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!

September 1, 2017

We started really getting into our exploration of our central idea, Beliefs and values are expressed in different ways and are a part of who we are, this week. We discussed the PYP attitudes and used a continuum to rank which attitudes we value and show the most and which attitudes we are developing. This week was full of interesting conversations!

In literacy, we used Newsela articles to explore the beliefs and values present in the protests occurring around the United States. These conversations were tough, but so important to ensure that our kids grow up to be well-informed, responsible and compassionate humans. We’re moving into survey writing next week to develop our writing to inquire skills.

In math, we continued our exploration of patterns in numbers. We set up our mathletics accounts and worked on our math stations. We also explored wild and wonderful numbers with calculators. Ask your kids to show you this cool pattern at home!

Map Testing

The Grade 4 students will be taking the MAP test next week.  This is a test to help us measure student growth over time. We will be discussing the test and its purpose in class this week, along with taking a look at some questions so the students understand what the test will be like.

Our test schedule is listed below:

Monday 9:30 – Reading

Thursday 9:30 – Math

Friday 9:30 – Language

To prepare for the test, please ensure your child does the following:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Bring a water bottle and snack to school

Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

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)

August 25, 2017

It’s been another awesome week in 4C getting to know our Caribbean Cool Cats. Some highlights have included meeting our learning buddies for the very first time and a week of student-led morning meetings. Our morning meeting hosts have had the chance to really show their creativity with their planning and are working on developing their confidence and communication skills. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our morning meetings evolve this year.

In math, we’re continuing to explore patterns in numbers. We identified patterns through looking at visual representations of our numbers to cross train our brains. We’ve started getting into the flow of our math station routine which will help us be successful and stay organized this year. If you’d like to find out more about our math focus for this unit – check out our parent letter which is now out on the blog here. You can also find out more about our literacy focus and our unit of inquiry and how you can help support your child at home by reading our parent letter. Check our class Twitter feed for the latest pictures and live updates from our classroom!

In literacy, we introduced the writing process – planning, drafting, editing, revising and publishing. We wrote a letter from our Grade 3 teachers to our Grade 4 teacher. I really enjoyed getting some letters from myself to myself! We used our brand new laptops to publish our letters – an exciting Friday task! Next week, we’re be looking at news articles expressing different values and beliefs and we’ll begin learning how to blog!

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

Introducing the 4Caribbean Cool Cats!

August 18, 2017

It’s been such a fun and exciting start to the school year. We’ve had a blast developing our classroom community through shared experiences. We’re spending time focusing on building strong relationships with our peers that will help us have a successful year. I’m so excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey this year.

Highlights from the week included lots of fun icebreakers that helped set the tone for our classroom community this year. Some of our favorites included this or that, inside/outside circles and lines and blobs. Ask your child what first week activity they enjoyed most! We also enjoyed some inquiry based math activities and team building challenges. Check out our Twitter Feed so see pictures of us in action!

We’ve been setting the tone for our math engagements this year as fun, inquiry-based and challenging at all levels so every child can feel successful. We’ve explored our beliefs and feelings about math as well as played some fun games such as risk, multiplication war, face off and strike out. Ask your child to teach you a game to play at home!

Our Parent Letter for our first unit will be up on the blog shortly. Once it’s been finalized, you can find it here. Until then, you can have a look at our program overview for G4 here to get a better idea about the G4 curriculum.

PE Uniforms

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays – please make sure your child wears their PE uniforms to school on these days. In Grade 4 they are allowed to wear their uniforms all day. Please note there will be a change in our schedule for dance class which will happen between August 28 until September 29. During those weeks, our Thursday PE will shift to Fridays. You can find this information on our class timetable.

Reminders

  • August 21 : Term 1 ASAs begin
  • August 25 : DDD – Theme : House Spirit!
  • September 8 : Medical forms due back to school
  • September 11: Curriculum Night
  • September 15 : No school for students
  • September 28 – 29 : Three Way Learning Conversations