Weekly update June 4th, 2019

Hello Families!

This week we are working hard to practice our end of year show. And hopefully our performances will be ready for June 14!

We have been expressing ourselves in multiple ways during these last weeks: We have been writing in small groups books about emotions and last week we wrote poems about different emotions. These poems will be part of the end of the year performance.  We have expressed different emotions by moving with the music and these little dances will be part of the concert.  We have painted our poems and  expressed our emotions through visual art and hopefully we find a way to get those paintings into our performance too. So next week our students are taking action and showing their learning in very creative way.

In regards of the End of Year Show, here is the information we have currently.

The show will take place on Friday, June 14th, at 9:30am.

Class A and B  will have separate acts during the show but all the acts express the theme “Emotions” in different ways.

Together, Class A and B will participate in singing a shared song with EY, KG, and G2 at the end of the show.

There will be a dress rehearsal on Thursday, June 13th, at 10:00am. This show is only available to families who will be out of town on the 14th. 

Please read the attached letter from Ms. June for more information.

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Dates to remember:

  • Wednesday June 5th: Award assembly
  • Thursday June 13th: Concert Dress Rehearsal 10:00 am. at the auditorium, Class Party at 1:20-2:30 pm. at our classroom (Sign up to bring a dish to share).
  • Friday June 14th: End of the Year Concert (EY1-Grade2), School finishes at 11:30 am.
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Weekly update May 27th, 2019

Dear EY2 Families!

Thank you so much for supporting us in so many ways during these past couple of weeks.

One of our highlights this term was the swimming gala. Here is a video made by our wonderful ICT teacher Mr Eric. It shows one way how our students have worked for their year long unit “Inspiring Individuals” and how they take action and create including and caring community where everybody is encouraged to try their best. They develop passions in themselves and others!  Thank you Mr. Max for organizing this event and for running such an excellent swimming program for our young swimmers.

Thank you  for coming to the student led conferences last Monday!  We hope you enjoyed seeing our learning space and what the children have learned this year! Our students enjoyed being teachers, this was definitely the high light of their year.

We have continued our UOI about Self-expression and we have started to work towards our End of the Year Concert where we will show how we can express different feelings.  Our week are filled with role play, singing, acting, dancing, reading and writing poems.

Thank you for participating to the presentation of “How Numicon is being used in the Early Years”. Here is a video from the workshop if you missed it. It is an introduction to how Numicon moves from exploration (EY1) to properties of numbers (EY2) to using in number sentences (KG). Numicon is not used in isolation, but as a supporting tool with other resources.

Dates to remember:

  • Friday, May 31st: Parent Forum
  • Monday June 3rd: Holiday/NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday June 5th: Award assembly
  • Thursday June 14th: Concert Dress Rehearsal 10:00 am. at the auditorium, Class Party at 1:20-2:30 pm. at our classroom
  • Friday June 15th: End of the Year Concert (EY1-Grade2), School finishes at 11:30 am.
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Weekly Update May 14th , 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

A BIG congrats to Nate and Jack for receiving their quality learning behavior awards!

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On Friday we had a special assembly with visitors from from Cape Town, South Africa. The Klipton Youth Programme Dancers performed for us after the award ceremony!  Then we got to go to a special workshop with them later in the day!  It was a great experience.

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In response to meeting these excellent dancers, seeing their performance and hearing all about their culture and work, members of the Student Council have suggested we hold a Non-Uniform Day this Friday, May 17th, 2019. 

Donations to wear casual clothes will directly help fund:

  • Breakfast and After-School homework Clubs for orphaned children
  • Skills training & reading programmes to help community members get employment and stay away from crime and drugs.

In order to take par to NON – UNIFORM DAY, you can wear your normal clothes and  you must make a donation to our wonderful performers from the Kliptown Youth Program. Please bring the donation on Friday morning.

Parents can  join Ms. June and Mr. Gerry on Friday, May 17 at 8am for a parent forum. See the attached letter for more information.

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Thank you for booking your time for the Student-Led Conferences!                    A few reminders about  conferences (coming Monday May 20th, 2019) :

  • Its not a regular school day, parents come with their child for their conference time.
  • Specialist rooms will be available too – make sure to go see them!Visit specialists before or after the scheduled time.
  • Students lead their parents (for most things).
  • Uniform must be worn.
  • There will be snacks and coffee/juice available throughout the day.
  • Please leave siblings in the Library.
  • Please try to avoid talking on your phones while conferencing.

