Week of February 12th

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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Week of January 29th

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you have all been enjoying the snow and staying warm on this THREE day weekend!  There was so much excitement on Thursday when the snow started to fall!

We have had a busy week doing research for our Habitat RAFT project and planning a persuasive essay.  After working for a couple of lessons students shared their work with a partner to get feedback.

   

This week in math we began our measurement unit by reviewing units of measure and putting our measuring skills to the test.

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 solving real world, area and perimeter problems.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are now in the sorting out and going further stage of our inquiry into the external influences that affect a habitat’s function.  Students will work on their RAFT project this week – they have each chosen a role (eg: conservationist), audience (eg: judge), format (eg:brochure) and a topic (eg: deforestation).  The purpose of the project is to use persuasive strategies to answer the question, “what is our responsibility towards habitats?”

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

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.

SECOND SEMESTER DAY SCHEDULE

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

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Week of January 22nd

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you have all had a great week!  In fourth grade this week we have been busy learning about ecosystems and the external influences that change them in some way.  Your children worked in groups to  research, plan and create a poster that described an ecosystem.  I was very impressed by the creative way each group approached this task.  Then they presented their poster to the other groups to teach their classmates about their ecosystem.  The groups worked really well together and gave informative presentations.

In math we have been playing games to practice our division skills.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

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

MATH

We will begin our inquiry into area and perimeter this week.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are now in the sorting out and going further stage of our inquiry into the external influences that affect a habitat’s function.  With all the information they have gained about ecosystems, habitats and environmental concerns students will make a choice about one external influence and will create a persuasive project.

 

 CLASSROOM INFORMATION

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)

 

LS NWEA MAP WINTER TESTING

Our class will be testing on the following three days:

  • Language: Monday, 22nd January
  • Math: Tuesday, 23rd January
  • Reading: Thursday, 25th January

The results of the testing will be forwarded to you when the Hongqiao and Pudong schools have competed all of the G1- G8 testing.  

HOMEWORK

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

MUSIC CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER DAY SCHEDULE

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

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Week of January 15th

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We had a busy first week back!  We have been making connections in our reading, practicing our long division strategies and learning about animal’s habitats.  Each table group researched an ecosystem and transformed their table into that ecosystem.  I was so impressed by the creativity and co-operation skills of each of the groups.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM

LITERACY

We will be making inferences in our reading to improve our reading comprehension.

MATH

We will continue our inquiry into division this week.  We will practice our long division strategy and will answer open ended real-world problems to develop our problem solving skills.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are in the finding out stage of our unit – Habitats: External Influences Affect the Function of a Habitat.  Your child will learn about different external influences that affect a habitat’s function, such as pollution, deforestation and farming practices.

 

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

LS NWEA MAP WINTER TESTING

Our class will be testing on the following three days:

  • Language: Monday, 22nd January
  • Reading: Tuesday, 23rd January
  • Math: Thursday, 25th January

The results of the testing will be forwarded to you when the Hongqiao and Pudong schools have competed all of the G1- G8 testing.

HOMEWORK

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

MUSIC CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Week of January 9th

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a wonderful break with some relaxation and fun!  I am excited to see your children tomorrow and learn about their experiences during the break.  We will welcome a new student, Necla, to our class tomorrow.  I am looking forward to welcoming our new student and her family to our SCIS community.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM 

LITERACY

We will be making text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world connections in our reading and will be journalling about these connections.

MATH

We will continue our inquiry into division this week.  We will continue to learn different methods of long division to deepen our number sense understanding, and will answer open ended real-world problems to develop our problem solving skills.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are continuing to tune into our new unit – Habitats: External Influences Affect the Function of a Habitat.  Your child will work in a group to learn about one ecosystem and then will teach the rest of the class to share their new knowledge.

 CLASSROOM INFORMATION

PHOTO TIME

LS Homeroom group and Individual student make-up photos take place on January 11 & 12.  Our homeroom class photo and individual make-ups will be on Thursday, 11th January.  Please make sure your child wears their blue shirt on this day.

LS NWEA MAP WINTER TESTING

Our class will be testing on the following three days:

  • Language: Monday, 22nd January
  • Reading: Tuesday, 23rd January
  • Math: Thursday, 25th January

The results of the testing will be forwarded to you when the Hongqiao and Pudong schools have competed all of the G1- G8 testing.

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have a reading, math and writing task.

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

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Last Week Before Break

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you have all had a good week!  We had a great week in 4th grade of learning, performing and celebrating!  On Monday and Tuesday we spent time rehearsing for our big show, Winter Magic.  I was very proud of how well your children listened to, and followed stage directions.  Their enthusiasm and commitment helped to make the rehearsals run smoothly.

                       

On Tuesday evening it was the night of the concert!  It was a wonderful evening celebrating all the hard work that your children put in to learn the songs and dances.  Thank you to all the families who came to the show.

