PYP Exhibition Group Actions that Need Your Help

There is a lot going on in Grade 5!! Each of the 24 groups are taking some kind of action in response to an issue they researched. Some of these actions need your help. It’s a lot to remember, so here is everything in one place. Please help if you can!

May 31

We are Liz, Tracy and Kay. In this Letter Club you will be writing letters to the left behind children in 4:30 school. The left behind children are the migrant worker’s children. The 4:30 school is an after school program that helps the students do their homework between 4:30pm to 6pm.We found out what they really needed was a friend. We thought it would be nice to send letters to them! We are doing this project for our exhibition. The club will start Friday May 31st, between 9:50 to 10:10. We will have 4 fourth graders to lead the club to continue. Also, the gender doesn’t matters! The club will also continue even though the grade 5 exhibition ends! If you are interested in the Letter Club, please email us by Thursday May 30. Thank you!
Best regards,
Kay, Liz and Tracy

June 3


June 4


June 4 and 5


From now until June 4


PYP Exhibition Invite

May 23

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 24–Field trip with G6 to KoolFly  NO LUNCH needed
  • Monday, May 27–NO SCHOOL for students
  • Thursday, May 30–Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, May 31–Trimester 3 ASAs finish
  • Tuesday, June 4 3:00 p.m.–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 5 during the school day–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12 11:00 a.m.–Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony in the SPAH and Potluck Lunch for the students in the classrooms
  • Thursday, June 13–Grade 5 pizza party and pool party 12:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14 11:30 a.m.–Early dismissal  Last day of school

Thanks for coming out the the Student Led Conferences! It was fun hearing the students sharing about how much they have grown this year. Thanks for celebrating with them today!

This past week we finished our last math unit on interpreting coordinate graphs. The students will correct their tests on Tuesday and I will send the test folder home by the end of the week.

The PYP Exhibition is the main focus of our time. Students should have written their research summaries by Wednesday. Please ask your child to share this with you so you can get a sneak peak into what they are doing. They are now focused on working toward their actions and how they will be sharing their learning at the Sharing of the Exhibition.

Please notice that the time of the Promotion Ceremony on June 12 is at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH. Save this date! We’ll be sending out a sign-up for the potluck lunch closer to the event.


May 17

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 20–Swimming starts in PE classes
  • Tuesday, May 21–Special Street Art Day for G5 art classes (See below)
  • Tuesday, May 21–Transition to Bayside field trip–ALL STUDENTS NEED A PACKED LUNCH
  • Thursday, May 23–Student Led Conferences  No school
  • Friday, May 24–Field trip with G6 to KoolFly
  • Monday, May 27–No school for students
  • Thursday, May 30–Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, May 31–Trimester 3 ASAs finish
  • Tuesday, June 4 3:00 p.m.–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 5 during the school day–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12 (time TBD)–Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony and Potluck Lunch
  • Thursday, June 13–Grade 5 pizza party and pool party
  • Friday, June 14 11:30 a.m.–Early dismissal  Last day of school

Please remind your child to bring their swimming kits on Monday!

On Tuesday we will be doing a special street art day with guest artist Rebecca O’Brian. We will be using spray paint which is permanent on clothes and shoes. Please remind your child to wear old shoes that day. We will have gloves, aprons and masks available for them. I will show them techniques to keep the paint off their shoes but I still advise them to wear old shoes. –From Mrs. Hobbs

Unit 7 in math is a short one. We have completed all 3 lessons. The PDFs of the lesson slides are all on Teams. Because next week is so crazy with field trips and Student Led Conferences, we will be doing the math review little by little, and some may have to be homework. Please look for the review sheet on Monday.

I do have the Unit 6 math tests scored. The students did much better after the extra lessons. I meant to have the kids take them home today. My apologies on not getting that done. My goal is to send them home on Monday.

There are really only 2 full weeks left until the sharing of the PYPx Exhibition. Students should have completed their initial background research and started to plan for action. For 5A kids, the summary/sharing of their research needs to be done by Wednesday. Each group/individual needs to decide how this will look. Some kids have decided to do it in skit form. Others may want to do a Keynote or a comic book. Others may choose to just summarize their findings in paragraph form in their process journals. It is up to the students, but it needs to teach others about the 3 questions they researched and have a sources page.

May 7

Important Dates

  • Thursday, May 9–Field Trip to SWIS’ PYP Exhibition  Students need a packed lunch.
  • Thursday, May 9 5:00-8:30 p.m.–All School Community Reception, Opening Ceremony, and SIS Visual & Performing Arts Show at G&G Creative Community
  • Friday, May 10–Students will visit the SIS Visual  & Performing Arts Show
  • Tuesday, May 21–Transition to Bayside field trip (info coming soon)
  • Thursday, May 23–Student Led Conferences  No school
  • Friday, May 24–Field trip with G6 to KoolFly (info coming soon)
  • Monday, May 27–No school for students
  • Thursday, May 30–Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, May 31–Trimester 3 ASAs finish
  • Tuesday, June 4 3:00 p.m.–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 5 during the school day–Sharing of the Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12 (time TBD)–Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony and Potluck Lunch
  • Thursday, June 13–Grade 5 pizza party and pool party
  • Friday, June 14 11:30 a.m.–Early dismissal  Last day of school

As you can see above, these last 6 weeks are going to fly by quickly. Please add these dates to your calendar.

