Happy holidays from the PLT. Please have a look at the brief video attached from the PLT wishing families happy holidays. Also attached is a letter from Mr. Tony reviewing some of the accomplishments of the semester.
We need to collect your feedback on the "Reporting on Learning" meetings that took place last week. Attached is a link to a Google Form that aims to collect parent feedback on our innovative approach to reporting on student learning. Collecting parent perspectives is a way we can evaluate the effectiveness on this approach to reporting on learning to you.
The Google Form is anonymous but if you would like to include your contact details for potential future discussions, please do so in the "any other comments" question.
Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/XFznt3NWoR3QZNqL8
Thank you so much for your continued feedback during this semester.
Mr. Aaron DeLane on behalf of the PLT
Cafe Conversation: Digital Citizenship
All parents are invited to attend our 4th Café Conversation with our technology integrators on the topic of "Digital Citizenship".
Digital Citizenship is a very important topic and one that is highly relevant in with our current Learning from Home programme. If you would like to learn more about how students can be good digital citizens and the role you can take as a parent to develop positive digital citizens please join us.
Our tech integrators shared a Padlet link for parents to share their family agreements and questions. If you would like to add any questions or comments please feel free to do so. This Padlet link will close on Friday 11th December: https://bit.ly/CC4DigCitPadlet
PPT of the session: https://bit.ly/CC4DigCit
Here is the recording of the session to join this session is:
Parents in Nursery and new parents who have joined JKG this year are invited to join us on:
Monday November 30 @ 1pm
...for a conversation around 'Play Based Learning' with our Early Years Grade Level Coordinator and the Pedagogical Leadership Team in the Primary division.
The link to join this session is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87264229356
We look forward to you joining us to learn more about the concept of 'play-based learning' and what this looks like in our early years classes.
If you missed this session, you can check out the video below.
Monday December 07 - please note the new day. Join us at 1pm when our IT Integrators will talk about what it means for our children to be Digital Citizens. More information is to come for this session.
Resilience: Finding your inner strength – Strategies for parents and students
Our Second Cafe Conversation of the 2020-21 Academic Year was presented by The Primary Counsellors on the concept of 'resilience' including strategies for building this capacity and promoting it at home and in school. Resilience can be defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress. This was followed by a Q&A session to address any other questions parents had related to supporting their children's social emotional health and wellbeing.
This sessions took place on 24/11/20 @ 1300-1400 IST
PPT - https://bit.ly/CC2Resilience
We've heard from teachers that meetings are going well and that parents have shared their appreciation of teachers' efforts these past few months. We've also been informed of some issues that we need to address for tomorrows meetings.
If you need any technical support during your meetings tomorrow please contact email@example.com. They will try to resolve and support any tech issues.
We will seek your feedback to improve for future PTMs. Thank you for your support and enjoy the rest of your meetings.
Deputy Head of Primary
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.
While we are in the virtual world our sessions will start promptly at 13:00 and finish promptly at 14:00.
Our first café conversation was in September when our PYP coordinators from both the OGC campus and the JVLR campus presented to parents new to the PYP, the components of the Primary Years Programme.
In a recent survey parents reported back that they would like to have sessions on wellbeing, IT, reading and play-based learning and over our next few months we will do just that.
24 - please join our primary counsellors for a 20 minute webinar followed by a facilitated Q and A session on the topic of 'Resilience: Finding your inner strength--Strategies for parents and students.'
[If you are thinking of joining this session please take some time to fill in this form which will help our counsellors to adjust the session to your needs.]
End of November - please join Ms Vani from our early years programme who will talk about play-based learning in the early years.
03 - Please join our IT Integrators for a session on 'Being a Digital Citizen.'
tba - sessions on reading
This is a reminder that on the 10th and 11th of November from 8:00-16:00, OGC Primary school will have virtual Parent-Teacher meetings with the Single Subject teachers.
