Week 6-7 Communication

Last week was a short, but eventful one. This past week was the last full week of our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit, and the students worked hard to demonstrate their understanding of how systems can be used to improve a community.  We look forward to sharing and reflecting together on the community systems that our Grade 2 students created at the start of next week.

Wow! Work Photos from Week of September 13-15th: 

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Above is some end of unit work sharing on Padlet. Students chose a system to improve within their community demonstrating their understanding of the central idea.

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As you can see, students expressed their artistic creativity in a variety of Dot Day activities.

In the week ahead we look forward to introducing our second unit of inquiry for the year.  This unit’s theme is ‘Who We Are’, and during the unit students will inquire into what it means to live a balanced lifestyle, and the different aspects of our health and well-being. It should be an interesting and timely inquiry for our young students.

Attached to the weekly parent email is the sign up sheets for our Parent Teacher Conferences Friday, September 24th. Please open the sheet from your child’s Grade 2 class and sign up for a time that works for you. We look forward to speaking with you then.  If you are unable to join us Friday, please email your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to set up a meeting time at a later date. Thank you!

All the best,

Jessica, John, Jordan, Cash, Nook, Pik

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Week 5-6 Communication

This Past Week we were pleased to complete the majority of our Reading and Math baseline assessments on our Raz Kids and IXL learning platforms. Along with the writing assessment completed the week before, we now have a better understanding of student skill levels and needs going forward, and will be able to use this information to chart progress going forward.  Thank you for helping your child complete these assessments, and for not helping them answer the questions.  This past week also saw students working to solidify their understanding of how systems function, and make connections to the system that is our Grade 2 Remote Learning program. We love all the creative thinking and reflection that we’re seeing from our Grade 2 students!

Wow Work! from the week of September 6-10:

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Students played the maths game, Place Value War with 4-digit numbers applying their understanding of our number system.

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All aboard Pegville Transport! Students constructed maps and mind maps to represent their system, showing their understanding of how an effective system is organized.

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Above you can see how children used sequence words to give advice to a potential new Grade 2 students. All while communicating their understanding of our remote learning system.

 

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Students learned that diagrams are useful tools to organize our thinking around systems. Here you can see a compare and contrast diagrams as well as mind-maps about our remote learning system.

 

The Week Ahead will be a short one, as there is no school for students on Thursday or Friday.  Nonetheless, we look forward to a fun and productive week. This will be the final week for our ‘How The World Works’ unit of inquiry, and the students will be asked to demonstrate some of what they have learned about systems and how they can help communities function more effectively. To do this students will need to apply skills that they have built throughout this unit, such as mind mapping, flow charts, and sequential writing. During math lessons next week students will learn and practice the math concept of rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, and in language lessons students will continue to review their phonics knowledge, while building their vocabulary and practicing their sentence writing skills. We look forward to an exciting week ahead!

All the best,

Jordan, John, Jessica, Nook, Pik and Cash

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Week 4-5 Communication

This past week the Grade 2 students worked hard to grasp and explain their understanding of what a system is and can be, and how they work. The highlight of the week was definitely seeing the creativity that the students put into creating their own systems at home and then showing and describing the steps that made them work together.  It was great!  Our students also did an excellent job this week while sharing their narrative writing skills, and applied some great thinking and communication skills while solving and creating their own number riddles.

 

Photos from the week of August 30-September 3: 

 

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Students created their own chain reaction system from household objects. Check out these fun videos on Seesaw!

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Students practiced using sequence words to describe how they stay organized on a typical school morning.

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Students created flow charts to break down how their system worked.

For the week ahead our students will be working to connect the big ideas they’ve learned about communities and systems. We will spend time inquiring into our remote learning system in Grade 2 and examine how it functions and what role and responsibility different people and things have within it.  It should be interesting!  In Math lessons students will complete their start of the year Math assessment, and continue to develop and show their understanding of the place value system helps us organize and understand numbers. In Language activities we will work to finalize the reading levels on Raz Kids, and continue building our writing, listening and speaking skills throughout the week.

Parent note: due to the fact that we will be using the data from your child’s math assessment on Wednesday to better understand their learning needs, we ask that parents please not assist their children during this assessment.  Thank you!

Please feel free to let us know about issues you might be having at home regarding your child’s access of the remote learning program. Our goal is to make the learning activities as easy to use and access as they can possibly be.

