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Posted 11/30/2018 12:11PM

Seesaw - 5 December, 6 pm

On Wednesday December 5, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. We will start in Lars Ask at 6:00pm. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your student's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. We will try to answer them all.


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Posted 11/28/2018 12:39PM

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY5 will be representing the colour indigo. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any indigo clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have also been allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed. They should all know what they are and have all been given their own copy of the script and song lyrics.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield

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Posted 11/20/2018 11:00AM

Rainbow Winter Performance

We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY6 will be representing the colour violet. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any violet clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).

Students have been, or will be, allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed.

We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.

Sa.sommerschield@skagerak.org

Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield


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Posted 11/19/2018 11:31PM

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

Everyone has been busy working on their summative assessment projects.I have seen a lot of creative machine ideas in the classroom.Needless to say, the classroom is a bit of a mess with a clutter of toilet paper rolls, boxes, tubes, card board, etc.Your child might be looking for some interesting items at home to use on their project and they are welcome to bring these things into school to create his/her invention.

Friday afternoon, November 23rd, between 14:00 and 15:00, you are welcome to pop into our Invention Convention, where the students will exhibit their creations and tell you all about them.


Field Trip

On Tuesday, November 27th 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. We will take the train at 9:15 and return by train at 2:45. I am hoping that all students can be dropped off at the train station and collected from there after school.If not, I will be happy to help find transportation to and from the train station for those who cannot do it.Please let me know if it is a problem for you by sending me an e-mail.

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Posted 11/14/2018 10:26AM

Mobile Phones

A friendly reminder that the Skagerak Primary School has a policy with student mobile phones:

If a student is bringing a mobile phone to school in grades PY1-6, it is for emergency or after school communication purposes, and it is to be kept in the students school bag for the duration of the day.

Mobile phones should not be used or heard during school time without teacher approval during approved times.

Inappropriate student use of phones, including cameras on the phones, will result in short-term confiscation until the end of the day.

Unfortunately, we have had some recent incidents with misuse of mobile phones during the school day and would appreciate parental support with this. As always, please contact the school at any time should you have any questions or concerns.

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Posted 11/05/2018 09:49PM

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 10/29/2018 09:49PM

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 10/23/2018 10:29AM

Fantasy Night, November 1st

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Posted 10/16/2018 04:26PM

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 10/16/2018 12:31PM

PY3 fundraiser for UNICEF, Friday 19 October

Popcorn for kr 10 a cup!

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Posted 10/15/2018 10:05PM

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 10/10/2018 05:25PM

Primary School Assembly

We will be having assembly this Friday, October 12th at 2pm in Lars Ask auditorium in the High School Building. All parents are welcome to attend. PY5 is the featured class presenting songs and work from their first unit of inquiry. Kindergarten K5 students will share a song. PY3 and PY5 also have songs to share. A few ELA students may also present poems they have written. We would love to see you there!

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Posted 10/10/2018 05:06PM

Unit of Inquiry

Transdisciplinary Theme

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea

Conflict is natural and can be solved by the behavior of the people involved

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes of conflict
  • Differing points of view in a conflict
  • Conflict resolution strategies

We are wrapping up our unit this week with the completion of our summative assessments. I chose to extend the unit by a week since assembly had to be postponed and the amount of time for student research needed to be extended. This week students have been presenting their projects to the class and a few will present their work at our assembly on Friday. We will also sing a few unit songs and talk about the work we have done. Parents are welcome to attend assembly at 2pm in Lars Asks auditorium this Friday, Oct. 12th.

PE

The students had their first day of skating on Monday. We wanted to remind you that they should bring (sharp) skates, hand gloves and helmets to class and please encourage your child to practice tying shoes at home. Surprisingly many weren't able to do so on Monday.

New skates can be bought at XXL and aren't terribly expansive. They also have a machine that sharpens (?) skates for kr50.




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Posted 09/26/2018 05:04PM

Parent Conferences October 17th. Classes cancelled.

All classes (PY1-DP2) will be cancelled on Wednesday October 17th due to Parent Conferences that are scheduled for all three sections of the school – Primary, Middle and High School. In addition, SFO and after-school clubs are cancelled as well.

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Posted 09/26/2018 12:06PM

Visit to the Nobel Peace Center

We had an excellent visit to the Nobel Peace Center yesterday! I hope your child came home with a lot of news about the day. Talking about Nuclear weapons to students this age is a difficult subject to cover but our guide was great. All of the students were engaged, polite and model representatives for our school. Please take a look at some photos from the day.

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Posted 09/24/2018 05:20PM

Field Trip

I have everyone's permission slip and we will be off to the Nobel Peace Center tomorrow.Ms. Holthe and I are looking forward to the tour with the class.I will take photos and fill you all in on how it goes.

