A Wonderful Week 2 of Term 2 in 4A!

What a dreamy week it has been… Everyone in class really felt like we were walking on air all week as we breezed through our classwork and enjoyed the lighter sides of school. Even the butterflies were passing through our lofty, open space as we worked away throughout each beautiful day.

We started the week with some reading and math challenge games in the Library, did some bamboo construction (with children wielding saws and all) to create washing stations for the refugees of Mount Agung, and wrapped up the great week with the perfect sunny weather as the backdrop to Bamboopalooza!

Fun in Library:

Creating Hand-Washing Stations


A HUGE “Thank you” to all of the parents who worked so hard to make this event the unbelievable success that it was! I have never been more impressed by an event like this. You are all incredibly creative, talented and so, so generous!

Halloween in 4A

Today was a wonderful day of celebrating the Halloween tradition by dressing up and doing some fall-related activities. Our class was recognized at the assembly for being the Primary class with the most students dressed up, Caprice was awarded “Most Sustainable Costume” for her incredible jungle fairy, nature-inspired costume and Isla, with her family, were awarded best group costume! Well done Caprice, Isla and everyone in 4A for your participation! Everyone looked amazing!

Upcoming Full Moon Ceremony

We are writing to inform you about the upcoming Primary Full Moon Ceremony to take place this Friday November 3rd, 2017, beginning at 8:30am promptly at the Green School Temple in the Heart of School. Primary students and staff will come together to celebrate and each person will get a packet of kwangen (flowers wrapped in banana leaves) as an offering and holy water and bija (rice) will be distributed by the Balinese ceremony leaders. These celebrations are practiced out of respect for the culture of the island on which we live. Students should go to their classrooms as normal at 8:10 on the morning of the ceremony. Classes will walk together to the Heart of School and should be seated quietly, shoeless and as a class at the temple by 8:20am promptly. All students and staff participating should wear a sarong, a sash, an udeng (traditional hat for boys) or a kebaya (traditional lace shirt for girls).  It would be best if students came dressed in their traditional ceremonial clothing and brought a change of clothes in their bags for afterwards. We look forward to celebrating together.

This week in Literacy:

We are beginning a novel study of The Dreamer By Pam Muñoz Ryan , illustrated by Peter Sís. 

This book is majestically written. The texture of the words ensconces us in its thick, velvety softness and has inspired us to delve into learning about figurative language and using it to intensify our weekly writing assignments.

The Dreamer (https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/dreamer-the-by-pam-munoz-ryan/): Much to his father’s disappointment, Neftalí is not like other children. Frail and painfully shy, he spends most of his time alone: collecting treasures, reading, writing, and daydreaming — pastimes his authoritarian father thinks are for fools. Neftalí finds beauty and wonder everywhere: in the oily colors of mud puddles; a lost glove, sailing on the wind; the music of birds and language. The natural world and his native Chile and the painful injustices Neftalí witnesses there move him equally. While his father plans to build him into a robust doctor, Neftalí has other longings. Against all odds, Neftalí prevails against his father’s cruelty and his own crippling shyness to become one of the most widely read poets in the world, Pablo Neruda. How Neftalí reconciles his own dreams with his father’s is at the heart of this inspiring, radiant, and profoundly moving story of self-discovery. Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, and literary fiction, Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose to create a narrative tapestry of color, rhythm, and emotion, while Peter Sis’s delicate, mesmerizing drawings transport readers to the lushness of the rainforest, the vastness of the sea, and the whimsy of Neftali’s imagination.

This unit will introduce us to Chile, focus on the grandeur of all that is and allow us to see the world through Neftalí’s eyes.

This week in Numeracy:

We have successfully worked through Place Value, Addition, Estimation and are becoming more fluent at solving word problems. We will continue to master these skills while also beginning our new topic: Subtraction. In this unit, we will learn to subtract numbers up to one million, with and without regrouping. Please help your child become more proficient in Numeracy by encouraging them to practice their basic subtraction facts up to 18. The ability to subtract these facts with speed will improve your child’s success in working with larger numbers.

Happy Galangan and see you back on Thursday!

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