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Dear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.

That is why our Grade 4 and 5 students will be joining in on a worldwide learning event: The Hour of Code, on December 1st and 2nd. Last year, 15 million students all over the world tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!

At SSIS we believe that as computers and coding are becoming more central to how we are constructed as citizens and to our communication, education, and commercial practices, computer programming is moving from a specialized to a generalized skill our students will need to succeed in their future. Programming is leaving the exclusive domain of computer science and becoming more central to professions like journalism, biology, design—and, through the digital humanities, even the study of literature and history.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that SSIS is ready to teach these foundational skills and that we will continue bringing programming activities to our students.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit “Hour of Code” or check out this promotional video!

Sincerely,

Alfredo Papaseit

EC/ES Technology Learning Facilitator

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