Virtual School Activated

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ISB will be closed Thursday 20th October and Friday 21st October 2011.  All classroom blogs will activate a Virtual School Blog Post by 9am, Thursday morning.  Each blog can be accessed via our Inside ISB Elementary Blog.
Click on your child’s classroom teacher’s name on the right hand side of the Inside ISB Elementary Blog front page.

There are also plenty of links to a wide variety of websites full of activities and games for learning on our Home Learning Links page on Inside ISB Elementary.

Happy Virtual Schooling!

Specially Thai

We’ve been contacted by a K-8 Music Teacher at St. Edward’s Catholic Parish/School, Racine, Wisconsin in the USA.
Her 7th graders are beginning a world music unit. One of the groups chose Thailand. We’ve been asked if we could possibly share some music or dancing that comes from Thailand.

Isn’t it lucky that we’ve just celebrated Songkran, with our special ES Songkran Assembly? In the assembly, lots of Elementary students got to perform two traditional thai dances with our very own students providing the music for one of them as well! Even luckier, was our fabulous Thai Teaching Assistants & two ES teachers singing the King’s Anthem.

We hope that you enjoy the 3 videos we’ve prepared for you, St Edward’s 7th Graders – and we’re ready to answer any questions you may have – please leave us any comments or questions by clicking on the red comments link (at the bottom of this post).




A Message for Japan

It was all hands on deck in the Elementary School this afternoon as we tried to make 1000 paper cranes as a symbol of peace, health and happiness for the people of Japan.  
Over the past week and a half, the ES, MS & HS have been running various fundraisers to raise money for those living in the devastated by earthquake and tsunami parts of Northern Japan.

Here’s one Grade 3’s class effort, folding as many paper cranes as we could in an hour.

Welcome 2010 – 2011!

It’s official!  The 2010-2011 school year has begun here at ISB.

This blog used to be a classroom blog for 5th Grade students in Room 231.  I’m not in the classroom this year – my role has changed.  This year I’m the Elementary School Technology & Learning Coach.  Instead of working with only 5th Graders, I get to work with PreK students right through to 5th Grade, which is really cool!

The 5th Graders who are in the real classroom Rm 231 are hosting their classroom blog under their teacher’s name Mr Lam.

I’m still deciding what to do with this blog.  We had quite a number of readers last year and it would be a shame to let this blog go.  One idea is to keep it running as a sample classroom blog for the teachers who are new to ISB and blogging with a classroom blog, or to keep it as a training blog for PD Sessions that are run throughout the year.

What do you think?

OVERDUE Reading Books

Thank you so much to those of you that have checked and double-checked your homes for our missing Learning Hub library books & our missing ES BookRoom books.  As a result of the checking Ms H’s total of 85 missing books has shrunk to 16 books!  That’s still 16 missing books though.

PLEASE pretty please check your bedrooms, under your beds, in your bookshelves, in your lounges, everywhere and anywhere at home to see if you have any of these missing titles again.  Bring them back to school as soon as possible please!  No questions asked!  Ms H’s own personal copy of Percy Jackson’s Sea of Monsters is still missing  – I’d really, really like it back.


Due: 1/25/2010

“Oceans” (from our Non-Fiction Study in January!)

Due: 2/23/2010

“Nothing beats a pizza”  (from our Poetry Unit in February!)

(have a white sticker on the front saying ES Bookroom)

Due: 1/27/2010

“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret / Level T”

Due: 1/29/2010

“Junie B. Jones and her big fat mouth : Level M”

Due: 3/18/2010

“Wringer / Level U”

Due: 9/23/2009

“Henry and Ribsy / Level O”

Due: 9/23/2009

“Amber Brown goes fourth : Level N”

Due: 9/23/2009

“What would Joey do? : Level T”

Due: 1/27/2010

“The Paint Brush Kid : Level M”

Due: 9/23/2009

“Edward’s eyes : Level S”

Due: 1/27/2010

“Ivy + Bean : Level M

Due: 9/23/2009

“How I survived middle school collection : Level S Volume 1″

Due: 3/18/2010

“Almost late to school : and more school poems /Level O”

Due: 3/18/2010

“A year down yonder : Level V” (2 copies)

Due: 3/2/2010

“Julie : Level U”

Due: 4/8/2010

“Amber Brown sees red : Level O”

A note from the Learning Hub:
There is no more checking out of books from the hub.  Inventory of all the books is about to begin.  We need all outstanding library books back to the hub by Friday May 27th please.

