Week #13: Nov. 11th – 15th

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher-Conferences-01Due to the EY3 class closure last Monday-Wednesday, we will continue conducting our Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.
You may view the schedule at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19VGwjEgSfa30UrtS-TrSpWEKAhC-LlBQp8Gpx5rTiSI/edit?usp=sharing

We look forward to meeting with you all.

Home Learning Activities
Thank you students for taking action to participate in the Home Learning activities last week during our class closure. It was a treat for us to see you in your home environments and sharing your learning with us.

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EY3 Garden
Students helped Ms. Nok re-plant our cabbage seedlings into larger pots last week.

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We had also discovered many small caterpillars in our choy sum garden bed where they were having a feast.

We now have a few of these caterpillars in containers where we can observe how they are changing. We have see something that look like small eggs as well as structures resembling a spider web. We think that they may be changing into cocoons.

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Outdoor Play
Last week, some students got together to design and create an obstacle course outside on the basketball court.

Students had fun exploring the course, challenging themselves, and timing one another.

The previous week, EY3 students also created an obstacle course in the construction play area. The video below shows a demonstration.

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The Learner Profile Song
Last Friday afternoon, Ms. Nicholas and his G5 class came to EY3 to teach us a song about the Learner Profile. There are 10 attributes in the learner profile, and this song is a great way to help us remember them all.

First, the G5 students taught us the lyrics and actions as a whole group. Then the EY3 students split up into small groups and practiced with one of the G5 students.

A big thank you to Mr. Nicholas and his students for taking time to share this with us.

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Literacy
This week, EY3 students will be learning about their teachers’ family histories and using their listening, thinking, and fine motor skills to document what they have learned.

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Numeracy
Number
This week, students are working on documenting ways of making the number 10 using Numicon resources.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders on Monday. The stamped return date is last Friday (Nov. 08) as these are the books students were meant to take home last week.

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Important Dates
calendar reminder
NO SCHOOL –  Thurs. 5th December
Holiday Concert –  Fri. 13th December
Winter Break –  Dec. 14th – Jan. 5th, 2019

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Loy Krathong Celebration at KIS

We will be celebrating Loy Krathong on Monday 11th November.

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Please see the attached letter for details from the Thai department.

PYP-Thai Loy Krathong Letter จดหมายวันลอยกระทง 19-20

For more information about this celebration, click on the following links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong
http://www.bangkok.com/whats-on-events/loy-krathong.htm

 

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Week #12: Nov. 4th – 8th

Weekly Blog Posts
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EY3 Closure

EY3 closure updatePlease click on the link to read the letter regarding the EY3 closure this week.
EY3 closure update

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Divali
Last Wednesday we celebrated Divali/Diwali at KIS. We attended an assembly in the morning in which Janvi and Pranvat were risk takers and performed on stage, along with Ms. Helen who took part in some traditional Indian dancing.

In class, some students made paper deyas. Students also had the opportunity to get henna/mendhi decorations on their hands courtesy of parent volunteers (including Janvi’s mother).

Halloween
Last week, students decorated our classroom and had the opportunity to dress up for Halloween and take part in the parade.

Congratulations to Xan Xan, Xi Xi, and Ava who were voted best costumes for our grade level.

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Ms. Nicole also came to read us the story Los Gatos Black on Halloween (illustrated by our read-aloud author Yuyi Morales).

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We also met some of our new Grade 10 Reading Buddies last Friday, who then joined us for our visit to Grade 5 who was hosting Halloween Games.

Thank you to the parents who helped out with the Bake Sale last Friday as well. Your support is very much appreciated.

EY3 Garden
Our class garden is coming along beautifully. Students spent time tending to the plants as well as sowing sunflower seeds, onion seeds, and morning glory. Our corn kernels that were planted just before the October break have sprouted and are also growing well.

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Literacy
Teach Your Monster to Read
Students are beginning reading/phonics activities using the Teach Your Monster to Read app. Some of of the students are already familiar with the program from EY2. For those of you that are new to it, here is a short video that highlights the features.

