It is with great pleasure that I announce thatthis month’s newsletter has been written back in the office at HuameiKindergarten. For so many months, students, parents and staff alike had beenwaiting to be physically together in the same place again. Now that we havebeen reunited, we can make up for lost time.
The continued health and well-being of ourstudents is ever present in our minds. In late May, all kindergarten stafftravelled together to be tested for covid-19. All results were negative, and sowe were able to return to the kindergarten with peace of mind.
The last time people were in thekindergarten was in January, and our team was curious and nervous about what wewould find in the school after so many months of being unoccupied. Happily,with the exceptions of some chipped paintwork and a little moisture from recentrain, our facility was still in good condition. That said, there was a lot ofcleaning to be done – four months’ worth of dust had to be removed, forexample. As well, in order to satisfy social distancing standards during thispandemic, the seating arrangement in the different classrooms was reconfigured.
Finally, on June 2 we welcomed back ourfirst batch of students. Parents and caregivers had to say goodbye to theirloved ones at the gate – another necessity of the pandemic – and I am thrilledto report that most of our students took this new procedure in their stride.The first week of back at Huamei for both students and staff was a mix ofreuniting with friends and peers, and getting back in the routine of classroomlife.
Our Principal, Lucia, also spent timetalking to local media about the reopening of Huamei Kindergarten.
The “Dragon Boat Rains” in the first fewweeks of June were a mixed blessing – on one hand, they lowered the summerheat, but on the other, they stopped our students from being able to playoutside. The rains also postponed the flag raising ceremony on several Mondaysto Friday mornings instead.
Our students have now begun their finalUnits of Inquiries (UOIs) for this year. Juniors students are exploring naturalcycles, for example day and night and the four seasons. Of course, every singleday is affected by natural cycles, so this unit can be easily discussed withyour children at any time.
For our medium students, thetransdisciplinary theme is “Who we are”. In recent weeks, our students havebeen encouraged to think about friendships and how they impact their lives. Youcan see in these photos that students were able to illustrate theirconnectedness to other people.
Senior students are investigating wherepeople live and why they live there. This creates a perfect opportunity inwhich our students can use construction techniques to increase theirunderstanding of the world.
And finally, the connect class is alsolooking at friendships. This is certainly an important concept for thesestudents to appreciate, as they will soon leave kindergarten forever and join aprimary school program. Their social circles are about to expand dramatically.
As we near the end of the year, our team ispreparing for the final show to present to our students’ families. We arelooking for to sharing your children’s talents with you very soon.