May 16

Tomorrow is the Unit 6 math test on volume and geometry. The students should have been studying the vocabulary from the two packets we did earlier. This will be very important for the geometry part.

They will be doing a review sheet today in class and bringing it home to study with. If they can answer and EXPLAIN these problems, they will do fine on the test.

In reading, we started fantasy book clubs. In writing, we started gathering ideas for our memoirs. In science, we have been studying the patterns in shadows.

Below are the important dates for the rest of the year. Please mark them in your calendar. After them are pictures from the Student Led Conferences. Thanks to all who came to celebrate the students’ growth!

May 17: Art Show – drop-in reception 6:00-8:00 p.m.
May 22: Transition to Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 12:40 p.m.
May 23-25: MAP testing–Please let me know if your child will be absent on either of these days.
May 29: SIS Spirit Day – Sports Day–Grades 4 & 5 Dodgeball voluntary event at morning break (10:30 – 10:50 a.m.) Dress up for Sports Day!
May 29: Pizza Celebration & KoolFly with Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 11:40 a.m.
May 30: Chinese Field Trip to Ziyuan Tea House at 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
June 8: SIS Spirit Day – Game Day–Bring board games to play during a set time
June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH – More information to come.
June 15: Half Day for Students–11:30 a.m. dismissal – Last Day of School

May 8

Important Dates

  • Thursday, 10 May–STUDENT LED CONFERENCES, no school for students
  • Friday, 11 May–SWIMMING
  • Thursday, 17 May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.–ES Art Show, Kinbay, Jingshan Phase 9 Club, Level B4

The results from the eye exam went home last week. Please ask your child if you haven’t gotten them.

Thank you again for supporting your child through the Exhibition. The student groups all took risks and presented well in front of a variety of audiences. It was great to see their passion for their issues shine through!

With the end of Exhibition comes the beginning of our last units. We’ll be starting our Fantasy Book Club unit in reading, our Memoir unit in writing, and our Earth and Sun unit in science. We’ll be finishing up our Volume and Geometry unit in math, as well.

There are a LOT of vocabulary terms in geometry. The students completed a geometry review packet of what they learned in 4th grade for geometry that included a lot of these terms. It would be helpful if the students learned these terms in their home language and reviewed them often. Please ask your child for this packet so you can go over the terms together.

I’m excited for you to come on Thursday to hear from the students at the Student Led Conferences. The kids have been working hard putting their presentations together and gathering their evidence of growth. After your time in my room (or before), you are invited to go to the specialist classes. The teachers all have activities for you and your child to do together. These activities should not last more than 10-20 minutes.

Please enjoy the pictures from the Literacy Lounge and Exhibition.

 

May 2

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, 2 May, 3:00-5:00 p.m.–Session 1 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Thursday, 3 May, 8:15-9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Session 2 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Thursday, 3 May, 1:15-3:00 p.m.–Session 3 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Friday, 4 May, 8:30-11:30 a.m.–ISNS PYP Exhibition Field Trip
  • Monday, 7 May–SWIMMING
  • Monday, 7 May–Exhibition Celebration Lunch  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45afaf29a4fa7-grade1
  • Thursday, 10 May–STUDENT LED CONFERENCES, no school for students
  • Friday, 11 May–SWIMMING
  • Thursday, 17 May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.–ES Art Show, Kinbay, Jingshan Phase 9 Club, Level B4

Today is the day!!! Exhibitions! Each group will be doing a formal presentation either at Level 5 or in the Gecko Theater for each session. When they aren’t presenting, they will be at their booths in and around the Grade 5 classrooms to interact with those attending. There are 3 sessions. Each session will be exactly the same, so you can choose which time works best for you. See below for the times.

This Friday is our field trip to see ISNS’s PYP Exhibition. We’ll be leaving right after the assembly and returning around 11:30/11:40 a.m.

Next Monday, all of Grade 5 will be eating lunch together to celebrate all of the work we’ve been doing for Exhibition. Please sign up here if you haven’t already to bring in food for the celebration.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45afaf29a4fa7-grade1

Please be on the look out for the sign ups for the Student Led Conferences that will be held on Thursday, 10 May. There is no school that day for students.

