Week of May 28th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

We have had a busy week in 4th grade!  We started the week rehearsing, and then performing the entertaining show, “The Day the Crayons Came Home”.  Thank you to all the families who came to the show!  Your children worked so hard during music class and rehearsals, and on Tuesday night they put on an amazing show!

Our solar light project is coming to an end.  We spent the week charging the lights through the window, and on Friday we tested them out in the dance room.  We then wrapped them up with a letter and they will be on their way to Kenya over the summer!  This was such a meaningful experience for our students.

UPCOMING WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be continuing to learn about character development in fiction texts.  We will write free verse poems and publish our favourite poems.  

MATH

This week in math we will be ordering, adding and subtracting fractions.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will begin our new unit, Marketplace, this week and will start to inquire into the central idea – Knowledge of the Market Inspires Entrepreneurship. This week we will be “finding out” about how a business works and how knowledge of the market is what determines a successful business.  This Monday your child will bring home the plan for the 4th Grade Market Day.  This week I will be conferencing with each student about their business idea and giving them feedback and advice.  By Friday all students will have decided on their product or service. 

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

STUDENT COUNCIL DRESS UP DAY

On Wednesday, May 30 the Lower School Student Council is inviting everyone to dress up with a “Future Career” theme.   Students can spend the whole day dressed up as their future career, for example, a doctor or an artist.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have Market Day, reading and math homework.

SUMMER CAMP

We want to make you aware of a fun opportunity for your children this summer…Summer Camp at SCIS! We are offering a mixed section for students in grades 3-5. Our non-academic setting provides our campers with the opportunity to meet new friends and hone leadership skills, while engaged in activities such as art, cooking, drama, dance, sports, water play, field trips, and much more. See our website for a closer look at enrolment options and our weekly themes this summer, please note you can choose your enrolment option based on the week or weeks you are interested in.  Our enrolment closes on May 31st so there is still time to take advantage of all the summer fun. Please email summeractivities.ece@scis-china.org with any questions.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of May 7th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you have had a great week!  We have had a very busy and productive week in 4th grade.  Our fundraiser was a huge success!  A big THANK YOU to all families who made sweet treats and sent in toys and books.  I was very impressed by how responsible and enthusiastic your children were about their role in the fundraiser.  We were very busy – with all the LS classes visiting.  I feel confident that we have raised enough money for our goal for each student to be able to sponsor a light for a Maasai child.  We will count the money on Monday morning and get a final total!

We are continuing to make progress in our plastic project – with some students spending their Thursday recess to come to Environment Club meetings.  We have been trying to get the whole school to sign a petition to stop the use of plastic straws, trays and cutlery (silverware).  On Thursday the whole class collected signatures from high school students and staff.  Once we have collected signatures we will take them to the cafe manager, cafeteria manager and Mr Eschtruth and offer alternative ideas and solutions.

We have been spending our math lessons this week extending our knowledge of fractions.  To deepen their understanding students made an equivalent fraction game for homework and then played it in class.

UPCOMING WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be reading and analysing poetry to pick out poetic devices and will write different forms of poetry.  We will be learning about character development and will begin working on a new book project.

MATH

This week in math we will be using our knowledge of equivalent fractions to compare and order fractions.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to learn about the properties of light and sound by working through the scientific method to answer questions.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, reading and math homework.

SPRING CONCERT

On May 22nd the 4th and 5th graders show  the story “The Day the Crayons came Home!” For the upcoming concert we are asking that students wear dark coloured bottoms, and a solid coloured shirt of any colour. No designs or writing on the shirts please. They have the option of wearing their blue uniform top if they would like. We are also requesting that they wear dark coloured shoes that do not light up.

Please email sdennison@scis-china.org (Mr. Dennison) with questions!

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of April 9th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine this weekend!  We had such a great week in 4th grade!  The field trip to Lujiazui was a wonderful learning experience for our students.  Thank you to all the volunteers who came.  We could not provide these beneficial, real world learning opportunities without your support.

First, the 4th grade students completed a geometry scavenger hunt in the JinMao tower.  They took turns with different jobs – photographer, sketch artist, lookout and note taker.

After the tower we made our way to the park using the above road walkways.

 

At the park each student sketched a tower that they thought had interesting geometric design.

