Weekly Update: May 22 – 26….

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(Photo of Mr. Baird visiting the very famous ‘Long Hair Salon’ of Prep E)

Dear Prep E Parents,

What an incredible week! First of all, it ends on a sad note as we say good-bye to Ramzy. The students were all quite sad today, however they realised that it was more of a ‘see you later’ than a ‘goodbye’ and many of them came up with the solution of visits, Skype or FaceTime and to write letters to each other to stay in contact.

The ‘Long Hair Salon’ has been a huge success and has become quite famous around school. It started as a student driven play time activity about a month ago that this week we tied into our unit of inquiry by looking at the history of barber shops, hair salons and money. The students (and teachers) learned that the negative invention of razors affected the popularity of barber shops as prior to the innovation men use to visit barber shops on a daily basis, but razors allowed men to shave at home. The students also compared a price list from the late 1800’s to their own price list.

During play time the students were given the choice to participate in the salon and used many different academic skills during including writing (phonics), reading and math through addition, subtraction, telling time and money handling. Many teachers and students were the customers and the students explored vocabulary such as goods and services, customer, client, counterfeit and economy.

Also connected to the unit of inquiry and student driven, a student brought in a toy grenade this past week for show and tell. This was directly linked to our third line of inquiry ‘how innovation has changed people’s lives’ and we spoke about the negative impact some innovations could have. Your child may have some connections or questions regarding this.

Hammy over the Summer

If you and your family are interested in taking care of Hammy over the summer for a weekend or a week please let me know. I will be teaching summer school for the first two weeks while Ms. Bhawana will be teaching the last two weeks so we can always help with transport then.

An Article from Mrs. Kipfer

Mrs. Kipfer would like to share this article with you that is written by a parent who lives in Hong Kong. You can find the article here.

Repeat Items and Upcoming Dates

Summer Birthdays

Some students are unable to celebrate their birthdays at school because their birthday falls during summer holidays. If your child has a summer birthday and would like to celebrate it at school we will be having a summer birthday breakfast party on Tuesday June 6 from 8-9 am. Please email me if you would like to bring something healthy to celebrate.

Class Party

On Monday June 5 we will be having our class party at the AMC. A big thank you to Prep E’s class Moms for organising. The party will be from 11:30-1:30. Ms. Bhawana and I will walk the students down from school for 11:30, however if you would like to volunteer to help us walk down we would greatly appreciate it to ensure safety. Also, please let Ms. Bhawana or I know during the party (or before if you will not be attending) if your child will be going directly home from the party or if he/she will be returning to school.

Important Dates:

  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 1: Transition Day
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 5: Class Party at the AMC from 11:30-1:30
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update….

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(Picture of the beginning of Sports Day from Wednesday)

Dear Prep E Parents,

Thank you again for taking the time to volunteer this past Wednesday for the Prep Sports Day. We had 16 parent volunteers in total come to lead a group, help out with a station or cheer the students on and we greatly appreciate it. We couldn’t do Sports Day without the volunteers so we (teachers and students) are all very thankful! 

In our unit of inquiry this week the students have continued to look at innovations. The students are now brainstorming problems or issues that they may observe or experience and next week we will be looking at how to solve them. This week we looked at telephones and intentions made in Ancient China.

In math the students continued to learn about time, specifically the clock vocabulary and how to tell time to the hour. The students drew their own clocks and practiced telling time by drawing the big hand and little hand to an hour. To reinforce this skill the students played ‘what time is it Mr. Wolf?’.

A big thank you goes out to Vanessa (Katelyn’s Mom) for helping us with the reading groups on Thursday

Reminders and Updates

Next week will be the last week for our take home readers. If you do have any readers or class books that have not been returned yet please do so by the end of next week.

Summer Birthdays

Some students are unable to celebrate their birthdays at school because their birthday falls during summer holidays. If your child has a summer birthday and would like to celebrate it at school we will be having a summer birthday breakfast party on Tuesday June 6 from 8-9 am. Please email me if you would like to bring something healthy to celebrate.

Class Party

On Monday June 5 we will be having our class party at the AMC. A big thank you to Prep E’s class Moms for organising. The party will be from 11:30-1:30. Ms. Bhawana and I will walk the students down from school for 11:30, however if you would like to volunteer to help us walk down we would greatly appreciate it to ensure safety. Also, please let Ms. Bhawana or I know during the party (or before if you will not be attending) if your child will be going directly home from the party or if he/she will be returning to school.

Important Dates:

  • May 26: Dress Down Day
  • May 30: No School
  • May 31: Prep End of Year Celebration
  • June 1: Transition Day
  • June 2: Portfolio and Progress Review Check list home
  • June 5: Class Party at the AMC from 11:30-1:30
  • June 8: Last Day of School and Dress Down Day

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

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End of Year Dates!

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(Picture of the class during the Museum Field Trip last week)

Dear Prep E Parents,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and stayed dry! I just wanted to write you a few updates regarding dates for the end of the year and some on-line resources for you.

This Wednesday is Sports Day and we have a number of volunteers which we are very thankful for. If you have signed up to be a volunteer please meet us in the 3rd floor large gymnasium at 9:30. Volunteers if they will lead a team or run an event and we will have that list for you when we meet you in the gym. We are asking for the students to wear their P.E. kit.

On Wednesday May 31st will be the end of year assembly which will be followed by a pot luck in the class. Please bring in a healthy dish to share with the rest of the students and parents. The assembly is from 8-9 am and the potluck will follow in the classroom.

On-line resources are a valuable teaching tool and we use them often in the classroom for inquiry, science and reading. We have included usernames and passwords for Raz Kids, Brain Pop jr., Tumblebooks and Pebble Go for each student in their pink communication books today. If you have any question about the usernames, passwords or how to use the websites  please email myself directly.

Message from the Library:

The last day for borrowing books is this Tuesday 16th of May (as our library day has changed from Wednesday to Tuesday this week).
All books need to be returned by next Friday the 26th of May.

Rec and Prep Parents–Feedback about Transition Presentations

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

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

Have a great day,

Rebecca

Weekly Update; May 8-12…

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Dear Prep E Parents,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms on Sunday! The students made a beautiful surprise for you that is in their folders. I wish you a very restful, peaceful Sunday filled with love!

We are greatly enjoying our current Unit of Inquiry; Where We Are In Place And Time. The students explored the third line of inquiryHow innovations has changed people’s lives’. and looked at certain innovations such as toilets, computers, telephones, houses, airplanes and other objects. The Museum trip on Wednesday was a huge success and the students made fantastic connections to the learning that they have made in the classroom. Here is the link for the Unit of Inquiry Parent Letter: WWAIPAT Parent Letter.

In math this week we looked at ‘friends of 10’, which are two numbers that add together to make 10. We call this an addition sentence and that the students understand that each addition sentence must have an addition sign and an equal sign. The students really enjoyed using unifix cubes to create friends of 10 and then writing the sentences on white boards.

Last night there was a Parent Information Night regarding iPads in Grade 1. Here is the presentation link and more information for you.

Thank you to Dina (Ramzy’s Mom) who was our Mystery Reader on Wednesday and Taryn (Riley’s Mom) who was our Reading Volunteer on Thursday. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers who came and helped us with the Museum Field Trip on Wednesday.

Important Dates:

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

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update; April 24- 28…

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(Picture of the class practising their life saving techniques during swimming)

Dear Prep E Parents,

Thank you very much to all of you for taking the time today and attending your son/daughter’s Student Led Learning Review. It was fantastic to watch the students as ‘teachers’ and talk about how much they have learned over the last year.

We are well underway in our new Unit of Inquiry ‘Where We Are In Place And Time’. We had a fantastic visit from Mr. Graeme on Tuesday who spoke about his time in the British Police from 1975-1983 and the changes that have occurred in Hong Kong since his arrival. He had many personal stories of the changes and the students really enjoyed the stories of the old airport. The students also looked at pictures of old tools and wrote any description words, or prior knowledge they have of those tools.

In math, the students have started to look at time and in the upcoming weeks the students will be learning how to tell time. Please encourage your child to tell the time using both analog and digital clocks.

The students also visited the PYP Exhibition on Thursday and learned about many issues that are important to the Grade 6s. The students then came back to the class and independently wanted to share with their classmates the different booths that they went to. Your child may have information, or questions they would like to ask about the specific issues.

CIS/WASC Parent Survey

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

Friendly Reminders:

  • If you have not done so already, please return your child’s portfolio as soon as possible.
  • Please return the permission form for the May 10th Field Trip to the Museum of History.
  • If you would like to volunteer for the May 17th Sports Day please send in the bottom part of the letter.

Upcoming Dates

  • May 1:  No School
  • May 3No School
  • May 5/6: I will be away as a representative for the IB on a Verification Visit in Shanghai. Ms. Bhawana, plus another teacher will be with the class.
  • May 10: Field Trip
  • May 17: Sports Day ( More information to come in the following weeks.)

Have a wonderful long weekend,

Rebecca