Farewell, EY3!

To the Early Years 3 Class of 2021…

EY3 Class of 2021!KG Graduation

Congratulations on your completion of EY3!

It has been a pleasure having you with us this past year and we look forward to seeing your continued progress. For those that are leaving KIS, (Jiro, Otto, Paula, and Timmy) we hope you enjoyed your time with us and wish you well at your new school. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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A message from Ms. Lindsay:
As we start our summer holiday, I’d like to share a few resources available to you.

Summer-Camp-Adventure-2021-1If you follow this link you will arrive at our Summer Holidays Activities page. Here you will find the links to:

Summer Story Time with Ms. Lisa (Mondays at 10am on ZOOM, featuring special guest teachers each week)
– Library Fun with Ms. Lindsay
– Super Summer Sports with Mr. Ben
– Music, ICT, Art and more

Please take your time and explore! There are plenty of resources and activities to support our learning throughout this summer holiday. Don’t forget, you can also visit my webpage here and check out the parent resources section as well.

I hope you have a happy summer holiday!
-Ms. Lindsay

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We encourage you to do a little bit of reading every day, wherever you may be.
EPIC Books and KidsA-Z will continue to be accessible throughout the summer to all returning students using their login information from this year.

Monday Story Time

Thank you so much, EY3 parents, for all of your support this past year.
We wish you all a wonderful summer and all the best in grade one.

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The EY3 Team
Ms. Magda, Ms. Lek, Ms. Pensri, Ms. Nok, Ms. Rachel

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Week #39: June 7th – 11th

Hello EY3 Students and Parents,
Thank you all for another successful week of remote learning. Students continued to practice and share their knowledge of numeracy skills as well as engage in phonics activities.

Our main tasks this past week were for students to share their story plans and upload their final story videos. Thank you so much for those who have already submitted them. It’s wonderful to see your creativity at work as well as witness you all utilizing your communication skills and expressing yourselves with confidence. Well done, EY3. We are all proud of you. Students ended the week with Love Your Library Day today.

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A big thank you to Ms. Lindsay and all of the other individuals who made this special day possible.

For our final week next week, we will be taking time to reflect on your learning this past year as well as scheduling some final FunZOOM time with you.

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Next Friday (half day) will be our final day of school. We will start with our morning meetings as usual, then students and parents will have the opportunity to explore the KIS PYP Sharing Page where you can take a virtual gallery walk through all of the PYP classes to see all the wonderful learning that has taken place this past year. We will then meet one last time for our farewell ZOOM at 11:30 AM.

Home Learning Resources
All returning students are asked to keep all home learning package resources until we return to campus in August. Only students who are leaving KIS are asked to return the resources that were sent home. This can be done at the KIS main entrance (where you picked up the packages).

Online resources such as Seesaw, Kids A-Z, and EPIC Books will remain accessible throughout the summer for you, and we will be sharing some summer learning ideas with you next week.

Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions/concerns.
magda.wo@kis.ac.th   rachel.dr@kis.ac.th

 

 

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Week #38: May 31st – June 4th

Hello EY3 Students and Parents,
flight checkThis past week, EY3 students met with their homeroom teachers for one-on-one sessions, completed Kids A-Z reading assessments, and caught up on previous Seesaw activities. They also began their story plans, using text and illustrations to show details about their story’s characters, setting, and beginning, middle, and end.

We ended the week with our Friday FunZOOMs as well as Passion Day activities hosted by the Grade 4 students.

Next week, students will be working on building their stories, adding details, and sharing their final drafts with the class at the end of the week.

Next Friday 4th June will be Love Your Library Day. Please see below for a message from Ms. Lindsay.

Dear PYP Community (Ms. Lindsay)Next Friday’s links will be added to our EY3 Remote Learning Weekly Schedule.

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Talents & Passions
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Please submit all video entries by next Friday 4th June.

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Congratulations to Mohana and Aimmy,
last week’s EY3 Hero Book Day costume winners!
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Important Dates
Screen Shot 2021-05-28 at 17.09.01HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday – Wed. 3rd June (NO SCHOOL)
Love Your Library Day –
Fri. 4th June
End-of-Year Learning Journey Gallery Fri. 11th June
Last Day of Remote Learning
Fri. 11th June (HALF DAY)

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Week #37: May 24th – 28th

Hello EY3 Students and Parents,
Thank you all for another successful week of remote learning. This past week has been a busy one. Students continued demonstrating their understanding of the use of symbols in math (>, <, =) through comparing numbers, showed their knowledge of problem solving and writing number sentences, explored fractions (halves and quarters), and shared their new knowledge of telling time to the quarter-hour.

