Update for LS Guidance

Bullying Prevention Unit- secondSTEP

Dear Parents,

To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we are introducing the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit in our classrooms. In the lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening
    Report bullying to a caring adult
    Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
    • Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

For bullying prevention to work, everyone at school needs to be involved. So all our staff are receiving special training in how to:

  • Recognize and respond to bullying
    • Support children who have been bullied
    • Correct behaviors of children who are bullying
    • Use strategies that support a positive school and classroom climate

And we need your help, too!

Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows how to report to you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied. And give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.

If you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step program, please contact me.

Thank you for helping us make our school a safe and respectful place.

Sincerely,

Shelly Chutke

Lower Scohool Guidance Counsellor.

Canadian International School of Hong Kong.

P.S. Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key BPU1 FAMI LY01 to get information about what your child is learning in the Second Step program!

Go online today

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1E Blog – April 16 – 20

Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

Important Dates
April 23: Wear GREEN clothes for Green Week (earth day).  If no green, regular uniform please.
April 26: Field Trip to Bee Farm (Please wear PE uniform and INSECT REPELLANT.)
April 25: Sports Day (wear PE clothes)
April 27: Student-Led Learning Reviews (Students wear regular uniform.)
April 27: DDD (Postponed due to SLLRs)
May 4:  New DDD
May 8: 1E Spotlight Performance 12:30 LLAC
May 11: House Day

Field Trip to Bee Farm
We are very excited about going to the bee farm next Thursday, April 26th.  Students should wear their PE uniform and bring a small backpack for their hat, water bottle and snack.  We will be outdoors for the day so students must have a hat and insect repellant.  We will eat our lunch in the classroom when we return to school.  Please prepare a lunch that does not require heating up.

Students are welcome to purchase honey at the Bee Farm.

If children would like to purchase honey, they MUST put their money in an envelope clearly labelled with their name, amount $ inside, and if they are purchasing a small or large bottle of honey.

HONEY PRICES
$60 -small jar
$100 – large jar

Message from CISPA
To facilitate finding lost items, we strongly encourage you to label all items with the student’s first and surname.

 Items that require labelling include the following:

  • ALL uniform items (jackets, hoodies, fleeces, sweaters, shirts, trousers, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, hats etc.)
  • Non-uniform items worn to school
  • All backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles

 For clothing, CISPA strongly recommends the use of printed iron-on name labels as laundry pen fades and becomes difficult to read.  Name labels can also be removed in the future and allow for recycling of uniforms. For non-clothing items CISPA recommends the use of printed plastic labels. Plastic labels are dishwasher safe and easy to read. Unlabelled uniforms found in the school will be donated to the US second-hand uniform shop.

If items are labelled by the laundry pen, please kindly check the labelling and re-inked (if needed) from time to time to ensure all clothing is clearly named.

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1E Blog – April 9 – 13

Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

Important Dates
April 26: Field Trip to Bee Farm (Please wear PE uniform)
April 25: Sports Day (Please wear PE uniform)
April 27: Student-Led Learning Reviews (Students wear regular uniform)
April 27: DDD (Postponed due to SLLRs)
May 4:  New DDD

Reminders:
Student-Led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
SLLRs will be hosted on Friday, April 27 (Prep to Grade 5).  The purpose of the SLLR is to fully engage the student in his or her own learning. As the name implies, it is a student-focused event that enables and supports the voice of each child as a unique learner.

Please check your school email address for information on how to make appointments.  Students are to wear school uniform and only come to school at the scheduled appointment time.

Monday, April 16, 8am – Wednesday, April 18, 8am: Parents with more than one child have priority to accept and confirm invitations from Homeroom Teachers.

Wednesday, April 18, 8am – Friday, April 20, 4pm: All other parents accept and confirm invitations from Homeroom Teachers.

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Swimming Begins Tomorrow

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Reminders for this week

Important Dates

April 13: Swimming Begins (10:30-11:30)
April 13: House Day
April 25: Sports Day
April 27: Student-Led Learning Reviews

Reminders:
In preparation for our upcoming artist-in-residence, we need plastic bottles.  Each student needs to bring in an empty plastic bottle with a cap by April 16.  These will be turned into an LED light. The goal of this task is to learn about upcycling.  Therefore, please do not go out and buy a plastic bottle if you do not have one.  If you have any extra bottles, please send them in.

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1E Blog – March 19 – 23

Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter and follow me @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

REMINDERS:
March 29: Dress Down Day (ocean animal or sea creature)
March 30-April: Spring Break
April 13: Swimming Begins (*our will change to 10:30-11:30 on Fridays)
April 13: House Day
April 25: Sports Day (see below)
April 27: Student-Led Learning Reviews

DDD Theme: Thursday, March 29
Dress as your favourite ocean animal or sea creature to show your support for Plastic Free Seas, the Orca house charity. We’re bringing the ocean to land so anything from magical mermaids to swimming sharks goes!

Student Showcases – Calling all performers! We are looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on May 23-25. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition here. The last day to sign up is Friday, April 13. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa.

Grade 1 Sports Day
Grade 1 Sports Day is on Wednesday, April 25. This sports day is in the morning and the start time will be confirmed by the PE department soon. It will run for approximately 1 hour. The activities during sports day will be run by the G1 teachers, G1 EAs and the PE teachers. Parents are invited to watch from a viewing area.

