Parent-Teacher ZOOM Conference Schedule

Thank you, parents, for all signing up for your ZOOM conferences next week.
Please take note of the date and time of your conference.
Meeting links will be sent closer to the conference days.

EY3 ZOOM Conferences 2020-21
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Students’ Goals
EY3 students have been reflecting on their strengths as well as the kinds of skills they want to improve. We will be sharing students’ goals with parents this week in preparation for next week’s conferences. Many of these goals can be connected to one or more of the the five PYP Approaches to Learning (also known as ATLs).

What are the 5 ATLs?
The images below illustrate examples of the 5 ATLs.

These ATLs are used throughout the PYP. EY3 students are constructing an understanding of these and are learning to make connections between their actions and these ATLs.

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EY3 Parent-Teacher ZOOM Conferences

Hello EY3 Parents.

PT ConferencesOur Conferences are set for the week of March 8th-12th. They will be conducted via ZOOM and will take the format of a parent-teacher conference. The sign up sheet  will be shared with you tomorrow (Tues. 23rd February) via email.

Please mark your conference times and dates in your calendars.

The week before the conferences, we will be sending you a copy of students’ goals as well as some guiding questions for parents to discuss at home in preparation for the conferences.

Conference sessions will be 15 minutes long.
If for some reason you are unable to sign in for your session on time, the session will still have to finish at the original scheduled time in order to keep all following sessions on schedule. If a session is missed, you can reschedule one with us.

Class A conferences are scheduled for Monday 8th March, and Class B conferences are scheduled for Tuesday 9th March (for the most part). There will also be make-up times available later on in the week.

If you are unable to attend a conference at the available times listed in the document, please contact us via email to schedule a time that works for you: magda.wo@edu.kis.ac.th, rachel.dr@edu.kis.ac.th.

Kind regards,
The EY3 Team.

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Week #25: Feb. 15th – 19th

Chinese New Year
Here are a few photos from last Friday.

It was lovely to see the students wearing traditional Chinese dress and celebrating their own culture and that of their classmates. Thank you to those who sent in ang pao red envelopes with donations for The Hub (local charity for kids). Your contributions are very much appreciated.

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Last week in EY3…

Literacy
Storytime
Chicken Little StoryLast week, EY3 students watched an enactment of the story, Chicken Little, a tale of a little chicken whose encounter with an acorn and gravity convinces him the sky is falling.
Students then had the opportunity to take on the roles of the different characters and use their communication skills to act it out themselves.

Handwriting
Students are continuing to use their fine motor skills on a daily basis, recording the day of the week and the names of their homeroom line leaders. They are continuing to make progress and gain confidence as they utilize feedback on letter size and formation to improve their writing.

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Numeracy
Number Sense
In addition to continuing to count our days in school, EY3 students have begun a countdown (of school days) until summer. Using a combination of resources (e.g. our hundred chart), classroom materials (like base ten blocks), and mental math strategies, students are practicing counting forwards and backwards and making connections to patterns.

Shape & Space
148434666_10158181428194811_6621505681857816871_oMany of the EY3 students have been exploring shape and space through play. One of the popular centers at the moment involves creating 3-dimensional structures using sticks and spheres.

Students have been working collaboratively to create these structures and are taking great pride in their structures.

This week, students will begin exploring symmetry.

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Unit of Inquiry
Last week, EY3  students continued tuning in to our new unit, How the World Works: Nature Inspires. The central idea for this unit is:

People design and create using observations from nature.

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Students have been using their thinking and research skills while observing features of different items from nature. One thing that we focused on last week were animals’ teeth and how they differ among animals and why.

The slideshow below shows the teeth of a variety of animals. Can you tell which animals they belong to?

This week we will be looking at a collection of items whose designs were inspired by nature, making connections, and sharing thoughts on what we think the inspirations were and why.

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Observational Drawing
Students used their thinking, communication, and fine motor skills to observe images from nature and illustrate them.


