Building Blocks Elementary School provides students with a resourceful platform aiming to build their minds by initiating activities and lesson plans that allow them to explore diverse aspects of life and to reach their full potential. We aim to create and maintain a stage of openness, imagination, critical thinking, discipline, and mutual respect.
Providing a safe, joyful and educational environment that will help children think about their surrounding, understand cause-and-effect relations and how events affect them and their society.
Building a generation of decision makers and thinkers, who can express themselves confidently and freely, in a global environment.
We believe a student’s early experiences enrich and stimulate future growth. Students deserve to be treated respectfully as individuals in an environment that welcomes reason, exploration, question, and imagination. We respect each student’s need for love, security, acceptance, warmth, and stimulation. We encourage open communication among parents, teachers, and management to ensure a full and successful program for all students. We believe that all students should be treated with equality and respect, and their cultural diversity embraced and acknowledged. We strive to help each student reach his/her full potential.
- It is our aim for every child to reach his/her full potential and to enable them to move forward as life-long learners. Our team aspires to place the first block in building a young generation of inquisitive minds, high self-esteem, strong critical thinking.
OUR CORE VALUES:
- A Unique student – every student is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships – students learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending students’ development and learning.
- Learning and Development – students develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
“Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations”
Today, the role of a school is not only to pursue academic excellence but also to motivate and empower its students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and productive members of an ever-changing global society.
At Building Blocks we provide an atmosphere to our students for multifaceted development, where children are encouraged to channelize their potential in the pursuit of excellence. This can only be possible in a holistic, student-centric environment. The talents, skills, and abilities of each student need to be identified, nurtured, and encouraged so that he / she is able to reach greater heights. Students need to be provided with a platform to think, express, and exhibit their skills. It is necessary to empower them to negotiate several issues that confront them, with the teacher being a facilitator.
The school is striving hard to make the best possible efforts to inculcate strong values combining with academics and extra-curricular activities in the children. Converting every individual into a self-reliant and independent citizen, the school provides an amalgam of scholastic and co-scholastic activities.
No wonder, a student harnessed in such an atmosphere has every hope and possibility of becoming a responsible, balanced and a mature adult and is able to live in to contribute and to shoulder responsibilities of the society, of which he forms an integral part. Children need a supportive environment at home and at school. They need to set goals, within their reach until they gain confidence and determination. They should reexamine their priorities, set clean goals and make specific plans to achieve what they desire. Focusing on specific goals, helps them move forward purposefully in life. They would, thus, have the pleasure of watching their dreams into reality.
At Building Blocks our approaches to learning is child centric encouraging Activity based learning and inculcating a scientific temper and a spirit of free inquiry. In our curriculum the student is the primary focus and each child is involved in the learning process. We are constantly improving our teaching methodology so that it turns learning into combination of classroom study, research and scientific discovery.
While academic excellence is our major thrust, the school is also devoted to prepare the students for life, groom them to face the challenges of tomorrow, and encourage them to be socially relevant. We constantly endeavor to always live up to this ideology and inculcate this into everything we do, with the aim that we will be able to ensure that the children grow to their full potential, to bear responsibility in all walks of life.
The parents are the most strengthening power in molding the future of children. Their consistent support empowers us to do more and more. I pay my gratitude to them for their faith in us.
I am confident enough that Building Blocks students will make themselves stronger day by day, adding a new leaf to the grandeur of the school.
The principal of Elementary Section
Building Blocks School
MESSAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC COORDINATOR
Dear Parents / Guardians,
I have worked in education for 18 wonderful years starting with an educational degree of Elementary Teaching in Mathematics and Sciences along with a teaching Diploma and an experienced background as a Vice Principal, Head of the Elementary, Elementary and Middle Math Coordinator, and Math & Sciences teacher.
I can say with no doubt, this is the most exciting time of the year. Paint is fresh, floors are waxed, and bulletin boards are brand new in preparation for the new arrival of bright-eyed, ready-to-learn children all over Jeddah.
I am looking forward to a very successful year and we know you are too. We will be spending the first few days of school helping students get to know one another and become comfortable with various classroom routines. Every day you send your child off to school is a new opportunity for your child to grow both academically and socially.
Our goal is to make every child’s experience in the classroom one that is nurturing, fun and challenges them to be the best student and person they can be. Our aim as educators is to make a positive impact in their lives. I believe that each child can reach his/her full potential if given the right tools to succeed.
There is so much creative and academic potential in one classroom that when channeled properly, fosters a learning environment that enables each child to excel as individuals and as a member of a classroom.
Our aim is to help students become independent workers, as students learn to work on their own, this will increase our ability to meet with small groups of students, and to help students progress at their own pace.
We have high expectations for your child and we will do all that we can to help your child achieve those expectations.
The vertical alignment of our curriculum incorporates a balance of instruction throughout the years. The program provides students a balanced approach by:
- Investigating concepts and building conceptual understanding.
- Developing, reinforcing, and mastering skills.
- Applying concepts to solve new situations.
