January 21

Important Dates

  • January 22 – End of Semester 1
  • January 23 – Disco Spirit Day–NO UNIFORMS–WEAR PARTY CLOTHES
  • January 25 – Parents can access Semester 1 report cards via SchoolBase
  • January 26 – Discover China Day 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the Sports Field
  • January 30 – Three Way Conferences (parents, student, teacher) – NO SCHOOL for students
  • January 31 — Chinese New Year Assembly and Lion Dance 8:15~9:30ish a.m. starting in the SPAH
  • February 1 – February 10-—Chinese New Year Holiday – NO SCHOOL Please contact me via email if your child will be leaving early for vacation
As Semester 1 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on all the positive elements of class 5A and what we have been able to accomplish. Along with this, we should always have a growth mindset and continue working to improve always.
Among our areas of great successes, students have shown a great sense of perseverance. While learning new content, students have embraced challenges and been incredible open-minded risk-takers. Three PYP units of inquiry have been taught, learned, and reviewed with students: Who We Are, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves. In these units, social studies content has been covered for grade 5 standards in its entirety. As a whole class community, we have stayed on track with the curriculum for reading, writing, and language usage. Many students have shown growth in these areas and continue to develop. Remember, growth is the big push this year.
Areas in which we can grow as a class include expanding our vocabulary as we read, write, and speak. Even for native English speakers, we can certainly integrate more complex vocabulary in our everyday speech. Science will be embedded within most of the remaining units. So, when you see many science standards are N/A (not applicable) on the Semester 1 report cards, there is no need to be alarmed. Lastly, I would like to encourage all students to use www.typing.com, Moby Max (also online and as an app), and Epic! (not just graphic novels, but also leveled non-fiction) while at home, on vacation, and during any spare time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me through email. Otherwise, I am looking forward to our conversation on January 30 at the mid-year conferences.

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