Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Week 3 Easter Term 29th January 2016

Dates For Your Diary

Monday 1st February - School Photos Prep 2 HRo

Tuesday 2nd February - School Photos Prep 2 RDa

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

Wednesday 3rd February - School Photos Prep 2 AKo

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

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


It has been a fantastic start to our first IPC unit "Who Am I" with the children sharing their suitcases to their friends. The children are gaining lots of knowledge listening to information about a variety of countries. They have also been exploring different kinds of toys, tasting food from other countries and looking at a variety of traditional costumes. It has been interesting to explore the idea of 'home' and 'host' countries and what that means to us.

To support this learning at home you may like to discuss and reinforce our discussions about our Home and Host countries at home.

We are looking forward to having parents come in for their 'Home' country presentations beginning next week. Please contact your class reps to organize the date and time to come in and share all about your country with us.


This week in Language Arts we have continued to revise the phonics sounds. The children are beginning to work on spelling golden words. In handwriting the children learned the correct letter formation for t. Next week the handwriting letter is u. Please see your teacher if you would like clarification on the correct pencil grip and/or correct letter formation. We finished our writer's workshop on 'Launching the Writer's Workshop'. The children enjoyed making their own books and sharing them with the class. Next week we begin our new Writer's Workshop unit 'Illustration Study'.

Home readers will begin next Wednesday 3rd February.


This week the Prep 2's have focused on the building and comparing of numbers up to 20. Blocks were used to build the numbers, making them 1 more or 1 less. Vocabulary such as before and after was also a focus of these lessons. Here are some ideas on how to consolidate this concept at home:

  • count forwards and backwards from 0-20
  • discuss what comes before and after a number
  • What is one less/more than a given number (if a child finds this difficult a good idea is to let them build the number with lego blocks)

Next week we will continue with numbers 0-20.


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


Our virtue this week and next week is Courtesy.

You are showing courtesy when:

  • You treat people politely.
  • You use your manners.
  • Greet people with a smile.


At the early years assembly this week the Prep 1 children taught the Prep 2s and Grade 1s a song and movement activity to wake up their brains to be ready to learn. You may like to try it together at home!