Week of January 18 – 22

Dear Parents,

Please find the weekly planner for next week, January 18th – 22nd, below. This is also shared on SeeSaw, where you will find the version with our Zoom links attached.

Weekly Planner 2 – Exploring Materials

Resources for Exploring Materials

Next week the children will begin to work on construction projects using recycled materials, so we are requesting that you keep useful items that you might have otherwise thrown away. These can include things like boxes, packages, kitchen and toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, tin foil, cans, plastic containers, etc. We are starting with cardboard constructions, but will work with other materials in the coming weeks (such as plastic or metal) so please save it all!

Dress Code for Remote Learning

PYP classes have decided to ask that students wear their school uniforms during remote learning, and therefore we are asking EY children to do so as well. Starting on Monday, please have your child get dressed in uniform as they would for a normal day of school on campus.

Social Time on Zoom

While we are all having some great opportunities for learning and inquiry at home, the children might be missing their social time with friends! Therefore, we will be offering a space for online socialising on Zoom, following our Stories & Songs periods (which are scheduled for Monday to Thursday afternoons.) Stories & Songs will begin at 1:30, hosted by a teacher for 20-30 minutes, and then children will be allowed to talk and play together until 2:10. Teachers will not be offering an activity during this time, as it is intended to allow for unstructured socialising, however we will stay online to listen in and monitor. This is an optional engagement, and therefore students are also free to log off when Stories & Songs are finished.

 

Thank you for all your support with remote learning this week, and have a great weekend!

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Remote Learning Important Updates

Dear Parents,

Thank you for supporting your child’s online learning this week, and for your patience as we have been working out the final details of our remote learning program. Please bear with this very long email, as we have a lot of information to share!
Program Organization
 
Attached to the email, you will find the weekly planner for next week, as well as the weekly schedule which includes all necessary Zoom links. The schedule will remain the same from one week to the next, while the planner will be updated and shared with you every Friday on SeeSaw and on the blog to let you know what is happening the following week.
Your child’s school day begins at 7:50 am, just as it would on a regular school day on campus. They should begin the day by logging on to SeeSaw, where you will see the Daily Plan with an overview of the day’s activities. Homeroom teachers will post a “good morning” video everyday at 7:50 in the “Announcements” section on SeeSaw.
Asynchronous Learning
 
The asynchronous learning engagements will be posted at 7:50 am (at the same time as the “good morning” video), in the “Activities” section on SeeSaw. These activities will usually include a teacher video, text instructions, as well as audio instructions. In general, there will be one language-focused activity, one math-focused activity, and one UOI activity, plus an additional optional activity. Your child can complete these SeeSaw activities at any time throughout the day, and can share their work with us by clicking “Add Response” on the activity.
Synchronous Learning
Synchronous learning engagements will be delivered via Zoom, through the links on the schedule. These include Morning Meetings, storytime, Literacy Groups, and specialist classes. Please make sure the screen name on Zoom is your child’s name (not the parent name) so that we can easily recognize who is trying to join the meeting. Teachers will not admit anyone to the meeting if we do not recognize the name. While we are not requiring uniforms, we would like the children to be dressed for Zoom meetings, and ask that they not be eating. Also, please ensure that there is an adult in the room with your child while they are on Zoom.
Literacy Groups
 
