Welcome to Kindergarten News page!
We look forward to and are excited to be sharing with you our kindergarten classroom! Here you will be updated with what the students are learning in class, any classroom news, reminders or events. Links for learning resources, and tips on how to help support your child’s learning at home, will also be made available here.
Posted 01/18/2018 11:41AM
Digital January 2018 reports now issued
A note to all parents that the digital copy of their child's January 2018 progress report is now available online. For Primary parents click on the Portfolio tab for the student reflection, and Report tab for the report. For Middle and High school students, the student reflection is included within the report. Please log on to your ManageBac account to access your child's report. Contact the school office if you require assistance.
Posted 01/15/2018 11:37AM
I would like to welcome Tilde Perander and her family to Skagerak International School. Tilde started in kindergarten last week and her brother Walter started in PY1.
Fallon Torp is back from her maternity leave, so I would like to welcome her too - the kindergarten staff is very happy to have her back.
New Unit of Inquiry
This week we started our How We Express Ourselves unit of inquiry, which is an exploration of marvelous music.
Central idea: We can express ourselves through making music and responding to music.
Lines of inquiry:
- How we respond to music?
- How do we express ourselves through music around the world?
- How do various musical instruments create musical sound?
In this unit the children will be given several examples of different types of music and instruments to respond to through movement or words. They will also listen to different types of music from around the world.
Guests and visitors will be invited to share dances, music or songs with the children. If you play any instrument or have anyone in your family that could come and share their talent in kindergarten please let me know.
We will create a large map of the world, marking on it the different places where the music we have listened to, has come from. We will be taking a musical journey around the world.
In the classroom
We celebrated Jakob's 6th and Alexandru's 5th birthday. Jakob chose popcorn on Tuesday and Alexandru chose hot dogs on Wednesday.
The letter of the week was M. Miss Torp read the children If You Give a Moose a Muffin and The Mitten.
As a class, we created our very own mooseberry jam muffins and enjoyed them on Friday. The children made up their own mooseberry jam recipe, after tasting both salt and sugar. The vote was unanimous, sugar was the best addition to our jam. The results were delicious!
Letter: D , read books starting with letter D. The children will make dinosaur and daisy crafts
Marvelous music: Make instruments
Ms Rue, Ms Carter and myself would like to thank parents for the lovely end of year gifts. It was very kind and thoughtful of you and much appreciated.
Have a great week!
Posted 12/12/2017 11:14AM
Bottle drive for Doctors without Borders, 10-12 January
Posted 12/12/2017 11:09AM
Fundraising bake sale for UNICEF
Posted 12/08/2017 04:45PM
Primary Winter Performance - 14 December
We welcome you to the Skagerak Primary School winter toy room on Thursday 14th December, to come and meet the new members of our toy room. They have been hand-picked to represent some of the most iconic toys children have played with for hours, days, months and years. Just how many Russian dolls can you find hiding? Why do kites fly so high? And what really happens when the teddy bears have their picnic?
Play starts at 18:00 and students are asked to arrive at 17:30, in full costume
Posted 12/08/2017 02:28PM
Holiday greetings from the principal
Christmas holidays are soon upon us and we are nearing the halfway mark of the school year. As we soon enjoy holidays across the globe or in beautiful Sandefjord, I thought I would give you an overview of the upcoming dates and other information before we start the holidays. As always, if you have any questions or require more information about the events below, please contact the school.
Middle school movie night Friday December 8th
The Middle School student council is hosting a Christmas Movie video evening on Friday December 8th with movies catering to Middle School students. This is a student run event.
High school flea market December 12th, 11:30 – 15:15
Donate your rarely-used clothes and belongings at high school's Hope for Justice CAS Christmas flea market on Tuesday December 12th, 11:30-15:15. Donations may be dropped off at the high school office on December 11th at the latest.
Primary and Middle school Santa Hat Day Thursday December 14th
Primary and Middle school students show their holiday school spirit by wearing their best Santa hat to school, a student run event. HoHoHo!
Primary school Winter Performance on Thursday December 14th, 6 pm to 8pm
Ms. Sommerschield and the Primary students and staff have been hard at work on this year's Winter Performance Primary production. The show will be from 6 pm to 8pm in the High School auditorium followed by Christmas carols organized by the Parent Council, including a visit from a special guest. Children are to meet up from at 5:30 pm.
Middle school Ugly Sweater Day on Friday December 15th
Friday December 15th is also the Annual Ugly Sweater day in the Middle school with everyone encouraged to wear their most hideous sweater. Always a good laugh!