April 20

Important Dates:

  • Monday, 23 April–SWIMMING
  • Monday, 23 April–Field Trip Permission Form Due
  • Monday, 23 April–Visiting Author
  • Tuesday, 24 April, 9:50-10:30 a.m.–Learning Comes Alive in Chinese and German classes
  • Wednesday, 25 April, 8:30-11:30 a.m.–SWIS PYP Exhibition Field Trip
  • Thursday, 26 April–SWIMMING
  • Friday, 27 April–SWIMMING
  • Friday, 27 April, 1:00 p.m.–Talent Show in the SPAH
  • Monday-Tuesday, 30 April-1 May NO SCHOOL for students
  • Wednesday, 2 May, 3:00-5:00 p.m.–Session 1 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Thursday, 3 May, 8:15-9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Session 2 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Thursday, 3 May, 1:15-3:00 p.m.–Session 3 of the SIS Exhibition
  • Friday, 4 May, 8:30-11:30 a.m.–ISNS PYP Exhibition Field Trip
  • Monday, 7 May–SWIMMING
  • Friday, 11 May–SWIMMING

This week has been a lot more work on the SIS Exhibition. Each group will be doing a formal presentation either at Level 5 or in the Gecko Theater for each session. When they aren’t presenting, they will be at their booths in and around the Grade 5 classrooms to interact with those attending. There are 3 sessions. Each session will be exactly the same, so you can choose which time works best for you. We will be sending home the exact times when each group will be presenting next week. This is our first year doing Exhibition, and we are excited for the students to share what they have researched about their group and what action they took.

In math, we’ve been solving word problems using volume. We’ve also been figuring out the area of mystery rectangles using tiling and multiplication, as well as solving word problems using area. The biggest thing when solving word problems is to SLOW DOWN and understand the story first. Drawing a picture second helps to understand the problem even more. Finally, the equations come, but only after the story is understood.

 

April 10

Important Dates:

  • Friday, 13 April, 1:00-2:45 p.m.–Grades 3-5 Field Day on the Sports Field–Parents Welcome!!
  • Tuesday, 24 April, 9:50-10:30 a.m.–Learning Comes Alive in Chinese and German classes
  • Friday, 27 April, 1:00 p.m.–Talent Show in the SPAH

Since we’ve been back from break, we’ve been working really hard on our exhibition issues. Students have been working in their groups to narrow down their issue, craft a focused desired outcome, and start work on their action steps. They also have been researching their issue using the questions they came up with using the PYP Key Concepts.

In math, we’re well on our way in starting our volume and geometry unit. Click here for the Unit 6 Newsletter to see how you can help at home, especially with vocabulary.

Don’t forget that this Friday is Field Day. The students all know what team they will be on and what color they should be wearing. Please ask them if they haven’t told you. I hope you can come and cheer on the students!

Here are some pictures of the kids sorting questions into the Key Concepts.

March 19

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, 22 March–Grade 5 Concert (report to classrooms at 4:45 p.m.)
  • Friday, 13 April, afternoon–Grades 3-5 Field Day on the Sports Field
  • Tuesday, 24 April, 9:50-10:30 a.m.–Learning Comes Alive in Chinese classes
  • Friday, 27 April, 1:00 p.m.–Talent Show in the SPAH

We had a great time last week with all of the Book Week activities. A HUGE thanks to Mrs. Livingston and all of the PSA parents who organized everything! (See below for the pictures from the Breakout Box session on Friday.)

This Thursday is the Grade 5 Concert! This is a special night, and students should dress NICELY. This means no jeans or sweat pants/track suits or tennis shoes. Basically, if they would wear it for PE, they shouldn’t be wearing it to the concert. Students need to be in the classroom by 4:45 p.m. Please have them here on time.

Speaking of being on time, please remember that students should be at school by 7:50 a.m. everyday.  This allows for classes to start right at 8:00 a.m. Thanks for your help with this.

This week is our math test on multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. Students need to be able to read a story problem and determine if they should multiply or divide. A review sheet will be going home tomorrow.

For our PYP unit, students are narrowing down the issue that they will be researching and taking action on.