EY2 will begin Literacy Groups on Monday for small-group reading and writing instruction. The children have each been assigned to a group (Yellow, Blue, and Green Group) so please look out for an email tonight informing you of your child’s group. Literacy Groups will take place three times a week, with groups rotating through three different activities: Guided Reading, Handwriting Instruction, and Independent Reading & Writing. The last page of our schedule document shows the Literacy Group rotation, so that you know which activity your child should join each day. Guided Reading and Handwriting Instruction will be led by teachers and EAs on Zoom, while the third group is independent.
The independent group should do free writing, drawing, &/or mark-making in their blue Journal. You can encourage “fast finishers” to add more, ask if they know any letters or words that go with their picture (it is ok if they don’t!), and ensure that they are using the correct pencil grip. Other than that, the Journal is a place for free expression and so please allow them to do whatever they want! Some children are still just experimenting with manipulating a marker, and that is fine. This group should also do some independent reading, which (for most of our students) means choosing a book they like, looking at how the pictures tell a story, and talking about the pictures. (If your child does know how to read the words, of course they can do that too.)
Help and Support
Our schedule includes a Student Help Desk period every day and a Parent Help Desk period once a week. These are both optional, to be joined as needed, and take place on Zoom. The Student Help Desk is for learning-related questions the children might have. Parent Help Desk is meant to support parent issues, such as technology problems or logistical questions. If you have a private issue to discuss about your child, please contact us by email, as there may be other parents at the Help Desk session with you.
Questions related to specialist classes should be addressed directly to the specialist teacher:
Mr. Chris (Music): chrisp@edu.kis.ac.th
Mr. Max (PE): nikom@edu.kis.ac.th
K. Aey (Thai, Alligators): aungsiya@edu.kis.ac.th
K. Por (Thai, Bears): sanicha@edu.kis.ac.th
Ms. Lindsay (Library): lindsay.zi@edu.kis.ac.th
End of Day
The children’s school day finishes at 2:30 pm. We will end the day with a wrap-up video with some kind of reflective prompt. You and your child might continue with asynchronous activities after that if it is convenient for you, but please be aware that 2:30 is the end of our class time together.
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Please do not forget about essential parts of each day such as nap time, breaks, outdoor play, and child-initiated playful inquiry!
We are looking forward to seeing the children on Monday and our new learning journey together!
Enjoy a restful weekend,
Ms. Risa and Ms. Nicole

Please note that the Weekly Schedule with Links has been emailed to you.

No Links Weekly Schedule – Remote Learning

Weekly Planner

Weekly Planner – Exploring Materials

Please see this blog post from Ms. Alex

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Welcome to Term 2 Remote Learning!

Dear EY2 Parents,

We’d like to wish everyone a happy new year, and welcome you back to school for Term 2. While we are all disappointed not to be seeing the children in person, we are confident that our online program will take them on an exciting learning journey while nurturing social connections remotely.

Parents are invited to pick up home learning packages from the KIS campus during the school day tomorrow. These will include your QR codes for accessing SeeSaw, basic school supplies, reading materials, and hard copies of learning engagements for this week while we are still setting up our online platforms. (These activities will also be available on SeeSaw, however we are providing paper versions as well for this week.)

Our fully online program will begin on Monday, using SeeSaw and Zoom. Every Friday, we will provide an overview of the week to follow (posted on the blog and on SeeSaw), and will share the daily plan each morning on SeeSaw as well. As indicated on our weekly schedule (attached), we will begin each day at 7:50 by posting a video on SeeSaw, and assigning SeeSaw activities for the children to complete at flexible times throughout the day, as is convenient for your family. Zoom activities will take place at specified times, with the links provided on the weekly schedule. These will include meetings with homeroom teachers, specialist classes, storytimes, and literacy groups. Our schedule also includes “Help Desk” times, which are optional Zoom meetings, when we will be available to answer questions. Please be patient, as we are currently setting up all of the Zoom accounts and links.

We would like to invite all of the children for a welcome back Zoom meeting today at 1:00pm. An adult should be present for all Zoom meetings, for supervision and technical support.

You will receive more details in the coming days regarding Zoom links and literacy groups. We ask for your understanding as we are busily setting up our plans and online platforms.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at 1:00pm today on Zoom!

Best Regards,

Ms. Risa and Ms. Nicole

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Week of December 14th- 18th

Dear Parents,

We will have our class party on Thursday.  Please send food in the morning and be reminded that we cannot have more parents than the designated 6.  From our Head of School: “Unfortunately, as previously mentioned,  we can not have more than 6 parents in the grade level supporting our end of term parties this year. We know that we all like to get together and socialize at these events, but due to restrictions, we cannot do this for this year. We will look at ways to invite parents into the classrooms in the new year, so we can continue to share learning and build community.”

The children should come to school in their swim suits and can change into party/holiday clothes after.

Last week we let our butterfly go.  The children thought that it should be in nature and didn’t think it wanted to live in a plastic box.  Can you spot it among the leaves?

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Last week the students also participated in the “Hour of Code.”  This is the 5th year KIS has been joining in on this learning event during Computer Science Education Week. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that KIS is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. We want to continue bringing programming activities to our students to ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating technology of the future—not just consuming it. The stations included the following:

  • Physical computing with Makey Makey, Micro:bit, Scratch, LED lights, Sound
  • Robotics: how to code the robots to win in Sumo and Line following challenges
  • Coding challenges – based on coding skills students learnt in class

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This week we will continue working on our class book and still life paintings.  We are also looking forward to a fun-filled week of learning about, and celebrating, the holidays Hanukkah and Christmas!

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:

Thursday December 17th, 2020: EY2 Holiday Party – The party will take place at lunch time, and we are requesting that each family contribute a plate of food to share. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the classroom this week. Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents to the party this year due to social distancing measures. A limited number of parents will be allowed to attend as volunteers to help set up and serve food. 

Friday December 18th, 2020: Last Day of Term – EY2 will dismiss at 10:00 am; KISPA Market Place 9:00 – 12:00 

Wednesday January 6th, 2021: First Day of Term 2

 

 

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Week of December 8th – 11th

Last week, the EY2s  began working on our book project, with each child authoring a page about positive changes that people can make to care for the natural world. Work on the book is ongoing this week and we hope to have it ready for publishing before the holidays.

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The children showed care and empathy for animals in our newest dramatic play centre, a veterinary clinic. Here they also construct understandings of the communicative purpose of writing, as they role play making appointments and filling out forms for their pets.

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To further connect with nature, the children planted some sunflower seeds a while back, getting some hands-on experience to help us understand how plants grow and where vegetables come from. We have been very excited to see that they have sprouted! The children will be taking responsibility for their care, as we learn about what plants need to thrive.

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Important Dates:

Thursday December 17th, 2020: EY2 Holiday Party – The party will take place at lunch time, and we are requesting that each family contribute a plate of food to share. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the classroom this week. Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents to the party this year due to social distancing measures. A limited number of parents will be allowed to attend as volunteers to help set up and serve food. Our KISPA rep will be in touch about this.

Friday December 18th, 2020: Last Day of Term – EY2 will dismiss at 10:00 am; KISPA Market Place 9:00 – 12:00 

Wednesday January 6th, 2021: First Day of Term 2

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Week of November 30th – December 4th

Dear Parents,

We have been following the line of inquiry, changes people can make and discussing ways we can help our Earth and ways people can harm our Earth.  The children are making a class book with all their wonderful ideas.  If you see your child taking action at home to help our environment, please let us know and send a photo if possible.  We want to celebrate connections to our unit being made at home.

We will have our Christmas party on Thursday December 17th from 11:10-12:00.  Unfortunately, parents are not able to attend as we still need to social distance.  Please sign up at the door for a dish to share.  The party will take place at lunch and the children will nap after, so please remember we need a balance of healthy foods.

The KISPA Market Place will be held from 9:00-12:00 on the last day of term, December 18th. Please note children will be given a packed lunch to take home.

Important Dates and Reminders

Monday December 7th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday – school closed

Thursday December 17th: EY2 Holiday Party. Sign up for a dish to share

Friday December 18th: Last Day of Term.  KISPA Market Place 9:00 – 12:00 

*A friendly reminder that class dismissal time is 2:10 pm for EY2. Classroom supervision after that is for children who are waiting for the school bus, for after-school activities, or for a parent/guardian who is unexpectedly delayed. All other students should be signed out and picked up at 2:10 pm.

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EY Swim Program

KIS EY Swim Programme

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Week of November 23rd – 27th

Last week the children continued to inquire into natural interactions, reading books and discussing ways that we use natural resources in our everyday lives, and how human behaviour impacts the planet in both positive and negative ways. This week we will build on those ideas, and begin to work on writing our own book about changes we can make to help take care of the natural world to keep it safe and healthy.

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We also have some hands-on experiments underway in our class, following up on the children’s curiosities. The children collected some large green caterpillars from the playground, and have been observing and taking care of them as they grow and begin to build cocoons. We are hoping to witness their transformation until we can release them as butterflies outside. Following a discussion about composting, we have buried a banana peel and a plastic bottle cap in a box of soil so that we can compare how they change over time. We are constructing understandings of how composting benefits the earth, and what happens to plastic waste that we throw away.

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In the art centre, the children made picture stories connected to the book Leaf Man, which has pictures made entirely of natural materials. The children made their own Leaf Man stories, telling where he goes and what he sees using leaves, pine cones, sea shells, sticks, and stones to create images. This activity helps to develop reading comprehension, nurtures creative thinking, and inspires an appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us.

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We have introduced some new construction toys both in the classroom and outdoors. The children have been excited to try these out, and are developing collaboration, problem solving, and motor skills as they play.

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Last week, KIS parents who celebrate Diwali came to share their cultural heritage with the our community. The children loved engaging with the activities in the atrium, showing appreciation for learning about other traditions while taking pride in their own, demonstrating the PYP learner profile attribute of open-mindedness.

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Important Dates and Reminders

Friday November 27th: PYP for Early Years Parent Workshop – 8:00 am in the auditorium

Monday December 7th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday – school closed

Friday December 18th: Last Day of Term 1 – Please note that EY2 is not performing in the holiday concert this year, as we will perform in the year-end show in June.

*A friendly reminder that class dismissal time is 2:10 pm for EY2. Classroom supervision after that is for children who are waiting for the school bus, for after-school activities, or for a parent/guardian who is unexpectedly delayed. All other students should be signed out and picked up at 2:10 pm.

*Please note that after-school activities are now finished for Term 1 and will resume in the new year.

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Week of November 16th – 20th

Dear Parents,

What a fun week we had celebrating math! The children participated in math outdoors using nature as manipulatives as well as experienced many math centers inside the classroom.  On Friday we had so much creativity with dressing up to represent math!

Last week we also participated in nature walks.  We discussed what is nature and what is man made and whether or not something needs to be living to be part of nature.  The students were very excited to explore a new area of the campus!

This week we will follow the line of inquiry, “Changes people can make” and discuss ways people can harm or help our earth.

If you have not done so yet, please help your child to find an artifact relating to nature and bring it to school to be displayed near our Unit Of Inquiry board.

Important Dates

ASAP: Artifacts for “Natural Interactions” unit due at school – support your child in selecting a natural item to connect with our inquiry

Tuesday November 17th: Diwali Celebration

Friday November 27th: All About PYP for EY Parents 

Monday December 7th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday (No School)

Friday December 18th: End of Term 1

 

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Week of Nov. 9 -13

Dear Families,

Our “Natural Interactions” inquiry is now well underway! Last week, small groups went out on nature walks around the KIS campus, learning to use all their senses to observe like scientists, recording their observations, and sharing their thoughts about what comprises the natural world. Through discussing and exchanging ideas, the children are constructing an understanding of the distinction between natural and human-made. They are also thinking about how we use and interact with nature in our daily lives (for example, as food, building materials, etc.) and developing some scientific process skills. Groups will continue to go out on nature walks throughout this week as well.

On the sala, we have been observing our Halloween pumpkins as they decompose, observing and recording what they look, smell, and feel like and considering how they are changing. We have a growing collection of natural materials at our Discovery Centre as well, including feathers, insects, seeds, leaves, and even a live caterpillar!

In the Art Centre, we are building appreciation for nature by creating visual art out of natural materials. This was a student initiated project, from children who decided they wanted to paint leaves collected from the playground. We are following this interest to see what other art work we might create from nature.

Thank you to those families that have already sent in a natural artifact. We would like every child to have an artifact to share, so if your child has not brought one yet, please help them to choose one as soon as possible. It could be anything from an interesting stick they find outside, to some seeds they find in a fruit they are eating. We’d love to have some more bits of nature to attach to our bulletin board, or seeds that we could plant and care for!

This week, the EY2s  are participating in PYP Math Week. During outdoor play time, the children inquiring into various mathematical concepts (including measurement, number, and geometry concepts) using elements from the natural environment (such as sticks, leaves, and shadows). We are also exploring visual representations of number using the Numicon materials and looking at naturally occurring patterns at calendar time. We are reading math books at story time, and singing counting songs too. On Friday, children are invited to wear clothing that represents a math concept, such as clothing with a pattern.

Important Dates

ASAP: Artifacts for “Natural Interactions” unit due at school – support your child in selecting a natural item to connect with our inquiry

Friday November 13th: Math Week Dress-Up Day – Children are invited to wear clothing showcasing a math concept (ex: patterns, shapes, etc. ) instead of the KIS uniform.

Saturday November 14: All Aboard the Adventure Train! Early Years Picnic – Crafts, games, food, and music, open house for families and children in the community

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