On Demand Writing

Today’s the big day! The kids are hard at work doing their final “On Demand” writing piece for our “Realistic Fiction” unit. They’re putting into place everything they’ve learned and practiced since school began. We’re looking at effective intros/conclusions, transitional language, “Show not Tell,” pacing, paragraphing, and of course, the art of the story arc. I’m excited to see their progress!

Busy Week Ahead!

Hello parents! This will serve to follow up the email I just sent to give you a bit more detail about the week ahead. Even though we only have a four-day week ahead, there is still lots to do. I describe this as a final push, a “race to the finish” of sorts. We have the end of many units coming up, so the kids will need to be ready for some big assessments. We will do this today and tomorrow to get them ready.

Math- The final Math assessment will be given Friday. Today, we “connected the dots” on the math lessons that we’ve been doing since the beginning of school. We will practice a couple more skills and concepts and do some “test prep” before the last day of school this week. It is vitally important for the kids to be here every day so they don’t miss anything!

Writing- We’ve been working on Realistic Fiction. Last week, the kids were given back their first published story (with feedback), and today, we will begin discussing the “on demand” that they will be given on Thursday. We will brainstorm story ideas and go over a few more lessons before they do this story.

PYP Culture Unit- Today, we will begin discussing the kids’ final project. We will break into groups and examine the requirements a bit more closely. They will likely have a bit of time before we go on break to begin discussing ideas, and then when we return next week, they will be working in their groups on the final project. We hope to have the presentations done on Thursday, October 11th.

Thank you for your continued support! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Weekend Roundup

Dear parents. What a busy week! Here is a summary of what we were up to. 🙂

In Reading, students have been focusing on studying characters in their story books and using academic language to describe  what they see and hear. This is linking in with their own story writing that they are working towards.

This week in writing, students in 4C published their first realistic fiction story. A few students were brave enough to share with the class on the carpet and received feedback from other students. From here, we will now begin our second piece of work and continue refining by using more transitional language and adding sensory details. 

In Math, we wrapped up the first half of their Unit 1 Module. The kids have gained a deeper understanding of place value, the Base-10 system, inequalities, and rounding using number lines. We will now move into fluently adding and subtracting whole numbers using tape diagrams as well as the standard algorithm.

And finally, this week in our Cultural Unit we explored other cultures in our classroom as well as our own culture. From here, students will be creating interview questions to gain a deeper understanding of their family background.  

Please be aware that due to the incoming typhoon, school may be canceled on Monday. While I certainly hope this is not the case, do look for an email from me giving the kids some activities to complete during the day.

And one last thing…on Wednesday, we will have our first round of Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Hopefully by now, you’ve signed up for a time using SignUpGenius. I look forward to seeing you all then!

Have a safe and dry weekend!


Teaspoons of Change


Today, our Grades 4 & 5 were treated to an informative assembly by d’Arcy, the founder of the organization, “Teaspoons of Change,” wherein he shared stories of his experiences living and volunteering aboard. The kids were challenged to think of ways they could positively affect their communities. Even what seems to be the smallest act, he shared, could snowball into something powerful. When we returned to class, the kids began thinking of things they could do and did a Seesaw post about it. However, this was just the beginning. It is a conversation we will return to throughout the year as I believe that these kids, as the future leaders of the free world, are in the best position to make big changes.

I, myself, shared the story of one of the orphanages I’ve worked with in Honduras for several summers and also extolled the virtues of the life of service and volunteering as it is something I am very passionate about. We’d like to encourage you to have this same conversation at home with your kids as it is an important one to have when they’re young. I have added a link in the “Links” section where you can check out his good work for yourselves!

MAP Testing…it has begun

Dear parents,

MAP Testing began today with our first assessment, Math. On Thursday, we will take the Reading portion and then on Monday of next week, we will finish with the Language Usage tests. Any students absent or who needed more time to finish will do so towards the middle of next week (after all classes have finished their regularly scheduled assessments).