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”

Happy Friday!

Dancing during Alan Dick Community Day!

Celebrating Alan Dick Community Day!

 

Good afternoon parents! What a busy week it has been! We enjoyed our second student agency event on Wednesday, where students were able to choose from 6 different activities taught by parents. Students learned how to fold origami, make dumplings, dance, knit, make henna, and use time lapse photography–all excellent ways of expressing yourself! We also enjoyed a fun-filled day on Thursday celebrating Alan Dick Community Day and CDNIS 25th Anniversary. The students had a blast dancing and celebrating together.

Unit of Inquiry: We are continuing our unit of How We Express Ourselves and have started digging into the central idea that “stories are shared in a variety of ways and evoke different responses”. We have been reading a variety of stories and analysing our responses to them.  Students were quite emotional over a chapter in our read-aloud book today–what a perfect example of how stories move us! We are also comparing and contrasting many different versions of the same stories. The students are growing so much in their comprehension skills! We will begin creating puppets and making stories of our own, so I would love any donations for shoe boxes for creating puppet theatres. Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Thank you: A huge thank you to our Mystery Reader this week, Lisa Miller. We loved having you in our class and the students enjoyed your book! They can’t wait to see you again!

A message from Jennifer Salvador:

Dear Parents,

In preparation for our coming Music & Movement Spotlights, please help your child prepare their costumes for the show (see note below).

Please put them in a bag/ziplock bag  and label it with their name and class. Please have your child bring them to school in the next few days, so their teachers can collect them (by: Friday, 17th March please). Thank you for your help.

PS.  A lot of students have practiced their lines (noted in their pink communication book) at home already, thank you for helping them memorise their lines. Please continue to do so this week. Thank you. Thank you in advance for taking the time to celebrate with us on what we have been learning. Hope to see you there!

Prep C, D & F SPOTLIGHT– Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Costumes 

Prep C 

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar (short sleeve)

Girls: Black pants and any colourful shirt (pop stars)

Prep D

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar (short sleeve)

Girls: any dress

Prep F

Boys: Black pants, BLUE shirts 

Girls: any dress

Prep A, B & E SPOTLIGHT– Tuesday, March 21 at 10am – 11am

Prep A

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar (short sleeve)

Girls: any dress

Prep B

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar

Girls: Long dress (make sure not too long, above the ankle)

Prep E

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar

Girls: Long dress (make sure not too long, above the ankle)

 

Upcoming parent workshop:  

Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.

More information can be found at:  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/

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
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Comparing and contrasting two Versions of Strega Nona by the same author.

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Team work for a puzzle.

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Enjoying open play time with students from the 10th floor.

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Practicing chess with friends in Prep E.

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Way to go team!

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Experimenting with weights and balances in play.

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Enjoying our second Student Agency “How We Express Ourselves” event.

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Enjoying Alan Dick Community day.

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Experimenting with acrostic poems.

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Enjoying our mystery reader.

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Comparing and contrasting two versions of a story with friends.

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Working on our Picasso-inspired portraits!

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Working on our Picasso-inspired portraits

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Working on our Picasso-inspired portraits!

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Working on our Picasso-inspired portraits!

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Recording friends reading aloud stories they have written.

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Recording friends reading aloud stories they have written.

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Recording friends reading aloud stories they have written.

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Recording friends reading aloud stories they have written.

How We Express Ourselves!

Expressing ourselves through dance!

Expressing ourselves through dance!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had a very full weekend visiting a school in Bangkok and learning more about their play-based learning programme. This will be a very brief blog post with a few updates; please check back on Friday for a more extensive blog posting regarding this week’s activities.

Unit of Inquiry: We have begun our new unit of How We Express Ourselves and are looking forward to exploring the central idea that “stories are shared in a variety of ways and evoke different responses”. We have already started talking about the concept of perspective and reading a variety of fairy tales told from a different point of view. Ask your children if they remember any of these! I will post the parent letter for this current Unit of Inquiry on this Friday’s blog post. Stay tuned!

A message from our lower school administration:

The students continue to enjoy the new 9/F playground and have adjusted to the new equipment and open ended flow of the playground.  As there is open space for free play, the students are trying out new developmentally appropriate play.  At times, this play can become a bit rough and we are working with the students to make better choices.  Please speak with your child and encourage them to choose to avoid these types of games and rough play.  Thank you for your continued support.

