Week 34

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus: We continue to work on our unit, ‘How the World Works’ and have been discussing how: “Scientists follow a method to learn new things.” We have been following the scientific method in these 5 steps: Problem, Hypothesis, Experiment, Observations, Conclusion.  This week, we did a few experiments including:

  1. What happens when you add dish soap to a pan filled with milk & food coloring?
  2. What happens when you put a balloon filled with baking soda onto the end of a bottle filled with vinegar?
  3. What happens when you flip a cup half-filled with water upside down onto a piece of thick paper?

Learner Profile of the Week: We will finish off the school year talking about being Inquirers and Thinkers. This will the perfect unit to address these 2 Learner Profiles further as it’s all about asking questions and investigating to find answers.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w, t, a, d, g, u. i, e, l, k, y, j & p.  We will be working on finishing up our books so will work on various letters for the next few weeks. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use them appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – Students will work on persuasive writing which will continue until the end of the school year. We have also started using a template for our experiments where students are writing their hypothesis, observations and conclusion. We will also be focusing on using the sight words we know in our writing when writing and editing.

Reading – We will continue to use the different strategies for reading and making sense of books. It is important for students to be able to read the words but also understand what they are reading so we will revisit some strategies such as rereading and persevering by using various strategies when it might get a little bit tough.

Math Focus – We will discuss the concepts of addition/subtraction and data management for the remainder of the school year. Students will also continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week:

Swimming – Our class will have their PE swimming unit from May 28th to 31st. Thank you to those who were able to a volunteer in the change rooms during our swimming week for volunteers. All parents will be welcome to attend on Thursday May 31st but only parents signed up as volunteers will be allowed into the change rooms. Also, I’ve been told that there is minimal seating available at the pool so you may have to stand while observing. I’d appreciate it if students could wear their swimsuits to school provided it is not too difficult to go to the toilet. Blue SCIS top and swim bottom is alright to wear to school for swimming days but remember to pack navy bottoms/underwear/sport shoes for after swimming. We will change into one-piece swimsuits just before leaving for the pool. Thank you for your cooperation with this.  MM Map ED Parent Swim Letter 2018

ASA – ASA’s will run from April 16 to June 1. Only Chess Club will run until Tuesday June 5th. For further inquiries please contact Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

Assembly – Our class assembly will be on Wednesday June 6th at 10:40-11:10am. Parents are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

From the Motor Skills Committee –  Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday June 8th (rain date is on Monday June 11th). 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! Colour teams were sent home this week in the blue folder. Please email me directly should you have any questions about this. Please remember the following for Field Day:

  1. Your child should wear shorts, running shoes and a top the same colour as their listed team.
  2. Send in a water bottle labelled with your child’s name.
  3. Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed.
  4. The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom if there is not already a set at school).

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. This will be the last week for home reading. Thank you.

Library – Our last day for Library check out will be Thursday May 31st. After that, all books will be due back to the library so please return all books once you are done reading them with your child. Please contact Mr. Balli if you are unsure if you have returned all of your child’s borrowed books. Thank you!  jballi@scis-china.org

Last Days of School – On Wednesday June 13th, we will have our final class party of the school year. We will have an ice cream party at the end of the day from 2:15 to 3:00pm. I will send out a Sign-up Genius soon for parents to contribute to the toppings for our ice cream treat. Parents are welcome to attend our party. Please remember to email Transportation if you will take your child home with you rather than him/her taking the bus on this day. On Thursday June 14th, we will also have a popcorn/movie party to celebrate the last day of school. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on this day.

Water – Please note that I have been closely monitoring water intake and asking students to refill their water bottles throughout the day. We ensure that everyone’s bottle is refilled at lunch time so please do not worry if your child has a nearly full bottle, it’s simply because they have already had lots of water to drink.

Air Conditioning – While it’s very hot outside, the classroom is a little chilly from the air conditioning. Please send a sweater just in case your child is feeling cold indoors.

Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant – Please apply these sprays and creams to your child prior to coming to school. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Summer Camp – See attached the flyer for summer camp registration. SCIS Summer Kids Camp 2018

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Music Concert – Here is the link to the Spring Music Concert at Main Campus a few weeks back! https://youtu.be/u3IRYiNLwEs   Enjoy! 🙂

Week 33

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We’ve started the new unit, ‘How the World Works’ and will be discussing how: “Scientists follow a method to learn new things.” For every experiment we do in class, we will be following the scientific method in these 5 steps: Problem, Hypothesis, Experiment, Observations, Conclusion.  To kick off the start of our unit, we did a series of science rotations between the 5 Kindergarten classes. The students are super excited about this unit and have already asked me to address them as, “Scientist ____” (insert your child’s name) while we are doing the experiments in class. 🙂

Learner Profile of the Week: We will finish off the school year talking about being Inquirers and Thinkers. This will the perfect unit to address these 2 Learner Profiles further as it’s all about asking questions and investigating to find answers.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w, t, a, d, g, u. i, e, l, k, y & j.  We will practice letter p this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use them appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – Students will work on persuasive writing which will continue until the end of the school year. We will also be focusing on using the sight words we know in our writing.

Reading – We will continue to use the different strategies for reading and making sense of books. It is important for students to be able to read the words but also understand what they are reading so we will revisit some strategies such as rereading and persevering by using various strategies when it might get a little bit tough.

Math Focus – We will discuss the concepts of addition/subtraction and data management for the remainder of the school year. Students will also continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week:

From the Motor Skills Committee –  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

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. There will be only 2 more weeks of Home Reading this school year so the last set of books will be sent home on May 25th. Thank you.

Swimming – Our class will have their PE swimming unit from May 28th to 31st. Thank you to those who were able to a volunteer in the change rooms during our swimming week for volunteers. All parents will be welcome to attend on Thursday May 31st but only parents signed up as volunteers will be allowed into the change rooms. Also, I’ve been told that there is minimal seating available at the pool so you may have to stand while observing. I’d appreciate it if students could wear their swimsuits to school provided it is not too difficult to go to the toilet. Blue SCIS top and swim bottom is alright to wear to school for swimming days but remember to pack navy bottoms/underwear/sport shoes for after swimming. We will change into one-piece swimsuits just before leaving for the pool. Thank you for your cooperation with this.  MM Map ED Parent Swim Letter 2018

Passport Club – The last Passport Club day will occur on Tuesday May 22nd.

Library – The last day for Library check out is June 1st. Please contact Mr. Balli if you are unsure if you have returned all of your child’s borrowed books. Thank you!  jballi@scis-china.org

Water – Please note that I have been closely monitoring water intake and asking students to refill their water bottles throughout the day. We ensure that everyone’s bottle is refilled at lunch time so please do not worry if your child has a nearly full bottle, it’s simply because they have already had lots of water to drink.

Air Conditioning – While it’s very hot outside, the classroom is a little chilly from the air conditioning. Please send a sweater just in case your child is feeling cold indoors.

Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant – Please apply these sprays and creams to your child prior to coming to school. Thank you for your assistance with this.

ASA – ASA’s will run from April 16 to June 1. For further inquiries please contact Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

Summer Camp – See attached the flyer for summer camp registration. SCIS Summer Kids Camp 2018

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Assembly – Our class assembly will be on Wednesday June 6th at 10:40-11:10am. Parents are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

Week 32

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We will continue our new unit of inquiry about ‘SHARING THE PLANET’ – “Human actions affect animals.” Students have each chosen an animal to research. They have been using books, websites and research templates to learn more about their particular animal. Students will present their poster to the class this week. We will begin our final unit of inquiry

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profile of being Caring. This learner profile has connected well to our unit of inquiry in caring for animals. Students have also been working on communicating with their peers in kind ways.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w, t, a, d, g, u. i, e, & l.  We will practice letter k this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use them appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – We will finish up the remaining ‘How-To’ books and animal poster this week and will begin persuasive writing which will continue until the end of the school year. We will also be focusing on using the sight words we know in our writing.

Reading – We will continue to use the different strategies for reading and making sense of books. It is important for students to be able to read the words but also understand what they are reading so we will revisit some strategies such as rereading and persevering by using various strategies when it might get a little bit tough.

Math Focus – We will be finishing up 2D/3D shapes. We will discuss the concepts of addition/subtraction and data management for the remainder of the school year. Students will also continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week: 

Spring Music Concert – K/1 Concert May 10th 6:00 pm on the Main Campus Stage After 5:45, please drop off K children in cafeteria on the main campus and please drop off grade 1 children in the hallways beside the theaters – signs will be posted to point you in the right direction. Costume information for K/1: A solid color shirt, blue jeans, and shoes of your choosing. Any shade of red, green, orange, yellow, purple or pink.

