PYP Updates for the week 14-18 Sept. 2020

Dear Parents,

Week at a glance:

  • Please make sure you have set up the contact tracing on your phone and complete daily. This is a Government requirement. Contract Tracing Information, KIS, 20-21 
  • MAP tests for G3-G5 this week and next, these will be taken over a period of 8 days.  Results will be available and shared the week of parent conferences.
  • Please sign up for parent-teacher conferences, Wednesday to Friday in the office, Next week outside the classroom.
  • EY2/3 coffee meetings now set. EY3 Tuesday 22nd Sept, EY3 Wednesday, Sept. 23rd.
  • Dates for upcoming parent workshops and forums can be found here

PS Parent letter September 11 2020

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Back to School Coffee meetings

Dear Parents,

Many thanks to those of you who came to the Grade School Coffee Meetings offered in the past couple of weeks. We are now planning for our Early Year’s events.

Here is the Slide Show shared at the meeting, the grades will post theirs on their individual blogs. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Parent BTS slides 20-21


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MAP Assessment Information

MAP Assessment Schedule and Information for G3-G5

For further information regarding the process and how you can support your child please click here.

Schedule for MAP testing FALL 2020

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PS Letter


I’d like to welcome all our new Early Years Families. It’s exciting to see our youngest students starting school and settling into the programme. Please check out the Early Years blogs for more information and updates from the teachers.

Here is the Handbook for New Early Years Parents.

Copy of EY Family Handbook 2020

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KIS School Year 20-21

 Welcome Back

It is great to be back in school, to see the children again, hear their stories and chatter and see them interacting with each other, the teachers and the community.

In order to do this, we have had to accommodate many changes and ministry expectations, introduce many new protocols and ensure our campus is as clean and safe as possible for our students and community. This has meant changes to the schedules, changes to the programme and changes in how we conduct ourselves whilst on campus.

I can not thank you enough for all your support it helping to make this happen. Our soft start was new, the teachers and students were able to familiarize themselves with each other, learn routines and settle back into school in smaller, more intimate groups. Allowing for lots of support.  This was very successful for students and teachers alike, thank you for supporting this.

Programme changes, drop-off and pick-up times and protocols have also gone incredibly smoothly, thanks again to you and the partnerships we have across the school.

The protocols are often hard to remember and even harder to model, but as adults in the school community it is important we all try to set a good example with mask-wearing, sanitizing and social distancing, again, thanks for your support with this.

Copy of KIS Pandemic Response 2020 Final

The Pandemic Handbook above outlines all the protocols that have been put in place following the expectations from the Thai Minsitry of Public Health (MOPH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) and other organizations and agencies.

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The Holidays are fast approaching……

Dear Parents,

The Holidays are almost upon us, here is the rundown until the end of the year!

Holiday Calendar 2019

Christmas Giving Letter 2019

Last Day for donations Friday 6th December – thank you for your generosity.

Parent Workshop

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Dear Parents,

Air quality, or the lack of it, is upon us again. Please find the letter sent this morning by Paul, Head of School to inform of KIS practices. We remain vigilant in checking both the Air Quality and Heat Index throughout the day, every school day. As always your child’s health and safety are of the utmost importance to us.

Air Quality Update

Please find an additional copy of the policy here for your convenience.

Air Quality Policy (1)

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MAP Tests for G3-G5

Dear Parents,

Please find below information about our  Term 1` MAP testing  for G3-G5 students, which will take place over over the next few weeks. I have included a letter and the schedule, further information can be found here……

MAP Testing Letter (September 2019)-


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Parent Workshop and other Events

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Back to School Forum

Many thanks to all of you who came to the Back to School forum it was great to see so many returning and new faces. As I mentioned at the meeting, for your information, please find the presentation below. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask the teacher or contact me at   Next week we will share further information on Forums, workshops and other dates to remember.

KIS BTS 1920 Final 23819

Parent Forum BTS 23819

Parent Forum Friday 17th May 

Dear Parents,

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Forum on Friday. Here is the Teaching Model for 2019-2020 as shared at the meeting. I will share the renovation and playground plans after they have been shared with the students on June 5th. If you have any questions please let me know. I will also share the end of year calendar early in the week after a couple of adjustments.

