Dear QSI International School of Bratislava Community,

I trust that you are all enjoying the spring like weather these days!

First off, let me explain my extreme gratitude for all of the warm and caring families who opened their homes to the 60+ visiting student-athletes this past weekend.  This was an amazing display of international hospitality...thank you once again!

Secondly, please come join us Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Bratislava for our annual Informational Evening.  There will be presentations, teacher tables, student work on display and much, much more.  Come for 30 minutes or stay as long as you wish....there's so much to see and learn about the QSI Bratislava experience.

Have a great week!

Kind regards,

Daniel Blaho, Director

QSI International School of Bratislava

This week we introduced the comparison between day and night along with wh- questions (who, what, when, where and how) with our little 2YO and 3YOs. At the beginning of our lessons, the children were introduced to the differences between day and night and were encouraged to speak about their day and night routines. For example, in the day we wake up, eat breakfast and go to school; while at night, we eat dinner, read books and get ready for bed. Next, the students created pictures of day and night including all of the important details such as the sun in the day and the moon and stars at night. Lastly, we read a book about day and night, What Makes Day and Night, and the students answered wh- questions about the story using simple words or phrases.

Ms. Madeleine Desauvage
2 Year Old Teacher
In the 5YO Classroom, students are learning about Forces and Motion.  This week students were given blocks, cardboard tubes, and marbles with the challenge of showing how to change the speed and direction of an object.  The classroom was filled with excitement and laughter as students built ramps and bridges to show off their understanding of the challenge!  After this activity, I am 100% certain we have a few aspiring engineers in this classroom!

Mrs. Joanie Conley
5 Year Old Teacher
In 8 year old math class, the students are learning all about fractions. The students are developing an understanding of fractions as a quantity formed by 1 part when a whole number is divided into equal parts. They will study fractions as a number on a number line and represent them on a number line diagram. The students will learn how to explain the equivalence of fractions and how to compare fractions by reasoning out their size. Here, the students are reasoning out fractions using fraction bars. The students are able to compare the different size fractions and figure out what an equal fraction is by lining up the different colors. The fraction bars really help the students to visualize the different sizes of fractions. The fractions bars also help the students to compare fractions with the same denominators and different numerators by using models and reasoning out strategies. Lastly, the students generate equivalent fractions by folding paper, using area models and dividing models to make equal shares. The students really enjoy learning with the fraction bars!!

Mrs. Bonnie Phillips
8 Year Old Teacher

The 13-year-old cultural studies class is working on demonstrating their understanding of concepts from ancient Japanese cultures. The shoguns and samurai, are well-known, but there are less well-known facets to Japan’s feudal culture as well. It was a very hierarchical society. Everyone had a role to play and individuals rarely moved up in social circles. The students are now able to sort the Japanese hierarchy, and they are able to compare and contrast Japanese feudalism with European feudalism. This will help them in their understanding of cultural differences during various times and places. Our community is composed of many diverse cultures, with a number of colorful cultural structures woven inside. This might seem natural to those of us living ‘inside the structure’ but foreign to those outside of it. Lessons like this one help build understanding between cultures.

Mr. Kelly Phillips
Algebra, Economics, and Cultural Studies

                                        Mr. King's AP World History and AP Human Geography classes are just over half way through the coursework. That means it's time to review all that information and commit it to paper to see where the gaps in information are. Both classes are fun and interesting, but challenging as students learn the material as well as learn how to be top students. The midyear reviews and exams are the first foray into being responsible for more than a unit's worth of material for many students and a perfect time to teach study skills and group cooperation to prepare for larger exams. Way to go, illustrious students!

Jared King
AP World History, AP Human Geography, Music
In Spanish, we are now using the acquired knowledge in order to produce more and more.
In Spanish Intro I for elementary, students made a presentation about themselves. They wrote about their family, their clothes, their pet, and even drew themselves. Then, they had to present a classmate in order to practice conjugation.
Secondary II Spanish is now starting a new unit where food vocabulary and gerunds are going to be combined. Our first exercise consisted of preparing sandwiches as snacks. It was not only very instructive but also delicious.

Mrs. Gabriela Ledesma
Spanish Teacher
After coming back from the break, our little musicians started to prepare for the next concert. We have been working on learning new songs, a choreography, and new musical instruments. This time they will performe a simple melody on xylophones. Children are fully engaged in activities and games which encourage their listening skills in every lesson. 

Ms. Nikoleta Jonasova
Music Teacher
            It's that time of year again when the weather starts getting warmer and you have that itch to do some Spring Cleaning, both in the home and the classroom! Let the Art department help you out!!

We are looking for your unwanted clutter and junk - Do you have unused toys? Broken instruments? Unusable bicycle parts? Old or stained clothing? Defunct electronics? Don't just throw them out - donate to the Art Department! You may call it trash, but we consider it treasure! 

This year we are specifically looking for broken toys, plastic items, old bikes/equipment, etc. We will use these items for many projects and your donations support our students' wild imaginations and creativity.  

Mrs. Erin Kenealy
Art Teacher        
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