Mae Jo Baan Din

Wow, what a fantastic day we had! I am so sorry to those of you that were affected by us being so late back. In future for this field trip I think it would be better actually staying overnight at the farm to have the full adobe home and organic farming experience without time restrictions. Unfortunately we completely underestimated the travel time there and back on our big bus. Tomorrow’s trip is much closer to school, so it won’t be a problem. We will be back here by 12:15pm. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Here are some photos of us making the adobe bricks out of mud, water and rice husks.

Believe it or not it is not my intention to get your children as dirty as humanly possible for all our field trips - it just happens! Here we are actually mixing the brick mortar with our feet.

Believe it or not it is not my intention to get your children as dirty as humanly possible for all our field trips – it just happens! Here we are actually mixing the brick mortar with our feet.

Tonnam and Noa are placing the freshly mixed mud into the brick molds.

Tonnam and Noa are placing the freshly mixed mud into the brick molds.

Yuji wanted to do the job professionally using a shovel

Yuji wanted to do the job professionally using a shovel

I'm sure Bin-Bin has done this before, she worked like an expert.

I’m sure Bin-Bin has done this before, she worked like an expert.

Oliver and Andy preferred to fill the bucket and dump it

Oliver and Andy preferred to fill the bucket and dump it

After a while the molds were full and ready to move

After a while the molds were full and ready to move

Yay! All our bricks need to do now is dry in the sun for about a week and they're ready to use for building.

Yay! All our bricks need to do now is dry in the sun for about a week and they’re ready to use for building.

I’ll post more photos later of what some of the adobe homes look like when they are completed. We really enjoyed looking around after our delicious organic lunch at the farm.

Kind regards,

Angela

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Field Trip Frenzy!

Please note that your signed blue field trip form needs to be returned to school tomorrow (Wednesday 13th March). This gives permission for the four excursions over the next 2 weeks on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March.

Click here to download the form.

Kind regards,

Ms Angela

World Math Day results for APIS

Congratulations for excellent math fact recall! There was a lot of pressure to answer questions very fast during the competition. Most Grade 1 students got about an hour of computer time to play on the day.

Here are the results for the top scoring participants from our school for the World Math Day competition held on Wednesday 6th March.

WMD Hall of Fame completeI believe the scores are taken from the number of correct answers in the first 50 games played on the day (10 games at level 1, 10 at level 2, … through to level 5).  I should be able to print out certificates for you all next week.

Well done everybody! I hope you enjoyed taking part in this world event.

(Please note the above is only for APIS students in the 4-7 year old age group).

Kind  regards,

Ms Angela

News – Quarter 3 Week 8

News - Q2 W8Here is an active link to the website mentioned above: www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/where-children-sleep

The photos are excerpts of a book written by James Mollison titled Where Children Sleep.

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Ms Angela

News – Quarter 3 Week 7

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World Math Day

Dear students and parents,

Practice for World Math Day has begun! Your children each have a unique username and password pasted into their student planner so they can log into the World Education Games site and practice anytime!

You can type either www.worldmathday.com or www.worldeducationgames.com into your internet browser. Then you will see this screen:

WMD homepage

 

Click the ‘Login’ button in the top right corner.

WMD login

 

Type in your username and password. Click ‘login’ again.

Now you can click on your ‘avatar’ to change your appearance, or choose a level to start a new practice game! You play in real-time against other children from around the world in your age group (4-7 years).

WMD choose level

 

I suggest you start at Level 1, and once you’ve played ten or more games at that level you can choose if you want to stay there or move to the next level. It’s up to you! Careful though – 3 strikes and you’re out of the game, so type carefully.

All games played prior to Wednesday 6th March are considered practice games. Games played on Wednesday 6th March are counted towards total points for our school, and there is the possibility of prizes. I believe only the first 10 games at each of the five levels count on the day. Please read the ‘Rules’ on the site if you want to know more. Certificates of Participation will be issued to anyone who completes at least one game on the official World Math Day.

Playing on the World Education Games site is so fun and addictive! Not to mention great for basic math fact recall. Practice makes perfect.

Please play a few games at home when you can between now and the end of the week. I will check your progress!

PS: Your sign in details will also work for World Spelling Day and World Science Day, however that is not a focus for our class, so it’s up to you if you want to try those.

Kind regards,

Ms Angela

 

Rice Farm and Buffalo Village

Friday 8th February 2013

Here we all are at the Rice Farm and Buffalo Village!

Here we all are at the Rice Farm and Buffalo Village!

Please see our Pictures page to see a new gallery with a whole bunch of photos of our day! See our Unit of Inquiry 4 page for more details about rice processing and what we have been learning about for From Field to Table.

Noa & Naomi riding a water buffalo

Noa & Naomi riding a water buffalo

Those that want to take turns plowing the rice field behind the buffalo.

Those that want to take turns plowing the rice field behind the buffalo.

International Day 2013

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The boys strutting their stuff on the stage while performing the haka for New Zealand. They did well as it ended up being very late by the time it was their turn.

Thank you families, for attending our International Fair last week. It was a lovely evening of fabulous food, entertainment and games. I hope you and your children all enjoyed yourselves, I know I did! A huge thank you to all parents that contributed with time, effort, performances and setting up. It is what makes this day one of the highlights of our school year!

If you have photos of the event, the school would love to have copies of your pictures! If you have any of Grade 1 students you would like me to upload here, please email me.

What is Valentine’s Day?

What do you think Valentine’s Day is about?

Please post a comment below (as your homework for this week).

PS: We had an AMAZING field trip to the Rice Farm and Buffalo Village today. Photos were taken with my camera not my phone,  so I need to upload them from home. Stay tuned to this site!

** International Fair **

Thursday 31st January

 

Dear parents,

Here are some last minute notes about tomorrow.

 

Transport

Maho, Naomi, Pammy and Oliver will be taking the bus from APIK at 2:15. All other students that are attending the fair will travel in private vehicles. Please pick up your child by around 2pm. Maho and family, and Naomi will take the bus back after 7pm. If your transport plans change, please notify the office and me.

Clothing

There is no set costume for tomorrow, but if you can wear clothes that represent your home country that would be nice.

K3 and Grade 1 Boys

If you have a black or dark colored shirt to wear for the haka, please bring it. If not, don’t worry too much. The haka will be performed with Mr Andy and team New Zealand at 6:30pm. So please keep an eye on the program and the time for when to send your child to the stage. I will try and round up as many Grade 1 boys as I can just before that time.

Supervision

Parents and caregivers are primarily in charge of their APIK children tomorrow afternoon. Please do not let your children run around unattended. Have them help you at your booth, or walk quietly around the stalls with you or another adult. I believe there may be some older students to take your kids for games early in the afternoon. If you will be busy with a performance or your booth gets very busy, please let myself, Ms Winnie or Ms Tom know and we can take turns looking after the kids to free you up.

Money

If children are going to be at the fair for a while before their parents get there, then please send some money to school with them. Around 100-200B would be fine. All the stalls cost money for food and games. If parents will be at the fair from 3pm then this doesn’t apply so much, as the children can just come to you as needed.

Note for the girls:

It was too late for us to add the girls’ folkdance to the program, so we will perform that at an assembly in the future.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow! It should be a very fun day. J

 

Ms Angela

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