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Important Note: No Screen Day

Important Note: No Screen Day

Dear Parent,

While digital devices can provide endless educational content, unlimited screen time can be harmful. With this thought in mind, we aim to continue with our initiative of No Screen Day every Monday.

No one learns in the same way because of different learning styles and different abilities. Technology provides great opportunities for making learning more effective for everyone with different needs. It is important to acknowledge that students are interested and engaged in using technology and hence we integrate some forms of technology in the classrooms to make teaching and learning more effective. Afterall, student learning is paramount to us.

Keeping this in mind, we have amended the policy. In order to avoid any learning loss, the teachers will be allowed to use some or the other forms of technology during classroom instructions on No Screen Day as well. This will help us cater to the varied needs of the students. But, a very close check will be kept and it shall be used only where any loss of learning is foreseen.

In order to successfully implement the No Screen Day for our students we seek your support. We are sure that with your support, together we will be able to create a conducive learning environment that will have a perfect balance between health and technology and ensure that the students refrain from using the screen at home.

Thank you for the cooperation!

Regards,
Ritu Chopra
Become A Responsible Digital Citizen

Become A Responsible Digital Citizen

Dear Parents,

Since the beginning of this year, we have been talking about integrating Digital media in the classroom and sensitizing students and parents to become responsible digital citizens. Going further, we also conducted a session on ‘Digital sensitization’ with the parents and took an initiative to observe ‘No Screen Day, once every cycle.  Let me confess, both the initiatives, remained absolutely successful in spreading an awareness amongst students and parents, not only about the careful use of digital media in our lives, but also knowing different ways of protecting our personal identity.

However, the world of learning online is quite interesting and challenging in itself. Therefore, extending ourselves further, we had an audit done for the devices in the month of February; and to our surprise, the results were astonishing. We found that in spite of cyber policy in place and constant reminders by the teachers, students were found using parents’ account,  proxy sites and extensions, downloaded games/movies/songs, and different chats and messenger apps.

The question here to ponder is whom to blame, should we blame ourselves or media? Or should we blame our surroundings? Or should we blame the forever evolving tech industry? Well, we will never be able to find the right answer to any of these questions; as there are multiple factors that impact the digital transformation of our current generation. Therefore, it is important that we upgrade ourselves and keep on moving towards our target of increasing digital awareness. It is rightly said,

Digital citizenship is a way of life in today’s digital society. Living and working in any society comes with both rights and responsibilities. It is not enough to teach our students how to use technology, we must also teach the how to use if legally,ethically, safely and responsibly. (The Role of ICT in the PYP, 2011)

We request all the parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning and get themselves equipped with the basic use of technology. How is it possible that as parents, we are actively involved in social media sites and other applications, but when it comes to accessing our parent account, we show less or no interest in learning to use or access email account? At Fountainhead, there are some basic expectations from the parents that are well communicated, at the beginning of the year. And therefore, reiterating those facts again, we recommend you to learn to access parent account. In addition,

  • remain positively engaged in your child’s learning,
  • support their good choices, review privacy settings,
  • teach critical thinking,
  • explain the implications,
  • help your child be good digital citizen,
  • empower your child to handle issues,
  • encourage your child to be digital leaders
  • Make sure that your children are using the devices in a central and open location at home

As a  parent, the best way to encourage your children to be responsible digital citizens, is to educate them about the benefits and risks of using technology. Just as you help them to stay safe in the real-world, for example by teaching them to cross the street safely and to inform you when they want to go somewhere, parents today need to ensure that their children are aware of the rules they should be following when using technology. Remember that you are your child’s first teacher and role model, and that it is important for you to stay updated with the technologies that your children are using.

Digital Citizen Resources for Parents:

Regards,

Ritu Chopra and Zahabiyah Shaikhmahmood

Change in homeroom teacher: Coalition

Change in homeroom teacher: Coalition

Dear parents,

Please note that Ms. Meenakshi Mahajan has resigned due to her personal reasons.

Ms. Katy Desai is appointed as the homeroom teacher of Coalition w.e.f 28th February 2017. She is a PYP trained teacher and has been working with grade 5 since 15th July, 2016.

Ms. Katy Desai has done her MSc Mathematics from VNSGU and Masters in Actuarial Science from University of Waterloo.

I wish her all the very best for her new role.
Regards,
Ritu Chopra

National Student-Teacher Exchange Program 2017

National Student-Teacher Exchange Program 2017

We, at Fountainhead are always finding new and intriguing ways to help our students get maximum exposure to innovative ways of learning; with this purpose in mind we are organizing National Student-Faculty Exchange Program in Jan-Feb-2017.

Purpose:
Student exchanges are intended to increase the participants’ understanding and tolerance of other cultures, as well as improving their language skills and broadening their social horizons.

We are starting the program for this year…..to continue their journey ahead… The students and teachers from Hyderabad will be coming to Surat.

Experience from last year’s visit:
In 2015-16, 8 students from Grade 5 accompanied by Ms. Ritu Chopra and Ms. Chandni Gandhi visited Hyderabad and spent 3 days understanding the school and its culture. They were left awestruck by the different language, lifestyle, food, hospitality, and most importantly the working environment and best practices of the school.
They had a wonderful time staying with the host families, infact they could actually experience the PYP in action; and demonstrated all their learning in various ways through assembly presentations, classroom visits and even after school during sight seeing and roaming around the beautiful city of Hyderabad.

Host family
Exchange students live with a host family. A host family volunteers to house a student and a staff member from Silver oaks school, during their exchange program visit. The family does not receive any payment for hosting. The host families need to be well prepared to experience a new culture and give a new cultural experience to the student. Host families are responsible for providing a stable family environment for the student, and for cultural immersion after school. (Spend time with them-sightseeing, dinner etc.)

The details of the program are as follows:
a) Partner school – Silver oaks school-Hyderabad (http://www.silveroaks.co.in/)
b) Dates for Silver oaks students and teachers to visit is 12th Feb. to 16th Feb. 2017
c) The dates for our visit to Hyderabad is 29th Jan. to 2nd Feb. 2017
d) The cost would be approximately in between 20,000 to 23,000. Students are required to fund their own participation for their visit to Hyderabad) (The cost may change depending on the number of students finalized for this program and Flight charges)

If you are willing to enroll your ward as a part of the program. Kindly fill up the consent form by 19th December, 2016.

First preference shall be given to students who have opted to go to Hyderabad for 3-4 days under the exchange program and are also willing to host a student and staff member from the Silver oaks school.

Once your ward’s selection is confirmed by the school’s management, further details will be mailed to you.

(Kindly note that the due date to fill up this form is extended, as the majority of the parents faced a technical issue in filling up the form.)

Important Note

Important Note

Dear Parents,

This is to inform you that Ms. Ruchika Bhatia, HRT of Grade 5 Synergy is on leave for about a month due to medical reason. Hence, the PTC scheduled dated 28th November is put on hold only for Synergy section. Other sections will have their PTC as scheduled.  Once Ruchika ma’am resumes, she will share students’ report card and conduct the PTC( Tentatively mid December) . Further details in this regard will be updated on the blog. In her absence, Ms. Katy Desai will be taking her class.

Ms Katy Desai has completed her training and have been supporting students (who need extra assistance in academics) of all the sections of grade 5 .She has spent a good time with the students of class Synergy, shares a good rapport with them and is always found encouraging them to perform better. She makes herself available to all the students and is an excellent communicator.

I further request all the parents to extend their support and cooperation.