Grade 5 Rocks!

Shekou International School

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

    Poetry Credit: Juliana in 5B

    It is a busy week this week!

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

    For “Books ‘N’ Cocoa” Spirit Day, students should come to school in their pajamas and need to bring in their own mug. Students should also make sure they have a good choice book to read. A blanket and stuffed animal are allowed but please no pillows. For part of the day, 5B will be watching the movie “Wonder” based on the book by R.J. Palacio that we finished reading aloud last week.

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

    “Dear SIS community,

    This Friday, December 14, we will be taking an all-school commemorative photograph as part of our 30th anniversary celebration.

    Parents are invited to join our students and teachers for this photograph which marks this milestone at 9:00 am on the Jingshan sports field. The plan is to assemble everyone into a giant 3-0 which will be marked out on the field, and to take the photograph using a drone.

    If you plan to join, may we please ask you to wear a red, white or black shirt (or jacket/sweater) – so that the photograph truly embodies our school colors.

    As we would like to get students back to their classrooms as efficiently as possible, and given the early release from school that day, may we kindly request parents to remain on the field until the students have left.

    Thank you for your support.

    In celebration of 30 years of quality education in Shenzhen!

    Shekou International School”

  • November 30

    Only two more weeks of school before the holidays… and we have so much going on at SIS!

    All next week, in connection with Computer Science education week, SIS will be participating in the global annual initiative, HOUR OF CODE! Looking forward to amazing programming / coding from our grade 5s.

    “Dear Elementary School,

    We would like to invite you to our Service Learning community event. This event is dedicated to honouring Ms. Rosana Walsh, one of the Middle School teachers who is leaving SIS to return to New Zealand due to ill health.

    Ms Walsh was involved in a project for Syrian refugees, knitting hats and raising money for them. We would like to honour and support her by continuing this project on her behalf as well as raising money for lung cancer Research in New Zealand.

    Our event is on Monday 3 December at 6pm in the Bayside Amphitheatre. It is a night where we will share more information about the organisations that we are raising money for. You can learn how to knit, have fun and spend time with your friends. Even if you are a total beginner at knitting, or have no idea how to knit, that’s absolutely fine! This will be a great time for everyone to some together as a community to support each other and projects that Ms Walsh is passionate about.

    This event will take place on December 3rd, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Bayside amphitheater. We welcome everyone of all ages, including parents and teachers, even grandparents too, to come and join this informative community event.

    Spread the word. This event is going to be happening this Monday. We sincerely hope that you all can come to this event.

    Thank you!”
    Lee Moulton (Grade 7)

    Join us at the Level 5 for an interactive tour of what your child has been working on throughout the first three units of inquiry in grade 5. Student leaders will share how they and others have displayed a growth mindset during this first semester along with a showcase of works we are most proud of. All students will have their work on display during the entire event. Parents / staff / students are able to come to any of the times below regardless of the homeroom class but these will be the times grade 5 student leaders will be facilitating the event.

    5A will lead 8:15am – 9:30am

    5B will lead 10:30am – 11:45am

    5C will lead 1:45pm – 3:00pm

    Please respond to the invitation HERE as soon as you can. Thanks!

    Our last Spirit Day of 2018 will be on Thursday, December 13th: BOOKS N’ COCOA! Students should come to school this day in their pajamas with a mug and a book… & a stuffed animal, if they wish, as well.

    Lastly, don’t forget the two grade 5 field trips coming up. Tuesday, December 4th, we will be going to Hong Kong for our “Dialogue in the Dark” experience. Please read the permission slip very carefully concerning drop off / pick up times. Wednesday, December 12th, we will be going on our annual social ice skating field trip. More information will come as that time approaches.

    November 26

    We are so excited to begin our next unit of inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves,” with the central idea: “Being aware of our historical perspectives and biases may lead us to take responsible action.” The key concepts we will focus on are causation, responsibility, & PERSPECTIVE.

    With this in mind, there are a few dates coming up that connect with student learning:
    Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday & Thursday, November 28th & 29th: “A Kid’s Life” – Drama club’s musical (5:00pm in the SPAH); tickets are 10RMB each
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Discovery in the Dark field trip – please read the permission slip very carefully when it comes home
  • Friday, December 7th: Grade 5 Showcase at The Level 5 (5A will lead 8:15 – 9:30, 5B will lead 10:30 – 11:45, and 5C will lead 1:45 – 3:00; but parents can come at any of these times)
  • Wednesday, December 12th: Social bonding ice skating field trip
  • Thursday, December 13th: “Books N’ Cocoa” spirit day – students should come in their pajamas with a mug / cup
  • Friday, December 14th: Early dismissal at 11:30am; last day of school before the Winter break
  • Monday, January 7th: First day back from Winter break
  • November 13

    Happy World Kindness Day!

    Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday – Friday, November 19 – 23: International Week (festivities throughout the week related to Singapore, China, Great Britain, Canada, United States of America, & South Korea)
  • Friday, November 23: International Parade (wear your national dress; 8:15am – 9:00am)
  • Friday, November 23: Half Day for Students (early dismissal at 11:30am)
  • Saturday, November 24: International Winter Bazaar (11:30am – 3:30pm… don’t forget to bring your Box of Hope)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 – 29: “Kids’ Life” the Musical (5:00pm in the SPAH; buy your tickets from STUCO for 10RMB each in advance)

    What have we been studying?

    Our central idea for our “How the World Works” transdisciplinary theme has been “Investigations allow for a deeper understanding of our world.” Throughout all of our subjects, we have been delving deeper into the following investigations:

    We just finished our math unit on multiplication. We have just started investigating what division means. Fifth grade is the final year to really solidify the CONCEPT of division, especially as we start to divide decimals. Our goal is to understand WHAT division is and be able to record it in a way that makes sense based on CONCRETE examples. After ensuring firm understanding of the concept, we will solidify and practice our usage of the standard algorithm along with other methods to check / prove our work.

    Please read the Unit 3 Newsletter for ways to help your child develop the concept of division.

    In reading, we have been investigating the text structures of nonfiction. We are now comparing and contrasting two different texts based on their topics and text structures. Next week, we will be working on finding the main idea and details of a text in order to write a summary. As your child reads at home, please ask them what the main idea is. This should be stated in a sentence form. (“How dogs eat” is a title, not a main idea. “Dogs are messy eaters.” is a main idea.)

    In writing, we have drafted the three body paragraphs for our investigator research booklets. Each student picked an investigator and found out what was investigated, why they investigated, and what the consequences of the investigation were. Next week, we will finish drafting the booklet and start revising.

    In science, we just finished a week long investigation into the Case of the Missing Millionaire. As part of our PYP Unit of Inquiry on “How the World Works” centered around the related concept of investigation, students got the opportunity to pretend to be forensic scientists and use evidence to determine the answer to what could be a murder mystery!

    We began by examining the crime scene up at Level 5. Students then collected the evidence and carefully recorded information about each piece they found. We began setting up a clue board and then went back to the evidence to conduct some crime labs or forensic tests to give us more information.

    Last week, students conducted the following 10 different crime labs:

    1. Brown Stain test = Students did a simple chromatography test to determine if the stain on a paper towel was from a felt pen or food coloring.

    2. Cola test = Students used pH (or litmus) paper to determine if anything had been added to the victim, Felix’s, cola.

    3. Fingerprint test = Students examined fingerprints on Alfredo’s and Felix’s cups.

    4. Smell test = Students smelled the colognes/perfumes of four of the suspects to determine which was the one they found on the torn towel at the crime scene.

    5. Thread test = Students burned both cotton and wool threads and examined how they burned in order to identify mystery threads found at the crime scene.

    6. DNA testing = Student examined the DNA of all the suspects and the victim to determine whose hair was in the comb at the crime scene.

    7. Ice cube test = Students used the pH paper again to determine if anything had been added to the melted ice cubes found at the crime scene.

    8. Secret Note = Students had to piece together a torn up note and then identify the writer based on handwriting samples.

    9. Powder study = Students added drops of iodine to 5 different powders to identify the powder found on the shoes of two of the suspects.

    10. Tape lift test = Students did a tape lift on all of the suspects’ clothes to find evidence such as grass, human hair, dog hair, wool, and cotton thread. Does the evidence match with what they said they had been doing?

    We’re now getting back into investigating the properties of matter, discovering whether heating or cooling an object changes its mass or properties, and whether mixing two substances together creates a new substance. Students then had to look at all of the evidence and decide what happened to Felix. Who did it? Ask your child to find out.

  • November 4

    Dear Parents,

    It is time for our annual Box of Hope event! Each year we participate in this wonderful activity that allows our children to share the joy of the holiday season with children in need. It is very easy to participate.

    I hope you or your child got a free shoebox (or more!) this past Friday. Wrap the box with decorative paper. Fill it with NEW gifts and toiletries. Bring to the Winter Bazaar November 24 (or to school November 26-27)

    For more information, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/BR1VnwTRfHE

    Important Dates:

  • Thursday, November 8th: 5B class & individual pictures at 13:30 – 14:05
  • Saturday, November 10th: Math Olympiad event at AISG for eligible students
  • Tuesday, November 13th: Kindness STUCO sponsored spirit day
  • October 19

    Important Dates

  • October 19: Annual Bayside Halloween Haunted House from 6:00pm to 8:30pm – at SIS Bayside Campus; 20RMB for students, 10RMB for accompanying adults
  • October 20: 2018-2019 PSA Family Movie Night starting at 5:30pm for food stalls and 6:30pm for movie – at SIS Jinshan Sports Field
  • October 23: Grade 5 Field Trip to the Shenzhen Museum of History; we will leave school at approximately 10:00 and we’re expected to return around 2:00pm (all students can get home as normal). If you are a parent chaperone, please arrive at room 5B for a quick meeting starting promptly at 9:30am.
  • October 26: No school for students; Professional Learning day for staff

    Check out the feedback #5Bcommunity of published authors received this week at our grade level publishing party.

