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:
- What happens when you add dish soap to a pan filled with milk & food coloring?
- What happens when you put a balloon filled with baking soda onto the end of a bottle filled with vinegar?
- 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 @ email@example.com
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:
- Your child should wear shorts, running shoes and a top the same colour as their listed team.
- Send in a water bottle labelled with your child’s name.
- Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed.
- The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom 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! firstname.lastname@example.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! 🙂