Halloween at KIS!

We’d like to remind everyone about our Halloween festivities coming up on Friday November 2nd. It is the first week back after the holiday, so we can all start thinking about costume preparations over the break. Please avoid items that look like weapons (such as toy swords and guns). Be creative!

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Have a wonderful October break!

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Another Busy Week in EY2

Thank you to all who joined us for conferences last week. It is great to have such a supportive parent community!

While parents and teachers conferred upstairs, the children carried on learning, without missing a beat…

The children attended a concert last Thursday, with visiting performers Quadasi, Mac and X2 Group from South Africa. They learned about traditional Maskandi music, and made a guest appearance on stage to sing with our Grade 3 reading buddies.

The children attended a concert last Thursday, with visiting performers Quadasi Mac and X2 Group from South Africa. They learned about traditional Maskandi music, and made a guest appearance on stage to sing with our Grade 3 reading buddies.

 

Our post office has evolved to include opportunities for mathematics as well as language. The children read names on mailboxes to deliver mail, and use the mailbox labels and word wall as references to help them write letters. With price tags and play money, they develop number sense as they role-play buying paper, postcards, and envelopes. Some 'shopkeepers' shared their emerging understandings of subtraction, making change for customers. We also began to explore measurement, weighing letters on a balance scale to determine the price of a stamp.

Our post office has evolved to include opportunities for mathematics as well as language. The children read names on mailboxes to deliver mail, and use the mailbox labels and word wall as references to help them write letters. With price tags and play money, they develop number sense as they role-play buying paper, postcards, and envelopes. Some ‘shopkeepers’ shared their emerging understandings of subtraction, making change for customers. We also began to explore measurement, weighing letters on a balance scale to determine the price of a stamp.

Our journey of self-development and of sharing passions is ongoing. The children continue to make presentations about their families, share favourite stories, and express curiosity about the natural environment. They have also begun to make original 3D art work from recycled materials.

Our journey of self-development and of sharing passions is ongoing. The children continue to make presentations about their families, share favourite stories, and express curiosity about the natural environment. They have also begun to make original 3D art work from recycled materials.

Important Dates

Monday October 22nd – Friday 26th: October Break, school closed

Friday November 2nd: PYP Halloween Celebration

Children are invited to come to school in a costume to participate in special events including a parade in the atrium at 8:00 am, followed by Halloween activities lead by Grade 5. There will also be an after school haunted house fundraiser, for children accompanied by a parent once they are signed out from class.

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day, no school for students

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EY2 News

House Spirit Day was definitely a highlight of last week! The EY2s came prepared with house banners that we painted last week, full of energy and sportsmanship throughout the ball games. Have a look at the slideshow below to see a few of our best moments:

 

For our ongoing inquiry, Inspiring Individuals, we continue to learn ourselves and our families through family photo presentations and paintings, while also developing our oral and written language skills. We have also been pursuing our line of inquiry related to ‘developing passions in ourselves and others’ by having children choose a favourite centre to invite friends who do not usually play there. Everyone showed real open-mindedness in their willingness to try a new activity, and many discovered talents and interests they didn’t know they had. We also began to learn about Kelso’s Choices, a program designed to give children strategies to solve certain kinds of social problems amongst themselves. We read stories about friendship that included examples of problem-solving strategies, and introduced Kelso the frog. Kelso’s Choices relates to the our Central Idea, that self-development engages people in meaningful action, and we will continue to learn how to put these strategies into action this week and beyond.

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In addition to developing our reading, writing and oral language skills through our UOI, language goals are also integrated into centres including role play and art, as well as learning rhymes at our morning meetings. Last week, we learned the rhyme “Five Little Pumpkins,” and practiced acting it out.

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We have been developing number sense as we continue to explore the Numicon materials, and to play card games involving numerals and quantities. We are also looking at patterns in various contexts, including creating patterns using loose parts.

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Happy Birthday!

FotoJetLast week, Bella celebrated her 5th birthday, and is already looking more grown up:) We hope you had a great day, Bella, and send a big thank you to Mom and Dad for joining our celebration and sharing some yummy treats!

 

 

 

 


Important Dates

Tuesday October 9th – Friday October 12th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

*We look forward to meeting with all of you at your appointed time slots. We will be meeting in the language lab , Room 203, located between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the  primary school.

