Happy Half-Term!

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through Term 1 and October Break is already upon us.  Please be advised of a few updates to keep in mind for our first week back:

Unit of Inquiry 2: Sharing the Planet

Our second unit of inquiry will begin after the holidays, exploring the transdisciplinary theme of sharing the planet. Our inquiry is titled “Natural Interactions” and will look at the ways that humans interact with the natural world, including the ways that we rely on natural resources in our everyday lives, as well as the positive and negative impacts we have on our environment. To provoke some thinking and questioning to get our inquiry going, we are requesting that every child bring a natural artifact to school the first week back. This could be an interesting leaf, a seashell, a fascinating rock, a seed, or anything else that comes from the natural world. We know that many families will be travelling over the holidays, and might have an opportunity to find something interesting that they would not find at home. If you are staying the city, take the opportunity to go for a walk in a park or to think about how we all bring nature into our home (in our kitchens, for example). Please support your child in choosing their own artifact, rather than choosing it for them. This makes the experience meaningful for them, especially if they can find something that inspires their curiosity in some way.

Loy Krathong Celebrations

KIS will be celebrating Loy Krathong at school on Thursday October 29th. The Thai teachers have some activities planned to mark the day, such as making krathong and Thai dancing. Children are invited to come to school in traditional Thai dress. As the EY2s have swimming on Thursday, we recommend coming to school with swim clothes on and packing the Thai clothes in the children’s backpacks. Please bring them into the classroom in the morning, and we will help them to get dressed up after swim class.

Halloween Celebrations

KIS will celebrate Halloween at school on Friday October 30th. Children are invited to wear a costume to school, as we will take part in a costume parade and contest with classes from EY1 – G3. (Please do not include toy guns or weapons as part of costume. The EY2 children have learned that these are not part of our play at school, and we want to stay consistent with our messaging.) As per KIS tradition, the Grade 4 and 5 students will also be setting up Halloween themed games and activities for the younger students in their classroom upstairs.

We are certainly looking forward to an eventful first week back!

Have a great week off!

 

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Week of October 9th – 13th

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you that the students will check in each morning by finding their name and placing it into a basket as soon as they arrive at school.  They will then go straight out to play on the playground with their water bottle.  Please be sure to use the atrium entrance.  If your child is late, and we are already on the playground, please help your child check in and take them to the playground.

A gentle reminder that our school day starts at 7:50 and if you arrive after 8:00 your child will be marked absent.  If you are late, you will need to inform the office that your child is at school so that the attendance is changed from an absence to late.

When you pick your child up after school, please be reminded that you should go straight home.  The playgrounds are still not open for play, except for a short time for the children who have extracurricular activities.

If your child has an extra curricular activity, please send a snack in their backpack and pick them up at their activity at 4:00.  You do not need to come to school before 4:00.  We will get your child ready for their activity and make sure they have access to their snack.  They will be supervised before, during, and after their activity.  If you are late for pick up your child will be brought to the library for supervision and you can collect him/her there.  Please be reminded to pack a healthy snack and try to differentiate between what is a snack and what is a treat.  We’ve been talking a lot about balance, healthy foods, and the difference between a snack and a treat. You’re support at home is greatly appreciated.

We are now set up for you to access your child’s SeeSaw journal, where we will be sharing some of their learning experiences throughout the year. If you were connected to your child’s SeeSaw account last year, you might have received a notification this morning that you can now view their account again. If you are new to KIS or did not receive the notification from SeeSaw for whatever reason, please follow this link to connect to your child’s account:

https://app.seesaw.me/s/990-116-457

The link is for parents and guardians only, and we ask that you not share it with anyone else.

Please note that “Family Access” allows you to view your child’s journal, but not to post. This may be different from what you had in EY1, and is also different from what you will use should we find ourselves in a remote learning situation again.

Using SeeSaw in this way is somewhat new to all of us, and therefore we’d like to ask for your understanding as we navigate the learning process. Please do get in touch if you have any questions, and if we don’t know the answers, we’ll find out!