According to the booking system, we had a very high response for these meetings. This is great news that there are so many parents who have been able to make time to attend these virtual meetings. Please remember that the system will only allow one device to login for the meetings that have been scheduled, so parents who plan on attending the meetings together should use the same device and account. Also, please enable the microphone and camera on the system or there will be some technical difficulties with your virtual calls. If you need any tech support during conferences please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single subject teachers will have two very busy days on the 10th and 11th. To try and accommodate as many parent meetings as possible, some teachers will have close to 60 meetings a day. Unfortunately, even with this high number of meetings, some teachers will not be able to see all the parents who have signed up on the waiting list. If you were added to the waiting list or were not able to sign up for conferences for some reason last week, you may want to try to schedule a meeting with a teacher you were not able to sign up for during conferences, you can contact them after the Diwali break and find time to meet.
Finally, we wish all parents and single subject teachers a productive and positive experience during conferences. Students can attend these conferences if you wish, but it is not necessary. There will be some special sessions planned on the 10th and 11th by homeroom teachers to celebrate the coming holiday of Diwali. We wish families all the best during the holiday and hope those who are celebrating can do so safely.
Deputy Head of Primary
On the 10th and 11th of November from 8:00-16:00, OGC Primary school will have virtual Parent-Teacher meetings with the Single Subject teachers.
During these meetings, parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s individual learning and progress, with or without your child present. Please note that there will be no single subject classes on the 10th and 11th November.
Meeting sign ups will be on a first come, first served basis. The sign up sheet will open on Monday November 2nd at 9:00 AM and will close on Friday November 6th at 12:00 PM. You will not be able to sign up for a PTM for the 10th and 11th November, after this date.
SchoolCloud - Parentseveningsystems.co.uk
We have subscribed to SchoolCloud to provide you with what we hope to be the simplest and most efficient appointment booking system and Parent Teacher Meeting service. This platform will give you the opportunity to indicate your availability for meetings during a particular time window, indicate which teachers you are wishing to meet for your child or indeed multiple children and it will then generate a timetable of meetings for you with the teachers and it will also provide a secure video call facility all through the one website.
Please make careful note of your meetings times and attend promptly, the meeting will automatically be disconnected after the allotted meeting time. For more information on the system and how to attend appointments over video call, please review this article.
Additionally, this tutorial will walk you through the steps for setting up your account: how to set up your appointments
You can leave a message for teachers when you book your meeting. If you have any special requests or questions you would like to focus on for the meeting please add a comment with your booking. If you intend to bring your child to conferences please let the teachers know in advance.
On conference day, please log into your account so that you are not prompted to login for each call. On School Cloud, you will only be able to use one device, so you cannot join a call from multiple locations or devices. Please ensure that you enable the microphone and camera for the system or you will have technical issues during your conferences.
The video below explains how to establish your account.
You will need to follow this link to login to your account http://oisogc.schoolcloud.co.uk/
You can do this immediately or you can wait until you wish to sign up for conferences on Monday.
Appointment Booking Window
The window for setting up appointments will open on Monday November 2nd at 9:00 AM and close on Friday November 6th at 12:00 PM. After the sign up session has closed, there will be no further sign ups for this PTM. However, if you cannot attend these dates, you miss the sign ups or there are no slots available when you access the system, you can contact the teacher directly to make a meeting at a later date. A final reminder email will be sent to parents who have not booked conferences on Wednesday, November 4th.
If you have any problems logging in or setting up appointments then help is available from Monday 0900hrs from our IT team at the following email address email@example.com
Non-attendance/ technical issues on the day
If you are unable to attend your meeting after you have signed up, or you have a technical problem on the day, please contact the teacher(s) to let them know. You can always reschedule a meeting at a later date. Additionally, OIS Tech Help Desk will be available to support you if you have any questions or problems with the system on the day of conferences.
We look forward to meaningful and purposeful discussions about your child’s progress and achievement during this term.
Please note the date for our PTM's
with 'single subject teachers'.
