What a fabulous and fun-filled week in Discovery. We celebrated Peace and the Moon Festival all the while continuing our investigation on families. We also had swimming for the first time this school year and became authors. Wow, what amazing students we have in Discovery.
Paint Moon Cakes
Last week during cooking, we made salt dough moon cakes. This week, we painted our moon cakes. The students loved making them and painting them. They were so excited to bring them home to share with you. We also put them in our kitchen area at school.
International Day of Peace
On Monday, we had a wonderful day celebrating the International Day of Peace. All of the students from Discovery and K1, went into the Center for the Arts foyer and met as a big group. We talked about what it means to be peaceful and all of the teachers took turns reading the book I am Peace by Peter Reynolds. Ms Kris, our elementary counselor, came and did some mindfulness yoga with us and we ended with a big silent cheer. The students loved being together and celebrating our special day. Thank you for helping your child wear blue and white.
Moon Festival & Assembly
The Moon festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival or Têt Trung Thu, is an annual holiday in Vietnam and many Asian countries. Children eat moon cakes, celebrate the fall harvest and take part in lion dance parades. At school, we made lanterns, made and painted salt dough moon cakes and made all of the shapes of the moon from a sliver to a full moon. We were able to watch the Vietnamese students in Grade 2 and 4 perform in a special Moon Festival assembly while dressed in our beautiful Ao Dais. The assembly was followed by Grade 5 students performing the lion dance for us. We ended the day by eating a special moon cake…yummy!
What a successful first week of swimming. The students were so brave getting into the water and trying different swim techniques by our amazing PE staff, led by Ms Clare. The loved splashing in the water, attempting to put their heads underwater and playing some games with all of the teachers. Well done, Discovery!!!
This week we started bookmaking in our classes. The students love listening to stories and have started becoming authors themselves with their very own books. After they make a book, the students present it to the class and we celebrate their writings and drawings. We look forward to sharing more details of the books and our student authors with you on Seesaw.
What is Book Making?
- It is project-based learning
- It is child-centered; children are able to follow their own interests in making books
- Since art is a child’s “language”, they can focus on composing stories through illustrations and/or symbolic writing
- Children know that books are a real form of published writing; a single piece of paper is not. -Ray and Glover, Already Ready, 2008
Behavior in Discovery
Here are some details regarding expected behavior in Discovery. As we know, our students are developing their personal, social and emotional skills. At times, our students will have a conflict or not want to follow classroom directions. Occasionally, a student will exhibit a behavior that breaks our classroom agreements, such as ‘gentle hands’, ‘being kind’, ‘being responsible’ or ‘being safe’. When this happens, we offer a child three opportunities to make a ‘good choice’. If the student refuses to apologize or follow directions it is sometimes necessary to use another option in order for the student to reflect on his/her behavior. We want to be consistent in Discovery and will be using the term ‘thinking chair’ to reinforce positive behavior. This is by no means a new concept and we are sure some of you have a ‘thinking step’ or ‘take a break chair’ at home. If you have any questions regarding the ‘thinking chair’ please let me know.
October 1 Learning Conferences, No School
October 12-18 October Break, No School
Here is the link for the school calendar if you need it. You can download the latest version of the calendar here.
Please share these photos with your child over the weekend. You will be amazed by what they can tell you.
With kind regards.