Welcome Back!

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Its that time of the year again. After the summer of fun and relaxation, school is back in session. We are VERY excited for this year to take off.

Though summers can be full of fun and excitement, they can also cause stress at times, especially if you are traveling with children. Some of you will have spent your summer hopping from place to place, while others will have had to face the challenge of entertaining children all day long (we know- its a tough job!). We are excited to take your children off your hands again during the day, and hope that you will take some time for a massage of parents date night soon.

When coming home from a holiday, re-establishing routines can be key. Children tend to settle faster when regular routines are set in place. This helps them to focus and decreases any anxieties that may arise as the new school year starts. We therefore recommend that you set clear expectations about evening, morning, and homework routines right from the start.

In the mean time, if you are experiencing any beginning-of-the-year concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at alex.sh@edu.kis.ac.th 

I look forward to seeing you all throughout this upcoming school year!

Warm regards,

Ms. Alex

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See you all next academic school year!

Have a great summer Remember to relax, spend time with loved ones, and engage in your favorite hobbies and activities. That is what the summer is for.

Enjoy and already looking forward to seeing you all after the summer!

-Ms. Alex

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Summer Speech Camp at Little Sprouts

Its that time of the year again! Summer is coming closer and closer and some of you may be interested in planning some fun-filled, as well as educational, activities for your children. Little Sprouts is putting on a Speech and Language development summer program. Please contact them directly if you feel like this is something your child would benefit from. They will be able to provide you with more details about the program’s content. Little Sprouts Centre Speech Summer Flyers

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KIS Parent Book Club

 

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The Parent Book Club is open to all KIS parents. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents from both Primary and Secondary school to get together to discuss parenting issues, strategies, and related topics. It provides an opportunity for both casual and intellectual conversation in a safe and supportive environment. We welcome you to join the next Parent Book Club.

Where: Primary School AP Room
Which book: To be determined by the outcome of this survey
Time and dates: To be determined once the book has been set

Please respond by Monday, January 21

Warm regards,

Alex Schuur
PYP School Counselor

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A New Year; A New Start

Happy New Year to all!

I hope you have all enjoyed your Winter break and managed to get some rest while spending time with family and friends. The new year is a popular time for resolutions and ambitious goals setting. It offers people a moment to start fresh and adopt a positive outlook on life. Please be mindful though, not to put too much pressure on yourself, as this would defeat the purpose of self-improvement.

To start us off this year, you might consider engaging in some mindfulness activities. Bangkok specialists offer a wide range of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion workshops that may interest you. Please refer to the information in the flyer below for further information regarding one of these upcoming workshops. Final_MSC-course-Flyer

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Stress Less Summit

We all have moments of stress, and this stress, can significantly impact all different areas of our lives. It is therefore important that we consciously make efforts to develop stress coping strategies. When it comes to specific stress triggers, such as those linked to being a parent at an IB school, it can help to talk to some experts.

See below, the description for the Stress Less Summit: 

This is an online event created for parents, teachers and school leaders in schools that offer the IB Diploma.

Over 7 days, 14+ experts will talk about how we can reduce our stress levels, as well as those of our students and kids.

Interviews go live on October 27th 2018, which is when the summit starts.

This is a free event, so all you need to do is register below, so as to get notified once the summit begins.

For more information, click here for the Stress less Summit website.

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Brain Development Workshop Videos

Hi Parent Community!

Please find below the videos from the Brain Development Workshop, hosted by myself and Ms. Magda, our secondary school counselor. It was so wonderful to see so many of you there.

These videos, provide an overview of the the stages of brain development, neuroplasticity, and how these two tie in with the concept of Growth Mindset.

Supporting our children and students in developing a growth mindset is key to their learning success and overall confidence. As a school we aim to empower our students and encourage them to try at every task!

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Welcome Back!

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The first day back as school is always full of energy, excitement, and sometimes, jitters. Teachers are eager to meet their students, students are excited to see their friends, and parents are often thrilled to see their children take an important next step. It is a day to catch up with friends, swap summer adventure stories, and reconnect the school community.

Of course, coming back to school can also bring some feelings of anxiety. This is perfectly normal. When this happens it is important for us all to remember our methods of self-care and make use of our support systems. Whether it is a healthy meal, a chat with a friend, or a simple hug, please be mindful of your needs during these exciting and busy first weeks of school. Don’t forget, these “back to school” days impact all of us differently. It is therefore important to communicate with your children about their expectations, excitements, worries, and concerns.

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If you are new to KIS, or Bangkok altogether, don’t be afraid to reach out to members of our community for support. You might enjoying connecting with KISPA, our Parent Association. They are a wonderful community who enjoy getting together to organise school events and provide continuous parent support. You may also touch base with your child’s teacher, or reach out to members of our administrative team. Lastly, my door is always open. Come by, introduce yourself, and tell me a little bit about your and your family.

I have a feeling 2018-2019 is going to be a wonderful year here at KIS!

Warm regards,

Alex

Elementary School Counselor

See below “First Day Jitters” by Julia Dannenberg- a wonderful read-aloud to listening to with elementary age children who are anxious about returning to school after the summer holiday.

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Transitions

The end of the academic school year is coming closer. This means that all our children are preparing to transition. Whether they are transitioning to another grade level, apartment, or country- they are all facing some changes. This is a positive and exciting time! However, it can also feel daunting or make people nervous.

Everybody handles transitions differently. Here are a few resources to help you, and your children, prepare for the positive transitions ahead…

For Children who are preparing for a move: 

For Children who are transitioning from Grade 5 to Grade 6:

 

Websites:

  • http://www.childcarelounge.com/articles/smooth-transitions.php
  • https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/Planning-for-Successful-Transitions-Across-Grade-Levels
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Support Service Parent Forum

 We are very happy to announce that Gea Visscher, an experienced Clinical and Educational Psychologist, is coming to KIS! 

Mrs. Visscher offers a wide variety of services to schools, teachers, parents, adolescents, and young children. Though she currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, she regularly visits Bangkok and is available for booking.

On March 9th, Mrs. Visscher is coming to present to the KIS Parent Community about the different types of services she provides. She will also take time to offer some support to our parent community. The session will therefore include a 20-minute services presentation as well as time for open forum discussion.

If you have any questions about learning support, psychotherapy, mental health, assessments, or anything else related to this field, you may be interested in coming to this forum.

It is a wonderful opportunity to collect valuable resource information and ask burning questions in a supportive environment.

Time: March 9th, 8:00-8:45 

Location: PYP AP Room (2nd floor)

We hope to see you there!

Ms. Alex

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