Monday October 8th – Wednesday October 10th: Book Fair – scroll down to the previous post for more details.

Monday October 15th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 22nd – Friday October 26th: October Break, school closed 

 

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Book Fair!

This week (Monday October 8th – Wednesday the 10th), the primary school will be holding a book fair as a celebration of reading! Book sales will take place in the atrium from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, when parents are welcome to come and have a look, with purchases benefiting our school library.

As the book fair is a great way to get the children excited about reading, the EY2s will also have the opportunity to visit the sale during the school day. If you’d like your child to select and purchase a book, please send them to school with a suitable amount of money in an envelope or bag labelled with their name and the amount enclosed. We will take the children to the sale in small groups, and help them to pick out a good read.

The library will also be hosting a book exchange, where you can donate used books (in good condition) and swap them for some you haven’t read yet. If your family has any unwanted books at home, send them to school and we will take the children to make a trade.

Thanks for supporting this special event!

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EY2 Weekly Update

Last week the children continued with their ongoing inquiries, deepening their understandings with new ideas and questions…

We continued to learn about families, while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. More children painted their families (adding written labels by identifying word cards for reference) and nearly every day ends with a family photos presentation, complete with a Q & A session.

We continued to learn about families, while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. More children painted their families (adding written labels by identifying word cards for reference), and nearly every day ends with a family photo presentation, complete with a Q & A session.

Our inquiry into the playground nature collection continues. Last week, our scientists even thought of using our senses of smell and hearing to investigate!

Our inquiry into the playground nature collection continues. Last week, our scientists even thought of using our senses of smell and hearing to investigate!

Several children have come to school with favourite books from home, wanting to share them with the group at story time. This is a wonderful way to nurture a love of reading, and also connects with one of our lines of inquiry, 'developing passions in ourselves and others.' We have been bringing literacy into the construction centre as well, encouraging our builders to make signs for their buildings and add labels to their building plans. Of course, we also enjoyed another great visit with our Grade 3 reading buddies!

Several children have come to school with favourite books from home, wanting to share them with the group at story time. This is a wonderful way to nurture a love of reading, and also connects with one of our lines of inquiry, ‘developing passions in ourselves and others.’ We have been bringing literacy into the construction centre as well, encouraging our builders to make signs for their buildings and add labels to their building plans. Of course, we also enjoyed another great visit with our Grade 3 reading buddies!

We continue to explore patterns with various materials at centre time, in addition to daily routines such as the calendar where we look at colour and number patterns. Last week, we also began to explore a new math resource called Numicon, which uses concrete manipulatives to build a strong foundation for the abstract world of number.

We continue to explore patterns with various materials at centre time, in addition to daily routines such as the calendar where we look at colour and number patterns. Last week, we also began to explore a new math resource called Numicon, which uses concrete manipulatives to build a strong foundation for the abstract world of number.

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Happy Birthday!

Last week we celebrated Nita’s 5th birthday. A big thanks to Mom and Dad for joining the celebration and for the delicious cupcakes! Happy Birthday, Nita!

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

Friday October 5th, 8:20 am – 9:40 am: House Spirit Sports Games – EY children will participate in ball activities with their house teams on the PYP basketball court, and should wear their house shirts, with PE shorts and shoes. Accessories to build team spirit (i.e., house-coloured face paint or headbands) are also welcome! 

**CORRECTION: Last week’s post indicated that swimming would be cancelled on House Sports Day, however we WILL have swimming class as usual on Oct. 5th. As the special events will be finished at 9:40, the rest of the day will follow the regular schedule, with no cancellations. Children should come with their swim suits on under their clothes, as we will have very little time for changing.

Tuesday October 9th – Wednesday October 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday October 11th – Friday October 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences – alternate make-up day for parents unable to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday

*Sign-up sheets are now posted outside the EY2 classroom near the door where parents wait at pick-up time. Please sign-up for an appointment as soon as possible if you have not done so already. If you will not be able to sign-up in person, please email Ms. Risa or Ms. Tuovi and we will be happy to arrange the appointment for you.

