Dear Primary Parents
From Monday (August 21) we will revert to the usual school organisation for arrivals to school.
Nursery, JKG and SKG
Parents may escort their child to the classroom from 07:35
Grade 1 and Grade 2
Children move up to the second floor at 07:35 via the central staircase to the 'Pit' area where they line up and move to class with their teacher
Grades 3, 4 and 5
Children assemble at the back left of the foyer and at 07:40 move up the back left staircase to their classrooms on the second and third floors.
NB: Secondary students use the three side staircases.
It is our belief that children from Grade 1 are independent enough to make their way up to their floor on their own carrying their bags. In order to facilitate this we ask parents to help us by saying goodbye to your child in the lobby.
NB: Only children with lift passes from the Nurse or their teachers may use the lift.
What is a café conversation – a forum where members of my team and myself can explore with you, the parent community, educational issues, our current thinking and innovation, and our best practices. Come along and enjoy conversation, coffee and biscuits.
We will start promptly at 08:00 and finish promptly at 09:00.
The first of the café conversations will focus on what collaboration looks like in the learning environment in our primary division at the Oberoi International School. As a team we continue to build on the work already happening in the school in the area of collaborative practices. This month we will hold four café conversations; two will be offered focusing on Nursery to Grade 1 (August 22 and August 31), and two focusing on Grades 2 to 5 (August 24 and August 28).
Please fill out the google form as an r.s.v.p.
A link to this form will be sent to you through the daily announcements.
Coming up in September:
Play-Based Learning, this will be of more interest to the Nursery and Junior Kindergarten parents where our teaching and learning programme is play-based. Watch this space for information.
Dear Primary Division Parents,
The purpose of this email is to let you know about two important tech emails you will receive soon.
Over the next week, you will receive 2 emails from our tech folks.
Head of Primary
Oberoi International School
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank-you to you all for the very smooth start to the year we experienced this morning. I have seen many first days and I would have to say that this morning was by far one of the best.
The children were well prepared, and they settled very well into their new classes and with their new teachers.
I will be publishing a series of 'Cafe Conversations' where you will be invited to come to school to join in discussions on topical educational issues. Please watch out for this in the next week.
I feel this has been a very promising start and we look forward to a very exciting year ahead.
01 August, 2017
I trust you have all managed to have a good holiday break and a relaxing one, and that you are ready for the children’s return to school on Monday August 07.
Over the holidays our property management team worked tirelessly to have the school ready for the start of the year and they have made a great job. Over the break we have confirmed the staffing for the year. The new staff comes to us with a wealth of skills and from a variety of backgrounds. We have also worked on forming classes to achieve a balance that is beneficial to students. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher on Thursday evening, August 03; class lists will be posted in the school on Friday, August 04.
Behind the scenes all of our support teams have been working to ensure a smooth start. My management team and our new staff were in school in July, our returning staff at the beginning of August - we are ready to start this 2017/2018 academic year.
The first couple of weeks back to school are a settling in time. Please know that we understand some children are anxious at the beginning of the year, that some children don’t like change, that some will have forgotten what they have to do, that some don’t always understand instructions and that some will find it hard to concentrate after having spent the last two months on holiday and out of their school routine! Pastoral care is a shared parent and school commitment, in the first instance please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher should you have any concerns or queries during the course of the year. In support, parents are most welcome to make an appointment to meet with me through the Primary School Office.
The Primary School Handbook will be available online when school starts but in the meantime the questions below, we hope, will help make the first day/week of school run smoothly for you and your children.
Some questions answered:
When does the new academic year start?
School starts for this academic year on Monday August 07
Children are expected to be in school at 07:45
What are the start and finish times of the day?
Children are expected to be in school at 07:45
Classes start for the day at 07:50
School finishes at 14:45 (12:00 for Reception)
How will I know which teacher my child will have this year?
On Thursday August 03 you will receive an email from your child’s teacher for this year.
Class lists will be posted in the school on Friday August 04 and on Monday August 07.
When do we have the opportunity to speak with the teachers?
Every parent has access to any teacher in the school between 15:00 and 16:10. No appointments are necessary for these interactions and drop-in visits. If you need to see a teacher for a longer time, please make an appointment by email.
Where do I go to on the first morning?
When you arrive at school on Monday morning please wait in the foyer until 07:45
Around 07:45 if you child is in:
o Nursery please make your way to the classrooms on the ground floor.
o Junior or Senior kindergarten please make your way to the first floor classrooms
o Grades 1, 2 or 3 please make your way to the second floor classrooms
o Grades 4 or 5 please make your way to the third floor classrooms.
