Welcome New Students
This week we welcomed two new students to our class. Here is a photo of Kevin and his Grade 1 buddy, Korbin and Hwanhee and his Grade 1 buddies JuEun and Uha. Korbin, Uha and JuEun have done a fabulous job welcoming our new friends, showing them all around the school, sitting with them at lunch, helping to translate when necessary and playing with them during recess. What a fantastic community we have in 1B!
We have done lots of talking about the word ‘significant’ during UOI. The children have finishing up their Significant Moments posters and they look great. Please make sure you take a look when you come to the classroom for parent conferences.
As a provocation to our unit we attended a ‘wax museum’ of significant people (led by our administrators and fellow colleagues). The children got to move around the wax models and find out about the lives of several significant people. Here’s some questions you could ask your child to see what they retained.
- Who was their favorite person?
- What was the significant persons name?
- Why are they significant?
- What impact have they had on the world?
Ms Monica as Fiona Wood, an Australian woman who invented spray on skin for burn victims
Ms Michelle as Ada Lovelace, the first woman programer who invented robots and had to hide her identity because she was a woman
Ms Nitasha as Mother Teresa, an activist for peace and humanity
Ms McGee as Jane Goodall, an animal activist, researching chimpanzees
Mr Adrian as Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander who was the first person to climb Mt Everest
Mr Josh as Bill Gates who created the first computer and became the richest man in the world. Through his foundation with his wife, the Gates Foundation, he now is a philanthropist and has dedicated his life to helping poor people with vaccines to prevent diseases.
Mr Marc as Alexander Graham Bell who was an scientist and inventor (telephone, metal detector and kites that led to airplane inventions)
Mr Lush as Stephen Hawking, a scientist and author who had a disease called ALS
Ms Megan as JK Rowling, the author Harry Potter who was rejected by 12 publishing houses before Harry Potter was published. She also was required to use her initials instead of her birth name Joanne so her target audience of young boys would read a book not written by a woman.
Now it’s our turn! We have been reading some biographies about significant people and the children have been thinking about who they might like to become. If you haven’t already had a conversation about it at home please do. Your child might like to choose someone significant from their home country or some one they feel connected to through a talent or passion like music or art. We already have a list of several students choices. We will have made our decisions by the TET break so we can come back and start our research. Let me know via email if you have any questions!
Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon
January 30-Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for the students. I am looking forward to meeting you all Wednesday next week for the parent conferences. This is a parent only event (please find a space for your child outside of school). Please make sure you have accessed, and read, your child’s report via Veracross before the conference so that I can answer any questions that you might have. Reports will go live on Monday the 28th. Please remember there is no school for the children this day.
January 31st-Grade 4 Market Day-please send 60,000 VND for your child to buy something from the fair.
February 1–Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon Please turn in your sponsorship sheets before next Friday.