April 20

We came up with our own inquiry questions this week that connect to our central idea for sharing the planet. We’re finding out more about our questions through research using a variety of sources including Epic, our class Symbaloo and unit related texts.

We continued to develop our understanding of fractions this week as we came up with multiple solutions to open-ended questions and spent more time on our math stations. Math stations teach us to take ownership of our learning and provide us with fun and engaging opportunities to show our understanding.

This week we’re diving into our book club books! We’re learning how to engage in conversations about books, which is such an important lifelong skill. We’re practicing being active listeners and adding supporting details to our thoughts. We’re using talking tokens and discussion prompts to help us scaffold these skills. It’s a process, but we’re definitely making progress. Ask your child to share their opinions on book club with you!

A note from admin. about class placements for 2018-19 school year

If there are any extenuating circumstances relating to your child’s needs that could impact his/her class placement please complete this form before Friday May 4. We ask that you refrain from making personal requests to select or avoid certain teachers. As per CDNIS policy, such requests will not be considered. Please reference these FAQs if you wish to learn more.

Reminders

  • April 23 : Free DDD : You must wear green to dress down otherwise you should be in your normal CDNIS uniform
  • April 23, 25 & 26 : MAP Testing
  • April 27 : Student Led Learning Reviews (No school for students, come to school in full CDNIS uniform at your scheduled appointment time)
  • May 1 : Labor Day Holiday : No School

April 13

I hope everyone enjoyed the spring holiday – welcome back to school! This week we’ve picked right back up to where we left off. We jumped back into our fraction stations and have really enjoyed learning about equivalent fractions through games in our classroom. We’ve been tuning into fractions using open-ended questions and manipulative like pattern blocks to help us visualize parts of a whole.

We’re moved deeper into our unit of inquiry as we looked at different types of symbiotic relationships that exist within ecosystems. We’ve discussed the interdependence of ecosystems through a great read aloud by David Suzuki called Salmon Forest.

We’ve also launched our book clubs this week. We’re SO excited to get into this new routine. We created our own essential agreements for our groups and set personal goals for what we wanted to get out of book club. Ask your child to share their goal with you!

Reminders

  • April 16 1:15 : Spotlight Performance in the LLAC
  • April 27 : Student Led Learning Reviews (No school for students, come to school in full CDNIS uniform at your scheduled appointment time)
  • May 1 : Labor Day Holiday : No School

March 29

A big congratulations to our Suessicial crew – they had such a big week! It was an awesome show and we’re so proud of their hard work and commitment! I hope you all had the opportunity to check out a show!

We started to explore fractions this week as we played games, talked about fractions through the key concepts, made art on the hundreds chart and even baked cookies! It was a fun way to introduce a concept that students often have negative feelings about. We’ll be going deeper into our fractions exploration when we return to school.

We looked back at our writing and identified our best sentences. We made a class anchor chart displaying what we think makes a good sentence. Then we played with word cards to create our own interesting sentences.

I hope you all enjoy your spring holiday and safe travels to everyone who is leaving Hong Kong! I’ll be excited to welcome everyone back to school on April 9.

Reminders

  • March 30 – April 8 : Spring Break
  • April 9 : First day back at school after spring break!

March 23

It’s great to be back in the classroom this week. We can see the effects of camp already – we’re all beginning to show more independence and responsibility. We hope you all enjoyed the exciting camp stories – it was such a blast!

Our realistic fiction narrative are complete and this week we started a new literacy inquiry into sentence fluency. We’re going to be investigating what makes a good sentence and how we can use a variety of sentence styles to make our writing more interesting to the reader.

We’ve completed our reflection on the design project and shared our knowledge about area and perimeter. We’ll be moving on to fractions next week!

We’ve started our Sharing the Planet process journals and we’re excited to begin a new unit. We unpacked our central idea and identified any new vocabulary, connections or wonderings we had at this point. We viewed images related to our central idea and recorded our thoughts on a see-think-wonder in our online process journals. The process journals for HWOO and HTWW have been sent home. Please ask your child to share theirs with you.

Camp Photos

Here’s a link to the Google folder with all of the pictures from camp. Enjoy!

Reminders

  • March 27-28 : Lower School Musical
  • March 29 : DDD – Under the Sea theme – bring $20 for Plastic Free Seas!
  • March 30 – April 8 : Spring Break
  • April 9 : First day back at school after spring break!

March 9

As we continue to wrap up our inquiry into HWOO, we are making steady progress in publishing our realistic fiction narratives. We’ve still got a few finishing touches to put on them, but we’re almost finished with these stories we’ve worked so hard on!

We’ve officially launched the design project, and have started planning our structures that we want to create either in Minecraft or with recyclable materials. Ms. Fung came into our classroom this week and helped us setup MineCraft Edu on our laptops. We are working on our blueprints as we calculate the area and perimeter of the different rooms in our buildings. We’re working on 50×50 meter lots and we’re making all of our dimensions realistic – it’s definitely a challenging, but fun process!

We’ve reflected on our unit of inquiry by using the 4R’s thinking routine. We’ve also self and peer assessed our process journals for HTWW and HWOO. We’ll be sending these home in the next week, so be sure to ask your child to share theirs with you!

