It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through Term 1 and October Break is already upon us. Please be advised of a few updates to keep in mind for our first week back:
Unit of Inquiry 2: Sharing the Planet
Our second unit of inquiry will begin after the holidays, exploring the transdisciplinary theme of sharing the planet. Our inquiry is titled “Natural Interactions” and will look at the ways that humans interact with the natural world, including the ways that we rely on natural resources in our everyday lives, as well as the positive and negative impacts we have on our environment. To provoke some thinking and questioning to get our inquiry going, we are requesting that every child bring a natural artifact to school the first week back. This could be an interesting leaf, a seashell, a fascinating rock, a seed, or anything else that comes from the natural world. We know that many families will be travelling over the holidays, and might have an opportunity to find something interesting that they would not find at home. If you are staying the city, take the opportunity to go for a walk in a park or to think about how we all bring nature into our home (in our kitchens, for example). Please support your child in choosing their own artifact, rather than choosing it for them. This makes the experience meaningful for them, especially if they can find something that inspires their curiosity in some way.
Loy Krathong Celebrations
KIS will be celebrating Loy Krathong at school on Thursday October 29th. The Thai teachers have some activities planned to mark the day, such as making krathong and Thai dancing. Children are invited to come to school in traditional Thai dress. As the EY2s have swimming on Thursday, we recommend coming to school with swim clothes on and packing the Thai clothes in the children’s backpacks. Please bring them into the classroom in the morning, and we will help them to get dressed up after swim class.
KIS will celebrate Halloween at school on Friday October 30th. Children are invited to wear a costume to school, as we will take part in a costume parade and contest with classes from EY1 – G3. (Please do not include toy guns or weapons as part of costume. The EY2 children have learned that these are not part of our play at school, and we want to stay consistent with our messaging.) As per KIS tradition, the Grade 4 and 5 students will also be setting up Halloween themed games and activities for the younger students in their classroom upstairs.
We are certainly looking forward to an eventful first week back!
Have a great week off!