Last week was a fun-filled week of school-wide math mania! Our Early Childhood explorers focused on shapes, counting, numbers, sequencing, patterns, and symmetry. Lower School adventurers were Math Olympiads, consumers in a cupcake bakery using currency within a budget, researchers of famous mathematicians, and engineers. Middle school learners worked used think aloud problem solving to strategize ways to dissect word problems.
In the U.S. 4th and 5th grade we celebrated math week. In 4th, the students created Fraction Mosaic art. They used colorful scraps of paper to create a design. They found the sum of all pieces used to know the denominator for each fraction and then expressed the number of each color used as a fraction of the whole amount. After, they reflected on their art and the intended effect on their audience, as well as their understanding of fractions.
In 5th, students created a quilt square for a class fraction quilt. Each student was given a particular fraction, 3/4 or 1/16 as examples. They applied these fractions to the design to determine how many triangles to color using red, and how many should be blue. Students practiced finding fractions of a whole number, and they considered how denominators relate to divisors in division.
We also played Krypto, a game in which 5 numbers are drawn from a deck. These 5 numbers have to be used once in an expression to equal a sixth number drawn from the deck, the Krypto number, by using the order of operations. It was challenging at first, but by Friday, many students began developing strategies and seeing connections between numbers.
Important skills in life: math, teamwork, and having fun. Look at these 3rd and 4th graders excel at it all!
We have welcomed several new teachers and staff to our team here at ISA!
Mrs. Armstrong, a U.S. native, has spent the last 10 years as teaching in an IB program at the comes to us from the International School of Helsingborg, Sweden. She enjoys progressive approach to learning and is looking forward to integrating her skills at ISA.
Mrs. Butler, originally from Germany, has been in the states for over two decades. She joins us most recently from Mountainside Middle School. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona and has been teaching for 19 years. She is a leader in robotics and loves math and science!
Alexa is from Paradise Valley, AZ. She attended ASU and the University of Phoenix for her Master's in Elementary Education. She will be helping us in Early Childhood, and loves spending time with little ones! She is excited to share her passion for education with ISA.
Justine joins us to assist with our after school activites!.
Mr. O'Neill relocated to Phoenix from Illinois with his family. He has extensive school custodian and maintenance experience, and we are thrilled that he will be sharing his skills with us!
Page joins us to assist with Human Resources and Benefits. She also owns Dewitt Risk Management Consultants. She and her husband live in Mesa with their two children and dozens of farm animals, from horses to rabbits!
Tuesday, February 6th, from 8:30-10 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
Join us for a parent seminar as we explore ways to instill body positivity in our children. Bodies are not just appearance, but the vessel in which kids will live and learn their entire lives. How they feel about their bodies will impact their How do we help our kids feel confident in their bodies and escape the negative impact of social media? The two seminars will present the same information to ensure the most number of interested people can attend. For information and downloadable resources, visit www.freetobetalks.com
There have been a number of studies lately that link body image to how we view the world, and even to factors such as academic achievement. Free To Be is a research-backed positive body image program for youth. Free To Be empowers boys and girls to reach their full potential by developing media literacy awareness, cultivating individual strengths, building resilience to social pressures that impact body image, and nurturing a positive social environment.
Thank you to Sheila Regher for coordinating this event!
Gail Gold, Headmaster
I am excited to announce the date for the annual ISA Spring Soirée - Saturday, March 24th @ 5:30pm. For the 2nd year in a row, the Black & Bling! event will be held right here at the school. The annual Soirée is both an ISA fundraiser and an all-school social event. This year the event is adding an "Old Hollywood" theme to Black & Bling! for those who care to play dress up. Please save the date!
There are many, many ways to be involved, including:
You are also MORE THAN WELCOME to join the event planning team - if you are interested in volunteering to help with the event, please contact Kimberly Davey, 2018 Soirée Chair, at [email protected] or 602.722.0149.
The all-volunteer event planning team is working hard to make the live and silent auctions better than ever. If you have contacts at businesses you frequent that you would ask for a tax-deductible donation, that is another BIG WAY to help, using our donation letter and donation form. Please return the forms with as much information completed as possible to the front desk or directly to Kimberly.