Principal's Notes

News and reflections from the Maternelle, our early learning center.

October 28, 2020

With Halloween around the corner, you might be busy preparing costumes and decorations. Our students, at home and on-campus, have been busy too! There might also be discussions around fear and being scared and I wanted to share some ideas on how to approach that topic with your child.

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September 2, 2020

Whereas your child has joined us remotely or on campus, it has been a pleasure to be able to teach and educate them again, from our little ones rocking their masks on everyday to our kindergarteners adapting to their remote schedule, and trying their best to focus and participate during their online sessions. Please take some time to fill out our "Return to Survey Campus" if you have not done so already. It would help us plan how to best support the children who would be coming back to campus and our families who will make the choice to stay at home.

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March 12, 2020

We appreciate the support of our community as we work to meet the challenge of COVID-19. Please take a moment to read the message from our Head of School and know that we will be in touch as the situation develops. As always, be assured that our children's safety is our priority. In class, we make sure everyone washes hands as they enter the classroom and we continue to wash hands regularly. An interesting resource to use at home: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus?

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February 27, 2020

In the Maternelle, we establish a strong conceptual basis for numeracy and mathematics. We focus on conceptualizing, more than memorizing algorithms. We strive to challenge their thinking, encourage them to play with numbers, figure out real-life problems, and play games with numbers in a meaningful way.

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Sirika Yong,
Maternelle Principal 

  • Believes in a multilingual, inquiry-based, differentiated, and nurturing education. 
  • Strives to tailor each child's school experience to their needs and to bring their potential to light.
  • Graduated from the Sorbonne Nouvelle with a Bachelors' Degree in English, from INALCO with a Bachelor's Degree in Khmer language and civilizations, and from the University of Grenoble with a Bachelor's Degree in French as a Foreign Language.
  • Worked in international schools and French institutes in South Korea, China, and the United States. 
  • Always inspired by William Butler Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire".