Grade 5 Rocks!

Shekou International School

May 20

This week is going to be very busy. Here are the important dates:

  • Monday, May 20: MAP Math Test in 5B 10:15 – 11:15 and 12:00 – 12:40.
  • Monday, May 20: First day of swimming in PE. Students should have everything they need for swimming class brought to school with them today and tomorrow.
  • Tuesday, May 21: Transition to Bayside field trip at 12:45 – Lunch will be in the classroom beginning at 11:30am. All students must bring their own lunch this day (no students will be going to the Gecko Grill on this day).
  • Wednesday, May 22: Twin day – Students should prearrange with another student / teacher to dress as twins (triplets, quadruplets, etc. is allowed). As long as school appropriate clothing is worn, uniforms are not required if participating in twin day.

  • Wednesday, May 22: Last book check out at the library – 13:30 – 14:15 (after this day, students will only be allowed to return books due to inventory being taken at the library).
  • Thursday, May 23: Student-led conference day – Sign up genius was sent through email and we chat last Thursday. If you haven’t signed up already, please do so. Students will be sharing how they have grown throughout the year. Students will need to bring their iPads with their completed keynote presentation. Each 30 minute slot will allow for 3 students to meet with parents in the classroom while Mr. D circulates.
  • Friday, May 24: 5B & 5C led assembly at the SPAH starting at 8:10am. You won’t want to miss it as your child takes on one of the roles in sharing exhibition projects, interviewing or being interviewed, sharing PYP elements, or helping to preside as master of ceremony for the assembly.

  • Friday, May 24: Grade 5 & 6 Koolfly field trip at 11:30 – Students do not need to bring lunch on this day since there will be pizza provided at Bayside.

    PYPx Exhibition – June 4th is just around the corner!

    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 5B kids, each group/individual needs to decide how their process journals will look and how they will be sharing their knowledge with others on June 4th and 5th. Some kids have decided to do it in skit form or a TED-style talk. 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 SDG related topic they chose, the questions they researched, and the action they planned.

  • May 10

    5B MAP Test Dates

    Tuesday, May 14 ~ Reading MAP Test
    Thursday, May 16 ~ Language MAP Test
    Monday, May 20 ~ Mathematics MAP Test

    May 8

    Important Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, May 9: Field Trip to SWIS’ Grade 5 PYP Exhibition (Lunch will be in the classroom at 11:50; all students need to bring lunch)
  • Thursday, May 9: All School Community Reception, Opening Ceremony, and SIS Visual & Performing Arts Show at G&G Creative Community at 5:00-8:30pm
  • Friday, May 10: Students will visit the SIS Visual & Performing Arts Show (5B will be leaving SIS at 10:20am)
  • Tuesday, May 21: Transition to Bayside field trip (info coming soon)
  • Thursday, May 23: Student Led Conferences (No school – Sign Up Genius link will be coming soon)
  • Friday, May 24: Field trip with Grade 6 to KoolFly (info coming soon)
  • Monday, May 27: Professional learning day for teachers (No school for students)
  • Thursday, May 30: Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, May 31: Trimester 3 ASAs finish
  • Tuesday, June 4: Sharing of the Exhibition beginning at 3:00pm (You won’t want to miss the Opening Ceremony; info and invitations coming soon)
  • Wednesday, June 5: Sharing of the Exhibition during the school day
  • 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: Early dismissal at 11:30am (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 the 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 PYPx Exhibition topic.

    In mathematics, we took the Unit 6 test and made corrections as needed. I will be sending home these assessments later this week as well. If your student would like to take a retest due to not reaching proficient score, that can be arranged for next week. After which, I will give the final grade for the test.

    Our next and final mathematics 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 one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. After researching, they will come up with an action plan to address this issue. It is an exciting but busy time.

  • April 23


    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 8:15am. Grade 5 teachers and 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 19

    So many amazing things are happening at #SISrocks!

    Earth week is here! While everyday should be Earth day, the official 2019 Earth day is Monday, April 22nd. 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 26th.

    Love movies? We all do! You can attend the SIS film festival Thursday or Friday, April 25th or 26th. 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 1st. Final groups and mentor pairings will be announced later that week.

    April 1

    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. Lastly, keep in mind this G5 to G6 transition presentation from the World Languages department:

    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 23rd, 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 an amazing talk on how imagination can lead us to problem solve issues present in the world.

    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, Tosca!

    February 20

    Yesterday evening, grade 5 held our informational presentation from Dragonfly staff on the overnight field trip. Thanks to all parents that attended. Here is the presentation resource for those that were unable to attend yesterday or for parents that wish to review the information.

    Presentation Shekou G5 SK 2019-1mpvzmx

    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 6th, spend two nights at a great facility with grade 5 teachers and Dragonfly staff members, and return to school on March 8th. Remember, an informational session will be held today at 17:15 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! Our very own, Emma, will be speaking on the topic of imagination. Hope to see you at Level 5 this Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets are mandatory. You can purchase tickets HERE.

    Also on February 23rd, 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 26th, 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 22nd. Start making your costumes or searching on Taobao now!

    February 11

    Welcome back to SIS… and welcome to Mr. D’s favorite month of the year.

    Happy 30th birthday, SIS… and happy 32nd birthday, Mr. D.

    Here’s what we are working on:

    In reading and writing, we are continuing with our argumentative 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 factors plants need most to survive.

    In math, we completed our adding and subtracting fractions unit before break. This means we are starting a new unit – multiplying and dividing fractions! Please read the newsletter below 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

    Students will be coming home soon 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. Grade 5 teachers are meeting with the Dragonfly staff on Wednesday to decide on this date. I will update you as soon as the date is confirmed.

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