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Posted Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 11:00:17 AM

Last week

Since it was Diwali, each group was asked if they had heard the word 'celebration'. They all came up with good answers such as: we eat cake, we can celebrate birthdays, I celebrate Ramadan, I celebrate Christmas, we get gifts, we are happy, on 17 of May Norway has birthday and it is my brother's birthday.

Then I told the children that Saurav is from India and celebrates Diwali. We talked about what kind of holiday we celebrate at home, how people celebrate Diwali and why. Both K4 and K5 heard the story about Rama and Sita. They all were fascinated - each child chose a character and made a mask. We also watched a film of the story and the children staged a role play using the masks. Each child coloured a Rangoli pattern and saw how people in India decorate their home with Rangoli patterns.

Our letter of the week was C c and K k. K4 painted the letters on the paper and K5 wrote the letters in their language book.

This week

Unit

We will continue to inquire celebrations, looking into Diwali traditions, reading books, listening to music and talk about what we do at home when we celebrate a holiday.

Language

This week we will introduce the letter E e. We will learn to sing the song Eggs in the Pan and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case E e. On Friday during our snack time, we will eat fried eggs, cooked eggs and scrambled eggs. Then we will make a chart with tally marks, telling about our likes and dislikes.

Math

We will start to work with shape and space. For K5 there is homework from Mathletics.


Wishing you a great week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM

PY4 Update: Week 46

This week the school will be transitioning to a new communications platform to facilitate better and simpler connection with families. This new system is called Seesaw, and will be used to share ongoing classroom updates. It will replace our current blog. It will also replace the binder version of your child´s portfolio, providing real-time digital access to their projects. We will be sharing information (via email and hard copy) about how to access this new system. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance. We hope you Seesaw makes communication more streamlined.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

We focused on our second line of inquiry: How are Earth's resources used. With the assistance of Ms Burke, DP teacher and a masters graduate in environmental, students learnt how natural resources are used to make manmade items. Over the next couple of weeks, students will be working on an individual project to track the materials used to make their favourite and most important everyday item.

MATHS

Our maths lessons continue to focus on strategies to help students with addition and subtraction, and pattern and function.

LANGUAGE

We continued to focus on the elements of paragraph writing and identifying the main idea when reading. We will continue to focus on various strategies to advance our writing and reading. Congrats to those students who submitted the Lorax assignment last week. We hope you had some interesting family discussions about deforestation and the need to protect our natural resources.This list of books that encourage young activists may prove to be good inspiration as you continue family discussions about saving the Earth,

HOMEWORK

  • November book report, due 30-Nov
  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Complete Mathletics exercises
  • Complete Spellcity exercises

DIWALI

A big thank you to Sam for sharing a little information about his Diwali celebration and sharing some delicious food with us.


NOTICES

  • Please continue to collect bottle and jam lids for our recycling art project, which we will be working on shortly.

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Posted Friday, Nov 9, 2018 12:06:00 AM

Unit of Inquiry and Mathematics

This week in PY6, students have continued their inquiry into economic systems. We had a fantastic talk by Ms. Helgesen exploring the responsibilities of companies: economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary. Students participated in an activity, Laying It On The Line, which prompted some debate about whether or not business people are ethical people. Students also had the opportunity to find out about and compile lists of companies that are socially responsible vs. socially irresponsible.


They have started brainstorming product and service ideas for a PY6 Trade Fair. Ideas in progress are posted on the padlet below.


Made with Padlet

We have seen a lot of enthusiasm from the students while planning their products and services for the Trade Fair. Some have started working on logos and menus using graphic design programs. Each student has a Trade Fair Business Plan to help guide them through the process.

Today we incorporated the mathematics of the planning and focused on costs, sales and profits. Using a cupcake example, students are practicing how to calculate cost per unit, determine an appropriate selling price, and estimate profits. They are using fractions, decimals and long division in their calculations. The next step is to use these skills in the planning of their own products. Some students may ask to accompany you to the grocery store this weekend for price checking or get together with their group.


Language

We have started Literature Circles! Each group has chosen a book to read together. They also choose job tasks to complete during the week and meet on Thursdays for Book Talk to share their work, ideas and questions.

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Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 5:12:00 PM

Thanks for a great week, PY3!


We learned about Indian culture and the celebration Diwali. We also enjoyed some delicious treats courtesy of Kanishk and Dhyaan and their parents. Thanks!

Basketball has become a very popular sport in PY3 and it is great team sport for building classroom community. Today we enjoyed a lesson from former PE teacher and coach, Mr. Jeff, the MYP science teacher. Thanks for teaching us the proper technique, Mr. Jeff!

We ended the week talking about gratitude and the harvest/thanks-giving celebrations in North America. We made an autumn craft and a tasted to some tradition treats- pumpkin pie and punch. Ms. Leslie (Cameron's mom) and Peter (Ignacy's dad) came in to help. Thank you for that!

