Message to G1 community – April 18th 2021

 

Dear parents, students and Grade 1 community

Happy Songkran and welcome back to Term 3.

Unfortunately, schools have moved back into remote learning due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Our thoughts are with those families who have been affected by the latest outbreak. Please take care and we wish that you all remain safe.

Our return to remote learning will mimic January’s experience. We feel as teachers the students benefited significantly from the improvements to our schedule and learning provided. We will continue our Monday parent forum week 2 (April 26) for any concerns or suggestions. Please contact your class teacher if you have any particular concerns before then.

On Monday, we will be preparing packs for families to collect from school. The packs will include a variety of materials that will allow for students to learn both on and offline. They will be available for collection Tuesday between 7.30am to 5pm. If you have difficulties collecting your package, please contact your child’s teacher.

All of our learning tasks will be uploaded daily into Seesaw. Seesaw allows for the tasks to be printed (three dots at the bottom of the task) if you prefer your child to work offline. Students can take a photograph of their learning and upload for teachers to review.

Specialist classes and online learning will begin Tuesday 20th April. The weekly timetables and planning will be sent Monday afternoon.

Thank you for your ongoing support and our team will miss very much seeing our children in person.

Regards

Grade 1 Team

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March 29th – April 2nd

The final week of term 2 is here. School ends on April 2nd for the Songkran break. All Library and reading books should be returned by Friday as these do not go home during the holiday.

We are thankful for the support you have given in trying to find experts to answer the inquiry questions that have been asked by the students. Luckily, we are having visitors to talk to us about aspects of design and construction this week. This will a dd to the work that has already been done in looking at the uses and functions of the materials and design features in buildings.

Letters and messages from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – March 26

School Photo Schedule 2020-21_Parent Version

Upcoming dates to remember
April 2nd Last day of 2nd term
April 12th Additional holiday School closed 12th - 15th April
April 19th School reopens after Songkran break
April 22nd-30th School photos
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Building Design – I wonder…

Parent answers – building design

Are you able to answer as an expert or do you have knowledge of these questions posed by Grade 1? (link to questions)

If you can answer these questions, record a short video and send it to Ms Lisa (lisa.di@kis.ac.th) so that we can share with the students as part of their research.

Thank you for your support.

Grade 1

Design Video by parent
What are the things you need to think about when you design a house? 
How do they design where to build each building?
How do you know the size of a building you design? Why is it big or small? 
Why do some houses have flat roofs and some have sloped roofs?
Why do we plant plants with buildings?
Why are buildings different sizes and colours?
Construction
How do you put electricity in the house? 
How do you put water pipes in a house? 
How do materials stick together?
What’s the most common material used to build buildings? 
How many days does it take to build a tall building. 
How come walls don’t fall down? How do you know if a building is going to collapse or not?  And how do you stop the roof or second floor from falling on the people?
How do you get water up a Skyscraper? 
How many people do you need to build a building? 
What materials are good for rain?
What materials are good for a hot climate?
What materials are good for a cold climate?
How many bricks are used to make a building?
Why are buildings made of cement?
How many days, months and years does it take to make a building?
Why do buildings use bricks and metal?

 

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Could you help our inquiry?

As our unit about buildings deepens, the students are generating questions about design, structure and materials used in creating buildings.

Are you an expert, or do you have knowledge that may support us to give the children answers from a friendly and reliable source? Do you know someone involved in designing or construction businesses?  You do? If so email us, or pop in to see us as we would be excited to develop our inquiries further through your help.

You can email teachers directly at the following addresses:

Ms. Lisa         lisa.di@kis.ac.th

Mr. Ashley   ashley.ke@kis.ac.th

Ms. Helen     helen.mc@kis.ac.th

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March 22nd- 26th

bingo

Presently, there is a House Reading Bingo Challenge that has been organised by Student Council and Ms. Lindsay and the Library. Details are on the flyer below.

