We would love to see you at 2 events this week. The first is tomorrow at Level 5 (Parkside building – 5th floor) beginning promptly at 8:15am. Grade 5 teachers and PYP coordinator will be presenting on our grade 5 PYPx exhibition which will be an ongoing project throughout this last unit of inquiry. If you have any questions or would like to learn more information about what to expect, please come out. We hope to see you there.
Also this week, we will be having a publishing party in which you can read your student’s revised and finalized persuasive text and memoir. Students even read aloud their memoirs using Flipgrid and wish to share this with you. How often do you get to hear published authors read aloud their own work??? If able, grade 5 teachers would love to see you at this event which will be held in our classrooms beginning at 2:15pm. Please bring a technology device (such as a phone) with a QR code scanner on it so that you can view / listen to the read alouds. Earbuds / headphones are also encouraged.
So many amazing things are happening at #SISrocks!
Earth week is here! While everyday should be Earth day, the official 2019 Earth day is Monday, April 22nd. Primary school will be celebrating with a series of events including Earth week bingo, a PSA sponsored scavenger hunt, and much more. Earth Week Bingo Upper Primary
A new podcast is starting up at the Upper Primary campus. Mr. Sheppard & Mrs. Banner will be reading all student entries to decide one student from each class to record on the podcast. Entries are due by Friday, April 26th.
Love movies? We all do! You can attend the SIS film festival Thursday or Friday, April 25th or 26th. Please get your free tickets at the lobby of Parkside or Bayside before the event.
Last but certainly not least, the grade 5 PYPx exhibition is starting up and the energy on the grade 5 hall has picked up greatly! We are happy to announce the amazing staff that have volunteered to mentor grade 5 groups as they go through this process. Exhibition topics will be determined by May 1st. Final groups and mentor pairings will be announced later that week.
Congratulations to Emma Lin in 5B and Shian Joo in 5C for a fantastic job at TEDx @ Jingshan. Please view, like, and share their official TEDx talks below.
Don’t forget to check out all the TEDx @ Jingshan speakers by simply searching the keywords “TEDx Jingshan” on Youtube. Lastly, keep in mind this G5 to G6 transition presentation from the World Languages department:
Upcoming Important Dates
Tuesday, February 26 ~ Dream Job Spirit Day
Tuesday, February 26 ~ Chime Stars and ASA Choir in the Gecko Theatre @ 17:00
Wednesday – Friday, March 6 – 8 ~ School Without Walls (SWW) Field Trip in Hong Kong
Monday, March 11 ~ Grades 3 – 5 Field Day
Monday – Friday, March 18 – 22 ~ Book Week
Thursday, March 21 ~ Grade 5 Music Curriculum Showcase in the Gecko Theatre @ 17:00
Friday, March 22 ~ Book Character Dress Up Day
Monday – Friday, March 25 – 29 ~ Spring Break (No School for Students)
Friday, April 5 ~ Qing Ming Holiday (No School for Students)
Friday, April 26 ~ Primary Talent Show
TEDx Youth Jingshan 2019
On Saturday, February 23rd, TEDx Youth Jingshan hosted their inaugural event featuring students and adults throughout the community. Participants put forth countless hours to prepare for their TEDx talks, meeting with mentors, revising / editing, enhancing, and developing amazing presentation skills. This hard work was certainly apparent at the event. Congratulations to 5B’s very own, Emma, who did an amazing talk on how imagination can lead us to problem solve issues present in the world.
Congratulations to all the amazing speakers of the evening!
Photo Credit: Emma’s mother
Last, but certainly not least, congratulations to the fearless leader who organized, narrated, and put together the entire event. Without her, this simply wouldn’t have run. Awesome job, Tosca!
Yesterday evening, grade 5 held our informational presentation from Dragonfly staff on the overnight field trip. Thanks to all parents that attended. Here is the presentation resource for those that were unable to attend yesterday or for parents that wish to review the information.
Grade 5 is so excited for our overnight field trip that is quickly approaching. Grade 5 students will go to Hong Kong on March 6th, spend two nights at a great facility with grade 5 teachers and Dragonfly staff members, and return to school on March 8th. Remember, an informational session will be held today at 17:15 in the Gecko Theater.
TEDx Youth Jingshan will be holding an extraordinary event with fabulous speakers from SIS, the Shenzhen community, and beyond. You won’t want to miss it! Our very own, Emma, will be speaking on the topic of imagination. Hope to see you at Level 5 this Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets are mandatory. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Also on February 23rd, the FLL robotics team will be in Shanghai to compete in the ACAMIS robotics tournament. We wish these students the best of luck!
Next week on February 26th, SIS will have our next STUCO sponsored Spirit Day: “Dream Job Day!” Start thinking about your dream job and what you can wear to school that day to show it off. You can dress up as a doctor, a teacher, an engineer, etc… the choices are endless. Students not participating must wear school uniforms this day.
Lastly, while you’re planning out your wardrobe for Dream Job Day, don’t forget about Book Character Dress Up Day. This will be during Book Week, on March 22nd. Start making your costumes or searching on Taobao now!
Welcome back to SIS… and welcome to Mr. D’s favorite month of the year.
Happy 30th birthday, SIS… and happy 32nd birthday, Mr. D.
Here’s what we are working on:
In reading and writing, we are continuing with our argumentative texts. In reading, the students are reading texts to find facts to support their sides of the debate. In writing, they are finishing up their persuasive essays on whether chocolate milk should be served in school.
In science, we are looking at how organisms get energy by looking at food chains. We are then looking at how disruptions affect these food chains. We are also finishing our plant experiment on seeing what factors plants need most to survive.
In math, we completed our adding and subtracting fractions unit before break. This means we are starting a new unit – multiplying and dividing fractions! Please read the newsletter below carefully to see how you can best help your child during this unit.
If you haven’t registered your child for the March 6-8 Hong Kong field trip, please do so today. Here is the information on it. Remember, the student ID number is the first part of their school email address (Example: 26ab01)
We will be having a parent information meeting about the field trip next week. Grade 5 teachers are meeting with the Dragonfly staff on Wednesday to decide on this date. I will update you as soon as the date is confirmed.
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!
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 www.typing.com, 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.
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.