The rain held off and a majority of students from 4th and 5th showed their support for Fiji by donating money and joining in the walkathon organized by Cadence. In all, Cadence raised 1,359 RMB, which will be donated to the Red Cross Australia for relief for Cyclone Winston. Thank you SIS community for your all your help!
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.
We started our new science unit this week, Mixtures and Solutions. We began by exploring what mixtures and solutions are, and discussing how they are similar and different. Students created three water mixtures, by adding pebbles, salt and diatomaceous earth to cups with water. They then tried to separate the mixtures, using screens and filters. They found that they were able to separate the pebbles with the screen and the diatomaceous earth with the filters, but the salt didn’t separate. This is because the salt dissolved and became a solution. Below are some pictures of their investigations.
Our buddies learned about motion and balance in science and used their knowledge to make a game that either demonstrated motion or balance. We were lucky enough for them to share their games with us, and we even got to play them!
After being inspired about the action that others have taken to change the world, Cadence decided she wanted to help her home nation Fiji after the devastating cyclone Winston left over 120,000 without shelter. Please join us on Wednesday, March 23rd during 4th and 5th grade morning recess by joining in the walkathon she organized by wearing blue and donating 20 RMB. The proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross. For more information about the devastation caused please visit the Australian Red Cross site.
Six week ago, students started learning about monumental movers and shakers who shaped the world. This kicked off their journey of finding someone who inspired them, and taking action to fix a problem. To share their journey, they gave speeches today to share about their path to become movers and shakers. Thank you all for your motivating speeches! If you were not able to make your child’s speech, they will be coming home with the video on their ipad to share with you.
Last week, we took advantage of the beautiful weather by meeting with our reading buddies outside the library.
Thank you to the room moms from 5th grade who helped to organize our Chinese New Year celebrations, and to all the parents who helped donate food and time as well. We had food, games and crafts to help us celebrate the upcoming year of the monkey.