November 17

We started our inquiry into How the World Works this week! Get ready, it’s going to be an exciting one as we explore our central idea : Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface. You can find the parent overview and our home learning grid for this new unit here.

In literacy, we started writing narrative stories to show what we already know about the elements of a story. We’ll be editing our writing and sharing with our learning buddies next week. We’ve also been reading news articles related to our unit of inquiry, taking jot-notes and summarizing our research into paragraphs as we continue to develop our literacy skills.

We inquired into the commutative and distributive properties in math this week. After we found out more using brainpop, we showed our understanding by creating pictures to explain the two properties. We also identified patterns and created rules for multiplying and dividing by numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000.

Reminders

  • Field Trip forms and money due back to school ASAP
  • Week of November 20: Seussical Jr Auditions
  • November 20: ASA Session 2 Registration Begins
  • November 24: Dress Down Day (DDD) “Theme: Your Future/Dream Job”
  • November 24: Collect Your Lost Property (7:15am-1:00pm 6/F Bridge)
  • November 26: CISPA Family Fun Fair
  • November 30: Discovery Dome
  • December 1 : 4C Assembly in the forum at 1:40

November 10

We attended the Remembrance Day assembly and paid our respects by wearing poppies on Friday. Well done to students speaking in the assembly and signing in the choir.  

We’ve been wrapping up our inquiry into Where We Are In Place And Time this week as we worked on our final assessment task. Students were given a choice of how they wanted to show their learning from this unit – some students chose to make posters while others chose to show their learning digitally in Google Slides or Google Docs. We first self-assessed our learning by looking at our success criteria and deciding how well we were able to achieve these.

In math this week, we’ve been exploring strategies to help us with our two digit by one digit multiplication. After we explored strategies to help us then we came up with our own horrible difficult strategies that you would never use to solve a math problem! This activity was a fun and challenging way for students to think creatively and mathematically. Ask your child to share a helpful strategy that they use when multiplying and the worst strategy they created!

Seussical Jr.: Audition Packs Available for Download

Information about auditions and the audition pack for the LS Musical Production: Seussical Jr. is now available on the musical blog. Sign-ups for auditions will start November 6 (with a link that will be posted on the same blog). Auditions for the production will be the week of November 20. For more information please contact Ms. Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Reminders

  • November 14: Dr. Marian Small Parent Workshop (7:30-9:30am LLAC Lobby)
  • November 15: Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder (8:00-9:30am LLAC)
  • November 15: Dr. Marian Small Parent Workshop (6:00-8:00pm LLAC Lobby)
  • November 17: Lower School House Day
  • Week of November 20 : Seussical Auditions
  • December 1 : 4C Assmebly

Please note that all G4 Spotlights have been moved to April!

November 3

It’s been a spooky week in 4C! We had a blast making Halloween slime, eating lots of yummy Halloween treats, playing Poke-a-Pumpkin, designing our own Halloween decorations and showing our monster moves at our assembly. Thank you so much to our hard working class moms who helped organize our Halloween celebration – it was a blast!

We put the final touches on our aqueducts this week and were able to test them out to see if they could successfully move 250ml of water from one point to another. It was a difficult challenge that pushed us forward in our cooperation, communication and thinking skills. Our reflections on this challenge are up on the blog – check them out!

In our math stations this week we are beginning to explore number sense and numeration this week. We’re practicing our basic multiplication and division facts as well as learning how to multiply-two digit whole numbers by one-digit whole numbers.

We’re starting to research tools/technologies that we’re interested in and learning about how they’ve changed over time. We’ll be collecting information and organizing our findings into a descriptive piece of writing telling about what we found out based on our guiding questions for the key concepts for this unit.

Seussical Jr.: Audition Packs Available for Download

Information about auditions and the audition pack for the LS Musical Production: Seussical Jr. is now available on the musical blog. Sign-ups for auditions will start November 6 (with a link that will be posted on the same blog). Auditions for the production will be the week of November 20. For more information please contact Ms. Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Message from the Guidance Department

The Guidance Team is pleased to invite you to the “Pathways to Success”  information evening on Thursday, November 9th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the LLAC (with refreshments at 6:00p.m.).

