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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Week of February 15th – 19th

Dear Parents,

Although it wasn’t as big of a celebration as years past, it was so lovely seeing the children dressed up for Chinese New Year!  The children aslo made red lanterns to add to the beautiful display in the Atrium.  Thank you to those who donated money in the red envelopes to help the Hub.

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The students sorted various materials and helped to create our new Unit Board display.

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This week the students will be focusing on their goals.  They will think about what they can already do and then decide what they would like to learn or how they would like to improve.  We will discuss their goals at conferences.

Important Dates:

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

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

March 8th – 12th: Conferences- more information to come

Reminders:

Please understand that the current school policy is that parents are not allowed to come inside the classroom or stay/linger on campus.  Supervision begins at 7:30 and parents must immedietly leave the campus thereafter.  Standing by the cubbies or on the stairs watching the playground is not allowed.  At pickup, please take your child off campus immedietly.  The playgrounds are only open to students with extracurricular activites and will be supervised by KIS Staff.  Parents with children in extracurriculars do not need to come to campus until 4:00 pick up time.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

*Please keep a couple of extra masks in your child’s backpack every day, as they often break or get wet/dirty during the school day and sometimes need to be changed.

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Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

Dear Parents,

Red envelopes will be sent home today.  Red envelopes are a traditional way of sharing good luck at the time of Chinese New Year. We are asking students to add a small donation (suggested 20 baht) to the envelope and return to school. Then the students will hang their red envelope on the Chinese New Year tree in the atrium. All donations will be given to
support a local charity, ‘The Hub’, who always need our care and support.

Thank  you for your donation.

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Week of February 8th – 12th

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week back at school last week. We got back into our classroom routines, and revisited our year-long unit of inquiry, “Relationships,” focusing on the line of inquiry “Keeping our community safe and healthy.” We discussed the importance of keeping our masks on, washing our hands frequently, and keeping things out of our mouths that don’t belong there. We also connected the year-long unit with our nature inquiry, in adapting our outdoor play times to the current air quality situation. We are keeping a close eye on the numbers, and taking the children outside when it is safe to do so.

Last week we also continued with our “Exploring Materials” unit, reading some books about designing and making, and discussing our upcoming metal construction projects. We will begin planning and building this week, so there is still time to send in some metal materials if you have not done so yet!

Important Dates:

Friday February 12th: Chinese New Year celebration at KIS – students are invited to wear traditional Chinese dress or red clothing

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

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

Reminders:

*Please keep a couple of extra masks in your child’s backpack every day, as they often break or get wet/dirty during the school day and sometimes need to be changed

*Please return the home learning packages to school if you have not already done so, in particular the blue notebooks and the Oxford Reading Tree books

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Week of February 1st – 5th

Dear Parents,

We are so happy to be back in person!  If you haven’t already, please send in your child’s pencil case, journal, and borrowed materials from remote learning.

We would like to begin collaborative building with metal.  This week, please collect and send in metal objects. These might include cans, tins, aluminium foil, spoons, baking sheets, pots, pans, or anything else you find around the house! If there are items that you are willing to contribute but would like returned to you, please label them with your child’s name and we will get them back to you when the project is finished.

Please be reminded that school starts at 7:50.  We are not playing on the playground in the morning before school starts as of now, so please drop off your child as close to 7:50 as possible.  If your child arrives before 7:50 he or she will of course be supervised.

Thank you again for all your dedication during remote learning. We understand how much you as parents have to be involved in your child’s learning and we appreciate all your support!

 

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Week of January 25th – 29th

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support in another week of remote learning.  Please see our weekly plan for resources needed in the upcoming week.  Have a wonderful weekend!

 Weekly Planner – Exploring Materials

 Playdough recipes for Monday:

https://www.iheartnaptime.net/play-dough-recipe/

https://funlearningforkids.com/easy-play-dough-recipe-without-cream-tartar/

https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/

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Week of January 18 – 22

Dear Parents,

Please find the weekly planner for next week, January 18th – 22nd, below. This is also shared on SeeSaw, where you will find the version with our Zoom links attached.

Weekly Planner 2 – Exploring Materials

Resources for Exploring Materials

Next week the children will begin to work on construction projects using recycled materials, so we are requesting that you keep useful items that you might have otherwise thrown away. These can include things like boxes, packages, kitchen and toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, tin foil, cans, plastic containers, etc. We are starting with cardboard constructions, but will work with other materials in the coming weeks (such as plastic or metal) so please save it all!

Dress Code for Remote Learning

PYP classes have decided to ask that students wear their school uniforms during remote learning, and therefore we are asking EY children to do so as well. Starting on Monday, please have your child get dressed in uniform as they would for a normal day of school on campus.

Social Time on Zoom

While we are all having some great opportunities for learning and inquiry at home, the children might be missing their social time with friends! Therefore, we will be offering a space for online socialising on Zoom, following our Stories & Songs periods (which are scheduled for Monday to Thursday afternoons.) Stories & Songs will begin at 1:30, hosted by a teacher for 20-30 minutes, and then children will be allowed to talk and play together until 2:10. Teachers will not be offering an activity during this time, as it is intended to allow for unstructured socialising, however we will stay online to listen in and monitor. This is an optional engagement, and therefore students are also free to log off when Stories & Songs are finished.

 

Thank you for all your support with remote learning this week, and have a great weekend!

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