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Elementary News Desk

Grade 5 – Mandarin sharing our organization and research skills

21st October 2020

Good job to all Grade 5 Mandarin class students, your presentations on your countries was fabulous! We had fun learning about culture from different countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, America, and Australia. Everyone tried their best to introduce their countries in mandarin. Keep up the good work and happy International Week!

-Ms Nina & Ms Yew

 

 

Rock Climbing CCA

21st October 2020

Rock climbing is a coordinating activity that builds physical strength and endurance. In addition, climbing develops communication, problem-solving, and character skills (GLOs).

-Mr Todd

 

Grade 1A – Handwashing Practice

20th October 2020

Many thanks to both Ms. Nurul and our Grade 1A students (and teachers!) for “practicing what we all preach!” Proper and frequent hygiene and following our SOPs daily are keeping us all in school, healthy and happy. It is wonderful to see these young students taking responsibility not only for their learning, but as importantly, for their physical health and well being. 

Keep it up, Raptors!

-Mr John

 

Grade 3A – Library Class

20th October 2020

Happy International Week! We explored the book One World, One Day by National Geographic photographer, Barbara Kerley. We learned how all over the world children get up and go about their days doing many of the same things but in different ways. We celebrated our differences and similarities with a handprint activity showing our uniqueness. Next week we will collaborate and join 4 paper handprints to show how we are also so connected. 

-Mrs Rita

 

Elementary School Food Donation Drive

9th October 2020

“Taking Action to Help Others”

A very big thank you to all of our Elementary families for supporting our student-led Elementary Food Drive. This initiative stemmed from students’ ideas of how we can take action to be caring and help others in our community. Your donations meant that we were able to deliver a whole van packed full of food to the children in need which was greatly appreciated. 

-Mrs Anita

 

Grade 3A – Making habitat posters

7th October 2020

The 3rd graders collaborated to create habitat posters. In Part I, they collaborated to research, design, and present their posters. In Part II, each student had to research and present about an animal that survives well from another group’s habitat.

-Ms Mc

 

 

Grade 5 – Presentation Recording

5th October 2020 & 6th October 2020 

Science Wild Animal Food Web Videos

With the help of Mr. Morrison, the 5th graders learned a new technology skill. Students wrote, memorized, and recorded a short 1-minute video about a chosen wild animal. Afterward, they made edits to their videos using iMovie to add interesting background photos, charts, and maps. It looks like they are animal show hosts out in the wild with tigers, timberwolves, and red pandas!

-Ms Ann

 

PreK – Abstract Painting 

29th September 2020

We are exploring different tools we can paint with that is not a paintbrush. Students are experimenting with using string. They went through the process of dipping the string into the paint, placing it on paper, folding the paper over the string, and finally pulling the string out. When the students opened the paper, they observed what lines, shapes, and images they saw.

-Ms Megan

 

 

Grade 2 Arts – Creating creatures from recycled products

29th September 2020

Continuing our study of structure and the creative process, students took their concept drawings of creatures they imagined and turned them into 3D sculptural structures using recycled materials, glue, and tape.

-Ms Megan

 

 

Grade 4 – Eyes, Light and Vision

29th September 2020

Continuing the analogy of the body as a machine or robot, we next considered its “sensors”–the sensory organs; in this lesson focusing specifically on the eyes. Students discovered the basics of how their eyes work and built a model of an eyeball that they then used to construct an explanation of why some people have blurry vision. 

Mrs Norman

 

 

PreK & Kindy – Pirate Themed PE Class

28th September 2020

Our youngest students in the school (PreK-2) have had some very exciting PE Lessons as Captain Hook took over the lessons. Captain Hook teaches the students how to be real pirates and next week they might even go on a pirate treasure hunt. Obviously, the students will learn how to be good pirates and share the treasure with their friends.

-Mr Lennart

 

 

PreK – Decorating Family Tree

25th September 2020

This past week we have been learning about Family. Our little learners were asked to bring a photograph of their family for Show and Tell during our Morning Meeting. We created a family tree in our classroom and invited learners to hang their photographs. We used this activity to honour each child’s identity through their family and to bring a sense of home into the classroom environment.  

-Ms Shelby

 

Kindergarten – Writing about the book of the week

25th September 2020 

Each week Kindergarten students share a different read aloud book.  We read it each day for enjoyment, new vocabulary, story elements and character development.  On Fridays we use the book as the basis for a writing activity.  This week the students wrote about Pinkalicious, a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes, she turns pink!

-Mrs Garcia

 

Grade 1A – Storytime 

21st September 2020

Sharing, reading, discussing, and enjoying high-quality children’s literature is a key component of our balanced literacy program in the Elementary School. The goal is to guide our emerging readers toward proficient (and beyond!) reading and a lifetime of enjoyment and learning. 

