Parent Forum

Our school counselors will be presenting on the following topics on Wednesdays at 8:15-9:30 in Gecko Theatre.

“Parenting Essentials” October 30 (English and Chinese)

“Listening to your Child” November 13

“Healthy Discipline” December 4


The Importance of Mother Tongue

The Importance of Mother Tongue ⺟母语的重要性 모국어의 중요성

Purpose: We are lucky to have Dr. Gini Rojas supporting our teachers at SIS. Dr. Rojas works with teachers to design high-challenge, high-support learning experiences to simultaneously strengthen English language proficiency and academic achievement. Come learn about third culture kids from a linguistic perspective, the importance of mother tongue and giving parents permission to teach their own language.

我们很荣幸能邀请到专家Dr. Gini Rojas为本校教师提供教研指导。Dr. Rojas 将协同我们的教师⼀一起给家⻓长们开展 ⼀一次富有挑战和⿎鼓励性的学习沙⻰龙,望借此同时能够分享关于加强英语语⾔言运⽤用和取得学业成果的经验。和我们⼀一 起,以语⾔言学的⻆角度了了解第三⽂文化⼉儿童, 学好⺟母语的重要性,让家⻓长能更更好的进⾏行行⺟母语教育。

목적: 이번에 저희 SIS학교교사들을 도와주시는 지니 로하스(Dr. Gini Rojas) 박사님을 모시게 된 것을 기쁘게 생각합니다. 로하 스 박사님은 학생들의 영어실력과 학업성과를 동시에 향상시킬 수 있는 학습환경의 조성 즉 높은 도전과 강한 지지가 보장된 환경 가운데 학습을 경험하도록 학교선생님들과 함께 교수법을 고안하는일을 하고 계십니다. 이번에 꼭 참석하셔서 제3문화 아이들을 언어학적인 관점으로 이해하고, 모국어의 중요성을 인식하며, 모국어교육을 잘 감당해야 하는 부모의 역할에 대하여 함께 고민하 는 시간이 되었으면 합니다.

When: 21 October 2019. Time: 8:15-9:30 Where: Level 5 

Where We Are In Place And Time


Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are In Place And Time: Patterns In Nature

Central Idea: Humans observe patterns in nature in order to thrive in the environment. 

Lines of inquiry:

1. Patterns in the sky
2. Changes in weather and seasons

3. Seasonal celebrations


Key Concepts:

  • Form – What is it like?
  • Change – How is it changing?
  • Connection – How is it connected to other things?  

Related Concepts:





Learner profile:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable

 Key Vocabulary:

phenomenon, patterns, space, phases, cycles, observations, data


In this unit, learners begin to orientate themselves to the patterns found in nature, i.e. the sun, moon, and seasonal patterns. The patterns are observed from a first graders’ point of view as they look up at the sky. As they wonder about and observe these patterns, they begin to make connections to cultural (harvest) celebrations and how they are tied to these same sky patterns. They begin to discover how patterns found in nature can help them predict and choose what to wear, which activities to plan for in their outside play, etc.

Literacy Integration:

The Reading and Writing Workshop models tie nicely into this UOI as we begin to delve into the nonfiction genre. Students begin to notice how authors label their illustrations in order to provide more information to the reader. As students write their first “how-to” books, they learn that this skill of labeling will help readers of their own work be successful at doing what it is they are trying to teach.

Home connections: 

-Read every night with your learner. Ask what season they think is represented in the book. Ask them how do they know?

-Find fun tasks at home…washing the car, doing a load of laundry, etc. Talk about the steps it takes to complete that task. Let your child pick a task and explain the steps to you.