Week 8 – Oct 2-6

Dear Parents,

Last week was busy but full of discovery. In language lessons students started to use conventions for writing (ex: spaces between words, capital letters, lower case letters and periods/a.k.a. full stop). During the language lessons they partook in an activity when they had to be principled and assess themselves on their own writing.

In mathematics students discovered that they can organize objects by attributes. For it to happen they had to visit and search for words to describe the object’s attributes. Besides the sorting out activities, they were also keen to organize numbers and had their first experience with place and value (ex: units, tens and hundreds).

Our new unit of inquiry (How The World Works) is about science. Students are trying to understand what science is and how forces work. They were extra keen to be in touch with all the “science objects” brought to the classroom and are now working to understand what a scientist is and how they make a science experiment.

INFORMATION

If you are a scientist and would like to join us in one short lesson about what you do for living, please send me an e-mail: ebispo@lisluanda.com

Also, the nature of this unit is trying things out, making observations and taking notes. Please encourage your little scientist to try things out and ask them how things work. We will work with forces: push, pull and gravity. Feel free to ask questions to your child. The goal is to have them thinking about the different ways things work.

Week 7 – Sep 25 – 29

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Home reading: We are changing the system of home reading. Now the students will take a book home, stay for 2 days(they read and re-read the same book on the next day), then bring the book back to school in order to have another book to take home. This happens because we have had cases of students forgetting the books, and unfortunately we can’t afford having books missing.

Headphones: We would like to ask for parents to send headphones to the school. These headphones will stay in the student’s cubby and they are responsible for them. They will be used during Ipad activities.

Music lessons: Year 2.3 is having fun during music lessons and Ms. Betsy sent us a nice game that can be played at home and is part of the How We Organize Ourselves unit. Click here.

 

Dear Parents,

After an unexpected holiday on Tuesday, Year 2.3 had a good week working really hard on different activities to show Ms. Isabel and Mr. Enderson what they learned during the How We Organize Ourselves unit.

UOI: Students worked on a project to help improving LIS community. Really good ideas became real projects with different people of our community involved in different roles and responsibilities within the project. Their hard work is reflected on our Discovery Wall which is now full of thoughts and ideas.

Language: This week we started sending books home in order to have the students building the habit of reading every day at home with family.

Maths: Students worked on pictographs and tally marks during the last 2 weeks and decided to have some displays around the classroom to remind them how to build and use the graphs.

Week 6 – Sep 18-22

Dear Parents,

Last week was really short due to the holidays and Peace Day, however we were able to take some pictures of our students working hard with their buddies to finish their “Peace” art and also during some of the Mathematics and Language Activities.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forgot the Peace Parade!

Check some pictures below:

FAMILY READING NIGHT | NOITE DE LEITURA EM FAMÍLIA

RECIPE FOR READING

 

SERVES 60

Up to 60 ………. LIS parents and their children
(Years 1 to 6 only)

6……….reading areas with expert readers

A dash……….of FUN – come dressed in your PJs, pillows and favorite stuffed animals welcome

 

Combine the above in the LIS Primary Library on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm. Enjoy great books and company for one hour.

Entry fee (to be donated to the children of Casa das Crianças): a pack of NEW colored pencils, markers or writing paper per family.

Spaces are limited! To attend Family Reading Night, please complete sign-up HERE.

QUESTIONS? Contact prilibrary@lisluanda.com or pop into the Primary Library

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RECEITA PARA LEITURA

 

SERVE 60

Até 60……….Pais e alunos da LIS
(apenas dos Anos 1 a 6)

6……….áreas de leitura diferentes, com leitores experientes

Uma pitada de……….DIVERSÃO – vistam o pijama, tragam uma almofada e o vosso peluche favorito

 

Misturem todos os ingredientes na Biblioteca da Primária da LIS na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro de 2017, às 18:30. Deixem(-se) repousar durante uma hora, na companhia de bons livros.

Valor da entrada (a ser doado às crianças da Casa das Crianças): uma caixa nova de lápis de cor, marcadores ou papel de escrita por família.

