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Hello parents,

There is so many happenings during trimester 3! For instance, today is the first day of Trimester 3 after school activities (ASAs). Please make sure that you are contacting the ASA facilitator / teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Here are more important dates / events to write down:

  • April 9: Lockdown Drill
  • April 9 – 10: Talent Show Auditions for participants already registered starting at 3:30pm in Level 5
  • April 12: Talent Show Auditions for Hosts at 3:15pm – 5:00pm in Room 2201 at Parkside Campus
  • April 13: Grades 3 – 5 Field Day at 1:00pm – 2:50pm
  • April 24: Learning Comes Alive in Chinese Classes
  • April 27: Grade 5 to 6 Chinese Language Transition 8:15am to 9:15am in Multipurpose Room
  • April 27: Talent Show – 1:00pm
  • May 4: Grade 5 Student Social at Bayside Campus (more information to come)
  • May 4: School Assembly led by Class 5A 8:00am to 9:00am (approximate times) in SPAH
  • First week in May: MAP testing (more information to come)

    As these dates approach, more information will be distributed. Also, as the year continues to unfold, I’m sure more dates will be shared. For now, I wanted to make sure you had these dates to write down in your calendars. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email / Dojo / private message me.

  • March 13

    Hello parents,

    I hope students came home on Friday wanting to tell you everything they did on the overnight field trip. We had a ton of fun and gained much knowledge and insight.

    Tomorrow will be the grade 5 publishing party for our argumentative / persuasive topics. I hope to see you in the 5A classroom at 8:15am. We will be reading our published pieces in the morning until it is time to prepare for specials at 8:55am.

    Lastly, don’t forget that this Friday is “Book Character Dress Up Day!” Hopefully, your child has been thinking about who they want to dress up as. I’m excited to see their costumes and to dress up myself.

    March 6

    FIELD TRIPS, BOOK WEEK, AND CONCERTS… OH MY!

    WOW! There are so many exciting things going on in grade 5.

    Our overnight field trip will be this Thursday, March 8th. Parents: Please make sure students have a way to get to the Jingshan Sports Field at 7:15 am that morning. School buses will not be an option since they will arrive too late and we will already be on our way to Hong Kong. Students and teachers will be staying overnight at Dragonfly Sai Kung Camp. We will be returning to Jingshan on March 9th with our approximate time of arrival at 4:00 pm. Please make sure that you have already signed up for the field trip we chat group because this is where all pertinent information concerning the field trip, including updates, pictures, and any changes in schedule will be posted. To avoid overlapping information, I will not be posting about the field trip on class 5A’s we chat group; however, that is where you can receive the code for the field trip we chat group.

    Book Week will be next week! On Monday, we will cozy up to a good book in our pajamas. On Tuesday, we will be having our DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time during some point of the day. On Wednesday, we will be swapping our read alouds with a mystery staff member (who will it be????). On Thursday, our door decorating contest with a book theme will be finalized and scored among the other doors on campus. Lastly, on Friday, we will be dressing up as our favorite book character!

    Lastly, grade 5’s music curriculum showcase will be March 22nd at 5:00 pm in the Gecko Theater. Hope to see you there! See the below poster.

    February 27

    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
  • Monday, 12 March: Wear your pajamas to school (for Book Week)
  • Tuesday, 13 March: Carry around a book for DEAR – Drop Everything And Read (for Book Week)
  • Friday, 16 March: Dress as a book character (for Book Week)
  • Friday, 16 March: Go on SchoolBase to view the Trimester 2 Report Cards


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

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

    As we finish the month of February, we will be learning / delving deeper into many areas. In math, we’re multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers and seeing multiplying as scaling. In reading, we’re 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 or independent research on an environmental issue they are passionate about. Speaking of the environment, 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 15

    Wishing you and your family a very relaxing, safe, and productive Chinese New Year! Can’t wait to see students back at SIS ready to learn on 26 February!