For more information please visit Ms. Babb’s Website:  https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/2018/04/11/k-1-and-pk-concert-and-costume-information/

Main Campus Visit – Students will have a visit to main campus on Wednesday morning after their concert rehearsal. Students will go on a tour of the school and meeting some of the staff they will encounter next year when they move to Main Campus.

ASA – The new ASA’s will run from April 16 to June 1, with no ASA on May 10 (K & 1 Concert). For further inquiries please contact Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

Passport Club – The last Passport Club day will occur on Tuesday May 22nd.

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. Thank you.

Art Auction – We hope that you can attend the Art Auction on May 12th to help support Heart to Heart. Please note that tickets need to be purchased in advance. They can be purchased at the Spring Concert if you haven’t bought yours yet. See more information here: https://hq.scis-his.net/content/2018-art-auction

Swimming – Our class will have their PE swimming unit from May 28th to 31st. Thank you to those who were able to a volunteer in the change rooms during our swimming week for volunteers. All parents will be welcome to attend on Thursday May 31st but only parents signed up as volunteers will be allowed into the change rooms. Thank you for your cooperation with this.  MM Map ED Parent Swim Letter 2018

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Summer Camp – See attached the flyer for summer camp registration. SCIS Summer Kids Camp 2018

Weeks 29-31

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We will continue our new unit of inquiry about ‘SHARING THE PLANET’ – “Human actions affect animals.” Students have each chosen an animal to research. They have been using books, websites and research templates to learn more about their particular animal. As they finish up their research this week, they will use the information they collected to create a poster about their animal and then present it to the class. Students are also intrigued by keeping the ocean clean so they helped to design a bulletin board display outside the class so they could teach the things we should do or not do to keep animals safe in the ocean.

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profile of being Caring. This learner profile has connected well to our unit of inquiry in caring for animals. Students have also been working on communicating with their peers in kind ways.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w, t, a, d & g.  We will practice letters i & e this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use them appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – Students have been working on their  ‘How To’ books and they have also been using their previous knowledge, books from the library, iPads apps and websites (www.pebblego.com & www.kids.nationalgeogrphic.com) to help them fill in their research templates about their chosen animal.

Reading – While continuing to building on many of the reading skills we’ve learned so far, students have been very proficient at identifying repeating patterns in books. Many of them chose to write their own pattern books during free choice inquiry time. We have also been using a ‘reading mat’ which has helped many of the students to more easily distinguish between easier and more difficult books.

Math Focus: We will continue talking about the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. We will also complete some of the activities that were presented at Family Math Night over the next few weeks. Students will continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week: 

***Please note that I will be absent on Thursday May 3 & Friday May 4th as I will be attending a Professional Development course out of town. I will tell the students about this change and that there will be a substitute teacher coming to visit on those days. Busing changes can be communicated to ECE Transportation as usual. Should there be any urgent matters that arise during my absence, I would ask that you communicate it our Head Secretary, Ms. Cissy, by calling the school directly or emailing her here: cye@scis-china.org

Spring Music Concert – K/1 Concert May 10th 6:00 pm on the Main Campus Stage After 5:45, please drop off K children in cafeteria on the main campus and please drop off grade 1 children in the hallways beside the theaters – signs will be posted to point you in the right direction. Costume information for K/1: A solid color shirt, blue jeans, and shoes of your choosing. Any shade of red, green, orange, yellow, purple or pink.

For more information please visit Ms. Babb’s Website:  https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/2018/04/11/k-1-and-pk-concert-and-costume-information/

ASA – The new ASA’s will run from April 16 to June 1, with no ASA on May 10 (K & 1 Concert). For further inquiries please contact Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

Passport Club – The last Passport Club day will occur on Tuesday May 22nd.

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. Thank you.

Art Auction – We hope that you can attend the Art Auction on May 12th to help support Heart to Heart. Please note that tickets need to be purchased in advance. See more information here: https://hq.scis-his.net/content/2018-art-auction

Swimming – Our class will have their PE swimming unit from May 28th to 31st. I will send out a Sign-up Genius closer to our swimming week for volunteers who would like to help with the change room routine after swimming. Please read the attached letter for more information: MM Map ED Parent Swim Letter 2018

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Summer Camp – See attached the flyer for summer camp registration. SCIS Summer Kids Camp 2018

Week 28

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We will continue our new unit of inquiry about ‘SHARING THE PLANET’ – “Human actions affect animals.” Prior to the holiday, we discussed the needs of different animals and how to attend to the needs of the animals, whether they are pets in our home or animals in the wild. Students were especially thoughtful about not throwing trash in the water or on the ground because animals could eat it and get sick. We will continue our discussion about this and begin discussing how we are connected to these animals.

