Another fun-filled week in Prep D!

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Practising for our End of Year Performance!

 

Good afternoon parents! The weekend is upon us! The excitement of upcoming summer break is definitely in the air! We have had another full and exciting week of learning and growing in Prep. Please read on for a very brief blog posting of information this week.

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued to explore our unit of Where We are in Place and Time this week by delving into the world of literature and making connections through a variety of stories. The children have also enjoyed researching many innovators from the past. We have started our summative assessment of the unit this week, which you can look for when the portfolios come home next week.

End of Year Celebration: We look forward to celebrating a successful year in Prep with you on Wednesday, May 31st. We will begin our celebration by attending the presentation in the LLAC from 8:00-9:00. Directly following this performance, Prep D will celebrate as a class in our classroom. We will have some light snacks and have some presentations to make for the students as well. We invite all parents to attend! Please stay tuned for further information or specifics from our lovely class mothers.

Thank you: A huge thank you to our final mystery reader, Nelson Cheung. The students enjoyed having you hear and learning some valuable lessons through your excellent book choices! I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the parent mystery readers who have volunteered their time to come in this year. The students truly value this time!!

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 6: Last Day of Swimming Class
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Please enjoy some photos from this week!

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Swimming safety lessons in swim class.

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Swimming safety lessons in swim class.

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Swimming safety lessons in swim class.

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Swimming safety lessons in swim class.

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Reading to classmates.

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Working on even and odd puzzles.

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Practising with clocks and time.

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Happy Friday!

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Good afternoon parents! We have enjoyed another fun-filled week in Prep; from Sports Day, to birthday celebrations, to time with our Grade 6 buddies. I am so impressed with how hard the children are working to show kindness, gratitude, and respect, even in these last few weeks of school. We have been adding a lot of selfless acts to our class kindness jar! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing your little ones on Monday.

Unit of Inquiry: As a reminder, please check the current UOI Parent Letter here to learn in detail what we will be focussing on for the remainder of the school year in this Unit of Where We Are in Place and Time. We have enjoyed exploring the topic of innovation more and discussing why we need to innovate and how change affects our lives. The students are remarkably interested in learning about the past and our research has ranged from the Ancient Egyptians to impressionist artists; each with their own innovations!

Prep Sports Day: What a fun Sports Day on Wednesday we enjoyed! A huge thank you to our parent volunteers Stephanie So, Lisa Miller, Tia Moore, Pam Ku, Karen Chan, and Mukta Negi for volunteering to help us on this day. The students enjoyed the friendly competition and active games. We were certainly tired out that afternoon!

Thank you: A huge thank you to our Mystery Reader, Lisa Miller this week! We appreciate you taking the time to come in and read to the students. I cannot believe we only have one more Mystery Reader for the school year! The students definitely cherish this time.

iPad Apps for Summer:  Please refer to a small sticker in the inside front cover of your child’s pink communication book. This contains 3 iPad apps and passwords that are wonderful resources for reading and learning. I encourage you to use BrainPop Junior, Tumble Books, and PebbleGo over the summer with your child if you can. The students are all familiar with how to navigate these apps and really enjoying reading and learning through them! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this.

A Message from ChineseTeachers: Also attached in the inside front cover of your child’s pink communication book, you will find a note from our Chinese Teachers concerning your child’s placement for Chinese class next year. Please refer to that and direct your questions to the Chinese teachers if you have further queries.

A Message from our Vice Principal Lisa Kipfer

Rec and Prep Parents–Feedback about Transition Presentations

Thank you to the parents that took time away from busy schedules to join us for the Transition Workshops (Rec to Prep and Prep to Rec). Please let us know how we can improve these presentations for next school year and any additional questions you may have so we can answer them early next school year. Thank you in advance for filling out this 5 minute survey. Here is the survey.

Some of you have asked for the resources so here is the Rec to Prep, Prep to Gr 1 and Resilience. Please click on name to go to the resources.