For the slide show of the Numicon workshop held by Ms. Jen on May 10th, please click here.


Parent Workshop, April 19th – Numicon

As promised here is the Slide shoe from the workshop. An Additional session will be organized to support grade level understanding – May 24th 8:00 AP room.

Numicon parent workshop


Thanks, June

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Student-Led Conferences May 20th, 2019

The signup sheets for SLCs can now be found outside the classroom, please book your appointment for this exciting conference on the 20th. If you have questions please check your class blog or talk to your child’s teacher.

Thanks, June

PS_SLC May 20th 2019

MAP Testing Spring 19

Dear Parents,

Please find the MAP schedule below. The testing schedule will take place between May 13-24 for G3-G5 students. If you would like further information please follow this link.

Schedule for MAP testing spring 19


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Yesterday’s wonderful interactions during mother tongue day provoked me to reflect on the value of multilingualism. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to make this a great cultural sharing day. Children really enjoyed the read alouds and stories that were shared, and it demonstrates the depth of resource that we have in our inclusive and caring community.


‘IB schools are committed to multilingualism as a means of affirming cultural identity and developing international-mindedness. The term “multilingualism” in the PYP refers to linguistic ability in more than one language, and recognizes that each of a student’s languages may be developed to different levels, and within different contexts, depending on their social and academic experiences.

In addition, multilingualism has cognitive benefits relating to:

  • attention and focus

  • problem-solving thinking skills

  • thinking about language.

(Kessler, Quinn 1980; Zelasko, Antunez 2000)

Students who are multilingual:

  • have an improved capacity to think, talk and reflect on how languages work
  • become cognitively more flexible, creative and better at problem-solving.

‘Students who see and hear their own languages within the learning environment, and who are encouraged to actively make links to their prior linguistic experiences, connect more quickly to the community and their own learning’ (Cummins 2000).’

source From Principles to Practice: Learning and Teaching

This article may give you more insights into the process


Children and languages

As parents of bilingual and multilingual children, it is important that you support home language development.

Children need to cognitively process and develop vocabulary in their home language.

This aids language development and academic progress. Have regular conversations that require cognitive processing about:

  • concepts being learned at schools
  • books, films, other cultural experiences
  • travel
  • leisure activities such as sports, arts and games

Unite for Literacy offers read alouds in languages such as Korean, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and multiple European languages, which can be useful to listen to while looking at the book, and then having discussions in the language using the vocabulary experienced.

 Additionally, teach rhymes and games in your home language, and listen to popular music. Involve children in preparing food, discussing the process and the tastes and smells. This will help your child develop language structure and vocabulary in their home language, which research shows us, impacts their ability to process in target instructional languages.

It is wonderful to see some of our children taking self directed action at home and creating resources to share in class using dual language.


Children need to read regularly in their home language as well as the target instructional language (in our case English)

Regular reading time, both independent and shared, is one of the most powerful ways of supporting language development. Some studies show that reading develops vocabulary up to 10 x as much as oral language exchange. Parent read aloud such as we had yesterday, and shared reading,

 It may feel challenging to source appropriate reading material, but there are a developing range of online resources which can help. Trilingual mama which is a great blog to follow, has collated a lot of ebook resources in this one post: online stories for children.

Our library at KIS would love to develop a stronger collection of books in different languages, so when your children outgrow books, consider donating them so that others may benefit. This is a wonderful sustainable action we can all take to expand understanding within our diverse community.

Have fun exploring and developing your multilingual skills with your children.  And I look forward to more cultural sharing throughout the year!

Kirsten Durward

PYP Coordinator


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Parent Forum Update

Dear Parents,

Many to those who attended the forum this morning, on the Agenda:

  1. Air quality – see the notes below
  2. Volunteer required for Parent/Teacher Communication Policy (Primary and Secondary Parents)
  3. Chinese new year Lion dance this Thursday 7th – 12:40 please join if you can
  4. Recruitment updates
  5. Sports day will go ahead on the 13th, should cancellation be needed we will let you know the evening of the 12th

Air Quality Parent Forum Summary_4Feb19




please find the notes taken regarding AQI below.

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