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profiles of being Knowledgeable and Thinker. We will continue to review and practice the learner profiles of Caring and Reflective.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w, t, a & d.  We will practice letter g this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use these letters appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – Students have made lists of many things they know how to do and we will begin putting together this procedural writing. We will also connect our writing to How To take care of animals.

Reading – We will be reviewing and building on many of the reading skills we’ve learned as super readers so far. Some of these things include: pointing to words as we read, rereading, using pictures to help us, identifying sight words, sounding it out, talking about the books we read and being persistent when reading becomes difficult. We will also begin to look for patterns in books. We will also be using a ‘reading mat’ to help us distinguish between easy to more difficult books.

Math Focus: We will continue talking about the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. Students will continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week:

Book Fair – We will attend the Obeido book fair on Tuesday April 17th. If you would like for your child to purchase books, please send money in a plastic bag labeled with his/her name. Alternatively, one new option will be the ability to buy books with vouchers.  This is in case you do not wish to send money with your child to school. Vouchers can be printed on this link  https://www.obido.cn/pay/ .  Should you choose this option, you may be able to get another voucher to get credit for a free book!  Parents are also more than welcome to attend the book fair before or after school from 8:40-4:00pm on April 17th and/or 18th. Please note that parents can buy books with cash, credit cards, Alipay or WeChat pay.

Week of the Young Child, April 16-20 – We will be doing various activities throughout the week. As part of “Family Friday”, students are asked to complete a project at home with their family. Students can create a poster, book or drawing, create a slideshow or video, bring pictures, etc. to explain something about their family to the class. Some examples include a book with writing about your family, a video showing your family’s recent vacation, a collection of family photos in a book or slideshow, a poster showing your family’s favorite activities. Please note that slideshows, videos and other media presentations should not exceed 1 minute and should be on a USB or sent to Ms. Yanisiew by Thursday April 19th. Students will share their projects in class on Friday April 20th. Thank you for your help with this. Please see the attached flyer regarding the other activities for WOYC. WOYC- Poster

Math Inquiry Night – Join us on Tuesday April 24th from 5-6pm for our Math Inquiry Night in the gym.

Passport Club – The last two Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays, April 17th and May 22nd.

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. This week, many folders have not returned so it is difficult to hand out new folders with so many missing. As a result, I will send home the new folders on Friday this week to get back to the usual schedule. If you haven’t sent back your child’s home reading yet, please do so on or before this Thursday. Please note that if your child will not receive a new folder until the previous week’s folder is returned.   Thank you.

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

ASA – The new ASA’s will run from April 16 to June 1, with no ASA on May 10 (K & 1 Concert). You should receive confirmation of your child’s ASA if you’ve signed him/her up for a new activity soon. For more information regarding ASA please contact to Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

Art Auction – We have enough caps for our project now but you can continue to send them in, if you wish. The students have been having fun building towers and sorting them.  I sent home information for the Art Auction before the break. Please find the information here: https://hq.scis-his.net/content/2018-art-auction

 

Week 27

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We had an introduction to our new unit of inquiry called ‘SHARING THE PLANET’ – “Human actions affect animals.” Students were visited by a dog named Pepe from the Second Chance Animal Rescue. This was a great introduction to this unit. We will discuss the needs of animals this week.

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profiles of being Knowledgeable and Thinker. We will begin to talk about the learner profiles of Caring and Reflective.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v, w & t.  We will practice letter a & d this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use these letters appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be focusing using the word wall to write words we’ve learned correctly.

Language Focus: Writing – Students will be introduced to ‘How-To’ (procedural) writing as we enter the new Unit of Inquiry.

Reading – ‘Home Reading’ will continue over the next few months. Thank you to those who have already made this a routine at home.  We will be reviewing and building on many of the reading skills we’ve learned as super readers so far. Some of these things include: pointing to words as we read, rereading, using pictures to help us, identifying sight words, sounding it out, talking about the books we read and being persistent when reading becomes difficult. We will also begin to look for patterns in books.

