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.

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, 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.

January 15

Important Dates

  • January 16 – MAP Testing in 5A – Language Usage
  • January 21 – MAP Testing in 5A – Mathematics
  • January 22 – End of Semester 1
  • January 23 – Disco Spirit Day
  • January 25 – Parents can access Semester 1 report cards via SchoolBase
  • January 26 – Discover China Day
  • January 30 – Three Way Conferences (parents, student, teacher) – No school for students
  • January 31 — Chinese New Year Assembly and Celebrations


Our unit on adding and subtracting fractions has begun. Click here for ways on how to help your child during this unit. Unit 4 Newsletter

Reading and Writing

Our units on argumentative texts has started, as well. In reading, students will be analyzing argumentative texts to see if the reasons and evidence are strong and unbiased. They will be gathering research to hold a debate on a given environmental topic.

In writing, students will be researching to write their own persuasive essays based on strong evidence.


We are doing a brief unit studying the distribution of water on Earth and how the different spheres (geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere) interact. We made models today on how the water on Earth is distributed and how much of it is actually drinkable. Ask your child what they learned and have them explain the models they made.

December 10

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, December 12: Ice skating field trip with lunch at McDonald’s
  • Thursday, December 13: “Books ‘N’ Cocoa” Spirit Day
  • Friday, December 14: Grade 5 Holiday Party
  • Friday, December 14: Early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (last day of school before the Winter Break)
  • Monday, January 7: First day back from Winter Break

It is a busy week this week!

For the field trip, remember that students need to bring either 50 RMB for lunch at McDonald’s or a packed lunch. They also need to wear their RED PE shirt, a jacket, and a helmet. Thick socks (or 2 pair) and gloves are highly recommended.

For Books ‘N’ Cocoa Spirit Day, students need to bring in their own mug.

Please sign up to bring something for the Grade 5 Holiday Party on Friday. Here’s the link.  Thanks to all who have signed up already!