We have so much to be thankful for! Today and every day!

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 3:41:00 PM

This Week in PY1...

PY1 learned how materials can be changed. We made oobleck (a magical material which changes from liquid to solid when pressure is applied) by mixing water and cornstarch. We set up an experiment to grow sugar crystals; made felt balls from green soap and wool roving; and created sculptures by bending and shaping metal wire.

We are all delighted to have completed our review of alphabet sounds and symbols this week. In Math we continued to work on addition. The children were introduced to the "counting on" strategy.

Scholastic Book Order

On Tuesday I sent home forms for ordering books from Scholastic. This is a great opportunity to purchase English language books for a reasonable price. More details about ordering can be found in the letter sent out by Ms B, our school librarian.

Show and Tell

Starting next week, PY1 children can bring items to share during our Friday morning meeting. Your child may bring toys, books or treasures to show and share with their classmates. They may also choose not to bring anything. On other days of the week we will continue to operate a strict "no toys" policy.

Important Dates

Friday, 9th November- School closed, Teacher planning day.

Tuesday, 13th November- PY1-PY6 will attend a concert in the High School. You can find more information here: http://vestfold.ksys.no/produksjon/1148188

Wednesday 14th November- Field trip to Konsberg Silvermine. We will depart at 8:55 so please arrive at school in good time.

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 12:17:37 PM

Last week

During our snack time some of the children started to talk about the moon, wondering what was inside it and where moonlight comes from. Since we had so many questions, I thought it was a good idea to invite our guest speaker Mr Shyam Venkatraman to show the children his 3D program. Everyone was so excited and fascinated to see what the earth, moon and sun looks like. They also saw how the moon orbits around the earth and reflects the light from the sun.

Since our letter of the week was N n, we made healthy nut bar snack with honey and seeds. Some of the children liked it and some had the courage to taste it.

This week

Unit

For our unit of celebration, we will learn about Diwali, how people celebrate and why they celebrate it. We will do fun activities and recognise the tradition.

Language

Now that we have been through the first letters set of the Jolly phonics (S, a, t, p, i, n) we will use this week to read words like: sat , ant , pat, tip, pin, nip , at, sin, pit, pan, tap, nap, it

This week we will introduce two letters, since they have the same sound. We call C for curly C and K for kicking K.

We will learn to sing the song We are Clicking Castanets and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case C c and K k.

Math

We will continue working with numbers, for K5 there is homework from Mathletics.

Please note on Friday 9 November, Kindergarten will be closed due to Development Day for teachers.


Have a great week.

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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 9:49:42 PM

Unit of Inquiry

Transdiciplinary Theme

How The World Works

Central Idea

Humans use their understanding of physical laws to tools and machines.

Lines of Inquiry

The relationship between force and motion

Forces used in simple machines

Energy transfer in simple machines

Concepts

  • Function
  • Change
  • Causation

Last week students worked in groups to create pulleys and test the height they could go and the weight they could carry.Everyone seemed to enjoy this task and worked well together in their creative machine making.

This week students will compete in a marble run challenge.Each student is involved in working with a group that can create a marble run using the design cycle.Today they were in the planning stage with their group, illustrating and testing materials.

At the end of this week students will be given a planning booklet to help them with their final summative assessment project for this unit. They will have two weeks to complete the project.Please encourage your child to go through his/her planning booklet and plan and record data for their final unit project.

Special Visitor

A special thank you to Thor Sunde, Johan's grandfather, for coming into class and giving an excellent presentation to the students about the historical whaling conflict in Sandefjord. The class remained mesmerized throughout his presentation, as he showed fantastic photos and told many interesting stories about the historical events that occurred where we are all living today.

Next week (November 12-16)

My husband's surgery has been scheduled and I will be spending the week in Oslo to help him through this difficult time.There will be a substitute with the class for the week with plans that I will be leaving.

Field Trip

We will be traveling to Porsgrunn to DuVerden Science Center where we will attend a workshop and enjoy their exhibition based on our simple machines unit.A permission slip and further information will be coming soon.

Spelling and Homework

Students are receiving homework on Monday and new spelling words on Tuesday.I have been reminding them that they need their spelling folders at school on Tuesday but some are having difficulty managing both Monday and Tuesday for folders.I have found that it works best to have a spelling lesson on Tuesday afternoon so I will continue to encourage them to bring in the spelling notebooks every Tuesday.

Items for machine building

Thank you for all of the items that have come in for machine building in our unit.We are still in need of various items.Particularly helpful are toilet paper rolls and kitchen paper rolls.Pringles cans and other tube-like items are very useful.Please feel free to send these items in at any time.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Congratulations to PY5 for taking second place in the Primary School pumpkin carving contest!

