Welcome 2015-2016 – Tutoring


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Math, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies, We are reading…, Welcome | Posted on August 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great summer and your child is enjoying his/her new classes and teachers at East-West.

This blog will now focus on another grade/class. I’ll continue teaching part-time at East-West and tutoring students from all grades.

If you feel your child needs a private tutor, feel free to contact me!


Grade 3M @ East-West 2014-2015


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on June 19, 2015


Dear Students & Parents,

Thank you for a Fantastic Year! Have a Super Holiday!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Camping – Kirirom National Park


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Parent-Teacher, School goals, We are reading… | Posted on May 8, 2015

We are reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. This book teaches us that Dark does not have to be scary.


One of the reasons Dark is Exciting and Fun is because we can see fireworks and sit around a camp fire. Our students love this idea: Go Camping and Sit around a Camp Fire, and have asked me where and how they can go camping. I’ve told them about Kirirom National Park and thought it could be a good idea to share it with all of you. This place is great for a family holiday surrounded by nature!


I asked them what they’d like to do if they went Camping and these are some of their answers 😉

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Thank you for your suggestions 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

*Grade 3M*

Being Responsible – Responsibili-Tree


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies | Posted on April 24, 2015

Our school goal last month was Being Responsible. We discussed with our students about Responsibility and how they can show responsibility. You can see below the meaning of Responsibility and some ways your child can show he/she is responsible. You can also see an activity we’ve done to be aware of our daily responsibilities. I will ask our students to take their work home so you can post it on the fridge or on their bedroom door 🙂

What is responsibility?

  1. Being accountable for what you do, for your actions and behavior.
  2. Doing the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you.

    *What are ways you can show responsibility?

    1. Complete your homework and chores on time without being reminded.
    2. Follow through on your commitments, even when you don’t feel like it.
    3. Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t make excuses or blame others.
    4. Take care of your things and those of other people. Return items you borrow.
    5. Find out what needs to be done and do it.
    6. Make wise choices, such as choosing to eat healthy foods and wearing a helmet.
    7. Always do your very best. Others are counting on you!

    “I am responsible for doing the work I need to do today even though it may be hard.” ~Helen Keller


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    *GRADE 3M*:-) 🙂 🙂 

What do kids learn about Music in Grade3?


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Music, Parent-Teacher, School goals | Posted on April 3, 2015

In Grade 3, students develop understanding of musical concepts through participation in various musical experiences (e.g., listening, singing, moving, simple instrumental playing, playing with musical manipulatives).

By the end of Grade 3, students will:

Apply the creative process to create and perform music for a variety of purposes, using the elements and techniques of music;
to communicate their feelings, ideas and understandings in response to a variety of music and musical experiences; demonstrate an understanding of a variety of musical genres and styles from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts.

The Creative Process comprises the following stages:

Challenging and inspiring
Imagining and generating
Planning and focusing
Exploring and experimenting
Producing preliminary work
Revising and refining
Presenting, performing and sharing
Reflecting and evaluating

Enjoy this video! 🙂 🙂 🙂





ICT – Fun and Challenging


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in ICT, School goals | Posted on April 2, 2015

ICT plays an important role in our school, not only during ICT lessons but in all our lessons, from Primary to Secondary. Using ICT in teaching-learning processes has proved to be highly beneficial for encouraging students to learn and participate in all subjects.

Last Thursday, I attended our boys’ ICT lesson with Mr. Rob and I saw them enjoying every part of the lesson while creating their own designs. They are using TUX PAINT. Tux Paint is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

You can download Tux Paint in your child’s computer so he/she can practice at home! Click here

Some interesting facts about the advantages of Using ICT at school: 

It has been proved that new technologies have lots of benefits on the students.

