Primary Newsletter 2019.03.12

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Assessment in the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Would you like to learn about ‘what’ and ‘how’ we assess to inform learning and teaching in the programme? Please join us in Secondary Library on March 14th for our Parent Coffee Morning (8:15am – 9:35am) on Assessment in the PYP. We will explain the purpose of assessment and explore the four dimensions of assessment in the programme. We hope to see you there!

Please note, there will be an opportunity for you to visit your child(ren)’s SeeSaw (portfolio) during the session. If you wish to do so, you will need data on your device to access the internet. Also, there are some displays that will have QR codes that will require internet access.

World Water Day

Last year, the LIS students voted to replace Earth Day celebration with World Water Day (WWD). That is why on March 22nd the LIS community will join the rest of the world in celebrating this important day. The theme for the celebration this year is “Leaving no one behind” (http://www.worldwaterday.org) and it aims to raise awareness about every individual’s right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation and the personal actions each one of us can take to conserve water. WWD highlights that access to clean water is a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.

In preparation for this day, primary students are invited to take part in the WWD Photo Exhibition by submitting a photo that they based on this theme before March 18th for the WWD Photo Exhibition. The link for submissions is: https://goo.gl/forms/EAgg90s8w4Mo2e1O2

WWD will provide the LIS community will have a great opportunity to develop understanding and learn about the problems related to access to safe and clean drinking water. Children will be challenged to propose some solutions and commit to taking personal action.

ELC – Family Reading Night

On Thursday, February 21 our ELC students enjoyed the opportunity to attend the ELC Family Reading Night in the LIS Library. The students and their families enjoyed stories read by Ms Aisia and Mr Ali and then borrowed books to take home and enjoy. Our Prep 4 students also shared the books that they had been writing with their parents. Here some of the pictures from the ELC Family Reading Night.

ELC – Noite de Leitura em Família
Na passada Quinta-feira, 21 de Fevereiro, os nossos alunos do ELC tiveram a oportunidade de participar em mais uma Noite de Leitura em Família na Biblioteca da LIS. Os alunos e as suas famílias escutaram com atenção as histórias lidas pela Ms Aisia e pelo Mr Ali e depois puderam escolher alguns livros para levar para casa. Os alunos do Prep 4 partilharam também com os seus pais os livros que estiveram a escrever. Vejam aqui algumas imagens da Noite de Leitura em Família do ELC.

Counselor’s Corner

Classroom lessons continued this week with both counselors nearing the end of their child protection units.

Prep 4 to year 2 have been talking about the difference between safe and unsafe touches. This week the discussion was around being able to refuse unsafe touches using assertiveness. They also discussed different scenarios concerning private parts and learned an essential rule: A bigger person should never touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy.

Year 3-6 classes have been discussing safe behavior in the pool change rooms and how their child protection lessons connect to behavior in the change rooms.

Year 6s will be reinforcing positive ways of coping with friendships and social situations during Exhibition. School work will not wait for friendship or social drama, but our feelings are hard to ignore, especially as a Year 6 when relationships with friends are becoming more and more important. Students need to learn how to prioritize, take care of school and then have enough time and energy left over for their friends. This takes time to master.

Parents play a big role in helping their children with this. Author and psychologist, Lisa D’amour, Ph. D., suggests parents use an empathic-realistic approach, saying, “You are a great friend, and you’re upset because (describe the situation). But not getting your homework done doesn’t help (people involved) feel better. Why not push pause on your worries just for tonight and get a good night sleep. In the morning when you’re rested, you can come up with a solution that might work.” This is very much in line with Love and Logic methods.

If you see this situation happening with your child, consider this approach, making sure you empathize with what your child is feeling, but also giving them room to create their own solution and set themselves up to get their work done.

Feel free to contact us via email or drop in for a visit.
Ryan Sullivan (rsullivan@lisluanda.com; office opposite the Year 6 classrooms)
Jasmine Da Silva Obaseki (jobaseki@lisluanda.com; office in the Year 1-2 area)

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