Checking out of books (for summer reading) will start again on May 31st. 

Thursday’s Closure – Rm 231’s Virtual Class Programme

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Hey there Room 231’s!

Due to the uncertainty of the situation in Bangkok, we are closed today.  Try to stick to some sort of routine (I know it’s hard – being a day off, but it’s good for you!)

Below is a suggested routine for you to follow plus I’d like you to create an entry on YOUR blog (not a comment on this post) about what you did.  I’ve listed some suggestions for what you could do – but I’m also interested in what you can come up with as well – remember what we’re studying in class at the moment in all of the subject areas.

8.00 – 8.45am: Art or Music

If you play an instrument, practise a piece – can you record yourself playing?  Use your iPhone or iTouch – iTalk is a free app that can record using this equipment, or set your camera up if it has recording capabilities with sound! If you don’t play an instrument – create a piece of artwork – create something from an artist that you have studied this year in Art.
8.45 – 9.30am: PE

Go for a walk on Mum’s treadmill, or swim as many lengths of your pool as you can – try different strokes.  Try some yoga!  Drag out the wii fit (if you have it!) Dance to your favourite music for 20 minutes.  Any kind of exercise is acceptable – just get moving!
9.30 – 10.15am: Math
See our class wiki for sites created especially for interactive math – there’s a tonne of links on the Learning Links page under math.  See if you can find some decimal sites especially for practising decimals.  (Leave a comment on this post with the link if you find a really good one!)
10.15 – 10.45am: Recess

Yes, take a break, go outside, eat something!
10.45 – 11.30am: Writing

You have your Thesis Statement homework with you – spend the next 30-45 minutes working on your supporting evidence.  (You know, the examples from the text – you have your folder, you have your first draft – use it to help you)
11.30 – 12.00pm: Lunch

I don’t need to tell you what to do here do I?
12.00 – 12.30pm: Reading

Find a quiet place, grab some pillows or cushions, curl up and silent read for 30 minutes – you can read longer if you want to, I don’t mind!)
12.30 – 1.15pm: Science

Now here’s where you can really be creative – design an experiment – make a hypothesis – carry out the experiment (don’t forget to document what you did – all of it from start to finish, take pictures if you can) OR maybe you could find some information on other significant landforms that we haven’t looked at in class (so not the Grand Canyon or Mt. Shasta).  Make a little presentation to share on your blog.  Use powerpoint, or iMovie, or Photostory3 or photopeach – these are all easy to use and free and you should be able to access at least one of these programs regardless of what platform (mac or PC) your computer is.
1:15 – 2.00pm: Spanish / Thai / EAP
Practise speaking in your world language.  Can you record this?  Maybe you might like to create a little tutorial for someone who is just learning to speak spanish or thai.  If you are an EAP student – click on the grammar links on our classroom wiki (found on Learning Links) – practice your English!

Hopefully, we will be open again on Friday and we can enjoy some of Zenya’s birthday cake!  Take care everyone – be safe!

Raising the Digital Generation – What Can Parents Do?

Today, Mr U shared with the Grade 5 team an article he came across regarding our children and the use of social media.  Whilst the rules of having a facebook account are “you must be 13 years of age or over”, the reality is more than half of our Grade 5 students already have a facebook account and are using facebook to a certain degree.

Below is an extract from the article. (click this link for the full article) It is very informative, has simple but very effective tips for parents and it’s well worth taking the time to read the entire article.

Who are your kids friending on Facebook? What are they really texting to their classmates? How much online time is too much?

Too often, parents who are misinformed about the social web (willfully or otherwise) will shut their kids out of it completely, only to find they are logging in anyway. If you’re not taking an active role in your child’s online life, you may be missing important opportunities to ensure they are on the path toward “digital citizenship,” and protected from inappropriate content and people.