Please note that usually parents will not accompany their children to the classrooms. While the children are getting used to the return to school we welcome parents to walk with their children to the classrooms using the stairs. The children are not permitted to use the lift access to floors without a lift pass from the nurse.
Are their any changes this year?
As with any school who is striving for continuous improvement, changes to the structure and the way we organise our classes and their environment continues to evolve. Please note the following:
The Merging of the two divisions
This year the primary team will encompass children from Nursery to Grade 5 and will be referred to as ‘Primary’ in our communication with you, not Early Years and Primary separately as in past years. The pedagogical leadership team for the primary school is Mr Tony (Head of Primary), Ms Veena (Deputy Head of Division and PYP Coordinator) and Ms Vimi (PYP Coordinator).
The 8-day cycle
This year we will run an 8-day cycle/week across the whole school. (how will they know the days?)
Over the course of last year we continued to focus on the collaborative model of teaching and this year we are extending this, taking it to the next step. This will see teachers collaborating together with the children; teaching in a number of spaces, grouping the children in a flexible way to better meet the individual needs of the children, and teachers working across classes in order to provide a variety of learning experiences for your child. The reality for you as parents will not be too different. You will still have a contact homeroom teacher to talk with as you do presently, one who knows your child well and who is responsible for their well-being. For the children they will find a teaching and learning programme better suited to their needs, a number of teachers responsible for the children’s learning and they will continue to be grouped in large groups, small groups and will sometimes, like they do now, work one on one as required.
Towards the end of August we have open mornings planned for parents to see our classrooms in action.
The classroom environment
As a school we continue to look at the impact our learning environment has on the learning for our children. We know children learn best when the environment reflects the way they learn best. This year we have made a conscious effort to strip back our classrooms, getting extra furniture out, to ensure there is more room for children’s learning and to this end you will see our classrooms allow for a more flexible approach to learning and to teaching.
How do I contact the school?
The primary division has two secretaries, Ms Perpetual and Ms Violet. They can be contacted through a common email address: email@example.com
If you are requesting a leave for your child please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new children and their parents who join our Primary School family this year and to our children and families returning for this 2017/2018 academic year.
The staff joins me in wishing you all a very happy and successful year and we look forward to meeting you at some of the many School functions planned across the year.
Head of Primary
(End of Year Letter #2)
This last week of our academic year is one in which we start thinking about the next school year. There are a couple of organisational changes you will notice on your return.
Merging of the two divisions
This year the junior school had two distinct divisions – Early Years and Primary, next year with a change of name to ‘Primary’, the primary team will cover children from Nursery to Grade 5. The pedagogical leadership team for the primary school will be Mr Tony (Head of Primary), Ms Veena (Deputy Head of Division and PYP Coordinator) and Ms Vimi (PYP Coordinator).
This year the school ran a 6-day cycle/week. Next year we will run an 8-day cycle/week across the whole school.
This year we have continued to focus on the collaborative model of teaching and next year we will extend this, taking it to the next step. This will see teachers collaborating together with the children; teaching in a number of spaces, grouping the children in a flexible way to better meet the individual needs of the children, and teachers working across classes in order to provide a variety of learning experiences for your child. The reality for you as parents will not be too different. You will still have a contact homeroom teacher to talk with as you do this year, one who knows your child well and who is responsible for their well-being. For the children they will find a teaching and learning programme better suited to their needs, a number of teachers responsible for the children’s learning and they will continue to be grouped in large groups, small groups and will sometimes, like they do now, work one on one as required.
Towards the end of August we have open mornings for parents to see our classrooms in action.
Tonight, as a staff we celebrate the year that was and look forward to our summer break. We will also farewell our staff who are leaving our school this year. Ten of our staff across Nursery – Grade 5 will not continue in our Garden City Campus, they will transfer to the JVLR campus to join the new team at the new campus.
I am pleased to let you know that for next year we have a full complement of teachers and that our recruiting for this campus is now complete. I will introduce our new faculty to the parent community in the new academic year.
Details of the first couple of days
Whilst the faculty will be back at work in readiness for our 2017/2018 academic year on August 01, we welcome our children back to school on
Monday August 07, 2017.
A change of contact email address
Next year the primary division will have two secretaries, Ms Perpetual and Ms Violet. They can be contacted through a common email address – email@example.com
If you are requesting a leave for your child please email -
Please watch out for other announcements which will come from the school prior to the start of the academic year such as bus details and school uniform distribution.