We have finished our reading and writing units for the year. I will be sending home to Post On-Demand memoirs later this week. For the rest of the year, the students will be using the skills they have learned all year to help them research for their PYP Exhibition issue/topic.

In math, we took the Unit 6 test, but I found that many students needed a bit more time to practice the skills. We have been doing more review lessons these past few days. I will be giving the tests back to be fixed. After which, I will be giving the final grade for the test.

Our next and final math unit is on coordinating graphs and using them to find patterns and solve real world problems. Here is the newsletter that includes ways you can help your child during this unit. Unit 7 Newsletter

Our main focus for the next 5 weeks is on the SIS PYPx exhibition. Students have been put into their groups or are working individually. They have also been assigned a mentor. Groups are researching an issue that is connected to a Sustainable Development Goal. After researching, they will come up with an action plan to address this issue. It is an exciting but busy time.

April 23

So many amazing things are happening at #SISrocks!

Earth week is here! While everyday should be Earth day, the official 2019 Earth day was Monday, April 22. Primary school will be celebrating with a series of events including Earth Week bingo, a PSA sponsored scavenger hunt, and much more.
Earth Week Bingo Upper Primary

A new podcast is starting up at the Upper Primary campus. Mr. Sheppard & Mrs. Banner will be reading all student entries to decide one student from each class to record on the podcast. Entries are due by Friday, April 26.

Love movies? We all do! You can attend the SIS film festival Thursday or Friday, April 25 or 26. Please get your free tickets at the lobby of Parkside or Bayside before the event.

Last but certainly not least, the grade 5 PYPx exhibition is starting up and the energy on the grade 5 hall has picked up greatly! We are happy to announce the amazing staff that have volunteered to mentor grade 5 groups as they go through this process. Exhibition topics will be determined by May 1. Final groups and mentor pairings will be announced later that week.



We would love to see you at 2 events this week. The first is tomorrow at Level 5 (Parkside building – 5th floor) beginning promptly at 8:15 a.m. Grade 5 teachers and our PYP coordinator will be presenting on our grade 5 PYPx exhibition which will be an ongoing project throughout this last unit of inquiry. If you have any questions or would like to learn more information about what to expect, please come out. We hope to see you there.

Also this week, we will be having a publishing party in which you can read your student’s revised and finalized persuasive text and memoir. Students even read aloud their memoirs using Flipgrid and wish to share this with you. How often do you get to hear published authors read aloud their own work??? If able, grade 5 teachers would love to see you at this event which will be held in our classrooms beginning at 2:15pm. Please bring a technology device (such as a phone) with a QR code scanner on it so that you can view / listen to the read alouds. Earbuds / headphones are also encouraged.

April 4

Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 5–Qing Ming Holiday, NO SCHOOL for students
  • Monday, April 8–Trimester 3 ASAs start

What we’re doing…

In math, we have started our unit on area, volume, and categorizing 2D shapes. This week we looked at rectangular prisms and how we can find the volume by counting cubes and decomposing the prism into layers. Please click here for how you can help your child during this unit. Next week we will see how this connects to the formula for finding the volume of a rectangular prism, as well as review how to find the area of rectangles. Unit 6 Newsletter

In reading, we’re continuing with our fantasy book club unit. Students have been tracking the internal and external quests for the characters, determining the literal and figurative dragons the characters face, and finding evidence for the themes that are developing.

In writing, we have finished our first drafts of our memoirs. We now need to start revising for strong narrative parts and deep and true essay parts.

In science, we’re continuing with our Earth, Sun, and Stars unit. We looked at the ways that the Earth moves and how this affects the length of day and night. We also supported an argument that gravity pulls objects “down”. Next week we will finish the unit by graphing data and looking for patterns in the length of shadows throughout the day, and the constellations that we see throughout the year.

TEDx @ Jingshan

Congratulations to Emma Lin in 5B and Shian Joo in 5C for a fantastic job at TEDx @ Jingshan. Please view, like, and share their official TEDx talks below.

Don’t forget to check out all the TEDx @ Jingshan speakers by simply searching the keywords “TEDx Jingshan” on YouTube.