Message from the One Door Team concerning Grade 1 iPads:
Please check the following link to receive detailed information about your the iPads that your child will be using next year in Grade 1.

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 26: All Library Books Due
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Please enjoy some photos from this week!

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating Pokemon Origami bookmarks for a birthday celebration!

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Creating Pokemon Origami bookmarks for a birthday celebration!

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Creating Pokemon Origami bookmarks for a birthday celebration!

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Creating Pokemon Origami bookmarks for a birthday celebration!

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Creating Pokemon Origami bookmarks for a birthday celebration!

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Enjoying our birthday celebration!

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Enjoying our birthday celebration!

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Enjoying our birthday celebration!

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Practicing pointillism after learning about the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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Practicing pointillism after learning about the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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Practicing pointillism after learning about the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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Practicing pointillism after learning about the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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Exploring what we see, think, and wonder about games from the past.

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Comparing the past and present in Hong Kong

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Creating personal timelines with our Grade 6 buddies.

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Happy Assembly Day!

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Presenting at our Assembly!

 

Good afternoon parents! A huge thank you for taking the time to attend our assembly this afternoon! The students have been working really hard over the last few weeks to prepare this. They were bursting with excitement to present and were very proud of their performances after. It certainly takes a lot of courage to perform in front of such a large crowd…at such a young age! Very fun to have the parent volunteers involved in the performance as well. 🙂 Thank you for your continual support as we helped prepare for this. It is hard to believe that we now have less than 4 weeks of school left!

Unit of Inquiry: Please check the current UOI Parent Letter here to learn in detail what we will be focussing on for the remainder of the school year in this Unit of Where We Are in Place and Time. 

Message from the One Door Team concerning Grade 1 iPads:
Please check the following link to receive detailed information about your the iPads that your child will be using next year in Grade 1.
Thank you: A massive thank you do Karen Chan and William Pang for coming in to be the Mystery Readers this week. The students loved having you!
Prep Sports Day: We look forward to our Prep Sports Day on May 17th next week. Thank you for those who have volunteered to help us out on this day. I will provide you with further details early next week if you will be volunteering. Many thanks in advance!

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week. **We will update the slideshow on Monday if it does not show up this afternoon, so please check back next week for some amazing photos!**

Important Dates:
  • May 17: Prep Sports Day
  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day
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Presenting at our Assembly!

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Presenting at our Assembly!

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Presenting at our Assembly!

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Presenting at our Assembly!

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Presenting at our Assembly!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Presenting a puppet show of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Presenting a show of Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Enjoying Make. Create. Collaborate put on by the Performing Arts team!

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Proud of their accomplishments!

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Show time!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Someone found her sister at the museum!!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Enjoy our Field Trip to the Museum of History!

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Our Star Student of the Week presenting to the class.

 

A week full of Holidays and fun!

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Happy Friday!!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope that you have enjoyed this week that has been sprinkled with holidays throughout. We have been as busy as ever in Prep D during these few days of school. There will not be a lot of new information in today’s posting, as most of it still remains true for this upcoming week and serves as a good reminder. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I will be paddling with the CDNIS dragon boating team during the Stanley warm-up races on Saturday. Wish us luck!

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued our Unit of Where We are in Place and Time, focusing on the central idea of The way we live can change over time. Preparing for our assembly has been a perfect gateway into this topic. The students are researching and exploring how Hong Kong has changed over the years, in regards to transportation, buildings, food, and clothing. We will be looking more into timelines and how things have changed throughout time in sequential order next week. We will also begin to look into innovation and the reason things change.

As a reminder, we also have our first artefact for our class museum! Please feel free to send in more items from the past, along with an explanation, so we can display in our class museum.
Thank you: Thank you to Karen Chan for being our Mystery Reader this week! The students enjoyed the plethora of books you read and were enthralled the entire story time. It is our favourite time of day!

Prep Assembly: Prep D looks forward to sharing what they are learning about during our Assembly on May 12th. The students are really excited about creating their assembly and learning new songs! The students should have brought their lines home to practice, so please do let me know if you have not seen these. They will be able to read from the paper, so no need to memorise. I look forward to seeing you all on Friday!

