We had a great start to the year in Primary. We welcomed over 30 new students from over 17 different countries at our Welcome Back Assembly on September 14. In addition to meeting these new students, we also welcomed Early Childhood back to our main campus. With the help of older siblings, we reminded the children to take care while walking in the hallways and give way to younger students.
We finished the assembly with a song led by Ms. Short. Click and have a listen.
Australian Girls Choir Visit
We were happy to welcome back 56 students from the Australian Girls Choir for a concert on September 20. Twenty-seven Ambrit families graciously hosted the girls during their stay. More than 60 host children and choir members participated in a workshop that culminated in a combined performance during the assembly concert. Click here to see a short clip of the show.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 24. School will be closed on this day to facilitate parent teacher meetings. The purpose of the conferences is to inform the parents of each student’s progress and for all parties to develop a deeper understanding of the child. Primary parents are able to sign-up for 20 minute slots with their homeroom teachers and optional ten minute slots for Italian and other single subject teachers. Please complete the online registration that will be sent later this week.
ICT: Digital Citizenship & Seesaw
Over the course of the first weeks of school your child participated in the first of a series of planned lessons focusing on digital citizenship and responsible technology use. We will be working with students throughout the year to help them understand the responsibilities required for student success with technology. As part of this program, all children in grades 2-5 will bring home a Responsible Technology Use Policy Agreement this week. We ask that you discuss the contents with your child and then sign the agreement together and return it to the class teacher by Friday.
The children will be using Seesaw again this year to share and communicate their learning with families through a digital platform. Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning, to send you messages and reminders. A sign-up email will be sent by classroom teachers soon!
What is a Learning Provocation?
A learning provocation is a planned activity at the beginning of a unit or lesson to “hook” a learner’s interest and generate questions. A provocation helps students to engage, to learn and to remember. Provocations can take many forms. Some examples of provocations are photographs, shared experiences, music, videos, quotes, posters, artefacts, drama and a change of setting. Some parents experienced a provocation in their child’s homeroom class as part of a Parent Night Meeting. R. J. Palacio, the author of Wonder has a wonderful collection of quotes she has presented in 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Brown’s Book of Precepts. The author uses precepts, or general rules to live by to inspire thought and discussion, one for each day of the year. Here is one of my favorites:
Everything you can imagine is real.
Do you have precepts you live by? Share them with your child to provoke learning and inquiry at the dinner table!
Introduction to the PYP Parent Workshop
Due to a conflict, we are moving the PYP Parent Workshop to Thursday, 18th October from 8.45-10.15 am in the atrium library. Kathryn Ramsay, Ambrit’s PYP Coordinator, will lead the workshop about the philosophy and practices of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). During the workshop parents will come to understand more about what an international education is and the main aspects of the PYP Programme through discussion and hands-on activities. If you plan to attend, please complete this short form to let us know the areas you are interested in and we will do what we can to incorporate these into the workshop.
Lost & Found
As the weather becomes cooler, children start to wear jackets and misplace them around the school. The lost and found boxes located in the hall on the way out to the Adventure Playground currently have over 50 jackets in them! Out of the 50 jackets only one was labeled (and was returned to the owner). Please make sure all of your child’s clothing, lunch/snack box and water bottle are labelled with their first name and last initial.
Our Halloween activities continue to support our projects in Haiti for La Maison des Petits de Diquini and Panecondiviso. Students in grades 2-4 can participate in the ‘Halloween Sphere Challenge” (a Halloween scene is created in a clear plastic sphere). Participation in the contest is 6 euro including the cost of the sphere (which the school will provide). Students in grades 5-8 can participate in the “Pumpkin Carving Contest” for the cost of 10 euro for the pumpkin and participation fee. Parents will be asked to contribute Halloween goodies for the bake sales on the 25th and 26th where we will have shoppers from all grades. Parents can also contribute an hour of their time to sell at the bake sales on the given dates. Students will receive an orange paper form for participation this week. Parents will also be able to sign up to help electronically.
Book Fair: October 11-13 in the Atrium: 8:30-3:30 (Thursday & Friday) 10:00-1:00 pm on Saturday (during Autumn BBQ)
International Fair & Autumn Barbecue: Saturday, October 13 from 11-3 pm
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