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.
Primary school 18-19 assembly schedule
Posted 12/12/2018 01:23PM
Winter Performance Bake Sale
Primary students are holding a bake sale outside the Lars Ask auditorium 13 December at 6 pm. Please support us raising money to help pay for mailing our kits for kids in Cambodia.
You can pay by cash or VIPPS - thank you!
Posted 12/12/2018 09:56AM
Last day of school notices
Wednesday 19 December is a half school day and all students will be dismissed at 12 noon. There will be no SFO in the afternoon that day. Parents and students should collect all cloakroom items (boots, hats, coats etc.) so that that the school can be cleaned. All items in Lost and Found will be donated to charity on 20 December if not claimed.
Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you on 7 January!
Posted 11/30/2018 04:37PM
Seesaw Information Meeting
On Wednesday, December 5th, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. The meeting will start at 18:00 in the Lars Ask auditorium. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your child's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. Click on the link below for a Power Point preview of the app.
Posted 11/26/2018 01:52PM
We started our Unit of Inquiry lesson about Celebration, by asking the children if they knew anything about Thanksgiving. One child said 'When you give something to someone, they get happy' and another said that 'he had heard about Thanksgiving before, but he could not remember what it was'.
Then I read story The First Thanksgiving about how the pilgrims traveled by boat across the ocean, searching for a new homeland and how the native Americans helped them to survive their first winter. The pilgrims were so thankful that they prepared a big feast for them.
Afterwards, each child took turns holding Mr Cheese, and they had to tell him what they were thankful for. The children answers were written on a paper feather, which we hung up on our wall next to our paper turkey.
For Thanksgiving, we made pumpkin casserole and muffins and bought grilled chicken from Meny. Thank you, Martha "Cecilia's mum" for helping us on that day. The children ate and seemed to have a wonderful time. On the same day, we celebrated Raphael's 5th years birthday with popcorn.
Friday, we were outside for two hours, first playing on the small pitch and then we went for a walk. Back inside, K4 and K5 played together with an obstacle course.
We are going to reflect on what we have been working with during our Celebration unit.
We will introduce the letter R r . We will learn to sing the song See my puppy rip the rag and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lowercase R r.
We will continue working with shape and space.
I will be finishing up our class blog on the school website this week. Communication will now be done through the Seesaw app. A letter will be sent out on how to download the app. You will be able to access the blog and your child's portfolio through the Seesaw app. I am new to Seesaw, so please be patient as I learn how to navigate and sort through any problems with this new platform.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Posted 11/19/2018 03:40PM
The children continued with role play of Diwali using the stage and masks. We also learned about shapes: K5 children counted the sides, looked at equal short and long sides, and had to find rectangular and square shapes in the classroom. K4 children made a mobile of shapes: circle, square and triangle. They also went for a shape hunt around kindergarten. On Friday, the children first tasted different types of eggs - eating a lot! - before we went to the park nearby.
For our unit of celebration, we will learn about American Thanksgiving, how and why it is celebrated. We will have fun activities connected to the tradition and on Thursday, make a feast which the children will help us prepare.
We will introduce the letter H h . We will learn to sing the song I like to hop and read a story. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case H h.
We will continue working with shape and space. For K5 there is homework from Mathletics.
Have a great week.
Posted 11/13/2018 11:00AM
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.
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.
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.
We will start to work with shape and space. For K5 there is homework from Mathletics.
Wishing you a great week.
Posted 11/06/2018 12:17PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted 10/29/2018 03:16PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted 10/23/2018 10:29AM
Fantasy Night, November 1st
Posted 10/22/2018 01:13PM
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.
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.
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.
Posted 10/16/2018 11:29AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Posted 09/25/2018 05:03PM
Skagerak's Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the Humble Brush Company to bring sustainable goods to our community. These toothbrushes are designed in Sweden and developed by dentists. They are made out of bamboo, are biodegradable, vegan friendly and animal cruelty free.
In the order form, please inidicate the type and quantity of brushes you would like. Delivery is estimated to be the end of November 2018. After your order has been placed, please be sure to VIPPS the total amount owing to Skagerak VIPPS #500583 and add the message 'BAMBOO_YOUR NAME'
Any proceeds gained will be donated to ABCs and Rice, a Cambodian NGO who uses donated dental care products to support local families in need.
For more information, please contact Katheryn Tester or visit Humble's website: https://thehumble.co/
Join us in our initiative to reduce our consumption of plastic goods and make the world a better place to be!
Posted 09/24/2018 12:48PM
The children tasted homemade apple jam from Cecilia`s mom. They were all risk takers, tasting it without knowing what it was. Some were hesitant, but after watching the others they tasted it too!
We sang songs about our senses in both Norwegian and English. We also explored our senses by making stamps with apples and stamping them on paper.
We had an adventurous outing where the children wove with natural materials and looked for mini beasts. We spent a lot of time outside, eating lunch and playing.
The letter of the week is 'T'. We will learn to sing the song When I watch the tennis game and read the story Three Billie Goats. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case, T t as well as have fun with troll activities.
For our unit work we will paint our bodies, learning songs and poems about our senses and use the feely box for our sense of touch.
For math we will talk about the time sequencing of our daily schedule in kindergarten.
Have a Happy Autumn Break!