Prep Field Trip: In connection to our current UOI, the students will be going on a field trip to the Museum of History on May 8th. Thank you for everyone who volunteered to join us! I look forward to seeing you on Monday morning. It should be a day full of fun and authentic learning experiences!

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • May 8: Prep D field trip to Museum of History
  • May 12: Prep D Assembly
  • May 12: House Day
  • May 17: Prep Sports Day
  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Please enjoy some photos from this week! (Not as many due to the short week and assembly preparations–my apologies!)

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Writing letters to our Grade 6 buddies.

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Writing letters to our Grade 6 buddies.

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Writing letters to our Grade 6 buddies.

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Enjoying books from our Mystery Reader!

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Grade 6 buddy letter!

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Painting pictures of Hong Kong in the past.

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Star Student sharing!

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Painting pictures of Hong Kong in the past.

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Painting pictures of Hong Kong in the past.

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Enjoying our Friday afternoon free choice time.

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Team work in Lego building.

Happy Long Weekend!

The students called their own meeting to order after visiting the PYP exhibition to discuss taking action on important issues!

The students called their own meeting to order after visiting the PYP exhibition to discuss taking action on important issues!

 

Good afternoon parents! Thank you so much to all of you for attending our Student Led Learning Reviews today! I absolutely loved watching the children lead you through their journey of learning thus far in the school year. I hope that you enjoyed learning from your child and seeing how their independence and confidence has grown! I wish you all a restful and enjoyable long weekend; I look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued our Unit of Where We are in Place and Time, focusing on the central idea of The way we live can change over time. Preparing for our assembly has been a perfect gateway into this topic. The students are researching and exploring how Hong Kong has changed over the years, in regards to transportation, buildings, food, and clothing. We look forward to further exploration in the upcoming weeks!

Thank you for those of you who have turned in your family trees. The students have loved sharing about their families and they are now proudly displayed in our classroom. We encourage you to turn in your family trees if you so desire!

We also have our first artefact for our class museum! Please feel free to send in more items from the past, along with an explanation, so we can display in our class museum.
Thank you: A huge thank you to Azmar Sukandar for sharing some amazing animal puzzles to help us learn about how we can protect animals who are in harm’s way. The students really took this lesson to heart for Earth Week!

Prep Assembly: Prep D looks forward to sharing what they are learning about during our Assembly on May 12th. The students are really excited about creating their assembly and learning new songs! I will be sending some lines home for the students to practice next week (their own words)…so please look for these!

Prep Field Trip: In connection to our current UOI, the students will be going on a field trip to the Museum of History on May 8th. Thank you for everyone who volunteered to join us! I will send an email to the parent volunteers next week with further details. Looking forward to this learning experience!

Prep Sports Day: We will be enjoying our Prep Sports Day on May 17th and will be sending home a form with further information on May 2nd. Please look for this information soon, as we will require parent volunteers to help us run our centres. This form will be due on May 5th.

CIS/WASC Parent Survey: Thank you to all of the parents that have already completed the Endicott Survey. This 15 minute online survey is a valuable way for parents to share their perspective on many different aspects of our school. Your feedback provides an opportunity to identify areas that are strengths of CDNIS and where we can improve. While both parents are welcome to take the survey, we ask that at least one parent per household participate in the survey which will be open until Wednesday, May 3. You may find the survey at www.endicottresearchcenter.net  and the code is CNP2017205. For more information, please see the letter sent by Jon Adams last week. If you have any questions about the CIS/WASC Accreditation process, please email Jon Adams.

Message from Performing Arts:

Due to overwhelming responses, we have opened one more date for the Peter Pan Broadway Production , supported by AmCham on May 13th(Sat)! Students aged 5+ are welcome to join for a once in a lifetime experience this summer!

Peter Pan Final Call

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A message from Lower School Vice Principal Lisa Kipfer:

Prep to Gr 1 Transition Parent Presentation

If you have been wondering about the transition from Prep into Gr 1, please join us for the parent presentation to learn more.  The Prep and Gr 1 teams along with administration and the PYP Coordinators have been planning this transition and are excited to share the plans for a smooth transition for each child.  Please sign up here by Friday, May 5th.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, May 12th

Location: Library Pit

Time: 8-9am

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • May 1:  No School
  • May 3: No School
  • May 8: Prep D field trip to Museum of History
  • May 12: Prep D Assembly
  • May 17: Prep Sports Day
  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Please enjoy some photos from this week!

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Sharing our first artefact for our class museum!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Enjoying swimming class!

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Reading to classmates.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Making a print with a pattern in art class.

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Enjoying the PYP Exhibition!

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Enjoying the PYP Exhibition!

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Enjoying the PYP Exhibition!

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Assembling our “Missing Piece” animal puzzles for earth day.

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Assembling our “Missing Piece” animal puzzles for earth day.

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Assembling our “Missing Piece” animal puzzles for earth day.

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Assembling our “Missing Piece” animal puzzles for earth day.

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Assembling our “Missing Piece” animal puzzles for earth day.

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Enjoying the PYP exhibition.

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Reading to classmates.

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Enjoying a guest speaker who taught us a LOT about the history of Hong Kong!

Welcome Back!

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Our teacher for the day reading a book to the class. :)

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you all had wonderful breaks full of travel, fun, and the perfect amount of rest. I have enjoyed seeing some pictures and hearing stories of adventures over break. Although a short week, we have been busy preparing for student led learning reviews and jumping head first into our final Unit of Inquiry!

Unit of Inquiry: We have started our final unit of the year Where We are in Place and Time, focusing on the central idea of The way we live can change over time. We began exploring the concept by thinking about the past, present, and future of our own lives. The students did some brainstorming and came up with some great ideas for this! We also began viewing older pictures of Hong Kong; the students are fascinated with this city’s past! I look forward to delving further into these topics next week.

We are asking from every child if possible:
•We would like every child to make a family tree at home to share with the class. I have sent this home today in zipper pouches to return a week later. It will require you to collect pictures of your child, their parents and grandparents (siblings, aunts, uncles etc not required) to stick on the graphic organiserWe appreciate that families trees can be complex and we will be sensitive to the the fact that families come in many forms. Please let me know if there is a special issue that needs my consideration for class discussion.
Optional :
•If you have photos of your child at various stages growing up, please send them in labelled. You might also like to send in artefacts like a  toy or blanket from when they were small.
•Artefacts for the class museum. If you have old things at home that would help us learn about the past, please send them into school for our class museum- it may just be tape recorder, record, giant old mobile phone or it could be grandma’s dress. If you have something precious, you could bring it in for show and tell and return it the same day.
•Guest speakers. We would like to know what life was like growing up in different parts of the world. How was school different? Games? Homes? Visuals like pictures or real things will bring this alive. Please email me if you would like to come to be a guest speaker and we will arrange a time.
Thank you so much for your help with this unit! Your support will enrich our learning experience.

Thank you: A huge thank you to our Mystery Reader this week Crystal Chu! The students were truly touched by the inspiring true story you read to them. What a wonderful lesson in both perseverance and being thankful for what we have. Students have already noted this week what they are thankful for–I love it!

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Prep Assembly: Prep D looks forward to sharing what they are learning about during our Assembly on May 12th. We are starting to prepare for this assembly and I will let you know of any special needs that arise. Please stay tuned as I will update more on this next week.

Book Donation: Grade 6 students are collecting books on the 9th floor as part of their PYPX action plan, and they would like to ask students to take in second hand picture and chapter books from home that are in good condition, as well as puzzles, games and flashcards. This book drive will last from April 24th to April 28th. All donations will go towards young children and refugees in Hong Kong.

Prep Field Trip: In connection to our current UOI, the students will be going on a field trip to the Museum of History on May 8th. Field Trip permission slips were sent home today in your child’s zipper pouch and we are asking for them to be returned by April 28th. We are looking for 10 parent volunteers for this field trip (we will leave school at 10 am and return by 1:45) so if you would like to volunteer please email me. If we have over 10 volunteers we will put all the names in a hat and pull out 10 names and will contact the parents who are part of that 10.

Prep Sports Day: We will be enjoying our Prep Sports Day on May 17th and will be sending home a form with further information on May 1st. Please look for this information soon, as we will require parent volunteers to help us run our centres.

A message from Lower School Vice Principal Lisa Kipfer:

Prep to Gr 1 Transition Parent Presentation

If you have been wondering about the transition from Prep into Gr 1, please join us for the parent presentation to learn more.  The Prep and Gr 1 teams along with administration and the PYP Coordinators have been planning this transition and are excited to share the plans for a smooth transition for each child.  Please sign up here by Friday, May 5th.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, May 12th

Location: Library Pit

Time: 8-9am

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 Student Led Learning Reviews: Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

I have confirmed time slots for every student for the Student Led Learning Reviews. If you need further confirmation, please email me with any queries or concerns. I look forward to this exciting day of students sharing their learning!

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.
Important Dates:
  • April 24: Green Monday Dress Down Day
  • April 28: Student Led Learning Reviews
  • May 1:  No School
  • May 3: No School
  • May 8: Prep D field trip to Museum of History
  • May 12: Prep D Assembly
  • May 17: Prep Sports Day
  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 30: No School
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Please enjoy some photos from this week!

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Happy Spring Break!

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Enjoying our class Easter egg hunt!

 

Good afternoon parents! I can hardly believe Spring Break is upon us! The excitement and anticipation is definitely in the air. We have had a fun-filled week in Prep and are eager to enjoy our vacations. I wish you all fantastic holidays full of family time, rest, and pure enjoyment! I look forward to seeing each smiling face from Prep D after the break.

Unit of Inquiry: We have concluded our unit of How We Express Ourselves this week, where students were able to create a story in a manner of their choosing. I have absolutely loved watching the students express themselves through story telling, reading, arts, and music. What an expressive and creative class we have! You can expect a green folder coming home today with some work from your children throughout the past unit. Your children have also finished an entire writing journal, so please do take the time to read through the journal entires with your young ones. The growth of the students is quite visible as you look through their journals; they are so eager to begin in their new ones!

Reading:  The students are progressing nicely in their reading, growing daily in interest level, as well as fluency and comprehension. Your diligent reading at home with your child, coupled with the reading we do in class is proving very fruitful. I really appreciate your support with our at home reading program. It is a pleasure to watch the children enjoy selecting new books on a daily basis. I encourage you to read whenever you can with your child over spring break. 

Math: We have continued working on even and odd numbers, exploring them in small and large groups and working more in our math journals. We have also begun working on some addition word problems, focusing on different strategies to put numbers together. Students are learning to count on, draw pictures, use manipulatives, and add with number lines. How exciting to watch them expand their minds in math!

Thank you: Thank you to Azmar Sukandar for coming in as our Mystery Reader this week! The children enjoyed the variety of books you brought and were as excited as every to hear you read. 🙂 Also a huge thank you to Pam Ku and Karen Chung for organising such a fabulous Easter Egg hunt and class celebration! The children had a blast finding the eggs and enjoyed all the delicious treats. Thank you so much to all the parents who came in to help out during the celebration and who generously donated food and supplies for the party. Your kindness and creativity is very much appreciated!!

 A message from our Lower School Counsellor Shelly Chutke:
Parent Workshop– Please join us on the 21st April 2017 at LLAC lobby from 8:00am-9:30am.

We will be sharing information on following topics:
-Conflict management
-Resilience and Self regulation
-Friendship issues and the role teachers and parents play.
-What is safe play?
-Respecting differences and self respect

Each topic will run for ten minutes and you will have the opportunity to attend all of them.