In Service Day

This Friday, November 9th, is a teacher in service day.There will be no school for all students.


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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In the class

For language we are working on narrative writing. We have been looking at the different elements that makes up a story. Some of the students were very enthusiastic about reading their stories at last week's assembly. The students have been exploring the writing process in class. We will continue to revise and edit our work this week. For math we will continue to review near- doubles strategy and the turn around rule for addition this week.

For our unit, we will be having Andreas' mum come into our classroom as our guest storyteller this week! She will be reading a story from Columbia. We look forward to listening to her read to us. If you would like to come in and read a story to the students, please contact me by email to find a suitable day and time. We would love to have to come in and be our PY2 storyteller!

The students have been bringing in their favourite story to share with the class. We have set up a book table for all the PY2s to display their favourite books. Please help your child to find a favourite book to share. We would like to keep the books in class for part of our unit.

Sharing this week

Jacqueline, Walter, Eva M and Christian

Clothing

Please make sure that your child has a set of indoor shoes and the appropriate clothing for this cold weather. Some students were without rain clothes last week. Thank you.

Reminders

P.D. day for teachers on Friday. There will be no classes.

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Posted Monday, Nov 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PY4 Update: Week 44

To help students achieve their personal goals they set for themselves prior to the student-led conferences, we have developed a display, highlighting each student´s goal. As students progress and get closer to achieving their goal, they will move up on the display. We hope this display will motivate students. Many students have made great progress already. Great work! Please talk to your child about their goals and review their progress with them. Such a discussion will offer additional inspiration, helping them to take ownership of their learning.


UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

Last week we had a guest speaker visit and share their knowledge and expertise about global warming. Using what we learnt in previous lessons about cause and effect, students made the connection between human behaviour and severe weather. Exposed to extreme heat this summer here in Norway and across Europe during travels, students experienced the effects of global warming first-hand. Continuing our discussions about cause and effect, we discussed how the use of mimicry can solve problems related to the environment. We looked at the Dung Beetle Project, which emulates the dung beetle to clean up beaches. The class was fascinated by this concept! Be sure to ask them about it.


This week we will be focusing on our second line of inquiry: How are Earth's resources used. Ms Burke (DP Teacher) will be visiting PY4 throughout the week to share her expertise in this area. Students will be examining different everyday items and tracing them back to their original source.


MATHS

Our maths lessons continue to focus on strategies to help students with addition and subtraction, and pattern and function. Please ask your child about these strategies and help them apply them in everyday life, such as shopping for groceries. Several students transitioned to the next level in basic facts. Congratulations! Again, please remind your student that they should only be competing with themselves, and not comparing their level with their peers. Instead, students should focus on trying to improve their weekly score.

LANGUAGE

We continued to focus on the elements of paragraph writing. We will maintain our efforts in this area and apply those components during our writing this week. In reading, we continued to develop our inferencing skills and began to develop main idea strategies. We will continue to focus on such strategies as they help develop reading capabilities. Kudos to those students who completed their book report. Another one was assigned today, due at the end of November. Book reports help develop both reading and writing capabilities. To further foster language skills at home, you may want to consider Postcrossing, a project that allows you to send and receive postcards back from random people from around the world. A fun way to fill your postbox with something other than bills, while progressing learning!

HOMEWORK

  • Read the book (or watch the movie) The Lorax and answer these questions, due 05-Nov
  • November book report, due 30-Nov
  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Complete Mathletics exercises
  • Complete Spellcity exercises

NOTICES

  • Professional development for staff on 09-Nov, no classes for students
  • Continue to collect bottle and jam caps for our recycling art project
  • Epic! online reading app class code: Adw9290

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 2:21:00 PM

This week in PY1...

PY1 had great fun finding out about crystals and diamonds from a witchy Ms. Carol. We also enjoyed visiting Mr. Mostafa in the High School Science laboratory where we learned about the three states of matter. Ms A brought us some treats to celebrate Halloween. Thank you all!

Please join us at the Assembly on Friday at 14:00. PY1 will be singing two songs about materials.


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Posted Monday, Oct 29, 2018 9:49:02 PM

Unit of Inquiry

Transdiciplinary Theme

How The World Works

Central Idea

Humans use their understanding of physical laws to tools and machines.

Lines of Inquiry

  • The relationship between force and motion
  • Forces used in simple machines
  • Energy transfer in simple machines

Concepts

  • Function
  • Change
  • Causation


Our How the World Works unit is moving along despite the time we have had to give to National tests this past week.We had a good time creating Marshmallow launchers and measuring the distance of our landings in a launching competition on Friday.

