These days are obviously great opportunities for students to connect in person but, just as importantly, they also allow us to introduce a new hybrid mode of learning to the students.
We will have students who are unable to join us on campus for some time. It is very important to us that we can provide the best possible experience for all of our students wherever they may be. These Transition Days allow for teachers and students to work together to experiment and reflect on what works best for their learning community. It is challenging work at times but it is exciting for us to be working alongside our students as we create a new normal.
COVID Safety: Can my child go to school today?
Here is a link to a very useful Can my child go to school today? flowchart prepared by our ISY Medical Clinic. It will help decide whether to send your child to school if they, or someone they are close to, have been ill.
COUNSELOR’S CORNER with Ms. Patty
Supporting your Child for Transition Days:
During our first few Transition Days, I have asked students how they have felt preparing for and entering the school campus for the first time in many months. I found that most students reported a mixture of feelings: excitement and joy with a touch of anxiety or nervousness. As a parent, you might wonder how to best support your child during this transition. Here are a few suggestions:
- Offer opportunities for your child to share how they are feeling. It is common and appropriate for students to have a mixture of feelings. Change comes with uncertainty. It is natural to be nervous about doing things in a new way. Let them know it’s okay to share and talk about their feelings.
- If your child expresses concern about health and safety, remind your child that policies and procedures, such as wearing masks and washing hands have been put into place to protect them.
- Focus on the goals. Transition Days offer opportunities for them to socially connect with friends and teachers, while preparing them for a possible hybrid model of learning.
- If your child is ‘Zooming’ into the classroom on Transitional Days, they may feel isolated or disappointed. Allow them to express their feelings and gently remind them that they will still participate and engage with peers and classwork.
- Manage your own emotional health. Children take their emotional cues from adults.
If you have any questions or concerns for your child or your family, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
ISY Elementary Counselor
TRANSITION DAY SCHEDULE: January 25-29
All Transition Days start at 8:30am and end at 12:30pm
Students will be asked to practice social distancing at all times and please note that masks will need to be worn in all areas of the school. This includes while in classrooms. Please always enter through the front steps area as this entrance is outfitted with a thermal camera to check temperatures. We also ask that everyone wash their hands at the sinks on the front steps before entering the campus.
During the week of February 1-5, we will be MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing in the Elementary School (Grades 2 to 5). MAP assessments in Reading, Language, and Mathematics are online adaptive assessments that provide useful data in developing a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic achievement and growth.
To ensure a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic growth and achievement, teachers combine MAP assessment data with all other student data that they have collected in the classroom. This combination of data informs teacher instruction in meeting the needs of each child.
More details will follow about why and how the students will be taking the tests in such a unique year.
ES MORNING FITNESS WITH MR. MYANMAR!
Did you know that Mr. Zar Li, our head security officer, was a former Mr. Myanmar! He is very fit and knows 100s of different exercises to stay fit.
Mr. Zar Li has kindly offered to run 15 minute work outs for our students that will start at 8:10am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These work outs will start next Monday. The Zoom link for the workouts will be on the Friday Family Report email that you receive from your child(ren)’s teacher. All ages are welcome and parents are welcome to join in too.
The workouts will finish at 8:25am to give students time to get a drink and get organized before joining their classes at 8:30am.
These workouts do not replace regular P.E. classese during the school day.
A very smart person a long time ago is supposed to have said that knowledge is a belief tied down by understanding.
In this complicated time I am very grateful for the uncomplicated wisdom of our students: CHARACTER + EXPERIENCE = ME
Every lesson needs to start somewhere but it does not need to end there. By using one culture or history as a starting point, a lesson can still be inclusive of all of the cultures and histories in a class.
We trust that you were able to meet with your child(ren)’s teachers to discuss their progress at this halfway point in our first semester.
Today you will be able to access your child(ren)’s Quarter 1 Progress Report on Powerschool following the instructions in this blog.
It is good for young people to have a break from schedules and structured activities – even if they say they are bored from time to time.
The International School Yangon
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