Week #36 – May 25th – 29th 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

We hope you all had a great weekend and managed to find some time to relax and recharge your batteries.

Spirit Day 

Checkout the slideshow link below. 

Link: Spirit Day Slideshow

PYPX

Last Friday G5 got to showcase their amazing learning, based upon the central idea  ‘Self expression can empower people to create change’. This allowed students to make connections  with their own passions. The online platform was well received, generating a tremendous amount of support from the KIS community.  Awesome job G5!    

Link: PYPX

Zoom Update

Just a reminder that Zoom has made some additional safety and security updates. If you are prompted to add a password before joining any Zoom meetings (specialist, support and homeroom) please use KIS. We believe we have made all the changes required, but please bear with us if there are any small hiccups. Please contact Ms Kirsten kirsten.du@kis.ac.th if there are any issues with specialist zoom links.

After School Activities

Last week KIS After School Activities (ASA) was launched. To give our PYP community a boost in the last four weeks of term.  We hope the children will enjoy them and perhaps it gives some parents and carers a short break too! ASA will take place at 2:30 pm. The rooms will be closed for joining as from 2:35 pm.

Here is the link for these activities:  KIS Virtual ASA 2:30 Social Times

Dates for your diary

G1 Mini Coffee Meeting – Every Monday 2PM

HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday – Wed. 3rd June (NO SCHOOL)

(LGS) Virtual Field Trip Day – Fri. 5th June

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

G1 Team

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Week #35 – May 18th – 22nd 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

We hope you are all well rested after the weekend. Feeling more hopeful with the easing of  even more restrictions of the Nationwide lockdown!

ZOOM Etiquette

Please take a  look at the guidelines guidelines shown in the image below (click to enlarge), here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Zoom video conference guidelines

– Students should be seated, either on a chair at a table/desk, or on the floor (preferably with their back to a wall)

– Whatever device the student is using, it should be positioned in such a way that their hands are free. If necessary, prop up tablets or mobile phones at eye level so that the student’s face is clearly visible.

– Please keep backgrounds simple for instructional ZOOM lessons. Green-screen type VR backgrounds are more suitable for social ZOOMs (example House Meet-Up ZOOMs and upcoming Spirit Activity Day ZOOMs).

– Students should be aware of how to Mute & Unmute their microphones (and know when it is appropriate to do so) as well as Leave a meeting when it’s over. Your child may need your support on how to do these until they can do it independently.

– Please ensure that students eat either before their ZOOM meeting, or wait until it is over.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Grade 1 Team

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Week #34 – May 11th – 15th 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

We hope you are all well rested after the weekend.

Hopefully you were able to pick up your child’s work books and pencil cases last Thursday and Friday. Just to clarify the books collected are the students books that we were using in the classroom before the lockdown. There is no new work to be collected. Work will continue to be posted on Seesaw. Parents now have the option to complete Seesaw activities offline and then photograph the work and add the photo to the seesaw post (in any of the books that were collected from school or on any other paper that you may already have at home). In fact, some parents took the initiative to have their child complete the tasks offline already, and post photos of the work on Seesaw.

Parents and students now have the option to do whichever suits them best:

  1. A) Complete the Seesaw activity online

or

  1. B) Complete the Seesaw activity offline and then add a photo of the work to Seesaw.

Zoom has been updating all its privacy settings so the specialists teachers have had to update their Zoom accounts. You should have received an updated Zoom Schedule from your class teacher. Please bear with us, as over the coming weeks I am sure there will be some more changes. Best to use the Google Doc that we provided as this will be the most accurate. 

Best wishes,

Grade 1 Team

 

 

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Week #33 – May 5th – 8th 2020

 

Dear parents of G1, We hope you were all able to make the most of the long weekend and feeling brighter with the easing of restrictions of the National Lockdown.

You should have received from your child’s class teacher a weekly schedule for all your child’s Zoom meetings. The schedule includes video conference times and url codes for Homeroom, Thai, TAL, PE, Music and Art. A much needed document for us all to keep track of all the video conferences involving your child in one place. This schedule will be in place until the end of the academic year. 

Additionally, there is a parent teacher zoom time scheduled for 2pm on Mondays. As this Monday is a holiday, the first of these weekly meetings will be held this Tuesday, May 5th, at 2pm. Please take the opportunity to join the meeting. Mr John, Mr Ashley and I will be present, taking turns to answer questions.

We look forward to supporting you and answering your questions.

Best wishes,

The G1 Team 

 

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Week #32 – April 27th – 30th 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

First week back after the holiday everyone seems to be getting back into the rhythm of online learning.

Thanks again for all your dedication to your child’s learning this week.

Reminders:

4 Days:

This week is a four day week. If you would like your child to continue working on Friday, please click on this link –  The Holiday activities page

Zoom Meetings

This week, specialist teachers (Thai, Music, Art, and PE) have scheduled ZOOM meetings with the G1 students. You can access the ZOOM links by clicking on the blue text under each subject/teacher name.

Specialist ZOOM Schedule has been shared with you from your class teacher and will be attached in the daily morning messages for G1: April 27th – 30th. 

Selfie Day

Thank you all for your commitment to the Yearbook selfie activity last week.

Important Dates for your diary

House Shirt Day – Thur. 30th Apr.

