Book Drive

Hi Families!

Charity Club at KIS is organizing a book drive! Please donate if you can. Books should be gently used, not torn or broken. This is an excellent time to clean out your bookshelves and give to those in need!

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Thank you!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Last Week Review

Hello families!

We hope you had a wonderful and restful long weekend.

Last week, although short, was full of fun and learning. We had a great time during Sports Day! We also began to further investigate different changes that happen in nature by asking questions, we worked on our understanding of measurement, and we continued to build relationships and practice our communication skills during passion time.

This week, we will continue to work on our non fiction reading and writing skills, investigating and discovering answers to questions we have about how nature changes. We are continuing to work on our sentence structure, using spaces between words, capital letters to start sentences, and proper punctuation.


Mother Tongue Day is Thursday, February 21. Please see Mr. John’s last post for more information.

Homework books are due back this Friday.


Have a happy week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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International Mother Tongue Day

Dear Grade 1 families,

On Thursday, the 21st of February, KIS will be recognising International Mother Tongue Day. We will celebrate by reading books and telling stories to the students in different languages. We are asking for your support, to come into KIS and read or tell a story to a group of students in your first language.

If you sign up, you will be reading or telling stories for about 10 minutes to a range of students from EY1 to Grade 2 in the Audibox. These students may or may not include your own children. Each session lasts for 40 minutes and will be shared by 4 adults – so about 10 minutes each. Please refer to the schedule at this link to sign up. Translation into English is not necessary. We will have a computer and projector available if you would like to share a story on a screen.

If you do want to read to your own child’s class in their classroom, please speak to your child’s teacher in addition to signing up in the schedule.

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Last Week Review

Hello Families!

We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped and supported Global School Play Day. We had so much fun, and were able to practice so many important communication, self management and research skills. We noticed sharing, question asking, helping others, risk taking, and kindness all throughout the day. We hope to continue this important work during our Passion Time, where we spend independent time doing the things we love the most.

This week we will ask ourselves the question

“What other systems in nature go through changes?”

We will brainstorm ideas and start researching our questions with the hopes that we can create our own non fiction books. In maths, we are continuing to measure using non standard and standard units.


Homework books and reading books are being sent home today. Please return reading books on Monday February 18.

Homework is a TWO WEEK CYCLE. Please return homework books on Friday the 22nd of February.

Sports Day is Wednesday, February 13 from 8:00- 9:40. Parents are encouraged to attend. You may sign your child out EARLY after Sports Day, to start your holiday.

There is NO SCHOOL for students on Thursday the 14th through Friday the 15th.


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Global School Play Day- Bringing Toys From Home

Hello Parents!

Tomorrow is the day! Global School Play Day is here and we are so excited to spend the day playing with our friends. It is going to be a great day full of communication, teamwork, sharing, and fun. We believe in exploration as a form of learning, and that the best learners are balanced! The skills we will be practicing tomorrow are lifetime skills of speaking, listening, sharing, empathy, problem solving and risk taking.

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If your child would like to bring ONE toy to share, here are a few ideas:

  • Card game
  • Board game
  • Doll/ Barbie
  • Stuffed animal
  • Football/Basketball
  • Cars
  • Blocks
  • Legos

If your child chooses to bring something, please make sure it LABELED.

Please email Ms. Lindsay with any questions!

Have a wonderful day,

-The Grade 1 Team

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Global School Play Day

Hello Families!

It’s almost here!

Global School Play Day will be happening on February 6, 2019. That’s this Wednesday!

Students will follow a normal specialist and language schedule, along with regular breaks, playtime, and lunch. The difference will be in the classroom, where students will practice social, communication, thinking, research, and self management skills that we have been working on all year. It’s a time for them to relax, enjoy their friends, and work on resilience and growing their mindsets!


Activities that will be available to students to play and create with include paint, drawing supplies, LEGO, blocks, board games, card games, Play Doh, puzzles, Go Noodle, books, music for dancing, dress up, loose parts and recycled materials. We will also be taking children outside who wish to play outdoors (air quality permitting). If your child would like to bring a toy or game from home that is great and encouraged! We ask that the item is non battery powered, not digital or electrical at all. We are unplugging from iPads and our Chromebooks. This is a screen free day for students!

Teachers will be posting on Seesaw throughout the day, so make sure to check in periodically.

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If you have not done so yet, please visit the Global School Play Day WEBSITE and read about the philosophy behind this incredible day.

Again, if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lindsay.

Have a great Monday!

-The Grade 1 Team


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Last Week Review

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding last week. It is hard to adjust routines, but we trust that Home Learning was valuable and worthwhile for your child. The Parent Forum from Friday has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Before the days away from school, we were in the midst of preparing for conferences, writing non fiction information about new topics, and sorting data into different diagrams. This week we will continue our work with non fiction reading and writing, celebrate 100 days of school, and participate in Global School Play Day!

Later today, we will post more information for Global School Play Day, including our day plan as well as available items your child can bring from home if they wish.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Grade 1 Community and the wonderful things happening here!

Have a happy week!

-The Grade 1 Team

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Global School Play Day!

Hello again families!

If you watched the TED Talk posted on Monday, you know that …

  • Children’s experience of free play in and outside of school has dramatically declined over the last few years.
  • As play has declined, problems like anxiety, depression, and narcissism have risen in children, as well as lack of empathy and ability to solve social problems.
  • Creative thinking abilities and problem solving skills have also declined.
  • Play is where children learn to get along with their peers, see other’s points of view, and practice empathy.
  • Play is creative and innovative, and needed by children to balance their lives and give them social skills which cannot be explicitly taught.

Grade 1 believes that play is learning, and we are passionate about it. That is why we have decided to take part in Global School Play Day.

On Wednesday, February 6, we will join schools across the world and spend our school day playing.

Please take a look at this website and explore! We’ll have more information next week including…

  • Bringing toys in from home
  • Parent involvement
  • Structure of the day

-The Grade 1 Team

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School Closure

For home learning support during the school closure on January the 31st and February the 1st, please click the “Home Learning” link on the right, below our photographs.

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Why is PLAY Important?

Dear Parents,

Something very exciting will be happening in Grade 1 on February 6.

Visit this link for a hint!

Please watch this TED Talk for very important background information and to deepen your understanding of the importance of play for children.


More information to come…

-The Grade 1 Team

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