Weeks 20 & 21

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

With a successful 100th Day Celebration on Friday, we have finished up our Unit of Inquiry about ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.”

This week we will begin our new unit about ‘HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES’ – “Farm systems support people.” where we will explore the different systems needed to get the foods we eat and products we own into our homes. For more information about this unit, please see the unit letter that will go home in the blue folder on Monday.

Learner Profile of the Week: Throughout this new Unit of Inquiry, we will focus on the Learner Profiles of Knowledgeable and Thinkers. In addition, we will work on understanding being Reflective and this will help us to work on editing pieces of work and also considering how our actions affect others.

Letter Focus: This week we will complete the remaining uppercase letters and begin a review of the whole uppercase alphabet. We will review both formation of the letters and their sounds.

Language Focus:

Writing – Students will continue to write about every day events. We will work on editing these pieces to add extra details or pages, go back and correct sight words and reflect on our own work using a checklist.

Reading – We have been learning to choose “just right” books. Some important things we have discussed include: interest in the book, ability to read and figure out almost all of the words, understanding what he or she is reading (can tell you what the story is about or what he or she is learning) and can read fairly smoothly.  If your child is stumbling over many words, she or he will not be able to focus on reading for understanding yet. When choosing a book, students are learning to:

Pick up a book that looks interesting

Look at the cover and the pictures inside

Read a little in the book

Think, “Does it feel right?”

Math Focus: We will continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills. We will also be exploring materials and using them to guide our inquiry into measurement, geometry, counting and operations.

Updates for this Week: 

  1. Thank you for helping your child prepare for the 100th Day of School Celebration. Students had so much fun planning for this celebration. In addition to preparing their 100th day shirt, they decorated the classroom with 100 balloons, pictures with 100 tiny pictures and bags filled with 100 items from the classroom. They also cut out and hid a total of 500 numbers for the game they had planned called ‘Treasure Hunt’. They visited all kindergarten classes who had each prepared a different activity and each student had a part in explaining our own game of ‘Treasure Hunt’ to their peers. We ended the day with dropping 100 balloons from the ceiling and enjoying some yummy cupcakes. It was a fun day had by all!
  2. 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!
  3. Due to the upcoming CNY holiday from February 15th to 23rd, there will be no ASA on February 12, 13 or 14.
  4. To celebrate Chinese New Year, we will wear red or traditional Chinese clothing on February 13th. Here are the assembly details:
  5. A Note From Ms. Knight

    Thank you to those that joined me Thursday morning for the Reading Development in the Early Years parent coffee. I hope you walked away with a better understanding of reading development and our program, as well as some useful ways to help your young reader. A great additional resource is the Nightly Reading homework: Best Practice for Parents video. You can access this by clicking here. (Please note you will need a VPN.)

    Your child’s teacher is always the best source of information specific to your child’s individual progress. I am always happy to speak to you regarding child development and literacy. If you are looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind Regards,
    Heather Knight (hknight@scis-china.org)
    ECE Vice Principal

  6. If your child will be missing school due to departing early or returning late before/after the CNY holiday, please let both myself and Angela in Transportation know.  Thank you to those parents who have already informed us. Also, if your child will be going on a playdate, both the sending and receiving parent should confirm this. Thank you for your help with this.
  7. Students still go outdoors for recess during the cold weather. Please send appropriate clothing for outdoor play including hat, scarf and mittens/gloves.
  8. 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.
  9. The next Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays – March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.

School Cancellation

Dear SCIS Families,

Due to inclement weather, Shanghai Community International School has cancelled school on January 26, 2018 for all campuses (Hongqiao Main, Hongqiao ECE, and Pudong).  All transportation services, ASAs, athletics, and extra-curricular activities will be cancelled. We expect to re-open school on Monday January 29, 2018.

Sincerely,

SCIS Administration

Week 19

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We continue our unit of inquiry: ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” This week we worked on identifying the important elements of any celebration such as the clothes we wear, the foods we eat, the games we play and the decorations we put up. This discussion is preparation for our final task in this unit of planning a celebration.  In the coming weeks, students will plan and execute a celebration for their kindergarten peers in our classroom. I will let you know when we decide the details of our party. 🙂 In Mandarin, students will also talk more about Chinese New Year and practice for their Chinese New Year assembly coming up soon.