G4 Camp Update

We’re off to camp next week (March 14-16)! Last week TIG held a parent information session for G4 camp. If you were unable to attend the meeting or you want a refresher, you can view the presentation here. You can find more information including the packing list (scroll to the bottom of the page!) under the camp tab on our blog. If you have not registered your child or you have not sent in your child’s payment to school, please do so ASAP. If you do not register your child, they cannot attend camp. You can register your child here. We had a discussion with the G4 students as a whole group on Friday. Please remind your child that they are expected to be open-minded, positive, responsible and independent. We’re going to have a blast next week!

Reminders

  • March 14-16 : Grade 4 Camp
  • March 27-28 : Lower School Musical
  • March 29 : DDD
  • March 30 – April 8 : Spring Break
  • April 9 : First day back at school after spring break!

March 2

Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already! We’ve had an awesome first week back at school – I hope everyone’s Year of the Dog is off to a wonderful start. Thank you so much to our wonderful classroom mom, Wendy Lee, who helped us organize our celebration this week. Our CNY Crew worked hard to prepare our fantastic celebration! Also, I wanted to thank our talented performers who participated in the CNY Concert – it was an excellent show!

We’ve been busy this week as we begin to wrap up our inquiry into HWOO. We’ve been working towards publishing our realistic fiction stories and we can’t wait to share these with you! We’re beginning to explore area and perimeter as we prepared to launch the G4 design project where students will eventually design their own structures to scale using MinecraftEdu or recyclable materials.

G4 Camp Update

This week TIG held a parent information session for G4 camp. If you were unable to attend the meeting or you want a refresher, you can view the presentation here. You can find more information including the packing list (scroll to the bottom of the page!) under the camp tab on our blog. If you have not registered your child or you have not sent in your child’s payment to school, please do so ASAP. If you do not register your child, they cannot attend camp. You can register your child here.  

Reminders

  • March 14-16 : Grade 4 Camp
  • March 27-28 : Lower School Musical
  • March 29 : DDD
  • March 30 – April 8 : Spring Break
  • April 9 : First day back at school after spring break!

Chinese New Year – School Closure Home Learning

Hi 4Caribbean Cool Cats and Parents  –

I hope you are all enjoying these unexpected days off! Here’s a link to a grid with some activities you can complete during the days you were scheduled to be at school until Chinese New Year. These activities are optional, but strongly encouraged. Happy Chinese New Year – I’m excited to see you all back at school on Tuesday, February 27.

Parent Home Learning : Don’t forget to register your child for camp – for classroom and camp group enter 4C. You can register online here. You can bring your money and permission forms back to school after the CNY Holiday!

Here are some pictures from the week! We had a blast running our mock Fire Drill to help us better understand how people and organizations prepare for and respond to disasters. We also shared our informative posters for our mini research projects and received peer feedback.

 

Important Camp Info – Please Read!

Hi parents! We’ve got exciting news – G4 camp is coming up soon! Here is a link to the official letter or just scroll down to view the content of the letter in this post. I’ll be sending out the permission forms this week and they’re due back to school on Friday, February 9.

February 1st, 2018

Grade 4 Camp 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Grade 4 students will be attending camp at the end of March. We will depart from school on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 and return to school on Friday, March 16th, 2018 in time for the 2:20pm buses. The camp will be directed by the Treasure Island Group (TIG), a leading outdoor education camp provider.  We will be camping in tents at Pui O Beach, Lantau Island on a secured campground for 2 nights and 3 days.

Students will engage in supervised recreational and educational activities that complement our Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry into how human behaviour affects the balance of ecosystems. Students will be encouraged to be risk-takers, inquirers and to be open-minded.  Camp is an integral part of the Grade 4 curriculum and is required for all students.

The cost of the camp is $2550 and includes qualified camp instructors, accommodation, meals and transportation. TIG has provided a comprehensive packing list for students. We ask that students NOT bring money, food, electronic equipment (iPods, mobile phones, etc) or anything excessively valuable. If desired, you may purchase camping equipment for the camp from TIG through their online store.  Deadline for camp equipment purchases: 7th of March 2018.

The safety of your child is of utmost importance to us.  There will be several CPR-trained camp personnel, night security, the Grade 4 teaching team, and six additional CDNIS staff supervising the students.  If you need to contact your child in case of an emergency, you may contact TIG on 2984-8711 or the CDNIS school office on 2525-7088 to pass a message to the appropriate homeroom teacher.

For further information, please refer to the TIG website’s FAQ page.  We also invite you to attend a parent information session to be held on Wednesday, February 28th from 8am to 9am in the CDNIS library.  Representatives from TIG will be present and happy to answer your questions.   

Registration – Medical & Dietary info
In order to provide an excellent camp for every student and ensure that your child’s needs are met, parents are required to complete a TIG online school camp registration form for each child. Online registration is accessed on the TIG website. Please also remember to enter the Classroom name/number (ie 4A, 4B, 4C, 4B or 4E) and their Western name for the register.
Deadline for registration: 7th of March 2018

Timeline of important dates :

Friday, February 9th:  

Deadline to return attached permission slip and cash or cheque of $2550 payable to CDNIS.  It is also the last day to RSVP for the Camp Parent Information Morning (see camp permission form).

