Happy Songkran!

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Parent Update from the HOS, April 1

Parent Update from the HOS, April 1

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Week #30: Mar. 30th – Apr. 3rd (School Closure Week 3)

Greetings, EY3 Parents
Today, Monday 30th March, 2020, marks the beginning of the 3rd week of our online learning due to school closures. It’s been quite a learning curve for us all, and I hope that you all are finding your rhythm/routines and are becoming somewhat more at ease with utilizing Seesaw and Zoom as our current teaching/learning/sharing/meeting platforms. If you have any questions about these, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

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Similar to our first week of home learning, we have provided once again a series of activities for students to include in their Blue Books. The document was emailed to parents this morning and is also available at the following links below (JPG and PDF formats).

EY3 Home Learning Book Instructions WEEK 3 (Mar30-Apr03)
EY3 Home Learning Book Instructions WEEK 3 (Mar30-Apr03)

If you do not have access to a printer, that’s not a problem at all. You can simply write the subject name and date at the top of each page (don’t worry about writing out the instructions). This will work just as well.

Below is a collection of images from last week.

We wish you all a pleasant week.
The EY3 Team

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Week #29: March 23rd – 27th (School Closure Week 2)

Message to EY3 Parents

Dear EY3 Parents,

We’d like to start by saying thank you for supporting your children, each other, and us this past week. Together, we have created a meaningful learning community for the students and have shown great resilience. We’ve made it through our first week!

Our current Unit of Inquiry, Nature Inspires, is scheduled to end next week so we would like to spend the next 5 days reflecting, finishing tasks, and collecting data for our records. Please try to allow your children to complete their tasks as independently as possible. It’s okay if they make mistakes, as this is an important part of their learning journey.

Next week, we will be focusing on connecting with one another through Seesaw and ZOOM. We would like to see the students viewing and reviewing their own work as well as their classmates’. Each student will be encouraged to leave comments for 3 or more of their classmates.

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There will be a reduction in the number of assigned activities from homeroom teachers next week. These activities will be labeled ‘MUST DO’. All other activities from us will be optional. This is to enable students to work on their projects and fulfill the need for balance between screen time and physical/ creative/ playful activities. Activities posted by specialist teachers are to be completed as usual.

Lastly, please remember to read daily with your child in any language.

Thanks again for all of your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

With appreciation,

The EY3 Team

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Week #28: March 16th – 20th (School Closure Week 1)

Greetings, EY3 Parents
Tuesday 17th March, 2020 marks the first day of our school-wide online learning due to the campus closure (March 17th-30th).

All EY students were provided with hard-copy booklets as part of home learning.

These are to provide tangible documentation of students’ daily activities. In addition, there are online activities and information available on Seesaw. Please be sure to have your child check in on a regular basis.

Home Learning LinkPlease click on the link below to access the Home Learning (Emergencies) page, or you may find the link under Pages on the right hand side of the blog page.

https://klearning.ict.kis.ac.th/kblog/ey3/home-learning-emergencies/

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,
The EY3 Team

 

 

 

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Week #27: Mar. 9th – 13th

Reminders:
House Shirt Day this Friday 13th March
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EY3 Coffee Meeting next Friday 20th March

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Last week…
Unit of Inquiry: Nature Inspires

People design and create using observations from nature.
Students explored their creativity through a variety of art activities including cactus still-life drawing as well as making pictures and patterns using natural materials/loose parts.

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Students are also constructing an understanding about what it means to use their senses to make observations. They have been using magnifying glasses to take a closer look at many different types of seeds.

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Guest Speaker
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Nate’s father (Mr. Joshua) who came to EY3 last Friday to talk to us about gemstones. He brought in a variety of samples for us to see and told us stories about how they are retrieved. He also brought in a Spanish Dollar (coin), otherwise known as a piece of eight, and told the story of how these coins were on a ship leaving Peru and the ship was spotted by pirates. The captain of the ship holding the coins, saw the pirates coming and sunk the ship on purpose.

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Who doesn’t love a good pirate story?

Food Prep
Last Friday we begun a series of food prep activities where some students learned how to make berry sorbet with just 3 ingredients: frozen berries, condensed milk (non-dairy, made from coconut milk), and lime zest. All natural ingredients.

Nature can inspire us to create delicious treats.

Numeracy (Measurement)
Students are continuing to explore water play in groups in class. They have a choice of a variety of containers (beakers, pipettes, graduated cylinders, funnels, tubes, etc.) with which to explore the properties of water, and how different containers can hold the same volume.

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Some students have been using Unifix cubes and snap cubes to measure how tall, wide, or long different objects are. Others are beginning to make connections to an analog clock and at what times of the day different things happen (morning snack, lunch time, afternoon dismissal, etc.)

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This week…
EY3 students will be continuing to participate in different food prep activities (if they wish to do so). We will also be having a garden vegetable sale on Thursday 12th March at 2:30 PM. If you are at school on Thursday afternoon, please come by to check it out.

We also have another parent guest speaker/expert coming to visit us this week.
Parents, if you have ideas about how nature inspires design and would like to be a guest speaker/expert, please send us an email to let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

We will also be meeting with our Grade 10 Reading Buddies once again this Friday.

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Coronavirus Awareness
We would like to say ‘thank you’ to Matt in EY3C who brought in some child-friendly information about the Coronavirus and shared it with his classmates.

Thank you, Matt, for helping us understand more about this virus and what we can do to stay safe and healthy.

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Library/Reading Resources
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17Please return library folders to us every Friday morning.
If for some reason your child does not return their folder on time, please return it to the EY3 classroom (not to the PYP library) at your earliest convenience. We keep a record in class of library book returns, and students are part of this process.

Thank you for your support.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderHouse Shirt Day – Fri. 13th March
EY3 Parent Coffee Meeting
–  Fri. 20th Mar. (8:10 – 9:10 AM)
Songkran Celebration
– Fri. 3rd April
Songkran Break – April 4th – 19th
(Please be aware of travel advisories when making holiday plans.)

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Mar 20, 2020

Information from KIS Adminstration
Please click below for the latest update from Mr. Paul Johnson (Head of School).

Parent COVID-19 update, March 6
Parent COVID-19 update, March 6

Parent COVID-19 update, March 11
Parent COVID-19 update, March 11

 

 

 

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Week #26: Mar. 2nd – 6th

Literacy
Guest Readers
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Ms. Stacey (Gianna’s mom) and Mr. John (Jack’s dad) for coming to EY3 to share a poem and a story with us during Book Week.

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Story Sequencing
Students have begun to explore sequencing familiar and non-familiar stories using only the story images. They are working with a partner and using their thinking and research skills to make connections between a series of story images to determine which ones they believe go together. Next they will be deciding which order in which the images go and telling the story in their own words.

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Numeracy
In addition to making connections to the calendar and days of school, students have been exploring symmetry in 2D shapes as well as learning to identify symmetry in everyday objects. EY3 students got to work collaboratively in their house teams to try to source symmetrical objects around the classroom and collect them to see how many they could find.

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Students also began exploring water play in groups in class. Water play helps children develop eye-hand coordination, math and science concepts, enhances social skills, and encourages cooperation. They learn to work with one or several children, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their friends.

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Bread Experiment
With the current heightened awareness of cleanliness and hand-washing, our bread experiment has been an incredible illustration of how germs can linger on unclean surfaces. Below are some BEFORE and AFTER photos how our slices of bread have changed over the last few weeks.

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Unit of Inquiry: Nature Inspires
People design and create using observations from nature.
Students have begun exploring features of animals and other natural objects and comparing these to items that have been made by humans.

We will continue to explore these features and begin to make connections between objects that were made by people and how, if at all, their design may have been inspired by nature.

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Swimming
EY3 students should come prepared to swim every Tuesday. If for some reason the AQI reading is too high for students to go outside, Mr. Max will take them for PE class in the gym during swim time.
Please ensure that, in addition to bringing/wearing their KIS swimsuits, students should also have the following items:
– Swim Cap
– Goggles
– Towel
– Swim shoes (flip flops, CROCs, etc.) to be kept at school

Please ensure that all belongings are labelled with your child’s name in permanent marker (or any other permanent form). It saves a lot of time when an item is misplaced for it to be returned to its rightful owner when it is clearly marked.