Math Focus: We will finish up measurement this week and will be continuing a review of 2D shapes as we also begin discussing in more detail 3D shapes. Students will continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week:

Holidays – There will be no school next week from April 2-6. School will resume on Monday April 9th.

Author Visit – We will have another author visit. Trevor Lau will visit us on March 28th.

Intro to Grade 1 – The next introduction to the SCIS Main Campus for all Kindergarten and G1 parents will be March 27 at 1:30pm in the Plaza. Any questions can be directed to Kevin Haggith, LS Principal: khaggith@scis-china.org

Passport Club – The last two Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays, April 17th and May 22nd.

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. I will send home the new books this Friday. Since there will be no school next Thursday, books may be returned on Monday April 9th.

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

ASA Sign-Up – The dates for the final session of ASA is April 16 to June 1, No ASA on May 10 (K & 1 Concert). As in the other 2 sessions, teachers will host activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Outside vendors will also be offering sessions during this session on Tuesday and Friday. Flyers for these sessions will come home with your child on Friday, March 23. Registration for sessions with outside vendors are done with the vendors directly. Registration for SCIS sponsored Session 3 ASA is next week on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27. Registration will close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 27th. Information confirming your child’s attendance in their ASA will come out by Wednesday, April 11, 2018. For more information regarding ASA please contact to Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

SESSION 3 ACTIVITIES

Monday

  • Chinese Idioms-Children explore the origins, meanings and lessons behind Chinese idioms.
  • Play-Doh Club– Students will exercise their finger flexibility, creativity and have fun with Play-Doh.
  • Lego Club is designed to provide members with activities that stimulate and develop spatial intelligence. These colorful bricks also help children learn dimensions, math, arts and develop fine motor skills.
  • Directed Drawing– A fun and creative way to develop your artistic skills! Learn how to draw some favorite book characters and animals.
  • 3D Models-Have fun and develop fine motor skills by creating a variety of objects using paper model kits.
  • Colorful Clay-Come join us in using your imagination to make a variety of clay sculptures.

Wednesday

  • Music Makers-Come make music with classroom instruments and other objects.
  • Mindful Mandalas-Learn how to calm our bodies after a busy day through mindful coloring, art and music activities.
  • Advanced iPad Applications-Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of more advanced iPad applications related to their personal interests during this dynamic ASA!
  • Magna Tile Mania– Students will use a number of different materials (including Magna-Tiles) to design and build different structures individually and in groups.

Thursday

  • Ballroom Bonanza-Come to the ballroom for amazing fun! We will be jumping, building with foam blocks and more!
  • Beading Fun-Have fun and be creative while building fine motor and patterning skills, using beads in a variety of ways.
  • Paper Cutting and Folding Fun-Children enjoy various way of make paper art by cutting and folding. The activity will include some Chinese traditional elements.
  • GO (WeiQi) Join to learn all about this exciting game. GO can help kids improve their logical thinking, memory, concentration and creativity.
  • Finger Painting-Join us for fun and messy finger painting! It improves fine motor developmental by strengthening finger and hand muscles. Kids get to know simple Chinese vocabulary as well through this activity.
  • Art Club-Come explore a variety of mediums and learn about famous artists and their artwork in our after school ‘Art Studio’.

Art Auction – We have enough caps for our project now but you can continue to send them in, if you wish. The students have been having fun building towers and sorting them.  I sent home information for the Art Auction last week. Please find the information here: https://hq.scis-his.net/content/2018-art-auction

Math Inquiry Night – Join us on Tuesday April 24th from 5-6pm for our Math Inquiry Night in the gym.

Book Fair – We will attend the Obeido book fair on Tuesday April 17th. If you would like for your child to purchase books, please send money in a plastic bag labeled with his/her name. Thank you.

Week of the Young Child – More information about this week will be posted soon. Please see the attached flyer regarding WOYC. WOYC- Poster

Week 26

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We are working towards finishing up this unit about ‘HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES’ – “Farm systems support people.” See more about our unit here: HWOO Parent Unit Letter

This week we will work on all kinds of processes that we’ve learned and prepare to present them to our parents on Thursday. Last week, we spent some time making banana muffins. The students were so helpful and enjoyed eating their muffins afterwards. Here is the recipe:  Banana_Muffins_Recipe

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profiles of being Knowledgeable and Thinker. We have been applying these ideas when writing this week. Some ideas we’ve discussed include:

***We become ‘Knowledgeable’ when we can tell many facts or details about something specific, stay on topic and/or research a topic we are interested in to learn new things using books, iPad or through asking questions.

