Update – September 22

by cindykam on September 22, 2017

Important Dates

September 25: Gr 1 Immunizations

September 27: Pancake and Pajama Day (see below)
September 28-29: Grade 1 to 6 Three Way Learning Conversations (Students wear summer uniforms)
October 2-9: October Break
October 12: First Day of Swimming

October 13: House Day

Click here for photos and videos from this week.

 

Reminders:

For parents who did not attend Curriculum Night: A paper was sent home in your child’s home learning folder that outlined how to access your child’s online portfolio. Please type in the website address and the password is your child’s surname. We ask that parents comment on their child’s blog at least once a month. The comments should be positive, noticing growth and new learning as well as a question or constructive feedback.
Example: It was so great to watch your post about patterns. I noticed that you identified your pattern as AAB. What kinds of patterns do you think we can find around our house? Next time you record a video, remember to speak loud and clear so I can hear you!

 

Pancake and Pajama Day – September 27

Students can wear their pajamas to school (no dress down fee).

Pancakes will be served in the cafeteria. For $34, students will get pancakes, a sausage, vegetables and a drink. Students in Gr 1 who are buying pancakes on the day should bring exact change in an envelope labeled with their name and class. Students who have school lunch will receive pancakes at no extra cost.

 

Parenting the Digital Native

CDNIS welcomes Dr. Mark Gandolfi from the St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Team Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm-8:30pm in the LLAC Lobby. This parent workshop will focus on how to parent children in a digital world. The Internet is a vital part of our world and an important tool in education and research shows young people are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Do you have the skills to parent against that type of influence? Please RSVP here.

 

Grade Level Guides

Parents interested in learning more about grade level expectations, programmes of inquiry, mathematics, literacy, Chinese studies and more are encouraged to check out the Grade Level brochures, available on the main school website under “Brochures“.

 

Highlights of the Week:

Literacy:

-We analyzed samples of writing and discussed what makes a good piece of writing. We decided writers need to sound out words they don’t know how to spell, finger space, write on the lines, start sentences with a capital letter, end sentences with a period and not use a mix of upper and lower case letters in words. Students then reviewed their own writing and chose writing goals specific to them. In our subsequent writing, we will focus on these goals.

 

Math:

-representing numbers in different ways

-sequencing numbers

 

Unit of Inquiry:

-the purpose of the lungs

-how the digestive system works and the different parts (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine)

 

Ms C:

  • recognizing feelings, how to calm ourselves down when our bodies are out of control

 

Peace Day:

We discussed what is peace and why it is important. We came up with ideas of what peace looks like, feels like and tastes like if it had a taste. My favourite comment was from a student who said, “Peace tastes like a rainbow in my mouth.”

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Ms Kam

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Update – September 15

by cindykam on September 15, 2017

Important Dates

September 19: 1A Visits the Book Fair (see below)

September 22: Dress Down Day (Theme: Favourite Book Character)

September 25: Gr 1 Immunizations
September 28-29: Grade 1 to 6 Three Way Learning Conversations (see below)
October 2-9: October Break
October 12: First Day of Swimming

 

Click here for photos and videos from this week.

 

Home Reading
Thank you for your support with our home reading program. As part of our morning routine, the children are expected to choose a new book. Please remind your children to choose a new book and we will do the same at school. Next week the children will be taking home books based on their reading levels. They are now expected to read the book to you! Some children are working on decoding the words accurately and other students are working on comprehension.

 

Message from Performing Arts

Our first Friday Fun in the Forum of the year is next Friday, September 22 during lunch recess. Check out this post on Ms. Benusa’s blog for more information on this performing opportunity.

 

Book Fair

1A will go to the Book Fair in the LLAC on Tuesday, September 19 from 10:50-11:30. Parents are welcome to meet us there if they wish. Children who wish to purchase books can bring some money. There is also the option of reserving a book and paying for it the next day.

 

3-Way Learning Conversations – September 28-29

You are invited by the Lower School of Canadian International School of Hong Kong to participate in 3-Way Learning Conversations. Please follow the user guide that will be emailed to you on Thursday, September 14 to access our online scheduling system.

  • Please be reminded that the student is present (wearing normal school uniform) and is an active participant in the 3-Way Learning Conversations.
  • These reviews are for Grades 1 to 6 students only.
  • Regularly-scheduled classes will not take place on these two days
  • The focus of the 3-Way Learning Conversations is an opportunity to discuss settling in, progress in learning and social development.
  • Following the 3-Way Learning Conversation, teachers and students will collaborate within the classroom programme to set goals that will be shared with parents in the Portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should you have any issues signing up, please contact Winnie McCarthy at winniemccarthy@cdnis.edu.hk.

 

Highlights of the Week

Literacy:

-Our Literacy Centre focus was using picture cues to read and developing fluency.

Mathematics:

-We focused on forming our numbers correctly and the spelling of number words.

-We explored different ways to represent numbers.

Unit of Inquiry:

-We learned about how the brain and nerves function. We learned that doing something often makes pathways to our brain stronger.

-We started our Body Science lessons and discussed the difference between two different types of secrets. Secrets we keep are usually surprises like gifts and birthday parties when eventually everyone finds out about them. who are our trusted adults (ie. parents, teachers, doctors) who we can tell about

Art:

-We completed our caricatures this week. The students did a great job! Thanks to Ms Helms for teaching the lesson.

iPads:

-Ms Fung taught us how to create our first blog post recording. Students explained what they learned about the body during the “Blood and Muscle” game in PE.

-Our older buddies visited and helped us record our description of a pattern we created.

 

Have a great long weekend!

Ms Kam

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