Lunchtime dismissal on the last day of school Friday December 15th
A reminder that the last day before the December holiday is a half day with students being dismissed at 12:00 in the Primary school and 12:15 in the Middle School.
Holiday office hours
The school administration will be open 10 am to 2 pm 18- 19 December and will then close for holidays. The office reopens 3 January.
Monday January 8th school starts
School resumes with normal times from Monday January 8th.
School calendar for 2018-2019
The school calendar for 2018-2019 has now been approved by the board and can be found on our website on the calendar page.
Lost and found
Every year an expansive collection of Lost and Found items are collected in the Primary and Middle school. These items are displayed in the front hallway of the red building until next week. Please take an opportunity to peruse the items. All remaining items will be donated to charity on December 15th.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support from the start of the year. Skagerak is truly a community and it is at this time of year that it really shows, in the hallways, classrooms and in the students faces. The 2018 school year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as at Skagerak!
I hope to see as many parents as possible at the Primary winter performance or before the break begins next Friday, but if not I wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year.
Kind regards, James Tester
Posted 12/05/2017 12:50PM
The children were assessed individually in the different subjects, such as math and language. We read aloud in small reading groups and the children wrote letters and words in beds of salt. We read the story about Lucia which made a real impact on the children, inspiring them to draw pictures of soldiers and Lucia giving food to the poor.
On Friday the weather was beautiful and we played at the park.
We will continue to practice singing songs for the upcoming events. The children will make the soup for Friday's party with the parents so on Wednesday they will cut vegetables in groups.
Wednesday, December 13th: St. Lucia parade at 08:00 am. Please join us for an early morning, candle-lit parade where the children will sing a new song they have learned. Afterwards we will enjoy homemade buns - lussekatter - and a warm drink. Please remember to dress your child in white, and make sure they are ready by 8:00 am.
Thursday, December 14th: Winter show at 18:00 in the high school auditorium, a celebration of iconic toys from around the world. We would like students to dress all in black or other dark colours. Students are to meet up at 17:30.
Friday, December 15th: We celebrate the start of the holiday season in the morning and ask parents to please bring snacks to share between the children.This is an early dismissal day and students need to be picked up at 12:00. Bring an extra bag to take all cubby and other items home.
Have a great week.
Posted 11/27/2017 10:04AM
Posted 11/24/2017 10:20AM
We are fast approaching the winter holidays which can mean only one thing – winter show time! This year's winter show will take place on the evening of Thursday 14th December, at 18:00. Please could you let me know if your child will not be around to take part in the show.
This year's winter show is a celebration of iconic toys from around the world. Each class has been given a toy and they will be performing a short play about its history and a song. As with every other year there are no expectations over the costumes. However, I have included a brief description of what your child's class is doing and suggestions about what they could wear.
KG will be telling the story of the rubics cube. This ties in nicely to their current unit on patterns, as the children will be dressed as colours and moving to music to make patterns and find similar colours. In the classroom children will be painting coloured squares to have on the front of them. We would like to request that, aside from the coloured squares, students be dressed all in black, or other dark colours.
Also, if there are any parents who would like to get involved with other prop preparation please contact me and I can send some projects in your direction. Thank you in advance, and please get in contact if you have any questions, problems or suggestions.
Posted 11/20/2017 06:18PM
Classroom tables were filled with paints, paper rolls, feathers, fabric, popsicle sticks, glue, colorful rice, pasta, styrofoam and much more! Each child first drew their own pattern and then made the same pattern using the materials available. When interviewed by Ms Allen, they had some incredible answers to such questions as: What is a pattern? What kind of materials have you used? Is your pattern human made or nature made? Can you see your pattern in the environment? We made a PowerPoint presentation of it all and showed at the assembly on Friday.
We are almost finished with our unit of inquiry on patterns and the children will reflect by telling or drawing their favorite part of the unit. We will start practicing our Christmas songs and making gifts for Christmas. Observations will also be made for the progress reports for children doing different activities in language, PE and math.
Have a nice week.
Posted 11/20/2017 10:00AM
Posted 11/15/2017 11:31AM
Posted 11/14/2017 08:30AM
In the classroom
This week we were excited to meet Lewis, who joined our class all the way from Houston - welcome Lewis!