This evening will outline the Upper School Guidance program, which helps prepare students for their postsecondary and career goals. The Guidance Team will discuss goal setting, academic planning and success, service and extracurricular opportunities as they all relate to the Upper School and post-secondary options. Included in this presentation will be specific information about the university application process, gap year, internships and careers.

Grade 3-6 parents are welcome to attend, but the presentation is most relevant to parents of Upper School children.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 7 so that we can ensure there is enough seating and/or communicate any updates.

Kindly RSVP here.

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder

Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

Reminders

  • November 6 : Habitat for Humanity – Paint Your House
  • November 6 : Seussical Auditions Signup
  • November 7 : Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • November 9 : Pathways to Success 6:30-8pm in the LLAC
  • November 10 : Remembrance Day Assembly 8:00-8:40am in the LLAC (seating for parents in the balcony only)
  • November 10: Poppy Drive
  • November 10: LS Musical Parent Meeting #2 (3:40-4:00pm LLAC 816)
  • November 15: Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Week of November 20 – Seussical Jr Auditions

October 27

It’s been a hands-on week in 4C! We spent time finding out more about how ancient systems to move water such as the Roman Aqueducts. We got a feel for how aqueducts work using paper tubes, a ping pong ball and a paper cup for a city. Then we created designs/prototypes of our own systems to move 250ml of water a distance of 150cm.

In math this week, we used toothpicks and marshmallows to construct 3D shapes. We played a game where we described our shapes (faces, vertices) and our partners had to identify what we created. We looked at different 2D views of “buildings” and recreated the views using 3D unifix cubes.

We’re pumping up our writing by practicing our show vs. tell skills. We’ve been turning boring sentences into descriptive scenes. We’ve gone on word hunts to find interesting word choices, ranked writing samples from pieces that need to most improvement to the best examples of descriptive writing and we’ve written descriptive paragraphs with partners. 

We developed our research skills by learning how to determine if information in our sources is trash or treasure. It’s treasure if it’s connected to our guiding inquiry questions and trash if it isn’t related at all. We explored nonfiction texts and online resources to help us answer these unit related questions. Next week, we’ll further develop these skills by conducting independent research based on tools/technologies we want to find out more about.

Reminders

  • October 31 : Halloween Class Celebration – 11:40 – 12:30 – parents are invited to the class celebration but are asked to leave afterwards due to limited space at the assembly in the forum – thanks for understanding!

October 20

We were able to take our class inquiry outside of the school this week when we visited the Hong Kong History Museum. We participated in a “treasure hunt” throughout the museum that encouraged us to access knowledge about how past civilizations have impacted present day tools and technologies.

We played a math game called face-off to better understand how 3D solids are constructed out of 2D shapes. We consolidated our understanding of angles, 3D solids and quadrilaterals through a technology based resource called flocabuary. Some of us even wrote our own geometry raps.

We learned more about how we can scan nonfiction texts to find the information we’re looking for. We’ll continue to develop this strategy throughout this unit as we answer our inquiry questions. We’ll continue to focus on developing our descriptive writing skills throughout this unit.

Packaging Materials

On Monday, we’ll be participating in a tinkering activity with the art teacher, Ms. Lam. Students need to bring in boxes, or any other types of packaging materials that we can work with.

PE

Our PE days will continue to be Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure students are only in their PE uniforms on these days. If students have an active ASA, they should still wear their formal CDNIS uniform to school. They can change into their athletic uniform after school.

Online Red Binders and 3WLC Goal Sharing

We set up our online red binders this week on our e-folios. You now have access to this folder via your CDNIS email address. In this folder, your child has shared their 3WLC goal setting document with you. This is a private folder that only you, your child and myself have access to. We’ll use this folder like a “red binder” where they share their assessments and learning progress with you!

Coffee Morning – Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us for a presentation focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions.” Join us on Tuesday, October 24  (8am-10am) in the LLAC with Arthur Fang, a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. Please RSVP.

