Boomball tournament and school update

Boomball tournament

Tosakan were our winners this morning in the house tournament though the scores were very close. Everyone participated with spirit and vigour.

More photos will follow in next week’s update but here is a movie of the morning’s excitement.

Letters and messages from admin

Information about our Loy Khratong celebration:

Loy Krathong letter-PYP-Thai 20-21

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Week #10 12th – 16th October

 

The classes have been exploring non-fiction texts in preparation for researching a topic about nature in which they have a strong interest. All classes have been defining what nature is and started inquiry into nature through observation of the school environment, videos and non-fiction texts.

For literacy work, we continue to read levelled texts and are introducing the features of non-fiction texts to integrate the unit with our literacy work. Students have been writing facts from texts in writing and creating captions and labels for pictures and observing details to include in illustration.

In maths, we are using calendars, exploring the structures of months, weeks and days as well as recording data about our classes. We are furthering our knowledge about place value and digits in numbers and looking at the relationships and patterns that exist.

On Friday, our Student Council Reps Aroon (A) Ai AI (B) and Orca (C) attended their first meeting and represented their peers well. They will soon be carrying out their first duties and we will update you here about their progress. We are very proud of them and their willingness to take action in their community.

We also received ipads from the IT team. Each child now has a dedicated device for class work.

Rememberance day for King Bhumibol

The school is not open on Tuesday 13th October.

October Break 19th to 23rd October

There are no classes on these dates. Additionally, the school is not open on 23rd.

During the break, please take time to make observations of nature to support our unit.  For example, you may visit national parks, beaches and be able to look closely at a natural environment or even collect items of interest. You could make weather diaries, watch changes throughout the day etc.

Boomball House Event

This takes place on Thursday. Please wear house shirts to school. The students have been learning the game and working on their team skills in PE in preparation for the tournament.

Letters and messages from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – Oct 9

School closed October 13th in memory of HM King Bhumibol
Boomball house morning EY3 to G2  October 15th Please wear house shirts.
EY1-G1 Parent Forum October 16th 8AM Auditorium 
October break October 19th to 23rd
Loy Khratong October 29th (more details to follow)
Halloween October 30th ( more details to follow)
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Week #9 October 5th – 9th

Thank you to all G1 parents for attending the conferences last week and exchanging information with us about your child. We were pleased to meet with you after the restrictions of social distancing codes that have been in place since August.

Swimming started successfully on Friday. Please out all items needed for swimming in one bag that the students can carry up to the pool. This includes items of clothing ( and underwear) that are needed once swimming sessions are finished.

G1 is now in the 2nd unit of the year which is under the Transdisciplinary theme ‘ How the world works’ and has a strong scientific focus. We have started to explore what nature is by talking walks around the school site and start to consult NF books for research.

This week is important for the students because voting for House Captains takes place on Monday and Tuesday and the results will be shared on Wednesday. This is an important element of participation in an IB school and we hope that G1 students will be able to choose a captain who will represent them well.

Letters and messages from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – Oct 2

Upcoming dates to remember

School closed October 13th in memory of HM King Bhumibol
Boomball house morning EY3 to G2  October 15th Please wear house shirts 
October break October 19th to 23rd

 

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Week #8 28th September – 2nd October

Last week all classes started to round up the ‘ How we organise ourselves’ unit about adapting to events by creating events that we had not experienced and suggesting the outcomes, results and changes that these events would incur.

This week, we will be tuning in to ‘ How the world works’ unit about how nature changes in observable ways. Tuning in activities will be supported with home learning, so look out for activities that involve digital uploads of artifacts very soon.

Parent Teacher Conferences

This week Parent Teacher Conferences will be held for 1A on Monday, 1B on Tuesday and 1C on Thursday in Room 305. This is the language room which can be found on the G1 staircase between floor 3 and 4.

1A swimming timetable

Swimming starts this week and the requirements have been set out in the letter that went home last Wednesday, which is attached below. As G1 students have swimming in the periods before lunch, please send your child in their swimsuit. Please don’t forget to send underwear! Please remember to send their swim kit, we do have spares if anyone forgets, but it is better to be using their own.  Swimming for all classes takes place on Friday.
Please be reminded swimming is a part of the curriculum, as well as being a really effective
way of keeping fit and healthy it also promotes confidence and is an essential life skill for our students. If your child is not participating, please provide a medical note or keep your child at home if they are sick. Many thanks for your support. Our swimming Policy and additional information can be found on the PYP community blog.