The students have all been introduced to types simple machines and this week we will be explore the science behind these machines.Today we looked at force and motion and Newton's laws.On Wednesday all PY5 students will participate in an activity that is related to the unit during a double period of SAIL.This is due to the time we have missed due to the National tests last week and today.

Thank you for helping your child select items to bring in for machine making during the unit.Pringles cans, toilet paper rolls, threat spools, etc. are of great use when it comes to building our creations over the next few weeks.


Feedback folders sent home

Last week I sent home manila folders with papers for your child to keep and share with you at home.These papers contained the feedback they received on their summative assessment projects for our Sharing the Planet Unit. I thought it would be helpful if for each child to sit with a parent and discuss the feedback that they received.Please return the folders to school, as I would like to use them for any work I need to send home with a student.Please encourage your child to share their work and feedback with you.

Spirit Day

Many students enjoyed dressing for color day and some even added a little extra spunk with a colorful costume.Several students also enjoyed designing and carving our pumpkin for our pumpkin carving competition.

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Posted Monday, Oct 29, 2018 3:16:27 PM

Last week

Unit

K4 read a book about the three little pigs. They experienced what it is like having to do something without their sense of sight, by being blindfolded and having to place a tail on the pig without looking. They all laughed when they saw where the tails were placed.

K5 and K4 played and explored their sense of touch by playing with Oobleck, a mixture made with cornstarch, water and food color. The mixture gets hard when you squeeze it with your hands and turns to liquid again when you open your hands. It was a lot of fun for the children to play with and describe how it felt.

K5 used magnifying glasses to explore their fingerprints. After talking about different patterns: arch, loop and whirl, they made their own fingerprint paintings.

For our unit of celebration, we talked about Halloween, traditions and what most people do on that day. The children carved a pumpkin and decorated it together for the pumpkin carving contest. They were encouraged to be creative and chose to make dragon wings, a rainbow and blue glitter polka dots on the pumpkin. We did some math, by voting on which pumpkin face we wanted, and trying to see which pumpkin had the most votes.

On Friday, we had another outing to the big pitch at the school playground. We then spent time reflecting to finish our unit about senses while watching a movie in the classroom.

This week

Math K5 is going to work on our new Ipads, exploring a new math program, Mathletics. Each K5 student is bringing home a card with their password and username. Each week I will assign homework. This is not mandatory, so your child can choose if they would like to do it our not. K4 will be working with number recognition (1-5) by matching numbers with the corresponding amount of nuts.

Language The letter of the week is 'N' n. We will learn to sing the song Airplane noise nnn... and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case N n.

During fruit time, children have to find the beginning sound of the fruit, find the letter and place it next to the correct fruit. Together we clap and count the syllables in the word.


Have a nice week.

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Posted Monday, Oct 29, 2018 1:00:00 PM

For language we have started to explore the pre-writing stage in the writing process. The students have been constructing and making booklets for story writing during their work on writing task. The class has explored the elements of a story and have participated in making a collaborative story on the computer.

For math, the students are using near doubles to solve addition facts. The students have been using the double facts to develop strategies to solve facts that they don't know. Domino will be used to explore the turn-around rule for addition.

We have started our new How We Express Ourselves unit about storytelling with a I See, I think, I wonder thinking routine. The students carefully viewed a series of illustrations from well- known stories and shared their observations with each other afterwards. For our unit, we are exploring the purposes of storytelling; how stories have been told through time & around the world and why we like stories.

The students have been bringing in their favourite stories from home to share. We are also interested in stories from around the world, as well as mother-tongue books. If you would like to come in and read a story to the class, please email me, we would love to have you come into our class and be our storyteller! Last week the student explored using drama to tell a well-known story.

Sharing: André, Max W, Max A, K.L.

Goodbye

We are sad to say goodbye to Amadeus and his family. This will be his last week in PY2. We wish him all the best, and will miss him.

Reminders

Friday 2nd November is the school assembly, come and see the PY2s perform!

Friday 9th November is Professional Development day for teachers. No school for students.

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Posted Monday, Oct 29, 2018 9:31:00 AM

PY4 Update: Week 44

We had fun on spirit day last Thursday. Kudos to all students who wore their team colours and costumes. A special thank you to Ruben for building the axe, as special accessory, for our pumpkin for the class competition. We will finish carving and decorating our class pumpkin today. We feel very confident that we will take top prize during the judging on Wednesday, Halloween.


UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

Last week students learnt about finite and infinite resources, and how they impact our lives. We will dive a little deeper into resources this week. We will also learn about climate change and how the choices made could help reduce the effects of climate change.

We are planning a special recycling art lesson using bottle caps. Please save all bottle and jar caps for your child to bring to class. We will notify you of the specific date. Until then, please collect as many different sizes as possible. Each student will require a minimum of 12 caps in various sizes. Milk, juice, jam and pasta lids are perfect! We are also collecting extras for the class.