Looking forward seeing you all next week!

Regards EY2 team

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Weekly Update May 9th , 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

just a quick reminder about the coming events:

Friday May 10th at 8:00 am: Primary School Assembly ; Quality Learning Behaviors -Certificates & sharing Unit work

Monday May 13th at 8:00-9:45 am: EY1-2 Swimming Gala; students should wear their swimming suits when they arrive to school in the morning. Parents can swim with their children in the end of the event so please, be ready to jump to the pool too!

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Monday May 20th: Student-Led-Conferences, please pick the time and sign in this week.

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Best regards

EY2 team

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School Closure

Dear EY2 Families,

By now you are all aware of the school closure today due to flooding. We have posted some activities you can do at home in the “Home Learning” section of the blog, which should keep the children engaged and inspired until we are back in class together. Our current unit is all about expressing feelings and ideas through the creative arts, and using our imagination, so we encourage you to follow up on any imaginative projects your child comes up on their own as well!

At present, we are expecting classes to resume on Monday, however there is a possibility that we will be able to return sooner, so please keep an eye on your messages for updates. Teachers are still working, so please feel free to get in touch by email if you have any questions or concerns. (As Ms. Tuovi is on leave this week, all EY2 parents can contact Ms. Risa at risa.la@kis.ac.th.)

Have a great day of learning,

The EY2 Team

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Weekly Update April 29th , 2019

Dear EY2 parents,

changes for coming week:

Wednesday May 1st: No School / 1st of May Holiday

Thursday May 2nd: SWIMMING during our P.E time

Friday May 3rd: P.E during Swimming ( these changes are because of the elementary school Swimming Gala)

last week:

thank you for helping us to begin our last term with full speed. Last week we were  celebrating World Book Week and  everyone at EY2 class  came dressed up for the  Book Character Dress-Up Day and most of the students brought the book along tooThank you for coming to support and help us to promote reading and literacy at KIS.  Thank you also for purchasing books for your children!

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The book character parade was quite exciting for many of us. We were so proud of our students who were able to perform and speak front of the audience.

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Friday’s End of the Book Week Assembly: Congratulations to Tuna for the best book character costume  and congratulations to Nate for the best photo of “family reading together”.

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We started also our new UOI Expression and the central idea is “Feelings and Ideas can be expressed through the Arts”.  The lines of inquiry are “The Creative Arts”, “Expressing emotions” and “Developing ideas and imagination”. We were looking at different pictures with Ms Risa and learned to describe and noticed different emotions by looking at people’s facial expressions.

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We  were reading Dr.Seuss’ book “My Many Colored Days” and talked about different emotions and how different colors and different music can express different feelings and then we danced these different emotions with classical music. Our students love to express themselves by dancing!

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We also celebrated Cesc’ s fifth birthday. Happy Birthday Dear Cesc!

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Reminders

Wednesday May 1st:  Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Thursday May 2nd: SWIMMING instead of P.E

Friday May 3rd: P.E instead of Swimming

Monday May 6th:  H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

Monday May 13th: Early Years Swim Gala 8:00 am (Parents are invited to join in the fun! Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel to swim with your child).

Monday May 20th: Student Led Conferences

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Welcome Back!

It was wonderful to see everyone back at school this morning, ready to learn, and excited to tell us all about their holidays. This week the children will be invited to share about their time away from school through drawing, writing and speaking, and we will also be tuning into our new Unit of Inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves.”

We are pleased to be celebrating World Book Week at KIS, and hope that everyone is getting ready for tomorrow’s Book Character Dress-Up Day! Children are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character, and to participate in a costume parade at 8:00 am in the Audibox. It would be great to see beloved characters from children’s literature this time (rather than Disney princesses and superheroes), so please have your child bring along the book that inspired their costume. This is a great way for us to share our passions and to nurture the love of reading!

World Book Week will also include a book fair, taking place throughout the week. If you would like your child to purchase a book, please send money in a bag or envelope labelled with their name, and we will accompany them to make their selection. Alternatively, parents may visit the book fair on their own, or take children to choose a book for purchase before or after school.

Just before our Songkran holiday, Arya celebrated her 5th birthday with us. Happy birthday Arya! A big thanks to Arya’s family for sharing a delicious cake and joining us to make the day special.

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Happy Songkran!

