Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 22: End of Semester 1
  • Tuesday, January 22: Class 5B’s last MAP test (mathematics) 10:00 – 11:30
  • Wednesday, January 23: Non-uniform day ~ DISCO SPIRIT DAY; Grade 5 will be celebrating the start of Semester 2 with a fun dance on the sports field during our normal afternoon recess time (12:45 – 13:05)
  • Wednesday, January 23: Student-Led Parent / Teacher Conference Sign Up – sent through We Chat and email
  • Friday, January 25: Parents access Semester 1 report cards
  • Saturday, January 26: Discover China Day 12:00 – 15:00 on the sports field
  • Monday, January 28: Chinese field trip 8:45 – 11:15; activity ~ silk flowers
  • Wednesday, January 30: Student-Led Parent / Teacher Conferences; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Thursday, January 31: Assembly focusing on Chinese Heritage (with Dragon Dance scheduled) 8:10 – 9:00
  • Thursday, January 31: Regularly scheduled day of school; please contact Mr. D in advance if your student will be leaving for vacation early
  • Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 10: Chinese New Year Holiday – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

    End of Semester Reflections

    As Semester 1 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on all the positive elements of class 5B and what we have been able to accomplish. Along with this, we should always have a growth mindset and continue working to improve always.

    Among our areas of great successes, students have shown a fabulous sense of perseverance. While learning new content, students have embraced challenges and have been open-minded risk-takers. Three PYP units of inquiry have been taught, learned, and reviewed with students: Who We Are, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves. In these units, social studies content has been covered for grade 5 standards in its entirety. As a whole class community, we have stayed on track with the curriculum for reading, writing, and language usage. A high percentage of students have shown growth in these areas and continue to develop. Remember, growth is the big push this year.

    Areas in which we can grow as a class include expanding our vocabulary as we read, write, and speak. Even for native English language speakers, we can certainly integrate more complex vocabulary in our everyday speech. During the next three units of inquiry (How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place & Time, Sharing the Planet), we will work at a quicker pace through our mathematics curriculum so as not to get behind by the end of year. Science will also be embedded within most of the remaining units. So, when you see many science standards are N/A (not applicable) on the Semester 1 report cards, there is no need to be alarmed. Lastly, I would like to encourage all students to use, Moby Max (also online and as an app), and Epic! (not just graphic novels, but also leveled non-fiction texts) while at home, on vacation, and during any spare time.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me through my personal we chat or email. Otherwise, I am looking forward to our conversation on January 30th at the student-led conferences.