Grade 5 Music Concert on Wednesday, March 22nd

Dear Grade Five Parents and Families,

We are pleased to announce that the grade five students will be presenting a music concert on Wednesday, March 22. The concert will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be located in the Gecko Theater at Parkside.

Grade five students should arrive to school at 5:45 and report to their classrooms. As this is an event that students have been working very hard to prepare, they should come to school dressed in formal, nice dress clothes. This means that if at all possible, please don’t wear jeans or sneakers.

Students will be presenting a sample of the music curriculum that they have been working on throughout the school year. All material that you will see in the concert is curricular based to teach and practice learning standards.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, March 22!  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

Warm Regards,

Kimberly Sheppard

Benchmark Fractions

We have started our adding and subtracting fractions unit. To begin, students started by sorting fractions that were closest to 0, 1/2 and 1, explaining how they knew what the “benchmark fraction” was. Afterwards, students played fraction battle. In fraction battle, each player flips a card and the student with the largest fraction has to justify how they know it is the largest fraction. Below are pictures.

Penny Kittle

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

 We would like to invite you to an exciting and unique opportunity to learn from Penny Kittle, from USA.  Penny is a renowned published author and literacy expert.  She will be joining SIS for two days and working alongside our middle and high school teachers as we learn from her expertise about literacy in middle and high school.  

 Penny has also agreed to talk with parents about Adolescent Literacy and how you can support your child in their literacy journey, build enthusiasm with reading and encouraging young writers.  This is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

*** Space is limited so please click on the link in the attached PDF to sign up for this parent learning workshop.

Parent Exchange

Thank you for supporting SIS and your child as you attend this event.


 这是一个非常特别的机会,我们非常欣慰地邀请大家来参加Penny Kittle经验分享会,PennyKittle,美国知名作家,家,程来到SIS给大家分享有关语言学习方面的心得体会,指导各位家长提供有效的方法帮助孩子们提高语言水平。




Parent Exchange

Themes of Our Lives

We have started our memoir writing unit. To begin, we dove into multiple memoir mentor texts, trying to deepen our understanding of what a memoir really is. We started to realize that memoir and personal narratives are very similar, so we looked at more mentor texts to compare and contrast these text types. Below is a venn diagram we constructed together.

Next, we started to read more memoirs to pull out themes that we can apply to our own lives. From here, we have started brainstorming stories that go with these themes. We will continue to analyze more memoirs and their themes, before we start to draft our ideas.

Below are pictures of students working in groups to analyze text themes.

5A Photo Day Changed to Thursday, February 9th

Happy Chinese New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! 

Due to a last minute change, 5A’s photos will now be taken on Thursday, February 9th at 11:30AM. You may send your child in the clothes you wish them to take their photos in, or you may send them with a change of clothes. They will have time to get ready before we take our photos.

If your child is unavailable for this photo day, there will be a remake for them.