Week of March 30th – April 3rd

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to work with your child to complete the home learning activities.  It is so nice to see the children, happy, engaged, and safe in their homes.

We had some really creative displays of House Spirit last Friday, thank you for your participation!

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Please follow the links below if you’d like more resources for reading at home.

Audible.com is offering free books with a large selection to choose from.  You do not need an account and it is free!

stories.audible.com

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Happy reading and we look forward to your child’s Seesaw posts this week!

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Week of March 23rd – 27th

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much for supporting our first week of home learning! Many of you are doing wonderful work with the children, and we love seeing the photos and videos.

It has come to our attention that some parents might not be clear about how to access the program. Once you have signed into your child’s SeeSaw profile, click on “Inbox” and select “Student Announcements.” Each morning between 9am -10am, a video from one of the EY2 teachers will be posted here with some activities to start your day. In the afternoons, our EAs will also post a video with a song, story, or other activity. At 2pm, the teachers will post an end-of-day video, wrapping up with a Daily Gratitude conversation prompt. Occasionally, we will post other links throughout the day as well, which might include activities in the “Activities” section, however most of our program is under “Student Announcements.” You should also help your child to select activities from the Home Learning Package, which can be accessed here on the blog (see the Home Learning page in the side bar). This is the same as the Home Learning Package that some parents picked up at school in the blue notebook, and is also posted in SeeSaw as a PDF.

We recommend completing one literacy task, one math task, and one “Exploring Materials” task each day. These can be chosen from the videos and activities on SeeSaw, or from the Home Learning Package. It is not necessary to do every task from the videos, but more important to have a balance of literacy, math, and inquiry. Mr. Max will also post PE engagements on Tuesdays, and Mr. Chris will post music on Thursdays. Try to do these as well.

Some guidelines for your child’s SeeSaw journal:

  • Please post only about activities that we have assigned, including activities from our seesaw videos and activities in the Home Learning Package. It’s wonderful that you are doing so many interesting things at home, but we are simply not able to view and comment on hundreds of videos! So please stick to school-assigned posts.
  • Each activity should be shared in a single post, rather than several posts about the same activity.
  • If you watch a story reading from Ms. Lindsay, or from us, you might respond using one of the activities from the “Literacy” section of our Home Learning Package. That counts as your literacy activity post for the day! (You can of course listen to more stories just for fun.)
  • Children can do their activities and upload at any time of day. We will be responding primarily between 9-10am, and again between 1 – 2pm.
  • Make sure the children have time for free play, outdoor play, snacks, naps and breaks. Some of them seem to be working very hard!

Some highlights from your SeeSaw journals:

 

Aimmy wrote a letter to Otto, and we tagged Otto so that he could read it.

Aimmy wrote a letter to Otto, and we tagged Otto so that he could read it.

 

Otto wrote back to Aimmy, and we tagged her so that she could read it. Everyone loves to get mail!

 

Then Otto wrote a letter to Paul. Just like our Post Office at school!

Then Otto wrote a letter to Paul. Just like our Post Office at school!

 

Ann reads a wordless picture book:

 

BM's number alien

BM’s number alien

Charlie made a cardboard airplane.

Charlie made a cardboard airplane.

...and build a whole transportation system around it!

…and built a whole transportation system around it!

Elisa found some circles on her shape hunt.

Elisa found some circles on her shape hunt.

Pemplerm found a dog for "D"

Pemplerm found a dog for “D”

Here's Kato, getting ready to play the game "Bam."

Here’s Kato, getting ready to play the game “Bam.”

Charlie making 2D and 3D shapes with play doh.

Charlie making 2D and 3D shapes with play doh.

Tate made letters with play doh, and traced over them with the SeeSaw drawing tool.

Tate made letters with play doh, and traced over them with the SeeSaw drawing tool.

Third’s cardboard castle:

 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about online learning. Keep up the good work!

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Week of March 9th-16th

Dear Parents,

Last week we had a lot of fun in EY2! We followed the lines of inquiry:

  • Using and changing materials for different purposes
  • Designing and making

Class A visited the Discovery Lab on the fourth floor and did woodworking with Ms. Nicole and Mr. Eric.  Students came up with an idea of what they would make from wood, made a plan, gathered materials, and used tools to construct their project.  They will continue to work on their design this week by painting them. Class B will have the opportunity to woodwork as well this week.

On Friday Ms. Siri cooked shortbread cookies with the children.  The process was as fun as eating the product!

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Last week we introduced the literacy game Bam! to the students.  This is a fun way to learn and practice letter sounds and Doltch sight words.  We will continue to play this game during literacy circles.

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This week in math the students will be playing a game with the Numicon. The aim of Numicon is to make numbers real for children through them being able to see and touch them.  In this math game, the children are counting the holes without peeking to understand what number each piece represents.

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Important Dates

Monday March 30th, 8am – 9am: EY2 Coffee Meeting – Join us in the classroom for a presentation about early literacy development, try out some of our learning centres, and enjoy refreshments with the EY2 community.

March 31st – April 1st: Field trip to “A Little Something” cancelled – We regret to inform you that the field trip has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We hope that it can be re-scheduled for a later date, and will keep you informed about this possibility.

April 6th – 17th: Songkran Holiday – School closed, please be aware of travel advisories when making holiday plans!

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Week of March 2nd – 6th

Dear Parents,

Last week the children continued to explore various materials, inquiring into the connection between properties and uses by undertaking various art and construction projects. They drew blueprints and constructed cardboard structures, built systems of shelters and tunnels using fabric items like pillows and blankets, and painted textured natural materials to make prints. As they problem-solve on these projects, figuring out how to cut, fasten, measure, and balance, the children are developing creative and critical thinking, communication, and social skills.

 

On Friday, the children inquired into ways that materials can be changed and manipulated by making their own play doh. They were very proud to make something themselves that they love to play with, and had lots of fun in the process! This was also a great opportunity for them to explore some math skills, such as measuring and counting, as well as communication skills as they followed the recipe.

 

The EY2s also got a start on literacy circles last week, which we will continue to run three times a week for the remainder of the term. Each week the children will rotate through three different activities in small groups, including reading with a teacher, writing with a teacher, and independent literacy activities. Specific activities will vary from week to week, and from group to group, to meet the needs individual learners. This week, some groups began with discussions about letter sounds, handwriting practice, reading an Oxford Reading Tree book together, and free-writing in journals.

Important Dates

Monday March 30th, 8am – 9am: EY2 Coffee Meeting – Join us in the classroom for a presentation about early literacy development, try out some of our learning centres, and enjoy refreshments with the EY2 community.

March 31st – April 1st: Field trip to “A Little Something” cancelled – We regret to inform you that the field trip has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We hope that it can be re-scheduled for a later date, and will keep you informed about this possibility.

April 6th – 17th: Songkran Holiday – School closed, please be aware of travel advisories when making holiday plans!

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Home Learning

Dear Parents,

Our Home Learning Package is now available on the blog, in the “Pages” section by clicking “Home Learning (Emergencies).” The package should be accessed in the event of a school closure, or by children missing extensive time at school due to the current COVID-19 situation. We have included inquiries for literacy, mathematics, and our “Exploring Materials” unit, with plenty of learning engagements to choose from. Please send us an email if you have questions about any of the activities or need support with home learning.

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Week of February 24th – 28th

Dear Parents,

We had a great, short week and enjoyed celebrating Book Week.  Thank you to our volunteers for reading stories in their home language!

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The children (and teachers!) looked great in their costumes for Book Character Dress Up Day!

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This week we will begin our Literacy Circles where the students will rotate centers reading with a teacher, writing with a teacher, and have independent reading/writing time.

In math, we will play math games matching the Numicon and numerals while using stones for one to one correspondence.

We will also continue to build with cardboard and use various materials to create works of art.

Important Dates

EY Parent ForumPOSTPONED 

EY2 Coffee Meeting –  Monday March 30th

Class A Field Trip – Tuesday March 31st (Tentative)

Class B Field Trip – Wednesday April 1st (Tentative)

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Week of February 17th -21st

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a nice long weekend!  This week is the Book Fair running Wednesday through Friday in the Atrium. On Friday students are encouraged to dress as a book character and we will have a parade to showcase the costumes.  Please have your child bring the book with his/her character.

We will have our EY2 Coffee Meeting on Monday March 30th at 8:00 am in the EY2 classroom.  We will be discussing Literacy in the Early Years and hope to see at least one parent of each child present!

Also coming up is a field trip to A Little Something Cooking School.  Class A will be going on Tuesday March 31st and Class B will be going on Wednesday April 1st. If you would like to volunteer to chaperone please send an email to Ms. Nicole or Ms. Risa.

Our second self- portraits are on display in the classroom, please feel free to come see the beautiful display!

Important Dates

No PE or Swimming –  Feb. 19th-21st

Book Fair –  Feb. 19th – 21st

Book Character Dress Up Day –  Friday Feb. 21st

EY2 Coffee Meeting –  Monday March 30th

Class A Field Trip – Tuesday March 31st

Class B Field Trip – Wednesday April 1st

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Week of February 10th -14th

Dear Parents,

International Mother Tongue Day is approaching!

Help our students appreciate the beauty and rich diversity of language. Sign up to read for International Mother Tongue Day on Wednesday, the 19th of February. Share a short story, picture book, song, poem or rhyme in your first language. It is OK if you can not translate into English. The students may not understand every word, but they will understand the idea that stories unite us and people all over the world create stories to share with children.

We are looking forward to meeting with all of you this week to discuss all the wonderful learning taking place!

Important Dates

PYP 3-Way Conferences –  Week of Feb. 10th – 14th

School closed for students –  Mon. Feb. 17th & Tue. 18th

Book Week (3 days) –  Wed. Feb. 19th to Fri. 21st

Mother Tongue Day –  wed. Feb. 19th

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Additional PE and Swim Classes

Dear Parents,

Please note we will have an additional PE class on Tuesday Feb. 11th and an additional Swim class on Wednesday Feb. 12th.  Students should come to school in PE uniforms on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week and bring a swim bag on Wednesday and Thursday.  If your child’s swim suit is not dry by Thursday you may pack a swim suit that is not the KIS swimsuit.

We will not have PE or Swimming the following week Feb. 19th – 21st so students should come in regular uniform each day and will not need a swim bag on Thursday.

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Bringing Items From Home

Dear Parents,

Some of our students are bringing various items to school (candy, toys not for sleep time, and stickers) that have been causing some issues.  Please do not allow your child to bring these items to school and please check your child’s pockets and backpack daily to ensure they do not have the aforementioned items.  Also, please check their backpacks and pockets to ensure that they do not have a classmate’s belonging or a classroom material.  If you do find something that does not belong to your child please have them return it to a teacher ASAP.  Thank you for your understanding.

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