Unit of Inquiry

Transdisciplinary Theme

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea

Conflict is natural and can be solved by the behavior of the people involved

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes of conflict
  • Differing points of view in a conflict
  • Conflict resolution strategies

Last week we inquired into various types of conflicts that the students could focus on for their summative assessment personal project. We had discussions involving historical conflicts which included various wars throughout time.Mr. Goodnow came into class for a brief discussion to share his knowledge in this area.We also talked about current events and conflicts that exist right now.I then encouraged the students to choose a conflict that interests them to research.Many are choosing to make a Power Point presentation however, I have given the option to present their work in other formats, such as a short report or a narrative story.

All personal projects will be due on, October 8th, the Monday after the holiday, however I am encouraging them to finish them this week so that they do not need to work on them during the holiday.We will have time to work on them in school and they have them as homework this week.

Amelie made an excellent conflict poster with Ms Liverød in ELA.Take a look below.

Language

Reading

We are completing an in-class novel, Hatchet, that we have been reading together while learning about reading strategies to be used during our reading groups.Students will be divided into reading groups on Thursday.

Writing

Editing is an important part of writing and we have been focusing on how to do this over the past week.They are learning how to add detail to increase the quality of their writing.We took a close look at conjunctions and their role in making a sentence interesting.Students will be choosing some of their own spelling words from their edited work.

Math

Each student should be using their mathletics accounts now, as they all have their user names and passwords.

Homework

Please help your child remember to bring his homework folder to class, especially on Monday.It is a good idea for them to keep their folders in their backpacks so that it comes and goes from school and home regularly.

SAIL

Take a look at the pictures from SAIL last week.We are working hard on Math, Yoga, Writing, Puppetry and more.

Bake sale

PY5 is having a bake sale on Thursday, September 27th during lunch time. Please donate a baked good for this event.Students can bring in the items on Thursday morning.Thank you!

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Posted 09/19/2018 11:41AM

Forskerfabrikken

Skagerak International School hosts not only Forskerfabrikkens summer course but also courses held druing the evening throughout the school year.

Sign up for the latest course from Forskerfabrikken starting in November. Students in PY4-6 and MY1 will be introduced to the fascinating world of science. Through their own research and experiments they will learn about nature through biology, physics and chemistry. Sign up through Forskerfabrikkens webpage www.forskerfabrikken.no
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Posted 09/17/2018 04:57PM

PY5 has been diving into our unit and the students will soon be deciding what conflict they would like to research for their summative assessment.The unit comes to a conclusion just before the Autumn break.

Unit of Inquiry

Transdisciplinary Theme

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea

Conflict is natural and can be solved by the behavior of the people involved

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes of conflict
  • Differing points of view in a conflict
  • Conflict resolution strategies

This week students will look at strategies for solving their own personal conflicts and start looking into local and global conflicts.We will be looking at the media and current events and discussing conflicts in our news.

On September 25th we will be sharing a bus with PY4 to go to Oslo and visit the Peace Museum.I am sending home a copy of the permission slip to be signed and I will also send out an e-mail containing the information.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 28th at 14:00 when PY5 will be featured in our whole school assembly. We will be sharing information about our unit and work in the classroom. Parents are welcome!

Language

Spelling

The class has been divided into three spelling groups.Students are encouraged to practice their words during independent study in SAIL, during free time in class or for homework.Each group is assigned five words using spelling patterns at their level, five words from their own personal writing and five unit words.

Reading

All students will be divided into reading groups and they will soon be reading a book together in class. We have reviewed the expected reading strategies that students should use while reading in literature groups and each student will record a particular reading strategy used after literature circles during the week.I will work with at least one group each week to guide them and encourage discussion and reflection.

Math

The class is currently working on surface area and volume in math.Today the class received mathletics passwords.Each student has a laminated card in their homework folder with his/her user name and password on it.It is a great sight for math practice fun!

Homework

Homework will be distributed every Monday and should be returned to the school by the morning of the following Monday. The class and I discovered today that there is not room to write assignments in their planners, therefore I will continue to distribute a printed sheet each day. I have encouraged them to at least note what they are doing for homework in their planners.

SAIL

Ms Helgesen visited our classroom to help the students understand what the various skills are they are working on throughout the school day.These skills are listed in their planners. She encouraged them to make well rounded and wise choices for SAIL.

Bake sale

PY5 is having a bake sale on Thursday, September 27th during snack time. Please donate a baked good for this event.Students can bring in the items on Thursday morning.Thank you!

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Posted 09/12/2018 04:08PM

After school clubs 2018-19

School clubs start from Monday 10 September.

Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Mondays 3:15-4:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem, kristina.unhjem@skagerak.org, is responsible for the homework club this year.


The Math Club, lead by our principal Mr Tester, james.tester@skagerak.org, will be held in the PC Lab on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:00 pm - for all grade levels.


Our popular Chess Club is continuing and will be run by principal James Tester, in the PY4-5-6 hallway after school on Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm - for all grade levels.



The French Language Club for proficient speakers is meeting on Tuesdays at 2:45-3:45 pm in the PY4 classroom and is led by Emilie D F Bevand, emilie@bevand.com.



The Polish Language Club for proficient speakers will meet in the PY3 classroom on Tuesdays 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. Justina Sliwinska can be contacted for details, justina.sliwinska@gmail.com. Start up depends on the number of students.


