Dear Samakee Community,
Last week I wrote to you about Pfizer vaccinations for KS3, and I am pleased to inform you that we obtained confirmation this week that Phase 2 appointments will take place on October 4th at MedPark. We are delighted that the majority of eligible Samakee students will take advantage of this vaccination opportunity.
Last week I sent home further details of the reopening plans for our school and a list of FAQs which I do hope you found helpful. Our reopening plan is with the MOE, OPEC and the Department of Disease Control, and we are waiting for an inspection team to visit our school and evaluate our readiness to open.
Part of our reopening plan is knowing how many parents will send their children back to school when we open onsite. This information will give us a clearer picture of student numbers so that our Hybrid operating procedures and environment are organised appropriately. Responses from families thus far indicate that 57% want their child to return to school, 29% maybe, and 13% would like their child to continue online learning.
Thank you to every family that has responded to our SAS Reopening Onsite Survey and the SAS Health Declaration Form. The information you have provided is beneficial and valuable evidence that our community is suitably protected through vaccinations. Of the 90% of families that have responded, 89% have been vaccinated, which is very positive news. If you have not done so already, please complete the following forms and let us know your readiness to return to school: SAS Reopening Onsite SurveySAS Health Declaration Form
NEW AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMSNext week, to improve ventilation and increase fresh air, we will install interior air filtration systems in classrooms and learning areas. These automated systems will increase the amount of fresh air pumped into rooms while the outflowing air will form a barrier to keep dust, allergens, germs, and pollutants from entering.
PARENT WORKSHOPYou are invited to join us for two Parent Workshops – Digital Footprint Working in Partnership on Wednesday 6th October and Wednesday 20th October. We will share Links for this meeting with you next week, and we look forward to talking with you.
ONLINE LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS!
YEAR 9 ENGLISH
In our Year 9 English classes, we have been studying John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men. The students have been getting to grips with the injustice of 1930s America and writing some fantastic PEARL paragraphs based on characters in the book. Keep up the good work, Year 9!
UPPER SCHOOL KEY VALUES
In our US Key Value sessions, some students have been brushing up on their cooking skills. Each week they have tried to make a different dish, from banana pancake dippers to rocky road. This week they were tasked with making spaghetti and meatballs. Their dishes tasted and looked pasta-tively amazing! Move over Jamie Oliver, we might have some future junior master chefs in the making.
LOWER KS2 MUSIC
In our lower KS2 online Music classes, we have been exploring different upbeat music styles such as the Pink Panther theme tune and the Bobby Mcferrin song – ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’. There is a lot of positive energy and full engagement! All the students have now written a short sentence and transformed it into a rhythmic composition.
KG AND THE BIG RED BATH
After reading the Big Red Bath by @JuliaJarman, the children in KG had fun making up number stories using their own drawings. They explored addition and subtraction through play as they added or took away an animal from their bathtub. Great counting KG!
Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes throughout the school!
Thank you for your ongoing support, and wishing you an enjoyable weekend.
Monica L Sudhirak
Head of School