Freesia School September 2015 Newsletter Update
Freesia School celebrated Teachers Day on September 5th, the students lovingly wished their teachers a “VERY HAPPY TEACHERS DAY!” This is an important day at Freesia for students and teachers alike. Teachers enjoyed a wonderful time at the Garden Asia Resort that was planned by Building Blocks on the 7th of September.
Attendance and Nutrition
No. of students enrolled: 107
Total number of meals served this month: 2,756
No. of school days: 20
No. of Students Enrolled (Day): 94
Average attendance: 83
Attendance in %: 90
No. of Students Enrolled (ASP): 15
Total breakfasts served: 1,501
Total lunches served: 1,255
Total number meals served since opening at Freesia: 88,273
Total ABC-BB School partnership meals since opening: 242,403
This month they learned about even and odd numbers. They also learned to write numbers from 1-100 and fill in missing numbers. They were also able to read and circle the correct numbers of tens and ones family. They learned addition through concepts.
K4 children learned to order numbers through circle time stories and with activities like – flannel board hearts, kids in all sizes, play dough balls, seeds, tall towers, snake chambers, length of yarn, board jump, weighted cans, sock it to me, egg weights, sandy texture, rising waters, tone bottles, button grabs, hang the shirts and kites.
In Jolly Phonics K5 reviewed jolly sounds. They learned to blend, segment and read high frequency words, CVC words and tricky words. They also learned how to blend the words by using diagraphs. They were made to read simple sentences from a simple reader.
K4 children learned sounds of letters for f, b, j, z, a, i, r, m, d, g through story, action, formation and also by blending.
Local Language Kannada:
This month they learned correct formation of letters from e to oo also had writing practice on slate and book
This month they learned about medical care and hygiene – my body, taking care of my body, keeping my body safe. Also, they learned about weather – wondering about the weather and weather changes every day.
Children also learned about – national symbols of India, famous places in Karnataka, famous personalities and the famous monuments
Children learned about community helpers – teacher, doctor, nurse etc. They also learned about health and safety – how to get plenty of rest, wash your face and hands, keep your hair clean and neat.
This month they learned about shapes and colors and also they started fun with math class.
In Jolly Phonics, they started to learn about Jolly Phonic aspects through – environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme.
Also, children learned being attentive with stories and activities.
An evaluation was conducted for K3, K4 & K5 by Building Blocks curriculum coordinators Susan, Meher and Selvi. Results are awaited!
Children are encouraged to play outdoors every day. Fifteen minutes of physical activity is included daily in their school schedule.
Well balanced nutritious meals were prepared and served every day. Children were fed breakfast and lunch on all working days. Delicious meals were prepared and served with love every day at the Freesia School!
After School Program (ASP)
With a total of 15 students of grades 1 and 2, the ASP program is going very well. This program helps the students in the evening with their homework which they bring back from their respective schools. This program is a supportive program which assists our previous graduates to keep up with their school work.
On September 22nd the staff and children celebrated the AlphaBet Club’s Founder,Troy Swanson’s birthday by having cake and sending him best wishes. Special meals were arranged for the children on that day.
A community meeting was held by the social workers Christina and Pushpa on September 30th. The topics discussed were – student attendance, cleanliness and hygiene.
A special thank you to the staff that supports Freesia at our Implementation Partner, Building Blocks, and also to all Infrastructure Funding Partners, AlphaBet Club donors and volunteers, Rotary Club Amsterdam International and Wilde Ganzen.