Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dominican International School Kaohsiung

107 Chung Hua 1st Road
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.  804
Tel: (07) 552-3989    
Fax: (07) 553-7397
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Dear Parents and Students,
WELCOME TO GRADE ONE!  My name is Ben Harris, and I am delighted to be teaching your children for the upcoming school year. I am a certified teacher, originally from the UK, and have lived here in Taiwan for 5 years. I have been an educator since 2010, teaching in South Korea, Canada, and here in Taiwan, where I met my fiancée, Chantal. I like my classroom to be student-centered, with a focus on positivity, empathy and teamwork. I like to encourage my students to take responsibility for their own learning, and to help each other achieve their goals.
NEW AT DISK Over the summer, DISK underwent some major changes. We have an amazing new computer lab, several Smart Boards, an Audio Visual room, new classroom computers and state of the art wiring throughout the school. Plus, we have subscribed to some incredible online programs such as RAZ Kids for Reading, Mathletics for mathematics, and Encyclopedia Britannica for science and social studies research. I am thrilled to see all of the opportunities these changes are providing for our learning!  
GOOGLE CLASSROOM & BLOG  In addition to student assignment books, Grade 1 homework will be posted on Google Classroom. To access this, you just need to accept the Google Classroom invitations that I send you.  In addition, we will use a classroom blog (firstgradedisk.blogspot.com) for sharing pictures, updates and reminders.  
PARENT & TEACHER COMMUNICATION  Healthy communication between parents and teachers greatly supports students, and increases their learning. I intend to be in regular contact with you throughout the school year. To get started, I’d love to hear all about my new student. Please see the attached request for information, “A Million Words or Fewer,” and tell me all about your child!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at bharris@disk.kh.edu.tw if you have any questions or concerns, however big or small!

Mr. Ben Harris
Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher
NOTE: In the past, DISK requested classroom funds from each student at the beginning of the year.  This year, instead of requesting funds up front, we are asking that parents make sure their child has all of the required school supplies throughout the school year. See the list below for the supplies for Grade 1:
Pencil Case
containing the following:
  • pencils (non-mechanical)
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpener
  • ruler
  • scissors
Small basket/pouch/case containing the following:
  • 1 dry erase marker
  • tissues/wet wipes
  • glue stick
  • coloring pencils
  • English name stickers
5 x Lined Notebooks size A5.

2 x Notebooks with handwriting lines size A5

1 x Blank notebook size A5

1 x Plastic wallet document folder size A4

5 x Pocket folder (one for each subject, to hold student work).
1 pair of quality headphones with a microphone (microphone is essential for math & literacy programs).
1 x water bottle and a healthy snack each day (no junk food, soft drinks, chocolate, candy, etc.)
For PE:  (Wed & Fri)  
an extra P.E. shirt to change into!
For Art Class:
1 x A4 sized sketchbook  &  1 x Art shirt or apron

  • The last page of the student handbook must be signed by both parents and student and returned to school.
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (& Mass Days) students are to come to school in formal uniforms, per the dress code outlined in the student handbook. Wednesday and Fridays are sports uniforms. The 2nd Friday of each month is a Free Dress day!
  • School hours are 8:00am-3:30pm, with an elective program every Friday during ECA time, 2:45-3:30pm.