***We become ‘Thinkers’ when we plan out our writing page-by-page, remember to add required details and use our checklist to edit our work independently.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed the letters c, o, s, v & w.  We will practice letter t this week. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use these letters appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest). We will also be learning some sight word games this week that we will teach to you on Thursday!

Language Focus: Writing – Students are working on using the sorting template to write steps about how different foods are processed. We will be introducing ‘How-To’ (procedural) writing as we enter the next Unit of Inquiry coming soon.

Reading – ‘Home Reading’ seems to be going well. The students have enjoyed reading the books they’ve practiced with you to me. This is an opportunity for students to practice the strategies they’ve been taught at home with you. For more information you can refer to the letter I sent here: Home Reading – Feb 2018

Some things to look for/try while reading with your child include -using their alphabet-sound knowledge to sound out words, using pictures to figure out words, pointing to words as you read, watching for repeating phrases, asking your child to retell the story after reading, read the books daily to improve fluency, etc.

Math Focus: We continue to discuss measurement terms (heavy/light/same) and will be moving on to a review of 2D shapes as we also begin discussing 3D shapes. Students will continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week:

Student-Led Conferences (SLC) – These conferences will occur on Thursday March 22nd. This is an opportunity for you to see some of the things your child has been doing in class. You and your child will visit our classroom and your child’s specialist teachers to see their most recent learning. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945abac23a3f94-march  ***Also note that students will have early dismissal so that they may attend their conference with you. Buses will depart school at 11:30 and there will be no lunch served on that day.

Passport Club – This Tuesday is Passport Club. Please send your child’s folder and ‘passport’. The last two Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays, April 17th and May 22nd.

Mint – A few weeks ago, your child visited Biofarm and had the opportunity to cut and transplant a mint stem into organic soil. The plant was not looking very healthy the first few days since the mint was “stressed” after cutting. With some time and care, your child’s plant has rooted and is doing well. Your child’s plant has been watered for today. The soil should be damp, if it is not, add a small amount of water today directly to the soil (not poured on the leaves). Please do not over water mint as it will develop mold and the soil can be compromised. Now that the plant has rooted, you can slowly introduce it to temperatures and sunlight outside of the plastic bag by:

  1. Exposing it to small amounts of sun (1 hour on day one, 2 hours on day 2, etc)
  2. In about 15 days the mint should be fully rooted. The mint will grow rapidly so be sure not to over water, and to have a larger pot to transplant as needed.
  3. Mint leaves are great to add to water, tea or just to snack on after a meal. Enjoy!

Watering: Mint prefers to be “bottom watered”. Add a shallow tray under the pot (it has a small hole on the bottom). Add small amounts of filtered water to the dish and the mint roots will draw up the water it needs.

Home Reading – Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. Your child will receive a new folder every Friday provided their previous week’s folder has been returned. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance with this. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Intro to Grade 1 – The next introduction to the SCIS Main Campus for all Kindergarten and G1 parents will be March 27 at 1:30pm in the Plaza. Any questions can be directed to Kevin Haggith, LS Principal: khaggith@scis-china.org

Birthdays – Just a reminder that if you will be sending out invites to your child’s birthday party at school, it is SCIS school policy that all children in the class receive an invite. Should you not wish to invite everyone, this will need to be arranged directly with parents of children you will invite, outside of school. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

ASA Sign-Up – The dates for the final session of ASA is April 16 to June 1, No ASA on May 10 (K & 1 Concert). As in the other 2 sessions, teachers will host activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Outside vendors will also be offering sessions during this session on Tuesday and Friday. Flyers for these sessions will come home with your child on Friday, March 23. Registration for sessions with outside vendors are done with the vendors directly. Registration for SCIS sponsored Session 3 ASA is next week on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27. Registration will close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 27th. Information confirming your child’s attendance in their ASA will come out by Wednesday, April 11, 2018. For more information regarding ASA please contact to Heather Knight, ECE Vice Principal/ASA Coordinator @ hqece-asa@scis-his.org

SESSION 3 ACTIVITIES

Monday

  • Chinese Idioms-Children explore the origins, meanings and lessons behind Chinese idioms.
  • Play-Doh Club– Students will exercise their finger flexibility, creativity and have fun with Play-Doh.
  • Lego Club is designed to provide members with activities that stimulate and develop spatial intelligence. These colorful bricks also help children learn dimensions, math, arts and develop fine motor skills.
  • Directed Drawing– A fun and creative way to develop your artistic skills! Learn how to draw some favorite book characters and animals.
  • 3D Models-Have fun and develop fine motor skills by creating a variety of objects using paper model kits.
  • Colorful Clay-Come join us in using your imagination to make a variety of clay sculptures.