Kind regards,

Jordan, Jessica, John, Nook, Pik, Cash and Pam

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Week 3-4 Communication

This past week has been a fun and productive one in Grade 2! We’ve been very pleased to find that our students are very knowledgeable about communities. They spent time explaining their understanding of what makes a community, and discussed how the student council and house communities function here at KIS. During math lessons, our students have enjoyed playing games and completing activities to help them communicate and develop their understanding of the place value system.  While in language lessons our students have spent time practicing their sentence writing skills, and built their vocabulary and phonics awareness, while also practicing their listening and speaking skills during our community read aloud of the Roald Dahl classic ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.

Photos from the Week of August 23-27

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Community Word Cloud

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Writing letters to teach about the house communities at KIS.

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Creating cards for a family member in response to our read aloud, George’s Marvellous Medicine. 

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Applying mathematics (data collection) to complete the House scavenger hunt.

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Celebrating our house communities and showing our school spirit in Friday’s Google Meets.

Looking Ahead

In the week ahead, Grade 2 students will be inquiring into some of the more detailed aspects of how communities function successfully.  Specifically how systems within a community can work together and play different roles that interconnect with one another.  For literacy lessons much of the focus this week will be on completing our baseline reading and writing assessments.  These assessments will be used to gain a clearer understanding of where each student is at in their language learning, and what needs they have moving forward. More details will be shared about these assessment activities next week, but one important note is that we will ask parents to not provide assistance during these assessment activities as it is important to know what each child can do on their own. 

Thank you very much for arranging to pick up your child’s home learning pack. Beginning next week we will start to use the reading books provided in the packs during guided reading group lessons, and the notebooks for language and other activities.  Please take care with the reading books as they are each part of a book set and a valuable part of our library resources.

Next week we will hold another optional Grade 2 Parent Forum next Thursday, September 2nd at 2pm.  The forum will be another chance to ask questions and speak directly with our Grade 2 teaching team. We will send out a Zoom link on Wednesday afternoon for all those who might like to join.

Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards,

Jordan, John, Jessica, Cash, Pik and Nook

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Week 2-3 Communication

 

We hope you are well.  Thanks very much to all of you who were able to join us the other day for our Grade 2 Parent Forum. It was very nice to get a chance to say hello, answer a few questions and get some valuable feedback from our parent community. Please note that if you ever have any questions or would like to speak individually to your child’s classroom teacher, feel free to contact us directly via email. This past week was a fun and eventful one in Grade 2.  The students did a great job following their full weekly timetable for the first time this year.  They also did a great job demonstrating their reading and writing skills, and their understanding of place value and number concepts.  We were very excited to see our students engage in their activities with so much enthusiasm!  This week was also marked by the creation of our Grade 2 Essential Agreement.  To create this agreement all of the students shared their thoughts about what they can do to create the best Grade 2 community possible. These thoughts were put together into one agreement that we hope can guide students and help us understand how to work together, despite being in a remote learning environment.

Photos from the Week of August 16-20:

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Our new read aloud book: George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

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We worked towards developing the Grade 2 Essential Agreement using the student and teacher ideas shared on Padlet.

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Students engaged in independent reading and responded using the Reading Choice Board. There were some great costumes and videos shared!

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Children played math games with their family.

Next Week:

In the week ahead we look forward to digging deeper into the big ideas within our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit of inquiry.  Our students will spend time thinking about communities, what they are, how they function and different ones that they are a part of.  We will also look at communities while focusing on our KIS Houses, as we get ready for our first House Day of the year next Friday, Aug. 27th.  For more details about the week ahead please see the Weekly Overview attached below. Also detailed planning information, including our unit details and curriculum outcomes, can be found on our Grade 2 Blog in the tab entitled ‘Current Unit of Inquiry and Planning’. Next week, our Grade 2 students will begin using Google Classroom on Wednesday, August 25th as the main hub for communication between teachers and students.  Beginning next Wednesday, students will be asked to log in to Google Classroom to find their Morning Message, schedules and activities, and their live classes. Thank you for your help supporting this transition. This Tuesday morning our Grade 2 teaching team will spend time preparing the take home packs for Grade 2 students. As mentioned these packs will be prepared and ready for pick up on Friday, August 27th.  Finally, attached to this email is a letter from our new PYP Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Tania Mansfield regarding plans for our start of the year reading and math assessment plans.
That’s all for now. Thanks as always for all your support.  It’s been wonderful getting to know all of our new Grade 2 students, and we’ve been so pleased with how this year has begun. We hope you have an excellent weekend!
Best regards,
Jordan, Jessica, John, Pik, Nook and Cash
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Week 1-2 Communication

