Global School Play Day

Hello Families!

It’s almost here!

Global School Play Day will be happening on February 6, 2019. That’s this Wednesday!

Students will follow a normal specialist and language schedule, along with regular breaks, playtime, and lunch. The difference will be in the classroom, where students will practice social, communication, thinking, research, and self management skills that we have been working on all year. It’s a time for them to relax, enjoy their friends, and work on resilience and growing their mindsets!


Activities that will be available to students to play and create with include paint, drawing supplies, LEGO, blocks, board games, card games, Play Doh, puzzles, Go Noodle, books, music for dancing, dress up, loose parts and recycled materials. We will also be taking children outside who wish to play outdoors (air quality permitting). If your child would like to bring a toy or game from home that is great and encouraged! We ask that the item is non battery powered, not digital or electrical at all. We are unplugging from iPads and our Chromebooks. This is a screen free day for students!

Teachers will be posting on Seesaw throughout the day, so make sure to check in periodically.

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If you have not done so yet, please visit the Global School Play Day WEBSITE and read about the philosophy behind this incredible day.

Again, if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lindsay.

Have a great Monday!

-The Grade 1 Team


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Last Week Review

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding last week. It is hard to adjust routines, but we trust that Home Learning was valuable and worthwhile for your child. The Parent Forum from Friday has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Before the days away from school, we were in the midst of preparing for conferences, writing non fiction information about new topics, and sorting data into different diagrams. This week we will continue our work with non fiction reading and writing, celebrate 100 days of school, and participate in Global School Play Day!

Later today, we will post more information for Global School Play Day, including our day plan as well as available items your child can bring from home if they wish.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Grade 1 Community and the wonderful things happening here!

Have a happy week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Global School Play Day!

Hello again families!

If you watched the TED Talk posted on Monday, you know that …

  • Children’s experience of free play in and outside of school has dramatically declined over the last few years.
  • As play has declined, problems like anxiety, depression, and narcissism have risen in children, as well as lack of empathy and ability to solve social problems.
  • Creative thinking abilities and problem solving skills have also declined.
  • Play is where children learn to get along with their peers, see other’s points of view, and practice empathy.
  • Play is creative and innovative, and needed by children to balance their lives and give them social skills which cannot be explicitly taught.

Grade 1 believes that play is learning, and we are passionate about it. That is why we have decided to take part in Global School Play Day.

On Wednesday, February 6, we will join schools across the world and spend our school day playing.

Please take a look at this website and explore! We’ll have more information next week including…

  • Bringing toys in from home
  • Parent involvement
  • Structure of the day

-The Grade 1 Team

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School Closure

For home learning support during the school closure on January the 31st and February the 1st, please click the “Home Learning” link on the right, below our photographs.

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Why is PLAY Important?

Dear Parents,

Something very exciting will be happening in Grade 1 on February 6.

Visit this link for a hint!

Please watch this TED Talk for very important background information and to deepen your understanding of the importance of play for children.


More information to come…

-The Grade 1 Team

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Last Week Review

Halo Keluarga Kelas 1!

Last week we had a ton of fun learning and exploring together. We started to determine if objects, nature, and animals were living or non living, as well as if they were natural or man made. We also worked on drawing animals and noticed the differences between them. To support a later art project, we have also began to create Eric Carle inspired painted papers. For maths, we have been working on sorting information into diagrams. It has been wonderful practice to ask questions and get to know one another. In language, we are continuing to work with non fiction, writing and reading information about various plants, animals, weather patterns, and other natural wonders.

This week in maths we will continue to analyze and sort data in different ways. We will also work on measurement, exploring standard and non standard ways to measure items. In language we are hard at work reading and researching non fiction books to deepen our knowledge of the natural world. We are writing sentences that express new information using capital letters, spaces between words, and proper punctuation.


3 Way Conference sign ups are posted outside of the Grade 1 learning space. Please sign up as soon as possible and email your child’s homeroom teacher if you need assistance.

There is a Parent Forum on February 1st from 8am-9am in the AP room on the second floor. Topics to be covered include air quality, recruitment for next year, communication policy committee, and a tour of the new facilities. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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Have a happy week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Last Week Review

Hi Families!

We hope you had a happy weekend and were able to visit the Maker Faire!

