News from Corwin International Magnet School
The Five Essential Elements of the PYP-

 Ask your child and your child's teacher what they are learning in their current unit of inquiry.

1)  Knowledge-The significant and relevant content that we want the student to learn about.
  • What standards are begin taught?
  • What exploration is the unit being explored through?

2)  Concepts-Powerful ideas that connect the subject areas together and even go beyond to help the student develop in-depth understand.
  • What related concepts are being taught?
  • Which key concepts are the focus of this unit?

3) Skills- Those capabilities that students will need in order to find success in an ever changing, challenging world.
  • Which approaches to learning skills are highlighted in this unit?
  • How can I help reinforce those taught skills at home?

4) Attitudes-Beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.
  • How is my child's attitude changing towards others and relevant issues?

5)  Action-Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behavior through responsible action.
  • What is my child learning about the world through this unit?
  • In what ways has my child shown growth in their understanding of important issues facing the world?
  • How is my child acting more responsibly? 
(Making the PYP Happen, pg. 10)

We are IB!
Welcome back to school!  We are excited for the 2016-2017 school year, and expect great things from our PYP students.  Our school theme is, "The Power of One" and we hope you will learn how one person can make a difference in the world.  Our words and our actions can impact the world! 

We are excited to work with all of our new 4th and 5th graders as they transition from a primary school setting to an intermediate school setting. We will be learning how to be more independent, manage ourselves, and take ownership for our education. 

Parents often wonder how they can support their child in the intermediate grades.  It is helpful to establish a homework routine each night-a quiet place with few distractions is ideal.  Also, limit your child's TV and media usage-read a book together!  Finally, help your child to establish an organizational system-backpacks, homework folders, and using a planner can help your child stay right on track. Let's have a great year!

Who Do We Want To Be?
The IB Learner Profile helps us answer this question.  The Learner Profile helps us develop into internationally minded people who realize our shared guardianship of the planet and into citizens who strive to help create a better and more peaceful world.  Think BC ROCK TRIP!
Which Learner Profile fits this description?  "We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.  We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences." (PRINCIPLED)

Upcoming International Focus

September 21st is the International Day of Peace. 

Who will you make PEACE with?

The International Day of Peace is recognized all over the world as a day of cease fire so that necessary supplies and medicines can reach those who most need it.

What are your ideas for bringing awareness of the International Day of Peace?  

How can the Learner Profile attributes help us understand and work for a more peaceful world?

How should we manage personal and political conflict?

What skills and understanding do people need in order to world for peace on a planetary scale?

How will we live together in PEACE?
Tracy Vinci,
Dec 11, 2014, 2:36 PM