Welcome Back!

It was wonderful to see everyone back at school this morning, ready to learn, and excited to tell us all about their holidays. This week the children will be invited to share about their time away from school through drawing, writing and speaking, and we will also be tuning into our new Unit of Inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves.”

We are pleased to be celebrating World Book Week at KIS, and hope that everyone is getting ready for tomorrow’s Book Character Dress-Up Day! Children are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character, and to participate in a costume parade at 8:00 am in the Audibox. It would be great to see beloved characters from children’s literature this time (rather than Disney princesses and superheroes), so please have your child bring along the book that inspired their costume. This is a great way for us to share our passions and to nurture the love of reading!

World Book Week will also include a book fair, taking place throughout the week. If you would like your child to purchase a book, please send money in a bag or envelope labelled with their name, and we will accompany them to make their selection. Alternatively, parents may visit the book fair on their own, or take children to choose a book for purchase before or after school.

Just before our Songkran holiday, Arya celebrated her 5th birthday with us. Happy birthday Arya! A big thanks to Arya’s family for sharing a delicious cake and joining us to make the day special.

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Happy Songkran!

Dear EY2 Families,

thank you for coming to Coffee Meeting on Thursday! It is always a great pleasure to see you and it is so rewarding to work with you. You can find the slides and KIS Language Curriculum on the pages.

This week we had a great opportunity to see how grade 5 students take action. We went to see their PYP Exhibition with our reading buddies. It is just amazing how smart and caring students we have at KIS!

 

Thank you once more for helping us and 5th grade students with the BOOK Drive. We collected most books at the whole PYP school and we got our pizza party on Wednesday. YUMMY!

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We finished our UOI “Exploring Materials” with the same way as we started the unit. Students were sorting different objects and most of them naturally started to sort them now by materials. Some objects had more than one material and students had to discuss and negotiate which category they would use. It was wonderful to watch how they use their new knowledge and how they work together as a group.

Hardest part of our week was to say farewell to our lovely friend Alice. We wish you and your family all the best in Netherlands and we hope to see you back at KIS one day!IMG_1925 IMG_1921

We had a  great week with many Songkran activities. Thank you for our Thai department and for the whole KIS community for organizing such a memorable week for us!

Have a wonderful Songkran Break!

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Weekly Update April 1st , 2019

Dear EY2 families,

coming this week…

Wednesday April 3rd: EY2 swimming!!! MYP is having their sport day on Friday and they will need the swimming pool area too so we have change our swimming time this week.

Thursday April 4th:  EY 2 Coffee Meeting 8:00 am in the EY2 Classroom: Students may wear Thai Traditional Clothes or Songkran shirts on Thursday for their Thai Songkran traditions during Thai class. Please pick up the bed clothes after school!

Friday April 5th:  Water Play with EY2 and KG Students should wear swimsuits and Songkran shirts. Make sure that your child has dry clothes and towels in their bag, just like on swimming days. Whole school Songkran assembly at 13.00-13.30, at the auditorium. Three collaborative performances between PS, SS, staff and parents will be performing at the event. These performances include Long Drum Dance, Thai Northeastern Style Dance and Bamboo Dance. EY2 is not napping on Friday!

We hope you have a wonderful week leading up to a Happy Songkran Holiday!

Happened last week:

Photo day on Monday was a really professional photo shooting day and our students were like professional models.

Last week we were wrapping up out UOI Exploring Materials. One more group will do their mystery box-game with Ms. Tuovi this week.

One more group is making science experiments with different objects and different materials in Sink and float center with Ms. Risa.

 

After Songkran we are moving to the new UOI “Self Expression”. We had a great opportunity to see how some of  our IB diploma students have expressed themselves through different kind of art media when we visited their art exhibition. We also visited their “Makers’ Space” and we loved all the big tools and big machines our big students use! We are getting excited about our new unit.

 

Reminders:

April 6th- 21st, 2019 : Songkran Break / NO SCHOOL

Mon 22nd April: Start of term 3

April 23rd-26th : World Book Week

Tue 23rd April : World Book Day- Book Character Dress Up Day (Please send the book where the character your child is dressed as appears).