PTM's are scheduled for:
November 10 and November 11
More information will be available next week including how SKG - Grade 5 can book online for your
Hello OIS community! My Name is Mr. Aaron DeLane and I am the new Deputy Head of Primary. Through our Learning from Home programme, I've been able to introduce myself to many of the students through a read aloud that was shared at the beginning of the school year. I did the read aloud with my oldest son Atticus, who will be in SKG when we arrive in India. The video was viewed more than 300 times! Thanks to the teachers who shared the video with their students. Coincidentally, I joined one of the classes as they were watching the video and was able to answer some student questions.
Attached is a presentation I shared with staff at the beginning of the year about myself and my family. I hope it gives you a sense of who I am and my family that will join the OIS community. I look forward to meeting you when we return to school in the near future.
"Action expresses priorities." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
On the weekend we celebrated Gandhi Jayanti, the birthday of Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi. I think my first memory of learning about Gandhi was through the film "Gandhi" from 1982. I remember watching this movie as a kid and learning about the struggle for independence and the non-violent actions Gandhi took to free India from British rule. Coincidentally, this weekend also celebrated German Unification Day, which commemorates the unification of East and West Germany. What connections can we draw from these two significant events?
One connection that we can make is the power of action and the change that can be brought from action. Action is central to teaching and learning in the International Baccalaureate and in the Primary Years Programme, "action is the core of student agency". Students can see themselves as agents of change when they take meaningful action to make a positive difference. Actions can be large scale or small and can happen in many different ways.
In the last few weeks we've seen students in the Secondary division participate in action with student council elections. Now, students in grade 4 and 5 will begin their process in launching student council in the coming weeks. The process will be slightly different but the outcome will be similar in that students will be empowered to make a constructive difference with issues that are important to them. Members of student council will collaborate together to create goals and take action.
I will be working with Ms. Ujala Chaudhary and Ms. Sneha Pereira to launch student council and hope to have the nominations process completed by the middle of October. This year students will nominate one representative from each of the homerooms from grade 4 and 5 and will serve on a council from their grade levels. Students who are nominated do not have to serve on student council if they do not wish to participate. However, we hope that students that are nominated will heed the call to serve and participate. More information will be coming soon for students.
Finally, I would like to thank the OIS community for their warm welcome. The Pedagogical Leadership Team as well as the rest of the staff have been extremely patient and supportive as I have transitioned to OIS. When my wife and I decided to join OIS back in January 2020, we had no idea that COVID-19 would have such an impact on the world. I know the past 6 months have been difficult for many people in our community and when we do make it back to school it will take collective action from everyone to work to keep our kids and the rest of our community healthy. In the meantime, if you have questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Head of Primary
I am sure that you will have noted from the school calendar that next Friday (September 18, 2020) is conference day, there will be no school for children on this day. This year we will also be offering time on two other afternoons to give more flexibility to both our parents and teachers in these times of learning from home.
Each conference is scheduled for 20 minutes on the following days:
Thursday September 17 14:00 - 16:00
Friday September 18 07:50 - 16:00
Monday September 21 14:00 - 16:00
Parent Teacher Meetings for Nursery and JKG
(No school for children on this day)
Parents of children in Nursery and JKG will have parent teacher meetings.
"These are designed to give the parents information about the student’s progress development and needs. Teachers should take this opportunity to gather background information, to answer the parents’ questions, to address their concerns, and to help define their role in the learning process. The parents should take the opportunity to provide the teacher with the cultural context of the student’s learning.” [PYP Making It Happen]
3 Way Conferences for SKG – Grade 5
(No school for children on this day)
Parents of children in SKG – Grade 5 will have 3 Way Conferences.
3 way conferences involve the student, parent and teacher and sometimes a member from the Student Support Team if this is appropriate. The student, parents and teacher collaborate to establish and identify the student’s strengths and areas for improvement. This may lead to setting of new goals, with all determining how they can support the achievement of these goals.
