September 27

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘We know we belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The children have been inquiring into their own families, as we all as other types of family structures.  We read a story called ‘A family is a family is a family’ by Sara O’Leary, and ‘Tango Makes Three’ by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell- a true story about two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo that created a family together.  When our buddies came on Thursday we drew pictures of our families and compared them.  What is the same? What is different? We are also comparing the idea of a family to a community.  We belong together in K1, but are we a family? We also continued to work on our Moon Festival symbols this week. Our class dragon is complete and flying in our room.  The dragon is the work of our inquiry into the colours and symbols of the Vietnamese Moon Festival.

Swimming continues next week.  The children have been having a wonderful time in the pool.

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Monday September 30th: Learning Conversations with Students, Parents and Teachers (no school for students except for during your booked time).
  • Swimming continues on our PE Days – Monday and Friday.
  • Friday October 4th: Last day of school before the October Break

September 20th

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ We are learning about the meaning of “together,” “belonging,” and “peace.” Where do we belong? In what ways are we connected to each other and to the environment?  How can we be peaceful and promote peace? After playing with the other K1 classes on Friday we used colours to represent the people we played with.  Even though we played in the 3 different classrooms, we mostly played with our friends from K1A.  Will we be happier if we have more friends? On Thursday we visited our Grade 3 buddies in their classroom!  We decorated “dots” with our buddies to celebrate Dot Day – a book by Peter Reynolds.

We also continued to work on our Moon Festival symbols this week. Our class dragon is taking shape and the children made salt dough mooncakes to keep use in our role play area. We also painted animal masks from the Vietnamese department.

Swimming starts next week.  Please check the Tin Tuc and your email for important information.  Any questions about the swimming programme can be directed to our school Aquatics Academy Manager, Martin Hamilton, at aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Swimming starts this Monday. Children will swim on our PE Days – Monday and Friday.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • please note that Ms. Charla will be out of the classroom Monday, as well as Tuesday morning, for professional development. Please contact the ECC office with any important updates or information if necessary
  • Monday September 30th: Learning Conversations with Students, Parents and Teachers (no school for students except for during your booked time). Please see the Tin Tuc for more information about how to sign up.
  • Friday October 4th: Last day of school before the October Break
  • Many children in K1 have been falling ill.  Please do keep your children home if they are unwell. Additionally, it is school policy that children are fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  Thank you!
  • please ensure your children arrive to school before 8:10, and say goodbye when the bell rings
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

September 13

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The focus this week was on exploring the symbols, colours, stories and traditions of the Vietnamese moon festival.  The children were particularly interested in dragons.  Thomas suggested that we make small dragons to take home and a big dragon to leave at school.  The students drew about and explained their ideas for a big dragon, and then we made a plan altogether.  We made our plan using a descriptive writing framework that focuses on ‘colour,’ ‘counting,’ ‘size,’ ‘action,’ ‘texture,’ and position. We started constructing our big dragon this week and will continue the project next week.  On Thursday some of the children noticed they had the same symbols on their ao dai, which led to a discussion about the colours and symbols on all of our ao dai.  We will use pictures from Thursday to collect data and find out more next week. Thank you to Ella’s mom for sending in some photos and videos for us to learn about the Korean festival.

The children are very interested in building tall structures and comparing height.  They also continue to enjoy exploring feelings and facial expressions.

The children enjoyed snack sale on Wednesday.  What a treat!

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Monday September 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students). See the Tin Tuc for more information
  • please ensure your children arrive to school before 8:10, and say goodbye when the bell rings
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

September 6

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The students shared what they are excited about in K1, what we need, what they are worried about, and what they would like to learn this year.  This will help us to create our class essential agreements together.  The children finished their wonderful self-portraits this week and are excited to see them and talk about them.  On Friday we explored our whole K1 environment and made connections with others during our first ‘Open Classrooms’ time.  The children played together with all of the K1 teachers and students.  We asked the children how it felt during Open Classrooms.  Most students felt happy because they had time to play with friends from Discovery, played with new friends, and enjoyed some new play spaces and materials.

We look forward to celebrating the Moon Festival next week.  On Thursday we will have a Moon Festival assembly at the school.  Please send your children to school wearing an Ao Dai on Thursday.  Does your family celebrate the Moon Festival or another Mid Autumn Festival?  Please let me know if you have any photos, stories, crafts, songs or other information to share.

Thank you to everyone who came to Back to School Night Thursday evening.  Please see the K1A Back to School Slideshow here.  The children absolutely loved finding your artistic creations this morning. Please see the linked document from our Guidance Counsellor for more information about how much sleep your child needs each night.

If you haven’t signed up for your child’s own SeeSaw account, please do so by following this link:  SeeSaw Invitation

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Wednesday September 11th – Snack Sale. Please send 20, 000 VND with your child.  See the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • Thursday September 12th – Moon Festival – please wear Ao Dai to school.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • Friday September 13th no school for students (faculty PD day)
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

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