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Welcome to School Year 2019-2020!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to school year 2019-2020!

The school year has a lot in store for us. Exciting times ahead! I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I believe our collaboration will result to an engaging and fruitful learning experience that will benefit the children in Kindergarten YM.

I am Yna Maria U. Mendez and I will be your partner in helping your children learn and develop new skills this school year. I have been teaching for eight years and this is my third year here in Chinese International School Manila. Prior to CISM, I served as a Kindergarten teacher at Xavier School San Juan for six school years. Aside from teaching, I also write books. I currently have three published textbooks under DIWA Publishing. I graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a specialization in Special Education. I also have credits in Educational Psychology from the same institution.

I have always believed in student-centered learning in my years as an educator. With this in mind, I go for activities that would elicit self discovery, curiosity, and collaboration.

In our journey to acquire new sets of knowledge and skills, please be assured that I am here to guide and help your children reach their aspirations and goals. Together, we may communicate through your child’s assignment notebook or e-mail (ymendez@cismanila.org).

 

Looking forward,

YNA MARIA U. MENDEZ
Teacher
Kindergarten YM

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Moving Forward!

As we approach the end of the year, the students were able to showcase their skills and talents.

We wrapped up our lessons. In ELA, we read and wrote independently. In Social Studies, we learned the importance of learning economics in our daily lives. In Science, we explored the sources and uses of light. We had fun looking for shadows! In Math, we measured different objects using the things we use everyday.

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We already started to practice for our Moving Up presentation. The students did their best each and every time!

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As a culminating activity of the special subjects, we celebrated the Festival of the Arts. The students sang and danced to show what they have learned in Music and PE. Their words in Visual Arts and Digital Literacy are displayed all around the school.

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Aside from showcasing their work, the students were also able to see what the Middle School and Upper School students worked on through the Maker’s Fest. They had a lot of fun!

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May was truly a great month to cap off our school year. It showed how ready the students are for Grade 1. It was a great pleasure to work and play with a marvelous bunch of students. I hope they keep letting their light shine as they move up to the next level!

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April was A-okay!

April has been the busiest month of the school year.

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We celebrated Easter this April, as well. The kids had a blast looking for the Easter eggs in the playground.

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They also had fun dressing up for the English Week celebration.

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Most of Kindergarten YM also joined the school play, Into the Woods, Jr. It was a great experience for the kids!

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The most exciting event for April was our field trip to Museo Pambata. It was a lot of fun to explore different exhibits.

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We capped off the month by having our assembly. The kids showed how we can be risk-takers!

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We had a lot of work for April, but it sure is fulfilling! We can’t want for our last stretch in Kindergarten. We wonder what else these kids have in store for us in the future.

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Marching On!

March was a month of development. The students worked hard to be better in everything that they did.

We started the month with our Sports Day. It was a lot of fun playing games. It was also a great time for us to learn and practice sportsmanship.


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March is also a special month for our early readers. It is the birthday month of our beloved Dr. Seuss. The students celebrated by watching a puppet show and making a Dr. Seuss-inspired artwork.

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The students were also given a chance to share what they know about reusing, reducing and recycling to the Grade 2 ML students. They were nervous prior to and during the presentation. However, they shared how they felt fulfilled and accomplished afterwards.

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In the classroom, the students also had a chance to creatively apply their lessons. They wrote stories in ELA. They practiced how to write their own word problems in Math. In Social Studies, they made campaign posters to understand how leaders get elected. The students made charts and mobiles to encourage them predict the weather in Science.

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We made a lot of progress this month. It made us more excited to march on to the next month!

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February Flew By So Quickly!

February is the shortest month of the year. However, it is also one of our busiest month of the school year.

We kicked off the month by celebrating Chinese New Year.

The students enjoyed watching the lion dance. The dancers went to the classroom, and it was clearly the highlight of their day.

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The students also performed a special dance for the celebration!

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They also had activities like dragon art and milk tea making.

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Aside from celebrating, the students of Kindergarten YM also showed independence and desire for learning.

In ELA, They initiated drills on sight words.

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They also had an interesting time writing questions, and using these to know their classmates better.

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In Science, we learned about what makes up our planet. The students observed their surroundings. They also described the different things they found.

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In Social Studies, we learned about our roles in the school and in the community. It made the students aware of their responsibilities. It also encouraged them to be better individuals.

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In Math, we practiced adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. The students showed persistence and hard work when answering drills, word problems and worksheets.

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Time does really fly when you have fun. February has been short but the students were able to learn meaningful lessons. On to the next month for more adventures in learning!

