Reminder for Parent PYPX Visit

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Thanks for joining our first ever PYPX Parent Open House!

 

The purpose of these visits are:

 

 

  • For parents to gain new insights into how their child is progressing with the Exhibition
  • To meet the group that their child is working with
  • To offer suggestions or possible contacts that could be useful

 

 

You are welcome to visit your child’s group as well as any of the other grade 6 classrooms. You are encouraged to spend time with your child to see their progress as well as what other groups are doing. They are expecting visitors and are happy to explain their process and knowledge about their issue thus far. If you have suggestions for them, contacts or resources they may not have, please share! We are so lucky to have so many amazing resources in our community.

 

We encourage you to observe what the kids are doing, listen in and talk to them. If needed, here are possible questions you might ask students:

 

 

  • Why did you chose this issue? Tell me about it.  
  • What have you learned that has surprised you/worried you/interested you?
  • Where did you find most of your information?

 

    • What are you finding the most challenging in this process?

 

  • What are you most excited about or looking forward to?

 

  • What have you done so far that you have never tried before?
  • What are your next steps?
  • Have you started thinking about any creative solutions?

 

Thank you for your ongoing support through this process! Enjoy the Exhibition!

 

The Grade 6 Team

Book Swap on Tuesday  (link to librarians: blog post)

Yippee! The Book Swap for grades 3-6 will be Tuesday, March 28th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one. How easy is that?!? If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Tuesday for the Grade 3-6 Book Swap!

Reminder Fromm Admin

A note from the Lower School Admin Team:

Dear Lower School Parents,

 

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

 

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.

 

Sincerely,

Lower School Admin Team

Weekly Report

The Buzz of Exhibition

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Such a busy and fun time this week during PYPX time.This week they planned their inquiry confidently, understanding and selecting appropriate concepts, skills and attitudes. They understood related concepts and how to develop lines of inquiry. Most importantly, the teams are working! They are organised and collaborating and solving problems through communication. Process journals are amazing!

Please ask your students to share their Process Journals with you the keep up to date with what is going on. They really value you feedback and perspective!

Also a big thank you to Ms. Wah and Ms. Tan and all the mentors that are helping our students by guiding  them but most importantly giving them the confidence to take on responsibilities independently and supporting them through their struggles!

Here is a copy of the sorts of tasks that they needed to complete this week LINK

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Food for Thought…

This Could Fail (Why Permission Is Critical To Creative Risk-taking)

Every creative act is an experiment…Please  LINK to view video.

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Published on Mar 12, 2016

What if we viewed failure as a legitimate possibility? What if we viewed projects as experiments and mistakes as iterations? If you enjoy this video, please subscribe at http://bit.ly/spencervideos

“Sure, I could take the safe route. But I’d rather take a plunge into the creative unknown. I’d rather do things that are challenging.

Because ultimately that’s where the creative life is found”

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CISPA Guest Speaker

CISPA has a Literacy guest speaker who will be coming to the school to talk about children and reading. The date is on the 13th of March at 8:30 AM in the Library pit. Please make mention of this in your blog. Description below:
Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.
More information can be found at:  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/

Camp Biz Reminder…LINK

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshops
Named by CNN Money as one of the five most unique camps in the US,
Camp BizSmart has strategic partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and Alibaba, and educational alliances with universities including Stanford and 
Santa Clara.
 
CDNIS is excited to announce this one of it’s kind entrepreneurial skills based workshop for students 

aged 11 -15

over the Easter Break. Please apply here

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Weekly Summary

PYPX

Such a fabulous start to the first week of Exhibition. Well done Grade 6!

Hopefully by now your child has shared the Information presentation with you and you have had an opportunity to comment on their blog. This weekend they will share their Process Journal with you so they can keep you updated and get feedback. Please add any comments or questions to their work.

All students are in groups, been assigned a supervising teacher and have their issues. The next stage will be getting their mentors. On Monday there will be a checklist given to all students so they can keep track of their progress. Here are a few presentations that were given this week… click on the images to see what was shared with them.

Reflections

Every child should be researching and reflecting every single day. Their Process Journals will be a way for the students to show the learning journey they are going through.We will use the rubric below to guide their thinking.

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Concepts

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Email Etiquette

You should all have now received an email from you children practising using email appropriately. Once you have replied, they will print this out and add it to their Process Journals.

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Google Forms

Google forms is a great resource for data handling- this is an area in math we will be focusing on the support their learning.

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Tuning Into PYPX

Students have formed groups, got to know each other and and have decided on their area of interest.

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Exhibition has begun!

Exhibition

Friday Morning all of the Grade 6 teachers got together to take the entire Grade through the do’s and don’t of the Exhibition Process (see Presentation below). Next week every student will be required to share this presentation with you and explain the journey they will go through. If you have any questions or comments please share them with your students, then comment on your child’s post so I know you have been informed. Your support in this process is paramount, so please feel free to contact me or PYP Coordinators at any stage to discuss you questions or ideas.

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Our class presentation will include all the resources I share with the students so this is also I good way for parents to be informed and keep the important conversations happening at home.  It will be updated as we move through each stage.

There will also be an opportunity for parents to come into classes to see for yourself all the amazing thinking and research going on. It is also a time for you to support them in their struggles and learning.

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Literacy

Literacy Centers start next week. Students will be working on a whole range of skills that will support their Exhibition. We have also started a new read aloud called ‘No Place’ by Kay Haugaard. Another great link wit the struggles that the students may go through as part of the Exhibition process and trying to take action.

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Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of au audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk