Newsletter Preschool and Elementary School / 校内一周回顾/幼儿园及小学部
We return to the new normal! Masks are optional, on-campus events are happening, and our whole Bobcats community thrives.
This week’s PYP newsletter reflects on our PYP student’s Learner Profile trait of the month, Balanced, and how students achieve physical and emotional well-being. Within Grade 1, students are starting new units, and Grade 2 celebrated the end of their unit with an exhibition of original artwork. We are also excited to highlight the Junior Bobcats athletic team’s involvement in badminton and our Grade 4 and 5 students’ participation in the Caribou math competition.
本周的PYP Newsletter 体现了我们PYP学生本月的学习者特征, 即 平衡，并介绍了学生如何实现身心健康。一年级的学生正在开始新的单元，二年级则通过原创艺术品展览庆祝了他们的本单元的圆满完成。我们也很欣喜, 我们的 Junior Bobcats运动队也积极参与羽毛球运动以及我们四年级和五年级学生参加Caribou数学竞赛的活动。
IB Learner Profile of the Month- “Balanced”
Balanced learners understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. They can assess and understand their strengths and limitations to support their learning and personal development. As an Ancient Greek quote says, “A healthy mind in a healthy body.”
Finding and maintaining balance is a practical skill for our students to develop their academic and learning performance and social-emotional skills. Students need to understand that everything in life works better with balance.
Grade 1 Starting Unit Celebration
This week, Grade 1 students began a new unit called “Who We Are.” Understanding how our brain works can help us take care of our mental health is the Central Idea of this unit. Students tuned in by acting as detectives attempting to figure out what they would be learning. They gained hands-on experience by using the material on the table. They had several books, an iPad with a 3D augmented reality app, a human body model or skeleton model, photographs of body parts, and examples of five senses objects related to our unit. Students gained hands-on experience by observing what was on each table and made conclusions about what they will learn.
Grade 2 Reflection on End-of-Unit Celebration
This week the Grade 2 students had the opportunity to showcase their original artwork for our unit of inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves.” On Monday, February 13th, our Grade 2 students chose an art form to express themselves and presented their artistic creations to Pre-K 3 and their peers. The students were reflective and considered how they could show and represent elements of their identity in their artwork.
PYPX Passion to Issue Talks / PYPX 讨论解决问题的热情
To support our Grade 5 students for the Exhibition, several teachers showcased their passions and explained how they took action to solve issues within these topics. These “Passion to Issue” talks inspired students to think about their passions or interests and what actions they can take toward an important issue they care about. Here are some quotes from G5 students:
Olivia. W : “it is important for our Exhibition to understand how I can take action towards an issue.”
Candy. G : “The teacher passion talks helped me to learn how to connect UN SD Goals to my passion.”
Megan. L: “I understand passion can be something that I am interested in, not necessarily I’m very good at.”
Dr. Ali Shameem (CISB Technology Coordinator):
“Talking about my passion for STEM education with Grade 5 students was truly a rewarding experience. My talk focused on giving a brief overview of STEM and a common problem I notice with STEM students-fear of failure. These young and curious learners were eager to learn and engage with the speakers, which made for a lively and dynamic atmosphere in the lecture hall. I was impressed by their level of engagement and the insightful questions they asked, which showed a genuine interest in the speaker and the topics. I hope this event provided a positive and engaging experience that will encourage the students to continue exploring and learning about their own passions.”
Olivia. W “了解如何采取行动解决问题对我们的展览非常重要。”
Candy. G “老师的热情讲座帮助我学会如何将联合国可持续发展目标与我的热情联系起来。”
Megan. L “我明白热情可以是我感兴趣的东西，不一定是我非常擅长的。”
Dr. Ali Shameem（CISB数字技术负责人）
Caribou Contest – Math Can Be Fun
We are thrilled to share that our Grade 4 and 5 students recently participated in the Caribou math competition, demonstrating a range of IB PYP learner profiles throughout the event. Our students worked collaboratively and showed exceptional thinking skills as they tackled challenging math problems during the competition.
The competition called upon our students to use their communication skills, work together as a team to solve problems, and offer support to one another when necessary. Our students displayed resilience in the face of challenging questions and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their tasks.
We congratulate all our students who participated in the Caribou math competition. We look forward to more opportunities for our students to engage with and embody the IB PYP learner profiles in their learning journey.
北美驯鹿数学竞赛 – 数学也可以很有趣
Jr. Bobcats Athletic Team – Badminton
We are pleased to provide our Bobcats with a well-rounded and enjoyable learning experience at CISB. This semester, we are excited to offer badminton every Tuesday after school for students in Grades 3 to 5. Badminton is an excellent team sport that promotes social connections among students.
Badminton is a sport that engages the entire body, involving sprinting, leaping, and swinging, which requires coordination among various body parts and muscles. This sport is a great way to develop students’ physiological functions and flexibility.
February 21st – Mother Tongue Day
February 22nd – Waterloo Math Competition
March 1st – MSHS I&S Expo
2月21日 – 母语日
2月22日 – Waterloo数学竞赛
3月01日 – I&S 展览