Posted 09/17/2018 12:52PM
The children behaved very well during the fire drill. Afterwards we talked about what to do in case of a fire and some of the children even mentioned the importance of wearing indoor shoes in case of a fire. Each child painted a picture for our fire drill wall, with the imaginations going wild to include a forest fire, a boat fire and even a tiger on fire. Each drawing had a text and we ask you to talk to your child about their drawing.
Our letter of the week was 'S' where we painted the letter, sang a snake song and ate strawberries blindfolded.
We started on unit on senses outside, at the local football pitch where we had posted pictures of the five senses. We talked about the pictures and what we can do with parts of our body.
The letter of the week is 'A'. We will learn to sing the song Ants on my arm and will make and taste applesauce. We will also practice writing uppercase and lower case, A a.
For our unit work we will draw our bodies, and learn songs and poems about our senses.
In math the children will learn about their age, birth date and month.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week.
Posted 09/10/2018 12:01PM
Every morning we started circle time with an exercise and the BlimE dance, enjoyed by all. We also had an arts and craft activity, making decorative flowers for our classroom.
On Thursday at 09:45, we had our music class for the first time with the music teacher Ms Sommerschield. The children will continue to have music class every morning.
During our Friday outing, we went to a park near the elderly home. The children enjoyed playing football and using the exercise equipment. It was a wonderful trip and we spent all day outside.
The children have spent time playing and getting to know each other. They now know each other's name and are ready to start with new activities.
The letter of the week is 'S'. We will practice the letter sound, read books, sing songs and write or trace the letter S. The children will also be divided into smaller, working groups.
We will have a fire drill, where we will talk about and practice on what to do you when the fire alarm goes off.
We will start with our Who We Are unit of Inquiry, the trans-disciplinary theme is How We Express Ourselves.
- Through are senses we learn to understand ourselves and the world around us.
Lines of Inquiry
- What are senses are.
- How we use them to help us understand the world.
- The different opinions we form based on what we sense.
This is a fun unit for the children where they get to learn and explore their senses and we are looking forward to get started.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Posted 09/04/2018 10:44AM
Last week we practiced writing our names. Every third month the children are asked to write their names so we can see their development. They practice their pencil grip and letter formation.
On Wednesday we celebrated Hazem's 4th birthday and he served popcorn to the whole class.
We have been working with a team building project during the first 2 weeks. The children choose one shape each, which they then draw and paint. Once the projects are completed, they will be displayed in the entrance to the red building together with the primary school artwork.
We have also started to work with NRK Super TV's BlimE dance, practicing 15 minutes a day. This is a yearly project from NRK Super where they create a song and dance routine that all schools in Norway are encouraged to practice together. The goal is to focus on friendship and inclusion in schools and kindergartens. At the end of the project, the whole school will dance together.
With the wonderful weather last Thursday and Friday, we were outside during the afternoons. On Friday, we went to the park, where the children ate their lunch and played together. There was a zip line so each child had to try it several times.
On Wednesday 5 September, your child(ren) will be having their school photo taken at 09.00 am. Please arrive early.
Wish you a great week.
Posted 08/28/2018 04:44PM
Little Brainobrain, a curiosity and creativity course for children.
Posted 08/27/2018 02:58PM
We have had a great start to a new year in kindergarten! Friendships begin to blossom and old friends are happy to be reunited. We are using these first two weeks to get to know each other and work on classroom rules and routines. We read books, play and sing in circle time.
Since it was Eid last week, the children saw a short movie explaining about Eid celebration. We talked about how some children celebrate Christmas and how some children celebrate Eid. Each child made a Eid card saying Eid Mubarak / Happy Eid.
Last Friday we practiced outside the school building on how to walk as a group. The children did very well, listening to the rules and were excited on leaving kindergarten building. Every Friday we have a trip or an outing to the forest or park and we ask parents to make sure their child has a backpack they can easily carry themselves and that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.
There is also "sharing day "each Friday, where the children can bring one toy to share in kindergarten.
We wish you a great week.
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.
Posted 08/13/2018 08:03PM
Dear Kindergarten and Primary School families,
Welcome back! I hope you all have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Kindergarten and Primary school begins Monday, 20th of August, at kl. 08:40. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl. 08:15 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:00. There is afternoon SFO until 4:30 on Monday 20 August with Ms Carol for those who need it. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if they are attending SFO on the first day. Morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at 7:30am.
Homeroom contact teachers for the 2018/2019 school year.
Ms Daniela Allen
Ms Monica Herrebrøden
Ms Tracey Leys
Ms Tru Andersen
Ms Corina Nystad
Ms Emma O'Bryan, Ms Leslie Taschner
Ms Margaret Goodnow
Ms Blythe Siddall
For the first day, your child should bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, pencils, erasers, indoor shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. If your child is attending afternoon SFO, they will need an additional snack for the late afternoon. Homeroom teachers will be sending additional information and necessary school start-up forms home with students on the first day of school, including medical information and permission forms.
Important dates for Primary school
16 August: Contact Teacher and S.A.I.L. Program (PY4-6) Meeting 18:00
20 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl. 19:00
Stay Connected at Skagerak International School
School and classroom news and events are shared digitally at Skagerak. We do have a number of ways to keep in touch about school. Be sure to read, subscribe to and join these resources to get all the latest news.
- The school's website has the latest news, blogs, calendars as well as general information about the school. The school calendar has all the important dates for the 2018/2019 school year for all three school programmes.
- Click here to follow the school calendar!
- If you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed.
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon. Enjoy your last few days of summer.
James Tester, Principal