When we heard about Sissy the very ill community cat who stopped eating and then disappeared, we were very worried about her. Ms Leah then found her but she was very sick. The vet managed to get her stronger again, but she still wouldn't eat. She went over two weeks without eating by herself with Ms Leah feeding her milk through a syringe. Every day we would ask Ms Leah for updates and finally she started eating on her own again! We were so excited!
Now that she is much stronger and healthier again, though, Ms Leah told us she is getting bored being stuck in a room all day. Ms Leah explained she was afraid to let her out of the room though as she might run away and get sick again, or her male cat might chase her. We had the perfect solution. We decided to make Sissy some toys!
First we formed groups and brainstormed what a cat might like.
After discussing our ideas, we planned out what we were going to make, and the materials we would need to make it.
Some groups used books about cats to research what Sissy would like.
Some groups asked Ms Leah.
We collected our materials and began constructing our toys.
At times we revisited and adapted our plans.
Yesterday we invited our Reading Buddies to our class so we could share our writing and get some feedback from then on how we could improve it. A few of us even used the time to do a little writing with our buddies.
This week we started a new unit. As a pre-assessment, we were asked how and why people work together.
Then to Tune In we watched 'The Zax'. They sure didn't work together!
Freya: One was going North and one was going South and neither would move so they bumped into each other.
Maanya: One could have gone around.
Ameen: They shouldn't have fought. One could just move.
Seheon: One could jump over the other.
Freya: They could go back. The one going North, could go back South. The one going South, could go back North.
Cesca: They could have talked it out.
Maanya: They could compromise.
Elliot: When they just argued about it, nobody won. They both lost.
Today we celebrated International Peace Day. We read the book "What Does Peace Look Like" and did some meditation. Afterwards we reflected on what peace is and how we can live our lives more peacefully.
Here is what we wrote:
Elliot: It's important because it is to be peaceful and nice and responsible and safe and honest and kind. And it's agreeing. And being good. And be a great friend.
Freya: Because we don't want to all flight all of the time. Meditating. Be nice to each other.
Maanya: It makes you feel peace. It's quiet. It makes you confident and caring. It can also make you feel peace. It can make you feel like yoga.
Jake: Close your eyes. Be silent. Be loving for them. Be kind.
James: When I want to do cooking but my mom has to put the stuff so I will be patient.
Ryo: Be respectful. Don't fight. No silliness. Don't shout. Be honest. Be safe.
Ameen: You can reflect on your life. I can see a good day. I like the view. I like to frogs. I had a good Peace Day.
Qaseh: I feel peace is like a flower. I help my brother. I make something maybe and I need some help and I help my brother.
Darshan: Peace. Because peace means that calm down and breathe slowly and when you are rude you must calm down. If you calm down it is good. Peace. Be kind to people and help people and don't fight. If you fight someone that means you are not peaceful to him.
Amy: I could be respectful and when the friend was not nice, do not follow so that you would be good and so good. I could be safe and caring and think do not follow when others do not nicely talk about someone. That's respectful and don't be not nice forever. Be nice. That's what it means to be respectful.
Seheon: I can be peaceful but sometimes I fight with my friends. But be kind and calm down. The peace is good. And do not play punch. Be peaceful. Never fight, because it's not good to beat each other and be good.
Isaiah: I can't fight to live peacefully. I can respect others to live peacefully. I can't never be respectful or responsible to live peacefully. I can be responsible to live peacefully. I can't not be honest to live peacefully. I can be honest to live peacefully.
Now why is peace important? Why is because God will bless you. Because God will not harm you. Because you will not be cursed by the devils. Because God will magnify you. Because you will bless your son.
Cesca: Because you must be kind. You must be more caring and be more peaceful, more and more. Be patient. Listen to parents.
Karin: Be respectful. No fighting. No shouting. Don't run. Be honest. Be peaceful.
Chaitanya: I need to listen to my teacher. I need to be caring.
Flynn: Peace. I can be quiet. I can have a better life. My life will be quiet. I will be happy. I won't ever be sad again. I won't be noisy anymore. We won't be noisy. The world is going to be a lot more quiet. More people will be a lot more quiet. The world is going to be a better place. Everyone is going to be a lot more caring. We will never be annoyed anymore in our life. It is going to be the quietest place in the world.
We are fortunate to have a great relationship with Singapore Food Bank. We have supported them by collecting food and monetary donations in the past.
There is a food box in the Student Action Leadership Team meeting room, Room 22. The box will be kept at the school so we can continuously collect donations to be sent to families in need. This work supports the UN Goal of Zero Hunger which the staff and students in MS have been learning about.
We have dates set up for staff and families to volunteer.
Friday was the ES Sports Day. Despite some rain first thing in the morning and some anxious moments about whether or not Sports Day could go ahead, it ended up being a lovely, hot day and a great time was had by all!
In Mandarin we have been talking about Mid-Autumn Festival. Today Ms Linda taught us how to make mooncakes.
Ryo: This is my photo of shichi-go-san when I was 5 years old.
Shichi-go-san means seven, five and three.
It is a traditional event. We celebrate a child's growth.
Three and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old boys are celebrated.
Children dress up in kimonos and visit shrines on November 15th. I wore Hakama, which is like a pant-skirt. Hakama is a formal Japanese outfit for men.
A long, long time ago in Japan, boys started wearing Hakama when they turn five years old.
That's all for today. Thank you very much.
Ameen: Why did you put Chinese? That's 3, 5, 7 in Chinese. See? Look.
Ryo: It's the same in Japan. The numbers are the same. But there are different kinds of writing.
Seheon: Chinese New Year we wear these clothes and this is mine and my shirt. And this is my shirt. The ladies wear a short shirt like this and a long dress. And boys wear this. Shall I wear it?
Ameen: Why do you wear it for Chinese New Year?
Seheon: Not Chinese New Year, but it's like the same.
Ameen: Is it from Korea?
Darshan: Why are there flowers on both outfits?
Seheon: It means happiness. Almost the same in Chinese. And I go to my grandma's house.
It's the same as Chinese New Year. And we eat. And after we get 1 more year. And we eat rice, rice cakes, pears and apples. And we go outside and play outside. And we go to our grandpa and grandma's house.