, 2011

From the Director

Dear ISB Parents and Colleagues,
The PTSA and the school conducted the Welcome Back Picnic on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the secondary campus. Current community members met old acquaintances while members new to our community were introduced to current faculty and staff. Over 400 people enjoyed the lovely weather and food catered by Party Service. 
Open House
The Lower School Open House occurred on Wednesday, August 31. Classroom teachers met with parents during the regular school day. Mr. Lettinga, LS Principal, was pleased with the heavy turnout and he is compiling the data from the parent feedback surveys in order to consider improvements for next year.
The Middle School Open House will occur on Tuesday, September 6 and the High School Open House will occur on Wednesday, September 7. The main program will begin at 19:00 for both events and conclude at 20:45. Parents will have the opportunity to meet all of the teachers and visit the classrooms.
Our IBO Coordinator, Ms. Branka Sreckovic-Minic, will be giving an introduction to the Middle Years Program beginning at 18:30 on Tuesday. This presentation is aimed at parents new to the Middle School and we especially encourage the sixth grade parents and new parents to attend, although it is not obligatory. Ms. Sreckovic-Minic will make another presentation at 18:30 on Wednesday introducing the Diploma Program. Once again, new parents and parents of 11th grade students are encouraged to attend.
Board of Trustees Training & Teacher Workdays
Your Board of Trustees (BoT) will undergo a full day of Board Training on Saturday, September 3. Our Strategic Planning facilitator, Mrs. Adele Hodgson will lead the BoT and the Administrative Team through a series of topics defining good stewardship. Moreover, the BoT and Administrative Team will pursue setting BoT and Director goals for this school year.
On September 12, 2011 all ISB professional staff will be engaged in a Strategic Planning workshop facilitated by Mrs. Adele Hodgson from the European Council of International Schools. On September 13, all faculty will partake in differentiated professional development opportunities per their respective division. Please remember there will be no school for students on these two days.
Fire Drills/Earthquake Drills/Lockdowns
Throughout the course of the school year we fine-tune our emergency response procedures by conducting these drills. Each semester we complete these drills with our students, teachers and administrators. Upon completion of each drill, we debrief as an administrative team and critically examine how to implement changes for improvements. The safety and security of the students is our number one priority.
ISB Welcomes the Inaugural CEESA Student Support Institute
From October 27 – October 29, a bevy of CEESA counselors, school psychologists, and learning support specialists will converge upon ISB. We are anticipating over 20 teachers from our conference engaging in a variety of workshops. I’d like to thank Ms. Denise Granai for spearheading this important professional development opportunity as well as thank the CEESA Executive Office for partially sponsoring the Institute.
Workshop topics include:
  • Creating effective student support programs
  • Educational assessments for special needs
  • International Individual Learning Plans (IEPs)
  • Advisory Programs
  • Funding sources available for international families
  • Parent and student workshops
Director/Parent Coffee
At 8:15 a.m. on Monday, September 19, I will conduct the initial Director/Parent Coffee for the 2011-2012 school year. I will be reviewing selected elements of the Council of International Schools (CIS) visiting team report which was issued to ISB on July 28, 2011. I am pleased to inform the ISB community members in advance of my coffee that CIS awarded the status of re-accreditation to ISB based upon our own Self-Study and the recommendation of the Visiting Team.
And finally…
I’d like to personally thank the ISB Administrative Team (Mr. Bill Kralovec, Mr. Brian Lettinga, Mrs. Snezana Hasanovic, and Mr. Bane Nikolic) for their support of the school’s director during his period of absence in the first week of school. Our strong, dependable faculty and leadership team had a successful opening to this school year.

