Update – January 12

by cindykam on January 12, 2018

Important Dates

January 16: Dance lessons begin (see below)

January 18-19: Learning Reviews (see below)

January 24: Scholastic Book orders due

January 25: 1A Dental Visit (see below)

January 26: Dress Down Day ($20 donation, theme to be announced)


Click here for photos and videos from this week




Communication Books

We have finished using the pink communication book. Please keep the completed book at home and we will start using the new book.


Scholastic Book Orders

Flyers were sent home today. Order forms are due back January 24.


Dance Lessons

Dance lessons with Carole Saunders will begin next week and will replace PE lessons until the week of February 14. Students should still wear PE uniforms on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Government Dental Visit

Students who registered for the School Dental Care Services program at the beginning of the school year will be visiting the dentist on Thursday, January 25 at 9:30am. On the day of the appointment, please remember to send your child’s own toothbrush and the SDCS handbook if they have one. Parents are welcome to attend the dental appointment if they wish. The address is MacLehose Dental Centre 1/F, 286 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai. If you have any questions regarding the dental program, you may contact the school nurse.


Learning Reviews (January 18-19)

Learning Reviews (Grades 1-6 only) will be held on Thursday, January 18 (3pm-6pm) and Friday, January 19 (8am-4pm). January 19 is not a regular school day for Grades 1-6. Student are present (in regular school uniform) and an active participant in the Learning Reviews.

It is important to note that the progress report does not mark the end of learning. Instead it presents an opportunity to identify strategies and actions for continuous learning, personal growth and achievement. The focus of the Learning Review is to provide an opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss the student’s learning from August to January. Prior to the Learning Reviews, please take the opportunity to read the progress report with your child and praise them for their effort, performance and growth, big or small.


Highlights of the Week:


– The phonemes we targeted this week were sh and ch.

– We reviewed the structure and language features of procedural writing and developed a checklist to help us independently write a procedure.

– Students watched me create a hoop glider plane and then wrote down the procedure.

– We have been working on a blog post that explains and shows an example of the individual reading strategy we are currently working on. Keep an eye out for this post in our portfolios.

-We are learning how to choose just right books for ourselves. Just right books are books that we are interested in reading and also the right level for us. The home readers that have been coming home will stop for the next week, as we will continue to practice choosing just right books independently. In the meantime, you can continue reading books you have at home with your child.



– We listed the features of bar graphs and as a class developed a checklist to help us when creating bar graphs independently.

– Students discussed what they were interested in finding more about from their classmates, created a survey question and surveyed their classmates. After collecting the data, students independently created a bar graph to display their data and we practiced reading our graphs. Our blog post on this process will be posted soon!


Unit of Inquiry

-In anticipation for our next unit of inquiry about exploration, we had 2 special guest speakers this week. China’s most accomplished living explorer, Wong How Man and field biologist Dr. Bill Bleisch shared stories from their adventures, including being chased by a herd of wild yak and finding the source of the Yangtze River.

-We continued to inquire into the changes products go through over time by looking at the evolution of mobile phones and cars.


Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Ms Kam


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