As we look at how choices impact the Earth, we continue to remind students about how their actions impact others. Empathy is something we try to foster each day in our class. It is also one of the most sought after skills by employers, and is expected to continue increase in the coming years. Here´s an article that offers tips to raise an empathetic child.

MATHS

As our work with place value and number continues this semester, we will remain focused on teaching new strategies to help students with addition and subtraction. We will also be exploring number patterns and looking at finding patterns. We continue to do our weekly basic facts tests. Students are focused and improving each week. Please remind your student that they should only be competing with themselves, and trying to improve their weekly score. Let us know if you need a practice sheet for your child to work at home.


LANGUAGE

Last week we focused on paragraph writing, which we will continue to be a priority during this week´s writing lessons. In reading, students are learning various strategies. Last week, students learnt about inferencing. Students will continue to learn new strategies to help advance their reading. This week we will focus on making connections.

Many students enjoy reading using Epic! Our class code is Adw9290 should your child wish to use it at home.

We hope you are finding our new spelling programme simpler to manage. Should you have any questions, please email us.

HOMEWORK

  • Book report, due 01-Nov
  • Read the book (or watch the movie) The Lorax and answer these questions, due 05-Nov
  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Complete Mathletics exercises
  • Complete Spellcity exercises

NOTICES

  • 09-Nov: Staff only; no classes for students


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Posted Friday, Oct 26, 2018 11:20:00 PM

PY6 Update

Last Friday afternoon, as part of our unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves, PY6 participated in a small group trade activity. Each group was given a single paperclip and sent out to trade it. The groups recorded their trades and came back to the classroom with a variety of items and learning experiences. This activity was inspired by The One Red Paperclip Project.

Here are some of the student reflections from this activity:

  • I used my communication skills to talk about what we had to trade and what it was useful for.
  • I felt very engaged and felt like a business woman.
  • I was strategic and we had a strategy for trading.
  • I used cooperation to communicate with my teammates.
  • I learned...

...that from a paperclip you can get something that is worth more.

...that people can survive without money.

...that with just a single paperclip, you can get pretty far.

...that before, people didn't have money so instead they traded.

...that you can start with the smallest thing but you can work your way up.

This week, students came up with questions to help guide our unit of inquiry and ideas about how we can go about finding out the answers. We heard from Mr. Egan who helped answer the questions: Why can't countries just print more money? with a discussion about trade, the value of money, inflation, and a one hundred trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. We are also lucky to have Ms. Helgsen's business expertise and several PY6 students are participating in her SAIL workshop on marketing a product.



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Posted Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 5:48:00 PM

This Week in PY1..

The children have been working with different materials during morning play- creating art from cardboard, wool, wood and our forest finds.


In Mathematics the children wrote and solved addition and subtraction number stories. They played Rock, Scissors, Paper with a friend and recorded their results using a tally chart. We also had a fun game of bingo to practice recognition of number symbols 1-20. In Language we continued to review letter sounds and symbols; read every day; and write in our journals. We watched episodes of the CBeebies series, "Come Ouside" about materials- paper, wood, clay and wool.

Upcoming Adventures in PY1...

29th October- PY1 will viisit the HS Science Lab. where Mr. Mostafa (Salma's dad) will teach us about the three states of matter

31st October- Ms Carol will visit the classroom to answer our questions about rocks, crystals and diamonds

1st November- Parent Council Fantasy Night

2nd November Assembly- PY1 will sing a song

14th November- Trip to Kongsberg Silver Mine and Norwegian Mining Museum

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN AND RETURN THE PERMISSION SLIPS FOR THE KONSBERG TRIP BY THURSDAY 1ST. Thank you!

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 10:29:00 AM

Fantasy Night, November 1st

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Posted Monday, Oct 22, 2018 5:27:20 PM

Information meeting for new high school students,

Tuesday 13 November at 6 pm

Come and find out what makes Skagerak International School different and how we can help your son or daughter fulfill their academic and personal potential.

The school's educational program will be presented by the High school principal, Kjeld Jørgen Glittenberg.

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Posted Monday, Oct 22, 2018 4:44:00 PM

Thank you for taking the time to attend our student-led conferences. We hope you found them useful and helpful. Here is an article that offers tips to practice social skills and nurture relationship-building abilities with your child..

Last week we had two students lose their teeth during snack on Friday. Congratulations Sienna and Brendan!


UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

We began our new unit last week and assessed students´knowledge. We are diving in this week, and we will focus our learning on resources.

MATHS

We will continue our work with place value, and focus on multiplying and dividing by 10s,100s and 1000s. We will be working with solving word problems this week. We will also begin looking at different mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction.


LANGUAGE

Last week we learned about cause and effect in writing. Many students enjoyed creating cause and effect comics. Here is a copy of the comic strip should your child wish to create something at home.

