Bi-lingual Circulars & letters
Circulars (in both languages - English & Arabic) are sent frequently from the administration to keep you informed with school's events and issues. Students are expected to deliver school letters and circulars to their parents on the day of distribution. Please check your child's school bag daily to see if she/ he has any announcements or letters from the school.
Communication between school and family are of great importance. Parents will receive a newsletter informing them of the schedule, lessons and other school information.
Students Communication Book
All letters and announcements will be organized by the teachers in the students Homework and Parent Communication Book. Please sign each letter to inform the teacher that you have seen and read it.
Open house day
You are encouraged to call the school Principal if you have concerns and wish to discuss it with her. She will take your call or meet with you at any time during the school hours with prior appointment.
The teachers are also available to meet with you on Thursdays after 2:00 PM to discuss any of your concerns. Kindly call the school's Secretary to schedule a meeting with your child's teacher.
Parents are kept informed of both academic and social progress of their child through the IEPs meetings which are held three times a year. These meetings give parents an opportunity to receive individual advice on how best to work with the challenges they are facing at home, and how best to enhance their child's learning.
22 October 2014 1st IEP Day (No School for Students)
5 March 2015 2nd IEP Day (No School for Students)
07 June 2015 3rd IEP Day (No School for Students)
The CCIS faculty, curriculum and support programs have been designed to give the support and knowledge to empower each student to find success, achievement and mastery of the skills, attitudes and objectives in order to move on to the next level in their education.
School starts at 7:30 A.M and ends at 1:20 P.M. Students are expected to arrive at school before classes begin. Students are not permitted inside the gates prior to 7:00 A.M due to supervision issues.
The discipline policy is an integral part of the curriculum and necessary for achieving the goals set out in the schools philosophy which prepares students for life in a changing world. It is the bridge between the goals of the school community and the reality of the day to day workings of the school. Through consistent application, the discipline policy will ensure an orderly environment allowing the school to function effectively and to the best of its ability. Furthermore, it will encourage students to develop self-respect and self-discipline by reinforcing their roles within the school environment and the community at large. It is meant to help students be on their best behavior for learning and acquiring knowledge.
Finally, the discipline policy provides a framework of ethical values that is acceptable to the school community as a whole from students to teachers, parents and administration with roles and responsibilities for all.
Evaluation and Reports
Evaluation of student achievement is based on informal observation and supervision of class work and homework in addition to formal assessments.
There will be two IEP reviews during through which the students' progress is assessed and parents are invited to meet their child's teachers to discuss his/her performance.
Student class Promotion
Promotion of students at Creative Children International School depends upon students acquiring the minimum requirement at each level. Recommendations can be made about their suitability and continuation in an academic program or can be recommended for a vocational program. However, assessments are carried out in all subjects at each level and students who are not meeting the program requirements or who are unable to function in a specific level, a different program may be recommended to the parents.
Homework is an essential part of the school's program. Homework will be assigned at the teachers discretion according to the capabilities of students in their respective classes. Assignments are tailored so that students' care givers (parents and/or nannies) are able to easily assist their children at home. In a special needs environment where there are limitations of time and with the need to provide a balanced course of studies means that homework plays an indispensable role in helping us achieve our overall aims. At Creative Children International School, we stress sensible guidelines which emphasize the importance of:
(a) Careful planning and
(b) Reasonable time limits for doing homework assignments.
Homework is never assigned as a punishment.
A reasonable amount of total homework per night in grades P-K and Kindergarten generally does not exceed 10 minutes. This homework is incremental in nature and easy for the parent to support. Upper levels, the total amount of homework should not take more than 20 minutes, again, it is incremental in nature.
Regular homework is essentialfor academic achievement. Parents should regularly check with their children to make sure that homework assignments are being completed and that students have a quiet and suitable spot at home to study. Homework will be assigned in all classes during the course of a week. The amount of homework is dependent upon the level at which a student is functioning. Weekend assignments may be given.
Student Examinations and Promotion
Attendance During the Term and Final Assessment
The school's Principal decides the validity of some absences. The student who does not attend a mid-year assessment and has a valid excuse for this can have another assessment rescheduled during the makeup period.
Non-Muslim students will be exempted from Islamic Education tests.
Due to the nature of our programs, it is important that every student attend school on a daily basis. Students are expected to be in school and to follow their assigned schedules each day. We strongly encourage parents to schedule doctor and dentist appointments after school hours.
The following are the procedures followed in the event of student absence:
Late to Class
In the event of student absence
Students arriving after 7:40 should proceed to the school receptionist to collect their late slips.
Attendance will be kept by all teachers in all classes. The Ministry of education has established limits on absenteeism; absences must not exceed 15% of the scheduled days per year. Exceptions are prolonged illnesses which must have a corresponding medical letter from a clinic, detailing the illness and length of the illness. This letter is to be placed in the students' medical file. Accuracy in attendance information is extremely important.
We encourage parents to send healthy lunches. Students are not allowed to bring the following to school due to the caffeine and sugar content: (Colas, Candy, Chocolate, Chips, Fast food).
Please note that students are not allowed to order food from outside except when pre-arranged for special occasions by the staff.
Parties and Celebrations
Birthday parties are not permitted during class time. In certain cases, celebrations may be held with administrative authorization.
Use of Telephone
Students may use the school telephone for EMERGENCY calls, before school, during lunch, and after school and a note from the teacher is required. Calling to ask for authorization to go to a friend's house is not an emergency.
The school's philosophy is to provide a comprehensive teaching and learning program that offers children with special needs a chance to learn, play, explore, and socially interact with other children and become active participants in lifelong learning.
Students are expected to observe the following:
Consequences of Misbehavior
To instill in students a sense of responsibility, part of the programs involve the concept of consequences for actions, both positive and negative. There are consequences for appropriate behaviours. The seriousness of any misbehaviour will determine the consequences applied. In general, the following steps will be implemented for inappropriate behaviour:
First time: Warning by classroom teacher
2nd time: Timeout and deduction of marks
3rd time: Phone call to parents
4th time: Detention at recess
5th time: Student sent to Psychologist / Principals office
Note: It is understood that some very serious discipline situations may require the immediate removal of the student from the class environment and that he/she could be sent to the Psychologist / Principals office without going through the steps listed above.
CCIS has evacuation and fire drill procedures in place, in case of emergency. CCIS practices the fire drill three times a year.
Activities and Clubs
The school will be conducting After School Clubs. The goal of participating in clubs and activities is to help the students develop interests beyond academic studies, broaden their perspectives, and provide them with opportunities for effective and enjoyable use of leisure time.
The school uniform policy requires students to attend school in the mandated manner consisting of:
Physical education Uniform
For students unable to attend gym classes, a letter for either a day or permanently must be sent to the nurse. A form will be available for the parents to fill out.
Students who display any violation of the school uniform requirement will be asked to change immediately, or will be given one opportunity to have a proper clothing to be brought to the school. Repeated offences will bring about disciplinary action.
Healthy School Environment
The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psycho-social climate and culture of the school factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting. The psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.
Parent / Community Involvement
Our school welcomes parent involvement to organize community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.