Visiting Author: David Schwartz

SIS is lucky enough to have David Schwartz visiting us for a couple of days to share his joy of reading and writing, mixed with math and science. Below are some pictures of his visit with 4th and 5th grade this morning. He shared with us a lot of the inspirations that he got for the stories he’s written. Such as the time when he was a kid watching frogs hop, and he started to wonder how far frogs can jump compared to the size of their body. After doing some hands on investigation, he found that frogs jump about 20 times longer than their body, and that if he could jump as far as a frog, he would jump 90 feet.

Amazing Race

10 teams, 10 activities and 70 minutes. Thank you for those of your who helped make this event successful! Attached are pictures from the roller coaster challenge.

AMPed Festival

What a day! Students have been hard at work over the past several months working on their AMPed projects, and today was the day they finally got to share their snapshot of learning with other students, parents and teachers. It was wonderful seeing such a wide variety of projects, and hearing the conversations between learners about their projects. I hope that you all find a way to continue to work on your projects over summer, and continue to be apart of the solutions of the problems around you.

Guest Readers and Birthday Celebration

We were lucky enough to have Mrs. Robertson-Jones come in as a guest reader. She and Talia read an Elephant and Piggy book together in front of the class, modelling just how exciting these simple books can be to read with a partner. Afterward, students had a chance to read multiple Elephant and Piggy books together. It was exciting to see all the students get engaged, and even act out some of the stories that they were reading. After they finished reading, we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to Talia and enjoyed some delicious cupcakes.

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Movers and Shakers Virtual Summit

As you know, your child has been hard at work gathering information, writing a script and creating a movie to share at the Movers and Shakers Virtual Summit, which will take place for 2 weeks in the Parkside Indoor PE Space. A great time to visit might be before or after Learning Comes Alive, next Thursday (March 19th). Please see the invitation below for specific details about dates and location.

Please be sure to bring a device that has a QR scanner app, and headphones. If you do not have a QR scanner app yet, here are a few suggestions:
iPhone/iPad: Qrafter
Android: Barcode Scanner
Windows Phone: QR Code Scanner

We will be using QR codes to make accessing the students’ videos easier. The QR code will link to their blog post, which will have their Mover and Shaker video. This allows for parents, students and teachers to leave positive comments directly on each student’s blog post after they watch the video.

If you have any questions, there will be fliers in the Indoor PE Space with instructions to scan QR codes, as well as the password for the SIS-Guest network. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have questions when you are here, please feel free to ask for help at the Genius Bar (located next to the Gecko Theater). Movers and Shakers Invitation