Wednesday

  • Music Makers-Come make music with classroom instruments and other objects.
  • Mindful Mandalas-Learn how to calm our bodies after a busy day through mindful coloring, art and music activities.
  • Advanced iPad Applications-Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of more advanced iPad applications related to their personal interests during this dynamic ASA!
  • Magna Tile Mania– Students will use a number of different materials (including Magna-Tiles) to design and build different structures individually and in groups.

Thursday

  • Ballroom Bonanza-Come to the ballroom for amazing fun! We will be jumping, building with foam blocks and more!
  • Beading Fun-Have fun and be creative while building fine motor and patterning skills, using beads in a variety of ways.
  • Paper Cutting and Folding Fun-Children enjoy various way of make paper art by cutting and folding. The activity will include some Chinese traditional elements.
  • GO (WeiQi) Join to learn all about this exciting game. GO can help kids improve their logical thinking, memory, concentration and creativity.
  • Finger Painting-Join us for fun and messy finger painting! It improves fine motor developmental by strengthening finger and hand muscles. Kids get to know simple Chinese vocabulary as well through this activity.
  • Art Club-Come explore a variety of mediums and learn about famous artists and their artwork in our after school ‘Art Studio’.

Art Auction – We have enough caps for our project now but you can continue to send them in, if you wish. The students have been having fun building towers and sorting them.  I sent home information for the Art Auction last week. Please find the information here: https://hq.scis-his.net/content/2018-art-auction

Author Visit – After a successful visit with Julia Cook last week, we will have another author visit. Trevor Lau will visit us on March 28th.

Student-Led Conference Sign Up

Sign-Up for your child’s Student-Led Conference here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945abac23a3f94-march

Students will have an early dismissal on Thursday March 22nd in order to attend their conference with you.  Buses will depart school at 11:30am and there will be no lunch served at school on this day. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Yanisiew directly. Thank you!

*****In addition to visiting our classroom at your scheduled time to see some of your child’s current learning, you will also visit the Music and PE specialist classes. Please read the note from our Specialist Teachers regarding what to expect when visiting these areas.

Dear Families,

Your child’s Music/PE class Student Led Conference is next week. This is an opportunity for your child to lead you around the music room and show you what they have been learning this year. Please come to the Music and PE rooms on the day of conferences to sign up for a time slot.

MUSIC
We will have three stations set up for the conference for the children to demonstrate their learning. Ideally, they will spend about 5 minutes per station and 15 minutes in total in the music room.

  • Visit the 3 stations set up.
  • Stay within your allotted time slot, we need to accommodate many families throughout the day so there is not much room for an overlap in conferences.
  • Don’t rush. Aim for not more than 5 minutes at a station. With the time that you have after your student has finished demonstrating a station ask them questions about their learning and future goals.
  • Please, no more than 2 families at a particular station. If you need to wait for a family to finish, stand to side until they are done.
  • Today is a time for your child to share their learning, if you wish to discuss anything further with your music teacher, you can email them privately.

PE
We have five stations set up for the conference, however, we ask that you your child choose no more than 3 stations to demonstrate their learning. Ideally, they will spend about 3 minutes per station and 10 minutes in total in the gymnasium.

  • Choose and complete no more than 3 stations.
  • Stay within your allotted time slot, we need to accommodate many families throughout the day so there is not much room for an overlap in conferences.
  • Don’t rush. Aim for at least 3 minutes at a station. With the time that you have after your student has finished demonstrating a station ask them questions about their learning and future goals.
  • Please, no more than 2 families at a particular station. If you need to wait for a family to finish, stand to the side until they are done.
  • Today is a time for your child to share their learning, if you wish to discuss anything further with your PE teacher, you can email them privately.

This is a time for celebrating your child’s new learning and their future goals. It’s a time for positive comments only; words of praise and encouragement are welcomed. Feel free to speak any language you want during the conference.

Thank you for joining us!

