Recycled Items Needed

During our next Unit of Inquiry, we will need some recycled materials. I have already talked to the children about bringing in recyclable materials. I have also told them I would let you know so you can help them.

Here are some examples of recycled materials that would be useful in class:

-Shoe Boxes, Cereal Boxes, Tissue Boxes

-Bubble Wrap/Foam Packaging

-Paper Towel/Toilet Rolls

-Empty water bottles and caps

-Empty tin cans (washed thoroughly)

-Empty Plastic Containers (washed thoroughly)

-Old CD’s/DVD’s

-Scraps of fabric, ribbon, etc.

-Markers with no more ink left inside

Please send in anything you may have for us to use in our recycled inventions. The more recycled materials we have, the more possibilities we have. We can begin collecting now and continue for the next month or two.

Thanks for your help and support.

Mystery Guest Reader March 18th-22nd

I would like to invite you to read one of your favorite children’s books to the children during Book Week. The book can be read in any language of your choice. If you are interested, please choose one of the times below and then email your choice to me.

Thanks for your continued support!

100th Day of School

The first day of school we read, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten. KA loved that book and still talks about.  For the 100th day of school we read, Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day!  Please check out our math page on this blog to see how we celebrated!

Profile of Learning: Reflective

This week KA is learning how to be reflective throughout our day: math, reading, recess, lunch, single subjects, free choice, etc.  When entering class each morning, students choose which of the learner profiles they will be that day.  Based on their choice in the morning, students reflect during closing circle to answer the question, “How was I __________ today?”


Profile of Learning: Risk-Taker

This past week we learned about being risk-takers.  After making Valentine’s Day cards for staff.  KA delivered them around the school.  Many of the people we did not know.  Many of the places we had never been at SIS.  We were brave as we went into the offices at Gateside and Parkside. We enjoyed going into familiar places at Mountainside, like the library and art. Afterwards, students reflected on how it felt to give their cards to others they did not know.  “It made me happy, ‘cus they were happy!” and “I wasn’t scared after walking inside because they smiled at me and thanked me for the card.”


Making Our Valentine Cards


Delivering Our Cards To SIS Staff



Profile of Learning: Inquirer

KA has begun an inquiry journey.  We first learned question words who, what, where, when, why, and how.  Then we read the book Zoom.  This book has no words, but sections of a big picture.  Students used their inquiry skills to continually re-think their idea to determine what the big picture is based on new information and new perspectives given on each page.



Profiles of Learning: Principled & Caring

KA has been learning the PYP profiles of learning.

  1. The first one is PRINCIPLED.  This means doing the right thing.  We read Lily’s Purple Purse.  We talked about what the word means, how it relates to self-control and our rules/routines/classroom agreements,  acted it out, and wrote a reflection at the end of a time we were principled that day.  We did some activities based on the story as well.

2.  This week we are focusing on CARING.  We have learned how this means being kind to others.  We have read the book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed.  After talking about how doing a nice thing helps others do nice things because it makes them happy, we explored ways we can do caring acts for others.  Then we drew five things we could do to help someone by showing kindness, such as writing “I Love You” on a card and drawing a picture.  “These cards we are going to give to the person to show happiness.”  From a KA student.


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