To those of you leaving Oberoi International School on Thursday, I wish you well for the new opportunities you have ahead of you and to those returning safe travels if your are spending time away from Mumbai, and I look forward to welcoming you and your children back in August.
Five more school days until we finish this school year and what a year it has been for us in the primary division. With a great deal of confidence I can say that your children have had a very good year; they have experienced many new things, their teachers have put your children and their learning needs to the forefront of their teaching and learning programmes, and above all the children have had fun learning.
The Faculty have now finished writing their End of Year Reports, these are presently being uploaded and will be available for you to access online from Monday afternoon, June 05.
You will receive an email from the school to inform you when and how you can access the reports on Monday. We advise you to download a copy of the report card at your earliest convenience. Parents will not have access to our student information system, MySchoolOne, after July 01. From next year we will be moving, and migrating all data to a new student information system. You will receive more information about this in the new academic year. Please note: Families leaving OIS this year will need to download their child's report cards before June 08, 2017 as the portal will be closed off to you after that date.
We know we are nearing the end of our school year when we say farewell to our six classes of Grade 5 students as we did last Friday at a school reception held for them and their families. We will miss them around our primary school next year and do wish them all well as they start the next stage in their education journey.
This morning I enjoyed the last in our series of class concerts and like you I am sure, I was amazed at the energy, the commitment of the children, the learning they gained and the entertainment they gave us for the hour they were on stage. I know too that behind the scenes parents have had a lot of input – hearing the lines, practicing dance moves, helping with costumes and getting time off from your work to support your children and for this I thank you all very much on behalf of your children.
Please note that on Thursday of next week we end our 2016/2017 academic year and I would remind you that your children can be collected from their classrooms at 11:30 on that day. From 11:50 children may be collected from the Reception in the lobby.
Finally watch out for a second letter from me next week when I will introduce some of the changes that your will notice in our division when you return in the new academic year.
Student Led Conferences
Friday March 10
(No school for children on this day)
In order for your son/daughter to gain the best from their conferences scheduled for
Friday March 10, it is important that you understand the format we use at OIS for Student Led Conferences.
Student Led Conferencing:
Student Led Conferences involve the student and their parents. Students showcase their learning and understanding with their parents.
Students are responsible for reflecting upon work samples they have chosen to share, that have been selected with guidance and support from the teacher.
All of the participants must understand the format and their roles prior to the conference. The format may differ depending on the age of the child.
The role of the Student is to be on time, stick to talking about the prepared work and to speak clearly.
The Parent’s role is to be on time for the conference, be positive, concerned and interested, to ask questions and to listen.
The role of the Teacher is to manage and facilitate the conference.
Your home room teacher will have posted on your class blog their organisation for the day.
As always the staff are available to talk through any queries you may have regarding the progress and development of your children and I would ask, that should you wish to develop any issues you may have, that you contact the office to make an appointment with the class teacher, rather than raise these in front of the children at their conference.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Head of Primary
Dear Grade 4 parents
Please find here a folder containing the information that we said we would share as a result of our meeting with Grade 4 parents last week. Also attached is a link to the form you can fill in if you would like the school to purchase the Macbook for you.
I want to thank you for your participation in our meeting, your questions and comments have been grouped together and you will find our responses to these in the paper entitled "information guide".
Contents of the folder:
*Technology Use Guidelines
*Link to the form
Unit 4 Reports
On Friday March 03, the Unit 4 report will be available to parents online. We will upload these for you to view from 15:00.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Primary School Musical on either Thursday March 02 or Friday March 03. I am told there are a few tickets left but you will need to get in quick!
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have - Margaret Mead
11 hard working, passionate kids was what it took to plan the Primary Walkathon that took place on Tuesday, Valentine's Day and what an appropriate day to celebrate our love for animals.
The Animal Action ECA organised this fundraiser to support the efforts of a local animal shelter that wants to buy an animal ambulance.The turnout was amazing and so was the atmosphere. the general feeling after the event was 'we should do this more often'!
We raised a total amount of Rs16,261 and money is still coming in!
A huge thank you to the primary administration for supporting and promoting this initiative, the PMS dept. and all the students and teachers who participated.