Monday October 15th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 22nd – Friday October 26th: October Break, school closed 

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Self-Development in EY2

The EY2 children actively engage in self-development every day, as they strive for understanding and develop their passions as part of a caring and inclusive community. Take a look at what we were up to last week!

The children are developing self-understanding and building a community as they learn about their families and those of their classmates. As they paint their families, they are also building their reading and writing skills by adding labels to identify each person. We continue to be impressed by the speaking and listening skills the children are demonstrating as they take turns presenting their family photos to the class each day.

The children are developing self-understanding and building a community as they learn about their families and those of their classmates. As they paint their families, they are also building their reading and writing skills by adding labels to identify each person. We continue to be impressed by the speaking and listening skills the children are demonstrating as they take turns presenting their family photos to the class each day.

Child-initiated inquiry is a wonderful way to develop our passions. As the children strive to understand the world around them, they are collecting bits of nature from the playground and asking, "What's this?" We have been observing the collected items with magnifying glasses and a digital microscope, and representing our observations and hypotheses with drawings and words.

Child-initiated inquiry is a wonderful way to develop our passions. As the children strive to understand the world around them, they are collecting bits of nature from the playground and asking, “What’s this?” We have been observing the collected items with magnifying glasses and a digital microscope, and representing our observations and hypotheses with drawings and words.

Language and literacy learning takes place in a wide variety of contexts, so that skills are more meaningful. After reading the story "Stick Man," the children develop comprehension as they make connections to the book, building their own stick figures on the light table. Weekly visits with our reading buddies nurture a love of reading, while helping to build a sense of community beyond our classroom. Children continue to role-play with writing in our pretend restaurant, making a plan for who will take on each role, using child-made menus, and writing down food orders. The children also explore letters and sounds, forming letter shapes on the light table and writing messages to greet their classmates.

Language and literacy learning takes place in a wide variety of contexts, so that skills are more meaningful. After reading the story “Stick Man,” the children develop comprehension as they make connections to the book, building their own stick figures on the light table. Weekly visits with our reading buddies nurture a love of reading, while helping to build a sense of community beyond our classroom. Children continue to role-play with writing in our pretend restaurant, making a plan for who will take on each role, using child-made menus, and writing down food orders. The children also explore letters and sounds, forming letter shapes on the light table and writing messages to greet their classmates.

The children are constructing understandings about number through card games, play-doh mats, and our daily routine of counting the school days. They are also exploring pattern in a variety of ways, making colour patterns in drawings and on peg boards. Some have begun to notice number patterns on our 100s chart as well, observing that the numbers in each column have the same final digit. We are also beginning to experiment with geometric shapes, making pictures on cork boards.

The children are constructing understandings about number through card games, play-doh mats, and our daily routine of counting the school days. They are also exploring pattern in a variety of ways, making colour patterns in drawings and on peg boards. Some have begun to notice number patterns on our 100s chart as well, observing that the numbers in each column have the same final digit. We are also beginning to experiment with geometric shapes, making pictures on cork boards.

Our learning engagements are ongoing and will continue through this week!

Important Dates

Friday September 28th: House T-Shirt Day

Friday October 5th, 8:30 am – 9:40 am: House Sports Day – EY children will participate in ball activities with their house teams on the PYP basketball court, and should wear their house shirts, with PE shorts and shoes. Accessories to build team spirit (i.e., house-coloured face paint or headbands) are also welcome! There will be no swimming.

Tuesday October 9th – Wednesday October 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday October 11th – Friday October 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences – alternate make-up day for parents unable to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday

*A sign-up sheets will be posted outside the EY2 classroom from October 1st-5th. Parents with more than one child in the Primary School are invited to sign up at the PS office on September 27th and 28th to facilitate co-ordinating appointments for families. Please contact us by email if you are unable to sign-up for conferences in person, or will be unavailable during conference week.

Monday October 15th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 22nd – Friday October 26th: October Break, school closed 

 

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Welcome Back!

We hope that everyone had a great long weekend, with some fun family time!

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Coffee Morning on Wednesday. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive parent community. The information presented at the meeting is now posted in the Pages section, in the sidebar on the right-hand side. Just click on the links under “EY2 General Information.”