 

 

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1E Blog – March 12 – 16

Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter and follow me @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

REMINDERS:
March 20: Pre-Rec -G2 Book Swap 7:00-7:50 12F cafeteria (Bring gently used books to swap for a ‘new to you’ book)
March 29: Dress Down Day
March 30-April: Spring Break
April 13: Swimming Begins (*our will change to 10:30-11:30 on Fridays)
April 25: Grade 1 Sports Day am
April 27: Student Led Learning Reviews

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1E Blog – March 5 – 9

Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter and follow me @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

REMINDERS:
March 12: Peng Chau excursion RESCHEDULED (more information below)
March 16: House Day (wear PE uniform)
March 29: Dress Down Day
March 30-April: Spring Break
April 13: Swimming Begins (*our will change to 10:30-11:30 on Fridays)

Field Trip to Peng Chau – Monday, March 12
We will be exploring Peng Chau Island for our current unit of inquiry.  Due to the location of this field trip, please note the following special arrangements.  Students are to meet their class at Central Pier #6 at 7:30am in order to catch the 8:00am ferry Students should wear their PE uniform, sunscreen and mosquito repellant.  Students should bring a small backpack containing snacks, lunch, water bottle and a child octopus card with at least $52 to cover the ferry costs.  Please note that if your child is on school lunch that day, there will be NO sandwiches provided as we will all meet at the ferry pier that morning.  All students should bring their own packed lunch.  We will arrive back at Central Pier #6 at 1:00pm and take a bus back to CDNIS, arriving at 1:45pm.  If you would like to take your child home directly from the pier, please indicate so on the permission form.

Pen Chau Volunteers:
Abigail’s mom
Damien’s mom and helper
Sophie’s dad
Riley’s mom
Grayer’s mom
Jayden’s mom
Ben’s helper
Gabriel’s helper
Liv’s helper
Liliana’s helper
Lachlan’s helper
Reyansh’s helper
Oliver’s helper

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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Excursion to Peng Chau Tomorrow

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for volunteering to come on our field trip! The explorers are so excited to have you with us and share with you their learning about exploration. Please meet us at Pier 6 to Peng Chau at 7:30am. Below are some important details and information to help you on the day.

About the Field Trip
Unit of Inquiry: Where we are in place and time
Central Idea: Exploration creates change and leads to new opportunities
Lines of Inquiry:

  • Reasons why people explore
  • Choices and decisions involved when exploring
  • Changes and opportunities as a result of exploration

This field trip was organized to give the students an opportunity to be explorers. Peng Chau is a place where most students have not been. This will allow them to experience and explore it for the first time.

Preparation for the Field Trip
Each student has a Peng Chau field trip journal. They have thought about and decided:

  • Why they want to explore Peng Chau
  • What to bring with them
  • What challenges and opportunities they might find

They have also looked at the Peng Chau map and created a key to go along with it.

 On the Field Trip
While on the trip, the children will be expected to record what they find, see and learn in their journals. The journal has pages for note taking and sketches. These are both skills the children have learned to do in class. As well, the children will be expected to draw the route they take around the island on the map provided in their journal.

The students are not expected to walk together as a class or in large groups as they have each chosen personal objectives. Allow your students to lead the way and support them with directions when necessary.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Please supervise your child and group throughout the whole field trip
  • Please allow the students to lead the exploration
  • Encourage and remind students to record and/or sketch their findings in their Peng Chau journal
  • Encourage them to record their route on the map in their journals
  • Remind students that there is no swimming on this field trip
  • Remind students not to touch animals, snakes or insects
  • Please stick to the walking trails, do not wander off the path
  • Please take three photos of your group and send it to your teacher

This will be an active trip so please wear comfortable clothing and bring lunch!

Again, thank you for coming on this field trip. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Grade 1 Team

Peng Chau Field Trip Schedule

Time Action
7.30 Meet with volunteers and children at Pier 6.
8.00 Ferry to Peng Chau
8.45 Arrive in Peng Chau
8.50 Regroup and debrief;   Snack at Pier and Toilets.
9.00 Students go off and explore Peng Chau. Students fill in the journal with sketches and notes.
11:00 Find a scenic location to eat lunch with your group. During this time, speak with students about what they have observed, sketched and answer any questions.
11.50 Meet back at Ferry Pier
12.15 Ferry Back to Central
1pm Bus leaves for CDNIS/Students may leave with parent. Please ensure that the teacher is notified in advance if you are taking your child home or someone is picking your child up at the Central ferry pier.
1.30 Arrive back at school

 

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1E Blog – February 27 – March 2

Now that 1E is tweeting regularly, I’ll use it as the format to share the transdisciplinary learning that occurs in class each week. Please be sure to look for highlights of our week on twitter and follow me @S_HudswellCDNIS . Posts are located lower down on the left-hand side of this page.

REMINDERS:
March 6: Peng Chau excursion * MEET at PEIR 6 FERRY PIER 7:30 am * (more information below)
March 7: Alan Dick Community Day (wear pink clothing or PE uniform)
March 16: House Day (wear PE uniform)
March 29: Dress Down Day

Field Trip to Peng Chau – Tuesday, March 6
We will be exploring Peng Chau Island for our current unit of inquiry.  Due to the location of this field trip, please note the following special arrangements.  Students are to meet their class at Central Pier #6 at 7:30am in order to catch the 8:00am ferry.  Students should wear their PE uniform, sunscreen and mosquito repellant.  Students should bring a small backpack containing snacks, lunch, water bottle and a child octopus card with at least $52 to cover the ferry costs.  Please note that if your child is on school lunch that day, there will be NO sandwiches provided as we will all meet at the ferry pier that morning.  All students should bring their own packed lunch.  We will arrive back at Central Pier #6 at 1:00pm and take a bus back to CDNIS, arriving at 1:45pm.  If you would like to take your child home directly from the pier, please indicate so on the permission form.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

stephaniehudswell@cdnis.edu.hk

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