We hope to see you next week on Tuesday afternoon for the Science Fair! Please join us if you can as the students have been working very hard designing and conducting their experiments and preparing their results for you! The Science Fair will be held Tuesday, March 4th at 3:00 in the third grade classrooms. Hope to see you there!
Archive for February, 2014
In Writing, we are continuing our work on Persuasive or Opinion writing. Students have been gathering ideas (or seeds, as we call them) and we are getting ready to plant one! We have been evaluating our ideas using a “Seed Tester” graphic organizer to make sure that it is not only a topic they care about, but that they can provide strong reasons for. We will be entering the drafting phase next week.
The process of learning never gets old. In fact, my appreciation for new ideas, concepts, knowledge, and insights has increased dramatically over the past four to five years. I think it’s the realization that learning another strategy or being able to reframe a situation with a different mindset provides an opportunity for growth and improvement, which is something I don’t take for granted.
This week has been chocked full of those learning moments thanks to our ongoing visit from Dr. Virginia Rojas, a field expert in the area of language acquisition. Dr. Rojas has worked with dozens and dozens of international schools and is currently a faculty member of ASCD, which is a huge honor as it speaks to the depth of her knowledge of both theory and practice.
For our Professional Development day this past Monday, Dr. Rojas led a full day of workshops for our faculty. From there, she followed by spending Tuesday and Wednesday visiting classrooms throughout the elementary school to point out areas of outstanding practice and sharing strategies for how to strengthen our work. The best part for me was not only being able to hear her thoughts and perspective on our ongoing work, but being bombarded by teachers throughout the day who kept stopping me mid-stride to share much they appreciated conversing with Dr. Rojas.
Tonight, she will be holding a talk for our parent community at 7pm on the topic of how to support bilingualism and I am excited to attend. From a school perspective, one of the characteristics that makes BFIS such a unique place is our remarkable cultural and linguistic diversity. Therefore, I am excited leverage this gift and continue learning about what we can collectively do to help our students develop proficiency in multiple languages.
Hello parents and students!!
Friday (February 28th) is Carnival and the fourth grade will be dressing up as zombies!! Also, they will be dancing to I Will Survive at the parade. In order to practice the dance, please visit the Just Dance video link below.
The students have been divided into four groups and each group will dance to a different section of the song. Here are the groups and the sections:
Group 1 (:23 to :57):
Group 2 (:58 to1:31)
Group 3 (1:32-2:10)
Group 4 (2:17-2:56)
Grade 12 Study Leave will commence on Monday 28th of April. Students will not be expected to attend lessons during this time but teachers will be available during scheduled lesson times to provide support with revision. Students who are at risk of failure or have poor performance in the coming weeks may be required to attend. Please note that there is no school on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of May. IB Exams start on Monday 5th of May. Students have been given their individual date schedules and will be given their time schedules in April.
Lanterna Education will be presenting an Exam Revision and Study Skills workshop for all Grade 12 students on Friday 28th February and students will be encouraged to develop revision plans for the remaining weeks before IB exams start. Please contact the IB Co-ordinator, Morag Makey, if you have any questions about Study Leave or exams.