Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Week 1 Easter Term 15th January 2016

Dates For Your Diary

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

Monday 1st February - Friday 5th February - School photos (Day TBA)

Tuesday 2nd February - Prep 2 Year Ahead Evening 6.00pm

8th - 12th February - 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

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


February 25th - Global Family Festival 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 26th- Prep 2 Sports Day.
June 17th - Last day of Summer Term; holidays begin


REMINDER: Swimming starts next week. Please have you child's name written on all their belongings.

WELCOME BACK

Happy New Year and welcome back to SJII. The children have settled in well into their new Prep 2 class. They have spent the week learning the expectations and routines of their class and getting to catch up with their friends. 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.


Our brain is an amazing computer!


The children were engaged in many discussions about how we use our brain to learn. We learnt that practice helps us to learn and get better at what we are doing... and so we have kick-started our IPC learning journey. In one week we will launch our IPC unit, 'Who Am I'. Please watch this space for a curriculum letter next Friday.


The children have also spent the week revising phonics, numbers to 20 (counting forwards and backwards)and beginning their formal handwriting lessons. They explored their new playground and had fun building in the sand and riding around the track on bikes and scooters.

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

BEYOND THE HAZE

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 Facebook.com/beyondthehaze 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. Facebook.com/beyondthehaze

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

Virtues

This week we have looked at Friendliness


Virtues in prep this year will carry over two weeks.


You are practising Friendliness when:


  • You smile and greet people.
  • You show an interest in others.
  • You like yourself and know that your friendship is worth a lot.