This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community. We had a lovely week preparing for the Moon Festival. We finished our lantern dragon, made paper lanterns, made mooncake decorations, read stories about the Moon Festival and Vietnam, and made fresh spring rolls. On Thursday we celebrated as an elementary school with an assembly in the theatre. We enjoyed performances by the Vietnamese language classes and some local performers. Afterwards we enjoyed some Moon Festival snacks and painted paper masks. The children looked lovely in their ao dai! Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace. We read many books about peace, watched a video that last year’s K1B students made, and started working on a “peaceful hands” art project. We met with K1A to discuss what peace means to us.
Please continue to discuss “community,” “together,” “gentle” and “peace” at home in your home languages. What do the words mean? What do they mean to your family and in your home cultures? What might they mean at school and here in Hanoi? At school we are learning to be caring and safe – with ourselves, our friends and our resources/environment.
On Tuesday we had 2 special guests – Ms. Kristen, the K2 EAL teacher, joined us to play some language games. Ms. Charla’s daughter Loewen visited us from Grade 1 to read a story called “We are in a book!”
On Friday we had a special visit from 5 very special guests – 5 little ducklings came for a swim in the ECC! These ducklings hatched in the MS science room earlier this month.
Please be reminded that I will be away from Wednesday afternoon as I am leading a workshop for the IB in Japan. This is a 3 day workshop for experienced PYP teachers from around the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is called “Literacy, mathematics and symbolic learning in the early years.” I will be back with the students on Tuesday. Ms. Nhung and Ms. Renate (a regular ECC supply teacher) will take good care of the children in my absence. Please send any important communication about absences and pick up changes to the Ms. Phuong, ECC Secretary: email@example.com
Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media
-Wednesday September 26th: Ms. Charla will leave in the afternoon to deliver a workshop for the IB in Japan. She will be back at school Tuesday October 2nd.
-Friday September 28th:
-Monday October 1st: No school for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences
-Thursday October 4th, PM: K1B Parent Teacher Conferences. This will be a normal school day for the children. More information to follow via email.
-Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school