March 24, 2017

I’m so excited to be back with the 3Experts after an inspiring educational conference in Brussels. We connected with educators from around the world and learned so much about staying current with the shifts in education today. I’ve got several takeaways that I’m very eager to implement into our classroom community!
This week we’ve been exploring energy further and clearing up some misconceptions we had. Check out this link to our classroom padlet about this law of energy – Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Rather, it transforms from one form to another.
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
Book Swap
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!
Reminders
  • Tuesday, March 28 – Book Swap
  • Friday, March 31 – Swimming Session 2 starts and runs until the end of the year!
  • Friday, March 31 – DDD – Theme – Sports
  • April 4 – Ching Ming Holiday
  • April 10 – 17 Spring Break
  • April 18 – Professional Learning Day for staff – no school for students
  • April 19 – Camp Parent Information Night – 6pm
  • April 21 – DDD – Theme TBD
  • April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews

March 10, 2017

It’s been another exciting week for the 3Experts with Alan Dick Community Day and Lower School House Day! Alan Dick Community Day is such a wonderful time for us all to come together and celebrate our special school community. This year was extra special since we celebrated our school’s 25th anniversary! It was a fun filled day with lots of laughter, dancing and of course the hokey pokey!  

We’re continuing to challenge and push our mathematical thinking deeper by applying our knowledge of symmetry, tessellations, translations, reflections and rotations using the coding app Hopscotch. Check out our prior knowledge of coding on our class padlet here.

We’ve started tuning in to our new unit, Sharing the Planet. You can check out our parent overview and math memo here. This week we watched a brief video clip that shows icebergs retreating, engaged in various science experiments and took a Google Survey that recorded our thoughts, actions and feelings about our daily choices when it comes to consuming energy. We’ll continue to  

Literacy Workshop for Parents

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/

Learning by Design

Next week, Ms. Mumford and I will be heading to a conference called Learning by Design at the International School of Brussels, Belgium. We’ll be coming together with hundreds of other educators from around the globe to connect, learn and share. This conference is on the cutting edge of educational research and I can’t wait to come back and implement our learning into the classroom. I will be away from March 16 and return to school on March 22. Please note that there will be a significant time change and I may not be able to respond to emails right away. Ms. Pang will be taking on the role of the classroom teacher during this time along with a supply EA. Please contact Mia Pang (miapang@cdnis.edu.hk ) with any urgent issues.

Reminders

  • March 31 – DDD – Theme TBD
  • April 4 – Ching Ming Holiday
  • April 10 – 17 Spring Break
  • April 18 – Professional Learning Day for staff – no school for students
  • April 19 – Camp Parent Information Night – 6pm
  • April 21 – DDD – Theme TBD
  • April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews

March 3, 2017

What an awesome week! I’m so proud of our 3Experts for a fantastic Spotlight Show! They worked really hard and put a lot of effort into their performance. Thank you to all of our parents who were able to come and support our class.

We also really enjoyed Sports Day this week! It’s so nice to have the opportunity to be able to get out of our classroom and spend the day developing our teamwork skills and physical health. A big thank you to our PE Department for organizing this event!

We’re kicking off a new unit next week – Sharing The Planet. We spent this week wrapping up our inquiry into How We Express Ourselves and sharing our prior knowledge. Students took a survey throughout the week and recorded what they already knew about the following questions –

  • What does it mean to “share the planet”?
  • Where does energy come from? What energy sources do you know about?
  • How does using energy affect the planet?
  • List ways energy can be conserved.
  • What does ‘sustainability’ mean?
  • What are some solutions to the planet’s energy problems?

Be sure to check out your child’s iFolio and have them share their latest posting with you!

Watch out Spotlight online

For those of you who were not able to attend our spotlight performance this week, Ms. K posted it on her blog. Find it here!

Correction – Camp Info Night

The Camp Parent Info Night is on Wednesday, April 19, not Tuesday, April 19.  Please provide parents with this information on the blog.

Reminders

  • March 9 – Alan Dick Community Day
  • March 10 – Lower School House Day

February 24, 2017

We’ve spent this week wrapping up our inquiry into How We Express Ourselves. We’ve explored Aboriginal Dot Painting and written our own DreamTime stories with a lesson or moral. We used the ICE thinking routine to extend our thinking about cultural artwork. I’m so impressed with the connections and extensions our 3Experts are making and I can’t wait for them to share with you!

We’re applying our knowledge of tessellations, symmetry, reflections, translations and rotations by using an app called Kaleidoscope to create our own tessellations using real life objects in our classrooms. We’re using a checklist from our math learning outcomes to create a DoodleCast that explains what we’ve learned. Keep your eyes posted on iFolio’s we’ll be posting soon!