We are looking forward to our shared learning journey on SeeSaw!

Last week we started working with the children on Kelso’s Choices.  We used puppets to role play various scenarios to see how the children can solve small problems on their own.  We also discussed the difference between small problems and big problems that need the help of a teacher.  The children are leaning that they have a voice and have the tools to problem solve!

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We have rearranged our reading center and dramatic play center.  The students are really excited about the changes and seem to be using the spaces more purposefully.  We will be adding to our EY2 restaurant over the next few weeks so that the children have more ownership over their play space.

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We have also added a new water play center that the children have been enjoying.  In this center they are developing eye-hand coordination as well as math and science concepts. It also enhances social skills and encourages cooperation as they have to take turns and work together.

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This week our literacy focus will take place in our dramatic play center and in math the children will create shape monsters to be displayed for Halloween!

Important Dates:

Tuesday October 13th: In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 19th – Friday October 23rd: October Break, no class

Saturday November 14th: All Aboard the Adventure Train! Early Years Picnic, 9am – 12 noon (more info to follow)

*Please be reminded of our Thursday Swim class, and make sure that all of your child’s belongings (swim suit, swim cap, goggles, etc.) are labeled with their name.

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Week of October 5th – 9th

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to speak with all of you last week for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Your support for your children’s learning is both valuable and appreciated!

While the adults conferred upstairs, the children were busily playing in the classroom with ongoing learning engagements.

Interest in our Alphabet and Message Centres is growing every day. The children are excited to send and receive “mail” and are developing familiarity with letters using a variety of materials (such as chalk, rubber stamps, and stones).

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The addition of note pads and pencils to the Dramatic Play Centre has transformed it from a house to a restaurant, with chefs, waiters and dish washers. It is great to see the children organizing themselves to negotiate roles and experimenting with writing.

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The children are showing such creativity and imagination as they make their playdoh monsters, while learning to use mathematical language to describe them.

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And a few more risk-takers have made their presentations about their families. These continue to be a great way for us to get to know more about each other, and gives the children a wonderful sense of pride!

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You might have heard your child talk about how to “fill a bucket” and wondered what this is all about! We have been reading a series of books in class that talks about positive feelings as “full buckets” and negative feelings as “empty buckets.” In this way, we can think about kind  and caring things we can do to fill our friends’ buckets, and understand that the good feeling you get from being helpful means that your own bucket fills up too! This week, we will continue to look at these books, and we will role-play problems that can arise to make our buckets spill out. We will also introduce Kelso’s Choices, a program that teaches social problem solving strategies and positive conflict resolution.

Important Dates:

Tuesday October 13th: In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 19th – Friday October 23rd: October Break, no class

Saturday November 14th: All Aboard the Adventure Train! Early Years Picnic, 9am – 12 noon (more info to follow)

*Please be reminded of our Thursday Swim class, and make sure that all of your child’s belongings (swim suit, swim cap, goggles, etc.) are labeled with their name.

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Week of September 28th – October 2nd

Dear Parents,

We hope you had an enjoyable long weekend. Thank you for coming to our Coffee Meeting last week.  Here is our slideshow from the Coffee Meeting for your reference.

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Last week we introduced new centers.  In our writing center children have started to write messages to their friends and family.  They are also practicing spelling names and learning how to use a word wall.

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In our science center we have a dragonfly the children found on the playground.  They were very interested in it so we brought it into the classroom to observe more closely.  The children have been using magnifying glasses to observe and have been recording their findings by drawing pictures of what they notice.  The table also has some of the natural materials they have been collecting on the playground.  We’re sure many of you have been noticing these natural materials are also coming home. The children are so proud of their findings!

This week, we look forward to meeting with you at our conferences!

Important Dates:

Monday September 28th – Friday October 2nd: Parent-Teacher Conferences, Room 203 (Language Lab 2)

Thursday October 1st: Swimming Begins

*Children should come to school wearing a swimsuit under their uniform. They should also bring a towel, goggles, and underwear, in addition to a pair of flip flops (or other rubber sandals) to be kept at school. Please label all your child’s belongings (towel, shirt, shorts, cap, goggles, slippers, and swim bag) with their name, as mix-ups can happen while students are learning to change and pack their bags independently. Please note that swimming class is a required element of the school program, and a medical note must be provided to be excused from participation.