Wed 1st May:  Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:        H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

 

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Weekly Update March 25th, 2019

Dear EY2 families,

We had a fun filled week of Artigras celebrations and events and we had also our first fieldtrip. So exciting  to explore things through the arts and experience new things! We started the week off with battle of the bands!  We got to see different groups from schools all over Bangkok sing and dance on stage in the auditorium! We heard our favorite bands also on Wednesday during the Busking event and on Friday’s outdoor concert.

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On Wednesday EY2 Ants had their fieldtrip to “A little Something “-cooking school.

EY2 Butterflies had their fieldtrip on Thusday.

On Thusday we also had a  lovely Thai Cultural performance where we got to see many different types of Thai Dancing!  Namo and Tuna were real risk takers when they danced on stage with professional dancers.

On Friday, we all participated in a Flash Mob with the entire PYP and  danced together with Ms. Lynn and all the PYP students in the atrium.

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We also celebrated Peem’s birthday on Friday. Happy Birthday Dear Peem!

Happy Birthday Dear Peem!

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This week we have learned to play  the Teach your Monster to Read -games which help children to master the key first stages of reading.  It’s been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing). You can play the game at home too. It’s free to play on a PC and laptop at TeachYourMonsterToRead.com, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.  If  your child want to use his/her school account and continue the game where he/she is at the moment we can give you a password card.  Then you can log in to your child’s game at home too.

dav

Reminders:

 

Thur April 4th: 08:00-09:00 a.m. EY2 Coffee Meeting

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

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Weekly Update March 18th, 2019

Dear EY2 parents,

we are almost in the end of our UOI “Exploring Materials. We have talked about paper, cardboard, metal, wood,fabric, glass and plastic. We have been observing different materials and we talked about their properties. Our young students have developed their understanding of materials’ suitability for different purposes.

mystery boxThank you for all the parents who helped their child to find something suitable for the mystery box game.  Some parents have been super creative and they have helped their child to make their own mystery boxes. You don’t need to make a box, but if your child has not brought an artifact for the box, please bring it as soon as  possible. Bring it in a box or a bag so that other students can’t see it. Please, help your child to practice how to tell at least 3 things about the object! Students have had great fun playing the game in small groups; making questions and keeping the secrets (so hard for our young students) and same time increasing their receptive (listening) and expressive (speaking) vocabularies through social interactions and through play.

Students have been  exploring the science concept of floating and sinking with Ms Risa, who  invited them to play, experiment and explore how and why different objects and materials float and sink when placed into water. Some of the materials even changed when they were in the water. Students had an opportunity to learn through inquiry so many things. Students developed their language skills by using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions. They practiced also their writing skills when making predictions and observations. They developed their scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation. Students practiced also their social skills when working in a small group.

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We have been learning about 3D shapes in class and our students have been “hunting 3D shapes” around the school. They have taken photos of the shapes by ipads. Please, encourage you child to find 3D shapes at home. We are looking forward seeing their photos from home.

 

Our literacy groups continue meeting 4 times a week. We have moved our meeting time to early morning time so it’s very important that we all are in time at school.

Our next UOI will be “How we express ourselves”. We have read fairy tales in class and we will add drama elements to these old stories. You might have heard “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” characters talking at home too.

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We also celebrated Oscar’s birthday. Happy Birthday Oscar!

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Coming Soon:

World Water Day – Friday 22nd March, 2019

world-water-day-world-water-day-poster-concept-110303956“World Water Day is an annual UN observance day (always on 22 March) that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. The day can also include campaigns to raise money for water projects. The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993. Each year many countries celebrate World Water Day.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day

This year at KIS, EY3 is in charge of raising awareness for this special day. They host a dress-down day ‘fundraiser’ of sorts: On Friday 22nd March, students, staff, parents, and everyone else in the KIS community should wear blue. You can also donate drinking bottles ( we really try to reduce plastic waste in Thailand).

