Monthly Archives: November 2018

Secret Santa is coming to IAS

Secret Santa is coming to IAS

Dear parents,

Winter has come! Please make sure your child has appropriate clothes especially on Thursday and Friday when they have ICT. Gloves, scarves, and warm hats will keep the germs away ūüėČ

As you know together with Grade 4 and Ms. Jagoda (Grade 4 homeroom teacher) we’re organising Secret Santa. Each child was given a name of a chid (from grade 3 or 4) for whom they are supposed to buy and/or¬†make a gift to be¬†wrapped and labelled with that child’s name,¬†and brought to school before next¬†Wednesday,¬†December 5th.

On Thursday,¬†December 6th we’ll have a surprise visit from St. Nicholas and we’ll exchange gifts.

The value of the gifts cannot exceed 20zl!! You can check out the shops Flying Tiger – there are plenty of quite cheap games/toys etc so you will be able to find something within the budget.¬†I’ve encouraged my students to also write nice notes, cards or wishes – these notes are¬†free and the children will be happy to read positive words!¬†‚̧

Today, Ms. Marie, the kindergarden homeroom teacher together with her young students were very happy to receive grade 3 students who have prepared many, many stories. One student in particular, Avy was the lucky one invited to read her story but all the students, big and small,

asked and answered questions about the Hungarian Folk Tale The Diligent Girl and the Lazy Girl.

Avy reading to her younger audience here seen sad since her cellphone stopped working recently <3

I cannot congratulate enough¬†most of my students for all the effort they’re putting into their written work – they love love LOVE writing and this makes me so proud of them!! We have already committed to writing a diary starting January 1st so hopefully Santa will bring them diaries too¬†ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hhahahaha This is Lili judging an old man for the wrong career choice <3ooks’¬†characters¬†but I am not really sure we’ll have enough time or energy to finish everything on time!¬†

 

My students are also¬†very keen to perform in front of their peers as well so we’re preparing a very short, original¬†script to be performed as a play for Christmas. They are very ambitious as they want to write another Christmas¬†script based on Horrid Henry books’ characters.

Please send/bring next week any Santa/elf hat, angel costume, reindeer costume that you might have at home! We will try our best, that is all I can promise!

In Social Studies we are discussing Natural Resources and how they can be renewable and nonrenewable.

The resemblance is uncanny <3

Speaking of that, I really want to commend Roger and his parents who have decided to send to school a lunch box and cutlery in order to save 20 plates and over 5 sets of plastic knives, forks and spoons that might otherwise end up in our oceans! I know it must not be easy but trust me, your effort is appreciated!

Our whole school is making an effort in order to reduce both the recyclable garbage and the non recyclable one so we are happy to see we are not alone in our efforts!

No comment <3

“I’d rather not talk about it” <3

In Science we were talking about erosion and the role plants and trees have in keeping the soil in place – we have watched an experiment that we could do it at school as well but they said they would rather save the plastic we would need¬†‚̧ We’re starting Unit 2 next week!

In Math we’re still learning and practicing telling time¬†(up to page 184) but I think they still need more practice before we’re moving to the next chapter:¬†elapsed time.

I wish you a very enjoyable weekend!

Stay warm,

Simona Arriens

1st grade news

1st grade news

Language Arts

In LA we read a fable “Jack and the Wolf” we discussed the characters in the story and the lesson they learned at the end. In grammar we discussed complete sentences with a subject and predicate. We practiced identifying complete and incomplete sentences as well as writing our own.

Science

In science we began to learn about what plants need to survive. We also learned about the different parts of plants and the different roles they have in the life of a plant.

Math

In math we practiced addition and subtraction as opposite actions. The students learned what a fact family is and they did some calculations using number lines. Finally they learned about using coins and practiced money math by playing shop keepers and clients. 

2nd grade news

2nd grade news

Math

In math the students learned about adding 2-digit numbers: separately the tens and ones. Then they learnt how to do addition with regrouping in columns. Finally they learnt to recognize American coins, their names and values.

Science

In science we talked about the groups of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects: their characteristic body parts, breeding, body coverings, where do they live. Then we talked about some animals’s life cycles and compared them. Finally we started learning about fossils.

Language Arts

This week in LA we read a biography about Louis Braille. We also read a nonfiction text about how technology has changed to help the blind. We learned a lot about how Braille helped blind people. In grammar we reviewed proper nouns, this time focusing on days of the week, months, and holidays.

Grade 4 Weekly News

Grade 4 Weekly News

Language Arts

These past two weeks we read a realistic fiction story called “Vanishing Act,” about the disappearance of honeybees and how we can do research to find solutions to a problem. We had our spelling and vocab test on Monday. We also learned about compound sentences.

Science

In the last two weeks we finished Unit 2 in our book and had a Brain Check to review our knowledge. We also carried out an experiment. We wanted to find out and observe step by step what will happen if we mix glue, water, contact solution, and baking powder. As a result each pair had a cup of Newtonian fluid or so called slime ūüôā And last, but not least we started learning about plants and their structure.

Extra

Last week on Wednesday we celebrated Thanksgiving. After a short introduction from Grade 4 and a video from Grade 3, all the children ate special lunch together in the Main Hall to commemorate the Day of giving Thanks.

November 13-21

November 13-21

Dear parents,

We had two short weeks that were`dedicated to Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

We have written a short script for a short movie we have shot for Thanksgiving celebration. Each child had a role and the have prepared pictures of the animals they represented. The story was about a few animals of the forest talking about Thanksgiving and how unfortunate turkeys are since people want to eat them… the video was shown on Wednesday during the Thanksgiving lunch – should you wish to see it please don’t forget to send a memory stick with your child this week – I’ll make a copy for you.

Grade 4 students prepared a few facts about this holiday and shared with us what they were grateful for ūüôā We ended our get-together by eating traditional Thanksgiving food as well as sharing foods that most children brought. Thank you so much for your involvement!

Last week your children had a test prep from “Measuring” – word problems only and their work has been sent home (corrected). I’d like them to remember¬†writing the measuring¬†unit (litre, gram, ounce, etc) as well as how they found the answer.

We’ve started a new chapter from the same Unit- telling time and graphs – as always we’re going to connect this topic with Social Studies as well as LA. I have prepared a few games and each one of my students will have a mock clock to practice telling and showing time.

In LA we will have a little bit more reading – I would like my students to understand the concepts of fiction and non-fiction as well as science fiction ūüôā

Have a great week!

SImona Arriens