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This week…
EY3 students will be continuing to make connections between class artifacts and nature, the features of natural objects and their functions, and beginning to think about how nature inspires design. We are also expecting a couple of parent guest speakers/experts this week and next week.

Parents, if you have interesting ideas to share about how nature inspires design and would like to be a guest speaker/expert, please send us an email to let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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Library/Reading Resources
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17Please return library folders to us every Friday morning.
If for some reason your child does not return their folder on time, please return it to the EY3 classroom (not to the PYP library) at your earliest convenience. We keep a record in class of library book returns, and students are part of this process.
Thank you for your support.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderEY3 Parent Coffee Meeting –  Fri. 20th Mar. (8:10 – 9:10 AM)
Songkran Celebration
– Fri. 3rd April
Songkran Break – April 4th – 19th

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Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Good afternoon, Parents.
Please click on the link below for the latest update from our Head of School, Mr. Paul Johnson:

COVID letter from Paul
COVID letter from Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is also a child-friendly resource that explains some details about the Coronavirus.
We shared it with the EY3 students today.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Author and illustrator: Malaka Gharib

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Book Character Dress-Up Day

Last Friday the 21st of February marked the end of Book Week and the opportunity for PYP staff and students to dress up as a book character.
(Click on images below to enlarge them.)

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Thank you, parents, for your support and participation in this spirit day.
The students enjoyed it and it was great to see your creativity in action.

Congratulations to Kacy, Janvi, and Jacob!
They were voted ‘Best Costumes’ in EY3 by our panel of judges.

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We were also lucky to have had perfect attendance that day. Way to go, EY3!

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Week #24: Feb. 19th – 21st

Welcome, Aidan & Ally!
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We would like to extend a warm welcome to Aidan and Ally Ng, who are joining classes EY3C and EY3A respectively this week.
We are happy to have them with us.

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Book Week Flyer (1)

Reminders:
There is a BOOK FAIR in the PYP atrium this Wed-Fri.
Friday is Book Character Dress-Up Day
(Click on images below for further details.)

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Last week…
3-Way Conferences
Thank you, parents, for participating in our conferences last week. We hope it gave you all some insight into how your children are doing in EY3 so far.

VR with Mr. Eric
On Thursday, EY3 students got a virtual reality experience with Mr. Eric and some G4 tech team helpers. They explored a savannah, forest, and ocean habitat to search for and try to identify a number of animals.

Valentine’s Day cards with Ms. Lindsay
Students made Valentine’s Day cards for a person (or persons) of their choice and gifted them on Friday.
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Reading Buddies
Our G10 Reading Buddies came once again last Friday to share some story time with us.

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This week…
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We are looking forward to BOOK WEEK activities including listening to stories from guest readers in a variety of mother tongues such as Tamil, Thai, Cantonese, Polish, Hindi, Russian, and French. We’re also looking forward to Book Character Dress-Up day on Friday.

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Library/Reading Resources
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17Due to the holiday on Monday (and Tuesday), students brought home their library folders last week.

Please return library folders this Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderBook Week (3 days) –  Wed. 19th to Fri. 21st Feb.
Mother Tongue Day –  Wed. 19th Feb. (guest readers)
Book Character Dress-Up Day –  Fri. 21st Feb.
EY3 Parent Coffee Meeting
–  Fri. 20th Mar.
Songkran Celebration
– Fri. 3rd April
Songkran Break – April 4th – 19th

 

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Medicine Donation
Please click on the images below for a message from KISPA.

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Week #23: Feb. 10th – 14th

100 Days in School
Last week we celebrated 100 days in EY3.
Some students dressed up in outfits showing what 100 looks like. Others brought in collections of 100 items.

We also had a competition to see which house could write down 100 words.

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Unit of Inquiry: Animal Features (observations from nature)
Students looked in old magazines for pictures of different animals’ eyes, feet, ears, and body coverings and collected them in houses to create posters.

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Bread Experiment
We have seen a few small changes in the appearance of our bread slices.

We will continue to observe if/how they continue to change in the upcoming week.

Centers
Here is a collection of photos of students exploring our classroom centers last week.

PAWS Assembly
Last week we got to meet Ms. Kirsty and ‘Train Kitty’ from the PAWS shelter. This video shows who Train Kitty is and what an incredible cat he is.

