In the classroom, we continue to inquire into our Central Idea: Responsible choices contribute to our health and our community under the Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
We have discussed and explored ideas and examples of responsible choices, physical health, social health, and mental health. Students compiled a toolbox of mental health strategies that were presented to the class by Ms. Berg. We will look at spiritual health this week, and make connections between all these types of well-being and the choices we make as individuals in our communities.
In Writers’ Workshop, we are working on zooming into Small Moments to craft narrative pieces across several pages. Many of the students are focusing on using descriptive adjectives in their writing.
In Math, students have completed a general pre-assessment which will guide our learning. Students will be inquiring into skip counting patterns, place value, and data/graphing.
Cycle Days next week:
Monday- Day 1- Art/Music
Tuesday- Day 2 PE
Wednesday-Day 3 Library/Music
Thursday-Day 4 PE (NWEA testing)
Friday- Day 5 Art/Music/Assembly 2:00
(PE is on even-numbered days, Library is on Day 3 and 7)
Congratulations to 2B students for taking responsibility for their first week of home learning! Home learning should be a stress-free way for students to extend and share their learning, and to practice reading every day. I will continually ask for student input, so that home learning can be engaging and relevant. Please assist students as they learn the routine and returning the home learning folder to school on Fridays. Included in home learning folders are: choice grid, notebook, 2-3 leveled home readers.
Below are several technology resources you are welcome to use at home:
Please use the Destiny sidebar to access SCIS learning tools and library catalogue
IXL math practice
username: I will be setting this up this week. It proved to be more complex than I remembered it being last year.
password: (It will be your child’s name)
Teacher username: jmarotto1
Username: (Student’s name)
Password: (Student’s first name capitalized) For now, everyone is set to level AA for their assignments. I will change this after everyone has been tested this Friday. Your child can still access any level book in the “Book Room” section.
NWEA Growth testing
This week, we will finish taking the NWEA MAP Growth tests. There is no need to prepare for these tests at home. As a class, we are practicing computer skills and testing behaviors: Students may not talk or receive help during the tests. The NWEA has accommodations built into the test. The questions that appear are responsive to the test-taker. As the test-taker advances, the difficulty of the skills tested adjusts according to previous responses. New English Learners take the MAP Tests. Even if they can only start and stop the test, the data points will provide us with valuable growth information. The data that comes with the results of the tests will be used to inform programs and practices at SCIS. My aim is to help students feel at ease during the tests so they can simply show their learning at this point in time.
At home, you can help by ensuring your child gets plenty of rest and healthy meals. You can discuss staying calm, choosing the best guess, and other test-taking strategies, but please help minimize pressure and stress. Here’s a simple, entertaining MAP tutorial video for students, if you would like to reinforce at home: http://warmup.nwea.org/warmup_start_educators_mpg.html
Thank you for your support, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Lower School Student Council- congratulations, Juliaan! He is our elected Student Council Representative. I was very pleased at all the interest in the job, and everyone gave wonderful and convincing speeches. All of our candidates should be proud!
Lower School Assemblies
Several students in our class plan to perform a song at the assembly this Friday! They are singing the Verb Jingle we learned during Word Study. Please ask your child if they are in the assembly group. If they say “yes”, please plan on attending the assembly this Friday at 2:00, if you can!
Tomorrow, the group will be finalized, and I will email the parents of the students that have chosen to perform. Some students still aren’t quite sure if they are ready to get on the stage, but they will make a decision tomorrow.
The Purpose of an assembly is to authentically showcase student learning for parents and other students. Assemblies also provide an opportunity for every SCIS lower school student to present, demonstrate or perform on stage in front of a live audience.
Assembly will take place every 3-4 weeks, and will be conducted as a Celebration of Learning. Students are required to participate in at least one assembly during the school year. We encourage students to take action on an element of their learning that they are enthusiastic about sharing (any subject area, PYP Attitudes, Transdisciplinary Skills, etc.) Teachers will support students as they inquire into their celebration of learning ideas! Talk to your child about what kind of sharing they might like to do!
The tentative dates are: Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Oct. 17, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 14, Jan. 26, Feb 14, March 16, April 20, June 12. They take place at 2:00 in the theatre, and families are always welcome to attend.
Lower School Dancers Needed- Auditions Monday/Tuesday!
(This is almost exactly the same as the email I sent on Sunday, but I wanted to post it here as well.)
SCIS Upper School is putting on a the popular musical “Annie” and they are looking for Lower School dancers to perform in two scenes! They are looking for hard working, dedicated, coachable, and open-minded students.
If your child is interested, they have an opportunity to audition next Monday, Sept. 18 or Tuesday, Sept. 19 after-school from 3:10-4:10 pm. If your child cannot attend either audition due to ASA, please inform me and Mr. Roma (Gr. 5) who oversees the lower school performers, so we can find a time during the school day.
Musical requirements: students need to be available to practice every Friday after school. If they miss more than 3 rehearsals, they will be no longer able to be part of the musical as it is difficult to catch up on choreography.
The performance dates will be either November 3 and 4 or 10 and 11 (confirmation will come soon).
Friendly reminder: Transportation changes
Please talk to your child about transportation routines, so they will feel confident and self-reliant each day at dismissal. If a child is uncertain about whether or not to take the bus, I will send you an email just to be sure. When there is a change in normal transportation, please email all homeroom teachers involved and transportation (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 1 day in advance, so we can ensure safe and stress-free dismissal for all students.
- September 18: “Annie” Audition for dancers from Lower School
Time: 3:10pm to 4:10pm in Mr. Roma’s room C117 (Grade 5 hallway)
- Sept. 19: “Annie” Audition for dancers from Lower School who could not make Monday’s audition
Time: 3:10pm to 4:10pm in Mr. Roma’s room C117 (Grade 5 hallway)
- Sept 21 NWEA testing
- Sept. 22: Assembly 2:00-3:00
- Oct. 2-9: October Holiday
- Oct. 9: Faculty Inservice, no school for students
- Oct. 12: PAFA Market Day
- Oct. 13: Assembly
- Oct. 20: International Day (more information to come!)
- Oct. 21: International Food Fair
- Oct. 26: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (half day for students)
- Oct. 27: Assembly