    Made with Padlet

    This celebration was strictly for students to read and provide feedback. This was intended so students would feel more comfortable sharing their personal writing. We will have a showcase of all student learning later in the semester before winter break which will include these writings. All parents will be invited to attend this occasion.

  • October 12

    Hello parents,

    As next week quickly approaches, I just wanted to remind you of three great events that will also be taking place.

  • “SIS Stories” Podcast Global Event on October 17th all day – from the convenience of your own home or workplace; just click HERE on that date
  • Annual Bayside Halloween Haunted House on October 19th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm – at SIS Bayside Campus; 20RMB for students, 10RMB for accompanying adults
  • 2018-2019 PSA Family Movie Night on October 20th starting at 5:30pm for food stalls and 6:30pm for movie – at SIS Jinshan Sports Field

    As we complete our “Who We Are” unit of inquiry, we are also wrapping up our reading interpretative book clubs and narrative writings (sharing out of our rough draft is above on the Flipgrid… check them out). We are now crossing over to our second unit of inquiry, “How the World Works” where we will be delving deeper into nonfiction text and research essay writing. Please keep a look out for our big wrap up at the end of the next unit where students will showcase their mastery learning from each topic / unit.

    Looking for a way to study key vocabulary words in preparation for our science unit on matter, mixtures, and solutions? Here are two great quizlets shared by Mrs. Gibson to help your student in their endeavors:

  • Quizlet Flashcards 1
  • Quizlet Flashcards 2

    In mathematics, we have begun investigating the order of operations and numerical expressions. If you would like to review some of these concepts so far instructed, here are a few resources to assist:

  • Study Jams: Order of Operations
  • Khan Academy: Constructing Numerical Expressions
  • October 8

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a marvelous break.

    This week, we are completing our unit of inquiry with the central idea, “Systems may evolve from changing human experiences.” We will be beginning our next unit shortly focused on “How the World Works.”

    In math we are starting to learn about multiplying decimal numbers. Please read over the newsletter below for tips on what you can do to help at home.

    In reading we are working on discovering how one part of a narrative can contribute to the overall plot. Also, we will be delving deeper into finding the THEME of a book. The theme should be a statement that shows what lesson or message the author wants us to learn. Some examples of themes are: “Don’t judge people on their outward appearances,” “Stay loyal to your friends,” & “Hard times can make you strong.” Students will be asked to state the theme, and then give EVIDENCE from the book from MULTIPLE places. As your child reads at home, please ask them what they think the theme is and HOW THEY KNOW. Make them quote from the book.

    In writing we are finishing up our narratives. We will work on adding advanced transitions, dialogue with proper punctuation, & clear endings.

    This week we will also be starting our unit in science. We will be inquiring into what it means to be investigators. We’ll be investigating matter to begin with.

    September 26

    Important Dates

  • October 1-5: Golden Week / National Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL

    This Friday, September 28th, are the civilization keynote presentations at Level 5. Students have been working diligently over the past few weeks to prepare as consultants for a fictional civilization and communicating advice from research completed on past historical civilizations. Class 5B hopes to see you there. Please check your email for further information including the actual time slots your child will be presenting. If you are able to come, please plan to stay for the entire time so as to not disturb the presenters. Also, please plan for traffic delays due to the on-going tree clean-up around town. Here’s the information on this summative assessment:

    Civilizations GRASP-1ub0wgx

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  • September 18

    Important Upcoming Dates

  • 18th September: Book Sale Wish List class visits
  • 19th September: No School for Students – Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
  • 21st September: No School for students – Professional Learning Day for Teachers
  • 24th September: No School – Mid Autumn Festival
  • 26th September: Parent Workshop 8:15am Social Emotional Learning

    Welcome back to school!

    I hope everyone had a safe weekend during Typhoon Mangkhut. It sure was a strong storm. Thank you for reading your We Chat group messages, respecting parents by only responding to me directly instead of on the group chat, and for informing students to check Microsoft Teams for assignments. I will continue using Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook to establish communication with students throughout the school year, especially during inclement weather.

    Tomorrow, September 19th, will be our first Parent / Student / Teacher conference of the academic year. As such, this is not a regular school day and students will not be coming to school for the entire day. Students should come with you to the conference. This is an opportunity to check in with your child about his/her progress this year and work together to set goals to help him/her continue to be a successful learner.

    Focus of Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Share how students are settling in
  • Explain recent assessments and set goals for students
  • Clarify the role parents can play in supporting these goals
  • Ensure you have access to the Blog, Seesaw portfolios, we chat class group, etc.
  • Meet with EAL teachers, Chinese Language teachers, and other specialist teachers (if desired)

    Your child will sit with their iPads at the carpet in the classroom during the first 10 minutes to work on their summative project while we discuss data. Then, students will attend the last 10 minutes of the conference, explaining his/her academic and social goals for the first trimester. Please have them bring their iPads.

    Please make sure to be on time for your scheduled conference. We only have 20 minutes to confer. Any additional time outside the scheduled conference will have to be established at a later date / time. Thank you for understanding.

    Looking forward to seeing parents and students tomorrow at conferences!

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