Greetings Parents,

Thanks for the teamwork in supporting your children.  It was an honor to spend this year with them, and to be apart of their learning journey. Happy Travels & have a great summer!

Summer Activities:

Summer Reading List (grades 3-5)

Subscription Based Online Services

See the links on the right hand column.  You will find passwords on the parent portal, by asking your child or emailing me (cdenson@sis.org.cn)

Preventing the Summer Slide (link)

Summer Activity Calendar(Please wait a moment for the embedded content to load)


Half day schedule and last day of school.

Students are dismissed at 11:30

Report Cards are available on SchoolBase

Our very first ever SIS Primary BIG DEAL (drop everything and listen!)

Learning In Action

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Last Learning Update

Today, Tuesday:

Students use their detective skills to solve clues and open locks on our Break out box!

Spirit Day is GAME DAY. Kids get to bring their own board games to play today and tomorrow.


Grade level Gallery Walk Celebration (this is for students only, ask your child about their project) –

Central Idea: An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others.

Lines of Inquiry: 1) There are diverse ways of self-expression 2) An inquiry cycle supports our exploration 3) Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

Pool Party

12:45-2:45 Pool afternoon!


Yearbooks will be handed out today!

Sign yearbooks


Half day schedule and last day of school.

Students are dismissed at 11:30

SIS is requesting your feedback on this Parent Survey   


Learning in Action Gallery

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Learning Update

MAP scores will be sent home next week.  Please remember that the MAP testing is simply one form of assessment among many forms of assessment we use to support your child’s learning. Kids learn best when we focus on their strengths and encourage attainable action steps for future growth.

Here are two ways you can continue your child’s development:

  • Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifetime skill.
  • Read aloud to your child, even when your child can read independently. Research shows that this is the most important activity parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success.

As readers this week, we will continue with our mystery reading as we lookout for red herrings or fake clues.  Readers will also make connections with the stories we are reading, and they will pay attention for signals of when we read fast or and when we slow down our reading to absorb more detail.

As inquirers this week, we continuing to explore our interests through the inquiry process:

-Tuning in (getting excited)

-Finding Out (planing & learning)

-Sorting Out (organizing our learning)

-Going Further (learning more)

-Reflecting & Acting (Action)

The steps can be taken in any order and it is natural for learners to bounce around within the process.

Mathematicians will explore their mathematical journey though 3rd grade with through review, reteach and enrichment activities.

As writers continue working on our collaborative writing unit they will collaborate to answer the question of how do authors use detail across genres. Writers will also continue drafting and revising using a checklist.

Preventing the Summer Slide Link

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Learning Update

As readers this week, we will continue with our mystery reading and build upon our prediction skills. We will learn to pause while reading so that we can remember key details, how to discuss parts of the story with a reading partner, and how to use the known structure of mystery novels to make predictions.  

As inquirers this week, we are going further with our learning by reflecting and thinking of new questions or wonders. Be sure to ask your kids what they chose for their topic and help them dig deeper into what they are interested in.  

As mathematicians finish their studies this year, they will review fundamental skills. Students create representations and  discuss whether or not they agree with each representation. Finally mathematicians will play fluency games related to Grade 3 skills, including fractions, rounding, multiplication, and division. Students discover fluency games they enjoy playing and decide which ones they would like to continue to play during the summer recess.

Writers will begin a collaborative writing unit. Writers will collaborate to express themselves through shared interests. Our primary goals are to write in a variety of genres and to engage the reader and to 1.) collaborate to create a shared piece of writing based on a common interest 2.) demonstrate an understand of the The Writing Process, within a genre of choice 3) reflect on their identity and growth as a writer.   

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June Calendar

June Calendar

Dear Parents,

Thank you for signing up for your child’s student led conference tomorrow. I would like to kindly remind you that tomorrow is a meeting between you and your child. Your child will teach you how he/she has learned this year. It is not a meeting with the teacher to discuss your child’s progress.


-Your time with your child is to celebrate his/her learning this year in Grade 3. Please bring your child to the meeting (no siblings in the meeting please).

-Parents are encouraged to speak their home language with their child- it doesn’t have to be in English!

-Please turn off your cell phone and give your child your undivided attention. I am more than happy to take photos of you and your child, please let me know if you are interested.

One important note: You can visit the Specialist teachers before and/or after our conference. If you plan to attend all specialist classes, you could be at school for at least one hour. Please adjust your time accordingly. Parents must attend the specialist class visits with their children.

