Room 113 News March 4th

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What have we been learning?

Math - Our class spent last week learning about time. We practiced telling time, and some students worked on word problems around the idea of elapsed time. Please ask your child what time it is regularly. 2nd graders should tell time to the quarter hour by the end of the year. This is a very tricky thing for this age group. Practice and patience helps!

Our class did a 10 minute walk, jog, run challenge on Friday afternoon. Students were asked to estimated what distance they could cover in 10 minutes. Their estimates were fascinating. Ask your child what his/her estimate was and what their actual distance was. The unit we used was laps.

Reading - We are finishing up our work with reading fluency. This week, we learned how readers match their voice to the text they're reading. 1. Readers change the speed to match the mood. 2. Readers change the tone of their voice to match the mood. See below.

Writing- Students completed their first realistic fiction books and have planned their second. The volume and stamina have been outstanding!

Science- Our class has continued our study of weather. This week's focus was clouds. We learned about the different families and what latin root words can tell us about clouds. We have also explored how clouds can help scientists predict the weather.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hello Parents,

We had one confirmed case of HFMD on Friday. Our class will visit the clinic each morning for the next three days for check-ups. If your child is diagnosed with HFMD, please contact the school nurse and keep your child at home.

From the ISB health clinic:

It has come to our attention that there is an outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Bangkok. Most children get exposed to this disease whilst they are young but outbreaks do occur in schools. Please read the information below and keep your child at home if they have any of the symptoms. We want to prevent any outbreaks in the school and if we have too many cases in a class we may need to close that class (as per the Thailand Ministry of Public Health Regulations).

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection.

The virus can spread from an infected person via contact with the fluid in the blisters, by coughing and sneezing, by contact with faeces and by contact with contaminated objects or surfaces. A person will take 3­5 days to get symptoms and will be contagious whilst there is fluid in the blisters (the faeces can remain infectious for several weeks).


  • ● fever

  • ● tiredness

  • ● loss of appetite

  • ● blisters in the mouth and on the hands and feet

  • ● a sore mouth for a few days before the ulcers or blisters appear.

    Children may refuse to eat or drink due to the pain.

    Diagnosis is usually made by clinical presentation.


    Usually none is required. Use of paracetamol/acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the fever and any discomfort may be indicated. Aspirin should not be given to children under 12 years of age.

    The blisters should not be deliberately pierced or broken because the fluid within the blisters is infectious. The blisters will dry naturally.

    If your child is diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease please notify the Health Clinic and they need to present a medical certificate to the Health Clinic stating they are fit to return to school and no longer contagious prior to going to class.


  • ● Exclude people with hand, foot and mouth disease from school until all blisters have dried.

  • ● Wash hands with soap and water after toileting

  • ● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.

  • ● Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with

    people with hand, foot, and mouth disease.

    ISB is committed to your child’s overall development, both educationally and health related. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider or the ISB Health Clinic ( .

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Please see the schedule below. The top group is for this Thursday. If you need to reschedule your conference or the wrong day or time appears, please email me ASAP.

Students must attend conferences and will be leading you through 4 activities in which they will showcase and celebrate their learning.

There is time for you to speak with me without your child present, but please be aware that there will be other families and students in the classroom. Please let me know if you'd like to make a separate appointment in a more private setting.

Come prepared to ask your child questions(Mr. Hagen will provide) and to provide support and praise for all of his/her accomplishments and growth this year!

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