Learner Profile of the Week: We have reviewed the ideas of Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. We will continue talking about being Knowledgeable and add to our Learner Profile books.

Letter Focus: Since the majority of students are fairly confident with their letter sounds we will be completing 2 letters per week from now on. This week we will be reviewing Uppercase S and; identifying these letters in print; finding words that contain the letters; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating these letters through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Q & G.

Language Focus: Writing – We will write about small moments that happened to us throughout the week. I will continue to meet one-to-one with students to reflect on their writing and discuss things that they should work on to become super writers. Reading – We will begin to talk more about our favorite stories and why we like them. Some things we have discussed about our favorite books are characters, illustrations, humor and interest. Understanding these things will help us to make good book choices for our particular reading level.

Math Focus: We will continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills. We will also be exploring materials and using them to guide our inquiry into measurement, geometry, counting and operations.

Updates for this Week: 

  1. We will be having a ‘Music Night’ sponsored by PAFA on the evening of Tuesday January 23rd from 5-6pm. We hope that you will come out and enjoy the fun with your family!
  2. On Monday, I will be sending home either Sight Words or Alphabet Cards for your child.  Please cut these and keep them in a plastic ziplock bag or another safe place. It would be beneficial for your child to practice reading, then spelling these words once they are familiar.  Practicing these words/letters will only help with the reading that is beginning to take shape.
  3. When there is a change in busing, please ensure you email both myself and Angela in transportation. If your child will be going on a playdate, both the sending and receiving parent should confirm this. Thank you for your help with this.
  4. Scholastic book orders are due back by Wednesday January 24th.
  5. Students still go outdoors for recess during the cold weather. Please send appropriate clothing for outdoor play including hat, scarf and mittens/gloves.
  6. You may have noticed that students received 3 books during Library Book Swap this week. This will be the norm from now on.  Please remember that you can send books back any day of the week but our book swap days are only on Days 4 and 8.
  7. If your phone number, email address or home address has changed, please provide this information to our secretary Ms. Dora Zhou. dzhou@scis-china.org
  8. Passport Club will happen on Tuesday January 16th. Please send your child’s passport folder on this day. For future reference the next Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays – March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.
  9. To celebrate Chinese New Year, we will wear red or traditional Chinese clothing on February 13th. There will also be an assembly that all parents may attend sometime during that week. More details will follow.
     

Weeks 17 & 18

Welcome back! Wishing a happy new year to you all as we start a new quarter at school. This week was very busy getting back into the swing of things.

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We continue our unit of inquiry: ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” We worked on a sorting activity about all of the different celebrations we’ve learned about in class (Shapes Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sinterklaas, Diwali, Birthdays, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.). We will talk more about Chinese New Year and the other holidays that come soon such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, etc. as we come to the last few weeks of this unit of inquiry.  There is still time to share a celebration you know with the class (or with all of our kindergarten students), please do let me know and we can arrange a time for you to come in. As a final task in this unit, students will plan and execute a celebration for their kindergarten peers in our classroom. I will let you know when we decide the details of our party. 🙂

Learner Profile of the Week: We have reviewed the ideas of Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. We will continue talking about being Knowledgeable and add to our Learner Profile books.

Letter Focus: Since the majority of students are fairly confident with their letter sounds we will be completing 2 letters per week from now on. This week we will be reviewing Uppercase C & O; next week we will review Uppercase Q & G; identifying these letters in print; finding words that contain the letters; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating these letters through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y & Z.

Language Focus: Writing – We will write about small moments that happened to us throughout the winter break. I will be meeting with students to reflect on their writing and discuss things that they should work on to become super writers. Reading – We will begin to talk more about our favorite stories and about making good book choices for our particular reading level.

Math Focus: We will continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills. We will be working on numbersense again and counting to higher numbers than before.