Language The children worked with the letter E and in Norwegian class we baked eplepai (apple pie). We read a story about an elephant who wanted a bicycle. He saved money to buy it by working with picking up garbage in the streets. When he finally saved enough money he bought the bike, but by that time the bike was too small for him. He then gave it to a girl who really wanted a bike but could not afford it. We talked about how important it is to give away old toys to someone who needs it .
Math and Unit of inquiry The children cut out numbers from 1 to 12 and glued them on a egg carton. They then had to place the amount of coins in each space that matched the number. We also played a number game where colourful circles were labelled with numbers from 1 to 20 and the children had to count to the number and add the same number of objects on each circle. Shawn recognized the circle as a pattern.
In music each child played a musical instrument, and the others had to follow the rhythm.
The letter for this week is H and we will continue to work with patterns.
Have a nice week.
Posted 11/07/2017 02:17PM
Making patterns in kindergarten
The children have explored various ways of making patterns. They made a kite and decorated it, using plastic stripes to weave a square. They played a game where they had to guess animal patterns such as a ladybird, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, snakeskin and a bumble bee. We put pictures from last Friday on our pattern wall. We talked about what kind of patterns are made by humans and what kinds are made by nature. Many knew the difference, but rope was a little difficult. Some thought it was from nature. But when I asked if rope grows just like grass, Jakob came up with a wonderful idea saying that it comes from the factory.
Since it was Halloween on Tuesday, some of the children came dressed up in their costumes and others put on costumes from our treasure box. We displayed our costumes and then had a freeze dance.
On Friday, we went to Framnes park and the children participated in different activities with their house team colors. It was a fantastic day and everybody seemed to enjoy it.
This week is professional development day for teachers on Friday 10 November and the kindergarten will be closed.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/30/2017 01:31PM
Math and Art
Last week the children copied and made different patterns, sharing the patterns among themselves. Salma and Inara built a big lego block tower together and wanted to know how many blocks it took to reach the ceiling. Alexander, Alexandru and Micah wanted to see if they could fit into the big red box while they were talking on their toy phones.
The children used leaves and made beautiful pictures to decorate our entrance in kindergarten. We also had a visit from MY4 students with 4 pumpkins, so each house team could decorate a pumpkin. The children enjoyed the challenge and made bats and ghosts to attach to the pumpkins.
On our Friday trip, we went to the beach where we identified human made and nature made patterns. We took some pictures that we are going to use on our wall of patterns.Some of the children found a part of a wooden log that we then threw into the water to see if it would float and it was a big disappointment when it did not. We discussed it and agreed that wooden logs float but the water has to be deep enough!
This week we will continue to work with patterns and the letter K.
On Friday 3 November please dress your child in their house team color. It is Fun Friday and the whole school will be doing activities together.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/25/2017 05:36PM
House team competition for Primary and Middle school - Zulufadder Action and Service
For the month of November, the Zulufadder Action and Service group is collecting stationery, construction games and board games (instructions in English) in good condition. These donations will be taken to the Zulufadder charity in South Africa in December. The House Team that brings the most will be awarded 40 points, second most 30 points, third most 20 points, and least 10 points. Both Middle and Primary School house teams will be awarded these points for their combined donations. Please put your donations in your house team boxes in Reception in the red building.
For more information about Zulufadder, follow this link: https://www.zulufadder.no/om-zulufadder/
Posted 10/24/2017 03:41PM
Cyber bullying/Internet awareness/Gaming seminar, 2 November
On Thursday November 2nd we will have a guest speaker, David Hasseløy from Barnevakten, coming to the school to speak with parents about cyber bullying, internet awareness and gaming addiction.
The last time we had a visit from Barnevakten about internet awareness was in March 2015 and we remember the presentation as highly relevant and useful. Given the rapid changes in media and technology, we thought it is a good time to have another session with Barnevakten. The presentation is in English, the PowerPoint slides are in Norwegian. There will be opportunity for interaction and discussion.
If you would like to know more, please visit the Barnevakten webside: http://www.barnevakten.no/
Time: November 2nd at 17:00 – 18:30
Place: Lars Ask auditorium
We think this is an important topic to be addressed and hope that as many as possible can attend.
Posted 10/23/2017 11:08AM
Thank you for attending your child's conference. I enjoyed meeting with you all.
Last week the children worked together with shapes and patterns. After working with letters, Jakob, Dinis and Aronas used name tags to help them write their friends' names on the whiteboard and Micah and Alexander spent time reading books.
We also walked to the library in town where the children played, read books and had lunch. We took the bus back as far as Meny, walking the rest of the way to the kindergarten.
