Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3B Rocks another year of PE!

Head into the summer with a few useful tips:
1). Stay active! Get outside and move!
2). Rest and relax! 
3). Have fun!! 

Have a great summer everyone and great job this year! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Highlight of 3A's Year

As the school year draws to a close, we have been reflecting on our time in Grade 3 and taking note of our triumphs and challenges. We have been thinking about both the progress and the memories we have made together in 3A. Looking back, we realize that we have accomplished a great deal and we have so much to be proud of.

As a class, we unanimously agreed that one of the biggest highlights of our year was preparing and presenting our How We Express Ourselves End-of-Unit Performance. This performance provided an opportunity for us to develop and demonstrate the attitudes, learner attributes, and transdisciplinary skills that we have been learning throughout our PYP school lives. The performance also allowed us to show off our talent as dancers, actors, puppeteers, magicians, and circus entertainers.

If you were unable to attend our performance, we warmly invite you to view the videos below.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Celebrating Our Achievements in Writing

This year the students in Grade 3 were introduced to a workshop approach to writing. This approach is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. The workshop setting encourages students to think of themselves as writers, and to take their writing seriously.

A typical Writer's Workshop session consists of a 10-15 minute mini-lesson, followed by 20-30 minutes of sustained writing and conferencing with teachers and peers. The workshop often concludes with a 5-10 minute sharing session, where writers read what they have written and seek feedback from their classmates.

Throughout the year, the third-grade students embraced the workshop method and worked with great independence, enthusiasm, and commitment to improve their writing. On Tuesday, May 30th we held an assembly to celebrate the tremendous growth and progress they have made as writers.

Just prior to the Grade 3 Writing Celebration, the students in 3A had a pizza party to celebrate their World Creative Writing Month victory. 

World Creative Writing Month is a global writing competition hosted by the British education technology company, Night Zookeeper. The 3A girls participated in the competition alongside students in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, India, China and various other countries around the world. After writing more than 115,000 words, 3A won first place in the Year 4 (Grade 3) category.

The 3A girls were thrilled to have Ms. Sandra 
and Mr. Hughes stop by to hand out their prizes.

Mr. Towse, Japan's Night Zookeeper Ambassador, also stopped by to hand out 
some special prizes to the three students who wrote the most words.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seisen Students Share Their Talents at Trust Garden

On May 19th, Seisen's Gr. 3 and Gr. 4 students held a special performance for the residents of Trust Garden to celebrate St. Raphaela Day.  In the spirit of St. Raphaela, we are encouraged to reach out and help others with our gifts and talents.

Students prepared a varied program of music and dance. The First Communion students danced reverently in their white dresses, while the schola sang along.  The Gr. 3-4 choir shared songs from around the globe.  The Gr. 4 students performed on their recorders.  The SASA Monday dancers performed "Singing In The Rain."  The residents joined in for the popular song "Do Re Mi."  Finally, all the students performed their flash mob mash-up while many of the Trust Garden staff danced along.

We are grateful to all who helped us with chaperoning on that day, especially parents who took time out of your schedules to come to school.

The Gr. 3-4 choir sings "Music Alone Shall Live."

The First Communion group shares the song "Table of Plenty."

The Gr. 4 students performed on their recorders.

Residents enjoyed the magical sounds of the SASA girls performing "Singing In the Rain."
The students ended with their flash mob mash-up, Advice to Seisen Seniors.  Even some of the staff members and residents joined us by clapping their hands and dancing.

Seisen International School Grades 3 and 4 presentFlower - Free images on Pixabay
 “Springtime Joy”
St. Raphaela Day of Service concert event
Trust Gardens May 19, 2017  

Jubilate Deo           Michael Praetorious
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Table of Plenty        Dan Schutte  
First Communion dancers
Si Cantemo             Italian folk song
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Ode to Joy              Ludwig van Beethoven  
Recorder:  4A  class
Amazing Grace       Traditional American hymn  
Recorder:   4B  class
Lead Me, Lord          John D. Becker
First Communion dancers
  Music Alone shall live        German folk song
Grade 3 and 4 choir   
Artsa Alinu       Hebrew folk song from Israel
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Music is Fun      David R. Asplund
Grade 3 and 4 choir
Singing In The Rain  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Words by Arthur Freed
tap dance by SASA Dancers
Sing Along:  Do-Re-Mi   Music by Rogers, Words by Hammerstein
Seisen Elementary Dance Flash Mob Mash-up  “Advice To Our Seisen Seniors”
“Rockabye” ft (Clean Bandit SHAKED remix Sean Paul and Anne-Marie;
“Better When I’m Dancing” Meghan Trainor
“Say Hey (I Love You)” Michael Franti (Kidz Bop version)
“Try Everything” Shakira
“We Are Beautiful” One Billion Rising  Lisa & Marleen

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” Justin Timberlake

Saturday, May 20, 2017

3B Prepare for ES Sports day in Individual pursuits!

The 3B class prepared for ES Sports Day and learned more about running, jumping and throwing techniques. 

Central Idea: Exploring individual pursuits through running, throwing and jumping events. 

Success criteria for running:
1). Eyes focused on where you are running, keep head steady 
2). Arms bend like an L-shape, hands go from hip to nose 
3). Lift your knees and find a good pace depending on whether it is long distance or a sprint 

Success criteria for throwing:
1). Opposite leg forward 
2). Appropriate technique based on which item you are throwing 
             -For overhand throw (koosh ball ) use T, L, Cross my body technique 
             -For frisbee toss, hug the frisbee and fling and release 
             -For foxtail throw, grab at the second color, spin clockwise and release in front 
3). Use your full energy on the throw 

Success criteria for jumping:
1). Use the running technique 
2). See the hurdle and know when to jump
3). When jumping over the hurdle, lift your knees

Friday, May 12, 2017

Upcoming Events

It was wonderful to see so many Grade 3 parents come out to cheer on our students at this year's Sports Day. If you were unable to attend, please check out the highlight reel below, courtesy of Mr. Brittain.

Photos from the event are also available through the Parent's Secure Portal on the Seisen website. 

Instructions for Logging into the Secure Portal:
All Seisen parents can access both the "Parents" and "Students" portal of the Seisen website using the e-mail address registered with the school.

If you are logging in for the first time this year:
  1. Go to
  2. Click on the "Parents" button at the top of the page
  3. Click on the "Forgot Username or Password" at the bottom
  4. Enter the email address you have registered with the Records Office
  5. Open the email notification sent to you
  6. Enter a new password that will be easy for you to remember
  7. Allow your browser to remember your password
  9. Email the Records office with any problems
If you have already set up your password on the new website since February and your browser has your password saved, you should be able to enter directly using the link to the photo galleries.

It is a very busy time of year at Seisen. Here is a rundown of some the events happening in the next couple weeks:

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:30pm the students in 3A will present their How We Express Ourselves end-of-unit performance.

On Friday, May 19, 2017 the Seisen community will honor St. Raphaela, the founder of the Order of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with a Day of Service. The third graders will participate in a gardening service project on-campus. To learn more about this important Seisen event, please enjoy the 60 second video below, starring Sister Celementina.

On Tuesday, May 23rd the students in Grade 3 will go on a field trip to the Institute for Nature Study. This field trip will aid the students' Sharing The Planet inquiry into the importance of plant diversity.