Dr. Eric Sands, Director
The International School of Belgrade


From the Lower School Principal

Dear Lower School Families,
It has been quite an exciting two weeks here in the Lower School. This week we held our Open House event and are happy so many of you were able to attend. I would also like to thank those parents that completed and turned in the Open House Survey we distributed during the event. I am happy to report that we had over 85% of our parents attend the event, over 90% of the parents reported understanding more about the homeroom and specialist programs, and we received some wonderful comments on how to improve the event for next year. Be sure to scroll down the Lower School Dispatch page for some photos of the event.
This coming week we have our grade five class going on their class trip. I, too, will attend a portion of the trip and will return with the group on Friday afternoon. Please feel free to contact our grade five teachers, Mr. Calic and Mr. Moran if  you have any questions or concerns regarding the trip.
Some other important information and safety points of interest for Lower School parents and families this week include:
  • Our Lower School government(SRC) is getting organized over the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for the first Spirit Day of the school year later this month.
  • For all of our safety, please do not bring dogs onto the Lower School campus, thank you.
  • After School Activities will begin next week, September 6. If you have not signed-up, please check your email accounts for our announcement sent out earlier in the week or contact the Lower School.
  • Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13 are teacher Professional Development days. There is no school for all ISB students on these two days.
  • Identification badges will be sent home with students, for their parents, over the next few weeks. Please, look for these as all adults entering campus are asked to wear identification badges while moving around campus.
  • PTSA is up and running. Please keep a keen eye out for opportunities to lend a hand with the many activities our PTSA is sponsoring this school year, including our Room Parent program.
  • Bike and scooter riders. Please be sure to send students with helmets if they are arriving and leaving school grounds via bike or scooter. Bike and scooter riders are to go home when school is over.
  • Beginning of the year assessments. Each school year, Lower School students participate in a variety of assessment pieces, some marked externally (MAP) and some internally. Please help us get our students off on the right foot each day by seeing they get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast each and every day. Teachers will send home more information regarding testing as dates begin to be finalized.
  • ISB is a great place for families. While enjoying your time here on campus we ask that parents supervise children to help ensure children are playing in play spaces designed for their age.
We hope to see you on campus,
Mr. L


From the Upper School Principal

Dear High School Parents,
The students and teachers are settling into the routine of school with the successful completion of the second week of school. We announced the Honor Roll for the second semester from the 2010-2011 school year. The students who earned honors (Grade Point Average GPA of 5.5) and high honors (GPA of 6.0) are listed below.
Honors: Sebastian Mikkelsen, Sezgi Kirkin, Mihajlo Drajer, Ivan Struk, Anna Barazani, Joey Roy, Alex Soljakovski, Siir Tecirlioglu and Andjela Ilic.
High honors: Marko Jukic, Mateja Perovic, Jonathan Rice, Shahaf Shay, Annabella Wong, Vaibhav Chitkara, Jessica Davenport, Clarissa Tanner, Rachel Walker, Aleksandra Ivkovic, Carina Popa, Nikola Filajdic, Andrej Petrovic, Antoni Czerwinski, Rachel Milner Verreault, Iva Djukic, Priyanka Sethi, Matija Tausan, Federico Fiore, Teodor Karic, Sava Stakic, Lana Al Huneidi, Luka Gobeljic, Una Mihajlovic, Carl Kelly, Lu Sevier, Andjela Janicijevic, Rachel Gilbertson, Aleksandra Tancic, Tatiana Filajdic, Katarina Koysova, Marina Krstovic and Willa Voorhies.
For the 2011-2012 school year, we are raising the standards by 0.5 for each of the two categories. To earn Honors, a student will have to have a GPA of 6.0 and to earn High Honors, a GPA of 6.5. We are also weighing Higher Level classes to award those students taking a more difficult course load. And finally, we are adding an “honor” component.  Students must have good attendance and free of major behavior violations.
We have also been visited by many alumni in the first couple of weeks. Yesterday, I spoke with 2009 graduate Sandra Krstović. She is in her final year of study at the University College of London majoring in Economics and Business. This summer she won a highly competitive internship with Citigroup working in the Corporate Banking Division. It was an amazing experience for her working on multi-million dollar loans and “pulling all-nighters” with the global financial giant.
Sandra reflected on her studies at ISB and mentioned that the IB Diploma was great preparation for her university study. The large number of deadlines and projects, got her ready for the rigors of university. Sandra will continue working with Citigroup after graduation. Congratulations!
I am looking forward to see parents at Wednesday’s High School Open House. Parents will have the opportunity to meet all the teachers and learn about the curriculum. It will take place at the High School from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
Bill Kralovec
Upper School Principal