They then focused on a zoomed in portion of their image of choice to show further details of what they observed.

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From our Garden…
Last week, in preparation of getting our EY3 garden up and running again after the Christmas break and our absence during remote learning, students helped Ms. Nok to harvest our coriander/cilantro and wrap it up in bunches to take home.

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We hope you all were able to enjoy the fruits of our labour so to speak. If someone at home prepared a meal using the coriander from our garden, please share your thoughts with us (and photos if you have any).
magda.wo@edu.kis.ac.th, rachel.dr@edu.kis.ac.th

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Library folders are due every Monday
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Please return library folders on Monday mornings.

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P.E. Classes
Until swimming classes begin again:
EY3A has PE classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
EY3B has PE classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
New PE Uniform
Please ensure that your child comes to school in his/her PE uniform on their respective days. Please also check that they are wearing SPORT SHOES WITH SOCKS on those days (no sandals please).

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Important Dates
calendar reminderTerm 2 ECAs begin  – Week of Feb. 8th – 12th
International Mother Language Celebration
Feb. 22nd – 24th
PD Day –
Thurs. 25th Feb. (SCHOOL CLOSED FOR STUDENTS)
Feb. Break/Maka Bucha Day
Fri. 26th Feb. (NO CLASSES)
PYP 3-Way ZOOM Conferences –
Week of Mar. 8th – 12th
EY Sports Day –
Fri. 12th March
March Break –
Mon. 15th March (NO CLASSES)

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A few friendly reminders…

Hello EY3 Parents,
Term 2 after school activities, also known as Extracurricular Activities (or ECAs) begin this week, and students who are not participating on any given day are expected to leave the school premises promptly after dismissal. Please note that the playgrounds, libraries and sport fields are closed and off limits to the community after 2:30 PM.

KIS is providing a designated waiting area for parents located outside the canteen. If you have a child in the after school programs and other children who are not participating, you can wait in the designated area until 4:00 PM. Masks must be worn at all times and distancing must be observed. No food is to be consumed while waiting. You must have your child/ren with you at all times.

Please follow these expectations.

If your child has:

  • No ECA or sport – pick up your child/ren at 2:30pm and sign out with the class teacher. Leave campus as quickly as possible. 
  • ECA or sport – please pick up your child/ren from the ECA teacher or sport coach at 4:00 PM. Leave the campus as quickly as possible. You may provide a small snack for your child to be eaten in the classroom at 2:30 PM. This should be sent to school with your child in the morning.

    Please see the Guidelines for After School Pick Up letter from Ms. Shelley for further details.

Guidelines for After School Pick Up

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This Friday 12th February, students are welcome to come to school dressed in red or in traditional Chinese clothing.

HappyCNY 2021 copyChinese New Year Letter To ParentsPlease see the Chinese New Year Letter To Parents for further details.

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Welcome Back

Hello Parents,
It was lovely having the students back on campus with us today. Thank you for all your support during our Remote Learning last month. EY3 students did a wonderful job and we are very proud of them.

Please take note of these important things to keep in mind for our return:
ThaiChanaApp– Please install the Thaichana app on your mobile device as this will be used by parents and visitors to the KIS campus.

– EY students’ arrival time is from 7:50 AM – 8:20 AM (late passes after 8:20 AM). There will be no outdoor play on the playground before or after school. Students must go directly to their classrooms in the morning.

– Afternoon dismissal time is 2:15 PM (one parent only, please).
There is no after school supervision at this time, so please ensure that your child is picked up on time.

– Please leave campus promptly after picking up your child/children.

– There will be no swimming classes on Tuesdays at this time. Students should wear their PE uniforms on swimming days in order to participate in PE class that day. We will let you know when this changes.

– No ECAs (extra-curricular activities) this week. We will let you know when they will resume.

