Monday, 30 November 2020

Plates Order - Custom Made By Grade 1

Hello Parents! Please use this form to purchase the plate your child decorated. Also use the form to suggest any charity for the funds to be donated to!

Pictures of the beautiul plates are here.

Thank you for getting into the giving spirit of the season and your child will be tickled too!

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Using What We Know About Forces

We are taking what we have learned so far about motion, forces, slope, speed, friction and direction and applying it to designing and building a marble run. Students designed individually, then combined to make a group design, made a list of what materials they needed, and began building. It has been really exciting to see some groups apply their design and thinking skills to anticipate problems in the design phase and make adjustments. There is no doubt that Grade 1 LOVES to build and create!

Today is American Thanksgiving and in that tradition I would like to say how thankful I am for my bright, loving, thoughtful students, their supportive parents, and our DSKI community!


Friday No School: Teacher Professional Development In-House Training (November 27th)

Monday: Word study homework / books and Reading Log check

Swimming: Monday the 30th

Tuesday Library

Saturday, 21 November 2020

How The World Works: Forces

How the World Works: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea: 
Forces and materials are used to make our lives easier

Lines of Inquiry:
What forces are
How forces work
How we use forces to make things work

Concepts: Form, function, causation 

Approaches to Learning: Thinking, Research,

Learner Profile: Knowledgeable, Inquirer, Risk-taker

Learning Goals/Success Criteria:   

  • learners can explain one or two types of forces and explain how it works
  • learners can explain his/her understanding of how we can use forces to make things work
  • learners can cite concrete examples on how forces and materials make life easier and better

Action (What you could expect students to do)

Action is personal to each student but students might:

  • build something like a marble run (Pythagora Switch) using their understanding of forces
  • notice when forces are used to solve problems around them (elevators, cranes, etc)

How to support your child at home

Noticing when forces to make life easier every day (riding a bike) using scientific vocabulary: push, pull, force, speed, motion, energy, slope/incline, ramp, friction, lift, drag, work.

Talk about how things are moving: their path or direction (straight, circular, ziz-zag).

In the class:

Students decided they wanted to use their understandings so far to build their own marble run and we began the design process:

Students noticing forces at work during play:


Monday: Word study homework / books and Reading Log check

No swimming Monday the 23rd due to Japanese Public Holiday: Labor Thanksgiving Day. Please come dressed for the regular PE lesson.

Tuesday Library

Friday No School: Teacher Professional Development In-House Training 

Friday, 13 November 2020

Week 11 - Motion inquiry

This week we continued tuning-in to our Forces unit by exploring motion and different ways things move:

Then we thought about what we had observed and recorded in our research, asked a friend and read a definition to create our own definition of what motion is:

Have a great weekend!

Cups and Plates Project

Grade 1 was so fortunate to have our class PTA representatives Mrs. Moriishi and Oxana teach them how to decorate plates yesterday. Students took their time planning their plates and carefully selecting stickers. Everyone enjoyed the project! Take a look at what we created here!

These beauties will be available for purchase after they have been baked. Please watch for an email from the PTA with more information about this and where we will be donating the funds raised. 

Thank you PTA and Oxana and Mrs. Moriishi!

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Swimming Notice

Swimming will begin Monday 16th November. We will continue to develop skills associated with the major swimming strokes. In addition to this we will be learning about safety around water, developing confidence around water and having fun while playing games in the water. We are fortunate to again have the expertise of Miho as part of the DSKI teaching staff. 

It is imperative that students are extra aware of appropriate behaviour when walking to and from school to the swimming pool at the Entente Fitness Club. Students must be mature enough to be able to change by themselves without supervision. While teachers at the pool are in close vicinity of students when they are getting changed, they will not be directly in the changing rooms.  

Students who do not follow the appropriate instructions when walking to and from the pool, misbehaving while getting changed or when swimming in the pool, will be met with consequences. This includes the possibility of being banned from the pool for the following swimming lesson. 

Please ensure that your child has the following items below packed and ready for a successful swimming lesson on Monday 16th November.

  • Bathing suit  
  • Towel
  • Swimming cap
  • Goggles

*There will be no swimming - just regular PE on Monday the 23rd due to the Japanese public holiday.


Monday, 9 November 2020

Pick-up Gate and Supplies

 Please pick up your student from the playground gate in the afternoon (where they are dropped off in the morning) from now on.

Please check to be sure your child has the following items at school. Many students do not have glue. 

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