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The Newsletter - October Edition 2013 - 2014 From the Principal

Event Enrollment Party Parent Reading Workshop Culture Week

The first four weeks of the new school year have flown by quickly. It has been a joy to see the children settle into school routines and start their first units of inquiry of the year, eager to try out newly acquired skills, curious to learn more every day. I have had opportunities to spend some time in different classrooms and enjoyed watching the activities: Kindergarten children singing along with the Language Coordinator, developing their vocabulary while having lots of fun …, 3rd wondering how the world was created and putting their thoughts into their creation stories …, students building their gross motor skills during

Class Activities Early Years - Physical Education Preschool/Grade 1/2 Trust Grade 1/2 - Word Attack Preschool - Mr. Seifert Expert Interview

carefully structured playtimes in the playground …. The beginning of the school year also saw the start of new extracurricular learning experiences in our Wednesday Afternoon Program: Currently music, art and soccer workshops are offered in cooperation with Kansai International Music Academy, the artist Maki Schmok and GOALS English Soccer School. In these workshops our students find new challenges and benefit from the expertise of expert teachers and coaches while practicing their English language skills. If you are interested in this program, don’t hesitate to contact the Office. Learning academic concepts and skills is only part of the educational program, though. Equally important is the development

Important Information Calendar New Website Oktoberfest Sports Day Communication Guide for teachers

of strong social skills and emotional stability. Having good interpersonal and intrapersonal skills supports academic development and success. For many children the beginning of a new school year poses a special challenge as they return to school after a long summer together with their families, adjust to a new environment, culture and language after having moved to Japan from another country, join pre-kindergarten or kindergarten after having been taken care of by family members for most of their lives. As parents you can help your children develop social skills and emotional stability by showing confidence and pride in their independence and by developing a trustful partnership with their teachers. I wish you and your children a wonderful time in October!

Best regards,

Ursula Shioji

Deutsche Schule Kobe – European School 3-2-8 Koyochonaka Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032 Japan Tel.: 078-857-9777・Fax: 078 857- 9775・http://www.dskobe.org/・mail@dskobe.org


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Die Schulzeitung - Oktoberausgabe 2013 - 2014 Von der Schulleitung

Veranstaltungen Einschulungsfeier Elternabend Lesen Woche der Kulturen

Liebe Eltern, die ersten vier Wochen des neuen Schuljahres sind schnell vorbeigeflogen. Es war eine Freude, den Kindern dabei zuzusehen, wie sie Schulroutinen aufgebaut und ihre ersten Einheiten begonnen haben, mit Eifer neu erlernte Fertigkeiten ausprobieren und jeden Tag Neugierde zeigen mehr zu lernen. Ich hatte Gelegenheit, Zeit in verschiedenen Klassenzimmern zu verbringen und hatte Spaß daran, die Aktivitäten dort zu beobachten:

Unterricht in den Klassen Sportunterricht und PYP im Kindergarten Vorschule und 1./2. Klasse - Vertrauen 1./2. Klasse - Word Attack Vorschule - Experteninterview mit Herrn Seifert

Kindergartenkinder, wie sie zusammen mit dem Koordinator für Sprache sangen, dabei ihr Vokabular weiterentwickelten und großes Vergnügen an dieser Aktivität zeigten …, Dritt- und Viertklässler, wie sich fragten, wie die Welt wohl erschaffen worden sei und wie sie ihre Gedanken in ihren selbst erdachten Schöpfungsgeschichten zu Papier brachten …, Schüler, wie sie ihre Grobmotorik in sorgfältig strukturierten Spielzeiten ausbauten …. Mit dem Schuljahresanfang begann auch das Mittwochnachmittagsprogramm mit neuen Lernangeboten außerhalb des Unterrichts: Zur Zeit bieten wir in Kooperation mit der Kansai International Music Academy, der Künstlerin Maki Schmok und der GOALS English Soccer School Workshops für Musik, Kunst und Fußball an. In diesen Workshops werden die Schüler mit neuen Herausforderungen konfrontiert und profitieren von den Fachkenntnissen der Lehrer und

Wichtige Informationen Kalendar Neue Website Oktoberfest Sportfest Kontaktinformationen der Klassenlehrer

