Grade 5 Rocks!

Shekou International School

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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


  • 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!

  • September 11

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Week of Sept. 10 – Trimester 1 After School Activities (ASAs) begin
    Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No school for students
    Wednesday, Sept. 19 – PSA Book Sale
    Friday, Sept. 21 – PL day for teachers – No school for students
    Monday, Sept. 24 – Mid Autumn Festival – No school for students

    This week…

    In reading, we are starting book clubs! Students will be mixed with other students from all three classes. They will be applying the mini lessons from the week to their book club books. This week’s mini lessons focus on how one part of the story is related to the whole story. They will be identifying story elements (introduction of characters, introduction of setting, problem, character change, theme development, solution) and explaining how it fits with the rest of the story as a whole.

    In writing, students are continuing with their narratives. We are working on constructing exciting leads, using descriptive phrases and vocabulary, and using dialogue correctly.

    In social studies, we will be researching how the Incan civilization in modern day Peru developed systems based on their human experiences. Then, students will choose another civilization of their choice to research.

    In math we are continuing our decimal numbers unit. We will use number lines to compare and round decimals. We will also be modeling how to add and subtract decimals. So far, we have worked on converting between all three number forms (standard form, word form, and expanded form) yesterday. Make sure to go to Seesaw and check out your student’s new post on these decimal conversions.

    September 3

    Hello parents,

    We have a few updates concerning the recent testing calendar and 5B’s schedule.

    Our next regularly scheduled MAP test will be this Friday, September 7th. Due to the red signal for rain last Thursday, there was no school. Unfortunately, that was one of our MAP testing days. We will be making this test up next Tuesday, September 11th; this will be the last testing day for the beginning of the year.

    DRA reading assessments are also being conducted and will continue for the remainder of this week. Expected date of completion is Tuesday, September 11th, or earlier.

    Lastly, I have discussed specials schedule with Mrs. Sheppard, sorted out times with Mr. Bywater for lessons with the counselor, and finalized times for reading with our book buddies. Therefore, below is the most updated version of 5B’s daily schedule:

    August 24

    Below is the Parent Info Night Presentation shared at Curriculum Night. Please use as a reference or if you were unable to attend. Thank you!

    18-19 Grade 5 Parent Night Information-1coc7nn

    P.S. We had a great first full week of school. Parents, make sure to read all about it in their interactive journals on Seesaw… and like / reply to it as well if you get the opportunity.

    August 22

    Check out the goals that grade 5 learners will be working on achieving this first trimester
    *still being updated and added to*

    June 15

    It’s the last day! Our 5th graders are now Middle Schoolers! It has been an amazing year full of wonderful memories. Thanks so much for being an integral part of your child’s educational journey and for all the support. Best wishes to all of 5A wherever they may go next year. Report cards are available via SchoolBase and MAP test scores went home with all students yesterday. I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

    June 13

    Graduation Slideshow Video from the Moving Up Ceremony:

    June 11

    Important Dates

  • June 12: Grades 4 and 5 pool party at Jingshan pool (weather permitting)
  • June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH
  • June 13: Grade 5 Promotion Celebration lunch for students in the Grade 5 classrooms–11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • June 15: Half Day for Students–11:30 a.m. dismissal – Last Day of School

    Can you believe that it’s the last week of school! This year has gone by so quickly!

    Last week, we finished up our fantasy book clubs, memoirs, and science units. Thanks to those who braved the rain to attend the publishing party on Thursday!

    This week, the students will be sharing with the fourth graders all they need to know about being in fifth grade. Those who want to take band next year will be heading to Bayside in the afternoon today for the music placement. An email from Ms. Terrell went out last week to all parents whose children said they wanted to take band. We’ll also have an extra PE class run by the Grade 6 PE teachers on Tuesday (weather permitting).

    Wednesday is the big day! Since this is a special day, please have your child dress nicely – no jeans, no track bottoms, no SIS PE shirts, etc. Here’s a picture of the ASA Choir from last week (which sounded fabulous!). This is a great example of what the students should be wearing (minus the sunglasses).

    Thanks to those who have already signed up to bring items for the celebration for students this Wednesday. Here’s the LINK if you haven’t signed up already and wish to.

    Please note that students need to bring swimming caps for the pool party on Wednesday or they can’t swim in the Jingshan pool.

    Lastly, if you know your child will be leaving early for vacation, please let me know as soon as possible so I can make sure they have all of their things.

  • June 5


    June 6: Last library day for 5A. ALL books need to be turned in.

    June 7: Memoir Publishing Party – 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. in the Grade 5 classrooms

    June 8: SIS Spirit Day – Game Day; Bring board games to play during a set time

    June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH

    June 15: Half Day for Students – 11:30 a.m. dismissal – Last Day of School

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