 

 

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Week of September 21st – 25th

Dear Families,

Last week our EY2 inquirers made some discoveries on the playground, collecting natural artifacts such as insects, feathers, sticks, flowers, bark, seeds and leaves. Following the children’s enthusiastic curiosity, we used these found objects to get our Science Centre going, where students are invited to make close observations with magnifying glasses and draw what they see. This centre will evolve throughout the year as the children explore their surroundings and make connections with various maths and science concepts.

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In the Art Centre, children experimented creatively with “loose parts.” Loose parts art work promotes flexibility of thinking and spatial skills, as the artist creates images that can be freely moved around and changed. Children can feel confident to explore freely without fear of ‘mistakes’, as pieces are not attached, and the emphasis is therefore on the process of creation and not on a finished product. They begin to investigate concepts such as pattern, shape, and symmetry, and to create pictures that support story telling, while also developing fine motor skills.

 

The EYs have been loving their play-dough, and have been using it to make monsters and aliens. We are inviting them to describe their creatures in terms of number and shape, by asking questions like “How many legs does it have?” and “What shape is the head?”

 

Family presentations were ongoing last week, with a couple of risk-takers volunteering to present each day. These presentations are a great way to explore identities, to form connections within our classroom community, and to develop oral language skills.

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Important Dates:

Monday September 21st – Wednesday September 23rd: Sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Sign-up sheets posted outside the classroom this week. Please contact Ms. Nicole or Ms. Risa if you are not able to come to school to sign up, or if you are not available during any of the time slots offered.

Wednesday September 23rd: EY2 Coffee Meeting in the Auditorium 8:00 am (Student drop-off in the classroom at 7:50 as usual)

*The Coffee Meeting includes presentations by the school leadership as well the the EY2 teachers, with important information about the EY2 program. It is also an ideal opportunity to meet the EY2 parent community over snacks and drinks, as we have many newcomers this year. We hope to see everyone there!

Thursday September 24th: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Friday September 25th: September Break (holiday, no classes)

Monday September 28th – Friday October 2nd: Parent-Teacher Conferences, Room 203 (Language Lab 2)

Thursday October 1st: Swimming Begins

*Children should come to school wearing a swimsuit under their uniform. They should also bring a towel, goggles, and underwear, in addition to a pair of flip flops (or other rubber sandals) to be kept at school. Please label your child’s belongings with their name, as mix-ups can happen while students are learning to change and pack their bags independently. Please note that swimming class is a required element of the school program, and a medical note must be provided to be excused from participation.

 

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Week of September 14th – 18th

Dear Parents,

We have quite a few event coming up! We will have our EY2 Coffee meeting on Wednesday September 23rd in the auditorium beginning at 8:00.  We hope at least one parent per student will be able to join as we will be sharing important information with you.

Parent- Teacher conferences will be starting on Monday  September 28th.  You will be able to sign up for a time next week. We are looking forward to meeting with you!

We are very excited that swimming will begin Thursday, October 1st.  Please make sure your child has a swim cap, goggles, towel, and sandals packed in a bag. They can wear their KIS swimsuit under their uniform on swim days to make changing easier. Please remember to pack underwear in their swim bag.  Their sandals will be kept at school.  Please be sure to label everything with your child’s name, mix ups can happen as the children take on more responsibility for their belongings.

As a reminder to all our returning families, you should by now have reviewed and completed the family address form, the health update form, the PYP ICT agreement and the school bus agreement (if applicable). If you haven’t already done so, please go to https://sea.kis.ac.th to complete as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email kisletter@kis.ac.th  attention School Services department.

An area of interest for many of our students is building a chain to block off areas of play.  They work together, negotiate, and delegate jobs.  It is lovely to see our Inquires be effective communicators and practicing their social skills.  This play carried each day last week.  We will see how they extend their play this week!

