Last week we spent some time thinking about how we should care for the fish in our classroom. If you happen to be knowledgeable about caring for fish and are willing to share your expertise, please let me know! 

Learning Buddies

We have enjoyed getting to know our buddies over the last few weeks. They have enjoyed reading, drawing  and exploring the playground together, we look forward to many more great learning opportunities with these older role models throughout the year!

Loose Parts

In an early childhood education setting, loose parts mean alluring, objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change while they play. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. As a part of our unit of inquiry we are collecting loose parts to create our own toys.  Sometimes the interesting items are those you would least expect.  Here is a list of items we would love to see.  If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!

Early Years Parent Workshop

Pre Reception, Reception and Prep are using Seesaw to document their learning journey. To learn more, parents are welcome to join us on Wednesday, September 27 from 8am-9:10am in the LLAC Lobby. Come and learn about the purpose of portfolios, role of parents and how to access their portfolio. Please sign up here.
Pancake & PJ Day
Wednesday 27th September – Don’t worry about getting dressed for school on Wednesday, come in your PJ’s!

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We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Seesaw Workshop on Wednesday and sharing with you how you will be able to keep track of your children’s learning throughout the year. This more personalised method of communication will allow for you to keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom and will mean that the weekly updates on the blog will no longer take place. We will be using Remind to keep in touch with upcoming events.

Early Years Moves from Paper to Online Portfolio with Seesaw

Pre-Reception, Reception and Prep classes are using Seesaw this year to document their learning journey. Seesaw gives children a platform to capture and reflect on their learning – in real time. Seesaw will give parents a window into classrooms/learning spaces and into your children’s learning process. It will form an integral part of the way in which we assess, record and report on your child’s growth and development over the year.

We invite all Early Years parents to a parent workshop on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 from 8:00-9:10AM at the school’s LLAC lobby.  At the workshop, we will present about the purpose of portfolios, the role of parents and how they can access their children’s online portfolio.   Please use this link to sign up for the workshop.

Before you attend the workshop, please download the Seesaw’s family App on your personal device so that you can use it to access Seesaw.  We will have limited amount of loaners at the workshop for those who need them.

Seesaw for Family links: https://web.seesaw.me/platforms-parents/ 

UOI

Our weighing and measuring Maths inquiry continues!

Mindfulness 

We will be taking a couple minutes each day to clear our minds. Mindfulness helps with focus, attention and calming the emotions. We will start with simple relaxing exercises. 

Library

Please have your child return their library  book on or before the following Monday in their beautifully decorated bags.

Kelso’s Choices
Last week our Lower School Counselor, Ms. C spoke to us about solving small problems independently, using Kelso’s choices. This is a programme to help students to resolve minor conflicts on their own. 

Celebrations

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If you have a celebration that is meaningful to your family and you wish to share the customs and celebrations with us at school please let us know (Diwali, Hanukkah, St. Patrick’s Day, Holi, Thanksgiving etc.) We will as a class be celebrating, Halloween, Christmas, CNY and of course birthdays!

Sickness

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If your child is coughing, sneezing or has a runny nose please be courteous to the other students and keep them home until it has cleared. Please also note students in Reception should be fever free for 48 hours before returning to school.

Dates

Book Fair 18-22 September 
Please note we will not visit the book fair as a class, however you are more than welcome to accompany your child at any time during the week.

Lower School Dress Down Day – 22nd September 

Cost to dress down is $20, with donations being made to Room to Read on behalf of Bear House.  The theme is: dress as your favourite book character.

Pancake and Pyjama Day – 27th September
Students are encouraged to come to school in their PJs 

On Friday, the students were asked the question: Can we play without toys? As a class, we brainstormed the different ways you can play without a toy, which led to a healthy debate on whether it was fun to play without toys! Next week we will be putting into practice some of these ideas and discover whether we can in fact have fun without toys. Here are some of the idea’s we came up with:

Hide & Seek, Duck Duck Goose, Rock Paper Scissors, Running, Dancing, Tag

Thank you for the fabulous photos of your children playing at home, if you have not sent in a photo yet, it is not too late, please send one in next week!

Maths

A student led inquiry developed into a  wonderful maths activity this week. We have been experimenting with our balance scales and have been weighing items around the classroom, comparing different objects with lots of discussion about weight in terms of “heavy” and “light.” We will continue to explore this further next week.

Making playdough and landing on the moon!

      “The rocket trucks landed on the moon”

 

Loose Parts and Open-Ended Materials

This week we introduced some new materials to our playground. These included crates, wooden planks and large pieces of cloth. These open ended materials provide the children with never ending ways to transform objects into whatever they can imagine.

Dates for your diary:

Friday, 15th September- No School for Students

Wednesday, 27th September 8am to 9am –PreRec to Prep Parent Workshop on Seesaw.

Looking ahead: We will be going to see Hairy Maclary in January 2018

Blogs

Please  click on this link to access the Chinese blog.

Please click on this link for the Music and Movement blog.

 

 

We are having a wonderful time getting to know the children in Reception C!

Here are a few photos off what we have been up to:

I would like to thank you for all of your support and patience as we have begun to settle into this exciting new school year together.  We are so proud of the hard work your children have done as they have adjusted to our classroom and to their new friends

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

Central Idea: Play helps us learn about ourselves and others.

We used a series of ‘play’ photos as a provocation to spark and activate wonder in the students.

This activity was a discussion-starter and tuning in activity for our new UOI, How We Are. We were able to gather preconceptions and wonderings from the students to help guide the direction of their inquiry. This provocation also encouraged the children to start thinking more about questions and questioning.

As a class we created a list of wonderings and then came together during our meeting time to discuss and reflect on play and what it means to us.

Please can you send in a photo of your child playing outside of school (hard or soft copy is fine).

Chinese Blog

Please subscribe to the Chinese blog here!

Library

 

Please have your child return their library  book on or before the following Monday in their beautifully decorated bags.

Snack

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Please pack a healthy snack for your child that they can manage themselves. As we are encouraging the children to become independent please use containers, water bottles etc that they can manage themselves.

Last week it  was wonderful to have all the children together at last!

The children have settled well and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their new classroom. During our morning meeting we have been learning some new songs and thinking of ways to make sure we have a happy safe classroom. Next week we will use our meeting time to create our Essential Agreement. We will also continue to get to know each know each other, talking about our families, likes and dislikes.

Family Photo

We want our displays around the classroom and on the walls to reflect the value of children’s lives and the process of their learning. When we display photos of our families in and around our classroom, we are honouring the importance of a child’s family and home life . If you have not already done so please send in a family photo, Ms. Alice is creating a wonderful display!

Who We Are

Last week the children were encouraged to draw a self portrait.  We used this opportunity to get to know the students better and encouraged them to be *open-minded to their similarities and differences to others, while talking positively about themselves. These drawings shows a “preschematic stage” of development, where they start to draw representations of people. As they are constantly looking for new concepts, these representations will be changing, gradually adding more detail. We will repeat this activity throughout the year to show growth. We certainly have some budding artists in Reception!

*Open- Minded – We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience

Problem Solving

Reception C friends were very unimpressed with the quality of playdough I provided them with last week! After much discussion the children decided that we should have a go at making our own. The result is we now have wonderful malleable, green playdough! 

Professional Development

The early years team were lucky enough to be involved in some fantastic PD with Fiona Zinn last week. Fiona is an educational consultant with over 20 years teaching experience in Early Childhood, inspired by the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia. I am looking forward to sharing my new found knowledge in the classroom over the coming year.

No Hat No Play

Please ensure your child has a hat for outdoor play (we will keep the hats at school).

Dates for your diary:

Sep 15, 2017 Staff PDD: No School for Students

A big thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the information day on Friday! It was great to see you all again and I hope that it was an enjoyable, informative day. If you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email. 

Remind will allow me to communicate with you in a quick, effective way. If you wish to subscribe please follow this link

Uniform Policy

There was a bit of confusion over the shoe policy on Friday (mainly my confusion) please follow this link to if you are unsure of the uniform policy.

A gentle reminder Reception C is a Nut Free Zone.


We are super excited about having the class together tomorrow! Don’t forget that we have library on Monday and Music & Movement on Wednesday and Friday, so please dress your child in their PE clothes on those days.

We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Ms. Kat 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at our information day!

AM classes

8:00am – 8:15am – Welcome – Parents to meet in Alan Dick Forum

8:20am – 9:00am – Classroom presentation (basic intro to homeroom teacher, class routine, play-based learning)

 

PM classes

12:00 – 12:15pm -Welcome Parents to meet in Alan Dick Forum

12:20pm – 1:00pm  – Classroom presentation (basic intro to homeroom teacher, class routine, play-based learning)

If you are unable to make tomorrow morning please be sure to read the information I will share on the blog tomorrow afternoon.

Kat 🙂

 

We have had a wonderful two days getting to know our Reception C friends! The children are settling well and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their new classroom. During circle time we have introduced ourselves and played some games to get to know each other. Alice and I are really looking forward to seeing you at the Reception Curriculum Day on Friday, August 18. There will be no school for students on Friday. The Curriculum Day will be split into two sessions – 8am to 9:10am for AM parents, and 12pm to 1:10pm for PM parents. A single shuttle bus service will depart from the 9/F at 1:15pm for Wong Chuk Hang MTR, Golden Dragon (Causeway Bay), Admiralty and the Central GPO. Seats are on a first come first serve basis.

A gentle reminder unless students are in PE uniform, the expectation is that students’ shoes are 50% black. You can find the detailed policy herePlease also note the school has a strict NO HAT NO PLAY  rule so please ensure your child has a hat they can keep at school.

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It was a pleasure to meet with you all on Friday! We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into the classroom next week.

Music & Movement

Please dress your child in their PE uniform on Wednesday and Friday!

No Hat No Play

Please make sure your child has a hat for outdoor play (we will keep the hats at school).

Sleep

Please ensure that your child is getting enough sleep so that he or she can get the most out of their time at school. Also please notify us by email if your child is unwell or absent (katriellemehmet@cdnis.edu.hk/ alicewoo@cdnis.edu.hk).

Guidelines for Sick Students

1.Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever.

2.Please do not send your child to school if he /she has a cough, runny nose, diarrhea, rash, or is feeling generally unwell. Unfortunately, one child’s illness can spread to the whole class.

3.Please do not give your child Panadol, Tylenol, Calpol or a cough suppressant in the morning and then send him / her to school. Medications only mask an illness and by lunchtime the student will feel unwell again.

5.Please notify the nurse if your child is absent for more than two days in a row or if your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness such as chicken pox, impetigo, herpangina (blisters or ulcers in mouth), or hand, foot and mouth disease.

6.If your child has an undiagnosed rash or red itchy eyes with more than usual discharge please take him/her to the doctor to be diagnosed before returning to school.

CDNIS Fever Policy

Pre Rec to Grade 2 – students should be fever free for 48 hours before they can resume school.

You can read the entire school health policy here

Fish

Sadly our fish tank only has two very small fish! If you would be prepared to go on an adventure and purchase fish for the class, please let us know!

Snack

Please can you ensure your child has a healthy snack each day. Our snack time is supposed to last no longer than 20 minutes, so snacks should be small enough to eat in that time period. Here are some ideas of acceptable snacks: • Crackers • Pretzels • Fruit and/or vegetables • Yogurt • Granola bars • Cereal • Popcorn • Rice Cakes • Cheese • Mini-muffins • Raisins • Bagels/sandwiches

First few weeks

We will use these earlier weeks to familiarise ourselves with the children and their families.  Alice and I want to ensure your experience in our class is a wonderful positive experience for both you and your child. So please do not hesitate to pop in, drop us a line in the communication book or send me an email if you have any concerns or questions. We are committed to ensuring that every child has the very best, happiest and smoothest start to the school year and that mums and dads find it as painless as possible too!

Ms. Kat x