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.

March 15

Tomorrow (March 16) is Dress as a Book Character Day!!  5B does have PE, so their costume either has to be one where they can participate in PE or they need to bring clothes to change into. I can’t wait to see everyone!

Today we read with our Book Buddies in first grade. We gave feedback on the first graders’ nonfiction books and then we went on a book walk.

This afternoon we took a tour around the campus to see all of the door decorations. We’ll see who the winners are tomorrow.

March 13

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, 14 March from 8:15-8:55 a.m.–Persuasive Publishing Party in the Grade 5 classrooms
  • 12-16 March–Book Week
    • Thursday, 14 March–Read with Buddies! Bring books to read to them.
    • Friday, 16 March–Dress as a book character!
  • Friday, 16 March–Go on SchoolBase to view the Trimester 2 Report Cards
  • Thursday, 22 March–Grade 5 Concert (report to classrooms at 4:45 p.m.)

What a fun time we had on the trip!! Despite the rainy start, we still had a great time getting to know each other better, practicing the ESLRs, and learning about ourselves. The students posted a reflection on Seesaw. They should be available for viewing later today. Please go on Seesaw and leave a comment.

This week is the start of our new unit where the students will be working in groups to research a local problem so they can take action. It is going to be exciting to see what they all come up with!

Book Week is here! We had fun reading by flashlight yesterday in our pajamas. Today, the suspense is building as we don’t know when the call will be to Drop Everything And Read. 🙂 Please make sure your child’s costume is set for Friday’s Dress as a Book Character Day!

March 7

Important Dates:

  • Thursday-Friday, 8-9 March–Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip
  • Friday, 9 March–Last day of Trimester 2
  • Wednesday, 14 March from 8:15-8:55 a.m.–Persuasive Publishing Party in the Grade 5 classrooms
  • 12-16 March–Book Week
    • Monday, 12 March–Wear your pajamas to school!
    • Tuesday, 13 March–Carry around a book for Drop Everything And Read
    • Friday, 16 March–Dress as a book character!
  • Friday, 16 March–Go on SchoolBase to view the Trimester 2 Report Cards
  • Thursday, 22 March–Grade 5 Concert (report to classrooms at 4:45 p.m.)

Tomorrow is the field trip!! We are so excited! Thanks for being so prompt with filling out the registration form and sending in the passports/IDs/immigration forms. Please note that tomorrow is going to be cooler with possible rain. Children should dress accordingly and have layers they can add if it gets cold in the evening.

Please have the kids at the sports field between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. We need to have the buses gone by 7:30 a.m. before the regular school buses arrive.

As you saw in the important dates, next Wednesday is our publishing party for our persuasive essays. It will be in our classrooms this time. Please come and decide which sides of the debates you agree with.

Next week is also Book Week! Kids get to come wearing their pajamas on Monday. 5B has PE, so please make sure they are able to do PE in what they wear, or they bring something to change into. Please send them with a flashlight, too, since we’ll be doing something fun with it for book week.

Also, please be thinking about what book character costume the kids will need for next Friday. That will be a fun day seeing who everyone picks. 🙂

February 26, 2018

Important Dates:

  • Friday, 2 March–Last day for Trimester 2 ASAs
  • Thursday-Friday, 8-9 March–Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip
  • Friday, 9 March–Last day of Trimester 2
  • 12-16 March–Book Week
    • Monday, 12 March–Wear your pajamas to school!
    • Tuesday, 13 March–Carry around a book for Drop Everything And Read
    • Friday, 16 March–Dress as a book character!
  • Friday, 16 March–Go on SchoolBase to view the Trimester 2 Report Cards

Happy New Year of the Dog to everyone! I hope you had a fun and relaxing break.

Before the break, the kids had some fun reviewing what it means to be smart digital citizens by doing another Breakout Edu Box activity. See pictures below.

In math, we’re going to be multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers and seeing multiplying as scaling.

In reading, we’re going to be reviewing how to summarize arguments and analyzing the perspectives of the author.

In writing, the students get to pick which side of the debate to be on and write a 5-paragraph essay persuading their readers to agree with them. They will be using the research from their debates in reading, and using all of the skills they learned in writing to produce this essay.

In science, we’re continuing to look at how the balance of an ecosystem can be affected by even the smallest change in the environment.

February 9

Important Dates:

  • 14 February–Registration with Dragonfly is due
  • 15-25 February–Chinese New Year Holiday–School resumes on 26 February
  • Friday, 2 March–Last day for Trimester 2 ASAs
  • Thursday-Friday, 8-9 March–Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip
  • Friday, 9 March–Last day of Trimester 2

This week:

In math, we continued building our knowledge and skills in multiplying fractions with fractions. We also started to multiply mixed numbers by fractions. See if your child can solve this question and then prove it with a drawing: Two thirds of John’s shirts are short sleeves. Three fourths of these shirts have a picture on them. What fraction of John’s shirts are short sleeved with a picture on them?

In reading, we debated! The kids did a great job. Despite many of them being nervous, they stood up front and presented their evidence for their assigned side of the debate. Our judges were impressed. Ask your child what their side was and what reasons and evidence they gave to defend their reason.

In writing, we added quotes and counterclaims to our persuasive text to make them even more convincing. Your child has this on his/her iPad. Go ahead and ask to see it.

In science, we reviewed food webs and how plants get their nutrients. Ask your child what the organs of plants are.

We also saw a magic show! Thanks, PSA for organizing it!

 

February 1

Thanks to everyone for coming out in the cold to attend conferences! It was great to hear the goals that the kids had picked and to work with them to finalize their action steps.

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, 3 February, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Jingshan Sports Field–Discover China Day!!
  • Thursday, 8 February, 5:00 p.m. in the Gecko Theater–Parent Information Night for the Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip (adults only, please)
  • Friday, 9 February–School Photo Retakes/Make-Ups
  • 15-25 February–Chinese New Year Holiday–School resumes on 26 February
  • Friday, 2 March–Last day for Trimester 2 ASAs
  • Thursday-Friday, 8-9 March–Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip
  • Friday, 9 March–Last day of Trimester 2

This past week:

In math, we have been building our understanding of how division and fractions are related (3 divided by 4 = 3/4), and how to multiply fractions and whole numbers. We are focusing on our communication skills, so ask your child to show you a problem they did in class and HOW they solved it and WHY.

In reading, we have continued to collect evidence for our debate topics. We’ve also looked at the importance of knowing who the author is of an article to see if that impacts what they include in their article. In addition, we looked at what techniques the author used to persuade the reader.

In writing, we have mainly worked on writing our trimester 2 goals for conferences. We have also started to add more to our body paragraphs so that we are EXPLAINING the evidence we added and why it is important/good/bad.

In science, we have constructed food webs to see how energy flows through all the organisms.