Finally, one of our most important goals is to keep the lines of communication open with you.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
• To attend school in a positive educational environment
• To have school staff that is willing to hear the needs and concerns of students
• To feel safe from crime, violence, intimidation, bullying, harassment, racism and other discrimination at school
2. Attendance and tardiness policy
The building up of your child’s academic development starts by coming to school regularly and punctually. Absences and tardiness negatively affect students’ academic performance and therefore, should not be taken lightly. Parents are requested to plan their vacation carefully and based on the academic school calendar as to reap the child school year successfully.
Building Blocks International School has a vision of building a generation of decision makers and thinkers, with confident self-expression in a global environment. To reinforce our students’ leadership skills, we must first help them develop a strong sense of responsibility. This is part of our mission; however, this mission can only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of both home and school. We highly recommend that parents to continue to encourage students to attend school regularly and on time, all the time; except when there are circumstances beyond control.
It is imperative for parents to inform the school for student absences or leaves from school. Please refer to the Building Blocks School Absence and Late Arrival Policy below and for the school rules on missed assignments.
If absence is related to medical reasons, a medical report needs to be submitted to the school.
If the student is absent for more than four days without approval by administration, a formal warning letter will be sent to parents, and the student will not be allowed to come to school without his/her mother.
Students who receive more than one formal absence warning letter from the school, he/she will lose attendance marks on the report card.
Students who missed school for 45 days (unexcused) in one semester will be permanently expelled from the school.
If the student is absent due to an infectious illness, a ‘Clearance Certificate’ from the doctor with the application is required in order for the child to be allowed to return to class.
All extended leave must be submitted to administration by e-mail prior to the leave. This does not constitute that the leave is approved. Administration will examine all extended leave as per the School policy.
• Punctuality is imperative to all our student, encouraging them to come to school on time is essential to start the day in a positive way and to avoid distracting the classroom environment.
• School timings: Grades 1,2,3 from 7:30am to 2:00 pm.
Grades 4,5,6,7 from 7:30am to 2:45 pm.
• Students are required to attend the morning assembly; they must report to school 5 minutes before time.
• Students coming to school after 7:45am will be considered late.
• On the first three tardiness incidents, parents will receive a Tardiness Notification Email.
• On the fourth tardiness incident, the child will not be allowed to enter the first period. He/she will remain at the administration; and his/her parent will be contacted.
• According to the law of the Ministry of Education, every four late arrivals will be considered as one unexcused absence.
Rules for Re-scheduling Missed School Work:
Re-scheduling missed assignments; tests, class work, and homework for absences and tardiness will be based on the approved leave/ absences and with the approval of the Administration.
Approved absence or tardiness is based on the following criteria:
1. An illness or injury that prevents the student from attending school and verified by parents, or the doctor/nurse who is following up with the injury. A medical report or verification needs to be submitted to the Administration.
2. Death of family members (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin) or other significant person, or any other family crisis.
3. Medical or psychological tests during the school day. The parent must show evidence (such as an appointment form) indicating that these tests could not be scheduled after school.
4. Repetitive and chronic absences, due to illness or injury, require a medical report from a health care provider. The medical report will then be approved by the administration accordingly.
5. Tardiness due to emergency reasons or reasons beyond your control. The parent must send an e-mail mentioning the reason earlier on the same day, and it must be approved by the Administration.
Missed assignments and tests:
Missed assignments and tests will be provided for Excused absences only; absences that have been officially approved by the Administration.
• Missed assignments will be provided and returned to school within the indicated time period suggested by the Teacher (within the same week of returned absence/s)
• Make-up test will be provided within the same week the students return to school.
Unexcused absences are absences that have not been officially accepted by the administration, therefore considered unapproved.
Unexcused absences/leave is based on:
1. Extension of weekends.
2. Extension of Official Holidays or Breaks; Hajj, Eid, National Day, Mid-year, and Spring Break
3. Extension of Summer vacations beyond the designated day or days on the school calendar.
4. Absences/ or leave not reported to the School or approved by Administration.
5. Absences due to personal matters; weddings, celebrations or social events.
Our goal is to promote punctuality and perfect attendance to all our students. Your encouragement and cooperation to adhere to this policy is most beneficial for your child’s academic development and performance throughout his/her educational years. We wish our precious students to flourish their intellectual skills and prosperous successfully in their future endeavors.
3. Dress Code
The school uniform shall contribute to the health and safety of the individual and promote an orderly educational environment. This should be applying to all students, unless a specific exception is made by the school administrator.
4. RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
• Students are expected to treat school property with care and respect. This includes: school grounds, buildings, equipment, textbooks, lockers, transportation vehicles, and the possessions of others.
• All students are to abide by the regulations established by the school for conduct on school buses and on school field trips.
• Lockers are the property of the school. The school has the right to enter/inspect lockers when the safety or welfare of the school is involved. Use only your assigned locker and secure it with a Dudley lock. Any other type of lock will be removed. The lock combination must be filed with the office. Lockers must be kept clean and free of graffiti and offensive material. You are responsible for the contents of your locker.
5. RESPECT FOR STAFF
• Students are expected to follow the rules of the school and the directions of the staff. When asked to do something by a staff member, students are expected to do it courteously and co-operatively.
• Students are expected to give their name in a courteous manner when asked by staff members.
• When asked to leave the classroom by a teacher, students are to report to the office directly or wait by the classroom door for further instructions.