Week of February 5th


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.



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


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.


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.



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) 


SCIS Lower School Homeroom Photos are now available for purchase!

Individual student make-up photos are also available. 

Simply go to:


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)


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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