Booking your conference time:
Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes on the following days:
Thursday September 17 14:00 - 16:00
Friday September 18 07:50 - 16:00
Monday September 21 14:00 - 16:00
Instructions for booking an interview time will be sent on Friday afternoon from your child’s homeroom teacher. Bookings will close at 14:00 on Wednesday. A link for your meeting will be sent to you prior to your meeting.
Will you meet other single subject teachers at these conferences?
The answer to this question is no, on this day single subject teachers will not be meeting with parents. A conference with Single Subject teachers is planned for later in this semester. However, 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 discuss any issues you may have, that you contact the secretaries to make an appointment or directly with the single subject teacher.
September 11 Booking schedule will be open from Friday 14:00.
Your homeroom teacher will send you the sign up sheet
September 16 Booking schedule will be locked at 14:00
September 17 Confirmation and a link for the meeting will be emailed to you
September 17 Conferences 14:00 - 16:00
September 18 Conference Day - no school for children
September 21 Conferences 14:00 - 16:00
Should you have a concern or query regarding your child in his/her homeroom, I would ask that you make an appointment to meet your homeroom teacher at another time, rather than raise these in front of the children at their conference. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Head of Primary
If you have any questions after watching the video, please add them to the Padlet wall linked in the video description and we will answer them as soon as possible.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.
PYP Coordinator - OGC Campus
If you are reading this letter then well done on navigating your way to our ‘OGC Primary Leadership Blog’. Do keep popping back from time to time as my team and I will be using this platform on which to communicate our thinking with you, our parent community.
Last week saw the beginning of our second cycle, and today we have been back at school for 19 days. It is opportune then to take this opportunity to thank you for enabling and supporting your children to have a very smooth transition back into this new academic year.
The faculty tell me that despite the ‘Learning from Home’ programme, the children are very positive, they are, for the most part, arriving on time for their lessons and that the teething issues experienced at the start have now mostly been sorted.
We have enjoyed hearing from you about your beginning online experiences and have taken up some of your suggestions to further support the smooth running of our programme.
When looking to make changes to our learning from home programme we ensure that changes are inline with our OIS guiding statements, the requirements of us as an International Baccalaureate World School, and our child safeguarding policy in particular the procedures around keeping our children safe online. Along with our awareness of these documents we also keep true to our experience and understandings around best educational practices.
We have heard your suggestions to lengthen the time for the online sessions and reduce the number of times our EY children need to log on and log off and these changes have been communicated to you through Ms Vani the Grade Level Coordinator for Early Years. Coordinators in other grade levels will keep you informed of the ‘tweaks’ to the ‘plan of the day’ as these happen.
One area that many of you have requested of us is to provide opportunities for one on one curriculum support for children. All of our teachers will be available from 1400 - 1500 daily to chat with the children they teach to support them in better understanding the concepts and skills taught, to clarify tasks, or to better understand feedback they are getting from their tasks. It is also an opportunity for parents to talk with teachers and also a chance for teachers to touch base with you and your child around their progress towards achieving their goals. I would hasten to say that this is in no way compulsory for children, and that should they avail themselves of these sessions that an adult must be in the vicinity of the child as per our OIS online safeguarding procedures.
At the beginning of every year we hold a session for our parents who are new to OIS and new to the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This year our PYP Coordinators from both the JVLR campus and the OGC campus have prepared a virtual session for parents new to the PYP (this will be on September 04) and you will receive more information from them about this.
In closing I would like to thank you for your patience while we have settled into the routines of the new academic year and for your continued support of us.
Have a great week ahead.
Head of Primary
I trust that this letter from me finds you safe and well wherever in the world you might be. My wife and I are still in New Zealand, and have been since the March Spring Break and I can tell you that we are both ready to be back in Mumbai. I had forgotten what a New Zealand winter was like and look forward to being back in the warm. These times are certainly interesting and have required, and will require, us to pull out all of our life skills and resilience in order to navigate a positive way forward. Wherever you may have found yourself over the summer break I hope that you have managed to find some time to relax, have spent time with your families and that you are ready for the children’s return to school next week on Tuesday (August 04, 2020).
