Marvin likes to go shopping, especially
when he gets a special treat. He knows that he can’t have a treat every
time that we go shopping so he has begun to save up his allowance money.
This way, when we go shopping he can buy a book or a special toy for
himself. He is getting very good at saving up his money and he doesn’t
like to waste it all on silly things. Have you ever saved up your money for
something special? Write to Marvin and tell him. You can send your letters
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1) Why did the jellybean go to school?
2) What did the policeman have on his sandwich?
3) Why was the little strawberry worried?
4) Why is an island like the letter T?
1) He wanted to be a smartie
2) Traffic jam
3) Because his parents were in a jam
4) They are both in the middle of water
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Something’s cooking at Prem: The Kindergarten Program
Last Thursday evening parents of the K1 and K2
kindergarten class at Prem Tinsulanonda International School sat down to
steaming bowls of vegetable soup, prepared, not by a chef, but by their own
children. This was no ordinary meet-the-teacher parent information session.
The home-made soup was just one of many displays of
student work. Parents were also presented with life-size self portraits
painted by each student, as well as a documentary film showing their own
children involved in everyday classroom activities which embody the Primary
Years Program (PYP) philosophy.
Oliver (left) and Sophie Berg (right), both 4 years old prepare vegetable
soup for their parents.
As the only PYP certified school in the Chiang Mai area,
Prem offers a kindergarten program that educates the whole child and
stresses experience as a means of furthering intellectual growth. “The
children are given opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover with
hands-on materials. Their play is their work,” explained K1 and K2 teacher
Because children develop 50% of their mature intelligence
before the age of four and another 30% from the ages of four to eight, the
kindergarten years are crucial to ensure later academic success.
Cooking, it turns out, is only one of many creative and
stimuli-rich ways that the kindergarten classes will learn. Educational
field trips, such as last year’s visit to Prem’s on-campus organic farm,
will also help expose students to stimuli from a young age. During last
Thursday’s extraordinary parent information session it became clear that
at Prem the PYP philosophy is more than just talk: it was literally real
enough to taste.
CMIS student council elects new representatives
Chiang Mai International School’s High School Student
Council (SC) held its first meeting on September 3rd to elect its
leadership. Each class, grade 7 to 12, first selected several students to
represent their views as members of this student organization. Executive
officers were then elected from within the council membership. This year’s
new president is Grade 12 student Jon Wang from the United States.
Vice-president is Anna Collins-Wakeman (Grade 11, USA), secretary-treasurer
is Myra Lal Din (Grade 9, Pakistan) and the inter-school liaison is Glory
Kim (Grade 11, Korea).
whole CMIS High School Student Council, 2003-2004.
President Jon Wang, 17, sees the council’s role as one
that incorporates community building and social concern while also giving
voice to the needs and concerns of the student body. Jon anticipates
organizing several “Awareness Days” this year to raise student
consciousness of world and community issues such as the environment, poverty
and AIDS. For the past several years, the Student Council has assumed
responsibility for maintaining the school’s recycling program in an effort
to help CMIS do its part for the environment.
The Student Council plays an important role in building
and maintaining a high level of school spirit at CMIS. They organize
“Spirit Day” events and assemblies each year where the entire student
body wears the school colors (purple, black and white) to promote pride in
CMIS. English Literature teacher Penny Howell, who has been a Student
Council Faculty Advisor since 2001, commented that “the love that the
students have for their school is inspiring - that’s honestly why I became
Last year’s President Vikki Oppel, 17, reflected on her
time on the Student Council as being a valuable opportunity to learn about
leadership. She commented that she often had to balance a number of
differing points of view and “learned to be realistic” and diplomatic.
Jon Wang agreed, adding that he is already learning lessons about the value
of teamwork and delegation as he assumes his new responsibilities.
The CMIS Student Council is keen to promote and develop
relationships between international schools in Chiang Mai and throughout the
country. They hope to send delegates to this year’s International School
Student Council Convention held outside of Bangkok in October.
The other members of the council are: Grade 7 Anna
Wannemacher and Nattikam Atthapreyangkul, Grade 8 Tana Lucksanapiruk and
Elisha Stock, Grade 9 Rebecca Couch and Anthony Frederick, Grade 10 Briana
Bryant, Kimberly Peguero and Sarah Schachtel, Grade 11 Don Fleury and Grade
12 Sascha Bไr and Sung Guk Moon.
Double reason to celebrate
Turning 6 years old is the best reason to have a birthday
party, but having a twin, that’s a double reason to celebrate.
was found in a pi๑ata.
Dennis (middle) and Dacey Leutwiler (3rd from right, both
in the pirate photo) invited all their friends from school, including the
headmaster of the CDSC, Mr. Fred Hartmann (very right).
The children from 4 – 12 years of age went on a
treasure hunt through Mooban Koolpunt Villa where the treasure was hanging
in a tree, waiting to be knocked down like a pi๑ata.
During the hunt, they became more and more like
‘pirates of the Caribbean’ and at the end of the day, Dennis and Dacey
were as tired as all the helping hands that had joined in to make this 6th
double-birthday a unforgettable fun event.
of the Caribbean’ are on the loose!