We are changing our spelling programme to SpellCity. We believe this new approach will be easier for students to manage. It should also make homework simpler. The students have all been given their username and password details, which are glued into their planners. This week we have assigned a vocabulary list for the students to work with. The focus is on math vocabulary connected to number and place value. These words frequently appear in maths problems, and it is important to understand their meaning to be able to successfully solve the problem. The tasks assigned on spellcity are therefore connected to understanding the definitions rather than learning how to spell the words. Students are free to create their own lists of words to practise as well if they wish.

This article offers expert reading advice.

S.A.I.L

Liam, Erik and Matias participated in the pencil drawing course.


HOMEWORK

  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Read the book (or watch the movie) The Lorax and answer these questions, due 05-Nov
  • Book report, due 01-Nov
  • Practice place value by completing Mathletics exercises, and playing the rounding games sent home last week.
  • Complete assignments on Spellcity

NOTICES

  • 09-Nov: Staff only; no classes for students

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Posted Monday, Oct 22, 2018 1:13:00 PM

Last week

K4 read a book about listening. They had fun listening to and guessing different sounds: crunchy leaves, spilled water, jingling silverware and more.

Each child was spoken to individually to prepare for the goal setting conferences. Thank you for attending the parent conferences last week - it was lovely to meet with you all. I will send home a copy of your child's goal and any supporting material.

On Friday, we had another outing to Ms Torp's house. We made ice cream by placing a ziplock bag of milk, cream, sugar and vanilla, inside another ziplock bag of ice and salt. The children took turns shaking the mixture. Slowly, the ice melted and the milk mixture started to freeze. We used our five senses in sampling the ice cream: how the ice cream felt in our mouths, how it tasted, how it smelled, how it sounded when we were shaking it in the bucket and how it looked. We made both regular and dairy-free versions.

This week

The letter of the week is 'P'p. We will learn a song about puffing out candles. K5 will practice writing uppercase and lower case Pp and K4 will form the letter Pp with playdough. We will explore Hoikkaido pumpkins using our senses and we have a fun activity planned with our house teams.

Unit

For our celebrations unit, we will start talking about Halloween. We will make a couple fun crafts to decorate the classroom.

For our senses unit, we will do our tasting activity exploring sour, sweet, bitter and salty.

For math, we will talk about patterns and try to create our own using things in the classroom.

We will use touch commands to give children practice naming the number represented by a set of objects. For example: Touch the set that shows two. We will also use questions with yes or no or one word answers. For example: Does this set show one? How many buttons are in this set?

On Thursday the student council will host a spirit day. We will decorate a pumpkin for a PYP class competition and the children can wear their house colours to earn extra points for their team.

Have a great day.

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Posted Monday, Oct 22, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Goal Setting

Thank you for attending the parent conferences last week! I will start to send home student goals and materials discussed at the meeting next week.

In the class

For math the students have been solving and working on addition number stories. We will continue with double facts and finding combinations of 10 this week.

For language the students will be focussing on a particular writing goal each week to improve their writing. We have also been looking at poster making. The students have been working in pairs last week to create a healthy living poster which they presented. This week some of the students will present their posters to PY3.

We will begin a new unit: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea

People around the world have created and told stories for many different purposes.

Lines of inquiry

  • Purposes for storytelling
  • How stories have been told through time and around the world
  • Our favourite stories and why we like them

For our unit, we would like the students to bring in their favourite stories to share for reading in class.

Sharing this week

Eva H, Amadeus, Mia and Isabella

Student Council

Congratulations to Oscar Didierjean and Eva Juhart who were elected as the PY2 Student Council representatives!

The Student Council will be having a Spirit Day on Thursday. Each class will compete in a decorating pumpkin competition . The students can wear house team colours to earn points!

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Posted Friday, Oct 19, 2018 9:21:00 PM

PY6 Update

This week in PY6, we continued tuning into our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves.

Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

On Tuesday, PY6 followed a visible thinking routine which involved having conversations on paper based on a variety of images related to the unit. They wrote their ideas and questions, building on each other's thinking. Each group came up with a headline for the image to help summarize the ideas and questions. Here are the headlines they came up with:

Trading For What You Need

Factory Business

The Trading Cycle: From Food to Money

Time is as Valuable as Money

Why Are There So Many Apples?

The sharing of these headlines generated some good discussion and debate around trade, exchange, currency and the value of money in different countries.


On Thursday, we joined our PY1 buddies for a nature walk. We helped PY1 collect fall items and had a nice time connecting with our buddies on a sunny fall morning. It was great to see the students taking on responsibility and showing kindness and caring. When we returned to the classroom, we wrote some nature inspired haiku poems.


