Grade Two Open House
13th September, 2010
13th September, 2010
Be Aware, Show you Care
Welcome to Grade Two!
• Thank you for coming to Parent/Teacher
• Thank you for signing up as volunteers at
the parent coffee morning.
• Thank you for coming to school today.
• We have had a great start to the year.
• Ms. Moon-Grade 2 Aqua
• I am Korean and is ISSH alumni. This will be my 5th year teaching at
ISSH as a second grade homeroom teacher. My passion is to teach reading
and writing to young students. I look forward to an exciting school year
with lots of learning for my students and for myself as well.
• Ms. Stevens-Grade 2 Orange
• I am Australian and have enjoyed a varied 16 years of teaching. I have
been with ISSH for 4 years as a K4 teacher. This year I look forward to
the challenges and rewards Grade 2 will bring.
We are committed to the growth
of each child in all dimensions.
Be Aware, Show You Care
The Five Goals are:
1. A Personal and Active Faith in God
2. A deep respect for intellectual values
3. A social awareness which impels to
4. The building of community as a Christian
5. Personal growth in an atmosphere of
Let’s talk about Grade Two
• Classroom routine
• Parent-Teacher Communication
Overview of the Curriculum
• The more you read, the better you
get at it; the better you get at it,
the more you like it; and the more
you like it, the more you do it.
• The more you read the more you
know; and the more you know, the
smarter you grow.
The Two Basic
“Reading Facts of Life”
Reading Fact 1:
Human beings are pleasure centered.
Reading Fact 2:
Reading is an accrued skill.
Balanced Literacy Approach to
• Guided Reading/Small Group Instruction
• Independent Reading
• Phonics/Word Work
• Shared Reading
• Read Aloud
• Writing about Reading
• Guided Reading – working in groups
based on learning needs. (from Oct)
• Reading Continuums – working on
reading skills. (Bonnie Campbell Hill)
• DRA assessments – fluency, accuracy,
• “6-traits + 1”
• Writing Continuum
• Cross-curricular links with IPC,
reading, and values (scaffolding and
• 100 most common words in English
• Spelling Test every Friday.
• Spelling test is based on either
phonics related words or topic
Oral Language – World News
• Every student will be given a day to
talk in front of the class for two
minutes, about news from around the
• Please help your daughter to find a
news worthy article to share with the
class when it’s her turn.
• K3 – Grade 4 are using the
‘Handwriting without Tears’
• Correct formation of all letters
• Pencil grip
• Neat handwriting
• Cursive handwriting is taught in
Grades Three and Four.
• Mathematics / Investigations
1) Taught using hands-on practical methods,
emphasizing the use of manipulatives to each
2) Integral part of the curriculum relating,
wherever possible, to the daily lives of the
3) Problem solving and logical thinking are key
elements of our program requiring the
application of their knowledge and not just note
• Areas of Mathematics
Addition and subtraction facts (single, double, triple digits)
Estimation (less than, greater than, equal to)
Geometry (2D shapes, 3D shapes, symmetry, corners)
Collecting and organizing data (bar graphs, pictographs, pie
Money value (2-Aqua AUCTION)
• Math Continuum
• Each morning we have a 10 minute
Maths warm up activity where the
girls can practice and apply concepts
we are focusing on as a class.
Making things and showing how
many blocks you used.
• IPC - Units of Study
(International Primary Curriculum: Social Studies
and Science curriculum designed for International
Schools, where awareness of the world and other
cultures are important)
• Food and Farming
• Different Places, Different
• P.E. shoes may be kept at school.
• White Socks to be worn for P.E. and hair
should be tied up in a simple fashion.
• No jewelry.
• PE gear may be worn under pinafores.
• Art Smocks or old shirt should be named
and kept at school.
• Library book bag should be brought to
school on their library day.
• Homework is part of your child’s learning experience. It will review and
reinforce skills covered in class.
• Students are to work independently and to seek help from you when
• Your daughter will receive a homework pack each Monday which consists of
weekly homework tasks. We are hoping they learn to organize and manage
their time efficiently and balance this with time for family and after
• 20 minutes of reading. Reading to be recorded in reading log.
• If you are away from school for an extended time students will be asked to
record a daily journal and continue to read and enter these books into a log.
• No homework on weekends.
• Spelling Words given on Monday.
Spelling Test is on Friday. We will do
activities in class with spelling words
but please look over the words at
home with your daughter.
• Reading Log is given on Monday and is
due on Friday. (Leveled books sent home in
• The weekly homework pack is due
Giving Feedback to
• A compliment
• Keep it positive and constructive
• Remember we all possess unique
strengths and qualities
• Class jobs
• Star of the Week
• Group work
Privacy of students
• There may be opportunities during
the year for some parents to work
with students or to handle their work.
• Please be mindful of the need to
respect these learners. They are
very sensitive to any comparisons.
• Monthly newsletter
• Handwritten notes
• Email is great
• Please make an appointment for any
Our homeroom parents are:
Kris Sauer (2 Orange)
Anne Marie Deeming (2 Aqua)
Thank you in advance for your support
and dedication provided throughout
Nut Free School
• Please be mindful of the snacks and
lunches you prepare – Some oils, chocolate,
candy, and dressings may contain nuts.
Please read labels.
• Please keep snacks healthy. Let’s make
fruits and vegetables fashionable!
Birthdays & Treats
• We sing Happy Birthday in class & in assembly.
• You may send in a simple treat e.g.: cupcakes,
cookies. This is optional.
• Invitations brought to school must be for
• Please label EVERYTHING. Clothing, socks,
bags, lunch boxes, shoes, umbrellas,
stationary, pencils…anything that comes to
school. Use initials on small items.
• Many things go missing everyday that are
unnamed and never find their way back.
• Lost items with name and grade level fare
• No toys to be bought to school.
Plain and simple
• Pencil cases, pencils, hair pieces and
all stationary equipment should be
plain and simple. Students can be
quite distracted during work time by
• The first Grade Two assembly is on
Monday November 8th
• 8:40am – 9am.
• Seats are provided for parents at
Thank you for coming!
• Please take the Curriculum guides
• You may visit with any of the
specialist teachers now if you wish.
Art Computer Library Music
Ms Mayuka Thais Mr. Mitchell Norris Ms. Kirsten Gallagher Assistant Mr. George Nicholson
Ms Chie Mizukoshi
Japanese Language/Math PE
Ms. Michiko Matsukata Mrs MamiTakagi Mr Brendan Doherty
Mrs Helen Brittle-Matsuki