G4 Online Classes Begin!

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Dear Parents,

Since the week before our Lunar New Year break was a short one and also one in which many of you attended our Restaurant Wars, I thought it made more sense to focus on our current week.

This week, we will begin online classes in G4, due to the current coronavirus situation in China. We hope that all of you in Shenzhen are staying healthy and wearing your masks when you go outdoors.

Classes will continue as usual, albeit online. It is necessary that students are able to use a device with access to the internet. Platforms that we are using will include Seesaw, TEAMs, Flipgrid, and Padlet. Students should notice that their specialist teachers (Chinese, PE, Music) have also posted assignments on Seesaw for them to complete.

Students will be asked to complete assignments in the subject areas of reading, writing, math, and social studies. We are beginning our new Unit of Inquiry on migration with an initial review of topics that we have previously covered (poetry, multiplication, division). It is very important that students submit assignments daily, as that is how their teachers will be taking attendance. In the event that assignments cannot be submitted, it is the student or parent’s responsibility to inform the classroom teacher.

A Quizlet link with the vocabulary for our new unit should have been shared with each of you via WeChat. Since this is the beginning of the unit, it would help your child to review the vocabulary for 5-10 minutes on a daily basis.

All of the teachers on the G4 team have office hours when they will be available to answer questions online in real time. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions or concerns.

Ms. Wallace will be communicating through email (rwallace@sis.org.cn), through her personal WeChat, or on class 4A’s Seesaw 8:00am -10:00am Monday-Friday.

Mr. Damroth will be communicating through email (pdamroth@sis.org.cn), through his personal WeChat, or on class 4B’s Seesaw 11:00am – 2:00pm Monday-Friday.

Mr. Porter will be communicating through email (sporter@sis.org.cn), through his personal WeChat, or on class 4C’s Seesaw 8:00am-10:00am Monday-Friday.

Ms. Middleton will be communicating through email (emiddleton@sis.org.cn), through her personal WeChat, or on class 4D’s Seesaw 10:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday.

Ms. Kim will be communicating through email (skim@sis.org.cn) or on Seesaw 8:00am-10:00am Monday-Friday.

Ms. Deng will be communicating through email (sdeng@sis.org.cn) or on Seesaw 9:00am-11:00am Monday-Friday.

Ms. Hou will be communicating through email (hou@sis.org.cn) or on Seesaw 14:00pm-16:00pm Monday-Friday.

*Again, all of these above times are based on Shenzhen‘s time zone.*

Also, please be sure to allow your children breaks between study periods. They are used to two 20 minutes recess breaks a day (9:45 and 1:10); research shows that rest periods actually allow the brain to focus and function more productively. This will also help to counteract the effect of the increased screen time your child will be exposed to.

We are all working hard to make sure that your children receive the quality education that they are used to, even in these challenging circumstances. We thank you in advance for the extra attention and assistance that you are giving at home to make sure that your child is able to pursue his/her learning even from a distance.

Stay safe and healthy!

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