May 22, 

Happy Wellness Week! This past week we celebrated our UNIS community through a daily wellness workout via Zoom. We connected with our friends around the world and our school campus by doing yoga, aerobics, and fitness challenges all led by our PE Department. Celebrating Wellness Week was unique as we danced, stretched, and practiced mindfulness all the while in a mask and remaining physically distant from each other- challenging times! This next week will be Arts Week so we are looking forward to celebrating Arts in some unique ways.

Remember way back when we had our Market Service Day in Grade 4? We raised a lot of money for the various local organizations that UNIS supports. We finally got the chance to donate our money during the International Day of Giving. Here is a photo of our donations making their way to the Advancement Office.

Swimming will start this next week- check out these important reminders! The swimming unit will run from May 25th to June 9th for Grades 1-5. 

Any student that is not swimming will be participating in a physical fitness program during the PE lesson. 

There will not be any borrowing of swimming costumes, goggles, caps, or towels during this time.

Please review the UNIS Swim Guidelines below:

ES Swimming Essentials

At UNIS we have a committed and passionate group of swimming instructors keen to get every single elementary pupil to a good technical level of swimming where they can enjoy all the joys of a life in water, well after leaving school. Swimming is a life skill with numerous health benefits and obvious safety benefits.

With this in mind, we have a few expectations before lessons even take place and these are vital in ensuring pupils take ownership and responsibility which is part of the learning process. The communication of pupil-teacher-parent is therefore extremely important for the swimmer to succeed.

Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one-piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium. Please label your child’s swimming costume.

Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.

Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Molded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they affect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.

If you have any questions, please contact the Aquatics Manager.

Reading:

In reading this week we worked on perfecting our fluency and phrasing as we recorded our Readers Theater. We challenged ourselves by working with our friends and remaining focused. We offered each other constructive feedback on our performances and took risks to add characterization to our oral presentations. We also mapped out our stories to see the connection between our narrative writing and Readers Theatre.

Unit of Inquiry

Last week, our narratives were based on Distance Learning, sharing our thoughts and experiences through the application of Adobe Sketch.  This week, students will tell the story of when we came back to school, using the application Adobe Spark Video.  Students will sift through various video clips of the first week back at school and compile them into a cohesive narrative.  Additionally, students will have access to stock footage and copyright free music to complete their videos.  Once published onto Seesaw, students will be given the opportunity to send their videos to our Advancement office to share with other schools around the world, schools that might be considering reopening their campuses.  

Math 

This week we have continued to look at ways to model, compare, and represent fractions through different materials. We have investigated what happens when the size of the whole has changed and have applied our learning to a real life problem of a soup seller filling orders of pho. Here is a taste of the problem solving we have done this week.

These are Cuisenaire rods. They are a fantastic tool to use to compare fractions and develop and model the conceptual understanding of the relationship between the numerator and denominator. Ask your student questions like “If the light green rod is one half. Which rod is the whole?” or “If the orange rod is a whole, what fraction are the other rods?” Here is a link for online Cuisenaire rods. This site will give free online access through the end of June when you press “REDEEM”  and use the code CLOSURES2020SCHOOL.

 

Writing

We have been exploring a range of poetry, reading poems together and performing spoken word examples in class. We have dissected a selection of poems and song lyrics to discover  key parts included by authors young and old. We have  identified some different forms of poetry and have begun to write our own, finding out along the way that we are great poets! We plan to express ourselves by performing our works next week, using the green screen in the Maker space

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