First Grade Weekly News 9.18.18

Hello everyone:

Our apologies for being late on this blog post. We have been immersed fully in our Thematic :Sense of Place and reveling in the insights, explorations and questions that your children are bringing to the study of Bali. This is an integrated unit that includes Green Science, Art, Drama, writing, math, and more. What have you noticed your children talking about that might be related to this learning? What might your children want to explore in your neighborhoods (plants, animals, insects, people, colors, textures, sounds) on the weekends that could grow from their interests about this place?

All the first graders are continuing to dive into literacy and maths as part of our proficiency strand. The work they are doing is emerging from what we have learned about them so far. We look forward to hearing more from you during Parent Teacher conferences to further our understanding of your children.

Wednesdays is Movement Day for us (PW is Thursdays) in Sangkep and when one class is doing Movement, the other class will be doing Wellness or Emotional Intelligence Learning. Last week we talked about how to Fill Our Bucket and fill other people’s buckets as a metaphor for kindness, empathy, compassion, and awareness. Feel free to use this idea at home, if you aren’t already.

Our Schedule:

Please remember the following:

Monday: Green Science and Teman Teman (buddy time with 4th/5th grade)

Tuesday: Art and Drama

Wednesday: Movement and Music

Thursday: Library/Computer and Physical Wellness

Friday: Assembly every other week

Every day your children need to continue to bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray (helpful), hearty snack, rain gear, change of clothes (including under clothes), bag to put dirty clothes (helpful), and NO TOYS or other trinkets from home. Thank you so much for your support of this.

Tuesday, September 25 will be Primary Full Moon Ceremony . We are 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.

Lastly, SAVE THE DATE: Friday, September 28th will be Parent Teacher Conferences. More information to come.

With much gratitude,

First Grade Team

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