Grade 5 Rocks!

Shekou International School

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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

    June 4

    You’re invited to our next (and last for this school year) publishing party. Hope to see you there.

    May 15

    Hello parents,

    The end of year is always a busy time with many great events. Here are several important dates / events to write down:

  • May 15: DRA Testing begins in class 5A
  • May 18: Art Show – leaving Jingshan campus at 13:35
  • May 21: Warm up with sample items in preparation for MAP testing
  • May 22: Language MAP test for class 5A at 8:00 – 9:00 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 22: Transition to Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 12:40 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 23: Mathematics MAP test for class 5A at 11:00 – 12:00 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 24: Reading MAP test for class 5A at 13:15 – 14:15
  • May 29: SIS Spirit Day – Sports Day; Grades 4 & 5 Dodgeball voluntary event at morning break (10:30 – 10:50); dress up for Sports Day!
  • May 29: Koolfly & Pizza Celebration with Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 11:40
  • May 30: Field Trip to Ziyuan Tea House at 10:00 – 12:15
  • 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 – More information to come
  • June 15: Half Day for Students – Last Day of School

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

  • May 14

    This permission form will be coming home with students today. Please read over this form carefully and have students return the signed form to their Chinese teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.

    May 8

    Important Dates

  • Thursday, 10 May–STUDENT LED CONFERENCES, no school for students
  • Thursday, 17 May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.–ES Art Show, Kinbay, Jingshan Phase 9 Club, Level B4

    The results from the eye exam went home last week. Please ask your child if you haven’t gotten them.

    Thank you again for supporting your child through the Exhibition. The student groups all took risks, promoted learner agency, and professionally presented in front of a variety of audiences. It was great to see their passion for the issues they chose shine through!

    With the end of Exhibition comes the beginning of our last unit, “Where We Are In Place & Time.” Within this unit of inquiry, we’ll be starting our fantasy book clubs in reading, writing memoirs, and investigating the Earth and Sun in science. We’ll be finishing up volume and geometry in math, as well. There are a LOT of vocabulary terms in geometry. The students completed a geometry review packet of what they learned in 4th grade for geometry that included a wide variety of these terms. It would be helpful if the students learned these terms in their home language and reviewed them often. Please ask your child for this packet so you can go over the terms together.

    I’m excited for you to come on Thursday to hear from the students at the Student-Led Conferences. The kids have been working hard putting their presentations together and gathering their evidence of growth. After your time in my room (or before), you are invited to go to the specialist classes. The teachers all have activities for you and your child to do together. These activities should not last more than 10-20 minutes.

  • May 4

    Dear Parents,

    On Thursday, May 10, we would like to invite you to attend your child’s student led conference.

    What is a Student Led Conference?
    This is an opportunity for your child to share with you their learning. Most importantly it is a chance for you to celebrate with them their growth and development.

    What should I expect?
    They will carefully take you through their goals and the work they have prepared. They will talk about their strengths and areas of growth both in their homeroom and specialist classes. There may be 3 conferences held at the same time.

    What is the Teacher’s Role?
    The teacher will be present in the classroom observing the students’ celebrations as they share. The teacher will not be directly involved in the conference.

    How to support your child during the conference?
    Give specific and positive feedback.
    Ask specific questions.
    Express confidence in their ability to lead this conference.

    Here is the link for 5A’s signup.

    If you wish to meet with your child’s specialists teacher, you may stop by before or after your homeroom conference.

    Also, we will be having a celebration for our wonderful students and their exhibition mentors this Monday. Please consider donating food items if you are able. Thank you so much.

    April 24

    April 23

    I hope students have been telling you all about their on-going exhibition projects they are working on. Exhibition focuses on learner agency, taking action, completing research, and presenting findings to the community. I hope you are able to join us for our exhibition presentations… these times / days are on the invitation from the April 20th blog post.

    That same week (next week), class 5A will be managing the school-wide assembly on Friday, May 4th. Students will be showcasing their presentations for exhibition. We hope you are able to make it to the assembly starting at 8:10am. It is advised to come at 8:00am to find a good seat. We hope to see you there.

    This Wednesday, April 25th, grade 5 students will go to another IB PYP school currently engaging in exhibition to see how they present and to get valuable feedback for our upcoming exhibition. Please remember that this weekend is a long weekend for the labor day holiday. There will be no school on Monday (April 30th) and Tuesday (May 1st). See all students when we return Wednesday, May 2nd.

    April 20

    Hello parents,

    Grade 5 students have been working diligently on their exhibition projects and it is now time to formally invite you to our celebration as we stage our exhibition.

    Students will be showcasing their hard work through presentations at Level 5 and the Gecko theater along with a museum gallery on the second floor of Parkside. We would love it if you would attend any / all of the times. It will be held from Wednesday, May 2nd through Thursday May 3rd. There are three possible sessions to attend in which your child will be presenting formally once at each (all presentations are identical). More information will come but for now, please mark your calendars.

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