Thank you parents for the informative discussions during Goal Setting Conference on Wednesday. It was really helpful to talk with you and your child.

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Posted Friday, Oct 19, 2018 3:06:00 PM

Thank you

Thank you for attending the Goal Setting Conferences this week. It was lovely to meet with you all. I will send home a copy of your child's goal and any supporting materials next week.

This week in PY1...

During morning play the children have been exploring different materials. I asked the children what they have learned.

*Magnets like metal, but not all metals (only iron) * Scissors and paperclips can be turned into magnets *Magnets have two poles; sometimes they stick together and sometimes they push apart * Materials can be natural or made in a factory (manufactured) *Making pictures from paper cuttings is called collage *There are different kinds of paper, some are bendy some are strong. Cardboard is strong. *Wood, leaves, flowers are natural materials.

On Thursday morning we visited the forest with our PY6 buddies to collect natural materials for an Autumn art project.


On Friday the children used a thinking routine- THINK, PUZZLE, EXPLORE to generate questions to drive their inquiry into materials. The class have many interesting questions and wonderings and have good suggestions for expert visitors; field trips and activities to support their learning. It looks like I will be busy organising some fun trips and visitors!



In Language we continued our review of letter symbols and sounds, working with the letters s, a, t, n, i, p, h, r, m, d, e, c, k, o, g, u, l, f and b. We practised reading and writing Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words and some high frequency words.

In Math the children completed our counting unit. They learned how to organise and represent data using a tally chart and had opportunities to tell and solve simple counting stories involving addition and subtraction. Next week we will begin a unit about addition strategies.

Spirit Day

Next Thursday the Student Council will host a spirit day. We will decorate a pumpkin for a PYP class competition and the children can wear their house colours to earn extra points for their team.

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 4:26:00 PM

Introduction to the Recorder

Today during S.A.I.L students had their first lesson in playing the recorder, with Ms. Schafer.

What a magnificent display of musical talent!



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Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 12:31:56 PM

PY3 fundraiser for UNICEF, Friday 19 October

Popcorn for kr 10 a cup!

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 11:29:29 AM

Last week

The children continued working with upper and lower case 'Tt'. They practiced forming letters with play dough, tracing letters in a bed of salt, and writing them in their journals. We sang a song about letter T, and had fun pointing out objects in the classroom beginning with the letter T.

Math

K4 explored numbers from 0-10, and K5 explored numbers 0-20. The children went on a number hunt, writing down numbers that they saw. We talked about why we use numbers and where they have seen them before. The children played a number matching game with acorns.

Unit

K5 performed a song called Five senses at Friday's assembly. They really seemed to enjoy sharing their new song with the rest of the school.

On Friday, we had an adventurous 'letter T' outing, taking a trip to Ms. Torp"s trampoline. The children took turns jumping on the trampoline, running around the back yard, playing in the playhouse, engaging in role play, sliding, swinging in the tree swing and more. Together we ate lunch at tables outside.

This week

The letter of the week is 'I' i. We will learn to sing the song Inky the Mouse is my Pet and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case I i . We will make homemade ice cream and explore it using our senses.

For our unit work we will continue painting our bodies, learning about our senses and having fun activities.

For math we will continuing exploring numbers in kindergarten.

Goal setting conferences: Wednesday 17th, Kindergarten is closed.

Have a great day.

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Posted Monday, Oct 15, 2018 10:05:32 PM

Unit Of Inquiry

Transdiciplinary Theme

How The World Works

Central Idea

Humans use their understanding of physical laws to tools and machines.

Lines of Inquiry

  • The relationship between force and motion
  • Forces used in simple machines
  • Energy transfer in simple machines

Concepts

  • Function
  • Change
  • Causation

We had a successful end to our Sharing the Planet unit with many excellent student presentations for our summative assessment.Unfortunately, only a few could be shown during our assembly Friday due to time constraints and audience age.

This week I will be preassessing student knowledge related to our new How the World Works unit.On Friday I brought in a few simple machines and had a great time watching students ponder over what our next unit of inquiry could possibly be.Students should have a great time during this unit experimenting and making machines.

Please collect items that can be used during this unit for making our creative machines.We will need toilet paper rolls, yogurt containers, bottle tops, Pringles cans, interesting tubing or wiring, etc.You may send these items in with your child throughout the unit.

Goal Setting Conferences

Please remember to sign up for our goal setting conferences on Wednesday if you have not done so already.It is not a regular school day, as your child will only be coming in to school with you for the conference. I am looking forward to seeing you!

Spelling

I have decreased the amount of spelling words for each student to 10.Five words will be assigned by me as well as three unit words.The students will choose the rest on their own based on their individual needs.

Homework

Please try to help your child to remember to turn in his homework folder every Monday.I usually check their homework while the class is in PE and insert the new instructions into their folder.