EY3 students’ login and password information will be shared with parents this week via email.

Writing
Students used their thinking and fine motor skills while writing about what they did during October break. Students are beginning to explore using past tense verbs in their speech as well as their writing.

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Numeracy
Number
Students have begun exploring different ways to make the number 10 using Numicon pieces.

Going forward, we will be working on different ways to document these combinations.

Measurement
We are continuing to explore time through making connections to the calendar. Students are having discussions about what kind of information we get from calendars, and learning to differentiate between days, dates, months, and years.

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Loose Parts Play
Thank you parents for sending in materials for our loose parts play. Students have been busy using them to create different types of families, making instruments, and building structures.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students will resume bringing home their library folders next week.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderPT Conferences – to be rescheduled due to EY3 closure
Parent Forum – Monday 11th November
NO SCHOOL –  Thurs. 5th December
Holiday Concert –  Fri. 13th December
Winter Break –  Dec. 14th – Jan. 5th, 2019

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Week #11: Oct. 28th – Nov. 1st

KIDZANIA Field Trip
Thank you to Mr. Joshua and Mr. Tarun for being the parent volunteers on our field trip to KidZania a couple of weeks ago. Students had fun dressing up in different outfits, role-playing, and exploring a variety of jobs. The students’ courteous behaviour throughout the day was a testament to their commitment to citizenship and community.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

FB85C879-E771-4DDB-A4CE-83B2E801C2F5Sign-up sheets are now posted outside the EY3 classroom. Please check the top of the page to find your child’s class, then choose a time that best suits you. If the available times are difficult for you to come, please send us an email or speak with us in person to arrange an alternative time and/or date for your conference.

 

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Unit #2 – Where We Are in Place and Time: Family Histories

Central Idea: Family history can connect people to the past, present, and the future.

For our next Unit of Inquiry, we will be exploring family histories as well as talking about the past, the present, and the future. We are asking that students bring in a photo of someone (or more than one person) in your family who is not at KIS. Students should be able to explain briefly who is in the photo and how they are related.

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DivaliThis Wednesday 30th October, we will be celebrating Divali. Students are welcome to wear Indian dress if they wish to do so. They may also bring a change of clothes if they don’t wish to wear it for the whole day.

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HalloweenOn Friday 1st November we will be celebrating Halloween. Students are welcome to dress-up in a costume if they wish to do so (and also bring a change of clothes if they don’t wish to wear it for the whole day).

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Loose Parts Play
We are in need of loose parts (https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/loose-parts-play-kids.html and would love your help. If you happen to have any of the following items at home, please can your child bring them to school:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Boxes (all sizes)
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Paper rolls
  • Wrapping paper
  • Painters tape
  • Egg carton
  • Ribbon wheel
  • Cereal boxes
  • Reels
  • Empty spice containers
  • Curtain rings
  • Game pieces
  • Sticks
  • Rocks
  • Dried flowers
  • Seeds
  • Pine Cones
  • Wood chips
  • Shells
  • Acorns
  • Feathers
  • Nutmeg
  • Anise stars

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders today.

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Please return all folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

 

 

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Week #10: Oct. 14th – 18th

Seesaw
seesaw-script-iconThank you, parents, for visiting Seesaw on a regular basis. We appreciate all of the positive, constructive feedback you have been providing. When you have a chance, please visit Seesaw with your child so that they can view it from your prospective and you can share the feedback on their posts with them.

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Book Fair
KIS will be hosting a PYP Book Fair this week from Wed. 16th Oct. until Fri. 18th Oct. Please click on the link below for details.

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PYP Book Fair (Oct. 16-18)
PYP Book Fair (Oct. 16-18)

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Items for Charity
We will be having a “Red Bin” collection over the holidays. When you come through the PYP gates, you can find the red bins off to the right near to the staircase.

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If you have anything to donate, please drop it off this week. Your contributions will be very much appreciated.