Spotlight Performance; message from Jennifer Salvador:

Prep Spotlight/Celebration for 2017

Spotlights are opportunities for classes to showcase the learning that they have done in Music & Movement class for a live audience of their parents and the school community! Below you can find the date and time of the spotlight performance of your child’s class.

Venue: LLAC Theatre, CDNIS

Time & Date (*PARENTS INVITED)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Rehearsal Dates *(PARENTS NOT INVITED):

 * DEAR PARENTS: Would be much appreciated if you can make sure your child is not absent on these REHEARSAL dates, thank you!)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 13 at 10am – 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Blog Link 

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
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Our Star Student sharing for the week.

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Making guesses for our Estimation Wall on the 10th floor.

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Working on our perspective pictures in art.

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Working on our perspective pictures in art.

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Working on our perspective pictures in art.

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Working on our perspective pictures in art.

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Practicing hip hop dancing with a Upper School student to introduce How We Express Ourselves.

Prep D winners for the estimation game!

Prep D winners for the estimation game!

Wrapping up a Unit!

Building a marble run to experiment with force and movement!

Building a marble run to experiment with force and movement!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope that you have had a fantastic week. We have had another busy week in Prep D as we wrapped up this Unit of Inquiry. Wishing you a pleasant weekend–stay warm out there!

Unit of Inquiry: We finished our Unit of How the World Works this week, concluding with a summative assessment today. You can look forward to checking out this summative assessment when we send the portfolios home next month. We worked a lot with ramp experiments, constructing marble runs, and comparing the weight of different objects in a drop test. The students have really gained a deeper understanding of how different factors affect motion and learned many key vocabulary words such as: force, movement, gravity and friction. We look forward to beginning our new unit of How We Express Ourselves next week! Stay tuned for further information regarding this unit.

Reading: We have continued to enjoy our reading groups and literacy stations this week. With different books, we focus on a variety of items such as predicting, making connections and identifying the main idea. We also regularly practice decoding strategies and how to read an unknown word, as well as reading with fluency and expression. Please take note of the laminated bookmarks coming home with specified questions for you to use at home. The children are showing great excitement over completing pages in their red reading folders. Love the passion for reading!

RAZ kids: I have approved all parent access for RAZ kids online, as well as entered your email addresses. You should be able to access your child’s reading account at this time. Please let me know if you are having any difficulty with this so that I can remedy the situation.

Math: We finalised our engagements involving shapes and measurements with some small group assessments this week. The students have impressed me with their acquisition of knowledge thus far! Their minds are truly little sponges.

Prep Parent Writing Workshop: The Prep team presented a very informative workshop about writing this past Tuesday. If you were unable to make the workshop, please check here for the presentation.

Music and Movement: Your child will be coming home today with a strip of paper that contains their spoken part for the Spotlight Performance. They presented today during class time with their partners. Miss Salvador would greatly appreciate if you could practice these parts at home with your children as well. Thanks for your support with this!

Message from Lower School Vice Principal Rob Grantham:

Attention all Lower School students:
Please donate to a worthy cause. Feeding Hong Kong is an NGO providing food relief to people in need.
From next Monday 27 February – 13 March please deposit non-perishable foods in the red Feeding HK bins located on the 9th, 7th and 3rd floors.
Best wishes from,
The CDNIS Heifer Team – dedicated to eradicating poverty.

Message from Performing Arts teachers:

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of au audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Spotlight Performance; message from Jennifer Salvador:

Prep Spotlight/Celebration for 2017

Spotlights are opportunities for classes to showcase the learning that they have done in Music & Movement class for a live audience of their parents and the school community! Below you can find the date and time of the spotlight performance of your child’s class.

Venue: LLAC Theatre, CDNIS

Time & Date (*PARENTS INVITED)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Rehearsal Dates *(PARENTS NOT INVITED):

 * DEAR PARENTS: Would be much appreciated if you can make sure your child is not absent on these REHEARSAL dates, thank you!)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 6 at 10am – 11am 

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 13 at 10am – 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Blog Link 

Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here  on Monday of next week to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week. I apologise for the delay with this–please do check back next week.
Important Dates:
  • March 17: Portfolios sent home
  • March 20: Prep D Spotlight performance
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Writing through play!

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Our Star Student of the week sharing!

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Experimenting with different heights of inclined surfaces and measuring distance with straws.

