May 21-25th

Hello Parents-

Well we did it!  We have a bunch of swimmers!!!!  Thank you to all the volunteers for coming to help the kiddos get ready.  Each day they became more independent taking off their clothes, changing, getting dressed.  We even learned how to ring the water our of our swim clothes.  There are tons of photos and a few parents were able to come see the kiddos in action.  It was fun to watch them be risk-takers and become much more confident in their skills.

We are Scientists!!  We have been doing new science experiments to help us learn the Scientific Method.  Here are the steps:

  1.  Question-  I wonder…
  2. Hypothesis- I think…
  3. Experiment- I see…
  4. Observation- I discovered…
  5. Conclusion- I know…

We did an experiment called Walking Water where we filled 3 jars with water and primary color food coloring and left one jar empty in the middle of each.  We added a paper towel and watched the color travel up the paper towel and into the empty jar.  First we wrote, I see, I think, I wonder and then tried the experiment.

Another experiment we did was called The Milky Way.  We put drops of food coloring in milk and then dipped a cotton swab in dish soap.  We put the cotton swab in the milk and it caused the coloring to swirl and mix.  The dish soap makes the fat inside the milk move around as it tries to escape the soap!

In Writer’s Workshop, I gave back a bunch of stories the students had written over the year and asked them to edit them and fix them up.  They were so surprised by their progress and kept saying, “I didn’t even know how to write words!!!”

We reflected and asked, “What have you learned as a writer?”  Here are some responses.

We learned:

  • to put details
  • capital letter to start a sentence
  • punctuation
  • I by itself is always capital
  • snap words
  • how to write words
  • seesaw reading
  • pointer power
  • how to write tricky letters
  • question mark and exclamation mark
  • labels
  • if you ask a question, you need a question mark
  • speech bubbles
  • thought bubbles
  • spaces between words
  • capital letter for names
  • exclamation point means I’m excited

AND MORE….

It is so fantastic to see how much they have grown 🙂

We had 2 Mystery Readers this week.  Ms. Andrews from First Grade and Miraya’s Cousin!!  The photos won’t upload for some reason but I will work on it 🙂

Here is a link to the concert:

https://youtu.be/u3IRYiNLwEs

Reminders:

May 26th– PAFA Spring Picnic @ Main Campus 4-7pm

**Home Reading bags are due every Monday.  This was the last week for home reading bags.

This week was the last Passport Club

June 1st- Last Day of ASA

June 6th @ 10:40- Kinder Assembly . Our class with lead the assembly with Ms. Yanisiew about SCIENCE!!!

Dear Parents,

Field Day is coming up on Friday, June 8th, and we are looking for volunteers to help run some of our fun activities for our Pre-k, Kinder, and Grade 1 Students. If interested, please sign up by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45afa92eabfc1-prekgrade

Thanks for your help and support!  Field Day is not possible without you!

The Motor Skills Committee

Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday June 8 (rain date is on Monday June 11).

Have a great weekend!

 

Field Day

K – Field Day Colors

Dear Parents,

Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday June 8 (rain date is on Monday June 11).

This is a day where your child will join a team of other students from different classes and travel around the school to participate in 10 fun (and sometimes wet) stations!

To avoid overcrowding and to maximize space for students, only parents who have signed up as volunteers to help run stations should be on campus during this time.

Thank you for your understanding!

Please read the attachment so you know which color your child will need to wear on Friday June 8.

For example, Ethan is PURPLE B.  This means she is on Team Red A and will need to wear PURPLE (top only is fine).

Please remember the following for Friday June 8:

– Send in a water bottle

– Almost all the kids will NOT be on my team so label your child¹s water bottle with their name and room number (i.e. Ethan A109 *this can be done on masking tape)

– Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed

– The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom – does not have to be school uniform)

 

Sincerely,

May 14th-18th

Happy Friday!

Ms. Knight came to read us the story, I Wanna Iguana.  The book is a series of letters between a son and his mom.  He is trying to convince and persuade her to get him a pet iguana.  Be prepared for some possibly convincing arguments for a new pet 😉

This week, we did Science Experiment Rotations.  Each class rotated to each of the other Kindergarten classes to do a science experiment.  In our class, we learned about sinking and floating.  We learned three new vocabulary words..Hypothesis, Buoyancy and Density.  We made a hypothesis about what we thought would happen before we put each object in the water.  We recorded our information.

Ms. Chong did an experiment called Dancing Raisins with soda water and raisins in a jar.

Ms. Pelaez did an experiment with Magic Ink.

Ms. Yanisiew did an experiment with vinegar and baking soda.

Ms. Anstead did an experiment with oil and water.

Last week, our Mystery Reader was Daphne’s grandma!  Her grandparents are visiting from France.  She read us, The Gruffalo and even taught us a song in French.

Here is a video of Daphne’s Grandma teaching us a song in French IMG_8136

 

Our Mystery Reader this week was Miraya’s mom!  She read the story Zog.  The book was so nice and had a great message 🙂

Reminders:

May 26th– PAFA Spring Picnic @ Main Campus 4-7pm

May 21-25 is our Swimming Week.  We DO swimming on Friday.  All parents are welcome to come watch your child on Friday.  Mon-Thurs only the two parents who have been assigned.  I apologize for the confusion.

**Home Reading bags are due every Monday so that I can read with your child and send home new books each Wednesday.

Dear Parents,

Field Day is coming up on Friday, June 8th, and we are looking for volunteers to help run some of our fun activities for our Pre-k, Kinder, and Grade 1 Students. If interested, please sign up by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45afa92eabfc1-prekgrade

Thanks for your help and support!  Field Day is not possible without you!

The Motor Skills Committee

Teacher Helper Lunch Date

We have class jobs that rotate each day to allow each student have a role in our class community.  One of the jobs is the Teacher Helper.  The jobs change from day to day but it’s usually being our right hand…grabbing something we may need, helping a group, leading an activity, writing on the board…possibilities are endless.  It gives the student a chance to take on some special responsibilities and play the teacher role for a day.

Since it is getting to be the end of the year, I decided to do something extra special for my teacher helper each day.  At lunch, the teacher helper gets to sit with me at our own table and have a little date lunch.  They get to choose a special treat from the teacher salad bar and get to go up to the teacher line to get more food.  We socialize and at the end they get a picture with Ms. Kit (if she remembers her camera…otherwise it is after haha).

Here are my teacher helpers for this week and last 🙂 . More to come!

May 7th-11th

First off, Congratulations to the Kinder and Grade 1 students for a fantastic Spring Concert.  A big thank you to Ms. Babb and Mr. Dennison for getting our kiddos ready.

We have been finishing up our unit on Animals and the affect humans have on animals.  Each child has made a Chatterpix Kids video sharing how they are going to help animals and the action they are going to take.  Please look for the video on your child’s blog.

We have started a new unit about Scientists. Scientists follow a method to learn new things.  On Monday, I will send home the unit letter with an overview of the unit and some vocabulary you can discuss with your child at home.  As always, if you have any books or resources that you feel would help with our unit, please send them in with your child’s name.  Also..be sure to send in any photos you have of your child taking ACTION.

We have also started a new writing unit on Persuasive Writing.  Today I sent home a letter giving some information into the new unit.  You child will also be bringing home their How To books in the near future.

This week, we had a class meeting about being respectful when using the bathroom and cleaning up after ourselves before leaving the stall.  We have taught our boys to put up the seat then they pee and put it down before they leave to avoid peeing on the seat.  Please encourage this at home as well.  It is good practice for the future 😉

This week after Spring Concert rehearsal, we got the opportunity to tour the Main Campus!  We got a tour, got to listen to a story in the library, visited a grade 2 classroom and even got to play on the playground!  The school is working hard to get the student comfortable and excited about moving to the new campus next year.  When we returned we did a reflection and shared one thing we are excited about and one thing we are nervous or wondering about.

Some exciting things are: the playground, getting our own lunch, how many books there are in the library (almost 9,000!), seeing our siblings.

Some things we are nervous about are: Is the dragon in the Library real? (it’s not ;), swimming in the big pool.

Some things we are wondering about are:  What time do we have lunch?, Do we need to sit with our class at lunch?

Have a chat with your kiddo…what are they excited about, nervous about and wondering?

More photos in the photo tab

Reminders:

May 17th- HQ Market Day @ Main Campus 11:30-2 . LAST ONE!

May 18th- PAFA Movie Night @ ECE Gym 5:30pm

May 26th- PAFA Spring Picnic @ Main Campus 4-7pm

May 21-25 is our Swimming Week.  No swimming on Friday.  All parents are welcome to come watch your child on Thursday.  Mon-Wed only the two parents who have been assigned.

**Home Reading bags are due every Monday so that I can read with your child and send home new books each Wednesday.

ECE Art Auction- May 12

Time is running out! Be sure to get your tickets for a fun evening with our SCIS community at the ECE Art Auction. Beautiful art pieces created by our own ECE artists will be auctioned off live by our emcee for the evening, Melanie McClure.

Silent auction packages include a four-day cruise to Japan, Shanghai Insiders jeep tour, brunch packages, hotels stays and more. Spa treatments & lunch at the Westin, vouchers for Sherpas and Din Tai Fung will be raffled off throughout the evening.

Tickets can be purchased at the ECE front desk or Thursday, May 10 at the Kindergarten and Grade 1 concert on the Hongqiao main campus. Be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss this fun filled evening!