Wonderful ES Families,

With the winter weather dragging on into March, we could all use a little motivation to keep us going. Whether it’s work projects or personal endeavors, sometimes that little extra push of encouragement is all you need.

Our students and teachers are working very hard to get ready for our ES school-wide writing prompt Monday, March 12th (12:00Noon dismissal). As I walk around our school, and visit each classroom, I am so proud of our teachers and students. It is wonderful to see how much effort they are all putting forward. Each classroom is busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success.

In Language Arts, our teachers and students K-5 are just completing their baseline assessments in reading. They also have been working on both reading and writing using the Workshop Methods. Some of the key reading elements that we have been focusing on are reader stamina, fluency, and note taking while reading. During writing, our focus has been on writing short narrative stories and writing for longer periods of time, which will help with building stamina. Students will be moving into different genres in reading and will work on developing theories around characters and how they affect their stories. Please help support our readers by making sure your child reads everyday as part of their homework. With your support for reading outside the classroom, together we can send the message to our children that reading is essential in today’s world.

We are also moving forward in Math through all Grades K-5. The main focus has been in the area of place value, number sense, addition & subtraction, and the division of numbers. Students are building fluency, as well as using various strategies to solve equations involving multi-digit whole numbers. Students at all levels are encouraged to explain and prove their thinking. Our teachers introduce and encourage students with a variety of techniques and strategies to build a strong understanding of mathematics.

Important Events and Dates in March
• March 5th, ES swimming starts in PE classes
• March 12th, Monday ES Writing Prompt Early Dismissal 12:00 pm- Buses leave at 12:15
• March 7th , Wednesday ES Trimester Ends (60 days)
• March 13th , After School Enrichment Starts
• March 17th, Saturday, 4/5 Grade Basketball Jamboree SFS Seoul Foreign School.
• March 17th, Saturday, 4/5 Choir Festival at YISS Yongsan International School of Seoul
• March 17th Saturday Boosters Basketball starts SK-5th grades.
• March 19th, Monday, Heifer Kick Off Assembly for Read-A-Thon
• March 23, Friday, Report Cards come home with students
• March 26-30 Spring Break No School
• April 7, Saturday, Battle of Books Competition at KIS Korea International School.
• April 12th – 13th Thursday & Friday, Parent Teacher Conferences PTC
• April 23, Monday, EPC Final Meeting, 9:00 in MPR 4th floor ES/MS building
• April 27th, Friday, TIGER ASSEMBLY, 8:00 am in Auditorium
NO SCHOOL DATES (School Closed)
Thursday, March 1st due to a Professional Learning Day for the SIS teachers and staff.
Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 Spring Break (School Closed)

EARLY DISMISSAL

Monday, March 12th ½ Day Noon Dismissal for Writing Prompt Scoring

ELEMENTARY EVENTS AT OTHER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
As we have in the past, our students will be visiting other international schools with special events throughout March. Dates for these events are as follows:

Saturday, March 17th Elementary Junior Chorus Music Festival at YISS Yongsan International School of Seoul.

Saturday, March 17th – 4,5th Grade Basketball Jamboree, SFS Seoul Foreign School

ELEMENTARY PROJECTS TO ASSIST OUR COMMUNITY

We are excited to announce that the 5th Grade Spirit club will be hosting our Heifer Read-A-Thon “Hope for Nepal.” We will be sending home the Read-A-Thon information on Wednesday, March 14th. Now all we need is for your child to read and record their reading minutes. It will officially start on Monday, March 19th with a Book Character Kick-Off Assembly, and go until April 9th. Thank you for your support!
Please contact Ms. Goodrich if you have any questions regarding this community event. We are hopeful to have many families participate in this activity!

We have had a great year and we are confident that this will continue throughout the remainder of the school year. With students, staff and parents working together, great things will continue to happen for students in our school. I appreciate the opportunity to work with your children on a daily basis!

Sincerely,

Mr. Art