G5 PYP Exhibition Groups Need Your Help!

There is a lot going on in Grade 5!! Each of the 24 groups are taking some kind of action in response to an issue they researched. Some of these actions need your help. It’s a lot to remember, so here is everything in one place. Please help if you can!
May 31

We are Liz, Tracy and Kay. In this Letter Club you will be writing letters to the left behind children in 4:30 school. The left behind children are the migrant worker’s children. The 4:30 school is an after school program that helps the students do their homework between 4:30pm to 6pm.We found out what they really needed was a friend. We thought it would be nice to send letters to them! We are doing this project for our exhibition. The club will start Friday May 31st, between 9:50 to 10:10. We will have 4 fourth graders to lead the club to continue. Also, the gender doesn’t matters! The club will also continue even though the grade 5 exhibition ends! If you are interested in the Letter Club, please email us by Thursday May 30. Thank you!
Best regards,
Kay, Liz and Tracy

June 3 June 4  June 4 and 5 From now until June 4 PYP Exhibition Invite

Upcoming Events Until the End of the Year

Important Dates

Monday, May 20–Swimming starts in PE classes
Tuesday, May 21–Special Street Art Day for G5 art classes (See below)
Tuesday, May 21–Transition to Bayside field trip–ALL STUDENTS NEED A PACKED LUNCH
Thursday, May 23–Student Led Conferences No school
Friday, May 24–Field trip with G6 to KoolFly
Monday, May 27–No school for students
Thursday, May 30–Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition
Friday, May 31–Trimester 3 ASAs finish
Tuesday, June 4 3:00 p.m.–Sharing of the Exhibition
Wednesday, June 5 during the school day–Sharing of the Exhibition
Wednesday, June 12 (time TBD)–Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony and Potluck Lunch
Thursday, June 13–Grade 5 pizza party and pool party
Friday, June 14 11:30 a.m.–Early dismissal Last day of school
Please remind your child to bring their swimming kits on Monday!

On Tuesday we will be doing a special street art day with guest artist Rebecca O’Brian. We will be using spray paint which is permanent on clothes and shoes. Please remind your child to wear old shoes that day. We will have gloves, aprons and masks available for them. I will show them techniques to keep the paint off their shoes but I still advise them to wear old shoes. –From Mrs. Hobbs

Unit 7 in math is a short one. We should be completing Lesson 3 and the review this week.

There are really only 2 full weeks left until the sharing of the PYPx Exhibition. Students should have completed their initial background research and started to plan for action.

Important Upcoming Dates

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, May 9: Field Trip to SWIS’ Grade 5 PYP Exhibition (Lunch will be in the classroom at 11:50; all students need to bring lunch)
  • Thursday, May 9: All School Community Reception, Opening Ceremony, and SIS Visual & Performing Arts Show at G&G Creative Community at 5:00-8:30pm
  • Friday, May 10: Students will visit the SIS Visual & Performing Arts Show (5B will be leaving SIS at 11:40am)
  • Tuesday, May 21: Transition to Bayside field trip (info coming soon)
  • Thursday, May 23: Student Led Conferences (No school – Sign Up Genius link will be coming soon)
  • Friday, May 24: Field trip with Grade 6 to KoolFly (info coming soon)
  • Monday, May 27: Professional learning day for teachers (No school for students)
  • Thursday, May 30: Field trip to ISNS’ PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, May 31: Trimester 3 ASAs finish
  • Tuesday, June 4: Sharing of the Exhibition beginning at 3:00pm (You won’t want to miss the Opening Ceremony; info and invitations coming soon)
  • Wednesday, June 5: Sharing of the Exhibition during the school day
  • Wednesday, June 12 (time TBD): Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony and Potluck Lunch
  • Thursday, June 13: Grade 5 pizza party and pool party
  • Friday, June 14: Early dismissal at 11:30am (Last day of school)

As you can see above, these last 6 weeks are going to fly by quickly. Please add these dates to your calendar.

We have finished our reading and writing units for the year. I will be sending home the assessments from these units as they are graded. For the rest of the year, the students will be using the skills they have learned all year to help them research their PYPx Exhibition topic.

In mathematics, we took the Unit 6 test and made corrections as needed. Students were also given the option to reassess on questions they had missed. I will be sending home these assessments with the attached rubrics next week.

Our next and final mathematics unit is on coordinating graphs and using them to find patterns and solve real world problems.

Our main focus for the next 5 weeks is on the SIS PYPx exhibition. Students have been put into their groups or are working individually. They have also been assigned a mentor. Groups are researching an issue that is connected to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. After researching, they will come up with an action plan to address this issue. It is an exciting but busy time.

You’re Invited!

YOU’RE INVITED!

Parents,
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 Seesaw 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.

Upcoming Events in 5C

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.

 
 
 

Week of April 1

Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 5–Qing Ming Holiday, NO SCHOOL for students
  • Monday, April 8–Trimester 3 ASAs start

What we’re doing…

In math, we have started our unit on area, volume, and categorizing 2D shapes. This week we looked at rectangular prisms and how we can find the volume by counting cubes and decomposing the prism into layers. Please click on the Unit 6 Newsletter for tips on how you can help your child during this unit. We are also looking at how this connects to the formula for finding the volume of a rectangular prism, as well as reviewing how to find the area of rectangles.

In reading, we’re continuing with our fantasy book club unit. Students have been reviewing story elements and looking at craft techniques, tracking the internal and external struggles/conflicts for the characters, and finding evidence for the themes that are developing.

In writing, we are drafting our memoirs. We will begin revising to make sure that our memoirs are an effective blend of narrative and essay.

In science, we’re continuing with our Earth, Sun, and Stars unit. We looked at the ways that the Earth moves and how this affects the length of day and night. We also supported an argument that gravity pulls objects “down”. We will finish the unit by graphing data and looking for patterns in the length of shadows throughout the day, and the constellations that we see throughout the year.

TEDx @ Jingshan

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.

Week of February 25th

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 – 7 ~ 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 5C’s very own Shian, who presented an amazing talk on how being invisible might not be such a bad thing after all.

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!

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!