Attached I have included directions for tomorrow, as well as questions parents are encouraged to ask their child during the conference. The attachment includes multiple languages, a special thanks to our EAL Department. Hard copies will also be available for you. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Your child has been working very hard to reflect upon their learning this year, they are very excited to share with you!

Learning Update

Quick Look:

We are asking kids to please return all Library books starting Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21st.  The library team has made a deal that 3A may renew their book club books so they have time to finish their story.

As we prepare for student led conferences, please review the questions below. Feel free to use these question prompts to support conversation. This conference is a time for your children to shine and teach you some things they learned in 3rd grade. It is not a teacher conference or a time to talk about MAP testing. Thank you for focusing on the growth your children have made this year and for supporting their confidence as a learner.

Mathematicians have been constructing rectangles from a given number of unit squares and they started recording perimeter and area data on line plots.  Next, mathematicians will continue their study of area and perimeter by problem solving using all four operations.

This week, readers will be continuing with their studying of mystery novels. They will learn about using text features to help make predictions, strategies to help deal with tricky parts of the text, and how to share their reading with a partner so that they can create theories and ideas together.

Students are busy finding out more information about their interests. They are gathering information from a range of sources and working as researchers. Please ask them about their topic they chose. Help them dig deeper into questions they could tackle at school while researching.


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Learning Update

MAP testing beings this week.

The MAP test continues to give us very specific information on where students are as learners and where we need to go next. The results of the test will help us this year and next to know how to best focus on your child’s individual learning needs. All they need to do is their best. The MAP test is simply one of many tools we use to support learning.

The message for your child is:

Do your best and don’t worry about the rest!

MAP Testing Schedule

Monday, May 13th 1:00-2:30 Math

Wednesday, May 15th 8:00-9:30 – Reading

Monday, May 20th 1:00-2:30 Language


3A raised over 600 RMB for the Elephant Nature Park-Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.  A big thank you goes out to our parents and students who helped support 3D’s elephant fundraiser & awareness campaign.

As writers this week we will focus our attention towards revising, editing and publishing in preparation of sharing our books with others!

Mathematicians will work to find different possible perimeters or areas for rectangles based on information given about the rectangles. They will also:

  1. Construct rectangles from a given number of unit squares and determine the perimeters
  2. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed from a given number of unit squares.
  3. Construct rectangles with a given perimeter using unit squares and determine their areas.
  4. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed.

Readers will continue to build their reading life by transitioning into mysteries.

Inquirers will begin to focus on the inquiry cycle as it helps us explore our interests to share with others.  Our lines of inquire include:

1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

3A Action

As part of our Unit of Inquiry students have shown interest in doing what they can to protect the planet.  Ethan & his mom Clair have offered to support those interested in purchasing reusable straws to help eliminate plastic waste.  If you are interested check the links below or  reach out to Clair for help navigating Taobao.

Link # 1 silicone straws 

Link # 2 plastic straws


23rd May Student Led Conferences 


Bring an object of interest on May 8th

Dear Parents,

Grade 3 is very excited to start a new unit and we need your help! We will finish the year with “how we express ourselves” and inquiring into our own interests.

One way to support this is by having students bring in an object from home that has meaning to them and shows something they are interested in. It could be a photograph, souvenir from a trip, object from a hobby, clothing piece, are just some examples.

We encourage you to have a conversation about your own interests with your kids to better support them tuning into their own interests or passions. Help them come up with one object that represents their personal interest. They can bring this object to school on May 8th.

Thank you for your support,

Grade 3 Teachers

Learning Update

3A earned an extra PE class by being persistent!  They were awarded the golden sneaker award.  Check out the videos below.

Students will continue finding out about forces & interactions as well as balanced and unbalanced forces.  As the week progresses students will inquire into their own investigations. First, starting with questions and moving onto making predictions and testing. We will be learning more about the scientific process and how it connects to the design process.  

Mathematicians are introduced to perimeter this week. Through this work, students define perimeter as the boundary of a two-dimensional shape and use their new vocabulary in context. These lessons begin the study of perimeter with unusual shapes to encourage flexible thinking about perimeter and avoid the misconception that it is a property of rectangles alone.  

In reading workshop this week, readers will focus on discussing favorite fairy tale characters and story elements with a partner. They will also work with a team in putting on a mini-production of their own fairytale.

As writers this week, we are moving through the writing process with our Fairy Tale adaptations.  We will focus on craft elements and sentence structure this week.  Ask your child about their story…”What Fairy Tale did you choose to adapt?”  “What adaptations did you make to it?”  “What goal are working on throughout this unit to strengthen your ability as a writer?”

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