“Good children’s literature appeals not only to the adult in the child but to the adult in the child.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

-Mr John

 

Grade 3B – Art Class

21st September 2020

Students are learning about how to mix tints and shades. They then looked at how in the ocean, the water gets lighter in color when it is closer to the surface because it is closer to the sun and darker the further down and away from the sun you go. The students are using their new learned skills to create an underwater perspective scene.

-Ms Megan

 

Grade 4 – Chinese Class

21st September 2020

When we learn a language, we are also learning its culture. This week students are exploring and practicing the Chinese culture through the Mid-Autumn Festival which will fall on 1st October this year. They decorate their lanterns and some students design their own posters. 中秋节(zhōng qiū jié) also known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival, is celebrated notably by the Chinese and other East Asian people. It is also related to Chuseok (in Korea) and Tsukimi (in Japan). The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. Their products will be displayed in the ES office. Wish you and your family a happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 

-Ms Nina 

 

Grade 5 – Music Class

21st September 2020

In the style of STOMP! Grade 5 have been using found objects to create rhythms. This week they were using cups to learn a rhythm pattern. They then had to transcribe the pattern into traditional rhythmic notation. This helps students to connect what they hear with what they see on the printed page. After this, they began to create their own rhythm pattern using the cups. The final stage was recording a video tutorial so that other students could watch and learn from them! 

-Ms Jen

 

Grade 2 – Google Slides + Language Arts tasks

15th September 2020

Grade 2 students meet each Tuesday with Mr. Morrison to improve their tech skills. Their current unit is called, “Growing With Google” and they are getting experience of accessing emails, finding old projects in Google Drive, renaming files so they can find them again, and using Google Slides as interactive digital workspaces. Students have now built their skills enough that they can spend this time focusing on activating knowledge from other subjects instead of how to use the software.  This week, students used Google Slides to show their work of how they can find the number needed to add to any random number to reach 100.  Students also explored how to change text fonts, colors, and sizes to make their Language arts writing projects look great. Students are starting to discover that there are more than one way to reach their goals! 

-Mr Morrison

  

 

Grade 5 – Science Class

14th September 2020

Grade 5A and 5B are starting a new Science unit about ecosystems and energy transfer. Students chose a plant to take care of for the duration of the 4 week unit. Mr. Roy Garcia from Secondary came to show us his more than 30 houseplants and he shared some hot tips for keeping our plants alive and thriving. Students will create a houseplant care guide for their specific type of plant.

-Ms Ann 

 

Kindergarten – Observing a skeleton 

11th September 2020

For the past two weeks, Kindergarten students have been studying the body. Not only have we learned about body parts, but have also explored the function of internal organs and how they work together to keep our bodies healthy and strong.  To finish up our unit, we took a ‘field trip’ to Mr. Caddy’s room, one of our excellent high school science teachers.  He introduced us to a skeleton replica and helped to answer our many questions about the body.  We learned a great deal and had a wonderful time!

-Mrs Garcia 

 

EIP – Library Class

11th September 2020 

We celebrated International Dot Day in music, art, and library class this week! After listening to the story “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, students were invited to make their mark on the world by creating a virtual dot or learning to draw with the author. This book celebrates each student’s uniqueness and how with encouragement and effort we can do anything!

-Mrs Rita

 

Grade 2 Music – International Dot Day (Music)

10th September 2020

To complement the art and library activities for international dot day, in music we have been learning ‘The Dot Song’ by Emily Arrow and Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a beautiful song with great actions that are fun to do! It has the same message as the story: if you are unsure about expressing an idea, start small and see where it takes you.

-Ms Jen

 

PreK – Dance Class

8th September 2020

Pre-K has been predominantly learning about directions and pathways through rhythm and movement. At such an early age, it is important that the students have a good understanding of their motor skills along with the idea of space and direction. Learning rhythms and patterns are also a great way of reinforcing gross motor learning.

-Mr Vinayak

 

Grade 2 and Grade 5 PE Class – Safe practice in PE

4th September 2020

Dear parents,

Since last week, we are allowed to use our RAS gyms again and the students are extremely excited to be able to run, jump, hop, scoot, throw, and more.  We are careful to ensure that everybody stays in their bubble to create a safe learning environment. 

-Mr Lennart

 

Grade 1 – Homeroom Activities

2nd September 2020

Yes, you heard right, 100 ping pong balls exactly! For the kickoff to our “Wacky” Math Wednesdays, we broke out 100 ping pong balls for the Ping Pong Ball n’ Cup Challenge! Along with honing hand/eye coordination, self-control, and turn taking, students used the tossing and bouncing activity to practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. On our first round, we sank 17 out of 100 by throwing and bouncing the balls from a socially distant 3 feet away.  Unbelievably on round 2, we sank the exact same number of balls! We had a great time and Mr. John left that day with exactly the same amount so, well done, 1A-ers!