Wednesday, February 28th

Parent Information Morning from 8 am to 9 am in the CDNIS Library Pit on the 10th floor.

Wednesday, March 7th

Deadline for parents to complete online registration for their child including complete medical, dietary, individual information/needs and swimming ability. If you choose to order camping equipment via the TIG online store, this is also the last day to submit your orders.

Wednesday,  March 14th

First day of camp.  We will depart from school and students are to report to school at the usual time.

Friday, March 16th

Last day of camp.  We will return to school in time for regular dismissal time from school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your homeroom teacher.  We look forward to a memorable camp experience with your child!

Warmest regards,

The Grade 4 Team

Upcoming Reminders 

  • February 12 – 14: DDD for CNY
  • February 13 : CNY Flower Fair (Swimming Cancelled – makeup session TBA)
  • February 13 : CNY Class Celebration 11:40 – 12:40
  • February 15 – 26 : CNY Holiday – No School for Students

 

January 26

This week we were very lucky to have 3 guest speakers share their authentic experiences about preparing for and responding to disasters with our Grade 4 students. Mr. Still, a retired police officer in Hong Kong, spoke to us about responding to floods, fires and typhoons locally. A parent from our CDNIS community and students from upper school spoke to us about providing response and relief aid in Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit in 2015.

There is a lot going on in the news this week with a tsunami warning issued for the west coast of the U.S. and Canada following an earthquake in Alaska and an avalanche happened in Japan after a volcano eruption. We try to stay current with events going on in the news in 4C and these are authentic opportunities to explore how communities, organizations and individuals respond to and prepare for disasters.

For more math practice with measurement, we created containers using grid paper and ordered them from greatest to least capacity. You can check out our blog post on this to find out more.

We visited with our Grade 1 learning buddies this week. We helped them inquire into their unit on exploration by discovering new places around the school. We documented our findings by helping them create posters on their blogs.

We also continued with our realistic fiction narratives in literacy as we worked on our character development this week. We discussed how we could “show, not tell” what our main characters are like.

A note from our swim coaches

Dear Parents,

As you know Grade 4, 5 and 6 will be starting swimming next week as part of their PE Programme. 
Please note the following:
Swim Hat Uniform

The Aquatic department and PE Department are introducing a PE swimming Hat Uniform. Students must wear a swim hat at the pool.  Swim Hats are available from Aquatics office  for only $20. Each hat is a high quality silicon hat with CDNIS and an animal printed on each side. All students are expected to have their Swimming Hats by week 2 of swimming
 
Attendance 
This block of swimming finishes on 28th March. As swimming is an important part of their PE Programme and a life long skill that all students should have, students are expected to attend each class. Students will only be excused for medical reasons. Swim staff are aware that some students may be nervous or anxious about swimming and will prepare to make the learning environment safe, fun and pleasant at all times. 
 
Make up
If a class group misses a lesson, there will be make up lessons available. The Homeroom Teacher and Aquatics Department will arrange another suitable time and date. Note, there will be limited time allocations and days available. 

Class Instagram Account

Are you on instagram? Want to see what we’re up to daily? I’m in the process of launching a class instagram account. Find us at the username : ms.costner

Reminders

  • January 29 : Swimming Begins
  • February 1 : Field Trip with Chinese Department
  • February 9 : Makeup Swimming Session
  • February 12 – 14: DDD for CNY
  • February 13 : CNY Flower Fair (Swimming Cancelled)
  • February 13 : CNY class celebration 11:40 – 12:40
  • February 15 – 26 : CNY Holiday – No school for students

 

January 19

I’ve very much enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with you all this week to discuss your child’s growth and development in Grade 4 this year. These learning conversations are an excellent opportunity for us to engage in an open dialogue about how we can best support your child’s learning both at school and at home. Thank you all again for showing your ongoing commitment and support to your child’s learning this week (and every week!).

This week we started our inquiry into How We Organize Ourselves with an exciting provocation. Students visited each Grade 4 classroom and looked at images and videos of different natural disasters and how we respond and prepare for them. On a class Google Doc, students shared their prior knowledge on how we prepare and respond to natural disasters as well as the effects caused by natural disasters.

In math, we continued with our rotations on measurement this week. This week in our classroom, we explored how we measure math. We also inquired into the question – is mass the same thing as weight. Ask your child to find out!

We’re continuing our narrative writing in literacy. We listened to a story – we identified and plotted the key elements of the story on our own story ‘volcano’. We’ll continue to look at different stories as examples to guide our narrative writing in the upcoming weeks.

Reminders

  • January 24 : Dental Appointments – bring toothbrushes and Student Dental Care Services handbook if you have one!
  • January 25 : Sports Day – bring a packed lunch, full water bottle, hat, sunscreen, jacket, PE uniform
  • January 26 : DDD – Favorite Animal Theme
  • January 30 : Swimming sessions begin