Trainer, während sie gleichzeitig ihre Englischkompetenzen trainieren. Wenn Sie Interesse an diesem Programm haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an das Sekretariat. Der Erwerb von Wissenskonzepten und Fertigkeiten ist jedoch nur ein Teil des Lernprogramms. Genauso wichtig ist die Entwicklung starker sozialer Kompetenzen und emotionaler Stabilität. Gut mit Anderen und sich selbst umgehen zu können trägt zu einer erfolgreichen schulischen Entwicklung bei. Für viele Kinder stellt der Schuljahresanfang eine besondere Herausforderung dar, wenn sie nach einem langen Sommer zusammen mit der Familie an die Schule zurückkehren, sich nach einem Umzug aus einem anderen Land nach Japan an eine neue Umgebung , Kultur und Sprache gewöhnen oder in den Pre-Kindergarten oder Kindergarten kommen, nachdem sie bis dahin die meiste Zeit ihres Lebens von Familienmitgliedern betreut wurden. Als Eltern können Sie Ihren Kindern dabei helfen, soziale Kompetenzen und emotionale Stabilität zu stärken, indem Sie Vertrauen und Stolz auf ihre Unabhängigkeit zeigen und eine vertrauensvolle Partnerschaft mit ihren LehrerInnen entwickeln. Ich wünsche Ihnen und Ihren Kindern eine schöne Oktoberzeit!

Herzliche Grüße

Ursula Shioji

Deutsche Schule Kobe – European School 3-2-8 Koyochonaka Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032 Japan Tel.: 078-857-9777・Fax: 078 857- 9775・http://www.dskobe.org/・mail@dskobe.org


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EVENTS - ENROLLMENT PARTY The first day of school is a special day for all the new First Graders-it is a milestone in the children's lives. Our new First Graders Ayu, Eason, Hariki, Jules, Leon, Marin,  Rinne, Sena, Tatjana and Ysa received their brightly colored cones by the Second Graders, who welcomed them to our class.

Welcome, Grade 1

Grade 2 performed a play about the story of enrollment.

The whole school sang a song to welcome the new students to the Grade 1 Class.

The Grade 1 and Grade 2 class together. Let’s learn and have fun together.

The Grade 1 and Grade 2 students then returned to their classroom to settle in.

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EVENTS - READING WORKSHOP Mr. O’Neill and Ms. Fukae led a reading workshop to give guidelines and tips of strategies to use at home to support reading with parents and the their children. They displayed a presentation based on best practice and research findings and offered practical and effective strategies to use at home.

A presentation of materials and samples of reading related work and activities were also offered for parents to look at.

Link to the Presentation: http://goo.gl/ZDv13h

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CULTURE WEEK - 2013/2014 Culture Week was a huge success with all of the school enjoying learning new songs, stories and games from different cultures. Some of the songs, stories or games were familiar to some students. They enjoyed leading the rest of the school in the activities. A hearty thank-you to all of the presenters who made it such an exciting week.

Japan

China

Web link to Blog on Culture Week: http://dskobe.org/desk-news-blog/

France

Australia

Russia

Germany

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Class Activities Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Mr. Seifert helped the children to correctly and carefully make super forward rolls on the mat. Each week they will practice and be introduced to new gymnastic skills.

The students showed Peter and Kookie how carefully they could balance on the stepping stones. They moved carefully to make sure they didn’t push anyone off another stepping stone.

Riding the trikes was a fun activity. Steering around the course required lots of concentration. It was important to check that we didn’t bump into anyone else on the course.

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Class Activities Preschool and Grade 1 & 2 Inquiry theme: Who we are? Relationships are enhanced by learning about other people’s perspectives and communicating our own. The students were blindfolded and organized in pairs to help each other with a variety of obstacles and challenges. Some challenges required careful listening to instructions and trusting your friend. • Building trust and support • Understanding and learning about different perspectives • Speaking and Listening to careful instructions

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Class Activities Second Graders teaching the First Graders how to make words with certain word patterns. They use Word attack strategies to figure out the word.

Some Word Attack Strategies - Say all the sounds - write the letters for each sound. Check all the sounds are there. Does it look right? Does it sound right? - How many syllables can you hear? Try to write them. E.g. cal-en-dar - Clap out the syllables - Use your word bank - Ask a friend Deutsche Schule Kobe – European School 3-2-8 Koyochonaka Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032 Japan Tel.: 078-857-9777・Fax: 078 857- 9775・http://www.dskobe.org/・mail@dskobe.org


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Class Activities Preschool

Unit of Inquiry: Who we are? Making  balanced  choices  about  daily  rou4nes  enables  us   to  have  a  healthy  lifestyle. Mr. Seifert was invited as an expert speaker to the Preschool class. As a Physical Education specialist he was able to share with the class his knowledge about healthy lifestyles. He shared information and answered questions on choosing from food groups and how the foods help us stay healthy. Mr. Seifert talked about fitness and what the students could do to keep their body fit and strong. The students were able to share their knowledge of what they knew and ask questions to find out more.