When we got back to school the 4th graders created a piece of art from their sketches.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be picking out interesting words in our book project book and will be summarising a favourite chapter.  In our writing lessons your child will be drafting and publishing a biography about an influential person of their choice.

MATH

We will finish our geometry unit this week.  We will be drawing and measuring angles, picking out symmetry in shapes and will use our geometry knowledge to solve word problems.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will begin our light and sound unit this week, where we will be inquiring into the central idea – properties of light and sound are investigated using the scientific method.  We will learn about the scientific method and will be conducting our own experiments.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

HEART TO HEART FUNDRAISING WEEK

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing our first “Heart to Heart Fundraising Week” at SCIS HQ Main from Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th.  As I’m sure many of you know, the ECE has been supporting Heart to Heart for several years through their Art Auction.  This year, we will join them in this endeavor. Our goal is to raise 90,000 RMB ($14,250 USD) during the HQ Main weeklong event to provide the funds to save three children in desperate need of life-saving heart surgeries.

We have many activities planned that include an all-school assembly on Monday, April 16th, a student-run market day on Wednesday, April 18th, and a Screen Free Night on Wednesday, April 18th from 5:00 – 8:00.  Please mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate our community while helping our students appreciate the value of altruism.

 One Love, One Heart, Let’s Get Together and Feel All Right!

 Heart to Heart Flyer

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, book project and math tasks.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of March 26th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

It was so wonderful to see you all at student-led conferences!  I was so proud of all your children as they so confidently and knowledgeably shared their learning with you 🙂  It was such a great celebration of all the work that we have done this quarter.  Thank you for coming!

We had a busy week in fourth grade!  We played games to learn math definitions and notation.

 

And measured and drew angles with protractors.

On Friday each students brought in their marble runs.  I was very impressed by the level of creativity and critical thinking that went into every design and construction.  It was a great way for students to use their knowledge of angles in real life.

We invited students to come in and test out the marble runs and we taught them about acute, right and obtuse angles.

                                             

 

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be visualising and summarising our fiction reading.  In our writing lessons your child will be researching, planning and drafting a biography about an influential person of their choice.

MATH

We will continue our geometry unit this week.  We will be using protractors to draw and measure angles, and will learn about properties of triangles and symmetry in shapes.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to inquire into the central idea – exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings.  We will be inquiring into the impacts exploration has on society and the environment.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

 

FIELD TRIP

On Wednesday, 28th March we will be going on a field trip to the Jin Mao tower to put our geometry knowledge to real world use.  We will first go to the JinMao tower to do a geometry scavenger hunt.  Then we will walk over the above road walkways to Lujiazui Central Green to observe symmetry in architecture.  Please encourage your child to bring in a bigger snack than a regular day as we will be eating a later lunch.  Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered; I really appreciate you taking the time to volunteer.  We could not provide these education experiences without your support!

MARCH MUSIC MONTH

To celebrate March Music Month, the Lower school music classes would like to invite any teacher or parent that has a musical talent to come share it with our students during music class time. Email Stacey Stoltz (sstolz@scis-china.org) for more information.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, book project and math tasks.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of March 19th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend!  We have had a productive and entertaining week in 4th grade!  The most exciting event was the 4th grade SwimFest!  I was so impressed by the sportsmanship that our class showed!  All students tried their very best and had a lot of fun! 

                                      

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be making predictions and visualising in our fiction reading.  In our writing lessons we will be researching and planning a biography.

MATH

We will continue our geometry unit this week.  We are learning to measure and draw specific angles with a protractor.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to inquire into the central idea – exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings.  Each student will choose an influential explorer and will be researching their life and achievements to create a biography.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-led Conference sign-ups went live on Wednesday, March 14 on SignUp Genius.  Thank you to all the families who have already signed up for a time slot.  If you haven’t signed up, please sign up for a time by Tuesday.  The conferences will be held on Thursday, March 22, and begin at 12:10 PM. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am, and we will not provide lunch. Students are only allowed to stay on campus in-between dismissal and their conference if they are accompanied by a parent. 

During your child’s conference they will lead you through different subject stations to share and demonstrate their learning.  They have been working very hard to prepare the pieces of work and are excited to share their knowledge and process with you.  Your child’s conference will last between 20-30 minutes and there could possibly be two or three students in the class at the same time.

