Week 36:  May 22- 26

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We had our first practice in the LLAC.  It is so big in there!  Please remind your child to sing (loud!)  On Monday June 5 please arrive and be seated in the LLAC by 7:55/ 11:55.  Please refrain from coming to the classroom so that we can get the children organised.  Refreshments and snacks can be brought directly to the LLAC lobby before the show.  

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IMG_1949We learned about Dragon Boat Festival: what it is and what happens for dragon boat festival.  We made some dragons in class too.  Good luck to Li Lao Shi and Ms Sandra as their enter the CDNIS team, The Flying Canucks in the Stanley race next week!  Thank you to the families who sent in zongzi.  Scott and Blaire’s mom told us a story in Chinese about Dragon Boat Festival and Kieran’s mom told us a story in English.  The Chinese teachers discussed the zongzi with the students- inspecting the outside, holding it, feeling it, smelling and finally tasting it.  Many risk takers ate a few servings!

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We worked on our self portraits and some fine motor work that will be going into portfolios next week.  The children have shown progress in their details and fine motor skills.  

 

 

Important Dates to Remember

June 2- End of Year Pool Party at school (parents are welcome but not mandatory) We will have our mini pool filled and have some fun on the pre reception play space.  Please remember to bring a towel, sunscreen and swimsuit!  And label all items.  Bring any water toys.

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm, refreshments to follow.  Students wear PE uniform.

June 7- SNACK SHARING DAY!  Children want to share snacks all year long, please bring a little more of their usual snack (crackers, fruits, vegetables, seaweed, etc) so that they can share with their friends!

June 8- Final day at school.  Regular schedule.  Dress Down Day

 

Week 35:  May 15-19

IMG_1707We sent the bean plants home earlier this week.  The children told us they are enjoying caring for it and watching it grow.  The friends tracked its initial growth through the bean journal.

IMG_4339We read the book, The Great Paper Caper about a bear who cuts down many trees to make paper airplanes.  We used this opportunity to talk about what happens if too much paper is used and how to conserve and recycle.  We made our own paper.

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In cooking class the am children made banana muffins with the moms of Alayna, Teo, Brandon and Hedus.  In the afternoon, the friends made macaroni and cheese with Kiera’s mom.

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We watched reception class do their spotlight rehearsals.  That got us excited about our own show.  We are putting the pieces together.

The last day for borrowing books is this Friday: 19th May.

All books need to be returned by next Friday: 26th May.

Have a great weekend!

Important Dates to Remember

May 25- Dragon Boat Festival Celebration.  Please sign up here (am and pm) if you can share a story about the Dragon Boat Festival in English or Chinese or help us by sending in some sweet or savoury rice dumplings 粽子.  More rice dumplings in am class are still needed.

June 2- End of Year Pool Party at school (parents welcome, details TBC with room parents) Students wear swim suits.  Portfolios distributed and kept at home.

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm, refreshments to follow.  Students wear PE uniform.

June 8- last day of school for students

Week 34:  May 8-12

IMG_1565We planted some beans first in cotton wool so we could see their roots and buds and watched them grow.  The friends talked about what is needed for beans to grow:  they know that we need sun, soil and seeds.  Soon after, we already noticed that the beans were beginning to germinate and sprout.  We then transferred them to soil and will take care of them.  We started a class am and pm bean journal.

IMG_1393We did some water/ ice experiments this week.  Some animal toys were stuck in ice and the children were asked to free them.  They came up with different ways to get them out.  They knew that they needed the ice to melt so in addition to using a hammer, they came up with:  using water with a dropper, dipping it in water, using warm water, putting it in the sun, using hot air (we figured out a hair dryer might work), a towel and just waiting.  Andrew said we should bring it to space and the sun will melt it really quickly.  Vicky wanted to make more ice so we tried to work out how to do that.

As spotlight performances are coming up in a few weeks, we brainstormed new words for our version to a much loved song.  Stay tuned for our performance on June 5.

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The friends spent a lot of time working on their Mother’s Day cards:  stamping hands, cutting, gluing, thinking of words to say.  Wishing all moms much love and hugs on this special day.

