Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
We have enjoyed an extremely fun-filled and packed semester. So much has happened....
In our second year we have consolidated some practices and hopefully made it clear to parents about who we are. We have a held a large number of parent workshops covering a range of topics such as maths, inquiry, child development, learner profile, play, curriculum and what is PYP? We will continue with these workshops in semester 2 and place a focus on reading and how we integrate technology.
We held our first book clubs. The first of which looked at the whole-brain child and our more recent discussion on child behaviour. We look forward to hosting more of these in the new year.
Our children have experienced many events, some of which they were responsible for making happen and we have welcomed visitors from CIS/NEASC and the IB to our campus.
Students are working hard to collect evidence in their digital portfolios, guided reading sessions have begun in all Primary classes. We have shared our understandings of PSPE and invited parents in to watch us take part in a unit of learning.
The students have experienced many field trips and one most recent noteworthy field trip was taken by Grade 5. The students visited a local Government school and learnt so much about the similarities and differences between the types of education that these groups of children were experience. Our caring students felt the need to help out and after some questions to the teaching staff found out that the toy library in the school is in need of resources. So with the help of our students they led a toy drive. But the most amazing thing also happened, some of our parents took it upon themselves to continue with resourcing the school, outside school hours. Parents taking action!
The teachers have worked incredibly hard over the last semester and need a big thank you from all our parents and students alike. Without them, we wouldn't be able to do the marvellous things that we do!
I would like to wish you all a happy holiday and I am looking forward to seeing you in the new year!
Miss Lisa Hughes
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.
Over the last several weeks, parents came to school as students. About 120 parents from Early Years and Primary came through the four days of Inquiry Cafés.
Through the Inquiry Cafés, parents inquired into technology: why it's so important in 21st century learning, what important ICT skills students need today and how parents can embrace and yet take charge of technology with their kids at home. At the same time, parents learned what's it's like to be a student at OIS JVLR through collaboration, inquiry and critical thinking. Parents took away an understanding of inquiry and were challenged to think.
Parents tuned in to their thoughts on how students learn at OIS, mapping out their thoughts and adding to their understandings throughout the workshop. They inquired into technology and what skills the IB stresses. They discussed ideas with peers, shared thoughts visually and sorted out understanding. At the end, parents tried out posting reflections on Seesaw, just like their kids would do.
Parents left with an understanding about how their kids learn at OIS and also left with more questions about technology, which will be the focus of future workshops. The parent slideshow is in the Parent Workshops link on the right. Below find some photos and some parting reflections from parents.
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
As most of you know one of our core values is, Celebrations. We do this very well in OIS and this week has been no exception.
Our hardworking PSPE team have showcased Grades 1-5 knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to play invasion games and through the creative process they invented their own games using the skills that they had learnt.
We also spent time this week celebrating Navratri, music, dancing and laughter can be heard all across the school as the children celebrate an element of their own or their friends' culture and tradition.
I would like to celebrate the many parents who came in this week for the Inquiry Cafe sessions and we hope that you learnt something new to take away with you.
Thank you once again for all your support and enthusiasm,
Today parents came in for their first 3-way conferences at OIS JVLR. Parents and their children reflected on strengths and challenges and reviewed the goals that students had set with their teachers. 3-way conferences are a conversation between students, teachers and parents and help support the school-home partnership as well as give students a sense of ownership in their learning.
Students confidently talked with their parents about their "stars" and "wishes" and asked parents for their support at home. Teachers mentioned how they can support their students with specific strategies, ideas, etc...
We will be sending out a feedback form and would love to hear from families your impressions about the conference and how we can improve for the next one. Thank you for supporting your children and their learning at OIS JVLR.
Last week, over 300 parents came through the JVLR campus to understand more about the curriculum, learning spaces and to step inside their children's world at school. It was great meeting parents, talking with them and building our school-home partnership. We will continue to offer parent education workshops and book studies throughout the year so parents too can be lifelong learners. See the parent workshop link on the right hand side.
Thank you to all who attended. For those that missed the event, see the photos below. Also, for those that really want to watch it again or if you missed it, here is a video of the primary years presentation.
Finally, see the 2 slideshow presentation links here if you are interested in reading more about the curriculum in early years or primary years:
Early Years Curriculum Morning Presentation
Primary Years Curriculum Morning Presentation
Also, parents have been asking to read more about the curriculum. Please see our academic handbook for more information.
Today saw our celebration in school of Hindi day. Students spent time teaching other students about this important event and they also organised games for the children to play. Great to see cross grade collaboration!