FIELD TRIP

On Wednesday, 28th March we will be going on a field trip to the Jin Mao tower to put our geometry knowledge to real world use.  Your child will be bringing home a permission slip on Monday afternoon with detailed information.  To have the best student-to-adult ratio we would like to have 5 volunteers from each class.  We appreciate your support, as field trips like these could not happen without you.  Please return the form by Friday, 23rd March.

MARCH MUSIC MONTH

To celebrate March Music Month, the Lower school music classes would like to invite any teacher or parent that has a musical talent to come share it with our students during music class time. Email Stacey Stoltz (sstolz@scis-china.org) for more information.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, book project and math tasks.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of March 12th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – we were so lucky to have such great weather.  Thank you so much for all the special treats this week!  I had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week, and really appreciate all the thoughts and kindness from all families and PAFA.  It was very unexpected and so generous!

This week in 4th grade we were busy learning about different types of exploration by analysing videos, observing pictures, listening to podcasts and playing games.

   

We celebrated Nathan’s birthday this Friday!  Thank you to his parents for bringing in a delicious treat for us 🙂

 

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be reading biographies and taking notes to create timelines.

MATH

We will continue our geometry unit this week.  We are learning to measure and draw specific angles with a protractor.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to inquire into the central idea – exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings.  Each student will choose an influential explorer and will be researching their life and achievements to create a timeline.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-led Conference sign-ups will go live on Wednesday, March 14 on SignUp Genius. I will send you a link via email. The conferences will be held on Thursday, March 22, and begin at 12:30 PM. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am, and we will not provide lunch. Students are only allowed to stay on campus in-between dismissal and their conference if they are accompanied by a parent. 

SWIMFEST

The 4th grade Swimfest is on Tuesday, March 13th from 12:30pm – 2:30pm.  

Please be sure your child is prepared for the 4th Grade Swimfest with the following items:

  1. Swim Suit
  2. Swim Cap (impermeable rubber type is best)
  3. Goggles
  4. Flip-flops or Sandals
  5. A Towel
  6. Extra towel or bathrobe to have on the pool deck for in between events
  7. A Plastic Bag for wet items

Regrettably, due to preparations for the upcoming pool improvements, we have limited seating and cannot accommodate parent attendance at the Swim Fest this year.

EXPRESSION SESSIONS

We would like to invite your child to audition for the second annual Expression Sessions, which will be held on April 20. If your child would like to perform a musical talent or magic trick in front of an audience, or display a knitting project or painting in an art gallery, please encourage him or her to apply.

Applications are due on Thursday, March 15 (please note that we will not be able to make exceptions to this date). The next step will be an in-person audition on Friday, March 23. If kids are auditioning as a group, each person should turn in their own form. Last year we had over 80 students share their special talents with our community, and we would love to see even more this year! For more information, please contact Mr. Wellman (awellman@scis-china.org) or Ms. Berg (mberg@scis-china.org).

MARCH MUSIC MONTH

To celebrate March Music Month, the Lower school music classes would like to invite any teacher or parent that has a musical talent to come share it with our students during music class time. Email Stacey Stoltz (sstolz@scis-china.org) for more information.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, unit of inquiry and math homework.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of March 5th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to get out today and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and blue skies!  We had a fantastic first week back in 4th grade!  It was great to see that we had almost the whole class back for the whole week with no sickness 🙂  This week we worked a lot in groups and pairs and spent time sharing our work for feedback and to improve our communication skills.  Each student shared the five things they would take on a modern day exploration.

Groups worked together to research and decide the most likely reason why people explore.

On Monday the class finished their animal sanctuary projects and shared them with the class.  I was very impressed by the quality of their work.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be reading and analysing biographies to learn about setting and character traits.  

MATH

We will continue our geometry unit this week.  We are learning about types of angles and lines.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to inquire into the central idea – exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings, by learning about different types of exploration.  This week your child will spend a 45 minute lesson each day with a different 4th grade teacher to learn about air, space, antarctic, undersea and sound exploration.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

SWIMMING (Mr Newman’s Announcement)

Mr. Newman’s PE Classes will be back in the pool starting on Wednesday, February 28th.  Our last day of swimming will be Friday, March 16th. The swimming classes will take place on normally scheduled Physical Education days.  The lessons will focus on water safety and swimming stroke development.  This will be in a safe environment with three instructors per class and a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times.

