Library

Sep
03

Sunflower Cottage’s First Month!

We began our first few days of school discussing and sharing what important essential agreements we should agree to follow in order for our classroom to be a safe learning environment for everyone. We had fun working together to act out the essential agreements. These essential agreements are in our classroom as friendly reminders as […]

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May
26

Books are magic

QAIS had the pleasure to host Australian author Ken Spillman. QAIS PYP students had the opportunity to hear a few stories read by their author. Likewise, they had the opportunity to ask and answer questions about books and imagination. Likewise, QAIS PYP students their passion for reading and also showcased their knowledge of literacy skills by asking about the […]

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May
25

QAIS Teachers bring stories to life

The QAIS community hosts a group of talented teachers! To support QAIS Literacy Week 2017, MYP/DP teachers and our very own principal took a few minutes to come to PYP and read to our PYP1, PYP2, and PYP3 students. Mr Dustman, Mr McCarthy, Mr Quist, and Mr North, are natural story tellers who are able […]

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May
25

Authors and the attributes of the IB LP

Two great Canadians,  Ellen Uhlig Rumsey (author) and Debra Toutloff (illustrator) FaceTimed with PYP4,5,6 students. This interaction focused on discussing Uhlig and Touloff’s first collaboration”Finders Keepers”. Besides sharing with students how the ideas for the book emerged, and some important details about their creative process, Ellen and Debra took the time to answer questions our PYP students […]

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May
25

QAIS Parents are Natural-born Storytellers

QAIS parents are natural-born storytellers, and they demonstrate it every time they  join QAIS literacy week. QAIS parents participate by reading stories in their mother tongue to our PYP students. Not only do QAIS PYP students get to hear and have contact with the several foreign languages that are spoken by members of our community, […]

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May
23

Learning to Convey Message through Illustration

PYP5, PYP6 and MYP2 participated in an illustration workshop with  猫小四  AKA Mr. Happy, a local Comic book writer, and also had the opportunity to practice their Chinese language skills. Mr. Happy explained his approach to illustrating to students, and gave them an example of how to use space, width and opacity of lines. After that, […]

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May
26

PYP 3 on the path to a lifelong love of reading!

PYP 3 students continually set a wonderful example of how fruitful it can be to spend time with a good book. Every Thursday during their check in/out session, grade 3 students find a book (or two!) and rush to a cozy spot in the library to settle in and read. Some new Scholastic books have been […]

By Shannon Carney | Library
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May
06

Life Beyond the POI

Naomi Shihab Nye said she became a poet partly because of poetry’s great mystery, and partly because of a second-grade teacher she had who believed poetry was at the center of the universe. Today, at QAIS, it certainly was. PYP2 led an assembly in which they shared some of the outcomes of the unit they […]

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Apr
21

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 4)

On day 4 of the Literacy Week 2016, QAIS learners had the chance to experience the library with their parents. This was an opportunity for students to share information about some of the sessions that have been held throughout the week. Since there was a mini book fair, students were able to tell their parents […]

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Apr
20

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 3)

On day 3 of our 2016 Literacy week, one of the most defining elements of QAIS identity took over the building: our international spirit. Likewise, QAIS appreciation for mother tongues was in the air: students and teachers had the opportunity to listen to the sounds of some of the many QAIS families’ native languages: Chinese, Japanese, […]

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