Mr. Dennison and Mr. Newman

Week 25

THANK YOU!!!!!  🙂

Thank you to you all for the lovely flowers, cards, gifts, soups and treats last week!  The students were very excited to share all of these things with us. Ms. Tao and I were definitely feeling the love!!! 🙂

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We will continue our new unit about ‘HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES’ – “Farm systems support people.” See more about our unit here: HWOO Parent Unit Letter

This week we will continue to sort out our thinking about farm systems. We have been comparing foods that come naturally from the farm versus foods that are processed in a factory. Last week, we spent some time making apple sauce. It was yummy and made the class smell lovely. Here is the recipe: Apple_Sauce_Recipe

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been focusing on the Learner Profiles of being Knowledgeable and a Thinker. We have been applying these ideas when writing this week. Some ideas we’ve discussed include:

***We become ‘Knowledgeable’ when we can tell many facts or details about something specific, stay on topic and/or research a topic we are interested in to learn new things using books, iPad or through asking questions.

***We become ‘Thinkers’ when we plan out our writing page-by-page, remember to add required details and use our checklist to edit our work independently.

Letter Focus: We continue the lowercase alphabet and have completed c, o and s. This week we practiced v & w. As we practice these letters, we will pay more to when to use these letters appropriately, especially when writing our names (uppercase to begin, lowercase for the rest).

Language FocusWriting – Students are working on using the sorting template to write steps about how different foods are processed. We have completed one together and students will soon choose a process of their choice and complete the template.

Reading – We started our ‘Home Reading’ last week. This is an opportunity for students to practice the strategies they’ve been taught at home with you. For more information you can refer to the letter I sent here: Home Reading – Feb 2018

Some things to look for/try while reading with your child include -using their alphabet-sound knowledge to sound out words, using pictures to figure out words, pointing to words as you read, watching for repeating phrases, asking your child to retell the story after reading, read the books daily to improve fluency, etc.

Math Focus: We continue to discuss measurement terms (heavy/light/same) and will be moving on to a review of 2D shapes as we also begin discussing 3D shapes. Students will continue working on math folder activities independently.

Updates for this Week: 

  1. As mentioned above, Home Reading has started last week. Take time each night to practice reading the books with your child. Please note that Home Reading folders are to be returned every Thursday (with blue bookmark and optional reading log) so that your child can read one of the four books to me and receive a sticker on their bookmark. Your child will receive a new folder every Friday provided their previous week’s folder has been returned. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance with this. Please let me know if you have any questions about Home Reading.
  2. Student-Led Conferences (SLC) will take place on Thursday March 22nd. This is an opportunity for you to see some of the things your child has been doing in class. You and your child will visit our classroom and your child’s specialist teachers to see their most recent learning. I will post a link for the Sign Up Genius on March 14th. Please look here on the blog to access the sign up on that day. Also note that students will have early dismissal so that they may attend their conference with you. Buses will depart school at 11:30 and there will be no lunch served on that day.
  3. A note from Mr. Balli, our librarian – On Thursday March 15th, we will be having guest author Julia Cook come to SCIS! Ms. Cook used to be a guidance counselor and all of her books teach a very specific lesson and topic.  Some of her books include A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue, Bully BEANS, and Soda Pop Head. That day will be a unique one in that all of K-1 will be going to the main campus to see Ms. Cook’s presentation in the theater. Kindergarten students will be bused to Main Campus that morning for the 40-minute presentation. You will have an opportunity to order Ms. Cook’s books through the Obeido order from that will be sent home in the blue folder in the next few days. Please contact Mr. Balli for further queries.
  4. The next introduction to the SCIS Main Campus for all Kindergarten and G1 parents will be March 27 at 1:30pm in the Plaza. Any questions can be directed to Kevin Haggith, LS Principal: khaggith@scis-china.org
  5. Our class will be making an art piece for the upcoming Art Auction. For this project, we will require all types of bottle caps. I’d appreciate it if you can send in any spare caps (both metal & plastic – all sizes) you find rather than throwing them in the trash. Thank you!
  6. If your child will be going on a playdate, both the sending and receiving parent should confirm this with myself and Transportation. Thank you for your help with this.
  7. Please remember that you can send library books back any day of the week but our book swap days are only on Days 4 and 8.
  8. The next Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays – March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.
  9. Should you wish to be the Mystery Reader, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945abac23a3f94-mystery1