Updates for this Week: 

  1. ASA’s begin on Monday January 15th and will last for 8 weeks. If your child is signed up for an ASA this session, please ensure you pick him/her up at 4pm on their designated day. ASA teachers will meet you in the lobby at this time unless otherwise stated. You should have received a confirmation email from the ASA teacher already. If you have not, please let me know. Thank you!
  2. Picture Day will be on Monday January 15th. This will be specifically for our class photo and for students who are new or missed the first round of individual pictures in September. Students must wear their light blue SCIS shirt and navy bottoms on this day. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
  3. We will be having a ‘Music Night’ sponsored by PAFA on the evening of January 23rd from 5-6pm. We hope that you will come out and enjoy the fun with your family! See the flyer in the blue folder.
  4. IT IS COLD OUTSIDE! Students still go outdoors for recess during the cold weather. Please send appropriate clothing for outdoor play including hat, scarf and mittens/gloves. Students know that I expect them to zip up their jacket and wear these extra items to stay warm.
  5. You may have noticed that students received 3 books during Library Book Swap this week. This will be the norm from now on.  Please remember that you can send books back any day of the week but our book swap days are only on Days 4 and 8.
  6. If your phone number, email address or home address has changed, please provide this information to our secretary Ms. Dora Zhou. dzhou@scis-china.org
  7. Passport Club will happen on Tuesday January 16th. Please send your child’s passport folder on this day. For future reference the next Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays – March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.
  8. To celebrate Chinese New Year, we will wear red or traditional Chinese clothing on February 13th. There will also be an assembly that all parents may attend sometime during that week. More details will follow.
  9. Here are links to the Winter Concert before the break. Our Class sure did a fantastic job!Youtube: https://youtu.be/gDMUsfCftok

    Youku:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzIyNzk2NzgzMg==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0

    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SCISChina/videos/1540685332676099/

Happy Holidays!

 

Hello Families. 🙂  I want to thank you for attending our Class Celebration earlier this week. It’s always so nice to see parents visiting our classroom. For those of you who couldn’t attend, I hope that you will have some time over the break to look over your child’s achievements this quarter and celebrate their learning. Although it is nice to be on holidays now, it is with some sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Ryan as he and his family move on to Australia in the new year. We wish them luck as they embark on this new adventure!  My wish for you all is to be safe and enjoy the holidays.  Looking forward to seeing you all in 2018!

 

Week 16

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

We continue our unit of inquiry: ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” We are working hard on a symbols book that shows different the celebrations.  If you have a celebration you would like to share with the class (or with all of our kindergarten students), please do let me know and we can arrange a time for you to come in.

Learner Profile of the Week: We will continue to work on being Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. This week we will continue talking about being Knowledgeable. We have been adding to our Learning Profile books as well.

Letter Focus: This week we will be reviewing Uppercase Z; identifying these letters in print; finding words that contain the letters; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating these letters through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L, U, V, W, X & Y.

Language Focus: Writing – We will continue focusing on small moments that we can write stories about and connecting them to different celebrations and remembering to include a cover page, beginning, middle and end to each story that we write. Reading – We are finishing up our unit on being Super Readers. Students have been working hard on using their pointer power (ex. pointing at words and pictures to help tell the story) with laser lights, sticks, fingers and classroom pointers. You should be able to ask your child about what super readers do and he/she should say that they   look for letters, words and sounds using a pointer/finger, they turn pages with care to look at pictures and tell the story and also by following the story page-by-page and attempting to retell by using the words; first, then, next, last.

Math Focus: We will continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills.

Updates for this Week: 

  1. Parents are invited to our classroom winter celebration on Tuesday December 12th from 11:45 to 12:45. Your child will share some of his/her writing with you and you will make a holiday craft together. No snacks are required as they will be provided through our class fund. Students will have their regular lunch at 1:00pm. We hope to see you then!
  2. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on December 15th. Buses run as usual and there will be no lunch for students on this day.
  3. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send their running shoes as well. If you’d prefer to have them leave their shoes at school in their cubbie, please let me know.
  4. ASA Registration: After School Activity (ASA) registration for Session 2 will begin next Monday, December 11 and end at 3:30 on Wednesday, December 13.  An email will be sent to all parents of Kindergarten and Grade 1 students via the scis-parent.org email account with link to register students for one SCIS sponsored After School Activity.