Students used their communication and fine motor skills to write a series of 3-5 letter spelling words using their knowledge of letter sounds. They also learned about the form and function of sentences and used their thinking skills to distinguish correct from incorrect ones. They used this new knowledge to construct sentences using cutout words and wrote these sentences in their Blue Books.

Students also explored author’s purpose and learned the new vocabulary words: Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. They also shared their new knowledge of the origin of paper, which connects well with our current unit on Storytelling.

Then we ended the week with Book Day: Heroes.

We first met as a whole grade on ZOOM and got to see everyone’s outfits: real life heroes as well as superheroes. It was wonderful to see their happy faces and their enthusiasm. Later, students got to share their personal heroes in a writing/drawing activity.

Next week, students will begin sharing stories with their classmates. We will revisit story elements and students will get to decide what kind of story they wish to tell and how they want to tell it. We will be revisiting some literacy and numeracy skills with the students as well as doing reading assessments. Details will be sent to you soon.

Week Ahead May 24-28

We will be putting together a schedule to meet with students one-on-one next week. Details will be posted in our weekly schedule Google Doc.

Thank you, parents, for all of your continued support in your child’s learning.

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EPIC-books-for-kids (image)EY3 students have all been signed up for a class account on EPIC! This is available for free from Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Class codes and individual PIN numbers have been sent to families via Seesaw/email. Please let us know if you need any help accessing the books.

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Next Friday (May 28th) will be…

Share Your Passions Day!

Details coming soon.

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Week #36: May 17th – 21st

Hello EY3 Students and Parents,
This past week seems to have come and gone so quickly. Students explored phonics, counting and adding on number lines, the form and function of symbols and using them to compare numbers, cave art, drawing long and short hands on clocks, and the characteristics of different types of stories.

Then we ended the week with some FunZOOMs and Pajama Day.

Thanks to all of you who participated.

Next week we will be continuing to show our understanding of number comparisons, practicing reading and spelling skills, constructing our understanding of sentences, exploring time to the quarter hour, and learning more about author’s purpose when it comes to stories.

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Thank you, parents, for collecting your child’s new home learning materials so promptly. We know that this is a particularly busy time for families and we appreciate all of your continued support in your child’s learning journey.

Parent forum with Ms. Alex Schurr
Please click the following link below to see the slideshow Ms Alex shared today at her parent forum: Parent Forum – Parent and Student-Well-Being

Choice Board #2

We hope you and your child had a great time exploring the Choice Board last week. Here is board #2, Enjoy!

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Next Friday (May 21st) will be…

Hero Book Day!

We are celebrating books online this year. Our theme is to recognize not only superheroes in books and comics, but those around us. Heroes could be mums and dads, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police, Moana, Elsa, Ana, Superman, Batman, IronMan, etc.

Students will not attend regular online classes that day, but instead live the life of a superhero through creative writing, books, music, art and movement. Your child will attend the ZOOM session based on their grade level.

Prizes will be awarded for the most creative hero costume for
– one student per class and
– two family group awards
for the most creative family photo of heroes. Photos can be uploaded into Padlet on the Book Day Website. Don’t forget to include the book in the photograph and your child’s name and class.

The day will provide three opportunities to celebrate books and heroes.

  1. Students will begin the day online completing a creative writing task about Heroes and Superheroes. The task will be uploaded onto Seesaw next Friday for students to complete.

  2. Next, students will be able to join ZOOM sessions based on their Grade level.
    (Links will be sent via email as well as included on our weekly schedule Google Doc.)

  3. Listen to pre-recorded storytime with KIS teachers and staff.

The schedule will look like this (no links are included in this image).
HeroBookDaySchedule

For art, we will be taking inspiration from the unusual trend of artists recreating artwork in food on a slice of bread!

Please have ready for the day the photo of your chosen hero, a slice of bread, and all the food ingredients you need to recreate your heroes on the bread, including child-friendly knives for slicing.

We hope the day will provide opportunities for your child to celebrate books with both creative ideas and acknowledge those important roles in our community.

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Week #35: May 10th – 14th

Hello Parents,
Thank you all for supporting your children these past few weeks during remote learning. Many of the EY3 students’ are beginning to show an an improvement in their communication and self-management skills during our ZOOM meetings.