Over the holiday break we have confirmed the staffing for the year. Over the last few days the full faculty and staff have joined for an orientation and professional learning programme, this has been an opportunity to say hello again to those returning and to meet new hires to our division. We especially welcome our new Deputy Head of Primary, Mr Aaron DeLane who, whilst still in Germany, has already settled well into our pedagogical leadership team and into the primary division. Our twenty new staff comes to us with a wealth of skills and experiences, and from a variety of backgrounds.
You will soon receive your child’s class for this coming year. You will note that unlike previous years, this year we have kept the class unit from last year the same for this year, with new students added to classes across grades. Your feedback before the summer gave us a clear message that keeping as much as possible the same, providing stability and a sense of the known would be important for our children as they start back with their ‘learning from home’ programme.
Our new Head of School has communicated that there will be a series of grade appropriate meetings on Monday where the structure of the start for the year will be a focus. I look forward to joining both new and returning parents at this time.
The first couple of weeks back to school are a settling in time, and this year throws up new settling in issues. 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 and that some will find it hard to concentrate after having spent the last weeks 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 home room 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 and my leadership team through the School Secretaries; Ms Perpetual and Ms Violet.
“You can achieve anything when you walk in the company of those who believe in you.”
I am looking forward to meeting the children on their return to school albeit on a virtual platform and to meeting with you virtually at some of the many school functions planned across the year.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the 137 children and their parents who join our Primary School family this year and to our children and families returning for this 2020/2021 academic year. This year we start with 818 children, the highest beginning roll number in the primary division during my five years as Head of Primary at OIS. The staff joins me in wishing you all a very happy and successful 2020/2021 school year.
Head of Primary
3 Way Conferences
May 18 - May 22
(Sent to Parents on May 07)
The 3-Way Conference structure will not be new to you, however the format of an online 3-Way Conference naturally differs from what we have done before in the primary division at OIS.
This time the conference will focus on ‘the process of learning’ as we recognise the vital role you as parents have played in ensuring an environment conducive to learning has been fostered from home.
What is the purpose of this 3-Way Conference?
The sharing sessions at 3-Way Conferences provide a picture of each student’s progress and development over a period of time. With the focus on learning, this will provide an opportunity to gain three perspectives on the process of learning from the student, the parents, and the teacher.
Who do 3-Way Conferences involve?
The child, the child’s homeroom teacher, the child's parent(s) and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) or learning support teacher, where appropriate. On this occasion it is not possible to share learning in physical education, world languages, music and art in a meaningful way. There was an opportunity for this to happen at the Single Subject conferences earlier in the year.
How is the 3-Way Conference organised?
The conferences take place during the week May 18-22. (The exception to this is Grade 5; May 18 - 21 due to the Grade 5/Grade 6 transition day on May 22.)
A twenty minute appointment can be booked online from May 11, with bookings closing on May 14. Your appointment and a link to the conference meeting will be confirmed by email from your child’s HRT on Friday May 15.
A 3-Way Conference framework template will be sent to you to help you to prepare for the conference.
A modified ‘End Of Year Report’ reflecting this semester’s learning will be available on June 04, 2020.
May 11 Booking schedule will be open
May 14 Booking schedule will be locked
May 15 Conference Framework template will be sent to you
May 15 Confirmation of your appointment will be sent to you
May 18... 3-Way Conferences will commence
Head of Primary (OGC Campus)
Oberoi International School
"Give a child their learning, and they'll learn for a day.
Teach a child how to learn, and they'll learn for a lifetime"
On behalf of our learning community, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our Grade 5 PYP Exhibition.
