Posted by: TominThai | 04/10/2011

GIS Performance Day 2011

Posted by: TominThai | 28/09/2011

GIS Class Picture Day!!

Mr. Tom's Y2 Class Photo 🙂

Hi Hello Moms and Dads!

This is just a quick reminder that this week on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of September will be class photo day for us here at GIS.  The photographers from USmile will be in the school doing the photos for secondary on Thursday, and Friday they will be taking our photos for Primary.  Dress code is just the standard uniform, so please make sure the kids are wearing them as we also have PE that day as well.  You may send along the P.E. uniform in their bags and we will get them changed after lunch in time to do their sports with Mr. Kevin.  So make sure to run a brush through their heads Friday morning before you send them off to school, and we’ll do the rest!

Posted by: TominThai | 14/09/2011

A Week in the Life…

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Hello Moms and Dads!

It’s a lovely Wednesday morning here in Year 1 at GIS and I thought i’d take moment to check in with you guys and say hello.  The children are all currently engaged in their weekly swimming lessons as I type this out to you.

The children are doing well in class this week and we’ve been looking at the sounds for letters ‘r’ and ‘m’ and ‘d’ this week in our Literacy time.  We will also be working together as a class to construct a simple story from the short film “Lions are Green.”  We will be looking at the film in class and then taking screen shots of key scenes in the story.  Then we will make up story lines for the pages based on the observations of the students and hopefully be finished by Friday.  Also, don’t forget to please be practicing spellings at home with the children, as some students didn’t do as well as they could have last Friday on the test.

In Maths this week we are working on making the connections between numbers to 10  and their word equivalents.  The children are trying hard to commit the words to memory, so if you have the time you could also be practicing these at home with them as well.  We’re also taking a look at addition sums using 3 numbers instead of 2, so that might come up from your little ones at the dinner table as well in the evenings. 🙂

In Science we’re continuing to work on the “Ourselves” topic by looking at similarities this week.   We will look at how many members of the animal kingdom have the same body parts as we do, and how their senses are even sharper than our own.  This is to teach the children about being a part of the wide world around them in that our similarities far out weight any differences.

Aside from the usual update, there are no big events to report so I will wish you a very good rest of your work week. So, lastly before i close I wanted to let you know that there seems to be a cold virus going around at the moment, so please be extra vigilant at home with washing hands and keeping an eye on your little one.  If they are sick or show signs of the sniffles then we PLEASE  ask that you not send them to school anyway.  It is very easy to spread colds between the students as we are so close all day and the teachers as well try really hard not to be sick.

Thanks for all your support as always and talk to you again soon!

Posted by: TominThai | 06/09/2011

If You Give a Pig a Pancake!

Hello Moms & Dads!

Welcome to September and our first full month for the new Year 1 class this year.  We are doing really well in class thus far, and the kids are doing a great job getting settled into their every day routines here at school.  Year 1 is a big step for the little ones as we try to make the transition to a more structured academic school day, so I hope you guys are getting good reports at home from them about the activities we’re doing in class.

In Literacy this week we’re still focusing on the set 1 of phase 2 in Letters and sounds.  I’ve been doing some work in class on connecting the sounds to some simple words and we’ve been practicing their handwriting as well.  We’re also doing Stories with Familiar settings currently in Literacy and our book this week is “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  We’re going to be exploring what would happen if we invited pigs into our own homes, so please feel free to explore this topic at home as well.

In Maths we covered the numbers to 20 last week, both forwards and backwards.  This week we’re looking at adding numbers using our number lines to count forwards.  Hopefully we can get them to a stage where they can add single digit numbers forwards in their heads to enhance their mental maths skills.

Also, we had a lovely new addition to Year 1 this week and i’m proud to announce that we are very excited to welcome a new student to the class.  We have a new student named Liza from America that started this week.  She is a very happy and outgoing little girl, so i’m sure that she will feel right at home here at school in no time at all.  So, if you see her in the mornings or afternoons be sure and say hello.

As always, please feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions or concerns about anything at all.  Take care and I hope everyone has a great week!








Posted by: TominThai | 01/09/2011

After School Clubs

Hi Moms and Dads!

I’ve prepared this after school clubs timetable to help keep up with where the kids should be going at the end of the day.  Hopefully there will be no more hiccups next week, and thanks again for filling out the information in the communication diaries.  Please double check it for me to make sure the information is correct and please let me know if I have missed anyone or need to update it.  Thanks and hope everyone has a lovely weekend ahead!