 

IMG_1645 IMG_1646 IMG_4235The lower school performing arts and visual arts teachers organized “Make, Create, Collaborate” for all of lower school.  The children enjoyed their time with all the new choices to explore: drumming, knitting, crocheting, sewing, colouring, building, making music, singing and making special photos with the green screen.

Ms C came to talk to the children about how to solve small problems this week.  We reviewed Kelso’s choices about walking away, sharing, saying sorry, take deep breaths, or walk away.

Important Dates to Remember

May 15- Share something that starts with the Zz sound

May 25- Dragon Boat Festival Celebration.  Please sign up here (am and pm) if you can share a story about the Dragon Boat Festival or help us by sending in some sweet or savoury rice dumplings 粽子.  

June 2- End of Year Pool Party at school (parents welcome, details TBC with room parents)

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm, refreshments to follow

June 8- last day of school for students

Week 33:  May 2-5

 

IMG_3066It was a funny week with the alternating days off but we managed to get in some good play.  More children have been bringing in photos of their experiences with living things: farm visits, pets and plants.  We enjoy listening to their stories and information and impressed with how well they are able to share, ask and answer each other’s questions.

 

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Last week, Jasmine was playing with one of the stuffed toys and noted that “one of the dolphins was sick”.  We decided that we needed to take care of it so we got a lot of bandages and had its heart monitored with the stethoscope.  In fact, many stuffed toys needed medical attention!  This week, Sahara and Brianna were pretending to have an animal hospital outside.  We took the opportunity to inquire this further by brainstorming what we would need to create an animal hospital.  They have many ideas so far and we will continue to work on this.


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We did some painting and cutting this week and some free play.  Sara’s parents came in and taught us how to make roti.  In the afternoon class, the moms of Greg, Reese and Hayden helped us make bread rolls.

 

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Prep F made alphabet books and shared them with us.  Our friends enjoyed the big buddies and learning from them. IMG_1353

Repeat Item:

Please look for seeds in any fruits or vegetables you will be consuming and send it for us to investigate.  If your child brings fruit or vegetable for snack, please leave the seeds in.  Any parents who are expert gardeners, do let us know!

We will try to do some growing at school.  In the interest of reusing, please send in a container your child can use for planting.  Remember to add holes for drainage.

Important Dates to Remember

May 8- Share something that starts with the Yy sound.  Bring a container for planting.

May 15- Share something that starts with the Zz sound

June 2- End of Year Pool Party at school (parents welcome, details TBC with room parents)

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm, refreshments to follow

June 8- last day of school for students

Week 32: April 24- 28

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Thank you for coming to the SLLRs.  The students were proud of sharing their learning and playing with you.  We hope that it gives you an idea of how your child chooses to spend some of his/her time at school.  Your child is proud.

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We had a visitor this week:  Hammy, the hamster from Prep E came for a visit. The big kids talked to us about how to take care of hammy and what a hamster needs.  Prep E kindly agreed to let us We have loved having Hammy this week.

IMG_1147We went in small groups and talked about how to take care of hamsters (our visitor), (class pet) fish and dogs (from last week’s visit).  These groups were our animal experts.

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Thank you to all the parents who sent pet photos to school.  The children are obviously very responsible and take good care of their pet.

IMG_1145Please also send to school photos of plants that you may be growing, visit to the farm, recycling and anything else that could be related to our unit about sharing the planet.  We have been studying the seeds that come in the snacks and those brought in.

On Tuesday 2 May, the early years classes will be having a book swap. If you would like for your child to participate, please send in a lightly used book on 2nd May. They will have the opportunity to browse through other books that have been brought in and take a new one home. This is not a fundraiser, but a chance to “swap, not shop”! Any questions or if you’d like to help out, contact liz Chow, liz.chow@cdnis.hk

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

April AM photos and PM photos have been uploaded.

Important Dates to Remember

May 1- Labour Day, no school

May 3- Buddha’s Birthday, no school

May 8- Share something that starts with the Yy sound

May 15- Share something that starts with the Zz sound

June 2- End of Year Party (parents welcome, details TBC)

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm

June 8- last day of school for students

Week 31: April 19-21

It was a short week but we managed to get some work done!  

We will be focusing on living things on the next section of our unit.  Please look for seeds in any fruits you will be consuming and send it for us to investigate.  If your child brings fruit for snack, please leave the seeds in.  Any parents who are expert gardeners, do let us know!

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We will try to do some growing at school.  In the interest of reusing, please send in a container your child can use for planting.  Remember to add holes for drainage.

 

Dr Dog came for a visit.  We learned how to take care of dogs and what to do if we want to pet a dog:  first ask if we can pet someone’s dog, let the dog smell the back of our hand, , be gentle then say thank you.

IMG_3009We talked about what makes a good class pet and why Ms Sandra decided on fish and shrimp.  Ms Holtet shared her experience with her dog and Ms Sandra’s turtle.  Please send us photos of your pets and ask your child to tell us how they take care of it.  These will be shared with the friends in the class.

IMG_2863Mr G (Vice Principal Mr Grantham) brought his friends:  Hank, the fox and Stan, the turtle to tell his story about how they went to the pond and found a lot of garbage.  They then put up a sign and the next time people cleaned up the picnic area when they left. It was also a story about friendship and apologizing when needed.  Garbage goes in the trash bin.  We can recycle things:  paper, plastic, cans.

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We used some manipulatives to practice weighing and counting.

 

 

We look forward to the Student Led Learning Reviews next Thursday and Friday.  Your child will take responsibility and lead you around the different centres in the classroom and school.  This will give you a small glimpse of how your child spends his/ her time at school and demonstrate his/ her skills.  The child is prepared to “be the teacher”, we will not be parent- teacher conferencing at SLLRs.

Important Dates to Remember

April 24- Share something that starts with the Xx sound

April 27 and 28- Student Led Learning Reviews (1 hour time slot only), no regular classes

May 1- Labour Day, no school

May 3- Buddha’s Birthday, no school

May 8- Share something that starts with the Yy sound

May 15- Share something that starts with the Zz sound

June 2- End of Year Party (parents welcome, details TBC)

June 5- Pre Reception Spotlight 8am and 12pm, refreshments to follow

June 8- last day of school for students

Week 30: April 3- April 7

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Thank you to the parents who helped us with our Easter celebration.  The children had a lovely time with the basket making and Easter egg hunt.  We wanted the children to participate in an egg hunt without giving them too many sweets and it seems to have worked well.  We made our baskets, cut our own grass and then the mommies helped us make bunny buns!

We also enjoyed the cooking activities this week.  Thank you to the mommies who helped make yummy yogurt apple crumbles and pizza!  They were a hit!

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Using pom poms and clothes pins we painted Easter eggs this week.  Some children chose to dab, others used them like paint brushes.IMG_0946

 

We noticed that our “beach” was getting overrun by cars and even buildings!  So we started a discussion about a beach clean up and tidied up our “beach area.”  We asked the children how they felt about the animals’ and the loss of their home, their replies: “We are just playing!  The animals are all die!”

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Important Dates to Remember

April 19- back to school!  Return hats please.  Share something that starts with the Ww sound

April 24- Share something that starts with the Xx sound

April 27 and 28- SLLR:  Student Led Learning Reviews (1 hour time slot only)

May 1- Labour Day, no school

May 3- Buddha’s Birthday, no school

 

Week 29: March 27-March 31

IMG_0267Thank you to all the volunteers who came to the Aberdeen Reservoir with us.  We certainly helped to clean up the park and made it a better place as we collected interesting things on our nature walk:  all sorts of leaves, twigs, and rocks in addition to used tissue, an old shoe (!), cigarette butts, plastic caps, bags, water bottles, etc. The pre reception friends seemed to develop a better sense of responsibility after seeing all the rubbish other people left behind.  

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IMG_0760Small groups of friends went up to the green roof to do some observational sketches and enjoy the natural landscape.  They drew trees, grass, rocks, leaves and other things.  It is a lovely environment for the children to feel grass and also offers opportunity to do some gardening.  Parents and students are always welcome to work on the 12th floor green roof on most Tuesday afternoons (as mentioned previously in the Flash).

IMG_0595This week we also created and painted living things using clay.  This was a good activity to strengthen little fingers and use imagination.

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We have noticed that the “beach” we created previously has been taken over.  The “animals” have lost their home to vehicles!  Of course this was a great teachable moment so we talked about what happens to real beaches and the animals when construction vehicles take over and more garbage accumulates.

We will have Easter celebrations next week with a non candy take on an environmentally friendly egg hunt.  If you have any eggs lying around that you can let us borrow, please send them to school for us to hide (no need to buy new ones).  Instead of the usual plastic and chocolate eggs, we will hide the marbles and egg shakers we already have and exchange them for a few chocolate treats.

Student Lead Learning Reviews (SLLR)

Sign ups have been available since Monday/ Wednesday.  If you have not yet signed up, please sign up here.  Pre Reception students will be coming on either April 27th or April 28th for up to a 45 minute session. Your child will only come to school for their scheduled time.  Please note this is not a parent teacher conference but an opportunity for your child to show you how s/he enjoys learning and playing at school.

Some parents have uploaded photos of their child to the padlet page. Thank you for sharing the “action” your child is taking.  It will be discussed with classmates as they are updated.  Please make sure to only use first name.

IMG_2504It came up in a conversation with Alayna that she was going to her skating lesson.  I told her to send me photos and if she would like to talk about it with her friends, she would be more than welcome to.  Here she is!  The children are always welcome to share information with their friends.  Like an informal show and tell.  Just let us know!

Week 28:  March 20- March 24

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We continued to explore what we share our world with.  The children painted and the teachers scribed what they know about our world.  Someone said, “Transformers!” and his friend corrected him, “No, that is in another world!”  Look for these next time you visit.

IMG_3635IMG_0605We also did some sensory play with shaving foam to make our own “world”.  After looking at the world map and globe, we noticed that there is more water than land.  The earth has different things on it so we have been busy going through magazines and cutting out pictures to put on the earths they made.

IMG_0489 IMG_0477 IMG_0462 Using the sticks, stones, and leaves that we gathered from the park last week we made an ocean (AM class) and jungle (PM class) habitats.  We brainstormed what to put in and the friends had many ideas to make it interesting:  plants, trees, sand, water, grass.  We were busy adding different parts and researched how these habitats would look.

YOU HAVE HOMEWORK!  We made pledges for Earth Hour that is happening tomorrow, March 25.  Please support this worldwide event by turning the lights off for one hour (8:30pm, some may be asleep already!) and talk about the small changes our little friends can do.  We made a class pledge but you can do a family/ individual pledge.  This link is about Earth Hour.  We watched this short video about the event and this Pocoyo video was very popular!

AM Pledge:  (all words were made by the class)

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PM Pledge:

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As we are getting into our Sharing the Planet unit we encourage the students to take action, as part of the PYP.   Action is when children take initiative to do something that is responsible and thoughtful.  It is often seen outside of the school environment.  Someone may ask to find out more about a celebration, or showing responsibility in taking care of the Earth.  If you notice your child taking action on their own, please add it to our padlet wall here!

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We would like to have an Easter celebration on April 3 for AM class and April 7 for PM class.  Please contact Michele from AM class and Shy from PM class if you are able to help us with our crafts, baking and egg hiding activities.  We will need 2-3 helpers and would like to have some healthy treats.

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!

Repeat Item:  Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR)

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) will be hosted on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 (Pre Reception and Reception), and Friday, April 28 (Prep to Grade 5) . Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, March 27 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, March 29 (other LS families). 

Important Dates to Remember

March 20- Letter V

March 27 and 29- sign up for Student Led Learning Reviews

March 30- Aberdeen Reservoir Field Trip

April 4- Public Holiday, no school

April 27 and 28- Student Led Learning Reviews (1 hour time slot)

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