Dear ES Families,

It’s hard to believe it is already March and we only have three months left in the school year. Our students and teachers are working very hard to get ready for our ES school-wide writing prompt on Monday, March 11th (Noon dismissal). As I walk around our school, and visit classrooms, 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 is 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 mathematical vocabulary 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 on how they solved the problem. 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 2, Saturday Boosters Starts – Basketball
• March 9, Saturday ES Junior Choir Festival at Seoul Foreign School 8:00 am -3:00 pm
• March 11, Monday ES Writing Prompt Early Dismissal 12:00 pm- Buses leave at 12:15
• March 15, Friday Trimester Ends (61 days)
• March 16, Saturday, 4/5th Grade Basketball Jamboree at YISS.
• March 18, Monday, Read-a-thon Kick Off Assembly 8:00 am Auditorium
• March 22,, Friday, Report Cards come home with students
• March 25-29 Spring Break No School
• April 6, Saturday, Battle of Books Competition Grades 4/5 Dalton International School
• April 9, Tuesday ASE After School Enrichment starts
• April 11-12, Thursday & Friday, Parent Teacher Conferences PTC
• April 29, Monday, EPC meeting MPR 9-10:30 am
NO SCHOOL DATES (School Closed)
Friday, March 1st due to a Professional Learning Day fot the SIS teachers and staff.
Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 28 Spring Break (School Closed)

EARLY DISMISSAL

Monday, March 11th 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 9th Elementary Junior Chorus Music Festival at Seoul Foreign School.

Saturday, March 16th – 4/5th Grade Basketball Jamboree, YISS

Saturday, April 6th Battle of the Books, Dalton International 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. We will be sending home the Read-A-Thon information soon. Now all we need is for your child to read and record their reading minutes. It will officially start on Monday, March 18th with Kick-Off Assembly, and go until April 5th. Thank you for your support! Please contact Ms. Sarah Kim kims@siskorea.org 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 so far 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