-Mr John

 

Grade 4 – Music Class

2nd September 2020

To kick start their project on rhythm, Grade 4 have been trying chair drumming. The basic layout of a drum kit can be replicated by hitting the different parts of a chair. By drumming along with well-known songs, students practice keeping a steady beat and begin to learn how to read rhythm notation. In Grade 5 they will build upon these skills by learning more complicated patterns and songs. This week, each student chose a song and gave the rest of the class a solo performance – well done Grade 4!

-Ms Jenn

 

Grade 1 – Homeroom Activities

 1st September 2020

Daily phonics instruction teaches children how to decode letters into their respective sounds. This is an essential skill for children that allows for the reading of unfamiliar words. Having letter sound knowledge allows children to make an important link between the spoken word and printed text. In grade one we use a systematic and multisensory method to impart this crucial literacy skill. These pictures show two activities that take place during phonics instruction time; building CVC words and identifying sight words.

-Mr Tim

  

 

Grade 2 – Arts

1st September 2020

Students looked at the different steps and structures artists used to create creatures for the Harry Potter movies. Students had to guess if the creature’s structure was made of clay or mechanics? They are on their first step which is planning out their ideas. Students have to create their own creatures by combining different animals together. Later on, they will go through the process of constructing a 3D model of their creature creation. 

-Ms Megan 

 

GLO and Report Card Update

28th August 2020

Reports each term are a key way we communicate student progress to parents, not only in regards to their child’s academic skills but also how they are developing their General Learning Outcomes (GLOs). We have looked at how we can improve these reports and make them clearer for parents and students to understand. As part of these changes, we have new descriptors. These descriptors will be used for the GLOs for all students across the school, PreK – Grade 12. The academic descriptors listed here will be used for students in PreK – Grade 8, High School students will continue to receive letter grades for their academic performance as they did previously.

We use the graphic of a child learning to ride a bike to help explain to the children how we develop knowledge and skills, hopefully, this will be helpful for parents also. We will send a video to all parents prior to Term 1 reports being issued to help explain these changes further. 

 

Pre K- Learning Center

28th August 2020

Learning centers are an important part of our day in Pre K. A learning center is an area within the classroom that provides students with exciting and interesting experiences to practice, enrich, reteach and enhance learning. Learning centers also invite children to explore, problem-solve, develop communication skills, and build relationships. 

-Ms Shelby

 

Grade 1 – Art, Making Keith Haring Inspired Artwork

28th August 2020

Students are exploring how they can use themselves as inspiration for their artwork. They are looking at the artist Keith Haring and how he used simple outlines of bodies to create exciting art. The students then got to choose a fun body position and as a team worked together to create the outline on large paper. 

-Ms Megan

 

Grade 3 – Cultural Discussion

28th August 2020

We wanted to learn more about the three largest ethnic groups in Malaysia. We brought in a few experts- Ms. Nicole, Ms. Rhenu, and Mrs. Aida. They answered our questions in order to help us learn more about the Malay, Chinese-Malaysian, and Indian-Malaysian cultures. We are well on our way to understanding why people view the world differently!

-Ms Mc

 

Grade 3 – Music

28th August 2020

After learning about proper note production in Grade 2 last year, our Grade 3 recorder players are now focused on reading staff notation accurately and making sure they play together as an ensemble. Starting with short, silly songs allows students to practice their recognition of the notes so they can work towards reading and playing music fluently. It helps that they are fun to play too!

-Ms Jen

 

Grade 3- Arts: 1 Point Perspective

28th August 2020

In art we are learning how to use perspective to make a 2D image look 3D. Students are learning that to create perspective they must use a vanishing point, horizon line, and vanishing lines. We have been building on this unit by creating simple squares in perspective, letters of our names in perspective and now we are drawing a landscape in perspective.

-Ms Megan

 

Grade 4 – Reading

28th August 2020

Grade 4 has been looking at the key questions of what makes an effective citizen, how do citizens solve problems and how do citizens inspire others. Using the reading strategy of summarizing, students read different texts and respond to the key question for the week.

-Ms Cherie

 

Pk Arts – Drawing Faces

20th August 2020

Students recognized and named the geometric shapes that make a face. They then created a portrait of a face using those shapes and chose an emotion to show.

-Ms Megan

 

 

 

 

   

 

Grade 1 – Library Class

20th August 2020

Students virtually explored the “Emergent Reader” section of the library and learned to choose books that are “Just Right” for them. They then went to the library in groups of 5 or less to choose books from that section of the library. We love books!

Mrs Rita

 

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