In many ways, this year’s exhibition is unique and special. What makes it special? Our grade 5 students have continued to embrace the exhibition journey virtually. Their level of enthusiasm, collaboration and energy has helped us move ahead. It is encouraging to see students’ dedication and commitment towards their inquiries and being supportive of each other to make this process meaningful.
We have 27 groups covering 116 students who will guide you through the various local and global issues chosen by them and the possible actions our learning community can take. These issues are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The students have put together a short video presentation from different parts of the city showcasing their knowledge and understanding.
The details of the event are as follows:
Event: Grade 5 Virtual PYP Exhibition
Theme: How we organise ourselves
Date: 8th of May 2020 from 8:00 to 3:00 pm
Venue: In the comfort of your own home
Digital platform: Google Site Website link and guidelines will be posted on Seesaw closer to the event.
Let us join together and celebrate the journey of our 5th graders! We hope you enjoy the exhibition as much as they have enjoyed making it happen!
Neha Minda PYP Coordinator OGC
April 23, 2020
As we pass Day 20, in fact today is Day 22, of our children continuing their learning from home, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the experience thus far.
I have been overwhelmed with the energy and enthusiasm parents have shown during this period of learning from home. I am enjoying reading the many messages you are sharing with me, and the ones the faculty are forwarding to me to read. These emails talk about the opportunities you are taking to get to know your children through their learning and through the time you are spending with them. You have taken up the challenge of working alongside your children, gaining a better understanding of our inquiry-based-learning and you are talking to me about and sharing videos where I am seeing the real life connections your children are making to the concepts, those big ideas they are learning about. I applaud the way you are continuing to do this alongside the other roles around the home you are now finding are taking up a good part of your day.
Inevitably, there will be some who are feeling that they have had enough and are worried about the progress of their children’s learning. There are some who are expressing their wish for face to face teaching from our teachers. This is an area we have considered. The research we have been doing in this area and, the advice our leadership team are getting from the wealth of educators and leaders we are in contact with, in international education around the world, is that this is fraught with difficulties.The model being used in secondary where children participate in online timetabled lessons does not work for primary classes where the way of learning is so much more transdisciplinary and holistic in nature.
We have also been mindful to continue learning for all. The ‘Distance Learning’ survey to parents on March 22 highlighted that, of the 438 families who responded, 65% of our students share a device in the home, that 51% described their internet connectivity as average with a further 7% stating that it ‘depends’. We are hearing from our teachers who are on ‘Touch Base Meets’ that often connectivity is an issue . They report that the connectivity is dependent on the day, the time of day, and the number of devices being used in the home and that internet capability in many residential buildings is being stretched and at times compromised. This mirrors what we are hearing from our international colleagues. These issues and that of ensuring the safety of your children online are why we are not moving to face to face teaching at this time.
I also reflect on the learning our team of teachers and leaders have made over this time. It is reassuring that while we are trailblazing learning from home for OIS, there are many reputable schools and educators in India and around the world who are also going through this experience from which we can draw advice. As we move forward I can reassure you that in a primary education of today, content acquisition makes up only a small part of your child’s education. Anything missed during these quite extraordinary times can easily be caught up when the children return to learning within the school buildings. The attitudes to learning, the process of inquiry, the creativity and critical thinking skills development, and a growing insight into how to learn, continues as normal, along with the myriad of skills they are learning from you at home, from observing you and from collaborating with the members in your home.
So as we move beyond Day 20 and come to terms with the fact that learning from home for our children is here for a bit longer, we continue to recommend:
Primary Leadership Team
A Whacky Wednesday Message from our Student Council.
From the Primary Principal (OGC) Letter #4
April 13, 2020
From Tuesday, April 14, we are taking our online-learning to the next level. Our primary homeroom teachers will be setting up opportunities to meet live online with your children for social and emotional support.
These opportunities which we are calling ‘Touch Base Meets’ (TBM) are just that, an opportunity for your children to ‘touch-base’ with their teacher in small groups to connect, to check in with them, and to chat. Grade 5 children are already doing this with their teachers and they will continue to do so in the way they have been communicating.
