Friday parents came in for a learner profile workshop and visit to the primary classrooms for grades 1-4. Thank you parents!
We flipped the schedule for this workshop, and parents first experienced the morning meetings (7:45-8:10) and then followed with information about the learner profile.
In the morning meetings, parents had a chance to observe the learner profile in action. Students were reflecting, playing games with each other and being caring. Morning meetings are a time to build social relationships and to establish a climate of caring and respect for the day.
Then parents came back to the auditorium for a workshop about the heart of the IBPYP: the learner profile.
The learner profile is a set of attributes valued by the IB that help develop internationally minded learners. They go beyond academic success and incorporate important values for an individual.
We want learners to strive to be:
Learner Profile Questions
For more reading, the IB has published a guide to the learner profile. If you missed the workshop, please see the Parent Workshops link on the right side of this page.
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Today, we held our first maths workshop for parents at JVLR.
Some of our 4th and 5th Grade students helped with teaching parents how maths has changed and what it looks like in our school.
The students showed the parents how they solve critical problems using an app called 'Cuethink.' We learnt today that most of us when it comes to maths, want to find out the answer, the correct, the good, the right, and few of us want to explore what we wonder, what we think, how can we solve? We also learnt that out of our group of 35, only 1 parent had experienced learning maths through games. Most of our parents had learnt maths through tests, exams or worksheets. So we made the parents do worksheets and then following that we gave parents an experience of what it was like to learn maths in the 21st Century.
Please find a link to our maths workshop, in the Parent Workshop tab.
Parents have often said that they are unsure about how their child is doing in school. We strongly recommend that you make a time with your child's homeroom teacher and not just when things go wrong, but to 'touch base' and find out how your child is doing. We are working on empowering the students to be aware of their own strengths and goals in all subjects.
Please find below, dates for your diaries, more information will follow.
Thank you for your continued support,
Head of Primary
Dates for Diaries (more dates to be added):November 20th: International Children's Day celebration
November 21st: Parent Workshop SKG Childhood Development, followed by class visits (1:30-2:30) (All SKG parents)
November 28th: Parent Workshop Nursery Childhood Development, followed by class visits (11-12:00) (All Nursery parents)
December 5th: Parent Workshop Extended day JKG, followed by class visits (11-12:00) (All JKG parents)
November 14th: Children's Day in India (8:45-9:30 Auditorium)
November 23rd-25th: IB regional Workshops.
November 23rd: PD Day at school - non-student day.
November 6th: Session with Dr. Patricia Rocha about siblings
December 6th: Managebac Help session for Parents
December 3rd-7th: Hour of Code week for students
December 11th: Learner Profile workshop for parents. Limited to 30.
December 13th: Festival of Choirs for students
December 17th: Book Club for parents led by Deepika
December 19th: Reports available on MB
Winter Carnival Plans in discussion
In an effort to keep Primary parents fully informed of their children's progress, we are now putting our Unit of Inquiry summative comments on Managebac. Managebac is our school platform that is used throughout primary through secondary at both campuses of OIS. Managebac is your place to check your child's attendance, to look at the reports (which come out twice a year) and now comments about the summative assessment of the unit of inquiry.
As your child grows through the grades, they will begin to use Managebac themselves, uploading assignments as they move into Middle School and checking their own progress.
For now, we want you to access Managebac and to get to know the platform. For unit 2 in primary (grades 1-5), teachers have put their feedback about the unit of inquiry on Managebac. See if you can check it out.
Here is a help page for some advice: Managebac Help Page. You will need your username and password to get on to Managebac. Further into the year, we will have a session to help with Managebac.
For now, primary parents can check out the teacher's feedback about your child for unit 2 on Managebac.
~Kristen Blum, PYP Coordinator
Students at JVLR celebrated Diwali and Dia de los Muertos, fulling embracing our core value of celebration and our spirit of international mindedness. In grades 3-5, students created beautiful rangoli in the lobby. The younger ones painted diyas on Friday and celebrated with festivities. There was food, fun and celebration.
For grades 4 and 5, there also was a celebration of Dia de los Muertos or the "Day of the Dead" celebration from Mexico. Students created masks, learned the significance of the holiday in South America and watched the fun movie, Coco, all about the celebration.
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link