Babymouse! Squish! Matthew Holm!

SIS is excited to host Matthew Holm on Tuesday, May 26th. Third graders will learn all about Matthew Holm’s characters and books. Mr. Holm will also celebrate and promote the joy of reading!

MATTHEW HOLM is the author and illustrator of more than 25 books for children. He is the co-creator (with his sister, Jennifer) of two series of graphic novels for children: the Eisner Award-winning BABYMOUSE series and the Indiebound-Bestselling SQUISH series, both from Random House Children’s Books. He is also the co-editor of COMICS SQUAD, a new anthology series of comics for kids. He currently lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and dog.

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Reading Biographies

Today, during Writer’s Workshop, 3A learners described the person of the biography they were reading, their appearance and their character traits. They also payed special attention to the relationships that happened during the person’s life and how they affected that person. For the example, in the case of Philo Farnsworth, the boy who invented TV, his father inspired him to question things and solve problems by teaching him about Alexander Graham Bell and Tomas Edison.


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Exploring Fruits

This week we launched our new unit for science, “Structures of Life.”

Students learned that size, shape, color, texture, smell, and other features are characteristics of a fruit called properties.

We described the properties of different fruits and seeds and sort them.

Autobiography Photos

This weekend, your child will begin to look for photos for their autobiographies. They will have 4 chapters, and need at least one photo per chapter. Below I’ve listed the chapters and suggestions for types of photos you might send in. You can send actual photos which students can take pictures of with their iPad, or you may send me digital copies.

– Chapter 1: My Birth (a baby picture)
– Chapter 2: My Family (a family photo, child with siblings or parents)
– Chapter 3: My Home / Where I Have Lived (a picture of your house in your home country)
– Chapter 4: (Students choose one) Interesting Facts About Me (a picture of student doing a hobby) / My Hopes and Wishes (a picture of what they’d like to do when they grow up)/ My Favorite Holiday (a picture from a favorite vacation/holiday)

If you have any questions, please do let me know. Thanks!

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Yesterday 3A enthusiastic learners had a blast sharing their growth that happened this year in their journey to learn.

Thank you parents for coming to celebrate your child’s learning with us, and for all your support during the whole year. We couldn’t do it with you!

Walk-a-Thon for Nepal

Dear Families,

As you know, Nepal has been recently devastated by an earthquake.  The Nepalese need our support.  To actively be global citizens, we are holding a “Walk-a-Thon” this Friday to raise both awareness and monies which will be donated to a group that is on the ground in Nepal working to help those most directly impacted.  We are asking each student to donate a minimum of 10 rmb and walk with their classmates as a show of support to the people of Nepal.  This will take place from 8:00-9:00 at the Sports Field.  We welcome any family members to join us as well.  Together, we can make a positive impact.

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