Friday, 3 October 2014

Many thanks to:
All parents for attending the Parent-Teacher conferences!  It was nice to talk to you!
To all families for making/creating/preparing a wonderful and delicious World Teachers’ Day celebration on Friday!  We really appreciate your efforts and creativity!

Book character parade on Thursday!  Thursday and Friday we will celebrate reading at ISR.  This will be an opportunity for all students to focus on the importance and magic of books.

October 13-17 Fall Break (no school)

On Tuesday we enjoyed playing xylophones and drums with our Music teacher Ms Rūta.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Toddlers enjoyed painting with cars and motorcycles, and finding out what happens when one mixes blue and yellow!
On Wednesday we welcomed a new student to our class – Joaquin from the United States of America! On Wednesday we also welcomed our school’s librarian Ms Legzdiņa to our class for the first Library lesson and we listened to a story “We are going on a Bear Hunt” - the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
On Thursday enjoyed playing ukuleles with Mr Mark – our other Music teacher!
The weather has been really nice, though slightly chilly outside, so we had a lot of fun with our friends from Preschool on the playground.
Please remember to bring mittens/gloves – the weather is getting colder!

Preschool 1a
This week Preschool 1a have been learning about Poland, Israel, and Sweden! While creating these countries colourful flags we have been practicing our fine motor skills such as water colouring, cutting, pasting, colouring, and pressing plasticine.

On Monday Jakub’s mummy came in to present information about Poland. We admired the beautiful pictures of Poland and found the ‘sleeping warrior’ in the mountain range. We made colourful head wreaths with paper ribbons and enjoyed the yeast based apple pancakes so much that we have included the recipe for you to try at home:

Yeast based apple pancakes!


2.5 cups of flour
1.5 cups of milk
25 g of fresh yeast
1 egg
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 apples ( usually I ad 3 - 3,5 however it depends how big apples we have) powdered sugar

1) Fresh yeast, mix with 3 tablespoons of warm milk and a pinch of sugar. Set aside for a moment.
2) In a large bowl mix flour, egg, warm milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon into smooth dough (electric mixer also works!). Leave dough in a warm place (not fridge) for 1 to 1.5 hours.
3) Peel and cut apples into cubes and cover with some lemon juice. Add it to dough (if the dough has risen).
4) Heat a frying pan. Add oil to the pan. Prepare a glass of hot water. Dip the spoon in the water, and then draw the dough spoonful at a time. Fry pancakes on both sides until brown. Serve with powdered sugar. Yum!

On Wednesday we learnt that in Israel the spoken language is Hebrew and that books are read from back to front!  Noga and her mummy shared many wonderful picture books with Preschool 1a and Preschool 2 children and read a book, in Hebrew, about balloons that pop one by one…. however, the last balloon, doesn’t pop… it flies away. We also enjoyed watching a the folk tale of the farmer and the turnip, and If your happy and you know it clap your hands, in Hebrew!
On Thursday we learned about the location of Sweden on the map of Europe and its yellow and blue flag.  We had Knut’s mummy join us with a video about Astrid Lindgren’s character Emil and listened to songs relating to this rascal of a character!  We also enjoyed watching how strong another of Lindgren’s character, Pippi Longstocking, can be! During the course of the week the Preschool 1a and 1b children have come together on a number of occasions to practice the song and dance we will be performing during Latvia’s Independence Day celebration.

Preschool 1b
Preschool 1b focussed on Germany this week. On Monday Ms Britta introduced the children to some facts and traditions and read a fairy tale from her hometown called “The town musicians of Bremen”.
In Art class everybody made a beautiful lantern which we later used to for a “lantern walk” – a tradition children in Germany love!
One morning project included painting the German flag and later on Frederik shared gummy bears, a typical sweet from his dad’s country, in the same colours: black, red and yellow. We also had the chance to try some German pretzels. Yum!

Preschool 2
Thanks to Alissa’s and Lorenzo’s families for supporting our learning journey this week!  We had lots of fun exploring and learning about Italy.  At snack we had the pleasure to taste delicious pizzas and some ham, cheese and crackers.  The Italian flag we coloured and decorated in our Art class.  The masks presenting the carnival in Venice were made in class and the gondolas traveling through Venice waters were made in Art class.

During this week students enjoyed outdoor play a great deal.  We have been particularily lucky with the weather J  Although it is still sunny, let’s remember that it is chilly and the cold days are near….  Make sure your child has appropriate clothing every day when attending school.

Have a restful weekend and see you next week at school for our next journey with exciting learning, fun activities and lots of laughter!

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