Week of June 1st- 5th

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that Wednesday is a holiday and there will be no school or Zoom meetings.

On Friday we will have our EY Exploration Day!

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Exploration Day

Next Friday will be our Virtual Talent Show on our last day of school.  We hope to see lots of friends sharing their passions!

Have a wonderful week of learning!

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Town Hall Meeting This Friday

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Week of May 25th – 29th

Dear Parents,

This year, KIS will hold a virtual talent show in place of our regular end-of-year concert. Children are invited to submit a short video of any talent performances, such as singing a song, playing an instrument, or doing a dance. This is a great connection with our final unit of inquiry, and we encourage the EY2s to participate by expressing themselves creatively! The deadline for submissions is May 31st, with the show taking place on June 12th. Please find further details about the talent show here.

Our weekly optional parent Zoom meeting will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2:00pm, for those of you who have questions you would like to discuss. If you plan to attend, please add your name to this list at any time before the beginning of the meeting.

Please see the end of year calendar below for important upcoming dates:

PRIMARY SCHOOL CALENDAR T3 2020

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Week of May 18th – 22nd

Dear Parents,

Tuesday will be our EY Spirit Day. Please follow the schedule and enjoy the day! Please note there will be no Homeroom Teacher Zoom meetings or Parent Zoom Meeting on Tuesday this week.

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If you haven’t yet done so, please change the name on Zoom to your child’s name so we can easily identify who is in the waiting room.  Also, meetings now require the password KIS to enter.

We will continue to offer weekly optional parent Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 2pm for those of you that have questions. If you plan to attend, please add your name and your child’s name to this form at any point before the meeting begins. The link to join the meeting is included on the EY2 Zoom schedule, along with the rest of our Zoom links.

 

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Week of May 11 – 15

Dear Parents,

Just a few reminders for you this week:

Campus Pick-Up and Book Return

You will have the opportunity to pick up your child’s belongings, portfolio, and other school work on Wednesday May 13th, from 11:30 – 12:30. If you have any library books, you can return them at this time as well. Pick up and drop off will take place at the secondary school gates. Families who are not able to go at that hour will also be allowed to go on Thursday or Friday. Please be advised that parents and children will not be permitted to access the school.

Zoom Updates

There have been some changes to the Zoom app this week that may cause some meetings to require a password. If you are prompted for a password, enter “KIS” (all capitals) for all meetings.

Parent Zoom Q&A

We will continue to offer weekly optional parent Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 2pm for those of you that have questions. If you plan to attend, please add your name and your child’s name to this form at any point before the meeting begins. The link to join the meeting is included on the EY2 Zoom schedule, along with the rest of our Zoom links.

Spirit Day

On Tuesday May 19th, EY2 will participate in special Spirit Day activities. The office has sent out an email with the schedule of activities and required materials that you should gather ahead of time. Activities will be posted on SeeSaw on Tuesday according to the schedule. It will be an action-packed day and will replace our usual EY2 activities for the day, including our regularly scheduled Zoom meetings.

Conferences

Student-Led Conferences, which normally take place at the end of the school year, will unfortunately not be going ahead this year. If you would like to request an end-of-year conference (3-way conference or parent-teacher conference), please contact Ms. Nicole or Ms. Risa to arrange this. Conferences will be optional, given that we already have weekly Zooms and you are all witnessing your children’s learning first-hand.

Goodbye!

This week, we will be saying goodbye to Jaidee, whose last day with us will be Friday. If your child would like to send a farewell message, please upload it to SeeSaw before the end  of the day on Friday, so that we can share these with her.

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Week of May 4th – May 8th

Dear Parents,

You can find our upcoming weekly plan on the Home Learning page.

On Tuesday, May 5th  from 2:00 – 2:30 we will hold an optional parent Zoom meeting to answer any questions you may have.  Please follow the link below at 2:00 on Tuesday.

https://zoom.us/j/93392203447

Below is our EY2 weekly Zoom schedule.  The links are recurring so the links will be the same each week.  This schedule is also available on the Home Learning Page.

Zoom meeting schedule

 

Important Dates:
Friday May 1st: 
Labour Day (no school)

Friday May 1st: Deadline to upload student yearbook photos to SeeSaw

Monday May 4th: Coronation Day (no school)

 

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Week of April 27th – May 1st

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those of you who continue to participate in our online program and share your child’s learning with us on SeeSaw!

This week we have a few new elements for the home learning program:

Zoom Meetings:

Zoom meetings with EY2 teachers will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, according to the times you have signed up for on the google doc shared last week. These meetings will be hosted by Ms. Risa, Ms. Nicole, Ms. Aom, and Ms. Sirinat, with teachers rotating groups to ensure that all children have the opportunity to meet with their homeroom teacher and EAs. This week, we will discuss how to be a good communicator in a meeting, and in their second meeting of the week, children will be asked to show a favourite book with the group and tell why they like it. Our meetings will be more successful if children come prepared for these discussions. Mr. Max will also be hosting an optional PE meeting on Mondays at 10am, and while Mr. Chris will host an optional music meeting on Thursdays at 9:45am.

To join your Zoom meeting, click the appropriate link in the schedule found here:

Zoom meeting schedule

Sharing on SeeSaw:

The online program is a new experience for all of us, and we appreciate your understanding as we look for ways to improve! To help us keep student work more organised and clarify assigned work for you, we have decided to change the process of sharing student responses slightly. Each morning, we will continue to upload the daily plan and video introduction to the day’s activities as “announcements,” just as we have been doing up to this point. When you and your child are ready to complete the learning engagements, look under the “activities” section. Here you will find an “activity” corresponding to each of the learning engagements described in the morning video, including links to any resources needed. Please upload your child’s work here, by clicking “Add response.” Mr. Chris and Mr. Max are posting in the “activities” section as well, so this should help us to keep things streamlined in one place.

Important Dates:

Thursday April 30th, 9am: Town Hall Zoom meeting with Mr. Paul to discuss extended school closure (https://zoom.us/j/92157546725)

Friday May 1st: Labour Day (no school)

Friday May 1st: Deadline to upload student yearbook photos to SeeSaw

Monday May 4th: Coronation Day (no school)

 

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Week of April 20th – April 24th

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a restful break at home.

This term, we will be sharing our weekly planning documents with you each Friday on the Home Learning Page so that you can see what we will be doing the following week. This will allow you to prepare, and give you a clearer idea of our learning objectives. Each morning before 9am, we will also send out a daily plan, showing the language, math and UOI engagements that your child should complete that day, including required activities plus some optional ones. Required activities will also be explained and/or demonstrated in a video for the children posted on SeeSaw every day at 9 am (as we did last term), with additional optional videos in the afternoons and a short end-of-day video at 2pm.

This term we are adding the option of face-to-face live meetings on Zoom, to begin next week. Zoom meetings will give the children a chance to see their teachers and friends, and take part in small-group discussions and activities that are so valuable at school. Zoom discussions will be led by teachers and EAs, while parents should be in the room with their child while they are online. We recommend that each child participate in two Zoom meetings each week, and will send out a sign-up sheet so that you can choose times that work with your schedules. We will aim to keep the meeting times the same each week, but let us know if you need to make a change and we will do our best to accommodate.

For our first week back at online learning, we will be revisiting the year-long inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme, “Who We Are.” If you recall, this is an inquiry about relationships, with the central idea that people support themselves and others through the relationships they develop. After this week, we will move ahead with our fourth unit of inquiry.

Looking forward to seeing our EY2 friends online!

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Week of March 30th – April 3rd

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to work with your child to complete the home learning activities.  It is so nice to see the children, happy, engaged, and safe in their homes.

We had some really creative displays of House Spirit last Friday, thank you for your participation!

Mirin Teya Tekeru

Please follow the links below if you’d like more resources for reading at home.

Audible.com is offering free books with a large selection to choose from.  You do not need an account and it is free!

stories.audible.com

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Happy reading and we look forward to your child’s Seesaw posts this week!

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Week of March 23rd – 27th

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much for supporting our first week of home learning! Many of you are doing wonderful work with the children, and we love seeing the photos and videos.

It has come to our attention that some parents might not be clear about how to access the program. Once you have signed into your child’s SeeSaw profile, click on “Inbox” and select “Student Announcements.” Each morning between 9am -10am, a video from one of the EY2 teachers will be posted here with some activities to start your day. In the afternoons, our EAs will also post a video with a song, story, or other activity. At 2pm, the teachers will post an end-of-day video, wrapping up with a Daily Gratitude conversation prompt. Occasionally, we will post other links throughout the day as well, which might include activities in the “Activities” section, however most of our program is under “Student Announcements.” You should also help your child to select activities from the Home Learning Package, which can be accessed here on the blog (see the Home Learning page in the side bar). This is the same as the Home Learning Package that some parents picked up at school in the blue notebook, and is also posted in SeeSaw as a PDF.

We recommend completing one literacy task, one math task, and one “Exploring Materials” task each day. These can be chosen from the videos and activities on SeeSaw, or from the Home Learning Package. It is not necessary to do every task from the videos, but more important to have a balance of literacy, math, and inquiry. Mr. Max will also post PE engagements on Tuesdays, and Mr. Chris will post music on Thursdays. Try to do these as well.

Some guidelines for your child’s SeeSaw journal:

  • Please post only about activities that we have assigned, including activities from our seesaw videos and activities in the Home Learning Package. It’s wonderful that you are doing so many interesting things at home, but we are simply not able to view and comment on hundreds of videos! So please stick to school-assigned posts.
  • Each activity should be shared in a single post, rather than several posts about the same activity.
  • If you watch a story reading from Ms. Lindsay, or from us, you might respond using one of the activities from the “Literacy” section of our Home Learning Package. That counts as your literacy activity post for the day! (You can of course listen to more stories just for fun.)
  • Children can do their activities and upload at any time of day. We will be responding primarily between 9-10am, and again between 1 – 2pm.
  • Make sure the children have time for free play, outdoor play, snacks, naps and breaks. Some of them seem to be working very hard!

Some highlights from your SeeSaw journals:

 

Aimmy wrote a letter to Otto, and we tagged Otto so that he could read it.

Aimmy wrote a letter to Otto, and we tagged Otto so that he could read it.

 

Otto wrote back to Aimmy, and we tagged her so that she could read it. Everyone loves to get mail!

 

Then Otto wrote a letter to Paul. Just like our Post Office at school!

Then Otto wrote a letter to Paul. Just like our Post Office at school!

 

Ann reads a wordless picture book:

 

BM's number alien

BM’s number alien

Charlie made a cardboard airplane.

Charlie made a cardboard airplane.

...and build a whole transportation system around it!

…and built a whole transportation system around it!

Elisa found some circles on her shape hunt.

Elisa found some circles on her shape hunt.

Pemplerm found a dog for "D"

Pemplerm found a dog for “D”

Here's Kato, getting ready to play the game "Bam."

Here’s Kato, getting ready to play the game “Bam.”

Charlie making 2D and 3D shapes with play doh.

Charlie making 2D and 3D shapes with play doh.

Tate made letters with play doh, and traced over them with the SeeSaw drawing tool.

Tate made letters with play doh, and traced over them with the SeeSaw drawing tool.

Third’s cardboard castle:

 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about online learning. Keep up the good work!

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