Last week, we had so much fun exploring our new unit and noticing changes within the natural world. We went on a walk to notice living and non living things on the KIS campus, we observed as our tadpoles changed into frogs, we watched our caterpillar change into a butterfly (that Mr. Danny named “Dante”) and we released him on the playground, we practiced sorting data into diagrams, and we practiced our passions during Passion Time. There was even a day where three different students (Taiki, North, and Karol) lost a tooth, all within five minutes of one another! Things are definitely changing around Grade 1!

This week, we will continue our journey of learning about the natural world and its changes. We are beginning to track the pollution outside as a way to notice changes throughout the month and school year. We will use this data as we practice important maths skills like data handling and number. This week we will also continue to get to know the genre of non fiction- writing and reading different non fiction books as we get to know important features like table of contents, index, captions, diagrams, and glossary. We are continuing to develop passion in ourselves and others during passion time, exploring our personal interests and expanding our knowledge using independent learning skills.


Parents- please LABEL ALL UNIFORMS AND WATER BOTTLES. We have had problems with missing items as of late, and having your child’s name on all personal items helps us solve the problem and return those important missing pieces. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO SCHOOL WITH A NAME. Thank you!

After school classes start this week! Please help your child to remember what classes they have on each day.

We hope you have a happy week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Weekend Plans?

Hello Families!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend? Head to The Street (Ratchada) for the Maker Faire!


Maker Faire is a celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity showcasing the very best of the global Maker Movement.

People of all ages and backgrounds gather to learn, share, play and make.

Date: January 19-20

Time: 14.00-20.00 

Location: The Street (Ratchada) 

More Information: Here!

Have a fun weekend!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Last Week Review

Hello Families!

Last week we had a wonderful time getting back into our routines. We shared our holiday experiences with others while practicing our listening and speaking skills. A very special thank you to First and Ryu’s families for bringing in a caterpillar and tadpoles for us to begin to observe. It has been magical to watch changes take place!

This week we will dive into our new unit- How the World Works.

Our central idea is… Nature changes in observable ways. 

We will be using our scientific processing and observing skills to see how the natural world changes all around us. Some concepts we will explore are change, form, and function. Questions we will use to guide our inquiry include…

-What is the natural world?

-How do we tell if something is natural?

-What changes occur in the natural world?

-How can we tell if something changes?

We are so excited to explore and investigate the world around us!


Please read the flyer from the Thai Department about Wai Kru.

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Homework Refresh

With a new term starting and new students joining Grade 1, we wanted to give a quick reminder/refresher on homework, reading books, and library.

Monday– homework (yellow notebooks) and take home reading (colored zipper pouches) will come home in your child’s backpack. Homework should take no more than 40 minutes per week (10 minutes per day). Required homework in located in the gray colored boxes. Everything else is recommended but not required. Take home reading books should be read throughout the week. These books are chosen according to reading level. Students are able to make their own comments about their reading in their reading journals. Parents can make a comment on Seesaw about their reading as well.

Thursday– Library books are exchanged. Library books do not come in a folder or pouch. They have a KIS bar code on the front or back, and have a tapped white rectangle on the front with your child’s name and date they are due. Library books are not based on reading level, they are chosen by students based on interest.

Friday– homework (yellow notebooks) and take home reading (colored zipper pouches) must be returned back to school in your child’s backpack.


Have a happy week!

-The G1 Team

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Last Term Review

Hello Grade 1 Families!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday. We are all so happy to be back to Grade 1 and ease back into our routine.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our End of Term Party and Sharing of Learning Event! We hope you learned something new, enjoyed great food, and had fun!


Reading folders went home in your child’s backpack today. Please read through the stories this week, making comments in the reading journal and/or on SeeSaw if time allows. Please return this folder on Friday.

There is NO HOMEWORK GRID this week. The yellow homework notebook will go home next week on January 14.

In music, Grade 1 has been learning about all different kinds of instruments through the musical Peter and the Wolf. This musical puppet show would be a wonderful family experience to connect with learning. Learn more by clicking this link! 


Please send in a small baby photo of your child. The photo should be no larger than a postcard, and can be from any age, birth to one year old. We will be using these photos for our next unit as we study how living things change.

Have a lovely week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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