PYP Window

Thank you to all the parents for coming to our Open House this week.
We hope you are going to be tempted to come in and join us as we work with your children.
This week the KG classes have begun their first unit of inquiry: Messages can be communicated without words.
 An inquiry into
  • Types and reasons for sending a message
  • Different ways of communicating a message
  • How we interpret messages
Some questions that will guide students through the concepts of causation and perspective are; what kinds of messages do we send to each other? How many different ways are our messages communicated? How do you, as the listener or receiver, help in the process? How do we know what someone is feeling or thinking or doing if they don’t speak? How do signs and symbols help us understand the world?
Vicki, Nadia and Mira, the KG teachers, played an interesting game of acting & gesturing instead of speaking for circle time routines and had the children interpret and respond to the non-verbal messages. The children also looked closely at the word “Messages” to un-pack its possible meanings. I visited each class to draw a story where the children were invited to make meaning as I drew and then to have a go at drawing their own “secret” stories which a friend then had to guess the meaning through looking and questioning.
Here are some photos!

Suzanne Tomlinson


MYP - DP Portal

Dear parents of the Grade 6 students,  
Your children have moved from the IB PYP to the IB Middle Years Program, or have just joined the ISB.
You are cordially invited to the IB MYP presentation at the Middle School Art room, on September 6 from 6:30pm until 7pm, just before the MS Open House starts.
Branka Sreckovic-Minic
IB MYP/DP coordinator
Dear parents of the Grade 11 students,
Your children have moved from the IB MYP to the IB Diploma program or have just joined the ISB.
You are cordially invited to the IB Diploma presentation at the High School Computer Lab, on September 7 from 6:30pm until 7pm, just before the HS Open House starts.
Branka Sreckovic-Minic
IB MYP/DP coordinator


ISB Counselors' Corner

Dear ISB Parents:
As part of our health education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited Prevention Specialists from Freedom from Chemical Dependency  (FCD) Educational Services to join our community. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools.  FCD will deliver classroom and campus workshops to students and staff  throughout week of 26th of September to the 30th of September.   This year they will visit all three campuses. 
Their mission is to:
  • Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years.
  • Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use
  • Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately
  • Educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs
  • Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and often fatal disease
  • Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention
FCD Prevention Specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living.  The FCD Prevention Specialist will present a parent workshop to offer support and guidance in helping your children enjoy a drug-free adolescence.
Parent Workshop Nights
Tuesday, 27 September at 6:30 p.m.,  High School Parents
Thursday, 29 September at 6:30 p.m., Middle and Lower School Parents
This program presents a perfect opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks teenagers face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.
Denise Granai
Middle School Counselor & Learning Support
International School of Belgrade
If you would like to take the SAT in October then you need to register by Friday, September 9th .   Please go to for more information and to fully register.  Our school code is 799002.
Ms. Devon Stafford
HS and University Counselor ISB



Middle School News
The 2011-12 school year is off and running at the Middle School. Last week was spent getting all of the normal beginning of the year paperwork, laptop training, and various activity sign ups taken care of and now we are moving forward at full speed!
This week marked the beginning of our enrichment program which takes place on Day 2 and Day 4. Our offerings this semester include; Digital Photography, Healthy Living and Fitness, Cooking, Minds Alive, and Choir. We believe these diverse offerings will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their many skills in courses outside the normal MYP academic program.
Students have also begun participating in the After School Activity program includes such activities as Boys and Girls Soccer, Speech and Debate, Gardening Club, Arts and Crafts, and Cross Country.   As we near the end of each quarter we will putting into place a “Homework Club” after school to help those students who would like additional individualized academic support.
On Wednesday of this week we had an all school assembly to recognize those students who achieved Honors  and High Honors in their academic program for the 2011 spring semester.

Those students include;
High Honors (6.0-7.0)

8th Grade (Spring 2011)
Ana Ancuta, Alon Barazani, Katja Despotivic, David Georgiev, Svetlana Krstajic, Anne Meyer, Rea Saxena, Simion Stakic, Luka Bakic, Leda Livada Japundzic, Caroline Emma Moore, Anze Oberc Mrzel

7th Grade (Spring 2011)
Zachary-Jude Brading, Kyle Choi, Riena Harker, Maria Los, Jan Marek, Mary Rice, Adrian Tanner, Emily Voorhies, Marko Bulatovic, Doroteja Krupnikovic, Julia Linderfalk, Teodora Milenkovic, Sophie Moynihan, O’Linda -Blaise Sevier, Maria Turner