Please review with your child the following information on ZOOM Etiquette and what the expectations are in terms of appropriate dress and behaviour during our online meetings. Your continued support is appreciated.

ZOOM Ettiquette
In addition to the guidelines shown in the image below (click to enlarge), here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
ZOOM Student Guidelines (custom EY3)– Students should be dressed in their KIS uniform and seated either on a chair at a table/desk, or on the floor (preferably with their back to a wall if possible).

– Whatever device the student is using, it should be positioned in such a way that their hands are free. If necessary, prop up tablets or mobile phones at eye level so that the student’s face is clearly visible.

– Please keep backgrounds simple for instructional ZOOM lessons. Green-screen type VR backgrounds are more suitable for social ZOOMs (for example House Meet-Up ZOOMs and upcoming Spirit Activity Day ZOOMs).

– Students should be aware of how to Mute & Unmute their microphones (and know when it is appropriate to do so) as well as Leave a meeting when it’s over. Your child may need your support on how to to do these until they can do it independently. Cameras should remain ON for the duration of the ZOOM meeting as well.

– If possible, please include your child’s name as the ZOOM display name so we can easily recognize who is in attendance at all times, even if they have to step away from the camera for whatever reason.

– Although it is necessary for EY3 students to have an adult with them in the room during their ZOOM times, it is important that parents/guardians allow students to participate in the activities/discussions independently (without prompts and interruptions from adults). It is perfectly fine for students to make mistakes. Recognizing errors and practicing self-correction is an important part of their learning.

– Please ensure that students eat either before their ZOOM meeting, or wait until it is over.

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Last Week in EY3
Although this past week was a short one, the students got to explore phonics, addition and subtraction fact families (and fact family triangles), story elements, and sequencing.

Next week we will be looking at symbolism, continuing to explore number sense (greater than, less than, equal to), sorting stories by genre and continuing to explore author’s purpose.

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As a result of this, we will be preparing additional Home Learning Packs this week, which will be available for pick up on Wednesday 12th May.

Ms Alex, our PYP counselor will be hosting a parent pandemic support meeting next Friday, May 14th  from 9:00-10:00am. She will address topics such as finding balance while learning from home, dealing with cabin fever and how to talk to your children about the pandemic. If you have any specific questions, please email them to Ms Alex alex.sh@kis.ac.th so she can include them in her presentation. The link for her meeting will be added to our weekly schedule.

Ms. Lindsay is happy for students to continue taking advantage of the library book borrowing programme, feel free to participate should you wish to borrow additional reading materials for your child whilst at home. Please feel free to explore the PYP Library blog and Ms Lindsay’s page for many more available resources.

As of now, we do not yet have a specific return date to the school campus this term. We are awaiting further information from the Thai government as well as the Ministry of Education regarding this. We will keep you posted of any new developments. With that in mind, we have created a Choice Board for your child. We understand that it might be difficult for you and your child to find things to do, so we created a board that 6 choices that your child can do only if they want to. These activities are connected to literacy, math, science, and art. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the board. We also talk about it more at the Coffee Meeting on Tuesday.

Week #32 Choice Board (Apr 27 - May 1)

Kind regards,
The EY3 Team

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Week #34: May 3rd – 7th

We have now completed our 2nd full week of remote learning this term and are looking forward to a well-deserved long weekend ahead. Thank you, EY3 students, for your continued enthusiasm and commitment towards your learning.

This past week’s activities included number sense, parts of a clock and telling time to the hour and half hour, probability, phonics practice, sequencing and retelling stories, and an introduction to exploring author’s purpose in relation to fables.

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Next week we will be continuing to delve into different ways stories are told as well as the kinds of words that help move stories forward. We will also be looking at fact families and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Thank you, EY3 parents, for continuing to support your children throughout this remote learning period. We know that it isn’t easy and we are grateful to have such a wonderful group of students and parents with us during this journey. We are here to support you as well. So please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

As of now, our tentative return date to the school campus is Monday the 10th of May. We will keep you updated on any further developments regarding this.

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In recognition of Labor Day (Sat. 1st May) and Coronation Day (Tue. 4th May),
there will be no school next Monday and Tuesday.

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Remote learning will resume on Wednesday 5th May.

We wish you all a safe and restful long weekend.

Kind regards,
The EY3 Team

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Labor Day and Coronation Day

In recognition of Labor Day (Sat. 1st May) and Coronation Day (Tue. 4th May),
there will be no school next Monday and Tuesday.