February 25

Upcoming Important Dates
Tuesday, February 26 ~ Dream Job Spirit Day

Tuesday, February 26 ~ Chime Stars and ASA Choir in the Gecko Theatre @ 17:00

Wednesday – Friday, March 6 – 8 ~ School Without Walls (SWW) Field Trip in Hong Kong
Monday, March 11 ~ Grades 3 – 5 Field Day
Monday – Friday, March 18 – 22 ~ Book Week

Thursday, March 21 ~ Grade 5 Music Curriculum Showcase in the Gecko Theatre @ 17:00

Friday, March 22 ~ Book Character Dress Up Day
Monday – Friday, March 25 – 29 ~ Spring Break (No School for Students)
Friday, April 5 ~ Qing Ming Holiday (No School for Students)
Friday, April 26 ~ Primary Talent Show

TEDx Youth Jingshan 2019
On Saturday, February 23, TEDx Youth Jingshan hosted their inaugural event featuring students and adults throughout the community. Participants put forth countless hours to prepare for their TEDx talks, meeting with mentors, revising / editing, enhancing, and developing amazing presentation skills. This hard work was certainly apparent at the event. Congratulations to 5B’s very own, Emma, who did a talk on how imagination can lead us to problem solve issues present in the world and to 5C’s Shian who did a talk on wanting to be invisible

Congratulations to all the amazing speakers of the evening!

Photo Credit: Emma’s mother

Last, but certainly not least, congratulations to the fearless leader who organized, narrated, and put together the entire event. Without her, this simply wouldn’t have run. Awesome job, Ms. Killoran!

This week we are finishing up a bunch of units. Students have taken their reading debate topic and have written in up as a 5-paragraph persuasive essay. This will be revised and published this week. In reading, student are reviewing how to summarize articles, analyze how one part relates to the whole article, looking at who the author is to determine if there is a bias, and synthesizing information across texts. In math, we are starting to divide with fractions!! Ask your child how to draw a picture to solve how to share 1/4 of a liter of milk among 3 people.

February 19

So much is happening at SIS!!!!!!

Grade 5 is so excited for our overnight field trip that is quickly approaching. Grade 5 students will go to Hong Kong on March 6, spend two nights at a great facility with grade 5 teachers and Dragonfly staff members, and return to school on March 8. Remember, an informational session will be held today at 5:15 p.m. in the Gecko Theater.

TEDx Youth Jingshan will be holding an extraordinary event with fabulous speakers from SIS, the Shenzhen community, and beyond. You won’t want to miss it!  The event is at Level 5 this Saturday, February 23. Tickets are mandatory. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Also on February 22-23, the FLL robotics team will be in Shanghai to compete in the ACAMIS robotics tournament. We wish these students the best of luck!

Next week on February 26, SIS will have our next STUCO sponsored Spirit Day: “Dream Job Day!” Start thinking about your dream job and what you can wear to school that day to show it off. You can dress up as a doctor, a teacher, an engineer, etc… the choices are endless. Students not participating must wear school uniforms this day.

Lastly, while you’re planning out your wardrobe for Dream Job Day, don’t forget about Book Character Dress Up Day. This will be during Book Week, on March 22. Start making your costumes or searching on Taobao now!

This week…

In math we are working on using models and equations to solve word problems that include multiplying fractions by mixed numbers, mixed numbers by mixed numbers, and viewing multiplication as scaling. Please be asking your child to show you how to draw a picture to show what is happening in problems like 2 1/3 x 1 3/4 (two and one third times 1 and three fourths).

In reading, students are preparing their reasons, evidence, and rebuttals for their debates. These will take place on Thursday. Mr. Sheppard and Mrs. Kuemmerlin will be judging the event.

In writing, students are taking the research they have done in reading and preparing persuasive essays on their debate topics.

In science, students continue to investigate how organisms get energy. Ask your child to show you their mini poster on how he/she gets energy. They are working on the pictures tonight.

February 11

Happy New Year of the Pig and welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic break!

Here’s what we are working on:

In reading and writing, we are continuing with our argument texts. In reading, the students are reading texts to find facts to support their sides of the debate. In writing, they are finishing up their persuasive essays on whether chocolate milk should be served in school.

In science, we are looking at how organisms get energy by looking at food chains. We are then looking at how disruptions affect these food chains. We are also finishing our plant experiment on seeing what plants need most to survive.

In math, we finished up our adding and subtracting fractions unit before break. I will be sending home that test to be signed this week. This means we are starting a new unit–multiplying and dividing fractions! Please read this newsletter carefully to see how you can best help your child during this unit. Unit 5 Newsletter

Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip

If you haven’t registered your child for the March 6-8 Hong Kong field trip, please do so today. Here is the information on it. Remember, the student ID number is the first part of their school email address (Example: 26ab01)

Bilingual Registration Letter

Parent Letter 2019

The children will be coming home with the packing list, student conduct contract, and medical information sheet. Please fill out the contract and medical information sheet as soon as possible.

Student Contract

Medical Form

Dragonfly Pack List

We will be having a parent information meeting about the field trip next week. I am meeting with the Dragonfly people on Wednesday to decide on this date. I will pass it to you as soon as I have it confirmed.