Welcome Back to Term 3

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable Songkran break. Although we would prefer to be returning in person, we are excited to be starting term 3 together online in remote learning.  Our earliest possible date for returning to campus is Wednesday May 5th and we will keep you updated on this.

On Monday April 19th, the school staff will be preparing home learning packages that will be available for parents to pick up beginning Tuesday April 20th.  Similar to January, our weekly plan and daily learning tasks will be uploaded to Seesaw.

Remote learning schedules will be emailed to parents on Monday afternoon.  Remote learning will begin on Tuesday April 20th.

We would like to welcome a new friend PunPun to EY2 who will be in Ms.Nicole’s class and also welcome back Hugo Th. who will be in Ms. Risa’s class.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at nicole.ib@kis.ac.th or risa.la@kis.ac.th

Thank you for your ongoing support and although our team will miss seeing the children in person, we are very much looking forward to starting school together remotely.

Regards,

EY2 Team

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Week of March 29th – April 2nd

Dear Parents,

Last week our fabric center was very popular.  The children were creative in their construction and imaginative play.  This week they are continuing their play with more fabric added.  The students are using measurement as they work out which pieces will work best for their construction.

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Our writing center is also a popular area of play.  The students are learning how to write postcards, cutting and pasting, and making drawings for their friends and families.

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It’s hard to believe term 2 is coming to an end this week.  The students will be celebrating Songkran in Thai class on Friday and may choose to wear a Thai costume on that day.  EY2 will also be having water play with EY1 on Friday so we ask that the students come to school with their swimsuits under their clothes and bring a towel.

Important Dates:

Friday April 2nd: Optional Thai dress and swimsuits for water play. Return all library books.

Monday April 5th – Friday April 16: Songkran Break, no school

Tuesday April 20th– School Photos

Monday May 3rd: Labour Day (substitution holiday), no school

Tuesday May 4th: Coronation Day, no school

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Week of March 22nd – 26th

Dear Parents,

Last week, the children collaborated in small groups to design and make metal constructions. They negotiated ideas, drew a building plan, chose suitable materials, and problem-solved to bring their visions to fruition. Though this process, we watched them develop creative and critical thinking skills, as well as communication and social skills. The projects have proven to be exciting  and valuable learning experiences, with some groups continuing to build this week.

 

We are adding another construction area this week, where children are invited to build with fabric, such as blankets, pillows, sheets, scarves and sarongs. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

The EY2 students have also begun work on their second self-portraits of the year, this time using a variety of different materials (such as string, buttons, and fabric scraps) to enhance their drawings, in keeping with our inquiry into materials. It has been great to see how the children’s drawing skills have changed since they did their first self-portraits, and we will continue to work on the portraits this week.

 

On Friday we had our belated celebration of the 100th day of EY2, with festive math centres construct understanding of number concepts. Children built structures using 100 cups, counted 100 treats by grouping them in ten groups of ten, painted 100 sprinkles on ten cupcakes, and learned to use a tape measure to build a block tower 100 centimetres tall. We read a book about 100 marching in a row, and inquired into what would happen if those 100 ants split into two, four, or five five rows. The children also made cool party hats to wear, and did 100 exercises!

 

Important Dates

Friday March 26th: Last day to check out library books. The following week will be for book returns only.

Monday April 5th – Friday April 16: Songkran Break, no school

Monday May 3rd: Labour Day (substitution holiday), no school

Tuesday May 4th: Coronation Day, no school

 

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Week of March 15th – 19th

Dear Parents,

It was so nice to have the time with each of you to discuss your child’s learning.  Thank you for your time and support to make the Zoom conferences a success.

We hope you had an enjoyable long weekend!  We are excited to start swimming this week (Thursday).  Please have your child wear their swim suit under their uniform to make changing easier.  Be sure to pack a bag with their towel, goggles, and swim cap.

Last week we had our EY Sports Day. The children had so much fun!

This Friday we will celebrate being in school, in person, for 100 days!  We will have math centers where the children can work with the number 100 in various ways.  This week, please help your child to find and count 100 small objects to put into a Ziplock bag labeled with their name. We will display their 100 objects in the classroom.

Please see the below information about our upcoming PYP House Challenge!

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Important Dates

Thursday March 18th: Swimming classes resume – please be reminded that children should come to school with their swimsuit on under their uniform, and that a medical note is required for students unable to participate

Friday March 19th: 100 Days of School Celebration. Please send in 100 small items in a ziplock bag labeled with your child’s name.

Monday April 5th – Friday April 16th: Songkran Break (no class)

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EY Sports Day

Dear Parents,

Our Early Years Sports Day will be this Friday, March 12th.  Please have your child wear their House Shirt and PE shorts to school and be sure they have their water bottle as well.  Unfortunately parents are not allowed to watch, however we will be sure to take plenty of photos to share with you!  It will be a fun way to end our week into the long weekend!

 

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Week of March 8 – 12

Dear Parents,

Last week, we continued to support the children in recording their strengths and learning goals, to be discussed at our conferences this week. This was a great opportunity for self reflection, as well as purposeful writing practice. We have enjoyed meeting with many of you already on Zoom, and look forward to seeing the rest of you throughout the week!

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The children continued to explore various materials at centre time, inquiring into the properties of materials as they build and experiment to discover which materials are best suited for particular purposes.

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Some groups began drawing blueprints for collaborative metal construction projects, which are still ongoing.

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At the water table, children have been predicting which objects will sink or float, and then testing out their predictions. They are discussing their theories about why certain objects sink while others float, and thinking about whether this is connected to material, shape, weight, size, or other factors.

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This week, we are continuing to work on designing and making our metal structures in between the ongoing conferences! The building area with mixed materials is still open for exploration, and our floating experiments continue as well.

Important Dates

Monday March 15th: March break (no class)

Thursday March 16th: Swimming classes resume – please be reminded that children should come to school with their swimsuit on under their uniform, and that a medical note is required for students unable to participate

Monday April 5th – Friday April 16th: Songkran Break (no class)

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Popcorn Sale

Dear Parents,

Student Council will hold a popcorn sale on Friday March 5th.   If you would like to support this fundraiser please send in an envelope with money, your child’s name, and how many bags of popcorn you are ordering by March 5th.  Popcorn is 20 baht per bag.

Thank you for your support.

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Week of March 1st – 5th

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a relaxing long weekend.  Last week we started building with metal and added carboard to the construction.  We have transformed our reading area into a building space where the children can work collaborativly to create.

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Some of the children discovered they could make music with the cardboard tubes and metal tins so we created a new music center on the veranda where they could experiment and play.

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Taking the materials outside led to more building!

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We are looking forward to meeting with you at conferences through Zoom next week.  If you have not signed up for a time yet be sure to follow the link below to sign up now.  If you cannot make it at any of the listed times please contact the teacher to arrange another time to meet.

Conference Sign Up

Important Dates:

 

March 8th – 12th: Parent-Teacher Conferences on Zoom

March 15th: March break (No Class)

Reminders:

-Campus remains closed to parents, and therefore parents should leave promptly at drop-off and pick-up times. Please do not stay at school to observe your child in the classroom or on the playground in the morning.

-If arriving at school late, please remember to check in at the office, otherwise your child might be marked as absent.

-Please send extra masks in your child’s backpack, as they tend to get wet or dirty during the school day

-There is still time to send in metal objects for our construction projects, if you have not done so already!

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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up

Please sign up for a conference time with your child’s homeroom teacher on the google form below. If none of the times provided are feasible for you, please send us an email so that we can schedule an alternative.

Conference Sign-Up Sheet

Looking forward to meeting with everyone on Zoom!

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Week of February 22 – 24

Dear Parents,

Last week, the EY2 children spent time meeting individually with their teachers to reflect on their learning so far this school year, and recorded their thinking on paper in preparation for our upcoming conferences. Students are expressing their strengths and goals as learners with drawings and writing, to be shared with you on SeeSaw next week. Please take a moment to talk with your child about their strengths and goals as they see them, and consider what strengths and goals you have in mind for them as well, as this will be the basis of our Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of March 8th – 12th.

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This year, conferences will take place via Zoom, and will be a Parent-Teacher Conference with student input, rather than the 3-way conference we normally have at this time of year. We will share an online sign-up sheet tomorrow afternoon, on which you can select a 20-minute appointment time slot.

Last week we also continued to explore the process of designing and making with various materials, while welcoming a new community member to EY2, our friend Pam! Please help to welcome her family to KIS!

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Important Dates:

Thursday February 25th: Professional Development Day – no school for students

Friday February 26th: Makha Bucha Day – holiday, school closed

March 8th – 12th: Parent-Teacher Conferences on Zoom

Reminders:

-Campus remains closed to parents, and therefore parents should leave promptly at drop-off and pick-up times. Please do not stay at school to observe your child in the classroom or on the playground in the morning.

-If arriving at school late, please remember to check in at the office, otherwise your child might be marked as absent.

-Please send extra masks in your child’s backpack, as they tend to get wet or dirty during the school day

-There is still time to send in metal objects for our construction projects, if you have not done so already!

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