Donations will be given to The Mercy Centre.

Mercy-Preschool-children-Kristals-class“The Mercy Centre is an NGO located within the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok. It is an organisation that is deeply connected with the community and has been working with the community to improve their lives for almost 40 years. The centre provides a home for 200 orphaned or homeless children, legal aid for children in need, an HIV Aids healthcare program, 23 preschools and a community center.”

https://www.heatheronhertravels.com/volunteer-thailand-mercy-centre-bangkok/

“Whoever you are, wherever you are,
water is your human right.”

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Bottles and Caps

20190308_145538Some grade 5 students are collecting plastic bottles and caps for their exhibition project. This collection unit is located near the PYP entrance by the office.

If you happen to have any plastic bottles or bags with you while on school premises, and you no longer need them, please drop them here. Thank you.

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Reminders:

March 18th-22nd: Artigras week:

Tue March 19th: Battle of the Bands

Wed March 20th: EY2A Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Thur March 21st: EY2B Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Fri March 22nd: Artigras closing assembly 

Mon March 25th: EY2 School Photo Day

Thur April 4th: 08:00-09:00 a.m. EY2 Coffee Meeting

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

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Weekly Update March 11th, 2019

Dear EY2 parents,

we are almost in the end of our UOI “Exploring Materials. We have talked about paper, cardboard, metal, wood,fabric, glass and plastic. We have been observing different materials and we talked about their properties. Our young students have developed their understanding of materials’ suitability for different purposes.

mystery boxNow we are asking your support: every student need to find one object from home for our  “mystery box” and be ready to tell 3 things about the object: how do you describe it, what is the object made of, what do you use it for example: it is undependable, it’s made of metal and you use it for eating (spoon).

After the student’s presentation, other students can make questions and they can also touch it. And they can try to guess what is in the mystery box! This fun game will  help children improve their abilities to speak in front of the group, listen to others, recall information, ask purposeful questions, classify items, make inferences, synthesize information, and draw conclusions.

Please, bring the artifact in a box or a bag so that other students can’t see it. Don’t bring too big object -it needs to fit to the box. Please, help your child to find a suitable object, practice with her/him how to tell at least 3 things about the object! 

Happened this week:

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Remember to sign in every morning!

Our literacy groups continue meeting 4 times a week. We have moved our meeting time to early morning time so it’s very important that we all are in time at school.

During the week every group read or play literacy game with the teacher, practice letter writing with a teacher, play literacy games with ipad and read and write independently.

If you were wondering last week why some girls were dressed up like princesses, here is the explanation: We try to support every group’s interests and follow student-initiated inquires and activities in literacy centers too. Last week one reading group wanted to make their own princess book. The authors brought their own costumes from home, took photos and we used their photos for the illustrations.

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World Math Day

We celebrated the World Math Day on Wednesday with our reading buddies. Instead of reading books together we were playing number games. Some 3rd graders had created their own math games for us! What a fun afternoon full of learning together!

We continued our UOI Exploring Materials / Finishing our materials projects:

In our classroom Ms Risa helped students to finish their individual clay sculptures. Aour students have wonderful creativity and imagination. Clay is  a natural resource from the earth and it provides sensory stimulation while helping to develop fine motor skills. Working with clay is quite therapeutic for the emotions too. When exploring the new materials the process is much more important than the product. 

Ms Tuovi took again some students to Makers Space to experiment with wood.The woodwork helps students to develop their problem-solving through divergent thinking and planning to create three-dimensional structures. It develops their sense of power and self-esteem as students use adult tools and complete adult-type projects. It builds strong, positive feelings of competence and the ability to meet new situations well. The woodwork encourages sustained interest in a given task and the ability to overcome frustration successfully.

Makers’ Space has also a great collection of color-coordinated legos. Our students  love legos and they wanted to explore these new treasures after working with wood.

Thank you for those ones who already donated books for the Charity Club’s book drive!

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It looks like EY2 will earn a pizza party for the most books! The book drive runs still next week so if you have more books you can still bring them in. Books should be gently used, not torn or broken. All books and/or magazines are welcomed.  Drop them off in the EY2 classroom.

