1JA End of Year Class Party

1JA End of Year Class Party

Dear Parents and Families,


As we quickly approach the end of the school year 2018-19, all Grade 1 teachers feel proud of each and every student in our class at how far they have come in their growth and learning. We will definitely miss them and wish them the very best in their future in Grade 2.


We would like to celebrate this school year with an end of the year party on Tuesday, June 19 2019.

We would like you to help us with this celebration by sending in a plate of food with your child on that day.

We recommend you to send homemade dishes or whole foods. These could include your traditional dishes, finger foods like sandwiches, breads, kimbabs, etc, whole foods like fruits, salads, veggie sticks and even homemade baked goodies like cakes and cookies are welcome. J  These would be preferable to packaged food like packets of chips, cookies and other snacks.

Please note that we are a nut free school; the dishes should not contain whole or traces of nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.

Please do not send any drinks or plates and cutlery. We will be providing all the necessary items.


We would prefer you to send the food in reusable containers that we will return with your child to bring back home at the end of the day.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your consistent support and thoughtfulness throughout this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries or clarifications you might seek.


With Warm Wishes,


Grade 1 team



We Invite You

We Invite You

Dear Parents,

We are just past the half way mark with our swimming sessions for G1,2,3, and 4.

Our intention at this stage is that your child is becoming more aware of their

–       Strengths and weaknesses within the water

–       Progress thus far within the 3 strokes and survival skills

–       Specific areas that they need to improve in within the 3 strokes

We encourage you to have a conversation with them by asking open ended inquiry questions – Some examples of questions to engage in conversation are –

–       What did the coach tell you that you were doing well in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       Which swimming technique/style do you use when swimming under water?

–       What is your favorite stroke in swimming – why?

–       What do the arms do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       What do the legs do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

Don’t forget that next week is our open swim week. We invite all parents to come along and see what we do in swimming. All visitors must remain on the viewing deck and no photos are allowed to be taken.

Regards – Kit and Karen


Art: Henri Rousseau would love these habitats!

Art: Henri Rousseau would love these habitats!

Grade 1 artists are using their knowledge of different animals and animal habitats to create a layered watercolour painting in our current unit of inquiry.

Students have created abstract backgrounds that focus on showing only the area immediately around the animal. Now the challenge is to draw big, really BIG! So BIG it fills the painting – and maybe even goes beyond it!

Key terms in this unit include background and foreground. Plus, we are refering to outlines of our chosen animals when drawing them. This is good for accuracy and something we hope our young artists remember to try in the future – refer to realistic drawings and/or photographs to draw accurately.

Thanks to Ryan for bringing to Art a great book about animals. You are showing that you are already taking this learning on board and trying it out. This is great to see!

I am also so proud to say that many students have attempted their background and animals more than once to get each area to be the best it can be. That shows great perseverence and effort – keep up the great work Grade 1, that’s how artists make fantastic artworks!

K4E International Family Day

K4E International Family Day

Dear Parents of SSIS,


As you know, this year K4E has been committed to creating awareness of the lasting and devastating impact of single-use plastics on the environment. Taking action towards this mission, K4E has begun a revolutionary initiative of making SSIS school events free of single-use-plastic items (including cups, straws, containers, bags, cutlery and bottles).


K4E appreciates the actions you have taken so far to support our mission by REDUCING, REFUSING and REPLACING single-use plastic in your own lives.


Our next opportunity to really make a difference is at the upcoming International Family Day 2019. We are encouraging the country food stall owners to avoid using plastic containers, dishes and cutlery for serving their delicious food in.

Sodexo has very generously offered to put out dishes and cutlery for use instead.

At the same time, if you want to bring any food away with you, please consider bringing a personal reusable container and bag to the event.


We request you to help spread this message amongst your family, friends and the SSIS community.


Thank you in advance for supporting K4E in this next step towards making SSIS a truly

Greener school.


Your K4E Team.


