Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Week 4 Easter Term 5th February 2016

Dates For Your Diary

8th - 12th February - Chinese New Year Holiday

February 15th - ECA Block 1 begins

February 18th- Prep 2 Maths Workshop for Parents 8 am
February 19th - Chinese New Year (Dress Up Day)
February 19th - Chinese New Year Celebration (evening event)
February 22nd - 'Beyond the Haze' contest submissions due

(optional: please contact your class teacher or school newsletter for more information)​

February 25th - Global Family Festival Parade (Dress Up Day)

March 10th- Prep 2 Reading Workshop for Parents 8 am

March 16th- Prep 2 Easter Bonnet Parade and Celebration of Learning 8 am
March 18th - April - Easter Holiday
May 2nd - Labor Day/National Holiday (school is closed)
May 13th - Founder's Day: 1/2 day for students

May 26th- Prep 2 Sports Day.
June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin


In IPC this week, we continued in setting the scene and gaining knowledge of each other’s ‘Home’ & ‘Host’ countries. We looked at the Big Picture of the unit through looking at questions like, Where is our Home country? Where is your Host country? Where have you travelled to? and Who is in your family?.

We have been discussing and writing about who we are and what makes us special and unique. To support this learning at home you may like to discuss what makes your family special and what special characteristics you have as a family. You may also like to continue and reinforce our discussions about our Home and Host countries at home.

The children were able to respect one another’s individuality and differences through the parent presentations that started this week.

Thank you to those parents who have started the home country presentations. It is another great community builder as we see where children come from and what is special to them about their home countries.


This week we began our new 'Writer's Workshop' unit on Illustration Study. The children have been exposed to a range of books with different styles and types of illustrations. They have started making their new books with a focus on the illustrations as well as the text telling a story.

In handwriting we learned the correct formation for writing the letter 'u'. After the CNY break we will be learning 'y'.

We continue to revise phonic sounds and focused on the 'red' magic 100 words.

Your child has now begun bringing home a 'home reader'. Please read the information in the pack you were given at the year ahead evening and the information in the link book to help you, help your child with reading.


This week we have continued comparing numbers from 1-20. We have asked and answered questions such as: Are there enough rockets for all the astronauts and are there enough bones to feed all the dogs? The children used one-to-one matching to figure out the answers and we focused on how many more/less one was than the other. Unifix blocks were used to make comparing two numbers more visual. The children were also very busy practicing the number words from 1-20.

Next week we will start Number Bonds within 10.


SJII is partnering with Beyond the Haze (an initiative co-founded by SJII parent Paul Judge) to launch an exciting and educational school-wide contest​ that supports our school sustainability program.

SJII is joining several other local schools in participating in the Beyond the Haze contest, which challenges students to look into the root causes of Singapore's annual haze problem and think of ways they can make a difference in saving the environment.

Students will be eligible to win prizes including a 3D2N trip to the Sumatran Orang-utan Conservation Program (SOCP) in Indonesia, Kindle tablets, and more. Please encourage your children as they put together their submissions and visit their Facebook page at to learn more! Together we can promote greater environmental awareness at the school.

SJII parent Paul Judge and fellow expat Irene Wong founded community group Beyond the Haze with an intent to increase awareness about the root causes and effects of deforestation in Southeast Asia. They will be hosting an exhibition of SJII entries at the school later this term, and they will also also hold a contest-ending awards ceremony and gala event in April.

About Beyond the Haze

Beyond the Haze is a community of ordinary people who want to preserve our environment for future generations. We believe that through education we can inspire people to look beyond the haze and take positive action to save our environment by making informed decisions about what we buy, eat, and use.

About the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)

SOCP is one of the foremost authorities on the status and distribution of remaining orang-utans in Sumatra, Indonesia. Their work focuses on habitat protection, reintroduction of confiscated pets to the wild, education, survey work and scientific research.

Competition details

Posterise it! (Ages 5-9)

What’s going on behind the haze? Design a poster that explains why there is a haze problem and why this needs to stop. The poster may depict damage to the rainforest, the affect animals/people, or even paper and palm oil products. The poster can be in any style and can be painted, drawn, or designed with computer graphics.

Prizes (2 age categories)

1st Prize - Kindle Fire Tablet, Beyond The Haze gift pack, 1-year subscription to Asian Geographic Junior Magazine.

Runners Up (x2) - Beyond The Haze gift pack, 1-year subscription to Asian Geographic Junior Magazine.

*Entries in by no later than 22nd February.

** Look out for posters around the school


We continued to focus on the virtue of courtesy this week and when we return from the CNY break we will be learning all about kindness. It will be kindness week across the school and the children will have a chance to notice and acknowledge others showing kindness.


We were treated to a puppet show this week during our assembly. The children were enthralled with the imaginative performance where they saw a range of puppets including marionette puppets, hand puppets and finger puppets. It was greatly enjoyed by all.