Letters and messages from admin

PS Parent Letter 24092020

 

Upcoming dates to remember

PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1A Monday September 28th
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1B  Tuesday September 29th
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1C  Wednesday September 30th
School closed October 13th in memory of HM King Bhumibol 
October break October 19th to 23rd
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Week #7 21st – 23rd September

Last week in G1 we worked on place value, 10s and 1s, data management and calendar in maths. For literacy, we continued to work on a variety of reading skills, spelling tasks, handwriting and writing simple texts. Each class has focussed on recognising and describing the beginning, middle and end of stories as well as talking about characters and character development. We are drawing towards the end of our first unit and have looked at positive as well as more difficult events that affect communities and the relationship between the events and what happens and changes because of the need to adapt. This work can be viewed in Seesaw. Here is a snapshot of last week’s work:

Letters and messages from admin

Sign up for parent teacher conferences

Sign up sheets can be found outside the G1 classroom for you to sign up for a convenient slot. Please contact the class teacher if you need assistance to do this. Parent conferences take place next week.

After school clubs and activities

Clubs start on September 21st. Please send a snack for your child to be eaten at 2:30PM when school ends. Students will be escorted to the atrium at 2:45PM for a brief play outside and will be collected by their club leaders at 2:55 from the yard. Pick up at the end of sessions will be at the place the club or activity takes place.

PS Parent Letter 18092020

PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1A Monday September 28th
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1B  Tuesday September 29th
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences G1C  Wednesday September 30th
School closed October 13th in memory of HM King Bhumibol 
October break October 19th to 23rd
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Week #6 14th – 18th September

Here is a snapshot of lunchtime during the A sitting when G1, 4 and 5 sit down for lunch. Despite the barriers, lunchtime is peaceful and social and has a level of comfort and space that we are enjoying, especially as the weather is so hot.

Presently, we are encouraging G1 students to make healthier choices at the hatch, to include vegetables and fruit as well as rice and noodles.

 

Back to school meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended on Monday. Here is the link for the slideshow to help as a reminder and for those that could not attend to view.

Back to school meeting G1 7th September

 

Parent Teacher Meetings

Sign up sheets for parent meetings will be available from 21st September. Class A is Monday, B on Tuesday and C on Wednesday with some make up time on other days.

Messages from admin

Just 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.

Parent Update from the HOS – Sep 11

Upcoming dates to remember

PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences September 28th to October 2nd
School closed October 13th in memory of HM King Bhumibol
October break October 19th to 23rd

 

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Week #5 7th – 11th September

Here is a brief sample of classroom work that was completed last week, including work from Seesaw which helps the students acquire further IT skills alongside other transdisciplinary learning skills.

Some routines changed slightly last week; specialist subjects Music and Art returned to the dedicated classroom with the complete class going together. Thai and TAL still take place in the G1 classrooms each day. Morning snack for G1 is now in the cafeteria though afternoon snack continues to be delivered and eaten in the G1 pod.

Home learning, reading and library books

Thank you for returning these on Friday. Monday is the day that these items will be sent home.

Home learning

We thank out families for supporting the students by sharing experiences of events, both positive and disruptive, that have affected their communities. This kind of direct research is invaluable for us.

BTS Meeting G1

Mr. Paul, Ms. June, Mr. Gerry and all the G1 staff are looking forward to meeting with parents on Monday 7th September. The meeting takes place from 8AM in the school auditorium and we are all asked to follow the codes of behaviour for social distancing requirements at this event.

Messages and letters from admin

Just 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.

Parent Update from the HOS – Sep 4

Upcoming dates to remember

Back to School Meeting G1 Monday 7th September 8AM School auditorium
PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences September 28th to October 2nd

 

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#Week 4 31st August – 4th September

Here are the students who are members of the current G1 at KIS including some who are joining us remotely at the moment.

 

Please note that school is open for classes on Friday 4th and Monday 7th September and is not a holiday.

Arrival at school in the morning

Students should remain downstairs until the bell rings at 7:50AM and staff come to collect them from the playground. Bags should not be taken up to the cubbies before this time. All G1 students can leave their bags on the walkway, away from the stairs to collect when they line up. On rainy days they will be given access to the school. Bags should not be placed on tables in the atrium as these are designated for EY lunch and snack.