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Field Trip this Thursday – KIDZANIA
Please ensure that your child is wearing his/her HOUSE SHIRT this Thursday for our field trip to KidZania.
We will be dividing the students into small groups for the trip. If your child will not be coming on the trip for whatever reason, please send us an email to let us know ahead of time. Thank you.

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Please see below for details regarding our trip.

EY3 Kidzania Letter to Parents

EY3 Kidzania Letter to Parents

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Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher-Conferences-01These will take place the week of November 4th-8th.
We will be getting schedule information soon and will let you know the details when we receive them.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders today.

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Please return all folders on Friday morning. We will resume our library visits after the October break.
Thank you.

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Reading at Home

Dear Parents,

Today your child brought home their library folders containing 2 self-selected books from the PYP library along with 1 ORT (Oxford Reading Tree) book.

This letter explains how you could use the ORT book to help your child learn to read, or if your child is already reading, practice telling the story using only the pictures.
Here’s what to do:
Choose a quiet time to share the story.
Look at the cover. Talk about what the story might be about.
Look at the pictures in the storybook. Talk about them and tell the story together.
If the storybook has sentences on the page, cover them up while you do a ‘picture walk’ through the book before reading the story with your child (example photos below).
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Remember! Reading should be fun and you don’t have to follow every step every time.
At this stage…
Your child will use the pictures as a clue. Don’t cover them up.
Your child may guess the sentences. Don’t try to stop this.
Your child may learn the sentences off-by-heart. Don’t worry if this happens.
The stories are fun to read with humorous drawings that adults usually like as much as
children. I hope you will enjoy reading them with your child, and helping him/her to become a confident reader.
Yours sincerely,
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Week #8: Sept. 30th – Oct. 4th

Grade 4 Assembly
Congratulations to Pranvat, Oscar, and Ava.
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Last Friday they were the EY3 recipients of the QLB (Quality Learning Behaviours) certificates. Thank you for being positive role models for your fellow classmates.

We also shared a video from our House Spirit Day which took place a couple of weeks ago.

Literacy
Reading Buddies: Last Friday our G10 reading buddies visited us once again and we got to spend some time sharing our library books with them. We also got to spend a little time with them outside on the playground.


We are working on building relationships with them and getting to know them better. Many of them wore their house shirts that day, so we were able to connect with them that way. We enjoy spending time with them.

Letter Formation – Students explored patterns in letter formation through practicing the Frog Jump Capitals (F E D P B R N M) in different ways.

They used the WetDryTry app as well as sensory materials to recreate the letters.

Later this week, students will be writing these letters in their Printing Practice Booklets.

Global Read-Aloud:  This week marks the start of our Global Read Aloud (GRA).
This year’s author is Yuyi Morales from Mexico, and the first story of hers that we are reading this week is called Dreamers.

51FnWscsPwL._SX414_BO1,204,203,200_The book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. (Amazon.uk)

We will be reading a few additional books by this author. If you want to know more about her, please click on the following link:

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EY3 Garden
Last Wednesday morning EY3 students had the opportunity to explore various roles in our garden.

Many of the students enjoyed this and worked hard to help one another and Ms. Nok in getting our garden up and running.

The following day we had a mini-reflection for our morning sign-in:

Thank you, students, for your enthusiasm.

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Unit of Inquiry
One of the ATLs (Approaches To Learning) we’re working on is communication skills. One way you can support this is to practice at home by speaking to your child about what’s going on in school during the day.

seesaw-script-iconIf you sign in to the Seesaw app, the photos and videos there can be used as a provocation to help generate questions about what the students are doing.
Here are a few examples:

“Who are your friends at school?”
“What are you doing in this photo?”
“Did you enjoy this activity? Why (or why not)?”

If you are having any issues accessing Seesaw, please send us an email to let us know and we can help you out.

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Data Management
Last week we began learning about tally marks and how they can be used for collecting information/data. Here is a video we looked at that explained how we use them.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders today.

