Parent Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences Parent Teacher Conferences are an opportunity for parents and teachers to share information about each student - their successes, their strengths, and their areas for growth. It is an opportunity for parents to learn more about what is going on in the classroom and for teachers to hear how students are doing at home. With each conference lasting from 15 to 20 minutes, parents can make the most of the time by preparing a little ahead of time. Here are some tips to make the most of your upcoming Parent [...]
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Mr. Rance Kuwata International Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Originally from the state of Hawaii, Mr. Rance joined St. Mary’s as a Grade 3 Teacher. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Chaminade University before starting his teaching career in Hawaii and moving on to international schools in Taiwan and Singapore. "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.” - Thomas H. Palmer What do students learn in your Grade 3 classroom? Students in my class will learn how to be effective communicators and [...]
Benefits of After School Activities With students in classes for just seven hours a day, there isn’t always time for all of the learning, growing, challenges, and fun that we have to provide for our students. That is where our After School Activities program comes in! At St. Mary’s, we provide after-school activities for our KG, Elementary, and (soon) Middle School Students. These activities provide students with opportunities to engage in organized group activities that allow them to develop talents, learn new skills, socialize, strengthen friendships and make new friends outside of their grade and classrooms. [...]
The Grizzly House System Common in the British School system, school houses provide opportunities for students to develop and thrive outside of their regular academic schedule. Each house is made up of students from different grade levels, allowing students to meet, work, and bond with students of different ages. This provides opportunities for teamwork, leadership, and relationship building. Membership in a house also provides students with another layer of identity, another group to be a part of, within the larger school community. Here at St. Mary’s, as GRIZZLIES, it is only natural that our houses are [...]
Mr. Micah Smith International Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Micah is from Palo Alto, California and previously worked as a teacher at the United Nations School of Hanoi. He also worked as a Foreign ESL teacher in Thailand and Romania. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a TEFL certification. "Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning!"- Robert John Meehan What brought you to the teaching profession? I have always been passionate about teaching. I started teaching English after [...]
Happy First Day of In-Person Learning! After such a long wait, we finally welcomed our KG - Grade 5 Grizzles to campus TODAY! St. Mary's was buzzing with excitement as students arrived, were met by Mr. Darrin, had their temperatures checked, were led to their classrooms, and met with their teachers and classmates for the first time for IN-PERSON LEARNING! Our halls and classrooms have been filled with the sounds of learning and laughter and there is a smile on every face. The day we have all been waiting for was all we could have imagined [...]
We are so excited that we are all able to come back to school in person on Tuesday next week! Here at school, we have been preparing for this all year, but at home, families just have a short time to prepare. While this is sure to be an exciting time for all of our students, they may also have some worries, too. Here are some things that you can do with your child(ren) at home to help them manage this exciting transition. TALK ABOUT COVID SAFETY In-person learning will be a different experience [...]
Ms. Sunshine Paris International Elementary ESL Teacher Ms. Sunshine is from the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree and is a Licensed Professional Teacher with a TESOL Certification. Before joining St. Mary’s, Ms. Sunshine worked as an ESL and Elementary teacher in the Philippines and a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Hanoi. She has experience teaching English as a Second Language to elementary and high school students, as well as working as Montessori Preschool Teacher and a Jolly Phonics teacher. Education is the path to innovation. [...]
This month, our Grizzlies discovered the value of CONFIDENCE. They learned about the importance of loving themselves and started to explore the concept of a GROWTH MINDSET. At the beginning of the month, our Grizzlies discussed what it meant to have CONFIDENCE. We started by talking about all the things they loved about themselves - from our hands, our faces, our hair, to our personal talents and even other people in our lives. In Guidance lessons, we created personalized worksheets to show off our SELF LOVE. Check it out! [...]
KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM / PROGRAM OVERVIEW Our Kindergarten Program Our Grizzly programs are specially tailored to address the developmental and learning needs of students at each age. Our Grizzly 4 program uses My Teaching Strategies - The Creative Curriculum®, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum, which features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills. We’ve chosen this curriculum because it focuses on the skills and knowledge that are most important for helping your child to be successful in school. Throughout the year, The Creative Curriculum® helps [...]