Happy Winter Break! Friday 13 December 2019

ES Christmas Party

On Thursday, Grade 5 hosted a Christmas party for all of the elementary school. The party was in the cafeteria and included performances from The Grade 5 strings group, Mr Charlie, and some Grade 5 dancers. K2D had a great time.

Chocolate Field Trip

We were scheduled to visit Mason Marou on Wednesday but unfortunately the air quality was poor and we were unable to go. We tried to reschedule for Thursday and today but the AQI prevented us to go on those days too. We will reschedule for early in the new year.

Dohyeon’s Birthday and New Babies

Dohyeon celebrated his 6th birthday on Monday.  We were unable to celebrate with him as right now he is in Korea with his family waiting for the birth of his new baby brother.  The baby was due yesterday, so hopefully we will hear news soon.

Today we also said goodbye to Jay, who is also going to Korea for the birth of his new baby brother. We wish Jay and his family well and we look forward to hearing of the safe arrival of the baby.

Mystery Reader

We were very lucky to have Mel, Grace’s mum, come and be our mystery reader for a second time. The children enjoyed listening to A Perfect Christmas.

Reminders for after winter break

  • Monday 6 January is the first day back at school after Winter break.
  • Wednesday 22 January will be parent/teacher conferences
  • Thursday 23 January Tet assembly
  • Friday 24th January – Tet holiday
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form. Currently we have no mystery readers signed up for the new year.

I hope all our K2D families have a wonderful Winter break. I will be traveling to Australia with my family to celebrate Christmas with my parents and siblings.  Ms Diep will be traveling to her home town with her family so she can also spend time with her parents and siblings. We look forward to seeing you and your children happy, healthy and well rested after the holiday.

Merry Christmas.

Emily

Friday 7 December 2019

K2D Scientists

We have enjoyed a lovely week full of wonderful experiments. On Monday we went to the Middle School Science Labs. We had a great time making exploding elephant’s toothpaste; looking at plant and human cells under a microscope; heating and cooling metal to make it expand and contract; heating chemicals to make them change colours; and boiling coloured liquids in our hands.  In our classroom we combined vinegar and baking soda to make a volcano, mixed water, oil and food colouring to produce water fireworks, and explored the effects of salt on ice.  Through all these experiments we have been exploring the scientific process.  We start with a question, then form a hypothesis to attempt to answer our question.  Next we conduct an experiment and record our observations. From this we come to a conclusion about our original question.

Maison Marou Chocolate Field Trip

Next Wednesday we visit Maison Marou and explore our scientific questions about chocolate! We will leave school at 9.30 and return at 11.30.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. PE is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Library is on Monday
  • December 11 Chocolate field trip
  • Thursday December 12 is Winterfest. It runs from 5 to 7pm here at school and is run by the Middle School and High School service learning groups.
  • December 14 – January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

 

29 November 2019

It has been another busy week in K2D. We started to explore what it means to be a scientist and what thinking like a scientist really is. We will continue our scientific thinking for the duration of this unit.

Mathematical Word Problems

Each week in K2D we work on a mathematical word problem. Our focus at the moment is Mathematical Practice number 3 – Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.  This put simply means showing your thinking. Here are some examples from this week.

Chocolate Field Trip

Our senses provocation yielded many questions about chocolate. We will investigate these questions further by going on a field trip to Maison Marou Chocolate on 11 December. Please complete the permission form sent home today and return it to school as soon as possible.

Double Mystery Reader Week

We were very lucky to have two mystery reader’s this week.  On Monday Melanie, Grace’s mum read us In my Heart by Jo Witek and Alan, Julia’s dad, read us The Only Penguin by Gemma Cary. The children adore having mystery readers and we would love more family members to sign up.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week B. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • December 7 and 8 Aristocats Musical performed by students in Grade 2 and 3.  Please get your tickets from The Performing Arts Centre if you plan to attend.
  • December 11 Chocolate field trip
  • December 12 is Winterfest. Please look out for details from the Middle School in Tin Tuc
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Open Classrooms Friday 22 November

Open classrooms

Thank you to all the parents, who were able to come to open classrooms. We hope you enjoyed sharing in your child’s learning.

Exploring our senses. 

This week we have continued exploring the world with attention to the senses we use. We have started asking questions about the things we are exploring and trying to find answers to these questions.  Please talk with your child about the questions they posted on seesaw. We will explore each of these questions as a class.

On Thursday we explored popcorn using all five senses. We described the popcorn with each sense.

Aya’s birthday 

Today we celebrated Aya’s birthday. Aya will turn 6 tomorrow. From all your friends in K2D, Happy Birthday Aya!

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • December 7 & 8 ES is Aristocats Musical performed by students in Grade 2 and 3.  Tickets go on sale next Thursday in the Arts Centre
  • December 12 is Winterfest. Please look out for details from the Middle School in Tin Tuc
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Exploring Our Senses 15 November 2019

Exploring Our Senses

On Tuesday we started our new unit with an exciting provocation exploring each sense.  The children rotated through 5 activities in different classrooms where they explored sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.

Open classroom schedule

Mystery Reader

This week Mio’s Mum, Mai, was our Mystery Reader.  She read The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr and the class loved it. If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week B. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • Tuesday 19 November is open classrooms. Please see the above schedule .
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction. More information to follow from the Arts Team.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical
  • December 12th Winterfest
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Happy Outdoor Classroom Day – Friday 8th November

Yesterday despite the poor air quality, we were able to go outside for short bursts of time to enjoy Outdoor Classroom Day. We had lots of fun playing and learning with our Grade 4 buddies and other friends.