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Remote learning will resume on Wednesday 5th May.

We wish you all a safe and restful long weekend.

Regards,
The EY3 Team

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Week #33: Apr. 26th – 30th

Congratulations for completing the first week of remote learning this term. We are very proud of all the learning the EY3 students did this week. It was wonderful to see everyone and hear about the holidays, play games, listen to their musical talents, and see all the amazing learning on Seesaw.

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EY3 students shared their learning spaces, and with a revisit to our year-long Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are, reflected on the different roles they play at home and the ways that their choices and actions can keep their relationships strong.

Next week will look very similar to this week, with the addition of small groups consisting of a mix of students from EY3A and EY3B. The students will be placed into groups for different activities connected to literacy as well as our fourth and final Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves. Like this week, the group members’ names and meeting times will be updated and listed on our weekly Google Doc timetable.

On Monday, we invite all parents to join us for our EY3 Parents’ Meeting at 9:50 AM. Next Friday we will once again host our FunZOOMs but with different activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us or visit us on Monday during the parent meeting ZOOM.

Click on the following link to see what you will need in preparation for next week.
Week #2 _ Apr. 26-30 EY3 Week Ahead
Week #2 _ Apr. 26-30 EY3 Week Ahead

Questions about specialist classes? Please contact the specialist teacher:
Art (Ms. Daisy) – daisy.ca@kis.ac.th
Music (Mr. Chris) – chris.pa@kis.ac.th
P.E. (Mr. Vern) – vernon.hu@kis.ac.th
Thai (K. Por) – sanicha.in@kis.ac.th
Thai (K. M) – napaporn.da@edu.kis.ac.th
TAL (K. Pan) – disyapa.si@kis.ac.th

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Below are some things to keep in mind as we go into our second week of remote learning.

ZOOM Ettiquette
In addition to the guidelines shown in the image below (click to enlarge), here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
ZOOM Student Guidelines (custom EY3)– Students should be dressed in their KIS uniform and seated either on a chair at a table/desk, or on the floor (preferably with their back to a wall if possible).

– Whatever device the student is using, it should be positioned in such a way that their hands are free. If necessary, prop up tablets or mobile phones at eye level so that the student’s face is clearly visible.

– Please keep backgrounds simple for instructional ZOOM lessons. Green-screen type VR backgrounds are more suitable for social ZOOMs (for example House Meet-Up ZOOMs and upcoming Spirit Activity Day ZOOMs).

– Students should be aware of how to Mute & Unmute their microphones (and know when it is appropriate to do so) as well as Leave a meeting when it’s over. Your child may need your support on how to to do these until they can do it independently. Cameras should remain ON for the duration of the ZOOM meeting as well.

– If possible, please include your child’s name as the ZOOM display name so we can easily recognize who is in attendance at all times, even if they have to step away from the camera for whatever reason.

– Although it is necessary for EY3 students to have an adult with them in the room during their ZOOM times, it is important that parents/guardians allow students to participate in the activities/discussions independently (without prompts and interruptions from adults). It is perfectly fine for students to make mistakes. Recognizing errors and practicing self-correction is an important part of their learning.

– Please ensure that students eat either before their ZOOM meeting, or wait until it is over.

Thank you for your continued support.

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PYP Library and Other Reading Resources
Ms. Lindsay, our PYP Teacher Librarian, has put together a collection of online resources for students to access during remote learning.

There you will find such things as…

…an April Choice Board (sample image below)
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…a Virtual Makerspace (sample image below)
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…access to eBooks in programs such as Epic, Raz-Kids, Oxford Owl, and more.
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A big THANK YOU to Ms. Lindsay for organizing this for us.

For Term 3, Ms. Lindsay has also arranged for students to be able to reserve and pick books up from the secondary school car park.

(Please check your email for the links.)

  1. Complete the Google Form with details of the book you wish to borrow before 4:30 PM each Monday.

  2. Wait for a confirmation email from Ms. Lindsay on Tuesday (some items may already be reserved).

  3. Pick up your items from the table in the Secondary School parking lot on Wednesday between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM

Ms. Lindsay will be sending a letter to all parents with this information. If you have questions, please email her at lindsay.zi@kis.ac.th

We hope this helps our students keep reading while at home. Students (parents) are welcome to drop off or return books at any time throughout the week.

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Celebrating Earth Day

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In celebration of Earth Day, PYP staff and students are welcome to dress in green tomorrow, Friday 23rd April.

Green Earth, Clean Earth!

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