Week #14: Nov. 19th – 23rd

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th November) is…
United Nations Universal Children’s Day
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In celebration of this day, to benefit the HUB, raise awareness, and support local children, EY1 is hosting a Free Dress Day tomorrow, Nov. 20th for a minimum of a 20 baht donation. 
The theme for this years Universal Children’s Day is “Go Blue”.  Children and Staff are encouraged to wear something blue.

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If you have any questions or would like more info from EY1 please do not hesitate to ask!   http://www.childlinethailand.org/en/what-we-do/the-hub

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Literacy – Letter Formation & Sentence Writing
Last week students continued practicing different components of lowercase letter formation as well as begun practicing writing a sentence each day connected to the day of the week.

This week, students are continuing to practice writing sentences, this time telling us about themselves in a booklet entitiled, “A book about me”.

Daily Data – Making Predictions & Mathematical Connections
Some students have begun to make predictions about our daily data by documenting the date and how many days we have been in school before we discuss them in our morning meetings. This is one way that students show their understanding of patterns in our daily lives.

Students have also been exploring various centers around the classroom, making connections to space and shape, number, and patterns.

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves
Last week students began sorting photos of their artifacts into different categories. As more and more students began sharing their artifacts, they started making connections to those of other students.

Once everyone’s artifact was sorted, students were given the opportunity to reflect on how the different types of artifacts (such as sports, toys, and music) made them feel. Here are some of their reflections:

ICT – Coding with Mr. Eric
Last week, KG students visited the ICT lab where they were introduced to coding.
“Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math,writing, and confidence.”

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Here is a link to an article about why coding is important for young minds:
http://blog.learningresources.com/5reasonskidscoding/

What’s happening in our KinderGARDEN?
It’s been a busy few weeks in our outdoor space. Students have been working together to build trellises for our cucumber and watermelon plants, a house for our mushrooms, planting different types of seeds, and tending to the sprouts.

Thank you to all who have supported us by supplying used water bottles for planting our sunflower sprouts, as well as those who have given a donation to purchase some of our final products so far (mushrooms and sprouts).

Divali/Diwali at KIS
Last Friday we had our belated Divali celebrations at KIS. Many staff and students dressed in Indian clothing in recognition of the celebrations, and students around the school participated in storytime, making a rangoli at the PYP atrium entrance, and a few mothers volunteered to do mendhi on the hands of those wishing to give it a try.

Mehndi or mehendi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant.”

Thank you all for your ongoing support and being open-minded and joining in on celebrating one another’s cultures. It’s one of the things that makes KIS such an extraordinary place to be and helps teach the students international mindedness.

Library Books

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Please return library book folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates

Tue. 20th Nov.: Universal Children’s Day (donate 20 baht and wear blue to school)

Thu. 22nd Nov.: Loy Kratong (students are invited to wear traditional Thai Dress)
Loy Kratong 2018 Letter

Fri. 30th Nov.: House Spirit Day (Please wear house shirts on this day.)
Erawan Hanuman Tosakan Naga

Fri. 30th Nov.: Parent Forum (8:00 – 9:30am in the AP Room)

Wed. 5th Dec.: SCHOOL CLOSED
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol‘s birthday

Mon. 10th Dec.: PD Day (Professional Development)
SCHOOL CLOSED for students

Fri. 14th Dec.: G3 – G5 Holiday Concert (End of Term 1)
(Half day for students: Dismissal time to be announced)
KG will not be performing at this concert.
EY – G2 performances will take place at the end of the school year.

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