BOOK BINGO Newsletter (4)

As G1 are such avid readers we know that they will want to participate and this is an activity to be completed at home. Remember that families are all members of each house and you can take part too to help the house win.

After the Field Trips around the village, G1 are busy concentrating on the materials that buildings are constructed from as well as how various parts of buildings are joined together. There is a lot of energetic construction each day in G1 ( pictures to follow later this week!) This includes using some real materials sourced from the maintenance staff at the school.

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This is the last week for library books which must be returned on 25th to be organised and cleaned.

 

Letters and messages from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – March 19

Upcoming dates to remember
March 25th Book return for library
April 2nd Last day of 2nd term
April 12th Additional holiday School closed 12th - 15th April
April 19th School reopens after Songkran break
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March 16th – 19th

March 15th is a school holiday. We return to school on Tuesday March 16th. Swimming resumes for G1 on Friday 19th March. Please read the attached letter for the protocols and expectations for the sessions.

Swim Program resuming March 16, 2021

We thank you for meeting with us to discuss your child’s goals for the rest of the G1 year. Despite not taking place face to face we feel that a healthy and meaningful discussion between home, school and student was facilitated through the reflection booklet which everyone had discussed carefully. We look forward to the developments of the coming weeks.

field trip

The G1 classes learned a great deal about the purposes, shapes and materials in buildings during their field trips this week. We will be applying this knowledge in our inquiries in the coming weeks.

You can see the interest and discovery in the photos above. Everyone was highly engaged in learning more about the immediate environment of KIS school’s area.

Upcoming dates to remember
March Break ( school closed)  Monday 15th
April 2nd Last day of 2nd term
April 19th School reopens after Songkran break
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Monday 8th – 12th March

conference

We thank out G1 families for going through the students’ goals carefully  at home in preparation for the 3 Way Conferences that take place this week. The conferences take place as follow:

Class A : Monday 5th March

Class B: Tuesday 6th March

Class C: Wednesday 10th March

Make-up: 11th and 12th March

Conferences take place via ZOOM. Protocols for the meetings are in the previous post below.

field trip

G1 Field Trip in Kesineeville

As a part of our tuning in to our current unit about buildings, each class will view houses and other buildings in the estates around school in the coming week. The visits go ahead in this order:

Wednesday 10th March Class B 10-11:20 AM

Thursday 11th March Class A 8-9:30AM

Friday 12th March Class C 10 – 11:20AM

As the weather is heating up, it is important that your child has a cap and a water bottle on the day to protect from the sun. More information is available here:

G1 DayTrip in Kesinee Ville – Parent Letter

Importantly, we need the permission slip below completed either digitally or in hard copy for your child to be able to leave the school premises with us. If we do not receive this before departure your child will not be able to participate in the off-site visit.

Day Trip Permission Form 2020-2021

Other news in G1

G1 students enjoyed the popcorn sale. The overall total at the end of the day was just over 11,000 baht. Thank you for helping us by organising the money in order for it to be collected and counted safely.

There are many great examples of where we live on Seesaw that are helping us to tune in to our new unit. We use these examples in class to help us make connections between the concepts and lines of inquiry and the students’ home lives and general knowledge so the submissions there are highly useful to us all.

Monday is a holiday for school and school will not be open.

The Heat Index is increasing and your child should bring a water bottle to school every day.

Grade 1 will visit the G5 exhibition class by class this week. Here are links to the exhibition pages 5A5B and 5C

Letters and messages from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – March 5 (1)

Upcoming dates to remember
Parent/ Teacher Conferences via ZOOM 8th-12th March
1B Field Trip Wednesday 10th March
1A Field Trip Thursday 11th March
1C Field Trip Friday 12th March
March Break ( school closed)  Monday 15th
April 2nd Last day of 2nd term
April 19th School reopens after Songkran break
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Zoom 3 Way Conferences 8th – 12th March

“Next week is parent conferences in the Primary School. By now everyone should have signed up for an interview time on the forms sent to you by your child’s teacher, if you haven’t managed to do this please contact the teacher directly.  As our meetings are being done via zoom they will look, and be a different experience for both you and the teacher’s, here’s a couple of helpful guidelines for a successful conference.