I am aware that some of our parent community would have liked us to have started this earlier. Our research however, and the feedback we are receiving from other international school administrators and teachers, has been guiding our decisions in this area. We have taken time to ensure that we fully understand how we can keep both our students and our educators safe online whilst continuing to give our students the best online learning experience we can. In this time of online learning, we are also mindful that this is not home-schooling and right now at OIS we will not be teaching lessons live online in the primary division. I can assure you that we have, and continue to, look at the best research in this area to inform our decision making.
How will this happen?
On Monday your teacher will share a sign up sheet with you - it, the sign up sheet, will be embedded in the unit letter on Monday morning, on which you can book a 10 minute ‘Touch Base Meet’ with your child’s teacher. No more than two other children will be attending the same meet as your child. This TBM is between the teacher and your child, not other family members, although we would like one parent to be in the same room as your child as an observer, not a participant, for the duration of the chat.
Our IT team have put together guidelines for you to ensure the ‘Touch Base Meets’ are successful. Please follow their guidelines and those from your homeroom teacher.
From our IT Integrators
Other things to note:
This move to online live chats is highly dependent on the technology being used, the connectivity in your home and in the teacher’s home – this first week will be an opportunity for us to evaluate the success of the venture and modify, if required, our way forward.
Please note that this is in no way mandatory – your child can sign up to chat with their teacher if they would like to.
I have been heartened by the many emails our teachers and I have received from you this week. In teaching it is not often that we get emails from parents that are positive but since we have been learning online we have had numerous messages from our community. Last week the parent community commented that they are getting into the swing of children learning from home, that home routines are better established, that they have a new understanding and appreciation for what a teacher does, that their children continue to surprise them with their creativity, their skills and their ability to adapt to new ways of learning. Parents are seeing that this new way of learning does not and indeed it should not replicate ‘school’.
Our Deputy Head of Primary, Ms Vimi, came across this great article, which is an easy read on the ‘Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching from Home’. It is an article coming out of the US but is relevant for parents everywhere.
This coming week is a shorter week. We have a holiday on Friday so we have adapted our plans; learning tasks uploaded on Monday will be for three days, not two. Not everything has to be completed in a hurry – children choosing their plan for work for the three days, with your guidance if required, would be a good goal to have for this week.
Funky Fun Day last week was very well received so we have planned to do this again this week with our ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ ideas which will be posted on Thursday morning.
Enjoy your 4 day week, stay safe and keep well.
Supporting a student’s Socio-Emotional wellbeing
According to a study from the Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics, anxiety is a major public health concern for children and experiences filled with uncertainty can increase their vulnerability to feelings of stress. With the recent announcements of different precautionary measures in the view of the coronavirus pandemic, parents and caregivers have an added responsibility of providing reassurance to the young ones in these uncertain times.
A few tips for parents
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If you and your children are all doing work from your home, it’s likely that this is the first time that has ever happened. One of the biggest issues in this new way of learning for parents seems to be, and you might also feel the same, is ‘how do I fit in the home learning and everything else I have to do during the day?’
Organising the routine of the day together as a family is a great opportunity to collaborate with your child and empower them as IB learners, IB learners of any age.
Many families, including my teachers who have children, will be experiencing similar issues that your family is and it will take some time to get into a new daily, family routine where a balance between the children's learning and the parents working from home is found. Every day we are confronted with new challenges aren't we, it seems that from one day to the next, there is a change which poses another obstacle for us to navigate. It is not the school's place to advise you on how best you manage your home routines, however I can offer a few points which may help you to build on and strengthen your learning routine.
1. Make a space for learning
Many adults have a specific area of the home in which they work, and it’s important that a similar space is created for your child. If you are all working in the same space, find a place in the space that is your child’s place to learn. If possible, this space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.
2. Build a daily routine
Children like routine and believe it or not, boundaries.