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Building a marble run to experiment with force and motion–great lesson in collaboration!

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Building a marble run to experiment with force and motion–great lesson in collaboration!

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Building a marble run to experiment with force and motion–great lesson in collaboration!

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Diligently working on a storybook!

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Dressing the teacher up with beautiful crowns and jewels. :)

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Group construction!

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Enjoying library time!

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Building a road and writing about ways people can help keep the road safe. What imagination!

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Building a marble run to experiment with force and motion–great lesson in collaboration!

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Glitter art inspired by our current chapter book “The Year of Billy Miller”

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Glitter art inspired by our current chapter book “The Year of Billy Miller”

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Acting out stories in the library :)

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Really committing to the character of a sick patient during dramatic play!

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The joy of reading :)

Experimenting with gravity and painting!

Experimenting with gravity and painting!

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

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Experimenting with gravity and painting.

Happy Friday!

Our movement pieces after watching a variety of illumination dances!

Our movement pieces after watching a variety of illumination dances!

 

Good afternoon parents!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week and wishing you a fantastic weekend in this lovely weather! I will be running a trail half marathon in Sai Kung tomorrow; hopefully I will have some fun stories for the kids on Monday. 🙂

Unit of Inquiry: We only have one more week left in our Unit of How the World Works and have taken advantage of every opportunity we can to explore motion more this week. The students experimented with force and motion by using their cars on a variety of ramps and inclined surfaces. We enjoyed some free movement and studied some interesting dance performances, then linking what we had learned to an art engagement of making moving figures. We also discussed the topic of friction and what causes objects to slow down or speed up. To experience this idea further, we practiced cutting cardboard items with kid-like tools. The students absolutely loved persevering through the challenging task of cutting through a tough surface. Friction at its best! We will be conducting a few more experiments next week and then concluding our unit with a summative assessment.

Reading: We have enjoyed another week of guided reading in small groups. You should be noticing both a guided reading book and a “snuggle up and read” book coming home.  I appreciate your partnership with this as your children learn and grow as readers. I love to watch them grow both in fluency and comprehension. You will be seeing some coloured and laminated bookmarks coming home as well that your child has created. These bookmarks have guiding comprehension questions you may ask your child as you read together.

RAZ kids: We have now officially begun our RAZ kids reading program. This is an optional program you can use at home to further enhance your child’s reading progress. If you do choose to participate in this program, I would ask that you continue reading with your child one on one daily, as this is the most valuable practice. You will find your child’s username, login information, and password for RAZ kids in their pink book today. There will also be a detailed letter explaining how the program works. Please do let me know if you have any questions regarding this!

Math: We continued to explore measurement and shapes further this week. The children measured both their hands and feet using a variety of classroom items. We also practiced some more shape songs and challenged ourselves by making 3 Dimensional shapes–not an easy task!

Thank you: A huge thank you to our mystery reader, Mukta Negi! Wow–what a great selection of books you read! Needless to say, the children were very engaged and extremely excited about the stories you chose. Thank you so much for your time!

Another huge thank you to the parents who have donated items. The students have LOVED practicing their letter writing and card making using the donated paper supplies. We look forward to using the egg cartons for experiments next week.

Prep Parent Writing Workshop: We cordially invite our Prep parents to our parents workshop on Writing on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8 am in the library pit. Hosted by Carole Saunders Deborah Pih and Rachel Rendall this workshop follows on from the previous reading workshop and will discuss the developmental nature of writing and how it is incorporated into play. All parents, grandparents and aunties are welcome to come and find out how children progress in writing in a play based, developmentally appropriate environment.

Prep needs your help in our next Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’!

We are looking for members of the CDNIS community (parents and other family members) who are passionate about an art form that they can teach the Prep students on Wednesday March 8. We are looking for any type of art form, and some examples could be sewing, knitting, poetry writing, drama, martial arts, etc. We will all meet at 12:20 and then the students from Prep will choose the art form they would like to learn about for 30 minutes. Please contact Rebecca (Prep E teacher) at RebeccaTupling@cdnis.edu.hk if you would like to volunteer for this event.  Thank you!

Message from Performing Arts teachers:

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of au audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Spotlight Performance; message from Jennifer Salvador:

Prep Spotlight/Celebration for 2017

Spotlights are opportunities for classes to showcase the learning that they have done in Music & Movement class for a live audience of their parents and the school community! Below you can find the date and time of the spotlight performance of your child’s class.

Venue: LLAC Theatre, CDNIS

Time & Date (*PARENTS INVITED)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 21 at 10am – 11am

Rehearsal Dates *(PARENTS NOT INVITED):

 * DEAR PARENTS: Would be much appreciated if you can make sure your child is not absent on these REHEARSAL dates, thank you!)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 6 at 10am – 11am 

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 13 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 7 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 14 at 10am – 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Blog Link 

Dental Appointments: If your child has a scheduled dentist appointment, we will be visiting the clinic on February 23rd at 8:40. Please take note of the following points from Nurse Gloria:

  • Students are to bring their own toothbrushes and the Student Dental Care Services handbook if they have one.
  • Any missed or rescheduled appointments are to be arranged by the parents.

Parents are welcome to meet their child at the clinic if they would like to attend. The address is 1/F Maclehose Dental Centre, 286 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.

Message from the Lower School Counsellor; Ms. C

 Lower School Parent Morning
Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skills can have a negative impact on their school performance. Join us on Feb 23 8am-9:30am at LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more on how to help your child manage and develop executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. RSVP here.
Please visit the following link for the presentation from Dr. Minna Chau on sleep and learning.
 Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week!
 Important Dates:
  • February 22:  Prep Writing Parent Workshop at 8:00
  • February 23: Prep D dental appointments
  • February 24: Dress Down Day
  • March 20: Prep D Spotlight performance
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Our star student presenting to an eager audience!

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Experimenting with ramps and cars!

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Experimenting with ramps and cars!

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Sharing pictures from vacation!

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Acting out the action words he wrote :)

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Independent writing during literacy time.

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Reading with buddies.

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Making Valentine’s for loved ones!

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Making Valentines for loved ones!

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Making Valentines for loved ones!

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Making Valentines for loved ones!

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Valentine Ninja!

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Valentine Ninja!

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Dance party during open play time with the other Prep classes!

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Collaboration in drawing and writing.

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Making our movement figures after watching a variety of dances.

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Making our movement figures after watching a variety of dances.

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Making our movement figures after watching a variety of dances.

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Practicing language with Bingo!

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Listening to stories being read aloud during literacy time.

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Enjoying books from our mystery reader!

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Girls presenting their project that had been worked on for a week!

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A lively presentation of a favourite storybook!

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools.

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Cutting and constructing 3 dimensional shapes!

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Cutting and constructing 3 dimensional shapes!

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Cutting and constructing 3 dimensional shapes!

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Cutting and constructing 3 dimensional shapes!

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Cutting and constructing 3 dimensional shapes!

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Working on our body motion art.

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Working on our body motion art.

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Working on our body motion art.

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Working on our body motion art.

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Learning about friction by cutting with tools!

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Our completed body motion art! Such creativity!

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Dramatic play and cooperation at its best–operating on a sick unicorn! (Hand made by students.) :)

 

Welcome back!

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We enjoyed a fun-filled 100th day of school with a lot of Prep-wide activities!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Chinese New Year holiday! I have loved seeing all of the vacation pictures and hearing stories from your young ones. I absolutely love when you share photos and videos from travels. This provides such a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their experiences with classmates and practice their communication skills. Thank you for your constant involvement and support! The students arrived back at school full of energy and positivity.  Their loving hearts and passion for learning truly make my job the best in the world!

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued our exploration of movement and forces through several experiments this week. The children have started construction on their own structures that included a ramp. We made our own cars using recycled toilet paper rolls and plan to test them out on our ramps! We were also able to experiment with motion using marble runs donated from some of our upper school friends. This hands on experience has truly made the unit come alive for your students. A week full of fun indeed! Please note the following items we will be using during the next 2 weeks as we conclude our Unit of Inquiry on How the World Works.

  • Donated Items Needed: 
    • Empty egg cartons (will be used for helicopter experiment
    • Paper for letter writing (unused cards, notebook paper, notepads)

Reading: We have kicked off our official reading program by beginning with guided reading groups in class. I can’t tell you how much joy this brings me. Listening to a child read and watching them fully comprehend, make connections and truly enjoy literature is one of my favourite things in this world. Allowing your children this extra time to fall in love with reading this year is already proving to be a great success. I am proud of your young ones as they continue to blossom as readers. Please note that you will begin seeing 2 books come home in the red reading folder.  You may read the “snuggle up and read” book to your child, while the “levelled reader” (should be a coloured level sticker on the book) should be read BY your child. I will send home comprehension bookmarks with your students next week, to help you assist them with questions as they read. The students seem to really enjoy this added component of reading. Again, I would like to stress the importance of NOT focussing on reading levels. I never tell the children what level they are and I never want it to become a competition. Are they loving reading? If the answer is yes–then I’m happy.

RAZ kids: We will be starting the Reading A-Z online program in the following 2 weeks, so please stay tuned for information on this. I will provide you with your child’s login and password, which you will find coming home in your child’s pink book shortly. We will use this program occasionally in class and it can be used as an optional at home reading program. It will not be a primary focus, but can definitely act as a supplement if desired!

Thank you: A huge thank you to our mystery reader, Rachel Middagh! You are truly the champion story teller!! Thank you for taking the time to join our class–we really appreciate it and always enjoy your humorous and lively story telling.

Prep needs your help in our next Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’!

We are looking for members of the CDNIS community (parents and other family members) who are passionate about an art form that they can teach the Prep students on Wednesday March 8. We are looking for any type of art form, and some examples could be sewing, knitting, poetry writing, drama, martial arts, etc. We will all meet at 12:20 and then the students from Prep will choose the art form they would like to learn about for 30 minutes. Please contact Rebecca (Prep E teacher) at RebeccaTupling@cdnis.edu.hk if you would like to volunteer for this event.  Thank you!

Spotlight Performance; message from Jennifer Salvador:

Prep Spotlight/Celebration for 2017

Spotlights are opportunities for classes to showcase the learning that they have done in Music & Movement class for a live audience of their parents and the school community! Below you can find the date and time of the spotlight performance of your child’s class.

Venue: LLAC Theatre, CDNIS

Time & Date (*PARENTS INVITED)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 20 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 21 at 10am – 11am

Rehearsal Dates *(PARENTS NOT INVITED):

 * DEAR PARENTS: Would be much appreciated if you can make sure your child is not absent on these REHEARSAL dates, thank you!)

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 6 at 10am – 11am 

Prep C, D & F – Monday, March 13 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 7 at 10am – 11am

Prep A, B & E – Tuesday, March 14 at 10am – 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Blog Link 

Dental Appointments: If your child has a scheduled dentist appointment, we will be visiting the clinic on February 23rd at 8:40. Please take note of the following points from Nurse Gloria:

  • Students are to bring their own toothbrushes and the Student Dental Care Services handbook if they have one.
  • Any missed or rescheduled appointments are to be arranged by the parents.

Parents are welcome to meet their child at the clinic if they would like to attend. The address is 1/F Maclehose Dental Centre, 286 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.

Message from the Lower School Counsellor; Ms. C

Parent Coffee Morning-

Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with  Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.

RSVP here.

https://docs.google.com/a/cdnis.edu.hk/forms/d/1jmqcc6z8DyTmB49tp3SZ8GnTnsjCCn5sXYU9TI_XbCA/edit?usp=sharing

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

 Important Dates:
  • February 22:  Prep Writing Parent Workshop at 8:00
  • February 23: Prep D dental appointments
  • February 24: Dress Down Day
  • March 20: Prep D Spotlight performance
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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Word games!

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Constructing creations with ramps for motion experiments.

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We love to dance!!

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A special birthday story!

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Happy birthday to the birthday boys!!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Learning about stop-motion and making movies with iMotion app!

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Sharing our finished movies with the class! Such creative ideas!

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Sharing our creative movies with the class!

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Reading during free choice time. :)

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Experimenting with motion by using marble runs made by grade 9 students!

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Enjoying a book from our mystery reader–2 visits in one week…we are lucky!!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Celebrating the 100th day of school! Counting out 100 snacks!

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Watching the dress rehearsal of our grade 6 buddies and Young Americans!

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Enjoying the show!

Exploring and growing!

Experimenting with the forces of push and pull!

Experimenting with the forces of push and pull!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. We have had another fun-filled week in prep, finishing with an awesome trip to the Performing Arts Centre today. Please read on for more detailed information.

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued our exploration of our new unit How the World Works this week. As a reminder, we will focus on the central idea of different factors affect motion, using the lines of inquiry how things move, factors and conditions that affect motion, and how force and motion play a part in daily life. We started to experiment with ramps and how different types of surfaces affect motion this week. We have also experimented more with our bodies and how we can push and pull. We will begin constructing ramps and cars next week for more force experiments. If you have any toy cars you would like to donate for our class to use during this unit, we would gladly accept them! Also, any donated small boxes could be used for ramp construction. Thank you for your support with this!

Parent Workshop:  Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our Parent Workshop on the Joy of Reading in Prep! It was great to share our passion with you and be able to answer some questions. If you were not able to make the workshop, please click on the following link to access the presentation. We will be hosting the next workshop in February about writing and look forward to seeing you then.

Reading Parent Workshop Presentation

Reading: I am excited about moving into the more formalised approach to reading instruction in the following weeks. You can look forward to a new red reading folder coming home with your child on Monday. In this folder, you will see some papers where you can chart which books you have read with your child at home. At this point, your child will just choose a “snuggle up and read” book, that you can read to your child. Very soon, they will also bring home levelled readers that they can read to you. Your child can exchange books as often as they would like throughout the week. Could be once, or four times. Your choice! Please do let me know if you have any questions as we progress with the reading.

Math: We have continued our exploration of shapes this week, learning about both 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a “shape hunt” throughout the school to tally how many shapes we could find at CDNIS. The students loved it! Students also experimented with creating their own 3D cubes out of paper, through a lot of trial and error. Good lesson in perseverance!

Field Trip to Performing Arts Centre:  We enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Hong Kong Theatre for Performing Arts today. The children truly enjoyed watching the live presentation of Stickman. They were completely engaged and absolutely loved the active audience participation throughout the show. I enjoyed  watching the faces of the children and hearing their laughter more than anything! What a great experience for these young ones.

 Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week! (Will be updated on Friday)
Important Dates:
  • January 24: Chinese New Year Flower Fair–10:55-11:30
  • January 23-26: Dress Down Week; Chinese New Year Theme
  • January 27-February 6: Chinese New Year; No school
  • February 22:  Prep Writing Parent Workshop at 8:00
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Painting our dragon for our upcoming dragon dance in Chinese class!

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Painting our dragon for our upcoming dragon dance in Chinese class!

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Painting our dragon for our upcoming dragon dance in Chinese class!

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Painting our dragon for our upcoming dragon dance in Chinese class!

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Moulding shapes with clay!

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Moulding shapes with clay!

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Making shapes with pipe cleaners!

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Drawing and cutting shapes!

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Moulding shapes with clay!

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Moulding shapes with clay!

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Making shapes with pipe cleaners!

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Making shapes with pipe cleaners!

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Sorting push and pull pictures.

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On a “shape hunt!”

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On a “shape hunt!”

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On a “shape hunt!”

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On a “shape hunt!”

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On a “shape hunt!”

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On a “shape hunt!”

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Using our bodies and partners to experiment with push and pull.

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Experimenting push and pull in a group!

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Experimenting push and pull in a group!

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Experimenting push and pull in a group!

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Experimenting sliding cubes down ramps with different surfaces and recording results.

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On the way to the field trip!

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Field trip fun!!

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Ready for Stickman to start!

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Almost show time!

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Round of applause for a great show!

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First step of painting our clay: a white coat.

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First step of painting our clay: a white coat.

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First step of painting our clay: a white coat.

New Unit-New Fun!

Students bringing in books from home to share with friends. :)

Students bringing in books from home to share with friends. :)

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope that you have all had a wonderful week. We have enjoyed another fruitful week of learning and exploring in Prep. I am really enjoying watching literacy come alive for students as they become more excited about reading and writing every day. Most of today’s announcements are repeated from last week, but are still very important, so do read on!

Unit of Inquiry: We have continued our exploration of our new unit How the World Works this week. As a reminder, we will focus on the central idea of different factors affect motion, using the lines of inquiry how things move, factors and conditions that affect motion, and how force and motion play a part in daily life. We have begun to experiment with how our body moves, how objects can move and what things cause that movement. We have also explored the main movements of push and pull this week. The students experimented on the playground, in PE class and in the classroom with these movements and how different factors affect this. Please take note of this week’s pictures for a more detailed look! We will begin exploring motion on ramps next week, even making our own cars! To that affect, if you have any toy cars you would like to donate for our class to use during this unit, we would gladly accept them! Also, any donated small boxes could be used for ramp construction. Thank you for your support with this!

Parent Workshop: On Tuesday, January 17th Ms. Rebecca, Mr. Leo and I will be presenting a workshop on reading and how Prep promotes the joy of reading. We will have specific examples of activities we do in the class and will provide examples with how you can promote your child’s reading development at home. This presentation will take place at 8:00 am in the library pit. Parents, grandparents, aunties are invited!

Reading: Following the Parent Workshop on January 17th, we will begin our formal reading programme in Prep D. You can look forward to your child’s reading folder coming home daily with first “snuggle up and read” books and then additionally levelled readers as well. I will also be started more formalised guided reading instruction at that time. I am already floored with how well the children are progressing in reading. I will also be sending home a detailed letter about the reading programme at this time, so please stay tuned. I am so thrilled to present to you all on the 17th, as this is a subject truly near and dear to my heart. I hope you all can make it!

Math: With this new Unit of Inquiry, we will focus on measurement and shapes. We have already begun measuring using non-standard units and I encourage you to have students practice this at home as well. They can measure anything with their feet, hands, or even entire bodies! We have measured with things like cubes, pencils, papers, and paperclips. The possibilities are endless! We will also be learning more about shapes and how to describe them and organise them by their properties. Looking forward to some math fun!

 Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week! (Will be updated on Friday)
A note regarding the upcoming Chinese New Year Flower Fair:
Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online
Jan 6 – 19
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Online Token Reservation LINK
A message from our lower school Counsellor Shelly Chutke:
Internet is a vital part of our world and a important tool in education. Research shows that, students are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games” Join us on Jan 19 8:00am – 9:30 am for a talk by Dr. Gandolfi, the Executive Director for St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service and learn more about Internet Addiction.
You can sign up here.

 

Coming soon to the Lower School:  HOUSE DAYS!

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are beginning Lower School HOUSE DAYS on the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and House shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organised so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to the first Lower School House Day which will be on Friday, January 13.
Important Dates:
  • January 13: Dress Down Day; House shirt!
  • January 17: Prep Parent workshop at 8:00
  • January 20: Prep Field Trip to Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
  • January 24: Chinese New Year Flower Fair–10:55-11:30
  • January 23-26: Dress Down Week; Chinese New Year Theme
  • January 27-February 6: Chinese New Year; No school
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Reading aloud her own story book she wrote. A new favourite past time in our class!

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Reading aloud her own storybook.

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Reading aloud her own teeny story book!

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Our start student of the week presenting a video. What a great speaker he was!

Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Taking pictures of motion on the playground for our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Recording results from our motion experiment with partners.

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Recording results from our motion experiment with partners.

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Recording results from our motion experiment with partners.

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Writing sentences during free choice! The love of literacy in our classroom is palpable!

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Motion experiments in PE! Running with and without weight in a backpack, biking with and without pulling weight and throwing weighted and unweighted balls. What fun!

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Motion experiments in PE! Running with and without weight in a backpack, biking with and without pulling weight and throwing weighted and unweighted balls. What fun!

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Motion experiments in PE! Running with and without weight in a backpack, biking with and without pulling weight and throwing weighted and unweighted balls. What fun!

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Motion experiments in PE! Running with and without weight in a backpack, biking with and without pulling weight and throwing weighted and unweighted balls. What fun!

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Motion experiments in PE! Running with and without weight in a backpack, biking with and without pulling weight and throwing weighted and unweighted balls. What fun!

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Exploring with measurement!

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Writing about the motion pictures the students chose to print.

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Measuring height with cubes.

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Measuring height with cubes.

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Comparing height of students using non-standard unit of cubes.

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Proud of their cake and cookie creations!

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Learning about the medium of clay in art class.

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Exploring with forces and motion using clay in art!

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Exploring with forces and motion using clay in art!

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Exploring with forces and motion using clay in art!

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Exploring with forces and motion using clay in art!

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Experimenting with force using different tools to make patterns in clay.

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Experimenting with force using different tools to make patterns in clay.

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Experimenting with force using different tools to make patterns in clay.

Happy New Year!

Practicing measurement by ordering ourselves according to height!

Practicing measurement by ordering ourselves according to height!

 

Good afternoon parents! I hope you all enjoyed an exciting and restful Winter Break. I have heard a lot about your vacations from your students. We have shared our vacation memories during carpet time and in our journals. What exciting lives these young ones lead! I am truly impressed with how well your children have transitioned back into our daily prep routines immediately following break. They have arrived willing and excited to learn, soaking up knowledge more rapidly than before. They have also shown such immense growth in social skills from the beginning of the year, it is truly astounding. I am definitely pleased with their progress and eagerly anticipate this second half of the school year.

Unit of Inquiry: We have jumped right into to our next Unit of Inquiry, How the World Works this week. The students are already intrigued and excited! We will focus on the central idea of different factors affect motion, using the lines of inquiry how things move, factors and conditions that affect motion, and how force and motion play a part in daily life. We have begun to experiment with how our body moves, how objects can move and what things cause that movement. We have a lot of exciting experiments and projects coming up, so stay tuned! We hope to have a formal UOI parent letter ready for next week’s blog post.

Parent Workshop: On Tuesday, January 17th Ms. Rebecca, Mr. Leo and I will be presenting a workshop on reading and how Prep promotes the joy of reading. We will have specific examples of activities we do in the class and will provide examples with how you can promote your child’s reading development at home. This presentation will take place at 8:00 am in the library pit. Parents, grandparents, aunties are invited!

Reading: Following the Parent Workshop on January 17th, we will begin our formal reading programme in Prep D. You can look forward to your child’s reading folder coming home daily with first “snuggle up and read” books and then additionally levelled readers as well. I will also be started more formalised guided reading instruction at that time. I am already floored with how well the children are progressing in reading. I will also be sending home a detailed letter about the reading programme at this time, so please stay tuned. I am so thrilled to present to you all on the 17th, as this is a subject truly near and dear to my heart. I hope you all can make it!

Math: With this new Unit of Inquiry, we will focus on measurement and shapes. We have already begun measuring using non-standard units and I encourage you to have students practice this at home as well. They can measure anything with their feet, hands, or even entire bodies! We have measured with things like cubes, pencils and papers. The possibilities are endless! We will also be learning more about shapes and how to describe them and organise them by their properties. Looking forward to some math fun!

Mystery Reader: A HUGE thank you to our mystery reader this week, Michael Ling! The students absolutely loved your animated and enthusiastic storytelling. You had them spellbound! I know they will be looking to check these books out in the library in the near future.

 Class Photo Gallery:  Please check here to see a brief slideshow of photos from this week!
A note regarding the upcoming Chinese New Year Flower Fair:
Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online
Jan 6 – 19
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Online Token Reservation LINK
A message from our lower school Counsellor Shelly Chutke:
Internet is a vital part of our world and a important tool in education. Research shows that, students are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games” Join us on Jan 19 8:00am – 9:30 am for a talk by Dr. Gandolfi, the Executive Director for St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service and learn more about Internet Addiction.
You can sign up here.

 

Coming soon to the Lower School:  HOUSE DAYS!

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are beginning Lower School HOUSE DAYS on the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and House shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organised so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to the first Lower School House Day which will be on Friday, January 13.
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Important Dates:
  • January 13: Dress Down Day; House shirt!
  • January 17: Prep Parent workshop at 8:00
  • January 20: Prep Field Trip to Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
  • January 24: Chinese New Year Flower Fair–10:55-11:30
  • January 23-26: Dress Down Week; Chinese New Year Theme
  • January 27-February 6: Chinese New Year; No school
 Enjoy some photos from this week!
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Exploring how toys move in our first experiment of our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Exploring how toys move in our first experiment of our new Unit of Inquiry.

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Sharing a self-created book!

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Sharing about awesome vacations!!

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Sharing more self created books with classmates. This was a collaborative author and illustrator project!

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Reading to classmates a self-selected text!

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Reading for pleasure :)

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What animation! Story telling doesn’t get any better than this!

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He had the class spell bound!

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Enjoying some stories from our mystery reader, Mr. Ling.

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Planning stages of the dungeon!

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Self-selected globe exploration. :)

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Pointing to where they have captured the prisoners–children who have stolen money! What imaginations and collaboration!

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Exploring motion through painting to soothing music. We learned about Monet and tried his water lily painting!

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Exploring motion through painting to soothing music. We learned about Monet and tried his water lily painting!

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Exploring motion through painting to soothing music. We learned about Monet and tried his water lily painting!

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Exploring motion through painting to soothing music. We learned about Monet and tried his water lily painting!

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Playing restaurant and taking the customer’s order.

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Playing restaurant and creating with cubes!

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Free play at it’s finest. The possibilities are truly limitless!