Reminders:

March 18th-22nd: Artigras week:

Mon March 18th at 8:00 a.m: Opening Assembly

Tue March 19th: Battle of the Bands

Wed March 20th: EY2A Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Thur March 21st: EY2B Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Fri March 22nd: Artigras closing assembly 

March 25-29 School Photos

Mon April 1st  : April Fools costume day

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

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Weekly Update March 4th, 2019

Dear EY2 parents,

Supervision of Students after Dismissal

At the end of the day when students are signed out by parents/nannies/drivers, etc., it is understandable that they may want to have some play time. If this is the case and you remain on school property after school, please take your children outside so that they may run/climb/jump around where it is safe to do so. Make sure that you see them and you can supervise them  all the time! If they need to use toilet or drink water you need to go inside with them.  Please help your child to follow the school rules also after school time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Happened this week:

Our literacy groups continue meeting 4 times a week. We have moved our meeting time to early morning time so it’s very important that we all are in time at school. During the week every group read or play literacy game with the teacher, practice letter writing with a teacher, play literacy games with ipad and read and write independently.

Students have started to practice their independent writing by making their own books and by writing mail to each other. It is fun to watch how these principled students learn and practice their new skills so willingly.

We continued our UOI Exploring Materials / Learning new vocabulary and new techniques 

Our last group working with their own cardboard project added their final touches to their castle. Their lovely castle is ready to move in!

We continue exploring natural materials: In our classroom Ms Risa helped some students to finish their individual clay sculptures. It is always kind of a surprise what comes out of the clay even when you have made your plan.

Ms Aom has been helping at the paper mache center where students use the paper and paper mache paste to create different small objects like animals or food. Students can tear the paper and then watch how it change when you add wet paste. After you let the wet objects dry the paper mache objects change hard again and you can even paint it. Messy, fun and creative way to explore the every day  material paper.

Ms Noi has been helping at our creative art center where students can use all different materials for making creative collage pictures. Students are drawing their pictures first and then adding different materials to their picture by using white or clear glue. We are just so proud of our students: they are using so many skills to create very unique art works

Ms Tuovi continued to help at the Makers’ Space where students were able to plan and create something from wood. The new place, new tools and new techniques can be even scary but our students are really great risk-takers and they are becoming open-minded to try new things willingly.

Thank you for coming to our EY sport day on Friday March 1st, 2019  and for supporting our young athletes doing their best on different events.  What a fun day!

We also celebrated  Rose’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dear Rose!

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book driveThank you for those ones who already donated books for the Charity Club’s book drive! If you didn’t do it yet, please donate books and help EY2 to earn a pizza party for the most books! Books should be gently used, not torn or broken. This is an excellent time to clean out your bookshelves and give to those in need! All books and/or magazines welcomed.  Drop off in the EY2 classroom.

Remember  the KISPA monthly meeting on Tuesday 5th March at AP room, 2nd fl., PS building from 8:00-9:00am

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Other Reminders

Wed March 20th: EY2A Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Thur March 21st: EY2B Fieldtrip to “A Little Something” – cooking school

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

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EY2 aiming for the Pizza Party

Dear Parents ,

book driveStudents from the Charity Club are collecting old books and magazines for the book drive. The book drive will run from Feb 11th to March 26th, 2019. The top donating class will win a pizza party. Please donate children’s books, young adult books, fiction books, non-fictions books, school books… any kind of books and magazines in Thai or in English. Bring the books and magazines to our classroom so we can count them! Thank you!!!

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Weekly Update Feb 25th, 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

We will have our EY sport day on Friday March 1st, 2019 at 8:20-9:30 on our own playground. Come and support our wonderful EY2 athletes to do their best!  Wear P.E clothes – there is also event for the parents! Please wear house shirts!

