Prep 1 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Easter Term: 11th January -15th

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Dates for your Diary

January 29th - House Unity Mufti Day (children will be asked to come to school dressed in house colors)

February 2nd - 6:00 PM Prep 1 Year Ahead Meeting

February 8th-12th - Chinese New Year Holiday

February 15th - ECA Block 1 begins

February 19th - Chinese New Year Dress Up Day

February 19th - Chinese New Year Celebration (evening event)

February 22nd - 'Beyond the Haze' contest submissions due

February 25th - Global Family Festival

March 3rd - Prep 1 Reading Workshop

March 17th - Easter Bonnet Parade

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 25th - Prep 1 Sports Day

June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin

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Welcome to Prep 1!

We welcome all of our new and pre-exisiting amazing prep families to the SJIIES community. We are happy to report that all of the children got off to a wonderful start this week, immediately showing our featured virtue of the week, friendliness. We sincerely appreciate all of the time parents invested in coming to the parent-teacher conferences on Monday. We hope that you found these 'chats' productive and informative.


As a gentle reminder, please remember to check our weekly Prep newsletter. It is full of information regarding curriculum and the activities of the week. It is also an essential resource to let you know upcoming dates for the school and serves as the main communication vehicle for general classroom information.


The first two weeks of school we are exploring 'Learning about Learning'. This gives children opportunities to learn why and how they learn and allows them time to reflect on this process. In one week we will launch our first IPC unit, 'All About Me'. Please watch this space for a curriculum letter next Friday.


Please have a fabulous and restful weekend!

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Request for Family Photos

As part of our first IPC unit, 'All About Me', we are asking families to send in a family photo. Please send in a photo of your family to be used during this unit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact for classroom teacher for more information (we have provided a few examples below!).

Next Week ......at a Glance

Jolly Phonic Focus: /Ss/

Virtue of the Week: Friendliness

Magic 100 tricky words and home readers launching after the 'Year Ahead' and the Chinese New Year holiday!!!!

Uniform Update from Mr Hannah

Children have all been looking very smart in their uniforms as they have returned back to school and I would like to request that you assist your child in ensuring they adhere to the uniform dress code. The teachers have also been speaking with the Children about the dress code and will also highlight to the children if they are found to be wearing the uniform incorrectly. Children should also now be wearing the new PE uniform, with the old one now phased out. The following guide provides clarity as to when the PE uniform should be worn:

  • Prep 1 & 2:

    • PE uniform to be worn to school on the days the children have their scheduled PE lessons

    • If children have a sports ECA (ie Tennis, Multi Sports), they may wear the PE uniform to school

  • Grade 1 to 3:

    • PE uniform to be worn to school on the days the children have their scheduled PE lessons

    • If children have a sports ECA they will need to change into their sports attire at the end of the school day and prior to attending their ECA

  • Grade 4 to 6:

    • Children are required to wear their school uniform to school everyday and on the days where they have their scheduled PE lessons they will need to change into their PE uniform prior to the PE lesson and back into their school uniform at the conclusion of the PE lesson.

    • If children have a sports ECA they will need to change into their sports attire at the end of the school day and prior to attending their ECA

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Beyond the Haze Competition

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 support 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.


Please encourage your children as they put together their submissions and visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/beyondthehaze to learn more! Together we can promote greater environmental awareness at the school.


Competition details

Posterise it! (Ages 4-9)

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.