Wide eyes filled with wonder, big broad grins visibly poking up under protective masks, and the scampering of eager little Grade 4 and 5 aged feet were among the exciting sights and sounds at CISB on June 8. Indeed, our teachers and staff were elated to welcome those elementary students back to campus for the first time since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic began.
After completing all the required safety measures upon arrival at school — from temperature checks to stepping on special mats that clean the soles of shoes — the returning Grade 4 and 5 students made their way to CISB’s auditorium for a welcome back presentation. Head of School/Superintendent Mr. Douglas K. Prescott enthusiastically greeted the students during that assembly. He also reminded them of the seriousness of CISB’s safety protocols during the pandemic. “We are extremely pleased to welcome you back after four months,” he said, adding: “Last week we had a chance to welcome back the Middle-High students on June 1, but I would like to wish you all a belated Happy Children’s Day.”
学生们到校后，要先完成一些列安全检测——从测体温到踩到一块特殊的垫子上给鞋底消毒。然后我们4、5年级的返校生被带领到CISB的报告厅，听由大校长/校监Douglas K. Prescott先生热情的欢迎致辞。他特别提醒大家疫情流行期间学校安全协议的重要性，他说：“四个月了，我们非常开心地欢迎你们回来，”他又补充道：“上周6月1日那天，我们欢迎了我们初高中部的学生，但是不管怎样我想祝你们迟到的儿童节快乐。”
Mr. Prescott went on to add: “Everything we are doing here today is for two reasons: to keep you safe, and to keep us safe. We want to make sure that none of us do anything that would compromise that security, which is why we have new rules and protocols in place as we welcome you back to school.”
Mr. Prescott 接着说:“今天我们欢聚一堂，主要有两个原因：保证你们的安全，还有保证我们安全。我们要确保没有人做任何有损安全的事情，这就是为什么我们在欢迎你们重返校园时也制定了新的规则和协议。”
That sentiment was seconded by Grade 5 teacher Michael Frazer, who said: “[Grade 4 teacher] Ms. Carter, is excited to see you here, and [BML Department Head] Ms. Muralla is excited to see you here, as am I. Mr. Murray and I even came early yesterday to do some extra preparation, doing everything we can to welcome you back. We need you to do your part as well, which begins with wearing your masks, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing.”
5年纪老师Michael Frazer 对此表示赞同，他说“Carter老师（4年级老师）很高兴在这里见到你们，Muralla女士（BML部门主管）和我也是，Murray和我我们昨天还特意早来做一些额外的准备，竭尽所能欢迎你们回来。我们也希望你们可以做好自己的事情，首先戴好你们的口罩，勤洗手并且保持社交距离。
Mr. Prescott also gave the students some details about what they could expect in the classroom. “Some of your teachers are here this morning, so you will have live lessons, while some of your other lessons will be online,” he said of the blended learning approach that CISB has implemented to best serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While he acknowledged the challenges that this semester has posed to students, Mr. Prescott was quick to point out the long term benefits of withstanding such difficulties: “I hope that you have enjoyed your time learning in a new model as of late, because it is part of what the future holds for you, that you can learn in many different ways. While we know you’d like to have your teacher in front of you — you love your teachers and TAs, and we love to see you coming to school each day — it is important to realize that, as you get older, technology becomes a very important part of your learning.”
As Mr. Prescott concluded his remarks, he led the students and staff in a school cheer “One, two, three, Go Bobcats!”. A pride was felt about the room as students and staff reconnected!
当Prescott先生讲话结束时，他带领学生和员工加油打气：“One two three, Go Bobcats!” 此时，学生和员工们连结在一起，教室里充满自豪感。
From there, the Grade 4 and 5 students were given a detailed presentation by MSHS Vice-Principal Mr. Matt Doige about protocols and expectations to keep our Bobcat community secure during this ongoing pandemic. The assembly then concluded with a presentation from our nurse Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) about maintaining hygiene and other safety measures against the virus.
到这里，4、5年级学生听了初高中副校长Matt Doige 对于疫情持续期间为保证学生及社区安全的期待和措施的演讲。之后由一位来自北京和睦家医院（BJU）训练有素的护士向大家介绍了如何保持卫生，预防病毒及其他安全措施，会议迎来了尾声。
Scroll down for testimonials from Grade 4 and 5 students and teachers about this exciting first day back.
“My classmates and I finally get to see each other and talk together again today! I can’t wait for the day to start.”
-Austin, Grade 5
“I feel really excited and happy to be back in school because I haven’t been here for months. So I want to see my friends and teachers again.”
-Jason, Grade 5
“It feels great to be back! I just want to go to class, and start learning with my teachers again in person.”
-Emily, Grade 4
“I am new to CISB— I only visited the school once last semester after enrolling. It’s very exciting to finally come to school and learn today! I am looking forward to making friends with my classmates today.”
-Mira, Grade 5
“I woke up this morning feeling pumped and excited to see our Grade 4 and 5 students. Even though we have to keep social distancing in practice, it feels good to be back at school and see the children again. I love seeing and interacting with students during our Zoom classes, but nothing can replace the satisfaction of human interaction.”
-Ms. Muralla, BML Department Head
“It was a pleasure to hear the children’s excitement about being back in the classroom. It was great to see students face to face, motivated and ready to learn. There was so much excitement and joy today amongst the students. They laughed as they played with friends they hadn’t been able to meet since the pandemic began.“
-Christopher Murray, VR/AI Coordinator
“The best part of today was the laughter that filled the halls and covered the schoolyard. Simple things like innocent questions, cheeky smiles, and blossoming friendships can’t be overlooked. I feel blessed to be a part of our CISB community!”
-Michael Frazer, Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher