Weekly Update- March 20-24!

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(Picture of the Prep E community after the phenomenal Assembly!)

Dear Prep E Parents,
Thank you very much to all the parents and family members who attended the Assembly today! It was such a great example of student agency where the students chose what skit they wanted to perform and how they wanted to perform it. Ms. Bhawana and I are extremely proud of the students who we saw not only as performers, skit writers, directors, choreographers, prop makers but most importantly collaborators. Here are some follow up questions you can ask your son/daughter (after praising them of course!):
  • Why did you choose the skits you were in?
  • Why did you choose to perform it in that way?
  • What would you choose differently next time?
  • Tell me the best things about the way you contributed to the groups you were in. 
This is a great time for your child to not only be reflective, but to look at the future (as this is definitely the start of their Assembly/Spotlight ‘career’) and see if they would be a risk taker in a different way and choose more dance, more speaking lines or more plays. Each child is very unique and we are very proud that this Assembly showcased each student’s uniqueness .
What an eventful week this past week with the Assembly and Spotlight! You witnessed two different performances that focused and encouraged different skills, but all very important that directly encourage your child’s growth in all areas. In addition to that we had a performance from SPLAT, had a art lesson by a visiting artist, 2 mystery readers and reviewed how to play safely on the playground. In math we looked back on a, b, a, b patterns and continued our independent reading.
Swimming
Just a reminder that swimming starts next Thursday and will be from 10:20-11:00. Just a gentle reminder that parents are requested to watch from the viewing deck.

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

Message from Ms. Jenny Lovegrove (the librarian)

 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!

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update: March 13-17…

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(Picture – Kelso’s Wheel – Strategies used by students to solve ‘small problems’)

Dear Prep E Parents,

We had another great week this week going deeper into our Unit of Inquiry, in addition to preparing for our Spotlight and Assembly next week! We are continuing to explore stories in a variety of ways and with different perspectives. We started the week by reading two different versions of Strega Nona and compared the similarities and differences between the two stories. We continue to read our chapter book Harry Potter each day after lunch and the students are really enjoying the quiet time of listening. On Thursday the students were inspired by an American artist Heather Hansen and in groups created an art form then recorded a group story based upon the art they made. It was very imaginative!

In math we continue to look at numbers, particularly odd and even numbers and numbers that come before and after. We are looking at addition and have started to explore number sentences through addition.

Thank you very much for the continued support regarding the readers that are sent home from Monday to Thursday. Each student has made so much growth in this area and it is great to see! Please make sure the books are returned the following day.

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!

Important Dates:
  • March 17: Portfolios sent home
  • March 21: Prep E Spotlight performance
  • March 30: Swimming Starts
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 28: Student Led Learning Reviews

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update: March 6 – 10!

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(Picture of a class brainstorm of favourite stories)

Dear Prep E Parents,

We had a very eventful week this past week! The students have started their Spotlight performance rehearsals and had a rehearsal on Tuesday. And on Thursday the students participated in Alan Dick Community Day. Each student in Prep was partnered with a high school student to move around to the different areas in their House groups. The students in Prep E really enjoyed the event – especially the dancing!

We continued with our Unit of Inquiry How We Express Ourselves and looked at our central idea ‘stories are shared in a variety of ways and evoke different responses‘. We looked at connection and how our interests are influenced by how we connect to a story. The students participated in another student agency event on Wednesday and we appreciated all the parent volunteers who came in to teach how stories are found in a specific art form. Please see the parent letter for this Unit of Inquiry here: HWEO Parent Letter

Upcoming Assembly

On Monday we will be sending home the students’ scripts for the Assembly on Friday March 24. Please practice your child’s lines at home.

Message from Ms. Salvador (Performing Arts)

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. I 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 E

Boys: Black pants, any white shirt with collar

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

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update: February 27 – March 3

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Dear Prep E Parents,

I am currently reading a book about Play and the teachers role in play and came upon a chapter about the reasoning behind children role playing adults in their life. The book explains that when children play Mommy, Daddy, family or teacher they see a strong role model, and the adult they are pretending to be should take it as the highest compliment. So next time you see your child playing Mom or Dad, or family, congratulate yourself on an amazing job!

We had another great week in Prep E. We are exploring stories through our unit of inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’ and read some great books about perspective and connection (our key concepts). On Thursday we used the book ‘It’s Not a Box’ as a catalyst for imagination and passed around an empty box for students to create different objects with and  saw some imaginative objects such as a boat, hockey net, sink, bowl, race car and others. On Wednesday we welcomed 4 groups of high school students and a parent volunteer to teach the students how stories can be found in an art form. The students were given the opportunity to choose what art form they wanted to learn about. It was a great example of student agency, and after I tweeted the pictures the IB retweeted it to other IB schools as an example!

In math the students explored numbers to twenty, looked at before and after, and counting one to one correspondence. We review these skills daily in our morning circle.

Other Announcements: 

 

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

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

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Blog Link

Message from Mrs. Kipfer

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.

Message from Mr. Grantham: Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning

In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.
Dates to Remember: 
Alan Dick Day
Alan Dick Day is on March 9th. There are activities planned between the times of 8.15-10.45am. Children are asked to wear something pink as this was Alan Dick’s favourite colour. Children will be carrying water bottles around to different activities so please ensure the bottles are named. They will be paired with an older student, but parents are of course welcome.
Important Dates:
  • March 17: Portfolios sent home
  • March 21: Prep E Spotlight performance
  • March 24: Prep E Assembly
  • April 4: No School
  • April 10-18: Spring Break

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca

Weekly Update: February 20 – 24

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(Picture – Ms. Bhawana and myself dressed up as an apple tree and a coconut tree as characters from the book Chicka Chicka 123 and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)

Dear Prep E Parents,

What a great way to end our week with book character day! We loved all the characters in the room, and we really enjoyed the students speak about the authors and their connections to the character that they dressed up as.

We officially started our new Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Express Ourselves’ with the central idea being ‘Stories are shared in a variety of ways and evoke different responses’. The students brainstormed what a story is, then in groups they identified three most important parts of a story, then drew their favourite stories on large butcher paper. Today the students looked at perspective (one of the key concepts for this unit) and explored different pictures and discussed how people could be looking at an object an have a different perspective. We also read two fairy tales written by a different perspective – Baby Bear (Sam) in Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the 7th dwarf in Snow White.

We have enjoyed another week of guided reading individually or in small groups. You should be noticing both a guided reading book comes home each night in your child’s folder.  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. Just a friendly reminder to send back the books the following day so we can exchange them for other ones.

Reminders and Upcoming Dates 

A beige Zara girls jacket (size 7) was left by our class on the 11th floor bench area after PE. There is not name on it, if it is your daughter’s please let me know and I will give it back on Monday.

Prep E, along with Prep A will be going to the dentist on Tuesday. If you signed your child up please send a toothbrush and the CDHC handbook along with him/her. I will be accompanying the students going along with Ms. Cooper from Prep A. If you would like to volunteer for this event please meet us at the dentist office.

Thank you very much to all the parents who came to the Writing Workshop on Wednesday. Please find the workshop notes here:  link

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
Have a great weekend,
Rebecca