Dear EY2 Families,

thank you for coming to Coffee Meeting on Thursday! It is always a great pleasure to see you and it is so rewarding to work with you. You can find the slides and KIS Language Curriculum on the pages.

This week we had a great opportunity to see how grade 5 students take action. We went to see their PYP Exhibition with our reading buddies. It is just amazing how smart and caring students we have at KIS!

 

Thank you once more for helping us and 5th grade students with the BOOK Drive. We collected most books at the whole PYP school and we got our pizza party on Wednesday. YUMMY!

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We finished our UOI “Exploring Materials” with the same way as we started the unit. Students were sorting different objects and most of them naturally started to sort them now by materials. Some objects had more than one material and students had to discuss and negotiate which category they would use. It was wonderful to watch how they use their new knowledge and how they work together as a group.

Hardest part of our week was to say farewell to our lovely friend Alice. We wish you and your family all the best in Netherlands and we hope to see you back at KIS one day!IMG_1925 IMG_1921

We had a  great week with many Songkran activities. Thank you for our Thai department and for the whole KIS community for organizing such a memorable week for us!

Have a wonderful Songkran Break!

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Weekly Update April 1st , 2019

Dear EY2 families,

coming this week…

Wednesday April 3rd: EY2 swimming!!! MYP is having their sport day on Friday and they will need the swimming pool area too so we have change our swimming time this week.

Thursday April 4th:  EY 2 Coffee Meeting 8:00 am in the EY2 Classroom: Students may wear Thai Traditional Clothes or Songkran shirts on Thursday for their Thai Songkran traditions during Thai class. Please pick up the bed clothes after school!

Friday April 5th:  Water Play with EY2 and KG Students should wear swimsuits and Songkran shirts. Make sure that your child has dry clothes and towels in their bag, just like on swimming days. Whole school Songkran assembly at 13.00-13.30, at the auditorium. Three collaborative performances between PS, SS, staff and parents will be performing at the event. These performances include Long Drum Dance, Thai Northeastern Style Dance and Bamboo Dance. EY2 is not napping on Friday!

We hope you have a wonderful week leading up to a Happy Songkran Holiday!

Happened last week:

Photo day on Monday was a really professional photo shooting day and our students were like professional models.

Last week we were wrapping up out UOI Exploring Materials. One more group will do their mystery box-game with Ms. Tuovi this week.

One more group is making science experiments with different objects and different materials in Sink and float center with Ms. Risa.

 

After Songkran we are moving to the new UOI “Self Expression”. We had a great opportunity to see how some of  our IB diploma students have expressed themselves through different kind of art media when we visited their art exhibition. We also visited their “Makers’ Space” and we loved all the big tools and big machines our big students use! We are getting excited about our new unit.

 

Reminders:

April 6th- 21st, 2019 : Songkran Break / NO SCHOOL

Mon 22nd April: Start of term 3

April 23rd-26th : World Book Week

Tue 23rd April : World Book Day- Book Character Dress Up Day (Please send the book where the character your child is dressed as appears).

Wed 1st May:  Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:        H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

 

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Weekly Update March 25th, 2019

Dear EY2 families,

We had a fun filled week of Artigras celebrations and events and we had also our first fieldtrip. So exciting  to explore things through the arts and experience new things! We started the week off with battle of the bands!  We got to see different groups from schools all over Bangkok sing and dance on stage in the auditorium! We heard our favorite bands also on Wednesday during the Busking event and on Friday’s outdoor concert.

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On Wednesday EY2 Ants had their fieldtrip to “A little Something “-cooking school.

EY2 Butterflies had their fieldtrip on Thusday.

On Thusday we also had a  lovely Thai Cultural performance where we got to see many different types of Thai Dancing!  Namo and Tuna were real risk takers when they danced on stage with professional dancers.

On Friday, we all participated in a Flash Mob with the entire PYP and  danced together with Ms. Lynn and all the PYP students in the atrium.

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We also celebrated Peem’s birthday on Friday. Happy Birthday Dear Peem!

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This week we have learned to play  the Teach your Monster to Read -games which help children to master the key first stages of reading.  It’s been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing). You can play the game at home too. It’s free to play on a PC and laptop at TeachYourMonsterToRead.com, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.  If  your child want to use his/her school account and continue the game where he/she is at the moment we can give you a password card.  Then you can log in to your child’s game at home too.

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Reminders:

 

Thur April 4th: 08:00-09:00 a.m. EY2 Coffee Meeting

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

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