6th Grade (Spring 2011)
Clare Grogan, Emma Harrison, Helen Le Roux, Francesca Sardi, Hanna Rhoads, Hannah Riley, Alexandra Lysicanova,  Abigail Meyer, Miona Milenkovic, Elena Milovanovic, Alfred Norris, Irina Petrovic, Tatjana Wall
Honors (5.50-6.0)

8th Grade (Spring 2011)
Sara Davidovic

7th Grade (Spring 2011)
Jovana Curcic, Philipp Grassl, Luka Luketic, Tristan Gamberale, Luka Jukic

6th Grade (Spring 2011)
Matija Draskovic, Ognjen Lalic, Aleksandar Medenica, Anja Obradovic, Irina Navarro, Alex Watts, Sofia Moreira Infante
Lastly, I would like to invite all MS parents to come join us for Open House on Tuesday, September 6th beginning at 7pm. The purpose of this evening is to make parents familiar with the teaching staff here at the MS school as well as the details on the academic offerings. In short, this evening provides us with the beginning of conversation between parents and teachers that is a key piece in the academic support system of our students.
Hope to see you there!
Jeff Eller
MS Coordinator


Performing Arts

THE DATE for the FALL HS PRODUCTION “THE MIRACLE WORKER” has been CHANGED from Nov. 3-5 to Oct. 27-29.
Please mark your calendars accordingly. 



Fall Season activities for the middle and high school are now in full swing. This week has signaled the beginning of our HS Play, MS & HS Soccer, Hands on Student Involvement Conference (HOSIC), Gardening Club, Speech & Debate, Jazz & Blues Band, Cross Country. We have had a good number of students attending most of our activities and we are looking forward to a busy, but fun filled season.
Our soccer teams have been practicing at Ada Ciganlija. Going has been tough this week with the heat. We are hoping for some cooler weather next week.
The HS Play held auditions on Monday and Tuesday of this week and all the parts have been cast. Our young actors and actresses have now begun rehearsals.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: Our HS Play will now hold its performances on October 27, 28, 29.
In the coming weeks our activity coaches/sponsors will be keeping you informed about what is happening in their clubs.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the MS/HS Activities program then I can be contacted at:
E Mail:
Tel: 062 1755 987.
Go Dragons!!!
Damian Hart
Activities Director
The Arts and Crafts Club would like to borrow a sewing machine.
IF you know of a sewing machine that is available, please contact Ms Alison Standley at


PTSA Corner

Tuesday 6th September - PTSA Meeting
Friday 9th September - Parent Casual Coffee
Friday 16th September - Room Parent Coffee
Friday 28th October - Halloween Celebration
PTSA Meeting
The first official meeting of the PTSA will be on Tuesday 6th September at 1:30pm in the Lower School Library. At this meeting we’ll elect the executive officers for the year and discuss this year’s proposed events and funding priorities. Everyone is welcome!
Parent Casual Coffee
All parents are invited to casual coffee on Friday the 9th September, 10am at Park Cafe (Andre Nikolica 1-3). This is simply an opportunity for parents who are free during the day to socialise in laid-back setting. We'll be outside (weather permitting) so there's some space for younger kids to play.  
Room Parents
We are still looking for people to be room parents or back-up room parents for the lower school. Room parents act as a main communication conduit between the school and parent body and can also assist with classroom needs. If you are interested please let Bridgette Rogers know, via  We will probably be having a short meeting on either the 15th or 16th September to discuss.  
Welcome Back Picnic
A big thank you to all those who made the Welcome Back Picnic such a great success! Special thanks to the PTSA crew, Bill and Goran for all their organisational skills and on-the-day finesse.  


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Important Contact Information:

Lower School Reception:
Nikola Miletic

Upper School Reception:
Sandra Jelic

Dr. Rob Risch

Executive Secretary:
Natasa Tomic

Lower School Principal:
Brian Lettinga

Upper School Principal:
Angelo Coskinas

Lower School Counselor:
Jose Acevedo

High School/College Counselor:
Devon Stafford

Middle School Counselor:
Elisabeth Dunnenberger

Athletics and Activities:
Damian Hart

Admissions Coordinator:
Bojana Borovic-Dzogazovic

Transportation Coordinator:
Jasmina Nikolic

Security and Maintenance:
Goran Zarubica