ICT allow for a higher quality lessons through collaboration with teachers in planning and preparing resources (Ofsted, 2002). Students learn new skills: analytical, including improvements in reading comprehension (Lewin et al, 2000). ICT also develop some writing skills: spelling, grammar, punctuation, editing and re-drafting (Lewin et al, 2000). Still new technologies encourage independent and active learning, and students’ responsibility for their own learning (Passey, 1999) ICT proves that students who used educational technology felt more successful in school they are more motivated to learn more and have increased self- confidence and self-esteem. It is also confirmed that many students found learning in a technology-enhanced setting more stimulating and much better than in a traditional classroom environment (Pedretti and Mayer-Smith 1998).












Thank you for your comments and participation

Ms. Marta

The importance of SPORTS for children


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in School goals, Sport, Welcome | Posted on March 24, 2015

Sport and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, they learn about the importance of key values such as:
fair play,
respect for themselves and others, and
adherence to rules.

At East-West we highly encourage these values and they are passed on to our students by our enthusiastic P.E. teachers and coaches.

Last Friday I attended our students’ P.E. lesson and I was so gratified to see them learning while having so much fun! All of them were participating, supporting each other and contributing to the game. I thought it would be a good idea to share some photos so you can see your child enjoying his/her P.E. lesson at East-West 🙂


Do you know what your child’s favourite subject is? Well… most of them agree on P.E. being their favourite subject because it’s fun and it makes you feel healthy and stronger!

Is there any subject in particular you would like to see your child participating in? If so, please, let us know! And we will write about it and share some photos in our next post 🙂

Thank you for following us and sharing your ideas and comments.

*Grade 3M*

Express Yourself & Listen to Others


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in School goals | Posted on December 17, 2014

This month’s school goal is to express ideas, thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways and listen appropriately to others. The two slogans we are using for this school goal are: Express yourself everyday & Listen with your brain, ears, eyes and heart 😉


Our students are doing a great job preparing our school ASSEMBLY which will be held on Friday 19th, before Christmas Holidays. They are showing that, as we are all different, we are good at different things and we have different ways to express our ideas and feelings.

These are some examples of our students’ abilities and their preferences to express their thoughts:

Riley: “I love talking and sharing my ideas talking to my friends”

Irene: “I love writing stories where I can let my imagination fly…”

Da Eun: “I love music! When I’m feeling a little bit moody, I like playing my violin.”

Kith: “I enjoy doing class presentations because I can express my ideas and thoughts about something. This is our class presentation about endangered animals.” photo4

Malika: “I love drawing… I express my feelings in my drawings”.

Samady: “I dance when I’m happy.”

Jessie & Hui Sang: “We love singing!”

Phalratht: “I love laughing and sharing my happiness with my friends.”

Because we have different nationalities and languages in our class, languages play a very important part of our daily life, both at school and home. Our students love languages and, because they know I love them too and I can speak other languages, they always ask me how to say this or that in French or Spanish or Chinese… We have learnt a useful expression every month since we started this school year.

September: “On y va!”, which means “Let’s go” in French. We use it when we come back from the playground 🙂

October: “Hao de” (的), meaning “OK” in Mandarin.

November: “Grazie” (Thanks in Italian)

AND… in December, we’ve learnt a Christmas song in 3 languages: English, Spanish & French: “Jingle Bells, Vive le Vent, Navidad…” They love it! And it will be part of our assembly this month.

I’ve noticed they are becoming more aware of languages and how the same thing can be expressed in another language. For instance, when we were studying shapes in Math, they learnt where the words for shapes come from (“polygon”, coming from Greek and meaning “many sides”). When we were studying “Homophones” in English, they learnt the meaning of this word, also coming from Greek (1 sound) 🙂

This has awaken their interest about other languages and cultures, and it also means I can share my passion about it with them.

To close this post, let us show you some of the posters we’ve done for our assembly!





… If they are not listening at home, you can use the magic words:


Thank you for reading this post and following our journey through Grade 3! Your comments and ideas are much appreciated.


Ms. Marta



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