Posted by: TominThai | 29/08/2011

Don’t Miss Our Meet the Teacher Evening!

Greetings Year 1 Moms and Dads!

As you are already aware,I hope, all of our Parents are invited to attend the ‘Meet the Parent’ evening tomorrow evening from 5pm. It is a chance for you to come in and meet the new teacher you’ve probably heard so much about from your little ones.  It is also a good opportunity to come in and see the classrooms and ask questions about the upcoming academic year.

The intention is to begin at 5pm in the library across the road in the Primary and Secondary school building, where Mr. Stokes will deliver a short introduction to you all and share a little bit about the new year ahead. Then all the parents of children in EY to Year 6 will be encouraged to go with their child’s teacher to the classroom so that they can get a feel for the learning environment of your children.  I’ve got a few things to share with you as well once we get settled into the classroom, and hopefully we can begin to work together to help your children reach their full potential here in Year 1 at GIS.

It should be a lovely afternoon and I look forward to seeing you if you are able to attend.  However, I understand completely if you are unable to attend so intend to share all the information we talk about on the blog once the evening is concluded.  Thanks so much and again….I hope to see you late tomorrow afternoon!



Posted by: TominThai | 23/08/2011

Welcome to my new Year 1’s and Their Families!

Firstly, I wanted to extend my warmest greetings to all my new Moms and Dads this year as I begin my first year here in Bangkok as the Year 1 teacher at Bangkok GIS.  As many of you are already aware i’m sure, My name is Mr. Tom and I joined the team at Garden International School down in Rayong a couple of years ago. I taught Year 1 there, and now I’m very excited to be back in Bangkok once again with the opportunity to work with the Year 1 students here in the big city.  I look forward to providing your child with many learning experiences in the coming school year ahead.

Firstly, as i noted in the letter that came home earlier today, we will be having weekly spelling tests so make sure to review and practice with the children at home during the week. I will be adding the spelling words of the week to their blue communication books every Monday for you, as well as any other notes we need to share back and forth as partners in your child’s education. I have also posted all the spelling words we will cover this term here on the blog and you can view them by clicking the “Spellings” page tab just above this post.

Today I had the chance to sit down with each of the children in class to assess their reading levels, so please look for their readers to be coming home starting tomorrow.  In case your new to the school, each night the green reading record will arrive home with a book, and I would like to ask that you take a little time and read with the children every day if possible. Please remember to sign and make any comments you may have for each reading completed so that I will know if they perhaps need more practice with their book or are ready for a new book or level of reading.

Finally, If you have any questions, please feel free to write them directly here on the blog, jot them down in this contact book and I will answer them as quickly as possible. Further, If you wish to see me you can make an appointment either by writing it in this contact book or using my school email address: Again, I encourage you to please also comment here on our blog as often as you like, and I hope to achieve a healthy positive partnership between the school and home for the benefit of your child’s education this year in our Year 1 class.

Thank you and I look forward to a great year!

Thomas Grogan (Mr. Tom)

Posted by: TominThai | 22/08/2011

Greetings from Bangkok GIS

Dear Parents,

I trust that everyone has had a delightfully fun summer break, and that your children are super excited to start school tomorrow!  I had a lovely summer at home visiting my family, meeting my new niece and nephew, and doing loads of relaxing with those i care about most in the world.  I even went to the moveis with my Dad while I was home, so Mr. Tom definitely got to feel like a kid again over the summer break.

However, time marches on and so we find ourselves charged and ready for a new school year ahead.  I’m settling in very nicely back home here in the big city and the staff at GIS Bangkok have taken us in with open arms.  My new Year 1 classroom is all ready to go tomorrow morning, which brings me to the reason for making this post to you guys that are still subscribed to the blog here.

I have decided to use the same blog address for my new Year 1 students this year, as i’m teaching the same year level and technically still working for GIS.  Therefore, I would like to invite you to unsubscribe from the class blog by using the link in the emails you receive or i believe you can visit to manage your subscriptions so you don’t receive any further emails as I progress through another year with a fresh group of new Year 1 students.  Thanks so much, and again I wish all my former students the best of luck starting Year 2 tomorrow with Ms. Lucy there in Rayong.  I’m confident they will continue to grow and blossom with their new teacher this year.  All the best to you and yours!