May Homework

May Homework

May 2019

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May 2019 Home Learning Grid

  1. READ every day J You may read independently or with someone. Tick the box when you are done.
  2. Choose any 3 activities from anywhere on the grid to complete in a week. Color the square after you have completed it.
  3. Have FUN sharing your learning with your family!

*SSIS ES Homework Policy suggests 10-20 minutes of home learning time, including reading. Remember to be balanced.


Activity Choices – remember you can choose from anywhere in the grid!!

Being a Thinker

Walk around your neighborhood park with your family to find loose objects like rocks, sticks and leaves. Arrange them in arrays or groups. How many ways can you group them?


Being Open-Minded

Write down how you / your family member took action towards the reuse / recycle / reduce / refuse of plastic bags and objects. Stick a photograph.


Being an Inquirer

Do a survey of your classmates’ names. Create a bar graph for the vowels in the names.  For e.g. How many friends have the letter /a/ in them?


Being a Communicator

Retell your home reading book(s) to an adult. For an extra challenge try to do it without looking at the words or pictures.


Being a Risk Taker

Write about one thing you are learning to do. For e.g. art / ukulele / ice skating. What do you do to stay committed?


Being a Communicator

Ask an adult to tell you a story in your home language. Draw what happens in the story in your home learning journal.


Being Reflective

Draw 3 clocks in your home learning journal. Show what time you eat; breakfast, lunch and dinner


Being an observer

Draw a ‘realistic’ drawing of an animal, plant or food and label its parts.


Being Caring

Write down how you / your friend takes care of your / their pets.


Being creative

Use your homemade playdough to make models of animals and their habitats


Being enthusiastic

Do 30 minutes of physical outdoor activity such as bike riding, football or riding your scooter.


Being Open-Minded

Make a list of words using the letters from the words ‘drastic plastic’


Being a researcher

Go for a walk outside and find 2D and 3D shapes. Draw and write them in your home learning journal.


Being appreciative

Help cook supper with an adult. Use adjectives to describe your meal. What did it taste/smell like?


Being Knowledgeable

Go on the class blog and explain some of your learning this week to your family.


Being Knowledgeable

Teach a family member a song and game you learnt in music and P.E. at school.


Being responsible

Write, draw or stick pictures to show ways you are responsible at school.


Being committed

Complete any Chinese homework you may have.


Being Balanced

Do some deep breathing and stretching exercises to help your body relax.


Being confident

Make a creative art piece using only natural objects. Stick a photo of it


Well done clay artists! Now about those animals you’ve been studying…

Well done clay artists! Now about those animals you’ve been studying…

The clay unit has ended, but don’t be sad – This means we get to enjoy seeing the beautiful Grade 1 artworks on display outside BS106 (our Art classroom or studio). Please be sure to enjoy looking at them when you come for the Student-Led Conference on May 11, and yes you will get to take them home in the future.

Your young artist can show you which are their artworks on May 11, and they can also show you their learning journey in their Art book and teach you some skills. You might like to ask them which parts of the art course have been hard? And which parts they have liked? Also, what new things have they learned in Art this year?

In Art we are currently enjoying working on Art Unit 3 ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ during Unit of Inquiry time. And we are also learning about making responsible and artistic choices in Studio Time.

Studio time is a chance for our young artists to choose which short or long-term creative projects they want to do, beyond the required learning. It is a chance for them to show the skills they have learned, but apply it to their area of interest and/or to explore a new art area. This time asks student artists to use the design cycle and use the artistic habits they are taught, but independently as much as possible. It has been embraced very enthusiastically so far and I look forward to seeing where student artists steer themselves during this time in the future. This initiative has come about as part of my professional goal this year to look into Teaching for Artistic Behaviour or TAB – a method of teaching and learning that embraces student agency and student choice.

In our new art unit we are looking at how – Understanding others inspires us – and particularly at the work of Henri Rousseau. Student artists are using the knowledge of animals and habitats they learned in Homeroom, but will be adding in artistic considerations, their imagination, mixed media skills and techniques, and will be thinking about composition to create their major artwork.

Ask your artist what animal they are planning to make their main focus. Perhaps you could look up images of this animal as a family?

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