Sports day

Student Showcases Audition

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

Reminders

  • February 27 – Dental Appointment – bring toothbrushes and Student Dental Care Services handbook if you have one
  • February 28 – Sports Day
  • March 2 – 3E Spotlight 10:10 – 10:50

February 17, 2017

We’ve spent this week hard at work! We’ve started to explore poetry in our literacy stations and we’ve started writing some of our own examples of poetry. Two – Voice Poems are a big hit with the Experts and everyone is really enjoying reading and writing them! We’re discovering how poets use different poetic devices such as onomatopoeia, hyperboles and oxymorons to pump up their poems. We switched classes this week and our Experts explored First Nations artwork with Ms. Mumford and Chinese Paper cutting with Ms. Kam.

We are continuing our investigation of tessellations and moving into multiplication and division. We practiced our fast recall facts in our stations this week and we even got outside of the classroom and found real life examples of tessellations throughout our school.

Loving Literacy

Thank you to all the parents who came this afternoon to the Loving Literacy workshop. I hope you found it helpful and informative.

Here is also a link to Ms. V’s Literacy Life Hacks on her blog.

For those who could not make it, I have included the slides, and the handouts here:

Here is also a link to Ms. V’s Literacy Life Hacks on her blog.

Sports day

Student Showcases Audition

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

Sleep Workshop

For those of you who missed the coffee morning about Sleep and Learning, or those who attended and asked for the slides, here they are:

Hoping you got a good night’s sleep…

Executive Functioning 

Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioningDeficits in these skill areas can have a negative impact on school performance. Join us on Feb 23 at 8am in the LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more in how to help your child manage and develop those executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. 

Reminders

  • February 23 – Executive Functioning Workshop
  • February 24 – DDD – Theme TBA
  • February 24 – Paddyfield Order Forms Due
  • February 27 – Dental Appointment – bring toothbrushes and Student Dental Care Services handbook if you have one
  • February 28 – Sports Day
  • March 2 – 3E Spotlight 10:10 – 10:50

We’ve really enjoyed being back together in the classroom after the CNY Holiday! This week we continued to unpack our related concept of culture as we identified the existing cultures that we are a part of at CDNIS. We took photos that we thought represented the culture we chose and used the app PicKids to create a culture collage on our iPads. We wrote a reflection on Google Docs explaining why we chose the images to represent different elements of the culture we chose. We’re in the process of publishing our Culture Collages to our iFolios and printing them out for our red binders. Ask your child to show you their iFolio to check out the new posts!

We’re looking at luck through the eyes of a mathematician and exploring probability further. We discussed the language mathematicians use to discuss probability and created our own line of probability. We looked at examples of probability statements and wrote our own. We played the game of RISK with a dice and a partner to discuss the likelihood of rolling the wipeout number. Ask your child to play with you at home and discuss how the game connects to probability! For more information on how you can further support your child at home in math, please have a look at our math memo on our Program Overview for our HWEO unit.

Reminders

  • February 24 – DDD – Theme TBA
  • February 27 – Dental Appointment – bring toothbrushes and Student Dental Care Services handbook if you have one
  • February 28 – Sports Day
  • March 2 – 3E Spotlight 10:10 – 10:50

January 26, 2017

We’ve had  fun-filled week celebrating the year of the rooster! The Flower Fair was a blast. I love seeing all of the parent involvement and support at this event. We really enjoyed our CNY concert this week. Congratulations to Brianna, Julia and Richard for all of their hard work and involvement in the performance. We also had our own celebration in our class. Thanks to all of the parents and students who brought in food to share! This is such a special time of year and I’m so happy to share it with you and our students! Gong xi fa cai xhen ti jian kang!

Loving Literacy Workshop Hosted by Grade 3 Teachers

The Grade 3 teachers are hosting a literacy workshop for parents to raise awareness about what happens in the classroom during literacy blocks, and how you can help to support your child at home to develop better reading habits and writing skills.

Please fill in this form to express your interest in attending the workshop on February 15th at 1:00pm. Please note you cannot view the form on a mobile phone and access closes on February 9.

ISA Results

Your child’s International Schools Assessment results were sent home last week. If they did not give you the information, please check with them and make sure they share it with you.

Math Continuum Presentation for Parents

In case you missed it – Mr. MacPherson gave a presentation on how to read and understand the Math Continuum. Check it out here.