These help to provide a sense of safety and security for them.
A schedule, for your work and your child’s work, is extremely important. It is also important to keep the normal daily patterns of getting up, changing for work/school (not staying in their pj’s for the day which is very tempting), snack and meal times, a time to play and have fun and keep to the normal sleeping patterns.
3. Remember to schedule time for fun
While this is most certainly not a holiday/vacation, it is important to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, it can also be the hardest thing to be all home together in close confines, so see this as an opportunity to bond. Some families have said they are organising a family tournament, family card games, board games, puzzles, charades, or chess. Some families are enjoying preparing the meals and cooking together, listening to music together and having a daily family yoga session.
4. Keep in touch with other parents
Social distancing is important during this time, but staying in touch with others via virtual communication is very important. Each parent that has a child at home is going to be going through a similar experience. Check in with other parents to see what they’ve found effective, and ask if they need help as well. Keep your conversations positive, avoid comparing between children, their learning tasks or comparing between schools. It is easy to be negative and there is so much negativity around us in the media so let’s try our hardest to remain positive.
When it comes to home learning, the teachers and single subject teachers have planned a variety of developmentally appropriate learning engagements for the children to work on. These don't all have to be finished and should be self paced and self chosen. The teachers have given a balance between online and offline learning as well, just like in our classrooms.
It is not intended that the children's day will look just like a school day, they are not expected to work all day and other activities they involve themselves in should be regarded as learning such as doing a puzzle, taking a quiet time to read by themselves or sharing a book together as a family, colouring in, painting, playing with their toys/gadgets and other family activities.
Please be patient when waiting for feedback from the teacher to be posted. Teachers are aiming to give feedback to every child in a timely fashion however this will not be immediate as their day is not only spent reading work uploaded but they are also in daily meetings with the other members of their team.
It isn't easy, I know only too well, but the one thing which is important to me is that you preserve the relationship you have with your children. If things get tough and frustrating take a break, distract them, and then come back to it at another time. Remember it doesn’t all have to be done! To me it is important that you and your children don't lose the love of learning.
Lastly there is so much advice out there, on the tv; across the internet; from members of your family; and from other parents. Find a source that you trust, ones that are reliable and accurate and try not to panic – separate the rumours from the facts. Your children will want to talk about the virus, school closure and may ask questions you don’t have answers too. Please don’t make up responses, as this can give a false sense of security. If you don’t know something: say “I don’t know, let’s try and find out together.”
Stay well, stay safe and enjoy learning with your children.
Student Led Conferences:
Thursday, March 05
(No school for children on this day)
In order for your son/daughter to gain the best from their conferences scheduled for Thursday March 05, 2020, it is important that you have an understanding of the format we use at OIS for Student Led Conferences, this is detailed below.
Student Led Conferences:
Student Led Conferences involve the student and their parents. Students showcase their learning and understanding with their parents. The students are responsible for reflecting upon work samples they have chosen to share, that have been selected with guidance and support from the teachers. The learning conversation you and your child will have is very individual and for this reason no siblings will be accommodated for in a conference. We ask that you take advantage of the drop-in child care available on that day for children who attend our school and that you make alternative arrangements for your pre-schoolers. [Room #111 1st floor library, 2nd floor library, #323 3rd floor library]
All of the participants should 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 (question prompts will be available should they be required) and to listen.
The role of the Teacher is to facilitate the conference.
Bookings will open in the last week of February, further information about booking your 45 minute student-led conference will follow. 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 talk about 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.
Dates coming up:
13 Grade 5 MYP session for parents and students
14 Grade 2 Concert
18 - 20 Parents invited to the Grade 5 PE classes
21 SKG Concert
25 Cafe Conversation
26-27 Parents invited to the Grade 2 PE classes
29 OIS Fest
05 Student Led Conferences
10 Holi - no school today
14 Spring Break begins
23 School resumes
25 Gudi Padwa - no school today