How The World Works Unit of Inquiry

Next week we start a new unit of inquiry.  We will be focusing on exploring the 5 senses, asking questions and thinking like scientists.  Please refer to the unit overview below.

Open classrooms

Here is the schedule for open classrooms next Tuesday 19 November.

Happy Birthday Ngoc An

Yesterday we came together to sing and celebrate Ngoc An’s birthday. Ngoc An, your friends and teacher’s wish you a very happy birthday.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • This Monday 11 November is a staff development day. There will be no school for children on this day.
  • Wednesday 13 November is snack sale day.
  • Tuesday 19 November is open classrooms. Please see the above schedule .
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction. More information to follow from the Arts Team.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical
  • December 12th Winterfest
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

UNIS Pride!

Yesterday, we had a lovely morning enjoying the MIRISA basketball opening ceremony and wearing our halloween costumes.

Meet Our Lovely Grade 4 Buddies!

Please ask your son or daughter to tell you about their buddy and all the things they have been doing together.

Mystery Reader

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have Ryo, Aya’s brother as our Mystery Reader. He read the Piggy and Gerald book A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems and the class loved it.

If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week B. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • Monday 11 November is a staff development day. There will be no school for children on this day.
  • Wednesday 13 November is snack sale day.
  • Tuesday 19 November is open classrooms. More details to come.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Celebrating UN Day!

Thank you to all the families who contributed to a successful UN day.  The children really enjoyed the day. They were especially delighted that so many parents were able to attend.

Home Reading

We have had a successful start to home reading.  I have heard lots of happy stories from children about reading with you.  Please remember to send the reading folder back to school each day so that your child can change their book.  Today we have sent home poetry books for you to look at with your child over the weekend.  Please please please could these also be returned on Monday so that we can add next week’s poem.

Mystery Reader

At this stage I have no one signed up to be next week’s mystery reader.  If you would like to read but the time does not work for you, please contact me and we can arrange another time. The sign up form is linked here.

Happy Birthday Mio!

Halloween Dress Up Day

Next Thursday 31st October in Halloween. Children are invited to come to school in dress up clothing.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. We have finished our swimming program and will now return to regular PE.
  • Thursday 31 October is Halloween dress up day.
  • Monday 11 November is a staff development day. There will be no school for children on this day.
  • Wednesday 13 November is snack sale day.
  • Tuesday 19 November is open classrooms. More details to come.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

 

Happy SDG Week!

SDG Week

We have had a wonderful time celebrating SDG Week.  Thank you to all the families who sent children to school with snacks and lunch boxes without wrapping, box drinks and single use plastic.  It would be wonderful for this to continue throughout the year.  🙂

Below are some photographs of our children participating in SDG Week activities such as: gardening, composting, yoga, building with repurposed materials and skateboarding with our Grade 4 buddies.  What lucky children they are.

Mystery Reader

On Wednesday, Claire, Jay’s Mum, was our Mystery Reader. The class were delighted by a wonderful book called Is that you, Wolf?

Please sign up here so you can be our next Mystery Reader.

Preparations for UN Day

UN Day is this Monday, 23 October.  Please remember to send your child to school in national dress.  Please remember to sign up for the K2 shared lunch on the link sent to you by our class parent Memory. School will finish at 1pm for students.  I look forward to seeing you all at the UN Day celebrations.

Here is a sneak preview from this morning’s rehearsal.

Coffee Morning and Home Reading

Thank you to all the parents who attended this morning’s Reading Coffee Morning. It was wonderful to have such a large turn out.  Take home reading books will start coming home next Tuesday.  Please remember to return the reading folder to school each day and contact me if you have any questions.

Reminders:

  • Next week will be Week B. The children will have swimming on Tuesday and Friday. This will be the last week of swimming in PE until March.  More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.
  • Please sign up to be Mystery Reader here
  • UN Day is Monday 21 October. This is a half day for students.
  • The UNIS Library is now open Saturdays from 9-12.
  • There will be no school for children on Monday November 11 as it is a staff development day.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Happy Autumn Break!

Thank you for coming to this week’s Learning Conversations. It was a pleasure to talk with you and your child together.  Although some of the children were quite nervous it was wonderful to see them overcome this to share their favourite parts of school and goal with you.

This week in our Unit of Inquiry the children have been thinking about what they like doing and sharing it with their friends.  We made a book entitled The Doing Book by K2D which is already very popular within the class.  We have also been learning the poem 5 Little Speckled Frogs and practicing the formation of the letters, m, n and h.  In math we continue to explore   mathematical thinking.

                              Reading Coffee Morning and Shared Book Time

On Friday the 18th of November, the K2 team will be hosting a coffee morning about ‘Engaging and Supporting Kindergarten Readers’. We will begin in our classrooms where you can come and enjoy reading together with your child. Then they will move to their specialist subjects and we will move to the gym for the presentation. If you plan on attending, please be at school by 8:10. We will be done by 9/9:15. We hope you can join us to learn about the reading expectations in K2.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Jane and Lam who both turned 6 this week.

Reminders:

  • The week after the holiday will be Week A. The children will have swimming on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Swimming will continue every PE session until the 25 October More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.
  • Please sign up to be Mystery reader here
  • K2 Reading Coffee Morning Friday 18 October
  • UN day is Monday 21 October. This is a half day for students.
  • The UNIS Library is now open Saturdays from 9-12.

Have a wonderful relaxing break. I look forward to see all the children back at school on Monday 16 October ready for a wonderful SDG week.

Emily