Os lugares são limitados! Para participar na Noite de Leitura em Família, preencha por favor esta ficha de inscrição.

Dúvidas? Contacte-nos pelo email prilibrary@lisluanda.com, ou apareça na Biblioteca da Primária

Week 5 – Sep 11 – 15

Dear Parents,

This week we started sending books home. I hope you all have had a great time with your child reading at night and using the pencils for sight words. We are still adjusting the books according to every reader, so I would like to keep receiving your feedback about the reading difficulty (easy/hard).

Every single year 2.3 student had a surprise on Monday: they received a letter from their buddies from Year 5.1 and became “Pen Buddies” by exchanging letters weekly. In order for this to happen, the students needed to learn some conventions for letter writing.

In mathematics we had the students working hard with their morning mental maths and discovering the benefits of using graphs to count objects. The students were trying to help Mr. Dylan to count all the toys and structures in the playground.

Also this week in our U.O.I. year 2.3 started interviewing different people that belong to the LIS community and learned about their responsibilities in order to understand the importance of different roles within a community.

Check some pictures of our busy busy week.

Week 4 – Sep 4 – 8

Dear Parents,

During this past week students endeavored into recounting and creating stories to be written during language lessons. That was the very next step in order to develop their writing skills that started with only drawing a comic story sequence with titles.

In mathematics, students were challenged to create, in groups of 4, a variety of shapes using only a piece of yarn. They also got to use some of their addition and subtraction skills to solve simple problems.

Our understanding of community is growing and getting more complex looking at different communities, and different roles and responsibilities which make the students wonder which communities they belong to.

Year 2.3 also received a visit from year 5.1 for the first time and the pupils got to know their buddies and interact to them talking about PEACE and what it means to them.

Important info:

  • Jogathon is happening this Saturday. This is an amazing event when the community gets together to help less privileged kids from the Orphanage Casa das Crianças.
  • We kindly remind you to send headphone with your child and explain that they are responsible for their headphones in the school.
  • Please see below the link for the Back to School Presentation where you can find all the information about routines, snacks, sports, ASAs, Home Learning, Reading, etc.

Welcome 2.3

Dear 2.3 Parents and Students,

We are excited to meet you in this coming week and get to know you in preparation for our year of learning!

For your information:

We realize a new school year is an exhilarating (yet overwhelming!) time. We’d like to share a few notes that will help us ease into our new year:

 

  • Our main method of communication to parents about learning in 2.3 will be through our class blog. On this blog I will be sharing information about the students’ learning engagements, the curriculum, lots of pictures of the goings on in the class and some recommendations about how you as parents can assist your child’s learning. So that you can stay in touch with all the fun learning going on in our class, I recommend that you check the blog regularly. I also recommend that you subscribe to our blog so that you receive a weekly email that will include links to all of the newest postings. To subscribe, find the “Subscribe by Email” section at the bottom right hand of the page and enter the email address where you would like notifications to be sent.

 

  • Please send a small, nutritious snack with your child each day; make sure that your child can manage opening their snack without help, as independence is a big part of our learning.

 

  • Sun safety is a priority at LIS. Please send a labeled hat and reusable water bottle to school; both are required for play during break times.

 

  • On library days, we encourage students to bring a separate bag with them to ensure books are not damaged in their backpacks.

 

  • Please ensure your child wears PE gear (shorts, t-shirt and appropriate shoes) on their 2 scheduled PE days. On swimming days, please pack a swim kit including: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and flip-flops.

 

  • It is crucial that you inform us, or the LIS office, of any changes to your child’s school transportation arrangements: bus, private car, play-dates, etc. Thank you for understanding – your child’s safety is very important to us.

 

  • All families must complete the language profile that has been sent home. Please return it to the classroom as soon as possible.

 

Finally, all parents are reminded that Connection Meetings will be held on Friday 1stSeptember 2017. Sign ups will be done online this year (more information to follow).

 

Best Regards,

Enderson Bispo

ebispo@lisluanda.com