Reminders

  • February 7 – school resumes for students
  • February 10 – Lower School House Day – wear your house shirt

CNY Party – Small Change

Hi all –

I wanted to let you all know about a small change to our classroom CNY celebration. Unfortunately, the pizza places in our area are not able to deliver to us on Thursday due to existing large orders. We’ve decided to bring our own food instead. We still won’t need any parent volunteers, but more students have volunteered to bring in food. Please feel free to send along any treat even if your child hasn’t signed up. We’re especially happy to have traditional CNY foods. Please see the updated list below.

Ethan Chu – Dumplings

Weiwei – Tong yuen

Dylan – Chips

Delia – Sushi

Ethan Tan – Desert

Richard – Fruit

Wyatt – Fruit

Shreya – Cupcakes & Chips

Lewis – Salad

Brianna – Cucumbers

Enoch – Utensils

 

January 20, 2017

Math Memo

Want a more information about what we’re doing in math for this unit and what you can do at home? Check out the Math Memo! Click on Programme Overview then How We Express Ourselves. Scroll down past the programme overview and you’ll find it there!

Media Savvy Kids

This week, we’ve started a new routine where we watch a 10 minute video from CNN Kids about what’s going on around the world. We take jot-notes and have important discussions about the topics covered in the newscast. Being well-informed is our responsibility as members of a constantly changing global society. I’ve added several links under the links tab for age appropriate news sites. Please encourage your child to check them out at home!

We looked at real vs. fake news stories this week and learned how to cite our sources for both print and internet resources. Differentiating between real and fake news will assist us in finding credible resources for our next iTime project.

Loving Literacy Workshop Hosted by Grade 3 Teachers

The Grade 3 teachers are hosting a literacy workshop for parents to raise awareness about what happens in the classroom during literacy blocks, and how you can help to support your child at home to develop better reading habits and writing skills.

Please fill in the form in your CDNIS email to express your interest in attending the workshop on February 15th at 1:00pm.

Chinese New Year Party

On Thursday, January 26 we’ll be having a small in class celebration. We’ve voted and decided that in lieu of a party, we’re going to watch a movie about Chinese Year, order pizza and hang out. A few students have volunteered to bring additional items. We do not need parent volunteers for this small in class event.

Richard – Fruit

Wyatt – Fruit

Shreya – Cupcakes

Lewis – Salad

Brianna – Cucumbers

Enoch – Utensils

Reminders

  • January 23 – 26 – Chinese theme dress down week
  • January 24 – LS CNY Flower Fair 12:50 – 1:25
  • February 7 – school resumes for students

January 13, 2017

We kicked off our new unit this week, How We Express Ourselves, with a Culture Crawl around the Grade 3 classrooms. While thinking about our big inquiry question, What can we discover about culture and art?, students explored music, cultural artifacts, art through ICT, books, the HWEO symbaloo, paint, clay, crochet, knitting and more!

We wrapped up our unit on Who We Are by completing a snapshot of our overall learning using the 4R’s visible thinking routine. This showed how students changed their thinking over the course of the unit. It also allowed them to reflect and think back on what we did and what was important during this unit.

In ICT this week, we explored the iMotion App on our iPads. Students were focused and engaged as they made short iMotion films using legos, clay and paper. We’ll continue exploring iMotion and discussing how it can help us show and share our learning next week.

Xtra Math – Addition Practice

If you are looking for a quick and easy way for your child to maintain or improve their speed and accuracy of addition/subtraction facts here is a link to a great website called Xtramath. It is very useful for improving the speed and accuracy of sums to 20. Regular practice will give them a great boost. Your child already has an account they can log into using my cdnis email address (hollycostner@cdnis.edu.hk) and the password that is glued into their agendas. You can sign up to receive updates on their progress. They will send you little updates to inform you of your child’s progress. Each practice session takes 3-5 minutes and is tailor made to your child’s level.  It can also be used for multiplication/division. I hope you find it useful!

https://www.xtramath.org/

A Message from our Guidance Counsellor, Ms. Lora Lee

Warning signs of Internet Addiction

The Internet is a vital part of our world and an important tool in education. Research shows that, students are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel “addicted to video games”

Join us on 19th Jan 8:00am – 9:30 am for a talk by Dr. Gandolfi, the Executive Director for St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service and learn more about warning sign of Internet-Addiction and the potential dangers of social media. Click here to sign up.

Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online

Jan 6 – 19

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Online Token Reservation LINK

Reminders

  • January 23 – 26 – Chinese theme dress down week
  • January 24 – LS CNY Flower Fair
  • January 27 –  Chinese New Year Holiday begins
  • February 6 – School Resumes