This year we are starting up with a German Language Club for proficient speakers. It will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in PY6. Contact persons are Pia and Lutz Lundberg, pia.lundberg1@gmail.com.


New this year is Brainobrain, a programme emphasizing concentration and mathematics skills. Please contact Brainobrain directly for more information and signing up: contact@brainobrainnorway.com. It is held in the PY5 classroom on Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm. There is a fee for this service.


Our Robotics Club is expanding and we will have Robotics on Wednesdays 3:15-4:00 pm for all students and for PY3 on Tuesdays at Primary lunchtime, 12:45-1:00 pm. Both classes are held in room 401. Mr Baragwanath, francis.baragwanath@skagerak.org, is still responsible for the club.


New this year is our Sewing Club - an exciting handicraft club, initiated by our Middle school students. It is held in the library on Mondays, 3:15-4:30. Please contact Lea Mathilde in MY2 for more information, lea.krapp@student.skagerak.org



Do you have any extra small jobs around the home or perhaps you need a babysitter? Our SFO supervisor Ms Carol King, has compiled a list of Middle and High school students interested in offering their services for a fee - please contact her at carol.king@skagerak.org.


Future Problem Solvers is back, run by Ms Schäfer. It is held in room 401 on Fridays from 8:00 to 8:45 am. Please contact Ms Schäfer for more information, lesley.schafer@skagerak.org.


Interested in the theatre? Either back stage or acting - do not forget Skagerak's very own Skagerak Playmakers. This year's production is Alice in Wonderland - see more details on their very own site webpage here.

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Posted 09/10/2018 10:17PM

Welcome to PY5! It was a pleasure to see those of you who could attend our parent meeting last Wednesday. It has been a slow start to the academic year but I am happy to be sending out a blog post this Monday and will continue to update you on classroom happenings and other events through our classroom blog each Monday. It is a delight to be teaching your children this year and I look forward to a year full of inquiry and fun.

Unit of Inquiry

Transdiscilinary Theme

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea

Conflict is natural and can be solved by the behaviour of the people involved

Lines of Inquiry

Causes of conflict

differing points of view in a conflict

conflict resolution strategies

The students have been inquiring into different types of conflicts over the past two weeks. We will be diving into personal conflicts as well as local and global conflicts during this unit. Currently we are holding discussions regarding anger management and how our behavioural choices influence the outcome during conflicts. Students will be looking a situations from various perspectives as the unit progresses and they will begin researching local and global conflicts.

On September 25th we will be sharing a bus with PY4 to go to Oslo and visit the Peace Museum as well as the Resistance museum. Stay tuned for more information regarding this adventure. It should be a lot of fun as well as great provocation for this unit.

Language

Last week the class was introduced to recount writing and they have all chosen a personal conflict to write about. We will be inquiring into the writing process this week and what is expected when we write a draft leading up to the resulting final draft.

We are reading a whole class novel (Hatchet) together as the students learn about various reading strategies. We are doing this as gradual introduction to literature circles, when students will be divided into groups and expected to work more independently as knowledgeable students.

Homework

Homework folders (red plastic folders) were sent home today with each child. This folder can be used to carry loose papers, notebooks and any other materials necessary to transfer to and from school. I suggest that each child keep his/her folder in their backpack so that it always available for papers sent home.

Homework will be distributed every Monday and should be returned to the school by the morning of the following Monday. The class and I discovered today that there is not room to write assignments in their planners, therefore I will continue to distribute a printed sheet each day. I have encouraged them to at least note what they are doing for homework in their planners.

Spelling

After completing a spelling assessment Friday, I have divided the class into three leveled spelling groups. Each student will receive 5 assigned words from a particular spelling pattern, as well as 5 unit or high frequency words and 5 words based on misspellings in their own work. Each student has been given a spelling notebook with a practice choice chart for them to use which will also go home in their homework folders. It is important that the students have this folder available during the school day if they need to pracitce their words.

SAIL

SAIL has been a smashing success so far. The students are still learning how to make their choices and fill in their planners but they are doing a great job and seem to be enjoying the workshops and working well together.

Library

The PY5 class will be visiting the library every Friday afternoon. Students are allowed to check out up to 3 books at a time. Our librarians, Ms Budd and Ms Brattested, have done an excellent job stocking up the library with beautiful books and the environment is inviting and a welcoming place to read and work.


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Posted 08/28/2018 05:04PM

A course for improving maths and concentration skills, PY2-MY2

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Posted 08/21/2018 04:47PM

Skagerak Day Volunteers

Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.


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Welcome to PY5

Margaret Goodnow

Contact teacher


Maya Holthe

Norwegian teacher

Sarah Sommerschield

Music teacher

Lucia Duin

PE teacher


Bente Syvertsen
Visual Art teacher

    • WedDec19 Last day of school in December

      School ends at 12 o'clock. No SFO

    • ThuDec20 December holiday

      school closed 20 December to 4 January

    • MonJan07 School resumes

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