Week of Sept. 16 – 18

Last week in EY2, the children continued to work on their self portraits, exploring personal identity and developing keen observation skills. They also continued work on their family portraits, discussing the relationships within families and building vocabulary.

We are learning about relationships as we play together throughout the day, finding out how we can build positive friendships through our interactions. For example, the children are resolving conflicts by sharing books to read together, and taking turns fairly on the swings.

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Many children have been showing curiosity about nature during outdoor playtime, exchanging questions and theories about things they find outside. We have had some interesting conversations about flowers, spiders, and frogs, which might also be rocks, seeds, and caterpillars, depending on who you ask! Some of these conversations will be documented on our Wonder Wall and Conversation Corner, for us to refer back to for further inquiry.

Our collaborative art project with Ms. Daisy is ongoing as well, with the children creating beautiful textures and colour schemes, and learning new painting techniques such as sponge painting and “dabbing” with various implements.

Last week’s highlight was definitely our Early Years House Sports Day. We were very proud of everyone’s motivation and team work!

Important Dates

Thursday Sept. 19th: P.D. Day (no school for students)

Friday Sept. 20th: School Holiday

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Week of September 9th -13th

Dear Parents,

We are continuing our art project with Ms. Daisy and talking about warm and cool colors.  We are in need of recycled materials (tissue rolls, cardboard egg crates, bubble wrap, etc.).  please send in these materials as you collect them from home.

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We have been having a lot of options at outdoor play.  We have such a big and beautiful balcony in EY2,  we decided to open it up at outdoor play so that all our EY students have more options.  We also have a construction play zone and the children are having so much fun building and measuring.

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Last week we had our first House Assembly.  The students loved climbing to the auditorium and cheering for their House!

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This week we will be observing our features closely and creating self portraits.  We are noticing many things as we study ourselves in the mirror.  We are talking about various shapes, like what shape our eyes and nose are, and what body parts we have.

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As we continue our UIO, “Relationships,” we will also be painting family pictures and naming and writing the names of the people in our family.

Our Early Years House Spirit Day will be this Friday, September 13th.  Please have your child wear their House Shirt and PE shorts.  Parents are welcome to stay to cheer on your child and House. EY1 and EY2 will have start at 9am, EY3 and Grade 1 will start at 8am.

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We will celebrate International Dot Day on Monday September 16th.  Children are welcome to wear dotted spotty clothes and bring in a plastic water bottle cap to add to the PYP art installation.

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Important Dates:

Friday September 13th: EY House Spirit Day (students wear House shirts and PE shorts).

Monday September 16th: International Dot Day (Students wear spotty-dotty clothes).

Thursday September 19th: Professional Development Day (no school for students).

Friday September 20th: September Break (holiday, school closed).

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House Assembly

Tomorrow morning at 8am, we will attend our first House Assembly of the school year. Children are invited to wear their house shirts, and are reminded to arrive at school on time as we will be leaving the classroom promptly. Should you arrive at school late, please bring your child to the auditorium after picking up a late slip from the office.

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Week of September 2nd – 6th

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our coffee meeting this morning. It is wonderful to have such a supportive community! The slides from our presentation are now posted in the ‘Pages’ section of the blog (click on BTS Coffee Meeting in the side bar on the right).

IMG_2958We’d also like to thank everyone who has sent in a family photo. The children are excited to see their families up on the wall, and will soon be ready to do some sharing about their families with the rest of the class, as we begin to provoke thinking about relationships for our first inquiry. Please send us your photos if you have not done so already!

Last week in EY2 we began to interview the children to get to know them better, to build vocabulary for discussing identity (‘Who We Are”) and relationships. We will be sharing the interviews in the classroom, and these will also help the children prepare to present their family photographs. The interviews will be ongoing this week.

The children have been learning some more about sending messages to friends in our post office. They learned that it is important to write who the message is to and from, and how to find their friends’ names in order to address the envelopes correctly and find their mailbox. We will continue to work together in the post office this week, and will keep it as an independent centre in the classroom thereafter.