The children were very excited to read the letters left for them after your visit. They were delivered along with the rest of the mail from our Post Office mail box, before we collected them to keep in the portfolios that will be created throughout the year. The children are bringing home the letters they receive from their friends, and it would be great to encourage them to write back!

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Mail delivery!

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Last Week’s Highlights

The children had a great time playing in the centres last week, where they continued to develop their language, math, inquiry and social skills. They wrote messages, menus, and food orders, role-played in the post office and restaurant, and painted frames for their family photos. We began a child-initiated inquiry, following up on the children’s curiosity about seeds and fruits they collected in the playground, and making predictions about what would happen if we planted them. We met a new set of reading buddies, Mr. Matt’s Grade 3 class (as the two Grade 3 classes will alternate weeks with us). The children also began giving presentations to the group to share the photos you have all sent in, and to tell us about their families. We have been so impressed with everyone’s ability to speak confidently and proudly in front of the group!

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Birthdays!

We celebrated three birthdays last week in EY2. Happy 5th birthday to Ai Ai, Éden, and Benedict! Thanks to the parents for sending in goodies to share. Hope all three boys had a special day!

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Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

*Our Coffee Morning this week is a great opportunity for parents to learn more about our program and how you can support your child’s learning. You will also have the chance to look around the classroom, get to know other parent members of our EY2 community, and have a bite to eat! We hope to see everyone there!

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

 

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Playful Learning in EY2

Last week, we began to draw on the children’s interests to inspire some purposeful writing in the context of play.

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We observed that some children were eager to make drawings for their friends, so we decided to make our very own post office to motivate even more letter writing. The children are learning to write the words “to” and “from” as well as their classmates’ names using models, so that the mail carrier will be able to deliver the letters. They might also add to their message with invented spellings and pictures. The post office has fancy envelopes, stamps, and a mailbox too, so everyone is excited to visit. The mail carrier will deliver the week’s mail each Friday, so look out for letters from friends coming home. Some children are writing letters to family members as well, so if you are one of the lucky recipients, it would be great if you could write back – just pop your note into our mailbox; everyone loves to get mail!

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We also noticed that many children like to role play restaurant and family scenarios, which offer more opportunities for purposeful writing. In the dramatic play centre, we are gradually building a restaurant for role play, where the ‘waiters’ use notepads to write down orders, and we practice social skills with ‘please’s and ‘thank you’s. Many children have also made menus, by cutting out and gluing pictures of food, labeling them with invented spellings and adding prices.

 

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, we met our Reading Buddies for the first time! Our Reading Buddies are Grade 3 students who are each paired up with one or two of our little people, and will be visiting us each week. The big buddies brought books to share with us, stirring up lots of enthusiasm for reading. We can’t wait to see them again next Wednesday!

 

 

 

Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

 

 

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Building Our EY2 Community

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Last week EY2 continued to dig into our first UOI, Inspiring Individuals, striving for self-development and understanding, as well as learning about each other so that we can build a caring and inclusive community.

The children completed their self-portraits, and talked about themselves through interviews that will be used to make a book about our class. The book will allow the children to get to know more about each other, while each child will also have a page to celebrate their own identity.

FotoJet (1)As a group, we came up with an EY2 Essential Agreement, by asking the children what promises we should make in order to be sure that our class is a safe and happy place to learn. The children shared many wonderful ideas about how to take care of each other and play nicely, which we narrowed down to a few simple statements representing the most essential ideas. We agreed to listen to each other, to solve problems with words while keeping hands to ourselves, and to always try our best. Following our discussion, all class members signed the agreement with their name and a hand print, cementing their promise to the group.

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A big thank you to all of the parents who have already sent us their family photos. Throughout this week, the children and teachers will be invited to share their photos with the rest of the group, to talk about themselves, their families, and their home lives, and to ask each other questions. If you have not yet sent in a photo, please do so as soon as possible. Please involve your child in the choosing the photo, as they will be more motivated to share with the group if the photo is meaningful for them!

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Last week we celebrated Maxy’s 5th birthday. Thanks so much to Mom and Dad for joining us to make the day special, and for the delicious cake. Happy 5th Birthday, Maxy!

 

 

 

Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

Parents will be invited to visit the classroom for a gathering of our EY2 community, with an information session about the program and an opportunity to connect with other parents.

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

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