On Friday we celebrated the beginning of Winter break with our class party.  We made decorations and played candy cane fishing, pin the nose on Rudolph and guess what’s in the stocking.  We had a lot of fun and it was a lovely last day of the break.  Thank you to all the families who sent in treats to share with the class.  Thank you also to our wonderful room parent, Mun Yee, for providing delicious snacks and a gift for the class.  

    

We also had a chance to say our goodbyes to Seika and to share our wishes and kind words.  We will miss Seika and wish him well with his move to Belgium.  We hope he will stay in touch and let us know how he is doing.  Safe travels, Seika!

I wish you a wonderful break and look forward to hearing all about your child’s adventures when they return in January!

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

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Week of December 11th

HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We had a great week in 4th grade!  We have been finishing up projects and working in pairs and groups to extend our learning.  We shared our connections to our reading.

   

We learned different math games to help with our multiplication and division basic facts.

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM 

LITERACY

We will be making connections in our reading and will be journalling about these connections.

MATH

We will continue our inquiry into division this week.  We will continue to learn different methods of long division to deepen our number sense understanding, and will answer open ended real-world problems to develop our problem solving skills.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are tuning into our new unit – Habitats: External Influences Affect the Function of a Habitat.  We will be researching to learn about different habitats and ecosystems to give us some background knowledge to help make connections.

 

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

WINTER MAGIC – 4TH/5TH GRADE CONCERT

Mark the Date! The 4th and 5th grade winter concert will be held on Tuesday, December 12th in the SCIS theater.  The show starts at 6:30pm.  Students should be in their classroom at 6:15pm.  At this time parents can go over to the theater.  After the concert please pick up your child at our classroom.

What should your child wear?

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants

Boys: suits, ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt

Boys and Girls: Please no bluejeans or t-shirts.

In addition, please have your child choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!). 

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will have a reading and writing task.

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

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Week of December 4th

 HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Last week in 4th grade we were so busy!  Your children worked very hard to get their artifact and information card finished, and to learn their speech.

    

Then the big day came!  We spent time in the morning setting up our classroom to make it feel as much like a real museum as possible!

 

Our first visitors were a third grade class, and then in the afternoon all the 4th graders came to our museum. I was very impressed by how confidently and knowledgeably the students recited their speeches and answered questions about their artifact and culture.

 

   

It was a wonderful day of sharing and learning and I was proud of all the students for the effort they put into their projects and presentations!

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM 

LITERACY

We will be making connections in our reading and will learn about the structure of haiku poetry.

MATH

We are beginning our inquiry into division this week.  First we will think about what we know about division and what we want to know.  We will learn different methods of long division to deepen our number sense understanding, and will answer open ended real-world problems to develop our problem solving skills.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

This week we are wrapping up our Indigenous Cultures unit and will begin our next unit – Habitats: External Influences Affect the Function of a Habitat.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

WINTER MAGIC – 4TH/5TH GRADE CONCERT

Mark the Date! The 4th and 5th grade winter concert will be held on Tuesday, December 12th in the SCIS theater.  The show starts at 6:30pm.  Students should be in their classroom at 6:15pm.  At this time parents can go over to the theater.  After the concert please pick up your child at our classroom.

What should your child wear?

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants

Boys: suits, ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt

Boys and Girls: Please no bluejeans or t-shirts.

In addition, please have your child choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!). 

HOMEWORK

This week for homework your child will play a math game, do a word study activity, write a poem and respond to their reading.

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

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Week of November 27th

 HELLO FAMILIES πŸ™‚

I hope you have all had a great three-day weekend! Hopefully you were able to come to the SCIS Winter Carnival.  We had a busy week in 4th grade!  On Monday we were very lucky to be an audience for Dutch children’s author, Tosca Menten.

Our class is getting very excited about the upcoming Culture Museum; the students have showed their creativity and independence while creating an artifact from the culture they have chosen to research.

Friday was a fun day of animal dress-up!  

THIS WEEK’S CURRICULUM 

LITERACY

We are continuing to inquire into Folktales as a link to our unit “Environment Shapes the Beliefs of Cultures”.  This week we are continuing to work through the writing process to publish an original folktale. 

MATH

This week we will continue our inquiry into multiplication.  We are using our new multiplication skills to solve real world problems at SCIS.  First, each group wrote a question to investigate.   

The next steps are to decide what information they need to find out, how they will find the information and then they will work out what they should do with the information.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

We are in the “going further” stage of our inquiry.  Your child is in the ending stage of their own research project to inquire into our central idea “Environment Shapes Beliefs of Cultures.”  They will finish creating their artifacts and will prepare for our museum visitors on Thursday.

CLASSROOM INFORMATION

HOMEWORK

This week your child will be working on memorising their speech for the museum, and will also have word study and a math task.

BOOK FAIR

There is a book fair this week in the Lower School library.  We will visit the library so students can see what books are available and then they will have a chance to buy books.

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

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