Grade 5 Rocks!

Shekou International School

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January 28

The New Year is almost upon us…
With that being said, stay safe and have fun over the holiday break. I’ll miss each of my students and can’t wait for their return.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, January 30: Student-Led Parent / Teacher Conferences; Please arrive on time for your scheduled conference. Each conference is only allotted for a total of 20 minutes. Anytime requested above 20 minutes will require a separate time to meet in the future.

Thursday, January 31: Last day of school before the Holiday break; Chinese heritage assembly will be held from 8:10 – 9:00 in the SPAH, followed by dances at the sports field immediately following. All parents are invited to come to this event. Official MAP test scores are scheduled to be released this day as well.

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 10: No school – Chinese New Year Holiday

Monday, February 11: All students return to school… Welcome to the year of the pig!

January 21

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.

  • January 14

    As we wrapped up our “How We Express Ourselves” unit focusing on the central idea, “being aware of our historical perspectives and biases may lead us to take responsible action,” students worked on analyzing poetry, one of the most expressive forms of literature. Students reflected on points learned in class, along with their own inferences from the poem, themes that can be based on their poem of choice, and practiced reading aloud with fluency / expression. Feel free to leave a constructive note as feedback for your student.

    January 8

    Hello students, parents, & community members! Welcome to 2019!

    We are starting back at #SISrocks with many important dates coming up. Here they are:

  • 8th – 9th January – DIBELS reading assessments in 5B
  • 10th – 18th January – Teachers College reading assessments in 5B
  • 10th January – MAP Testing in 5B – Language Usage (English)
  • 15th January – MAP Testing in 5B – Reading
  • 22nd January – MAP Testing in 5B – Mathematics
  • 22nd January – End of Semester 1
  • 25th January – Parents can access Semester 1 report cards
  • 25th January – Chinese New Year Celebrations & Parade (CHANGE OF DATE TO COME)
  • 26th January – Discover China Day
  • 30th January – Three Way Conferences (parents, student, teacher) – No school for students

    As more dates are finalized, I will continue keeping you posted.

  • 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:

    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.

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