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Last week the children completed their names using loose parts.

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This week the students will have the opportunity to play with loose parts to create beautiful designs.  Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to their play.  We are excited to see what they will create!

A very happy Birthday to Oskar and Jato who celebrated their birthdays last week!  Thank you to their parents for providing treats!

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Important Dates:

Wednesday September 23rd: EY2 Coffee Meeting in the Auditorium 8:00am

Thursday September 24th: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Friday September 25th: September Break (holiday, no classes)

Monday September 28th: Parent- teacher Conferences Begin

Thursday October 1st: Swimming Begins

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Week of Sept. 7th – 11th

Dear Families,

Last week the EY2s continued working on their self-portraits, developing observation skills and exploring identity as they improve pencil grip and control. We are almost done, and will soon have the portraits on display in the classroom.

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We also began our personal journals, where children will create entries at least twice a week. In their journals, children are invited to represent their thoughts, ideas, experiences, or stories on paper using any combination of mark-making, drawing or writing. Our budding authors are off to a great start!

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Two risk-takers, Aimee and Obe-Oon, have taken their turns presenting their family photos to the class. We hope to see a few presentations each week until everyone has had a chance, and it really helps the children to present confidently if they have had some conversations about family in advance at home. You can talk with your child about the names and ages of the people the photo, how they are related, where family members come from, and what language(s) they speak. We also like to ask them what their family likes to do together, and what family members do to help and care for one another.

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Now that the children have all signed our EY2 Essential Agreement, we are beginning to see how they apply it in authentic situations. Many children are proud to let us know when they successfully solve a problem by talking it out, or play together kindly by sharing and taking turns.

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This week, we will be finishing up our self-portraits and continuing along with our family presentations. We will also be creating some artwork with the letters of our names, which will help us to become more familiar with letter shapes while exploring the visual arts technique of “loose parts.” We will also begin to assess children’s knowledge about letter names and sounds, so that our teaching can meet each child at their own level.

Important Dates:

Thursday September 24th: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Friday September 25th: September Break (holiday, no classes)

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Week of August 31 – September 4

Dear Parents,

We had a busy week of learning last week! We started our self portraits by observing ourselves in the mirror and drawing what we saw.  We will continue to work on them this week and will complete self portraits again later in the year to see changes in ourselves.  We are hopeful that next time we will not need to wear masks.

Ms. Pak made playdough with the children in small groups so that they can each have their own personal playdough.  This will be kept in their boxes at school to be used at center time.

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Ms. Aom led the children in signing our classroom essential agreement.  The children came up with great ideas on how we can make our classroom safe.

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This week we will begin journal time.  This is time where the children can practice their writing skills and tell about important events through pictures and/or words.

Each morning we have calendar time where the children take on the roll of the teacher to discuss the days of the week, date, and month.  We are also keeping track of the days we have all been at school together on a hundreds chart.

As a reminder, please ensure your child has an extra mask in his/her backpack, the masks often get dirty or wet and they want to change them.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in family photos. Some of them are already on display in the classroom, and the children just love looking at them, sharing about their own families and curious about their classmates’. If you have not provided a family photo yet, please send one to us by email as soon as possible as the children will be using them to make informal presentations about their families in the coming weeks.

A very happy birthday to Sharina who celebrated her birthday last week.

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We are having a lot of fun making new friends and getting to know each other!

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Week of August 24 – 28

Dear Parents,

We had a great week in EY2 last week, with all of the children getting to know each other and learning our classroom routines. The children have now met their specialist teachers for music, art, PE, and Thai, explored our learning centres, and are developing independent and healthy habits, such as tidying up the toys, choosing nutritious foods, and washing their hands regularly. We also started discussing our EY2 Essential Agreement, with the children suggesting ways that we can build a caring and inclusive learning community.