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Wichtige informationen - Kalender Wichtige Termine im Oktober 4 11 18

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Lunch on the Lawn Field (sofern Wetter und Temperaturen dies erlauben) Lunch on the Lawn Field (sofern Wetter und Temperaturen dies erlauben) Ganztägiger Schulausflug für Grundschulkinder Habtagsausflug und Nachmittagsbetreuung für Kindergartenkinder (Schul-T-shirts erforderlich) 19 Sa Oktoberfest (Schul-T-shirts erforderlich) Bitte kommen Sie und bringen Sie Familie und Freunde mit! 21 Mo Schulfrei 23 Mi Assembly 25 Fr Lunch on the Lawn Field (sofern Wetter und Temperaturen dies erlauben) 26 Sa Sporttag und Oktoberfest Thank-you Party 28 Mo Beginn der Herbstferien 22. Okt. 22 – 25. Okt.: Elterngespräche 28. Okt. – 1. Nov.: Herbstferien

Wichtige Termine im November 4 6 11 15

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Erster Schultag nach den Herbstferien (Sporttag, falls es am 26. Okt. regnet) St. Martin Osaka Christmas Market (Schulkinder) Keine Nachmittagsbetreuung für Kindergartenkinder Open Day Lunch on the Lawn Field (sofern Wetter und Temperaturen dies erlauben) Assembly PYP Workshop (schulfrei)

Wichtige Termine im Dezember 6 Fr Nikolaustag 13 Fr Weihnachtsmarkt 16 Mo Beginn der Winterferien 16.Dez. 2013 – 3. Jan. 2014: Winterferien 6. Jan. 2014: Erster Schultag nach den Winterferien

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Important information - Calendar Events and Activities in October 4 11 18

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Lunch on the Lawn Field (weather and temperatures permitting) Lunch on the Lawn Field (weather and temperatures permitting) Whole day excursion for school children Half-day excursion and afternoon care for kindergarten children (School t-shirts required!) Oktoberfest (school T-shirts required) Please come and bring family and friends!

21 Mon Holiday after Oktoberfest 23 Wed Assembly 25 Fri Lunch on the Lawn Field (weather and temperatures permitting) 26 Sat Sports Day and Oktoberfest Thank-you Party 28 Mon Autumn Holidays begin Oct. 22 – Oct. 25: Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 28 – Nov. 1: Autumn Holidays

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First school day after Autumn Holidays (Sports Day if it rains on Oct. 26) St. Martin Osaka Christmas Market (school children) No afternoon care for kindergarten children Open Day Lunch on the Lawn Field (weather and temperatures permitting) Assembly PYP Workshop (no school)

Important Dates in December 6 Fri St. Nicholas 13 Fri Christmas Market 16 Mon Winter Holidays begin December 16, 2013 – January 3, 2014: Winter Holidays January 6, 2014: First day of school after the Winter Holidays Deutsche Schule Kobe – European School 3-2-8 Koyochonaka Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032 Japan Tel.: 078-857-9777・Fax: 078 857- 9775・http://www.dskobe.org/・mail@dskobe.org


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Important information - Website Our new website went ‘live’ last week, please bear with us as we update information and add new content to the pages.

DESK News is the link to the Whole school Blog that has up to date, by the minute information, news and event information.

Website Link: www.dskobe.org

The new website is designed to be more smart phone and tablet friendly by allowing navigation buttons to remain seen and clickable. The site is organised into two areas. The upper part is our information pages where you can find out

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Important information - OktoberFest

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Fun, Music, Food and Beer!!!!

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Important information - Sports DAy

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Important information - Class communication This year we have moved to an integrated homeroom for the Grades 1 - 6. This information and email links to teachers is to insure for that the responsible teachers for the homerooms have equal access to important emails from parents or the PTA and able to act on them. The Joint Homeroom teachers share equally the duties, responsibilities and tasks of the homeroom.

Principal - Mrs. U. Shioji principal@dskobe.org PYP coordinator - Mr. M White coordinator@dskobe.org Early Year Team - Ms. A. Nakajima & Ms. A. Mönch azusa.nakajima@dskobe.org & anita.moench@dskobe.org Preschool - Ms. F. Choi flora.choi@dskobe.org Grade 1/2 - Joint Homeroom: Mrs H. Böck & Ms. J. Fukae Heidemarie.Boeck@dskobe.org & jill.fukae@dskobe.org Grade 3/4 - Joint Homeroom: Ms. A. Rose & Mr. C. Hurst Anne.Rose@dskobe.org & chris.hurst@dskobe.org Grade 5/6 - Joint Homeroom: Mr. M. Dörrer & Mr. J. O’Neill michael.doerrer@dskobe.org & john.oneill@dskobe.org Please ensure you send any class related emails sent to the Joint Homeroom that both Homeroom Teachers are emailed to ensure optimum communication.

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