RSVP here
Parent workshop

Student Led Learning Reviews: Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.
I have confirmed time slots for every student for the Student Led Learning Reviews. If you need further confirmation, please email me with any queries or concerns. I look forward to this exciting day of students sharing their learning!

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.
Important Dates:
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 19: School resumes
  • April 21: Parent Workshop
  • April 21: Dress Down Day
  • April 28: Student Led Learning Reviews
  • May 1:  No School
  • May 3: No School
  • May 12: Prep D Assembly

 

Please enjoy some photos from this week!

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Ready to watch the student showcase performances!

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Enjoying a fantastic presentation of the Pokemon song by Reyansh! Well done!

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Reading a wonderful Dr. Seuss book to classmates :)

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Loving our interactive books with our Mystery Reader!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Easter Egg hunt fun!

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Retelling classic stories with story pieces!

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Easter water colours!

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Easter water colours!

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Easter water colours!

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Easter water colours!

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Easter water colours!

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Easter water colours!

Learning and Growing!

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Enjoying the the start of our second session of swimming classes!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you are having a fabulous day, despite the dreary weather. We certainly had a jam-packed week of fun and learning in Prep. The excitement and anticipation of Spring Break is palpable in our classroom!

Unit of Inquiry: It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our Unit of Inquiry of How We Express Ourselves. This week, we continued to investigate how stories are shared and closely examine more components of a story. The students enjoyed noticing a variety of settings in stories and creating their own stories, using different settings and characters. We also discussed the plot of stories and broke down several read alouds into beginning, middle, and end. We expressed ourselves through art in a whole body drawing activity with music (see pictures below), as well as telling stories through symbols with aboriginal art. We look forward to concluding our unit next week with a summative assessment, where students will choose how they would like to share a story.

Portfolios: Thank you for returning your child’s portfolios; we hope you enjoyed viewing your child’s learning journey thus far in Prep. As a gentle reminder, please return portfolios next week before break if you have not yet done so.
Swimming:  We enjoyed a great start to our second session of swimming on Tuesday! The students were so excited to get back in the pool and show how much more confident they were. Unfortunately, we will miss the next few Tuesdays of swimming because of holidays. We look forward to our next swimming session on Tuesday, April 25th.
Items from Home: We have recently had a lot of items brought in from home and consequently, things are going missing. I would ask that all personal items (i.e. toys, Pokemon cards, Pokemon books) stay at home. This definitely helps limit distractions during class time. Thank you for your support with this!
Playground update: I am happy to report that we have implemented a new rotating morning playground schedule, where Prep and Grade 1 have separate play times. The Prep teachers are now able to more frequently monitor behaviours on the playground and this extra space has alleviated a lot of over crowding issues. The students have also been working really hard at making safe playground choices and we are seeing real improvements!
A message from our Lower School Counsellor Shelly Chutke:
Parent Workshop– Please join us on the 21st April 2017 at LLAC lobby from 8:00am-9:30am.

We will be sharing information on following topics:
-Conflict management
-Resilience and Self regulation
-Friendship issues and the role teachers and parents play.
-What is safe play?
-Respecting differences and self respect

Each topic will run for ten minutes and you will have the opportunity to attend all of them.

RSVP here
Parent workshop

Student Led Learning Reviews: You should have received communication from our Lower School Administration team concerning the upcoming Student Led Learning Reviews on April 27th. Please sign up for a time for your children to share their learning journey with you. I look forward to seeing you on this day!
Thank you: Thank you to Karen Chan for coming into our class as our mystery reader this week. The students absolutely loved the plethora of reading books you brought in and you had them laughing the whole time! Story time is truly one of our favourite times in Prep D.
Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.
Important Dates:
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 21: Dress Down Day
  • April 27: Student Led Learning Reviews
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Using manipulatives to find different ways to make 10.

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Using manipulatives to find different ways to make 10.

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Using manipulatives to find different ways to make 10.

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Our Star Student of the week sharing!

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Star Student reading a book to the class.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Creating and telling our own stories using different setting and characters.

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Enjoying the start of second session of swimming!

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Enjoying the start of second session of swimming!

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Enjoying the start of second session of swimming!

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Taking initiative to write her own rhyming words during free choice!

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Reading a favourite book to classmates!

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Practising even and odd numbers in our math journals.

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Practising even and odd numbers in our math journals.

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Practising even and odd numbers in our math journals.

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Practising even and odd numbers in our math journals.

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Telling stories through felt boards.

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Telling stories through felt boards.

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Creating our own stories with the Puppet Pals app!

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Telling stories through felt boards!

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Enjoying our library books. :)

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Enjoying our well-deserved snack party for a great spotlight performance!

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Creating our own stories through aboriginal symbols and paint!

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Creating our own stories through aboriginal symbols and paint!

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Creating our own stories through aboriginal symbols and paint!

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Inspired by the artist Heather Hanson…using our bodies to focus on the process of art, while listening to Beethoven music.

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Enjoying books read by our mystery reader!

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Making mosaics with tile; learning from our artist in Residence Tammie Nakamura.

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Listening to a book from a local author, Greg March, about meditation and breathing.

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Reading a favourite book to the class!

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Enjoying time with our Grade 6 reading buddies!

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Enjoying time with our Grade 6 reading buddies!

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Enjoying time with our Grade 6 reading buddies!

Another exciting week in Prep!

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Proudly displaying our Cup of Good Choices Award we won for great listening behaviour at today’s assembly!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you all have had a great week. I returned from the IB conference in Singapore on Monday night and arrived back to a classroom full of excited and proud students. It was so wonderful to see them proud of their spotlight performance! I was able to see part of their performance through a video call with Lisa Kipfer. What a joy to see them on stage! I hope you all enjoyed watching your little ones shine.

Unit of Inquiry: We enjoyed exploring more of our current Unit of Inquiry of How We Express Ourselves this week. We focused on the questions of “How Stories are Shared” and “Why Stories are Created”. The students brainstormed and had great discussions concerning both of these topics. We are slowly learning that stories can be shared in a variety of ways…more than just story books! We have also been discussing in great detail the author’s purpose and reasons for creating stories. Your children are very inquisitive and reflective when it comes to these topics. I’m very impressed with the connections they are making in this unit.

Portfolios: I hope that you have enjoyed looking through your child’s portfolios and celebrating their successes. I would ask that you please return these portfolios by next Friday, March 31st. Many thanks!
Swimming Starts: A reminder that the second season of swimming classes starts next week on Tuesday, March 28th. Please refer to a swimming letter that has gone home in your child’s zipper pouch today.
Student Led Learning Reviews: You should be receiving communication from our Lower School Administration team concerning the upcoming Student Led Learning Reviews on April 27th. Please sign up for a time for your children to share their learning journey with you. I look forward to seeing you on this day!
Thank you: Thank you to Amanda Wong for coming into our class as our mystery reader this week. The students loved predicting and guessing the animals in the book. We appreciate your time and efforts!
Book Swap:  The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!

A note from the Lower School Admin Team:

Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.
  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.

Sincerely,

Lower School Admin Team

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • March 28: Swimming Starts
  • March 31: Dress Down Day: Sports uniform or clothes from a sport you play.
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 27: Student Led Learning Reviews
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Happy birthday to Olivia!

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Enjoying books from our mystery reader, Amanda!

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Learning about mosaics from our Artist in Residence, Tamie Nakamura

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Participating in the Gratitude Project by writing thank you notes with our Upper School friends.

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Participating in the Gratitude Project by writing thank you notes with our Upper School friends.

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Participating in the Gratitude Project by writing thank you notes with our Upper School friends.

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Practicing story telling with a variety of felt stories.

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Practicing story telling with a variety of felt stories.

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Creating our puppet theatres for a puppet presentation of “The 3 Little Pigs”

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Drawing and writing about our favourite character from a book.

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Enjoying books from our surprise mystery reader, Mr. Adams.

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Enjoying the reading corner :)

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Sharing the love of reading.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Exploring a variety of ways to make the number 10.

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

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Enjoying a Splat presentation, with audience participation from Prep D members!

 

Expressing Ourselves Through Literacy

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Our class book of kindness! The students worked in groups to create their own book full of how we can treat one another with kindness and caring. Students can read through their own brilliant ideas and illustrations when sitting in our class library.

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you have had a fruitful week. We have enjoyed another week in Prep…growing and learning socially, emotionally and academically every day. Please read on for some important information.

Unit of Inquiry: The students are absolutely loving responding to literature and stories in a variety of ways. We are learning how stories can evoke different emotions and responses in a real and meaningful way. We have responded to literature through art, written work, and the beginning stages of acting out. We are currently reading a variety of versions of The Three Little Pigs, comparing and contrasting the characters and plot lines. The students are currently working on creating their own puppets for a show they will put on for their classmates. We will begin working on our puppet theatres next week. The students’ creativity is astounding. They have come up with some unique and interesting characters, yet are still following the plot line of this familiar tale. We have also just finished reading our most recent chapter book “The Year of Billy Miller”, where the students made many personal connections with the main character.

Donations Needed: Thank you to those who have donated shoe boxes! Please do continue to send in shoe boxes, as we will be using them to construct our puppet theatres for our shows.

Reading:  The students continue to enjoy and grow in their reading within our guided reading groups. The students are now choosing a levelled reader of their choice, in addition to their “snuggle up and read” book. Please allow your child to read their levelled reader to you at home. We are discussing how to choose a “just right” book that is both appropriate for the child to read with relative ease and interests them as well. The more often you send the Red Reading Folder back to school, the more books your child will read! Please do return the folder as often as you can.

Math:  We are continuing to explore numbers through addition and soon to be subtraction. We are also working on even and odd numbers and how to distinguish between the two. The students have recently received their own Math Journals, where we will be working on math problems and strategies. We have begun by exploring different ways to make 10 using a variety of manipulatives. Great fun for the students!

Prep D Spotlight Performance:  Prep D’s Spotlight Performance is almost upon us! We look forward to presenting for you in the LLAC on Monday, March 20th at 10:00. The students have been practising and working really hard for this performance. On a very sad note, I will be unable to make the performance. I will be in Singapore for a previously scheduled IB Professional Development. We tried to rearrange the dates, but it was not possible. I am truly heartbroken that I will not be there. I have prepped the students for my absence and have watched every rehearsal that I could. I will have another Prep teacher, Miss Rebecca with our class that day helping Miss Marcia. I’m hoping I can make the presentation via live stream. Will keep you posted! I know they will do wonderfully!

Portfolios Home Today: Please look for your child’s portfolio coming home today. Take time to look through new additions to their learning journey, as well as discuss the growth in their goals. You may return the portfolios next week. Thank you for your help with this!

 

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week.

Important Dates:
  • March 17: Portfolios sent home
  • March 20: Prep D Spotlight performance
  • March 28: Swimming Starts
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 27: Student Led Learning Reviews
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Our Star Student sharing all about himself. What an eloquent and well-rehearsed presentation!

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Playing some trivia games about the birthday girl!

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Happy Birthday to Anthea!

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Responding to the emotions evoked by the book “The Giving Tree” through sketching.

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Responding to the emotions evoked by the book “The Giving Tree” through sketching.

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Responding to the emotions evoked by the book “The Giving Tree” through sketching.

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Reading to classmates!

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Creating our own puppets after reading many different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

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Thinking of how many ways to make 10 by using a variety of manipulatives.

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Thinking of how many ways to make 10 by using a variety of manipulatives.

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Thinking of how many ways to make 10 by using a variety of manipulatives.

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Thinking of how many ways to make 10 by using a variety of manipulatives.

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Thinking of how many ways to make 10 by using a variety of manipulatives.

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Creativity and dramatic play at its best–old men with canes drinking cokes. :)

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Working on “The Giving Tree” art.

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”

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Writing about how colours make us feel after reading the book “My Blue is Happy”