It is important that your child brings a swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, towel, flip-flops or sandals and a plastic bag for wet gear.  **Please be sure to label all belongings (especially school uniforms) with the student’s name in permanent marker.**

If there is cold weather, students will wait in the indoor heated pool area before and after changing into their swimsuits.  They will only be exposed to the cold outside during transition between the aquatics centre and the main building. 

Please email Mr. Newman directly at bnewman@scis-china.org if your child is unable to swim on a particular day.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-led Conference sign-ups will go live on Wednesday, March 14 on SignUp Genius. I will send you a link via email. The conferences will be held on March 22, and begin at 12:30 PM. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am, and we will not provide lunch. Students are only allowed to stay on campus in-between dismissal and their conference, if they are accompanied by a parent. 

SWIMFEST

The 4th grade Swimfest is on Tuesday, March 13th from 12:30pm – 2:30pm.  Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate parents’ attendance this time around. For more information, contact PE Teacher Mr. Barrs (mbarrs@scis-china.org) or Mr. Newman (bnewman@scis-china.org).  Go Dragons!

EXPRESSION SESSIONS

We would like to invite your child to audition for the second annual Expression Sessions, which will be held on April 20. If your child would like to perform a musical talent or magic trick in front of an audience, or display a knitting project or painting in an art gallery, please encourage him or her to apply.

Applications are due on Thursday, March 15 (please note that we will not be able to make exceptions to this date). The next step will be an in-person audition on Friday, March 23. If kids are auditioning as a group, each person should turn in their own form. Last year we had over 80 students share their special talents with our community, and we would love to see even more this year! For more information, please contact Mr. Wellman (awellman@scis-china.org) or Ms. Berg (mberg@scis-china.org).

MARCH MUSIC MONTH

To celebrate March Music Month, the Lower school music classes would like to invite any teacher or parent that has a musical talent to come share it with our students during music class time. Email Stacey Stoltz (sstolz@scis-china.org) for more information.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, writing and math homework.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of February 26th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you all had an enjoyable CNY vacation and are feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a long break!  I look forward to hearing all about your child’s adventures tomorrow!  If your child has one photo they would like to share with us from their break, please email it to me and I can project it, or print it out, and they can tell us all about their experience.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

This week we will be reading and analysing biographies to learn about the structure and features.  We will publish our persuasive essay during our writing lessons.

MATH

We will start our geometry unit this week.  This week we will begin to learn about, and use geometric vocabulary.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will continue to inquire into the central idea – exploration leads to discovery and develops new understanding, by learning about the reasons that people explore, and will begin to learn about some of the most influential explorers.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

SWIMMING (Mr Newman’s Announcement)

Mr. Newman’s PE Classes will be back in the pool starting on Wednesday, February 28th.  Our last day of swimming will be Friday, March 16th. The swimming classes will take place on normally scheduled Physical Education days.  The lessons will focus on water safety and swimming stroke development.  This will be in a safe environment with three instructors per class and a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times.

It is important that your child brings a swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, towel, flip-flops or sandals and a plastic bag for wet gear.  **Please be sure to label all belongings (especially school uniforms) with the student’s name in permanent marker.**

If there is cold weather, students will wait in the indoor heated pool area before and after changing into their swimsuits.  They will only be exposed to the cold outside during transition between the aquatics centre and the main building. 

Please email Mr. Newman directly at bnewman@scis-china.org if your child is unable to swim on a particular day.

SICKNESS (Principal’s Announcement)

We have had an increasing number of fevers and flu related symptoms in both students and staff in the LS. Please check your child daily and seek medical attention when required. If your child is displaying signs of the flu, please keep them at home to help prevent the spread of the flu in our school population.

PHONES AND WATCHES (Principal’s Announcement)

Students in the Lower School should not be accessing personal phones of any kind during the school day. If a parent needs to be contacted, the student can ask their teacher and the connection will be made quickly when needed. Those calls are made at the office.

Please do not allow your child to wear a watch that has phone connectivity or expect them to access you during the day on their mobile phone. Phones and SIM card equipped devices/watches should be left in their backpack during the school day.