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Please return all folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderRemembrance Assembly (House Shirt Day) – Fri. 11th Oct. 2019
NO SCHOOL –  Mon. 14th Oct. (In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol)
EY3 Field Trip: KIDZANIA –  Thurs. 17th Oct., 2019
October Break –  Monday Oct. 21st – 25th, 2019
Halloween Celebration – Fri. 1st Nov.
Parent Teacher Conferences –  Nov. 4th – 8th

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Influenza Letter for Parents
Please see the attachment for important information regarding the flu.
All parents InfluenzaA letter
*Please note that we have 1 confirmed case of Influenza A in EY3. Thank you, parents, for keeping us informed.

KIS Outdoor Air Quality Policy
https://klearning.ict.kis.ac.th/kportal/AR/Policy.html

KIS Heat Management Policy and Guidelines
https://klearning.ict.kis.ac.th/kportal/AR/HMPolicy.html

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Week #7: Sept. 23rd – 27th

House Shirt Day this Friday
Please have the students wear their house shirts This Friday 27th September.
We will be attending the Grade 4 assembly in the auditorium.

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EY3 Garden
Last week, EY3 students helped Ms. Nok prepare our Mushroom House in the EY3 garden. Yesterday we had a mushroom mini-harvest. At dismissal time, parents and other caregivers gave donations in exchange for mushrooms to help support our garden.

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Unit of Inquiry
During this unit, Who We Are, the students spend time exploring the key concepts causation, perspective and responsibility.  Here are a few interesting articles that are connecting to the key concepts and what you can do at home to strengthen your child’s understanding of them:

Perspective: “The understanding that knowledge is moderated by different points of view which lead to different interpretations, understandings and findings; perspectives may be individual, group, cultural or subject-specific.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/the_importance_of_perspective_taking_for_young_children

Causation: “The understanding that things do not just happen; there are causal relationships at work, and that actions have consequences.”

https://www.verywellfamily.com/teaching-kids-about-cause-and-effect-2086659

Responsibility: “The understanding that people make choices based on their understandings, beliefs and values, and the actions they take as a result do make a difference.”

https://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/character/responsibility

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Literacy
Students have been exploring letter-sound relationships and how to blend sounds together. Through read-alouds, students have been strengthening their skills by identifying connections, making predictions and learning about different points of view.

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Data Management
EY3 students have been inquiring into relationships and getting to know one another. During a class discussions, one of our students mentioned that learning about what we have in common with others helps our relationships grow.

Students have been creating different diagrams and are learning how to ask questions as a way of gathering information about one another. Some of the questions students have been asking are:

How old are you?
What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Do you have brothers or sisters?

We are currently working together to organize information about who has siblings in a Venn diagram. Students also asked Ms. Nok, Ms. Ploy, Ms. Helen, Ms. Magda, Ms. Pensri, Ms. Mint, and Ms. Rachel questions to find out where they belong on the diagram.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders last week.

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Library folders are due on Friday morning (Sept 27th).
Thank you.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderHouse Shirt Day – Fri. 27th Sept. 2019
NO SCHOOL –  Mon. 14th Oct. (In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol)
EY3 Field Trip: KIDZANIA –  Thurs. 17th Oct., 2019
October Break –  Monday Oct. 21st – 25th, 2019
Parent Teacher Conferences –  Nov. 4th-8th

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Week #6: Sept. 16th – 20th

No classes this Thursday and Friday
We have a short, busy week this week. Thursday will be a PD (Professional Development) Day for teachers, and Friday is our September break holiday.

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Dot Day Today
The Dot is a book by Peter H. Reynolds.

51D4P7193SL._SX471_BO1,204,203,200_In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity from Peter H. Reynolds, Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way… With wit, charm and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds encourages even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us.


Thank you, parents, for supporting Dot Day today. The students participated in a variety of dot craft activities activities in class as well as a group activity with Mr. Matt. Students used coloured bottle caps and worked together to help create a couple of floor mosaics in the Atrium.

At the end of the day, PYP students and teachers met in the Atrium for an acoustic sing-along of The Dot Song.

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House Spirit Day
Thank you, parents, for coming out to support our students last Friday as they participated in relay races in house teams.