Labour DayFri. 1st May (NO SCHOOL)

Coronation Day Mon. 4th May (NO SCHOOL)

HM Queen Suthida’s BirthdayWed. 3rd June (NO SCHOOL)

Have a great week.

The G1 Team

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Welcome Back G1 Week #31 20th – 24th April 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

You will be missed

We were saddened to hear that Elvira, Rainie, Kiddee , Punn and Tyler will not be returning to KIS for the remainder of the academic year. 

We wish them all the best and hope to see them again soon.

Take care, we will miss you!

Welcome back. I hope you had a restful break under these unusual circumstances. I would like to point out some adjustments we have made to our distance learning programme. Firstly I would like to say that mostly the delivery of learning will remain the same. We will be using Seesaw and Zoom as our online platforms.

Weekly Plan – posted on G1 blog in Current Unit of Inquiry and Planning

Daily Planner – posted on Seesaw

In addition, each morning we will be posting a Grade 1 Daily Planner for you, as a summary of all the Seesaw Activities for your Grade 1 child. You will notice that the classes A, B and C may have the same Activities, but on different days.

Zoom meetings

We will be holding zoom meetings and would like your child to attend at least twice a week. You will receive another email about these meetings.

Monday and Tuesday: Small group meetings where teachers may introduce or model learning engagements, games, stories, etc. Students have the opportunity to share with their peers, reflect, socialise and clarify learning engagements.

Wednesday: An optional, unstructured meeting time for students to join if they want to. During the meeting, priority will be given to students who have specific questions about learning engagements, followed by students having the opportunity to share with peers.

Thursday and Friday: Individuals or pairs of students share their learning and teachers gather evidence of learning by asking questions and taking notes.

Important Dates for your diary

Earth Day – Wed. 22nd April

Selfie Day – Thurs. 2rd April

EY3 House Shirt Day – Fri. 24th April

Labour Day – Fri. 1st May

Coronation Day – Mon. 4th May

HM Queen Suthida’s birthday – Wed. 3rd June

We are all looking forward to getting things underway again and catching up with your children.

Warm regards,

The G1 Team

 

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G1 Songkran Message

Songkran-Message

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G1 Update 30th March – 3rd April 2020

Dear G1 Parents,

Can you believe we have completed our second week of home learning!

It has been awesome to see that the kids are all keeping up the momentum of completing their daily tasks online.

We thank you again for making this happen and really appreciate all of your support.

Meditation For Children

Raj, Suniya’s daddy has kindly asked us to share this link about 

Do read it below – http://www.hipsteryogi.com/children-meditation-during-self-isolation/ 

Here is the  link of Suniya doing some of these meditation practices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSveeH8n8mk 

Live Cams

If you click on this link you can watch live footage from around the world of different animals it’s amazing!!! Ms Ronyii is addicted to watching the gorillas!

https://explore.org/livecams

Math Website

Distance Learning with Zearn Math

https://about.zearn.org/distance-learning?utm_campaign=distance-learning&utm_medium=native&utm_source=homepage

Reading Websites

Audible.com have just opened up huge swathes of their library for free. There are all sorts of things on the site and there is no pay wall and one doesn’t have to put in any credit card details. 

The address is as follows: stories.audible.com   

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Virtual Field Trips

https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/

One important point to remember is that students do not have to complete all learning engagements that are assigned in their activities section each day. If your child falls behind one day they can catch up with past activities in the following days or if needs be skip them completely. 

If you need any help or advice from your teacher please feel free to email us all directly.

Warm regards,

The G1 Team

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G1 Weekly Update 23rd March 2020

 

Dear G1 Parents,

Reflecting on our first week of online learning. The students seem to have been really engaged in their learning adventures and we have had many many completed activities being uploaded onto our class journals.

We would like to thank all parents for assisting and supporting their child in this process. 

We will continue this week with the format that we have developed from last week, it seems to have a good balance and the students seem to have enjoyed the engagements.

One important point to remember is that students do not have to complete all learning engagements that are assigned in their activities section each day. If your child falls behind one day they can catch up with past activities in the following days or if needs be skip them completely. 

If you need any help or advice from your teacher please feel free to email us all directly.

New G1 Unit of Inquiry – Structures

We are introducing our new Unit of Inquiry this week: “Architectural structures reflect purpose, history and available materials.” One way we want the students to “tune in” to the Unit is by creating and building. Doing so also gives children opportunities to try out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving. It builds our brains, enhances our understanding of math and science and supports healthy social and emotional learning.

Central Idea

Architectural structures reflect purpose, history and available materials.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Purpose and use of buildings
  • Changes in buildings over time
  • Influences on building design

Guiding questions

What could each building be used for?

What do you think each building is made of?

How old do you think each building is?

If any of you have some experience or connections with this new unit please get in touch with your class teacher as we would like to involve you expertise in the teaching and learning of this unit.

Thanks again for all your support last week and the coming weeks.

Warm regards,

The G1 Team

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Grade 1 Online Learning

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Grade 1 Online learning program. Please proceed to the Home Learning (Emergencies) tab on the right hand side, click on there for full details. If you need further support please email your teacher. We look forward to some exciting online adventures.

Grade 1 Team,

 

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