Weekly Update #23

Xi Nian Kuai Le!

With so many students absent due to early holidays, we had a very small class for most of this short week.  Nonetheless, we had lots of fun together!  A few highlights below (with pictures!):

We practiced for the Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday.  Everyone was so proud of all they had learned!  The Mandarin team and students did such a great job!  I hope you all enjoyed their show as much as I did!



We made a yummy Chinese New Year treat with Ms. Summer on Tuesday.


We had a mini-Olympics relay race together with all of Pre-K on Wednesday.  It was so beautiful outside!!!!


Sadly, we said goodbye to Carin on Wednesday.  Carin and her family will be moving back to their home country, Japan.  It was such a pleasure having her in our community and she will be missed dearly!  Best of luck to Carin and her family!


We have finished up our unit investigating the five senses.  After the holiday, we will begin to learn about plants — how they grow, what we use them for, and how we can take care of them.  We will plant lots of seedlings, cook different forms of plants, and work on the Building B garden.


I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday together with friends and family.  Be sure to share photos with me when we return!

Xi Nian Kuai Le!


Weekly Update #22

We were able to engage in lots of outdoor play this week due to the cleaner air.

A highlight of the week was the field trip on Wednesday.  You can see the full blog update here.


We sorted all of our purchases from the Wet Market and enjoyed them together in the days that followed.  We made carrot juice, apple juice (twice), strawberry-mango popsicles, and some pickles.  We enjoyed some pastries from the market with our juice!  We also bought a bag of little oranges to share with our first grade buddy class!


On Friday, we visited our first grade buddy class, Ms. Stamatyades’ class, and they shared some of their writing with us.


We learned about the letters G, S, and J this week.  The kids have gotten really great at brainstorming words with the beginning sounds!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be held on Tuesday, February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
  • The Chinese New Year holiday begins on Thursday February 15.  Happy New Year!
  • We are planning a short field trip to Yili Park (Yili Lu & Hongqiao Lu) on March 2, 2018. More information coming soon.

Wet Market Field Trip

We had a great time visiting the local wet market this morning.  While we were there, we used our senses to explore the different foods!

The kids had a great time seeing all of the new fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts.  We saw fish, squid, crab, frog, and various cuts of meat.  We saw a wide variety of fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi, strawberry and much much more) and vegetables (onion, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower).  It was an exciting sensorial experience.


Weekly Update #21

Friday was the 100th day of school–it’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through the year!  It was tough for the class to have to play inside all week because of the bad air.  We talked about how the air we put inside our bodies has to be clean, just like our hands have to be clean before eating food.  We had lots of dance and movement chances inside, but we were very happy on Friday when we were finally able to have a little bit of outdoor play!


Senses Investigation: What is it like to be blind?

This week, we used blindfolds to cover our eyes and explore what it is like to be blind.  We learned that if you can’t see, you have to rely on your other senses to get around. We talked about how blind people use canes to help them safely navigate getting around, how they are still able to read by reading braille,  and how they can identify people and objects based on touch.  Students then moved around the classroom based on touch and based on being able to hear where people were.  They also chose items out of a mystery bad while blindfolded and felt the items to figure out what they were.  Next week, we will do a few more activities that eliminate the sense of sight and the sense of hearing.


We had a few more tastings this week.  We had some sour gummy worms, which turned out to be more sweet than sour.  We also made some strawberry-banana smoothies.  Students have been using more sense-related words when describing the foods they have been eating such as salty, sweet and crunchy.


Though we were unable to attend the field trip due to bad air, we prepped for it by voting on what we want to make after shopping at the wet market.  The kids voted to make fruit popsicles, fruit juice and banana nut muffins. When we go to the market next week, we will purchase the items for these delicious treats!


We read lots of books this week and had Ms. Natalia and Ms. Ineke in as our Mystery Readers. On Thursday, we celebrated World Read Aloud Day by sharing five read-alouds together!

Learning about the letter Q!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • The canceled field trip has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7 from 10am to 11am.
  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be held on February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
  • The Chinese New Year holiday begins on Thursday, February 15.  Happy New Year!



Good morning families,

Unfortunately, the AQI is currently over 200.  We have made the decision to cancel today’s field trip and to reschedule for another day next week.  When the new date has been selected, we will send out new permission slips.

Thanks for your understanding and have a good day!

Weekly Update #20

The snow this week brought lots of excitement!  We had lots of fun playing outside and gathering all the snow we could!


We also brought the snow inside!  Students made snowmen, experimented with watercolors and pouring tools. Some of the kids really enjoyed the clean up part, too!  We had PUDDLES of water in our class! 🙂


Senses Investigation

The class participated in a taste test this week.  They tried different foods which exhibited strong flavors: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy.  Everyone tried a little bite of each food and then reflected on which flavor they liked the most.  The class then created a graph to represent the data that we collected to see which flavors we liked most and which we liked least.


Next week, we will have a couple more taste tests!  We will also be brainstorming what we want to make next Friday so we know what ingredients to buy at the Wet Market field trip on Thursday!



Upcoming Dates

  • Field Trip to the Wet Market – Thursday, February 1, 10-11AM
  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be help on February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.

Parent Session: Reading Development

Join ECE Vice Principal, Heather Knight, in exploring reading development in children from 2-7 years old, literacy instruction at the ECE and how you can support developing readers of any age at home.  Please RSVP by Jan. 30. Confirmations will be sent on Jan. 31. Sessions can accommodate 36 participants with a minimum of 8.



Good morning families!  Today (Tuesday) a field trip form will be sent home with your child.  Pre-K is planning a short field to a local wet market (about a five minute drive from school).

Our class will use our senses to explore the wet market: smelling new smells, touching fruit (with permission), seeing new food, and listen to new sounds.  When we return to school, we will do a cooking project that will include the fruits and vegetables that we bought at the market.

The cost of the field trip is 10 rmb per a student.

The permission slips will be going home today, but if you need another copy, you can download a copy here: Wet Market Permission Slip-MS. AURORA