    SESSION 2 ACTIVITIES

    Monday

    • Tag Games-Learn and play many different tag games.
    • Soccer-Learn basic soccer skills and how to apply them in a game. ONLY new participants.
    • Paint Club-Explore different styles of painting and use different mediums to create unique pieces of art. Be prepared to get messy and have fun!
    • Sand Castle Club-Explore the sand sensory room to create sand sculptures.
    • 3D Models-Have fun and develop fine motor skills by creating a variety of objects using paper model kits. 
    • Play-dough Fun-Learn how to make play-dough into different sculptures such as animals, plants, etc.
    • Chinese Stories and Crafts- Listen to traditional Chinese stories followed by art and crafts inspired by the reading.
     
    Wednesday
    • Paper Handcrafts-Explore the many types of paper sponges, waxed paper, and iridescent paper.
    • Healthy Eating & Fitness Club-Play popular PE games and then prepare healthy foods to help replenish our energy.
    • Legos & Blocks-Create towers, buildings, and cities using Legos and blocks.
    • Finger Painting- Get messy and play with finger-paint to create beautiful pieces of art.
    • Advanced iPad Applications-Explore a variety of advanced iPad applications related to their personal interests during this dynamic ASA!
    • Folk Dancing-Learn the basic steps for a few traditional dances from around the world!
    • Paint Party-Explore your artistic side through a variety of process-based art activities using paint, watercolor, acrylic, and more. Instruction in simple techniques will allow the children to harness their individual creativity!
     
    Thursday
    • Chinese Calligraphy-Use Chinese calligraphy to learn about Chinese characters.
    • Ballroom Bonanza-Fun on the trampoline, slide, and in the ball pit!
    • Art Club-Explore a variety of mediums and learn about famous artists and their artwork in our after school ‘art studio’.
    • Soap Making-Explore creative ideas for making different soaps.
    • Ballet Fun-An introduction to ballet through music, movement, beginner steps and improvisational dance!
    • Bead Designs-Create colorful bead designs.
    • Eric Carle Club-Listen to books from this author followed by fun activities related to the books.
    • Weaving-Make bags, bracelets, baskets, and hats using simple materials.
    • Thursday-Jewelry Making-Design and create your own jewelry.

    If you have any questions, please contact the ASA Coordinator, Heather Knight, at hqece-asa@scis-his.org.

  5. Since I was busy getting reports ready last week, I will be sending home the USB’s this week.  Thank you for sending them in.

Week 15

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

Students are enjoying our newest unit of inquiry: ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” We have had a few presentations about different celebrations this week. We learned about a little more about symbols and traditions related to Christmas, Sinterklaas and Diwali. If you have a celebration you would like to share with the class (or with all of our kindergarten students), please do let me know and we can arrange a time for you to come in.

Learner Profile of the Week: We will continue to work on being Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. This week we will continue talking about being Knowledgeable.

Letter Focus: This week we will be reviewing Uppercase X & Y; identifying these letters in print; finding words that contain the letters; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating these letters through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L, U, V & W.

Language Focus: Writing – We will continue focusing on small moments that we can write stories about and connecting them to different celebrations. Reading – We are continuing our unit on being Super Readers. Students have been working hard on using their pointer power (ex. pointing at words and pictures to help tell the story) with laser lights, sticks, fingers and classroom pointers. We will continue this skill by looking for letters, words and sounds and also by following the story page-by-page and attempting to retell by using the words; first, then, next, last.

Math Focus: We have been reviewing shapes and working on symmetry. We will use materials and paper to create symmetrical designs. We will also continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills.