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Literacy
Reading Buddies

Last Friday our Grade 10 Reading Buddies came to visit us once again. We look forward to their second visit.

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Numeracy Connections at Home
Here are some ideas you can do at home to help strengthen your child’s number skills:

  • Ask your child one more/one less from a given number- most students will not go past 20 at this time. If you feel that your child can go past 20, go for it!
  • Ask your child to count out items in your home-spoons, forks, cups etc. Next, you can ask them which item you have more than/few than.
  • Give problems for your child to solve when cooking, shopping, making models etc. For example, you can say, “There are 6 eggs in the box. Our recipe will use 4. How many eggs will be left?  “If there was one more/one less eggs in the box, how many would there be?”
  • Sorting/ organizing items into two groups. Next, ask your child to explain why he/she sorted it the way he/she did.
  • Play War or Snap with your child (2 person card game)

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders today.

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Library folders are due next week Friday morning (Sept 27th) as there are no classes this Friday.
Thank you.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderPD Day – Thurs. 19th Sept. (school closed for students)
NO SCHOOL –  Fri. 20th Sept.
NO SCHOOL –  Mon. 14th Oct. (In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol)
EY3 Field Trip: KIDZANIA –  Thurs. 17th Oct., 2019
October Break –  Monday October 21st – 25th, 2019

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Week #5: Sept. 9th – 13th

Weekly Blog Posts

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House Spirit Day this Friday
This Friday 13th September, EY3 and Grade 1 students will join together for some sporty house activities from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Please have the students wear their house shirts on Friday.

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EY3 Field Trip – Thursday 17th October, 2019 to KidZania!
Next month we will be heading to KidZania for our first field trip this year. It is a great place for students to experience different community roles as well as explore their passions.
Thank you to Nate’s dad and Janvi’s dad for volunteering to accompany us on this trip.

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Unit of Inquiry #1 – Who We Are
Thank you very much for your support in helping your children choose artifacts that represent their hobbies/passions. Every student now has one or more artifacts here in class and we are in the process of giving them opportunities to tell us about them through presentations and/or interviews with their peers and teachers.


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Literacy
Reading Buddies

This Friday we will meet with our Grade 10 Reading Buddies once again. We look forward to their second visit.

Writing (Handwriting)
Students have begun looking at letter formation and stroke order. We have begun with the ‘Frog Jump Capitals’: F E D P B R N M. When we write these letters, we start at the top, make a straight line down, then jump back up to the top where we started to complete the letter. See video below (no audio).

Kids A-Z
By now you would have all received information for your child’s Kids A-Z login and password information. Kids A-Z

If you are having any problems with this process or you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email to let us know.

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Numeracy: Data Management in EY3
Students have been collecting and organizing data in their Daily Data Booklets and are beginning to make connections to patterns (line leader and lucky last), number (daily attendance, days in school), measurement (time/calendar/days of the week).

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We have also been looking at different ways of organizing data. We took a survey asking the question, “When is your birthday?” and created a pictograph of the results. Students are learning what elements are necessary to make organized data easy to understand and interpret.

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Library/Reading Resources
Students brought home their library folders yesterday.

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Please remember to return them on Friday morning. Thank you.

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Labelling
Please label all of your child’s belongings. Tuesdays are especially challenging with swimming and after-school activities. There are still many water bottles and items of clothing that don’t have names written on them. It really makes a big difference and would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Spare Clothes
We received a donation of KIS swim clothes and uniforms that one of our students has outgrown. Thank you very much to Ren’s mom for this. They have already come in handy.

Important Dates
calendar reminderHouse Spirit Day – Fri. 13th Sept.
PD Day – Thurs. 19th Sept. (school closed for students)
NO SCHOOL –  Fri. 20th Sept.
NO SCHOOL –  Mon. 14th Oct. (In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol)
EY3 Field Trip: KIDZANIA –  Thurs. 17th Oct., 2019
October Break –  Monday October 21st – 25th, 2019

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