What’s Going On Now (February and March)!

So much is happening at SIS!!!!!!

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! One of our very own 5C student, Shian, will be speaking on the connection between invisibility and freedom. 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!

Week of February 11 and Hong Kong Overnight Fieldtrip

Happy New Year of the Pig and welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic break!

Here’s what we are working on:

In reading and writing, we are continuing with our argument 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 to see what plants need most to survive.

In math, we finished up our adding and subtracting fractions unit before break. I will be sending home that test to be signed this week. This means we are starting a new unit–multiplying and dividing fractions! Please read this newsletter carefully to see how you can best help your child during this unit. Unit 5 Newsletter

Hong Kong Overnight Field Trip

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).

Bilingual Registration Letter

Parent Letter 2019

The children will be coming home with the packing list, student conduct contract, and medical information sheet. Please fill out the contract and medical information sheet as soon as possible.

Student Contract

Medical Form

Dragonfly Packing List

We will be having a parent information meeting about the field trip next week. I am meeting with the Dragonfly people on Wednesday to decide on this date. I will pass it to you as soon as I have it confirmed.

Weekly Update (January 28 – 31)

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!

Our Current Units of Study

Math

Our unit on adding and subtracting fractions has begun. Click here for ways on how to help your child during this unit. Unit 4 Newsletter

Reading and Writing

Our units on argumentative texts has started, as well. In reading, students will be analyzing argumentative texts to see if the reasons and evidence are strong and unbiased. They will be gathering research to hold a debate on a given environmental topic.

In writing, students will be researching to write their own persuasive essays based on strong evidence.

Science

We are doing a brief unit studying the distribution of water on Earth and how the different spheres (geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere) interact. We made models today on how the water on Earth is distributed and how much of it is actually drinkable. Ask your child what they learned and have them explain the models they made.

Grade 5 Showcase – Friday, December 7th!

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!

Important G5 Dates

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 5th: 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
  • The Case of the Missing Millionaire

    As part of our PYP Unit of Inquiry on 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 on 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.

    Yesterday, students conducted 5 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 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.

    Today, students conducted the 5 remaining crime labs:

    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?

    Tomorrow students will be taking part in a mock trial of one of the suspects. We have determined that the most evidence can be found against Kendra. Students will be taking on the role of the judge, suspects, prosecuting attorneys, defending attorneys, and jury. Is Kendra innocent or is she guilty?

    Stay tuned…