Dear Grade 2 Parents,

We hope that you are well. It has been a great first week of school in Grade 2. We’ve been so impressed with how prepared, excited and confident all of our new students are.  Thank you very, very much to all of the parents in our Grade 2 community for helping make for such a smooth beginning to this school year.
This past week much of our focus was on getting to know the students, beginning to build relationships with them, and motivating them for the fun and learning ahead in Grade 2. We’ve also spent time discussing and sharing ideas about how we can work well together, and how we can build a caring community while working remotely.
For the week ahead we look forward to settling into our regular timetable schedule and introducing our math and literacy program. We will also continue to tap into our students’ thinking with regards to how we can work best together, with the goal of creating a class ‘Essential Agreement’ by the end of the week. For a full overview of the learning focus in our classroom subject areas, and  specialist and Thai classes, please see the G2 Weekly Overview document in the Pages section.
Grade 2 Parent Forum 
This Thursday, August 19th at 2:00 pm we are happy to host a Grade 2 Parent Forum as a chance to say hello and for parents to ask any questions they may be having.  We will send a Zoom link via email on Wednesday for all of those who might like to join us.  We look to forward to seeing many of you then.
Thank you again for all of your support thus far and helping us get off to a great start in Grade 2. If you have any questions please feel free to email your child’s classroom teacher.
Have a great weekend,
Jordan, Jessica, John, Nook, Pik and Cash

 

Photos from the week:

Grade 2 Zoom Call

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Communicating our thinking on tools like Seesaw, Padlet and Zoom

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Sharing our home learning environment

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Welcome

Welcome to Grade 2 

The information below has been e-mailed to you earlier today.

Dear Grade 2 parents,

We hope you had a great weekend.  As you know, tomorrow will be your child’s first day of the new school year.  We’re very excited to meet all of our new learners and get the year underway. Despite the challenges of starting the school year remotely, we are confident that together we can make this a fun and meaningful beginning to your child’s Grade 2 learning journey.  Below is the important information we need to pass along for the start of year:

 

Schedules and Class Lists

Attached to this email is our Grade 2 Remote Learning Schedule and Grade 2 Class List that contains the weekly timetable for all three Grade 2 classes and teachers and students in our three classes. This schedule will be very similar to the structure that students and families are accustomed to from last year in Grade 1. The schedule lists the times that each class will have their specialist and Thai classes. Please note that the white spaces are reserved as time for students to complete their daily classroom activities. Additionally, please note that specialist and Thai classes will not begin until Wednesday of this week.  For our first day tomorrow, students will have a special Day 1 schedule where students will spend much of the day with their homeroom teacher and classmates, and complete a few fun and engaging classroom activities on Seesaw. Please see the attached Day 1 Schedule below for details.

 

Online Learning Platforms

As last year, much of the classroom communication and learning activities will be delivered through the Seesaw learning platform. Please take a moment before Tuesday morning to check that you and your child have access to our new Grade 2 classroom space on Seesaw. If there is an issue, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  Also of note regarding online platforms is that in Grade 2 students begin to transition to Google Classroom as the online hub for online learning activities.  We will aim to make this transition within the first month of school once students are settled and ready.

 

Resources 

We understand that our families are all in different situations with regards to where they are and what they have available to them. The school will be working to put together a pack with resources such as reading materials and notebooks that will be available for pickup on August 27th. Until then we ask that students have the following resources available if possible:

  • A reliable device and internet connection (preferably a laptop, tablet, or desktop)

  • Lined and blank paper, pencils, and coloured pencils

  • Reading material that they enjoy (paper books if possible)

Planning

Each Friday afternoon going forward we will email the parent group an overview of our Grade 2 plans for the week. This will include an overview of the learning engagements in the different classroom, specialist and Thai subject areas, and note any resources that might be needed. Additionally we will post a ‘daily plan’ each new school day on Seesaw that will include details about each activity, the learning outcome and ideas for how students can extend their learning. Other more detailed plans that include an overview of each unit of inquiry and specific learning outcomes will be posted to the blog each week as well for your reference.

Student Expectations

During our first two weeks we will be going over what we expect from students and how we can make our remote learning period as successful as possible. Some of the key things we will ask of students are:

  • To watch the morning message each day at 7:50
  • To join scheduled classroom meetings, and dress in appropriate school clothing. For example, school uniform, PE uniform, or a presentable top or t-shirt
  • To participate respectfully during Zoom meetings and keep their cameras on and stable throughout
  • To try their best, and ask for help when they are having difficulties

We look forward to an amazing year in Grade 2. If you have any difficulty logging into Seesaw, or if you have any questions or concerns about the year ahead, please feel free to contact us via email using the addresses below. We will be scheduling a Grade 2 Parent Meeting next week where we can meet each other face to face as well. It will be great to say hello and greet you all to our Grade 2 Learning Community. Thanks in advance for your support!

Best regards,

Jordan, Jessica, John, Pik, Cash and Nook

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