Mr. Tom 🙂

Posted by: TominThai | 21/06/2011

Friendly Reminders for Our Last Week…

Hi again Moms & Dads,

Well, here we are down to the last few days of the school year and the anticipation of the holiday to come is certainly at the forefront in the minds of everyone here at school….teachers and children alike.  However, we’ve still got a few events left to go so here are a few reminders as we prepare for the last day.

-Wednesday 22/6…End of Year Primary Concert at 2PM in the Secondary auditorium (the music teacher as asked that we please make sure the students are wearing the school uniform for the concert, so you can send them to school tomorrow in the uniforms instead of their P.E. Kits for the performance.)

-Friday 24/6………….Last day of school is a half day finish at 12 noon!  Happy HOLIDAYS!!!

Also, don’t forget that our Summer Birthday/End of Year/Going away party will be held on the morning of Friday the 24th at 9:40 AM!    Remember that we’ve got 20 little ones in class so please keep that in mind when preparing treats and baked goods for the celebration on Friday morning.

Finally, I’ve spoken with Ms. Lucy about the student lunch cards for next year and she’s happy to keep them over the summer for the kids to prevent them from being lost.  We have received confirmation that the balance on the cards will roll over next year, so any money left over can be used when the children start back in August.  So, unless i hear from you otherwise, i will be turning the cards over to Ms. Lucy for safe keeping on Friday.

Thanks, and have a great summer!

Posted by: TominThai | 09/06/2011

2 Weeks to Go!!!

Dear Parents and Families,

Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! We have covered a lot of material and participated in many fun and exciting projects. We started to develop skills needed next year in Year 2. We made many new friends along the way too.

Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our experience this year and I was fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children to work with. They all have helped me grow as a teacher this school year in very positive way, and I have learned a lot while they’ve been learning from me. I hope as the years go by that they keep in touch. Today’s technology can help us continue the relationships we have built. I encourage and welcome correspondences from you and your children here on the blog or through my email available here on the blog.

It has been my pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well. Having parental support and open lines of communication is an essential part of any successful school year. Thank you for all you have done to make our year so fulfilling, meaningful, and memorable.

As your child moves from Year 1 to 2, there are some very important things you can do to help them succeed that you are probably doing already. Engage in meaningful conversations with your child everyday. Take time (if only a few minutes a day) to really listen to what they have to say. Continue to read to and listen to your child read. Ask questions, make predictions, and make life to text connections as you read. Practice those basic number facts every day as a way to really be ready for Year 2. Help your child develop a sense of working and solving problems independently. Talk about ways and start practicing getting and staying organized. Encourage your child to write often! Writing stories, letters, journals, or even student blogging are great ways to get thoughts organized and put onto paper or online. These little things will lead to big successes next year.

Goodbyes are rarely fun but as you are already most likely aware, this will be my last 2 weeks here at GIS in Rayong.  A position opened up for me, and I’ve taken a position at GIS in Bangkok as the Year 1 teacher there with them.  I’m excited to get back to the bright lights of the big city, as I have spent the better part of my weekends for the past 2 years commuting back and forth between my home in Bangkok and work here in Rayong.  I’ll be flying to New York city the on the 27th for a few days to sort out my new Visa before heading home to spend the majority of my summer in Alabama with my family.  It’s been a good experience and I’m a better person because of the great people I’ve worked along side here in GIS Rayong and the families I’ve had the opportunity to be a small part of during my time here at the school.

So in closing, here is a reminder of events for the next 2 weeks:

Friday10/6…..…….Class swap last period (students will spend 1 lesson with their new teacher for next year.)

Monday 13/6……….GIS has Talent Primary Finals (Last lesson from 2:20PM)

Tuesday 21/6………End of Year Reports go home

-Wednesday 22/6…End of Year Primary Concert (after lunch, but will update when official time is set)

-Friday 24/6………….Last day of school is a half day (finish at 11:40 I believe, but will update for sure later)

Finally, it was suggested earlier by Mary’s Dad that we have an “end of year/summer birthdays” party to finish off the term and I think that’s a fabulous way to finish off the school year with the kids, especially since Mr. Tom’s own birthday falls on the 26th of this month. 🙂  Classroom parties will be held on the morning of the 24th before we finish up, so I was thinking we could pull together and make sure we close out the year with a big bang!  The kids usually break for snack at 9:40 AM so we could start the party then.  We’ve got 21 little ones in class, so if your going to be baking up something yummy, then keep I mind we’ve a whole lot of little mouths to feed.

Again, thank you for a wonderful year and I hope you and your families have a fantastic summer!

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