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Please return (as soon as possible) the following items that were sent home last month:
– Blue Book (remote learning book)
– Data Management book (green book)
– 4 reading books
– 2 Handwriting booklets
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Students should also bring in their pencil cases as they will use them in our homeroom class as well as take them to specialist classes as need be.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

The EY3 Team

 

 

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KIS Campus Reopening

Hello Parents,
REOPENING SOONWe are so pleased to announce that our campus will be reopening on Monday 1st February, 2021. Please click below to see the letter from our Head of School, Mr. Paul.

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Please remember to complete the New Risk Assessment Form by tomorrow (Friday 29th January) before 9:00 AM in order for your child to access school campus on Monday.


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Adding Media to Seesaw

Hello EY3 Parents
Please click on the link below to take a look at how you can know for sure whether or not the work your child has submitted to Seesaw is in the correct place.

https://youtu.be/FxTosGPCbzk

Seesaw Screenshot

If you have any questions or are still experiencing difficulties, please email us to let us know.

magda.wo@edu.kis.ac.th; rachel.dr@edu.kis.ac.th

Thank you.
The EY3 Team

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Week #19: Jan. 6th – 8th, 2021

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Hello and welcome back, EY3 parents and students.
We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable winter break and are looking forward to starting term two with us.

First of all, we would like you to join us in extending a warm welcome to our four new students: Charlotte, Charn, Mika, and Thanwa.

 

Mika and Thanwa will be in EY3A with Ms. Magda.
Charlotte and Charn will be in EY3B with Ms. Rachel D.

As you are all aware, we are starting this term in remote learning format as the Ministry of Education has mandated that schools remain closed to students and parents until January 31st, 2021. As of now, on-campus learning will resume on February 1st, 2021 unless we are informed otherwise. Although this situation is not what any of us would have chosen voluntarily, we are dedicated to making the best of the situation and are committed to creating rewarding experiences for all of our students as best we can.

ZOOM image CROPPEDWe would like to begin with our Welcome Back ZOOM and will host two 20-minute sessions on Wed. 6th January: the first one at 10:30 AM and the second at 1:30 PM.
The links for this sessions will be sent to parents via email.
These will be informal, drop-in sessions, and are for us to touch base with students once again. Please feel free to attend whichever session is more convenient for you, and please ensure that an adult is present with your child for the session.

For our first 3 days (Wed. 6th Jan. to Fri. 8th Jan), we will be tuning in to our remote learning procedures and familiarizing students and parents with the expectations that are necessary to be met in order for these procedures to be successful. We will be assigning activities for our students that will give them the opportunity to use their communication and self-management skills as we revisit our first Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are, as well as their thinking and research skills as we continue with numeracy and literacy routines that we began in term one.
Specific details will be sent out at 10:00 AM on Wednesday 6th January.

As stated in Ms. June’s letter to parents today, we are currently preparing Learning Packages for each student which will be available for pick up from the main school entrance parking lot this Thursday 7th January during school hours (7:50 AM – 4:00 PM).

Wishing you all a happy new year once again.
We look forward to seeing you in our Welcome Back ZOOM meetings.

Kind regards,
The EY3 Team
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Letters from Admin
Please see below for Ms. June’s letter to PYP parents.
PSLetter to Parents, Jan 5th 2021

PSLetter to Parents, Jan 5th 2021

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Week #18: Dec. 14th – 18th

Last week in EY3…
Literacy – Handwriting
EY3 students began their lowercase letter formation with the letters c, o, s, v, w, t,

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and the Magic ‘c’ letters: a, d, g, and q.
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This week, students will begin practicing the next set of lowercase letters:
The Transition Group with letters u, i, e, l, k, y, and j.

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Numeracy
Students began exploring the key concepts of CHANGE and CAUSATION in small groups while making playdough with Ms. Lek.

They inquired into the different tools needed to measure quantities of liquid and solid ingredients. They were introduced to new mathematical vocabulary words such as half and whole.

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Unit of Inquiry – Family Histories
Last week, we began putting together our family history photo boards.
Thank you so much for the photos you shared with us. Here’s a peek at what we have so far.

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Students also practiced their communication skills through sharing their Family History booklets with a classmate.

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They then used their research skills to document the new knowledge they acquired about either their own parent or a classmate’s parent.

Students also sorted a collection of pictures into past and present, and gave reasons why they thought so. They also shared their ideas about what they think they will be doing in the future, thirty years from now.

This week we will be reflecting on our Where We Are in Place and Time unit as well as the first term as a whole.

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Library Books
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17This week students will only be returning books.
Please return all library folders.
Regular checking out of books will resume in January 2021.

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Letter from Admin
Please click on the document below for a letter from Ms. June, PYP Principal
Dear Parents (Dec. 14, 2020)
Dear Parents (Dec. 14, 2020)

This Friday
Morning snacks and lunch bags will be sent to all classrooms for students who usually eat in the cafeteria. If you are attending any of the Grades 3 to 5 assemblies or the Holiday Market stalls this Friday morning, please remember to sign out your EY3 child by 12:00 noon.

Important Dates
calendar reminder
EY3 Class Party – Thurs. 17th Dec. (12:40 PM – 2:10 PM)
End of Term 1 –
Fri. 18th Dec. (last day) 12PM dismissal
First Day Back –
Wed. 6th Jan. 2021

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Week #17: Dec. 7th – 11th

Last week in EY3…
Literacy – Handwriting
EY3 students practiced the the final set of capital letters, the Center Starting Capitals: C, O, Q, G, S, A, T, I, and J.

All the letters in this group start in the top center. The first four letters, C O Q and G, start with a Magic C stroke. These 4 letters are sometimes called the Magic C Capitals.

This week, students will begin practicing the first 2 sets of lowercase letters:
1. Same as capitals and ‘t’: c, o, s, v, w, t, and
2. Magic ‘c’ letters: a, d, g, and q.

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Numeracy
Data Management

Over the last couple of weeks, students have been using their social skills, working in pairs to update our calendar.

Last week, students continued making connections to our daily numbers through documenting our calendar and attendance information in their data booklets.

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They are also beginning to recognize and write their classmates’ names while recording the Line Leaders each day.

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Unit of Inquiry – Family Histories
Last Wednesday morning, the EY3 students got to meet Mr. Kaz (Ms. Magda’s 66-year-old father) on a Skype call while Ms. Magda interviewed him about things he liked to do when he was a child.

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We learned that he was born in Poland, and when he was little he enjoyed eating fruit (cherries, strawberries, apples), playing soccer and softball, and listening to the radio (Mr. Kaz didn’t have a television until he was 10 years old).

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Some students used their research skills and generated questions of their own for Mr. Kaz like, “Did you like to eat pasta?”, “What colour did you like when you were little?”, and “Where are your mom and dad?”. The students had a good time chatting with him.

Last week, students also used their communication skills to present their artifacts to classmates in small groups and answer the following questions to the best of their knowledge:
1. What did you bring for your artifact?
2. Who helped you choose the artifact?
3. How does it connect to your family?

This week we will be sharing the information they collected in the Family History booklets and looking for similarities and differences in things they like and what their parents liked. We will also be looking at celebrations from around the world and talking about what we celebrate and how that connects to our family histories.

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Library folders are due every Monday
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17This week will be students’ final week to borrow books from the PYP library this term. Next week, students will only be returning books.
Please return library folders on Monday mornings.
Regular checking out of books will resume in January 2021.

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Important Dates
calendar reminder
PS Parent Forum –
Fri. 11th Dec. 8:00 AM (Auditorium)
EY3 Class Party –
Thurs. 17th Dec. (12:40 PM – 2:10 PM)
End of Term 1 –
Fri. 18th Dec. (last day) 12PM dismissal

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EY3 students will be having their
end-of-year class party on
Thursday 17th December from
12:40 PM – 2:10 PM (dismissal time).

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A few friendly reminders…
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