    February 11

    Important Dates to Remember:

  • 14 February – Registration with Dragonfly is due. Please make sure this is complete before the New Year.
  • 15 – 25 February – Chinese New Year Holiday – Welcome to the Year of the Dog!
  • 26 February – School resumes at SIS
  • Friday, 2 March – Last day for Trimester 2 ASAs
  • Thursday – Friday, 8 – 9 March – Hong Kong 5th Grade Overnight Field Trip
  • Friday, 9 March – Last day of Trimester 2

    Last 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 Mr. D’s shirts are short sleeves. Three fourths of these shirts have stripes on them. What fraction of Mr. D’s shirts are short sleeved with stripes?

    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, Mr. Kanabar & Mr. Johnson, 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. We will be persuading Mr. Kanabar whether he should support or ban the idea of serving chocolate milk at the school dining hall in the future.

    In science, we reviewed food webs and how plants get their nutrients. We also saw a magic show! Thanks, PSA for organizing it!

  • February 1

    It’s that time of year! The Grade 5 overnight field trip to Hong Kong is coming up on March 8 – 9. This year, it’s being run by Dragonfly–the same company that does the Week Without Walls trips for SIS Bayside. We will be having an informational night for parents on Thursday, February 8th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Gecko Theater (first floor). We will be giving this information to the students this day during school, so they do not need to be present in the evening.

    This is when we will share what will happen on the trip, what the students need to bring, and what you need to do to register the children. This is also a great time to ask any questions that you have.

    I hope to see you all on February 8th at 5:00 p.m.!

    January 22

    Hello parents,

    I wanted to let you know about some happenings here at SIS in the next few days / weeks:

    This Thursday, January 25th, is going to be jam packed! Students should come to school wearing their red SIS shirts for our January spirit day which is “SIS SPIRIT DAY!” There will be face painting during recess times and posters all over the school. In addition to spirit day, Thursday is also our second “Learning Comes Alive” day. You are invited to attend 5A’s math lesson on that day from 11:20 – 12:15. I would love to see you there for this hands-on mathematics session, learning with the students.

    This Friday, January 26th, will be an early dismissal day; students will leave school starting at 11:30am. Please make sure your child knows exactly how they will be getting home or where they should be going after class. All school transportation will still function… but just earlier that day.

    Thursday, February 1st, will be no school for students. On that day, we will conduct parent / student / teacher conferences. A sign-up genius link will be emailed to all parents on this Thursday afternoon. Please look out for that if you wish to sign up for a time slot.

    Saturday, February 3rd, will be “Discover China Day” here at Jingshan from 12:00 – 3:00pm. I’ll be there too soaking up all the amazing cultural knowledge I can; hope to see you and 5A students there. If it rains that day, the event will be rescheduled for February 10th (somebody’s birthday!!!)

    Tuesday, February 6th, there will be a magician visiting school. Grade 5 students will participate in this activity 10:00 – 10:45am.

    Friday, February 9th, will be school photograph make up day at the Level 5. This option is available for new students, students who were absent, or any that are dissatisfied with their previous photographs.

    Wednesday, February 14th, will be the last day of school for students before the Chinese New Year holiday. Students will be off from February 15th – 25th. I will see all students back at school to start the Year of the Dog on Monday, February 26th.

    More information to come on the following events:

    Fifth grade overnight field trip in Hong Kong is approaching. We will have a meeting for parents to attend with more information after everything has been finalized.

    Friday, March 9th, will be the last day of trimester 2.

    Saturday, March 10th, will be our SIS ES swim team meet with many swimmers coming from room 5A. Come on out to support these amazing swimmers!

    January 10

    Welcome Back! I’m so glad to see all my students back from Winter Break. As we are now in the second trimester, I would like to extend two wonderful opportunities to see / experience what your child is doing at SIS.

    1) On Monday, January 15th, fifth grade students will be displaying their writing samples at Level 5 (fifth floor at Parkside campus) for our publishing party taking place 8:15 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. These samples will include research papers on influential people who helped change the world, poetry from varying perspectives, and even some artwork.

    2) On Thursday, January 25th, SIS will be hosting our second Learning Comes Alive event, inviting parents to come and experience what and how their child is learning here at our wonderful international school. Fifth grade will be hosting parents 11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in our classrooms during our normally scheduled math block.

    I hope you are able to make it out on either or both of these days. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me at pdamroth@sis.org.cn or through the Class Dojo app.

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