This week in language studies, our letter of the week is K and we will start reading some words. Now that we have learned the letters s, a, p, t, i, n, c, we will work with blending tutorial, trying to such words as ant, sat, pat, pan, tap, sit, tin, nip, pin, and snap,
In Math and Unit work we will continue to work with patterns and function: sorting, counting, comparing, and making graph pattern blocks by page.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/19/2017 12:05PM
Fantasy Night, Thursday October 26th
Posted 10/18/2017 10:16AM
New Unit of Inquiry
Kindergarten has started a new unit of inquiry this week. Students will explore the wonderful world of patterns!
Unit: How the World Works
Central Idea: Natural and human made patterns provide structure, beauty and predictability in the environment.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Ways we can create and continue patterns
- Inquiry into where patterns are found
- An inquiry into the connection of natural and human-made patterns
This is a highly engaging, hands-on unit with lots of opportunities for discovery, creation and experimentation. We have already asked the children if they knew what a pattern was:
Look! I have pattern on my clothes! said Josephine
Can a pattern be stripes? because I have it on my socks said Jakob
I have some dots on my sweater said Cecilia
I have a star on my shoes, is that a pattern? asked Dinis
We told the children that patterns can be made with stars, stripes, dots, flowers and whatever we wanted to use. We drew them on the white board and asked each one to copy a pattern. After our circle time Shawn asked if we could make patterns so in our second section we had fun making letters, numbers and a colorful circle with patterns.
Language: We will work with the letter C, its sound and letter formation and words starting with the letter C.
Math: We will work with patterns and function: sorting, counting, comparing, and making graph pattern blocks by page.
Have a nice week.
Posted 10/12/2017 12:04PM
We hope everyone enjoyed the Autumn break. Here`s a summary of activities that kindergarten worked on before the break:
Students celebrated Cultural Diversity Day on September 28. We inquired in to dance and music. Children got to dance and listen to songs from their countries. They also enjoyed making and coloring flags. There was a gathering of nations, an assembly and lots of food thanks to parent contributions. It was an exciting day for us all. More than 80 countries represented school-wide.
Trip to the beach
We went to Langestrand beach where the children got to play, look for exciting things on the beach. Then they ate their snacks.
Please remember that school closes at 12:15 next Monday and Wednesday for student conferences. I look forward to meeting with you all.
Posted 09/28/2017 02:02PM
Last week we were outside collecting leaves. We have talked about autumn, what happens to the leaves and their changing of colour. We will be making an art collage with leaves.
We have been practicing a dance for five weeks now and last Friday the children finally got to perform it. Kindergarten joined the primary school outside for the BlimE dansen 2017. Over 660 schools across Norway participated at the same time, 12 pm and it was a great success!
This week we have been learning about the letter 'N' and we all tasted nypesuppe. Nype in English is rosehip and the soup has a sweet and sour taste. We all tasted it but not everyone liked it. One of our lines of inquiry is about likes and dislikes so we are making a chart of pictures of food that we have made in kindergarten. The children put a smiley face on things that they like and a sad face on what they don't like.
This week we will continue with our unit work with activities and exploring what we are able to do with our bodies.
Have a wonderful week.
Posted 09/19/2017 11:59AM
Skagerak Day, 24 September 12-3 pm
Welcome to the start of the school year and a host of activities on Skagerak Day, Sunday 24 September. The Parent Council is once again organizing this fun filled event for all students and parents on the school playground. There will be a football tournament, talent show, face painting, grilled hamburgers and more! We look forward to seeing as many as possible - sunshine is promised!
Posted 09/18/2017 06:11PM
Cultural Diversity Day, Thursday 28 September
Sign up for country selection for next week's event! Due date for country selection, options for food donation and volunteer opportunities for this day is this coming Friday 22 September. For more information see your child's contact teacher or parent council representative.
Thank you for helping us to make this day a great showcase of internationalism for our school and the community.
Posted 09/18/2017 04:05PM
The children practiced writing letters of the alphabet in beds of salt. With help from the children, we also made ice cream using salt, milk, vanilla sugar, cream and chocolate for ingredients. We played a game called Making Expression, where the children sat in pairs and used sad/happy/angry eyes and sad/happy/angry mouth. Afterwards we discussed the different kinds of expressions they had used.
We have now finished painting our paper bodies, and will continue with attaching names of the body parts.
The letter of the alphabet this week is 'N'.
Please remember that it is getting colder and your child now needs warmer clothes including mittens and hat.
Have a nice week.