Mystery Readers Wanted!

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

Would you fancy paying a little surprise to our students by taking on the Mystery Reader challenge? If so, please feel free to drop-in to our classroom on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 8:00 and 8:15! This initiative will take place for the next four weeks to give enough opportunity for parents to participate in our class’s current unit of inquiry.

Myself and Ms. Joana look forward to see you here (and so will the students)!

Bits and Bobs

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

I’d like to thank those of you who are able to attend the parent-teacher conferences this week. Both myself and Ms. Joana appreciated the opportunity to share with you the learning progress each of our student has made, and discuss the goals that will be put in place to enable our students to reach their full potential. We understand that it can be a daunting experience to entrust your most precious beings to the care of unfamiliar adults, and we appreciate the trust you have placed on us (and our school) – thank you for all the positive feedback.

Personal belongings 

On swimming days and during outdoor play students tend to switch/misplace their personal belongings, i.e. swimwear, hats, socks, etc. and at times we aren’t able to locate these items. Kindly ensure that your child’s personal belongings are labelled with their names as this makes it more evident to other teachers or parents when the items are found; and please know that we will always try our best to track any lost/misplaced clothing!

Class parent

I apologise in advance for the class parent announcement made a while ago. There was an mix-up with the set up arrangements. Our class parent is Mrs. Humpries (Isabella’s mother) and she will be in touch soon with information about an upcoming family shared snack.

From myself and Ms. Joana,

Enjoy a restful  weekend.

How We Express Ourselves

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

This week we have started our new unit of inquiry of How We Express Ourselves. As part of our new unit we would like to invite families to come in and share any art performance, experiences, or talents with the children. We will investigate dance, visual art, music and drama. However, we want to emphasize the idea that any creative process can be a form of art. Art does not have to be limited to the areas noted above. We would be love to have families come in and demonstrate the many different ways to be creativeFeel free to email me to organise the experience.

Please take your time to read the unit’s detailed information below.

Growing in awareness of self

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

As Trevor Mackenzie would agree “Great ideas start with a question”, so this week we investigated further what students are presently able to do and what they aren’t yet, without any particular focused area. During one of our morning meeting discussions we created a mind map to help us examine, compare and contrast students abilities and here is a summary:

Molly: I can ride a bike without training wheels.

Bella Lhamo: I sleep on my own!

Aydan: I can play by my own.

Djasmin: I can dance.

Tenoch: I can come to school by myself.

Mia: I can paint.

Divansh: Sing. Mummy.

Isabel: I can play with toys

Tomás: Eu sei jogar futebol! (I can play football!)

Sarah: Play with toys and my family.

João: I can eat biscuits and bread.

This discussion enabled students to enter into a dialogue about the different abilities each of them has, consequently leading to a higher understanding of self. Next week we will merge this line of inquiry with students newly developed curiosities about their bodies to inquire about how their bodies are similar and different as well as what they are capable of doing with it.

 

Who We Are

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

To help us kick start our journey into our first unit of inquiry of Who We Are, I would like to request that  next week you send/bring to school a family portrait as well as baby photograph of your child. This will enable us to begin our inquiries of developing an understanding of who student are as individuals, in addition to looking into how we are similar and different from others.

Kindly be reminded that next week Friday the 1st of September will be a non-teaching day, as parents will be welcomed into our school for our Parent Teacher Connection meeting. You should have all received a sign-up email invitation by now, so please be sure to book your preferred time before the end of next week.

Myself and Ms. Joana look forward to welcoming you all to the conference.

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Best regards,

Ms. C Peterson

 

Welcome! Bem-vindos! Benvenuto! Bienvenidos!

Dear Prep 3.1 parents,

Welcome to our class blog! Here you’ll find regular updates of the learning experiences students will engage in and inquire into during their class time throughout the school year, so don’t forget to check our blog whenever you get the chance to.

Although for personal reasons I wasn’t able to be present during the 1st week of school, Ms. Lauren who has worked at our school as a PYP teachers for the past few years was very happy to take the lead and help the students settle into their new class/school environment. I’m excited to welcome students back next week Monday the 21st of August.

Warm regards,
Ms. Peterson