SAIL

Here are a few photos from SAIL.Our first 6 week sessions ended this past week and new ones are beginning this week.It was a pleasure teaching the puppetry workshop.

Special Presentation

We would like to thank John Kvernmo's father, Eigil, for sharing his knowledge and experience with an insightful presentation on conflict on September 27th.


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Posted Monday, Oct 15, 2018 3:04:20 PM


This week in PY4

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Sharing the Planet

People´s choices can help sustain the Earth´s resources.

  • What are finite and infinite resources.
  • How are the Earth´s resources used.
  • What are the consequences of our choices on the Earth´s resources.

This week we will begin our next unit, starting with students´basic understanding of the issues. We are trying to secure several interesting guest speakers. Will will keep you posted of these events as we confirm.


MATHS

We will be building on our work with place value, a concept that students will constantly use in daily adult life. This week we will focus on multiplying and dividing by 10s,100s and 1000s. We will be applying our understanding of place value, and how the digits become ten times bigger, or smaller, depending on the operation each time they move one place. It is important for the students to try and have an understanding of this concept rather than just adding zeros. We will also start to work more with decimals. Many adults have math anxiety and panic when they are confronted with maths in daily life. This article details that the concept of "not a math-person" is a myth. This article details ways to instil a love of maths in your child.

LANGUAGE

We will continue to expand our knowledge of parts of speech, and then practice applying those rules in our writing. As we start our new unit, we will also transition to a new genre of writing: procedural. Procedural writing is used to detail specific steps to be followed. An example of this style of writing is a recipe. Students will learn the importance of "first, then, next and finally" when writing in this style.

HOMEWORK

On Friday, students received a book report assignment, which is due 01-November. Here is a copy if your child forgot to bring it home. Reports can be written for either English or Norwegian books.

  • Read 20 minutes each day
  • Practice spelling words (new words will be given tomorrow)
  • Practice place value by completing Mathletics exercises, and playing the rounding games sent home last week.

NOTICES

  • Student-led conferences are held on 17-Oct (students attend meetings). No classes or SFO for students. Here is the link to register, if you haven´t already done so.

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Posted Monday, Oct 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

PY2 Update

Assembly performance: Healthy food vs Junk food

Last week in math we continued to explore with base 10 blocks and dominoe facts. We also completed our assessment for unit 1: establishing routines in maths. We will be working on fact strategies for our next math unit.

For language the students will be focussing on their individual writing goals for writing. Some things the students will work on will include capitalisation, punctuation, spacing, sounding words when writing, making sure the pictures match the writing, using the word wall and adding descriptive words to their writing.

For unit, the students had a lot of fun exploring what would happen to your teeth if you exposed them to unhealthy food/drinks. This will be our final week for our Who We Are unit about making balanced choices. We will be finishing up with our unit reflections this week. Next week we will start our story unit.

The students had their first art lesson with Ms Syvertsen the Art teacher last Friday. The students had fun looking at and creating some unhealthy food art.

Sharing this week: Xavier, Oscar, Andres and Sofie

Class library

We would like to improve and add to our classroom library by providing a variety of text types available to the students. Please donate any real- world reading materials such as pamphlets, postcards, catalogues, recipes, magazines and menus to the class. Comics will also be appreciated. Thank you!

We would like to welcome to Jakub Dzieciniak and his family back to Skagerak who have just returned from Australia!

Reminders

Goal setting conferences: Wednesday 17th October (No school)

The schedule for the conferences is quickly filling up. If you have not already found a time slot, there are still available spots for this week's student goal setting conference. I look forward to seeing you and your child on Wednesday to discuss their goals for this school year.

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Posted Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 9:43:00 PM

PY6 Update

PY6 started the week with some ice skating fun during PE time!


We wrapped up our unit of inquiry on migration with students completing their historical narrative writing, carring our peer revising and reading their stories aloud to the class. Some students are working on final edits before printing. We plan to have all students' work published and on display next Wednesday for the Goal Setting Conference.

On Friday, students reflected on the SAIL program by looking back at the workshops they chose during the first 6 weeks and creating a graph. This helped inform their sign up choices for next week and the next 6 week block. They also spent time thinking about and writing goals to prepare for the Goal Setting Conference next week

We have started our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

Our central idea is: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Our lines of inquiry:

*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers

We started with an online game called Lemonade Stand. Players start with a set amount of money to start a lemonade stand business. They decide how much of each item to buy and can adjust the lemonade recipe. They are advised to watch the weather and reactions of their customers and how these affect their profits. This was a fun and interesting introduction to the unit.

If you would like to come in to share your expertise with the class, please let me know! We would love have your input.


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    • TueNov12 November Think Tank 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

      School marketing committee open to all parents

    • MonNov18 Teacher professional development day

      School closed for students


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