ASA INFORMATION

All ASAs will resume the week of Monday, February 26.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study, writing and math homework.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of February 12th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!  It was great to see so many families on Friday at the lion-dragon dance and CNY assembly. Thank you for spending your Friday morning celebrating with us!  I was so impressed by the performances of our 4th graders and all the LS students.  It was a wonderful celebration of their learning in Mandarin class, and a great way for us to all learn about Chinese culture before this special holiday.

 

On Tuesday word study groups co-operated by listening and sharing their ideas, to sort their word study words by spelling patterns, and explain their reasoning. 

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

We will be reading persuasive texts this week to identify the features and persuasive strategies they have used.  In our writing sessions we are drafting and publishing a persuasive essay.

MATH

We will continue with our measurement unit this week by completing a real world project where students will put their area and perimeter knowledge to use.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are starting our new unit of inquiry – Exploration leads to discovery and develops new understanding, by participating in a powerful provocation.  Each student is a member of a “ship” that is exploring the waters and lands they find in the year 1495.  

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

SICKNESS (Principal’s Announcement)

We have had an increasing number of fevers and flu related symptoms towards the end of this week in both students and staff in the LS. Please check your child daily and seek medical attention when required. If your child is displaying signs of the flu, please keep them at home to help prevent the spread of the flu in our school population.

PHONES AND WATCHES (Principal’s Announcement)

Students in the Lower School should not be accessing personal phones of any kind during the school day. If a parent needs to be contacted, the student can ask their teacher and the connection will be made quickly when needed. Those calls are made at the office.

Please do not allow your child to wear a watch that has phone connectivity or expect them to access you during the day on their mobile phone. Phones and SIM card equipped devices/ watches should be left in their backpack during the school day.

ASA INFORMATION

There will not be any after school activities next week because of the beginning of the Chinese New Year holidays. All ASAs will resume the week of Monday, February 26.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have word study and math homework.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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Week of February 5th

HELLO FAMILIES 🙂

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and were able to stay warm in the chilly temperatures!  This week in 4th grade we have been very busy working on projects, working in partners and groups to develop our co-operation skills and getting feedback on  our work to make improvements.

On Monday each table group took part in a powerful learning activity.  Each “ecosystem” table group came up with an idea of what external influence had affected the habitats within the ecosystem, then they physically showed what it had done to the ecosystem and explained to the class. 

 

Students then reflected on the experience for homework and shared their thoughts in class the next day.  Many reflections showed how meaningful and moving this experience was. 

In pairs students gave feedback on persuasive essay planning, and the persuasive RAFT project to give their partners ideas on how they could improve their work.

In math students have been solving problems to think more critically, and to deepen their understanding.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

We will continue to make inferences in our reading to improve our reading comprehension.

MATH

We will continue with our measurement unit this week by completing a real world project where students will put their area and perimeter knowledge to use.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Students will present their RAFT project early this week and will reflect on their understanding of this unit’s central idea, “external influences affect the function of a habitat”.  This will be the end of our Habitat unit, but we will still continue to discuss how we can take action in our school and community to help protect habitats.  I am hoping that we will start planning an environmental service project before Chinese New Year break.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

All SCIS families are invited to school this Friday, February 9th, to celebrate the Chinese New Year!  Students have been working hard in their Mandarin classes to prepare for the Chinese New Year Celebrations.  Please join us at one, or both of, the events this Friday.  I hope to see you all there!

  • Lion and dragon dance performance (9:20 – 9:40: Field)
  • Chinese New Year Assembly (10:00 – 11:00: Theatre) 

ORDERING PHOTOS

SCIS Lower School Homeroom Photos are now available for purchase!

Individual student make-up photos are also available. 

Simply go to:

www.intlphotography.com

Follow the “Order” link on the top right corner of page.

Use the password: scishq0917

Within the galleries you will find links to both your Class Group Photos and Individual Portraits.

Galleries are organized by Grade and Homeroom/Advisor/Teacher.

All online orders will be shipped to your school for distribution.

Please provide your full name (name on passport) when prompted on final order page. 

 ORDER TODAY! Prints Only Available Through February 10th 2018 

(Digital Downloads will still be available after the date above)

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have unit of inquiry, math, reading and word study tasks.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please email vduchac@scis-china.org.

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