Supervision of Students after Dismissal
At the end of the day when students are signed out by parents/nannies/drivers, etc., it is understandable that they may want to have some play time. If this is the case and you remain on school property after school, please take your children outside so that they may run/climb/jump around where it is safe to do so. Make sure that you see them and you can supervise them  all the time! Thank you for your cooperation.

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We continued our UOI Exploring Materials / Learning new vocabulary 

Last week we were exploring natural materials: In our classroom Ms Risa helped us to know more about the clay. We learned a lot of new words for how we can manipulate the clay: roll, press, push, squeeze, pinch, smooth. We were also discussing about how the material feels, and how it changes (especially how it changes when you add water or dries out a bit). Some words we’ve been using – cool, soft, hard, slimy, slippery, sticky, muddy, dry, crumbly itchy.  We’ve also learned some “art terms” like kiln (the oven for the clay), sculpture, abstract, ‘score and slip’ (the technique for sticking pieces of clay together.) We also used some math vocab like sphere and cylinder.

Ms Tuovi took part of the group already to  Maker’s Space where we have learned to manipulate wood. We have learned new words for how we can manipulate the wood like sanding, sawing and hammering. We have used new tools like saw, hammer, nail, screw, workbench and clamp.  We made our blueprints first and then we built the 3D objects.   The woodwork is not very easy! But it is a lot of fun!

In Math we continued making different shapes with geoboards and rubber bands. Students have been using them very creatively. The unifix cubes are used creatively too and our students have been comparing and measuring things with them.  Different math centers are available for students all the time and we use different invitations for encouraging students to explore and investigate different materials. Ms Marie invites every Friday our students to investigate and play with Numicon materials.

Language: Thank you for all the parents who shared their stories during our Mother Tongue Day! EY2 students heard stories from Indonesia, France, China and Finland.

Reminders

Fri 1st March:      EY Sport Day – Please wear house shirts!

Sat 2nd March:        Bugs ‘N’ Butterflies Picnic https://www.kis.ac.th/bnb

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

 

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Weekly Update Feb 18th, 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

Hope you had a nice long weekend. Our young students were full of stories today when we saw each other again, so it seems that you had a busy little break.

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We had a  busy short week in our classroom.

We continued our UOI Exploring Materials. We were building with cardboard in small groups. First we were drawing our individual blueprints about the project and then made small groups based on similar ideas. Then the group members were figuring out different ways to combine the ideas and made a group plan. During the project students were using all their transdisciplinary skills: social skills, communication skills, thinking skills, research skills and self­-management skills. They were manipulating the cardboard by cutting and taping things together. This week we start to manipulate natural materials like wood and clay. Let’s see what we can make out of them!

In Math we have been making different shapes with geoboards and rubber bands. Students have been using them very creatively. Some students have been building and counting with unifix cubes. After 100th day of school we have moved to BIG numbers.

Our lego and block builders show great imagination and good mathematical thinking when they plan and build their different building, machines and robots. Students are also practicing their math skills by using ICT

We celebrated Valentine’s Day by making cards to each other. Lots of meaningful writing was happening in class and lots of love was in the air!

And we have another 5-years old in our classroom! Happy Birthday Tanya!

 

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Coming soon:

different languagesInternational Mother Tongue Day

On Thurs. 21st Feb., KIS will be recognizing International Mother Tongue Day. We will celebrate by reading books and telling stories to the students in different languages. We are asking for your support to come into KIS and read or tell a story to a group of students in your first language.

If you sign up, you will be reading or telling stories for about 10 minutes to a range of students from EY1 to Grade 2 in the AudiBox. These students may or may not include your own children. Each session lasts for 40 minutes and will be shared by 4 adults – so about 10 minutes each. Please refer to the schedule at this link to sign up. Translation into English is not necessary. We will have a computer and projector available if you would like to share a story on a screen.

If you do want to read to the EY 2 class, please speak to your child’s teacher and we can organize it in the classroom.

Reminders

Thu 21st Feb.:      International Mother Tongue Day

Fri 1st March:      EY Sport Day

Sat 2nd March:        Bugs ‘N’ Butterflies Picnic https://www.kis.ac.th/bnb

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

 

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