We also got to meet Train Kitty when Ms. Kirsty brought him to EY3 before leaving KIS.

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Library/Reading Resources
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17Due to the holiday next Monday (and Tuesday), students will bring home their library folders on Fri. 14th February.

Please return all folders next Friday morning (Feb. 21st)
Thank you for your support.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderNO CLASSES –  Mon. 17th & Tue. 18th Feb.
Book Week (3 days) –  Wed. 19th to Fri. 21st Feb.
Book Character Dress-Up Day –  Fri. 21st Feb.
Mother Tongue Day –  Wed. 19th Feb. (guest readers)

 

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KISPA Meeting Feb 2020 (1) KISPA Meeting Feb 2020 (2)

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Week #22: Feb. 3rd – 7th

Welcome, Gianna!
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We would like to extend a warm welcome to Gianna Desai, who joined class EY3C on Monday. We are happy to have her with us.

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3-Way Conferences (next week)

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Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the EY3 classroom on Wednesday 5th February for general sign-ups.

The EY3 Team

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Unit of Inquiry: Artifacts
People design and create using observations from nature.
We have received quite a few artifacts for our current Unit of Inquiry.

Thank you, parents for your ongoing support regarding your child’s learning. Artifacts are an important element in making connections to key concepts and ideas connected to our transdisciplinary theme, How the World Works.

If you haven’t yet sent in an artifact for this unit, please do so as soon as possible. The artifact can be anything that connects to ‘nature’.

Students should be able to discuss what they have brought and how it is connected to nature. Thank you.

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Classroom Centers
Last week students continued exploring centers involving the 5 senses as well as practicing how to formulate questions. They also experimented with designing and creating their own inventions using parts of objects and gadgets that they disassembled in the previous couple of weeks.

Last Friday, the classroom centers were cleared away and we challenged the students to come up with ideas of activities/games/resources that we could create using only natural items that they could gather outside. We then brought back a variety of materials as seen in the slideshow below.

Students enjoyed using their thinking skills, creativity, and imagination to explore the possibilities with the items that were collected.

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This week…
EY3 students will be celebrating our 100th Day of School and exploring different ways of showing what a collection of 100 items looks like. We will also be looking at symmetry as well as constructing 2D and 3D shapes.

In light of our recent heightened awareness surrounding general hygiene and cleanliness, we will be conducting a germs experiment (using slices of bread in separate baggies) that will hopefully illustrate the importance of washing our hands properly to help us stay healthy.

We will let you know our results next week.

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Library/Reading Resources
Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 1.03.17Please return library folders to us every Friday morning.
If for some reason your child does not return their folder on time, please return it to the EY3 classroom (not to the PYP library) at your earliest convenience. We keep a record in class of library book returns, and students are part of this process.
Thank you for your support.

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Coding at Home
As many of our students have been enjoying coding, some parents have been asking about access to our EY3 class CodeSpark Academy account.

CodesparkWhat is ‘Coding’?
Coding is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to behave how you want it to. Every line of code tells the computer to do something, and a document full of lines of code is called a script.

In order to access your child’s current class account, you must first download the app (available in both the App Store as well as the Google Play Store).

In order to sign in to the classroom account, you will need a 5-character class code, which Mr. Eric (our IT teacher) can request.
Once generated, this code is valid for only 2 hours.

One final code will be generated this Thursday after 6:00 PM and will be emailed to you at that time. This will be your final chance to access the app for free.
After this, you may access it for the regular registration price as listed on the app.

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Important Dates
calendar reminderAfter School Classes –  Jan. 27th – May 22nd
House Shirt Day –  Wed. 5th Feb.
PYP 3-Way Conferences –  Feb. 10th – 14th
NO CLASSES –  Mon. 17th & Tue. 18th Feb.
Book Week (3 days) –  Wed. 19th to Fri. 21st Feb.
Mother Tongue Day –  Wed. 19th Feb.
Book Character Dress-Up Day –  Fri. 21st Feb.

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Letter to Parents from KIS Adminstration
Please click on the links below for the latest update from Mr. Paul Johnson (Head of School).
AQI Update – February 3, 2020

AQI Update pg1 - Feb 3, 2020

AQI Update pg2 - Feb 3, 2020

AQI Update pg3 - Feb 3, 2020

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