 

  • Be on time for your meeting, the time period is not long, however teacher’s are meeting back to back throughout the day making punctuality important

  • Try to find a location where you can have a focused and confidential conversation without distractions.

  • If you haven’t already, please have a discussion with your child about their goals and what they are working on so you can use this information as a basis for your conference. This information was shared with you by the teacher earlier in the week.

  • Please try to be a couple of minutes early to the conference and wait in the waiting room, you will be invited into the zoom room at your given conference time. “

 

Many thanks for your support, any questions or feedback welcome, please enjoy your conferences.”

Thanks

Ms. June

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1st to 5th March 2021

We hope that you all feel refreshed after the break at the weekend.  Though the week was shorter for the students last week, we were busy in preparation for the Three Way Conferences. As these will take the form of 15 minute ZOOM meetings between teacher and parent, the students’ portion of the conference is prepared and will be sent home on Tuesday 2nd March in the homework folder. A booklet has been prepared for you to work through with your child to discuss their goals. Here is a suggestion of the kinds of questions you can ask your to further understand their  self-set aims for the rest of the school year.

Questions for 3WC

Conferences for 1A will be on 8th March, 1B on 9th March and 1C on 10th March with some make up times on 11th and 12th. The conference sign up sheet was sent last week. Here is the link to sign up with the class teacher. Please contact the teacher if you can not make any of the available times.

Sign up for G1 3WC

Conferences will last for 15 minutes and will run to time in order to keep to the timetable. The waiting room will be set up in ZOOM and you will be be held there until your allotted time.

Popcorn Sale for Student Council March 5th

There is a great deal of excitement about the popcorn sale on March 5th. The popcorn MUST be pre-ordered because of Covid 19 restrictions. A bag costs 20 baht. Please send an envelope with the name of the student AND class ( not grade), quantity of bags and amount of money inside clearly labelled on the outside of the envelope. Bags will be delivered to class in the afternoon.

Letters and messages from admin

KIS Strategic Plan 2020-25 (1)

Parent Update from the HOS – Feb 25

Upcoming dates to remember
Popcorn sale SC 5th March
Parent/ Teacher Conferences via ZOOM 8th-12th March
March Break ( school closed)  Monday 15th
April 2nd Last day of 2nd term
April 19th School reopens after Songkran break
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15th to 19th February 2021

We are safely back into our routines both during, before and after school. Please refer to the letters sent by HOS and Ms. Shelley for the protocols for clubs after school in order for us to maintain safe levels of social distancing.

In class, we continue to inquire into self-expression and much of the work is available to view on Seesaw, particularly photos, videos and reflection. We still have a focus on adjectives and description for literacy shape, lines, fractions and multiplication basics as well as daily data in Math. We are trying to connect all forms of expression together and find the relationships between the purposes and forms of expression that surround us.

Additionally, we celebrated New Year last week by making lanterns which are on display in the Atrium – G1 lanterns are easy to spot. We thank you for contributing to The Hub via the envelopes to share the joy of the new year of the ox.

Here is a VERY brief selection of work completed. Please visit the class journal on Seesaw to see more wonderful work.

 

Messages and letters from admin

Parent Update from the HOS – Feb 12

KIS Strategic Plan 2020-25

Upcoming dates to remember
Sign Up for Conferences Monday 22nd February 
Professional development for teachers  No school for students. 
Thursday 25th February 
Macha Bucha day/ Feb break    School closed Friday 26th February
Parent/ Teacher Conferences via ZOOM 8th-12th March
March Break ( school closed)  Monday 15th March

							
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