Both the Alligator and Bear classes have started working on a collaborative art project with Ms. Daisy. We are creating a ‘texture wall’ by gluing various recycled materials (such as egg cartons, kitchen rolls, bubble wrap, and popsicle sticks) to a large board, which we can hang on the wall. Ms. Daisy began exploring warm and cool colours with the children, and having them mix paints to create their desired colour palettes. We have already started painting some of our materials, and we will continue to work on this project during Ms. Daisy’s weekly visits. Please send us any (clean) recycled materials you have at home, as we still need more!

In addition to our ongoing centres, we will also begin to work on self-portraits later in the week. This is a great way to develop observation skills, and supports our discussions about identity and relationships. We will create self-portraits several times throughout the year, as they are also a powerful way to see the children’s progress over time.

An important part of our first UOI will focus on forming friendships and being a good friend. The children already began this discussion while creating our EY2 Essential Agreement, a set of promises the children agreed upon to make our classroom a happy and safe place to be. We will continue this week by learning more about Kelso’s Choices, which provides children with positive strategies to resolve conflicts independently. We have started already by talking about ‘making a deal’ and ‘sharing’ with playground equipment and toys, and the children are doing great so far!

Happy Birthday Ann!

Last week we celebrated Ann’s 4th birthday at school. A big thank you to Ann’s mom and dad for bringing in a yummy treat and helping to make the day special!

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Important Dates:

PE to be re-scheduled for this week: Mr. Max will be unavailable this week on Wednesday, and therefore we will not have PE on that day. This week, Alligators will have PE on Tuesday Sept. 3rd (8:10 – 8:50), and Bears will have PE on Thursday Sept. 5th (10:00 – 10:40). Please take note, to be sure the children are wearing the PE uniform on the correct day! (We will return to the regular schedule next week, with Monday and Wednesday PE for both classes.)

Thursday September 19th: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Friday September 20th: September Break (holiday, school closed)

 

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Week of August 26th – August 30th

Dear Parents,

We have had a wonderful start to the year and everyone is more settled and enjoying their days at school.  This week we will begin our Unit of Inquiry, “Who We Are,” with the Central Idea: Interactions with others help us build our relationships.  We will follow the lines of inquiry :

  • How we develop relationships
  • How words and actions can change relationships
  • How our choices and actions reflect what we want in our relationships

As we tune into our UOI we ask that you email a family photo to your child’s teacher which will act as their first artifact.  Please show your child the photo you will email and discuss who is in it and what their relationship with them is.  This will help us when we start interviewing the children to learn more about their families.

We have noticed the children have taken a particular interest in firefighting.  We are working to nurture this interest and see where the children will take it!

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Our EY2 Post Office is in full swing and a popular center where the children are developing their writing as well as using play money to buy materials for their letters to friends.  This week we will discuss what a letter looks like, headings, and signatures.  Students are learning that these parts to a letter are important so that it gets to the right person and that the receiver knows who it’s from.

We were very curious about the tiny frogs we found on the playground.  Grade 1 has been keeping them safe in a terrarium in their classroom.  We plan to visit them to see how they are doing!

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A very Happy Birthday to Nini who celebrated her birthday last week!

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Art is everywhere!  Our creative little minds at work even before nap time!

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Important Dates

EY2 Coffee Meeting:  Monday September 2nd 8:00 am – 9:00 am in the EY2 classroom – Info about our program and supporting your child’s learning, as well as mingling with our parent community over snacks, tea, and coffee!

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EY2 Back to School Coffee Meeting

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to our first Coffee Meeting on Monday, September 2nd from 7:50- 9:00 in the EY2 classroom. We will have important information regarding EY2, dates to mark your calendar, and be able to answer questions you may have.  We encourage at least one parent of each child to attend so that you don’t miss anything!  Your child will go straight to Music Class with Mr. Chris at 7:50.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!

 

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Community Building in EY2

 Dear Parents,

Last week was a great kick-off for our year together in EY2! This year, we have decided that Ms. Nicole’s class A will be known as the Alligators, and Ms. Risa’s class B will be the Bears. Soon, all of the children should know whether they are a Bear or an Alligator!

During our exciting first week of school, the children began to make new friends and to learn about classroom routines such as playing in centres, tidying up, listening respectfully, choosing their lunch foods, and taking good care of our shared materials at school. They also got a chance to explore our new playground.

Developing Agency in EY2

In EY2, we view the children as competent and capable individuals, and we aim to nurture their sense of agency. Therefore, our learning goals this year include helping them to become more independent, and to take on more responsibility for themselves and for the well-being of our classroom community. At school, we do this by expecting children to tidy up the centres, to select their own food, eat, and dress independently. In short, we don’t do anything for the children that they can do themselves! You can support your child’s learning by encouraging the same behaviours at home. If your child has difficulty doing these kinds of tasks on their own, try to show or explain how, rather than doing it for them. You will be surprised at how much your child can to by themself, and how much pride they will take in their accomplishments!

Swimming

Both EY2 classes have swim class on Thursday mornings. To make our day go more smoothly and to save some valuable class time, it would be helpful for everyone to come to school with their swim suit on under their clothes.

We would also like to remind you that children should wear flip flops or water shoes when they walk to the pool, which we will keep at school for the entire year. If your child does not yet have a pair of these shoes at school, please bring them as soon as possible.

Library

The Alligators and Bears will have their first library visit this week on Tuesday, and will be coming home with two library books of their own choice. We encourage you to read these books with your children, talk about the stories, and show them how to take good care of books. Please be aware that we do not expect the children to be able to read these books independently at this time! The purpose is to develop comprehension, book handling skills, and most importantly a love of reading. Make story time fun!

Library books will go home on Tuesdays, and should be returned to school before the following Tuesday. Please note that children will not be able to sign out a new book if the previous one is not yet returned. You may also visit the library with your child after school if they would like to get a new book between our scheduled class visits.

Important Dates

EY2 Coffee Meeting: Date TBA, 8:00 am – 9:00 am in the EY2 classroom – Info about our program and supporting your child’s learning, as well as mingling with our parent community over snacks, tea, and coffee!

Back to School Parent Forum: Friday August 23rd, 8:00 am – 9:00 am in the auditorium Parent Forum BTS 23819

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Welcome to EY2!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to EY2!  We have had a great start to the school year and are enjoying getting to know your children.

You can access our schedule at the link to the right.  You can also read about our EY2 staff.

Just a few reminders as we get into the routine of school.

Please subscribe to our EY2 blog so that you get automatic reminders when new posts arise.  If ou are not sure how to do this we are happy to walk you through it, just let us know if you need help.

Arrival

Upon arrival students should put their backpacks in their cubby and head out to the playground.  Supervision on the playground begins at 7:30 and goes until the bell at 7:50.  Students should line up with their class at 7:50 and wait for their teacher to walk them to class.

Dismissal

Dismissal is at 2:30, please make sure to sign out before taking your child. At 2:45 remaining students will be taken to Supervision and you will need to sign them out from the library on the second floor.

Swimming

Students need a bag with a KIS swim suit, goggles, swim cap, towel, and sandals all clearly labeled with your child’s name.  The sandals will stay at school for the school year.

Swimming is a required part of the program.  If your child cannot swim they need a doctor’s note specifying the reason your child cannot swim.

Library

Please note that library will be on Tuesdays and the children will need to return their books on Tuesdays in order to check out new books.

PE

Your child should wear their PE Uniform on PE Days.

Note from the SEA:
Students can no longer wear the old PE uniform. If students arrive wearing the old uniform, parents will be reminded to get a new one from the school shop. No mixing and matching of other tops or bottoms that are not part of the overall PE attire. Thank you.

Snack

The school cafeteria provides milk for students to drink if they choose to do so during morning and afternoon snack times.

There is no need to send milk to school unless your child has special dietary needs.

Birthdays (NO NUTS please)

Birthday celebrations take place during afternoon snack time in the cafeteria.

Please contact us in advance if you would like to bring a treat to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Please ensure that anything that is sent in does not contain nuts.

As we become more settled we will be focusing on our first Unit of Inquiry, “Who We Are” and focusing on the lines of inquiry:

Creating a caring and inclusive community

Striving for Understanding

Developing Passion in ourselves and others

Taking ethical action

We are looking forward to getting to know your children better and seeing all the wonderful things they can do!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

nicole@edu.kis.ac.th

risa.la@edu.kis.ac.th

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back

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