Spare masks

Students often need to change masks during the day, especially after lunch or playtime. Please place spare masks in bags in your child’s backpack and check if they need replacing regularly.

Home learning

We thank you for returning home learning books, library and reading books last Friday. They will be sent home again on Monday. Oxford Reading Tree levelled books and Reading AtoZ are both an expected part of our home learning routine even though this will not be written every week on the home learning task sheet. Please help our child to read regularly using these reading resources. Home learning is also posted here in the relevant section.

Letters from Admin

Parent Update from the HOS – Aug 28

PS Parent Letter 28082020

KIS International School Mail – Primary Parents – Sport and After School Program Information

 

Upcoming dates to remember

Back to School Meeting G1 Monday 7th September 8AM School auditorium
PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences September 28th to October 2nd

 

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#Week 3 24th – 28th August 2020

Our second week went well, with group A and B of each class meeting together successfully for 3 days, taking up the timetable in their groups for Art/ Library and Music/ICT. All students and staff have worked carefully to maintain the new social distancing protocols at all times. Grade 1 classes have accepted the changes with flexibility and care. Here are a few examples of life in G1 with social distancing:

 

Home learning, reading and library books

G1 students will take home 2 reading books, 2 library books and home learning books on Monday 24th August. All the books are due back on Friday each week. New books will be sent home each Monday.

Home learning is explained in the book  on the hard copy that is sent home each week and will be posted on the homework page on the sidebar of the class blog. It has a mix of MUST DO and optional activities to do with your child. Some of the homework will incorporate using Seesaw and other online platforms, such as Reading AtoZ and the task will be explained on the homework. Your child has been using those platforms in school in order to be able to complete activities independently and you will find them posted under home learning. Please complete only home learning tasks at home. Other activities are for class work.

Back to school meeting

The meeting will be held on Monday 7th September at 8AM in the school auditorium. Mr. Paul, followed by Ms. June and Mr. Gerry will speak to parents before the class teachers make their presentation and answer questions.

Arrival in the morning

Morning routine is starting to return to a more normal pattern. Students may go out to the EY playground in the morning. Classes will be picked up by G1 staff from their usual line-up spot at 7:50AM.

Dismissal

Please sign out G1 students on the sign-out sheets which are located on the G1 cubbies on the 3rd floor.

Portraits, family and passion photos

Please upload the photos on Seesaw under the three separate activities. We wish to use the photographs to personalise the G1 classrooms and develop our community.

Dates to remember

Back to School Meeting G1 Monday 7th September 8AM School auditorium
PD Day Thursday 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students.)
September break  Friday 25th September (NO CLASSES)
PYP Parent Teacher Conferences September 28th to October 2nd

 

 

 

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Settling in to routines

We are happy to say that staff, parents and especially our wonderful students are settling into new routines which have run more smoothly on our second round. Wednesday will be an important day as that is when we will come together as a whole class for the first time. Here are a few updates on organisation that will benefit G1 from what we have noticed as the days have progressed and as we introduce new routines to you and your child. Please read through as some have changed significantly due to the regulations we are currently operating under.

Birthdays in G1

Please arrange the date on which you wish to bring cakes with the class teacher in advance. We can only serve individual cakes which will be shared in the classroom at snack time. You can bring cakes for all three classes but they will be shared in separate rooms. Only parents can attend to share the celebration; no siblings will be allowed to come.

The school library still welcomes donations of books on birthdays and this is a special and long lasting way to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Masks

Please send some spare masks in a ziplock bag and keep it in your child’s backpack as some have been lost or broken and we need to have masks at all times.

Homework

Homework will be sent home on Mondays and returned on Fridays. On Mondays you will receive a homework bag that will include a hard copy of the homework, Oxford Reading Tree home reading books and library books that your child has selected from the library. This process will start next week. For this week homework will be to complete the three photo tasks that have been posted on Seesaw.

Seesaw and RaZ Kids

You should have received a letter with details about accessing Seesaw and RaZ Kids from home in your child’s cubby or backpack. We will be using Seesaw for homework this week, as mentioned above, in order to collect information from families and to get to know each other. Both platforms will be important if the school needs to close and we want your children to use both sites to practice skills at home as well as school.

Accessing G1

G1 is accessed from the door at the top of the G1 staircase as we do not use the door that is near the elevator. This is important for the flow of the KIS community.

We thank you for your support and commitment to working for the welfare of the KIS community.

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