Updates for this Week:

  1. K/1 Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5th 6:00 @ SCIS Main Campus! Please drop off your Kindergarten children in the Main Campus Cafeteria. There will be no supervision before 5:30 so please do not drop off kids before then. Information about what to wear and links to songs for practicing at home can be found on Ms. Babb’s website: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/
  2. On December 5-6 we will be having a book fair sponsored by Blue Fountain Books. The book fair will go from 8:30am-4:00pm. Please send money with your child should you wish to have them buy books. Parents are welcome as well to purchase books.  The book fair will be held in the library.  Sincerely, Josh Balli, ECE Librarian ***Please note that our class visit to the book fair will occur on the morning of Wednesday December 6th so you may send money for your child in a labelled/sealed envelope in their blue folder on this day. It is not mandatory to send in money as you may wish to visit the book fair with your child instead.  
  3. Parents are invited to our classroom winter celebration on Tuesday December 12th from 11:45 to 12:45. Your child will share some of his/her writing with you and you will make a holiday craft together. No snacks are required as they will be provided through our class fund. Students will have their regular lunch at 1:00pm.
  4. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send their running shoes as well. If you’d prefer to have them leave their shoes at school in their cubbie, please let me know.
  5. There have been a few requests to send home the pictures and videos I’ve collected and posted to the blog. If you send in a USB, I can add the pictures and videos I’ve collected of your child this term. Please place it in the blue folder and let me know that you’ve sent it in. I will do my best to get USB’s back to your within a few days.
  6. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on December 15th. Buses run as usual and there will be no lunch for students on this day.

 

 

Week 14

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus:

Students are enjoying our newest unit of inquiry: ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” We have started to talk more about many different celebrations and talk about the elements that make them unique. This week we will talk more about the elements that help create a celebration like the decorations, music, symbols, dress, foods, etc. If you have a celebration you would like to share with the class (or with all of our kindergarten students), please do let me know and we can arrange a time for you to come in.

Learner Profile of the Week: We will continue to work on being Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. This week we will begin to talk about being Knowledgeable which is sharing something you know a lot about with others.

Letter Focus: This week we will be reviewing Uppercase W; identifying this letter in print; finding words that contain this letter; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating the letter through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L, U & V.

Language Focus: Writing – We will continue focusing on small moments that we can write stories about and connecting them to different celebrations. Reading – We are continuing our unit on being Super Readers. Students have been working hard on using their pointer power (ex. pointing at words and pictures to help tell the story) with laser lights, sticks, fingers and classroom pointers. We will continue this skill by looking for letters, words ad sounds and also by

Math Focus: We have been reviewing shapes and working on symmetry. We will use materials and paper to create symmetrical designs.

Updates for this Week:

  1. K/1 Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5th 6:00 @ SCIS Main Campus! Please drop off your Kindergarten children in the Main Campus Cafeteria. There will be no supervision before 5:30 so please do not drop off kids before then. Information about what to wear and links to songs for practicing at home can be found on Ms. Babb’s website: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/
  2. On December 5-6 we will be having a book fair sponsored by Blue Fountain Books. The book fair will go from 8:30am-4:00 PM. Please send money with your child should you wish to have them buy books. Parents are welcome as well to purchase books.  The book fair will be held in the library.  Sincerely, Josh Balli, ECE Librarian ***Please note that our class visit to the book fair will occur on the morning of Wednesday December 6th so you may send money for your child in a labelled/sealed envelope in their blue folder on this day. It is not mandatory to send in money as you may wish to visit the book fair with your child instead.  
  3. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send their running shoes as well. If you’d prefer to have your leave their shoes at school in their cubbie, please let me know.
  4. If you haven’t already, please send in a new change of clothes for your child. Remember to include pants, long-sleeve shirt, socks and underwear. Be sure to remind your child to take them out of his/her backpack. Thank you!
  5. There have been a few requests to send home the pictures and videos I’ve collected and posted to the blog. If you send in a USB, I can add the pictures and videos I’ve collected of your child this term. Please place it in the blue folder and let me know that you’ve sent it in. Thank you.

 

 

Weeks 12 & 13

Here’s What We’re Learning:

Unit of Inquiry Focus: ‘HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES’ – “People Learn and Express Themselves Through Games.” Last week, students were busy putting the final touches on their game presentations. Each student had the opportunity to present their game and then play it again with their peers during center time.

