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

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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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Week of November 2nd – 6th

Dear Families,

We had a lot to celebrate last week with Loy Kratong and Halloween!

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This week we will be taking nature walks and discussing the artifacts brought in.  If you have not yet, please send a nature artifact to school with your child.  These will be on display soon to spark interest and have meaningful conversations about nature.

Next week we will be celebrating math week with a dress up day on Friday!

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Important Dates:

Friday November 13th: Math dress up day

Saturday November 14th: All Aboard the Adventure Train! Early Years Picnic, 9am – 12 noon

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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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