Events Coming Up
Monday 27th March; SWIMMING BEGINS! Every Monday from now till the end of May, 1a’s swimming will be back on Mondays again.
Thursday 30th March; BOOK SWAP; Students can bring in books to swap one for one. If they don’t have books to exchange they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use leftover Flower Fair Tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for one 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!
Friday 31st March; Dress Down Day. Wear the sports uniform of a sport you play or love! Money raised goes to a charity called Free to Run.
Tuesday 4th April; Ching Ming Festival No school.
Friday 7th April; Break up for Easter Holiday.
Tuesday 18th April; Teachers back for Professional Development
Wednesday 19th April; Students Return to School.
Friday 28th April; Student Led Learning Review. No school that day, parents accompany children to learning review at an allotted time.
NEW DATE; MONDAY 8th May; GRADE 1A and 1C SPOTLIGHT: LLAC. Please click here to take you to Ms Banusa’s Blog for more information.
A Note From the Admin
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 of 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 for 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.
Lower School Admin Team
Learning This Week
In maths, we dove right into 3d shapes and spent time looking at their characteristics and where we can see them in real life situations. We also revisited word problems with missing parts. Understanding part/whole thinking helps students work flexibly with numbers as they learn all the ways numbers can be composed and decomposed.
In literacy, we researched some non-fiction books on animals and created an explanation about three things that we found out about those animals. Ms Lovegrove also continued to work on the features of non-fiction books with small groups. This week’s comprehension strategy was looking at visualisation. Creating a mental picture of what you are reading. Visualising while reading is a strategy that should be explicitly taught. The assumption that children are naturally imaginative may not be true for all students, and even those with vivid imaginations may need guidance in applying the active process of making brain movies to improve their understanding of what they read. Our spelling focus were rules for, adding -ing and -ed to the end of verbs. We will have a review of the week next Tuesday. Next week we start to look more closely at poetry and how to write it. This was kicked off by a visit from the actors of Faust who performed a fantastically funny skit about Poetry Planet.
We have started our new UOI this week, and its focus is on How We Express Ourselves with the central idea being art can be created interpreeted and appreciated in many different ways. Please have a look at the parent overview below to see where you can help at home. Also, this is a great time to appreciate the arts in Hong Kong right now. So if you are planning to visit Art Basel or Art Central, then please take pictures that we can share with the class of the different forms of art.