This week we will switch gears as we begin our newest unit, ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.” We will discuss traditions and celebrations we know already and reflect on Shape Day.

Learner Profile of the Week: We will continue to work on being Principled, Balanced, Communicators and Risk-Takers. We will add two new Learner Profiles during this new unit – Knowledgeable & Open-Minded. The Unit Letter will go in your child’s blue folder this week. If you have not yet sent back your child’s Learner Profile book, please send it in as soon possible. Thank you!

Letter Focus: This week we will be reviewing Uppercase V; identifying this letter in print; finding words that contain this letter; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating the letter through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H, K, L & U.

Language Focus: Writing – We will return our focus to writing stories and review the elements that a story needs. We will be focusing on small moments that we can write about and connecting to all the different ways we can celebrate. Reading – We started our unit on being Super Readers. This is a fun unit where students will receive special laser lights to enhance their pointing power (ex. pointing at words and pictures to help tell the story). Students will also receive super power capes which I’ve told them that only readers who practice our super reading skills can wear them.

Math Focus: Throughout our games unit, students were able to review a lot of game concepts such as rolling dice and counting, simple addition/subtraction, corresponding numbers to spaces they move, turn-taking, playing fairly and communicating effectively. We will be reviewing shapes this week and also beginning symmetry. Students will also be introduced to math folders which will help them practice math skills in class.

Updates for this Week:

  1. A reminder that there is no school this Friday November 24th.
  2. K/1 Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5th 6:00 @ SCIS Main Campus! Please drop off your Kindergarten children in the Main Campus Cafeteria. There will be no supervision before 5:30 so please do not drop off kids before then. Information about what to wear and links to songs for practicing at home can be found on Ms. Babb’s website: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/
  3. If your child wears boots to school, please remember to send their running shoes as well. If you’d prefer to have your leave their shoes at school in their cubbie, please let me know.
  4. If you haven’t already, please send in a new change of clothes for your child. Remember to include pants, long-sleeve shirt, socks and underwear. Be sure to remind your child to take them out of his/her backpack. Thank you!

 

 

Week 11

Here’s What We’re Learning This Week:

Unit of Inquiry Focus: ‘HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES’ – “People Learn and Express Themselves Through Games.” This week I will ask the students to explain the rules of a game we’ve learned to assess their understanding of how games function. We will also start activating our imaginations in order to prepare to create our own games which will be presented to the class.

Learner Profile of the Week: We have been working hard to add times we’ve used the different Learner Profiles to our Journal. The Learner Profile Journal will go home this week. I ask that you discuss/celebrate with your child, sign and return it the next day so we can continue to add to it. In addition to being a Communicator and Principled, we are also talking about being Balanced when playing games. For example, we sometimes play games with many friends or just with one; play an active game or not so active game; play games that use materials or no materials; etc.

Letter Focus: This week we will be reviewing Uppercase L; identifying this letter in print; finding words that contain this letter; completing Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and creating the letter through different mediums (painting, drawing, using manipulatives, etc.). We’ve Practiced So Far: Uppercase F, E, D, P, B, R, M, N, H & K.

Language Focus: Writing – We are talking about writing like a scientist and remembering to add details. This week we will work on labelling our drawings and add further understanding to our writing.

Math Focus: We are learning more new math board games where we will have to use our counting and numbersense skills to help us play the game. So far we’ve learned the games ‘Cover All’ and ‘Dice Race’.

Updates for this Week:

  1. SCIS ECE invites families to INQUIRY NIGHT! Come and explore our learning at ECE on Tuesday, November 7th from 5:00-6:00pm in the ECE Gym.
  2. Please send in a weather appropriate change of clothing with pants and long-sleeved shirt. The classroom is a little chilly at times so please also have a sweater available for your child to put on. Thank you.
  3. K/1 Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5th 6:00 @ SCIS Main Campus! Please drop off your Kindergarten children in the Main Campus Cafeteria. There will be no supervision before 5:30 so please do not drop off kids before then. Information about what to wear and links to songs for practicing at home can be found on Ms. Babb’s website: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ece/music/