Dear Parents of our Grade 4 students
I am sure you are aware that in Grade 5 the school has a ‘bring your own Mac’ policy. At OIS we recognize the need for students to use mobile devices to support teaching and learning and for students to utilize their own technology in a more seamless way in the classroom. The use of technology to support learning in education is an area we at OIS believe enhances and supports learning, thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration across learning experiences. Our Grade 5 students are expected to bring their Macbooks to school everyday.
In preparation for the Grade 5 year the school will run a workshop for Grade 4 parents around how we use Macbooks to support the teaching and learning programmes. The workshop is scheduled for March 01, 2017 at 08:15, and will be held in the 4th floor teacher’s lounge.
The session will:
I look forward to meeting with you at this event.
Head of Primary
14 Primary Walkathon for animal action
25 OIS Fest
27 Grade 5 parent transition meeting with the Head of Secondary - more to follow
03 Unit 04 report will be available on line
10 Student Led Conferences
11 Spring Break begins
20 School resumes
[further information will follow as is necessary for these events.]
January 18, 2017
At the end of this week you will be able to access your child’s first formal academic report of the year. This report is an overview of the progress made this first half year and much time and thought has been put into reporting on your child’s progress and achievement.
Here at OIS we have adopted paperless reports ; your children's report card will be available online for you to read at the end of the school day on Friday January 20. You will receive an email which will contain a link to the report, from the school on Friday when your child's report is uploaded to MySchoolOne.
I hope you will take the time to sit down with your son or daughter and discuss their report with them; it is your interest in their progress which helps to set the tone for future learning. Our teachers are available to meet and talk with you regarding your child's progress at anytime throughout the year, you need only to make an appointment via the teacher's email or by ringing the primary division secretary, Ms Perpetual, to organise a meeting.
Head of Primary
Professional Development in the Primary Division:
20 PYP Workshops for Teachers (American School of Bombay)
09 Reading Workshops
Unit 2 report ready to access on Tuesday.
You will notice a new look to the 'unit of inquiry' report this time. Having reviewed the purpose of the unit report - to provide parents with an overview of their child's progress through the unit - we hope you will find this format gives you all of the same information as before but in a much more user friendly way.
Unit 3 will be included in the much fuller Semester One report issued in January.
You Are Invited:
Primary Division Field Day
Wednesday November 23
I look forward to seeing you all at the Field Day for Grades 1 to 5 on Wednesday morning.
We start at 08:45 and will finish at 11:00
I would like to wish you all a very Happy Diwali and holiday break. Today around the Primary School there has been dancing, music, sharing of food and lots of fun.
I hope that you enjoy a lovely family time celebrating and if you are travelling safe journeys.
The staff and I look forward to seeing you all back on November 07.
07 Return to school after the Diwali break
17 No ECA's today
18 Professional Development Day for teachers. No school for children today.
22 Unit Two reports available on MySchoolOne
23 Primary School sports morning - more information to be posted about this closer to the time.
This morning you will have noticed a change in the way we organise the movement of our children, in Primary, from the foyer to Floor 2 in readiness for class.
Due to the congestion in the main stairwell, we have introduced a much safer, and a quicker way to move our children up to the Primary Division when they arrive at school in the morning.
Part of our role in the Primary Division is to help and support our children to move towards being more independent in both their learning and in looking after themselves. We are very much about moving our children from being dependent on us to being more independent. You can, and do I know, support us in this area.
I would ask you to question whether it is necessary for you to see your children up onto the second level every morning and to consider that from time to time they move upstairs without you and your help. Thus you will be encouraging their independence.
I leave you with this thought.
Unit 1 reports were sent home today.
On Thursday you will receive an email giving you information about how to book a '3 Way Conference' for you and your child with the home room teachers.
04 Unit 1 reports will be available on line today
04 Grade 5 Residential Trip begins - return on October 07
11 Public Holiday - school is closed
14 3 Way Conferences - no school for students. Please watch out for
information regarding making a booking and organisation for that day.
28 School is closed for the Diwali break. School resumes on November 07.
Why am I blogging about reading?
Our focus in the Primary Division this year is on the Language Scope and Sequence for PYP, in particular the strand of reading and writing.
The love for reading is born in the home. At school we can build on this but I am a firm believer that the home is where reading, and a love of reading in all its forms, modeled by parents and grandparents, is where children first catch the ‘reading bug.’
The National Academy of Education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, set up the Commission on Reading. The primary findings in their report was that, “The single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Reading with your child should be a joyful experience.
The author Emilie Buchwald sums it up nicely:
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”
My advice for you is simple:
Above all enjoy this time with your child.