ES: Learning Journeys (Registration Begins)

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Learning Journeys

Friday, March 22nd, from 07:45AM to 4:00PM

(No School)

Dear ES Parents,

A Learning Journey is a special time for children to share and reflect on their progress at school with family members. You are warmly invited to your child’s Learning Journey on Friday, March 22nd. The children are excited and proud to welcome you to their classroom and share their learning with you.  Thank you for being part of this important event!

Please register for an appointment for your child(ren)’s Learning Journey.  Parents are advised to book early as the online sign-ups for Learning Journeys operate on a ‘first come-first served’ basis.  The ES Learning Journeys online booking system will be available from Monday, February 25th, starting at 9:00AM to Friday, March 15th, ending at 9:00AM.  

Learning Journeys are led by the children and last approximately 90 minutes. This time is divided between two parts:

  • A 60-minute classroom discussion (scheduled) and
  • A 30-minute period for specialist classroom discussions (unscheduled, before or after the classroom discussion).  The Specialist classrooms are open from 7:45AM to 11:15AM and from 12:30PM to 4:00PM.

Students should be able to present their Learning Journey to their parents without the distraction of siblings.  Therefore, as a courtesy to our SSIS parent community, our school will provide staff supervision of school-age children at the elementary playground area during conference times.  If parents would like to use this service, please bring your child to the playground 10 minutes before the start of the Learning Journey.

Please see below how to register for learning journeys.

Sincerely,

 

Daniel J. Keller, PhD

Principal, Elementary School

How to register for Learning Journeys

In order to register for an appointment, you may find detailed directions at:

You may also follow the simplified steps below:

  1. Point your internet browser to the following location: https://es.ssis.edu.vn/login/
  2. Login using your PowerSchool account: Use your PowerSchool username and password.
  3. Click the Green Button (Book) to select a date to meet your children’s homeroom teacher.
  4. You will get appointment(s) confirmed on the webpage.
  5. After complete all bookings, parents can click the button “Send Confirmation Email To Your Inbox” at that time.
  6. After the registration system is closed, the ES Office will send you a confirmation email to remind you of your scheduled appointments.

Note:

  1. If you do not know your PowerSchool username and password, please email: powerschool@ssis.edu.vn or call Ms. Nghi at +84 28 5413 0901 x 30201.
  2. During the sign up weeks, parents have chances to change the appointment(s) by clicking on “Change Appointment” button. Remember that when you click on the “Change Appointment” button, that time spot immediately becomes available for another parents.
  3. Please do not register different children at the same time.  Each child’s Learning Journey should be scheduled at a different time.

WHAT IS A LEARNING JOURNEY?

A Learning Journey is a special time for children to share and reflect on their progress at school with family members. You are warmly invited to your child’s Learning Journey on Friday, March 22nd. The children are excited and proud to welcome you to their classroom and share their learning with you.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A LEARNING JOURNEY?

A Learning Journey is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to see how their child has progressed within the classroom environment. It is another opportunity for you and your child to take an active part in the assessment process, but this time you do so together. This is a special time for your child to reflect on, celebrate and share his/her progress with you. This is not a time to have a parent-teacher conference.  If you would like to have a longer discussion with the teacher, please contact them by email to arrange for a separate appointment.

WHAT IS MY CHILD’S ROLE IN THE LEARNING JOURNEY?

Your child will escort you around the classroom. He or she will talk to you about what s/he has learned and share the work completed at school. Your child will share his/her work with you and perhaps “teach” you a few classroom activities. Remember: Your child leads the Learning Journey!

WHAT IS THE PARENT ROLE IN THE LEARNING JOURNEY?

Your primary role during the Learning Journey is to give your child your undivided attention. Ask questions about your child’s work and learning environment and respond positively to your child’s efforts in school. Families are encouraged to converse in their first languages during the Learning Journey.

WHAT IS THE TEACHER’S ROLE IN THE LEARNING JOURNEY?

Teachers will assist and support the children in preparing for their Learning Journeys. They will set up the classroom environment to facilitate the process of the Learning Journey and be available to support families if necessary. Learning Journeys are not an appropriate time for families to ask teachers about their child’s progress in school.  If parents are interested in having a separate conference with teachers, please contact them by email to arrange for an appointment.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING JOURNEYS?

Learning Journeys give children the opportunity to share and celebrate their learning in a comfortable setting and to take a leading role in the learning and assessment process. The children take pride in sharing their classroom and the work they’ve completed, and they gain confidence and oral language skills as they communicate their learning with others. Learning Journeys give parents a wonderful opportunity to see, hear and experience school through their children’s eyes. During their visit, parents will be able to see first-hand what and how their children learn in school. Teachers welcome the increased involvement by parents and students and provide the support and means for children to successfully take the lead during Learning Journeys.

WHAT ABOUT SPECIALIST CLASSES?

Please schedule an additional 30 minutes before or after your scheduled Learning Journey appointment to visit your child’s specialist teachers.  Students may take parents to their various specialist teacher classes to share their work with parents. Please ask your child to lead you to their specialist classes.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE LEARNING JOURNEY?

You will be asked to reflect on your child’s Learning Journey and to complete a feedback questionnaire. Please return the feedback on the following day. As always, if there are questions or concerns on your part about your child’s progress, direct contact with the teachers should be made after the Learning Journey day.

Thank you for your support in this important process. We are confident that you will enjoy celebrating your child’s achievements in this way and look forward to welcoming you to our classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Daniel J. Keller, PhD

Elementary School Principal