Reminders

  • October 23-25: Green Halloween: Halloween Costume & Accessory Swap (Lunchtime 6/F Bridge)
  • October 27 : DDD/FFF – Terry Fox Foundation – Sportswear Theme
  • October 31 : Halloween

October 13

We have officially started our inquiry into Where We Are In Place And Time. We unpacked our central idea, past civilizations have shaped present day tools and technologies and shared our prior knowledge this week.

In literacy this week, we started looking at nonfiction web-based resources and showed what we already know about taking jot notes. We’ll be moving forward with strategies on how to skim and scan more effectively. We also chose a classroom tool that helps us learn and described its form and function to show what we know about writing to describe.

This week in math, we went outside of the classroom identify right, acute and obtuse angles. We recorded our findings and compared which angles we found most often. We also looked at a single sheet of isometric grid paper and identified as many quadrilaterals as possible. We then named what we found and identified any information we knew about these shapes. Next week, we’ll be exploring 3D shapes!

Diwali Celebration

Our Diwali Celebration is on Monday, October 16 at 9:30. Please check to see if your child is signed up to bring something! All parents are invited to attend.

Hong Kong History Museum Field Trip

On Wednesday, October 18, we will be going to the Hong Kong History Museum. The purpose of this trip is to support our unit, Where We Are in Place and Time as we inquire into how past civilizations have shaped present day tools and technologies. During this trip, students will learn more about how tools and technologies were used in the past in Hong Kong. You child should wear their PE uniforms and bring the following items in a small daypack :

  • Packed lunch from home if they do not receive school lunch
  • Full Water bottle
  • Large Snack
  • Hat

Reminders

  • October 16 : Picture Day – All students must be in full CDNIS uniform
  • October 16 : Diwali Celebration 9:30
  • October 18 : Field Trip to HK History Museum

September 29

This school year is really flying by – I can’t believe it’s already Fall Break! Thank you parents for attending your child’s 3WLC this week! If you weren’t able to make it – I look forward to seeing you in school after the holiday. The relationship between home and school really helps make a difference in your child’s growth and progress. Thank you all for your continued support.

A big thank you to our hardworking Thanksgiving Committee and Classroom Moms for organizing such a fun and meaningful cultural celebration. We collected several food items to donate to The Saint James Settlement – thank you all for your contributions and thank you to those who brought in food to share.

We’ll be kicking off a new unit when we return to school on October 10. You can check out the new Parent Overview and Home Learning Grid 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“.

Reminders

  • October 2-6 : Fall Break – no school!
  • October 9 : No school for students Professional Development for staff
  • PE days change back to Friday after October Break
  • October 13 : Lower School House Day
  • October 16 : Picture Day – All students must be in full CDNIS uniform

September 22

This week we started to wrap up our inquiry into Who We Are. We’ve been writing to inquire as we created our own interviews and found out more about our friend’s beliefs and values. We’ll be measuring our learning and growth throughout the unit next week with a self-assessment tool.

We continued with our math rotations in the Grade 4 Homerooms this week where we switch classes and get to learn from another teacher. It’s always a blast getting to collaborate with other teachers and classes. We also worked on our math station rotations in class this week to spend more time with addition/subtraction strategies and practice, rounding, place value and comparing and ordering whole numbers.

We came up with multiple solutions to open-ended problems when we looked at what two four digit numbers could possibly add up to 5,000. Students created many different systems and strategies to find multiple possibilities. Ask your child to share their ideas with you!

Parenting the Digital Native- a workshop for parents of students G3-10

CDNIS welcomes Dr Mark Gandolfi from the St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Team Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm-8:30 pm 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.

Pancake & Pajama Day

Grade 2 to Grade 6 – $37 (Includes sausage, drink and dessert)

Students in G3 – 6 may pay with cash or Octopus card. Students with school lunch will receive pancakes at no extra cost.

FFF on DDD

What is this?  During Lunch Recess your PA teachers and LSSC reps will host an “open mic” in the forum. This is an informal chance for you to let your performing skills shine. You can perform anything! Play the piano, do a magic trick, sing a song, tell a joke! We’ll be hosting an FFF on each DDD this year.   