Have a look at the slideshow below to see some of the fun we had:

 

This week, we will be moving forward with our unit of inquiry “Relationships” by finalising the EY2 Essential Agreement and having the children commit to this class promise by signing with a hand print. We will begin working on self-portraits, which will be displayed in the classroom, helping us to learn about one another and to feel a sense of ownership of our communal space. The children will also be invited to make their own playdoh, which will be accessible for them to play with at centre times.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in family photos. Some of them are already on display in the classroom, and the children just love looking at them, sharing about their own families and curious about their classmates’. If you have not provided a family photo yet, please send one to us by email as soon as possible as the children will be using them to make informal presentations about their families in the coming weeks. (risa.la@kis.ac.th for the Alligator class, and nicole@kis.ac.th for the Bear class.)

Beginning this week, our drop-off routine in the morning will be changing slightly. Children will now be asked to stay on the playground if they arrive at school early, with teachers on duty to supervise outside from 7:30 – 7:50 am. The bell will ring at 7:50, when we will bring the students inside to take attendance and start the day.

Have a great week everyone, and please do get in touch if questions arise as we settle into our new routines!

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Welcome to EY2

Dear Parents,

We are so happy to be back in school! We are looking forward to getting to know the children and seeing all the wonderful learning that will take place. There are quite a few reminders to share with you so please read through the following information carefully and don’t hesitate to ask if you have and questions.

EY2 Team

The EY2 team this year includes Ms. Risa as the homeroom teacher for Class A (Alligators), Ms. Nicole as the homeroom teacher for Class B (Bears), Ms. Aom and Ms. Pak as our Educational Assistants, and P’Nui and P’Jaeb as our Nannies.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Please be reminded that EY2 drop off is at 8:00am.  Students can put their backpacks in their cubbies in the atrium and should then meet their teachers on the playground for outdoor play, bringing their water bottles with them.

Pick up is at 2:10pm from our classroom door.  Please be aware that there is no after school supervision this year, and the playground is also not open after school.  Students who take the bus will stay in the classroom until 2:30, when an EA will take them to meet the bus monitors. Students with older siblings will be allowed to stay in the classroom until 2:30 as well, so that parents can pick up their children at the same time. In the case that someone other than your child’s usual guardian will be picking up your child, please let us know ahead of time.

Weekly Schedule & Specialist Classes

Our weekly schedules can be found in the tab to the right labeled Weekly Schedule.  It is also posted below.  Please note PE is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with Mr. Max. Students should come to school in their PE uniform on those days and will stay in uniform for the whole day.  We are not having swim class at the moment and will let you know when it will begin.

EY2 students will also have music with Mr. Chris, art with Ms. Daisy, and Thai with Khun Por and Khun Aey each week, as per the schedule. These specialist classes will take place in the EY2 classroom this year to minimise our movement and contact around the school.

We will visit the library for lessons twice a week, but please note that our book exchange day will be on Fridays only.  Students should bring their books to return on Fridays so that they can check out two new books.

Personal Items at School

Bedding for nap time should come to school on Mondays and will go home on Fridays for laundering.  Please provide one small blanket and pillow.  We will not be using a sheet.

Due to our current situation, students will not be brushing their teeth at school, and therefore it is not necessary to provide a toothbrush.

If you haven’t done so already, please provide a pencil case with pencils, colored pencils, markers, and an eraser.  This will stay at school in the indoor cubbies to limit students sharing materials.

Students should also keep a spare set of clothing (school uniform) in their cubbies, in case they need a change.

Our First Unit of Inquiry: “Who We Are”

Title:

Relationships

Central Idea: 

Our relationships impact our health and well-being.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Types of relationships
  • How to build positive relationships
  • Keeping our community safe and healthy

We will begin the unit by sharing about our families, and ask that you email your child’s teacher a family photo. Please discuss with your child who is in the photo, where it was taken, and how various family members help out at home and take care of one another. The students will be presenting their family photo to the class, and it will be helpful if they have talked about it at home first.

Lastly, we would like you to take a full body photo of your child in uniform without a mask.  We will use these photos for labeling throughout the year.  Please email the photo to your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your support and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

nicole@edu.kis.ac.th

risa.la@edu.kis.ac.th

Weekly Schedules

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