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Happy 2019, Kindergarten YM!

Kindergarten YM welcomed the new year with an enthusiastic start!

We went back to work as soon as possible. The students were so excited to learn new things!

In Science, we kicked off our year with a planting activity. We planted seeds on both cotton and soil. They compared the difference in the growth of their two plants. The kids showed dedication in caring for their plants all throughout the month.

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We practiced counting and using bigger numbers in Math. We had a lot of fun learning because of our hands-on activities!

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In ELA, the students get more independent in reading and writing. They enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas about the books they read!

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We have also been discovering more about our beloved school. We also like getting to know the people we learn and play with.

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We celebrated all your achievements this month by having a party for our 100 Days of School!

We started our 100th day by stretching and exercising.

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We rested and ate together in the playground.

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We played games and did art activities to commemorate our achievements after 100 days.

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We definitely made our January count. We hope February will be as awesome!

 

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November to Remember

November was one of the busiest month this year. We had to prepare and practice for Book Week. We also stepped up in our lessons in school.

For our Book Week presentation, we chose the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We sang a song by the Learning Station titled Hungry Caterpillar. The kids had a lot of fun singing and dancing. Their hard work paid off when they were announced the winner of the Book Character Dress-Up competition.

Aside from the students’ exemplary performance, the parents should also be recognized for their enthusiasm and generosity. They worked hard to provide the amazing costumes the kids wore.

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Aside from their performance, the students were also able to practice reading independently. They are becoming more and more confident with their reading skills.

First, they recalled the different kinds of words through relay games. They also had reading drills for simple words and sight words.

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Consistent DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time also encouraged them to read either with their friends or on their own.20181128_085033

The students showed expertise in addition and subtraction. They were able to make their own word problems by the end of November. 20181203_073821

Truly, November is a month to remember. It was a month of a lot of achievements. I wonder what is in store for December? We can’t wait to find out!

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What an October!

October has always been one of the busiest month of the school year!

We kicked the month off by celebrating Spirit Week. We dressed up for Meme Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday and Class Theme Thursday. Our class theme was Flintstones.

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We were able to get to know different countries through awesome Cultural Workshops by the MS/HS students.

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Our last event for the month is the most awaited Halloween celebration. We had a lot of fun going through different stations. We made our Trick or Treat bags, we made masks and we made Halloween snacks! It was capped off by the Trick or Treat activity. We got a little bit scared at first, but we had a great time!20181026_122235 20181026_084332 20181026_090722 20181026_121324

Aside from the celebrations, we learned a lot in our classes.

We practiced reading independently in ELA. 20181023_084123 20181024_084211 20181024_084217

 

We also practiced planning and writing our own stories!

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We talked about how our families are special in Social Studies.

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In Science, we observed change when we made slime.

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With Math, we learned how to use number bonds in addition.20181022_132319 20181022_132409 20181022_132504 20181022_131702 20181022_131817 20181022_131933 20181022_132052(1) 20181022_132159 20181022_131500 20181022_131322

October was truly an amazing month. We can’t wait to learn more and to have more fun in the future. Looking forward to the next month!

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All Set for the School Year

Refreshed from the summer vacation, the Kindergarten YM students are ready for school!

 

They introduced themselves through sharing their self-portraits in class.

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They helped each other learn through pairwork.

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They developed teamwork through fun games and activities!

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Learning abstract ideas became easier through puzzles and experiments.

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Reading books became more interesting with our friends!

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We definitely had a blast! We are looking forward to what we will be doing in October.

 

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Welcome to Kindergarten YM SY 2018-2019!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten!

The school year has a lot in store for us. Exciting times ahead! I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I believe our collaboration will result to an engaging and fruitful learning experience that will benefit the children in Kindergarten YM.

I am Yna Maria U. Mendez and I will be your partner in helping your children learn and develop new skills this school year. I have been teaching for seven years and this is my second year here in Chinese International School Manila. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a specialization in Special Education. I also have credits in Educational Psychology from the same institution.

I have always believed in student-centered learning in my years as an educator. With this in mind, I go for activities that would elicit self discovery, curiosity, and collaboration.

In our journey to acquire new sets of knowledge and skills, please be assured that I am here to guide and help your children reach their aspirations and goals. Together, we may communicate through your child’s assignment notebook, e-mail (ymendez@cismanila.org) or by setting an appointment with our Executive Secretary, Ms. Kitin Conchu (mconchu@cismanila.org) or at Tel. No. (632) 798-0011 Local 103 or 116.

Looking forward,

YNA MARIA U. MENDEZ
Teacher
Kindergarten YM

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