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!
Parent Teacher Meetings for Nursery and JKG
Friday September 21
(No school for children on this day)
The powerpoint link shows how we can work together to make 3Way Conferences successful for our SKG-Grade 5 students. For students to share their knowledge and understanding of how they are learning and goals that they have set for themselves can be quite stressful for some students. Together, home and school play an important role in making each student feel confident in sharing their own learning.
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, and about the school’s programme. 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]
Parents of children in SKG – Grade 5 will have 3 Way Conferences.
3 Way Conferencing:
3 way conferences involve the student, the parent and the teacher.
Students discuss their learning and goal setting with their parents and the point of contact teacher.
Students are responsible for reflecting upon work samples they have chosen to share, that have been selected with guidance and support from the teacher.
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.
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 role of the Parent is to be on time for the conference, be positive, concerned and interested, to ask questions and to listen. Parent prompts will be available for parents who would like these.
The role of the Teacher is to manage the time, facilitate the conference, provide probing questions and highlight achievements and to clarify where necessary.
NB: On this day single subject teachers will not be meeting with parents. 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 office or the teacher directly, to make an appointment with the single subject teacher.
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 point of contact teacher at another time, rather than raise these in front of the children at their conference.
Instructions for booking an interview time will be sent soon via the school’s announcements.
Lisa Hughes and Kristen Blum
One of the things we want to promote at OIS is a drive for action and social responsibility. In fact, it's one of our core values. We value the ideas that individuals have the ability to change the world and the group has the power to make this a reality.
Today Grade 5 PYP students and Grade 8 MYP students sorted the collections from the school that have come in this past week to donate to Kerala. Food, clothing, toiletries--essential supplies collected by the OIS JVLR community to give to the people of Kerala. The students were amazed by the collection--how much they received in such a short time.
Due to the unfortunate situation, students were able to take action and quickly. They created a video and then spread the word to children and their families. Over 3 lakh people as of mid-August were rendered homeless. We hope our small donation can help, and we have seen how individuals can help the world and a group can make it a reality.