Grade 4 Rocks!

Shekou International School

June 14

Congratulations to the newly promoted secondary school students!
Keep in touch from Bayside, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Korea, or wherever your journey takes you.

June 4

The big two days are here!

Grade 5 students will be sharing with the world their exhibition projects they have been diligently working on during the Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry. We hope to see all family, friends, and community members at our opening ceremony in the SPAH today. Doors will open at 14:50 and we encourage everyone to be in their seats at 15:00 so we can begin promptly at 15:15. But, just in case you can’t make it… here is a sampling of our exhibition:

Great job, documentary committee! With feedback from expert mentors including Mr. Sheppard, Ms. Cheung, and grade 5 teachers, students created that documentary to showcase the entire process. Hope you enjoyed and hope to see you at the sharing of our exhibition.

May 30

There is a lot going on in Grade 5!! As you are well aware, the PYP exhibition process is in full effect with Grade 5 sharing all their hard work next week to the world! Here is your invitation:

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!

Letter club on 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

Superhero fun run & bake sale on May 31

Donations for cancer research due on June 3


Backpack drive complete on June 4


Health fair to educate & advocate on June 4 and 5


Collecting plastic for an art installation piece from now until June 4


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.

For more information, please see the newsletter below created by our PYP coordinator, Ms. Cheung:

SIS Parent Letter PYPx English & Chinese

SIS Parent Letter PYPx English & Korean

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!

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