How do I sign up? Use the ipad on the 8th floor to sign up, see Mrs. Butler in LLAC 613, or use the online sign up form in the Flash and on Mrs. Butler’s Blog. Each performance costs 20HKD, must be school appropriate and no more than 2 minutes long. Pay right before you perform. Proceeds from the open mic will go to the charity represented on the DDD.

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“.

3-Way Learning Conversations

Just a reminder that there is no school on September 28-29 next week. You only need to come with your child during their scheduled time for their 3-Way Learning Conversation. Your child needs to wear their formal CDNIS uniform during this time. Please note that this is a time for your child to discuss with you how they’re settling in to Grade 4 this year!

Reminders

  • August 28 – September 29 : PE days change from Thursday P6 to Friday P6 for dance!
  • September 26 : Thanksgiving Celebration (please check with your child to see if they’ve signed up to bring any food items and all food donations are due on this day!)
  • September 28 – 29 : Three Way Learning Conversations (No school for students – only come during your scheduled time)
  • September 29 : Field Trip forms due back to school
  • October 2-6 : Fall Break – no school!
  • October 9 : No school for students Professional Development for staff

September 15

A big thank you to all of the parents who attended Curriculum Night. It was wonderful having the opportunity to chat with you all about Grade 4 and what this year is going to look like. I’m really excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey this year!

Mr. Adams helped us construct a better understanding of our own personal beliefs and values as he shared how our school community created our mission and vision statements. He helped us compare our beliefs and values with a friend and create a common mission and vision statement guided by our shared beliefs and values.

We’ve organized our survey results into a visual representation and we’re working on interpreting our findings as we write to inquire. Our next steps are to focus on interviews as we come up with meaningful questions to ask our peers about their personal beliefs and values.

We explored our base 10 number system and place value further this week as we learned how to read and write numbers up to the hundred thousands place and beyond! Some students extended their learning and practiced decimals to the hundred thousandths place and read numbers up to the millions place and beyond! We played a game called place value war to help us practice – ask your child to teach you this game at home and find out what difficult numbers they can read, write and understand!

Reminders

  • August 28 – September 29 : PE days change from Thursday P6 to Friday P6 for dance!
  • September 20 : Book Fair
  • September 22 : DDD – Favorite Book Character
  • September 26 : Thanksgiving Celebration (please check with your child to see if they’ve signed up to bring any food items and all food donations are due on this day!)
  • September 28 – 29 : Three Way Learning Conversations (Sign-up for your day/time between Sept 5-8)
  • October 2-6 : Fall Break – no school!

September 8, 2017

This week we continued our inquiry into beliefs and values with a values card swap game. Students passed cards with different beliefs and values written on them around the table until they ended up with a single card that showed a belief or value that was most important to them. Ask your child to share the card they chose with you at home!

We discussed the difference between an interview and a survey and then we created our own survey questions. We collected data for our surveys from the other Grade 4 students – it was a blast! Our next steps are to organize and share our findings. Then, we’ll think about how we can take our questions deeper to find out more about our central idea.

We’re finishing up patterns and moving on to place value this week. We’re showing what we know about both patterns and place value so we can find out what we’ve learned and where we need to go next.

Gardening Club

Do you like green? Do you like getting dirty, working with soil? Come and join the Green Roof Gardening Club with Miss Koo, Mr T. Brown, and Ms Sandra on Tuesdays from 2:45 – 3:45. We will be weeding, planting, watering, and of course, enjoying the space and fruits of our labour. If you are interested and can attend every Tuesday, please send an email to amykoo@cdnis.edu.hk or to timothybrown@cdnis.edu.hk, sharing your interest, your name and class.  Our first meeting will be on October 10th. Please meet in the library and wait for either Mr Brown or Miss Koo by the MakerSpace.

PE Uniform Reminders

Students are allowed to wear their PE uniforms all day but only on our scheduled PE days. Currently we have dance until October break so our PE days are Tuesday and Friday, but after October break our PE days will resume on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Reminders

  • August 28 – September 29 : PE days change from Thursday P6 to Friday P6 for dance!
  • September 11: Curriculum Night
  • September 15 : No school for students
  • September 28 – 29 : Three Way Learning Conversations (Sign-up for your day/time between Sept 5-8)
  • October 2-6 : Fall Break – no school!