May 26, 2017

I can’t believe we have less than two weeks of school left – this year has really flown by!

As we’re wrapping up the year, we’re continuing to focus on our persuasive writing skills. This week we’ve participated in partner writing and we’ve started our final independent persuasive writing piece – the topics are amazing and I can’t wait for you all to read your child’s writing! The growth in their skills this year is really visible.

In our math stations this week, we started to explore fractions! We’re learning about equivalent fractions, how to compare and order fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators. More fractions coming up next week! You can always encourage your child to check out the math links on our blog for additional practice at home.

We were lucky enough to welcome a CDNIS alumni and her colleague to our school this week. The owner of Grassroots Pantry and a volunteer for HK Farmer’s Markets came to speak to our G3 students about the importance of choosing locally grown and organic products when available. Experiences like this are truly valuable in making our class inquiries authentic and relatable.

Grade 3 Whole Grade Level End of Year Celebration

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3!

To celebrate a successful year, we’re organizing a day full of fun activities on Tuesday, June 6 at school for all Grade 3 students. This is a separate event from our in class celebrations. We have more than enough support for the activities, so parent volunteers will not be needed.

All students will be going to Chinese in the morning and to any specialists they have scheduled during the day. All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

We’d like to make this day a special event so, we’re asking that each student bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Please send the $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

Repeat Items

Watch our class assembly again

You can watch the entire show here! Again, I’m so proud of the 3Experts and I know you all are too! Their assembly really showcased their personalities and gave a good overview of what it’s like in our classroom community!

Camp pictures are in

The awesome Grade 3 Camp Team has put together all of our photos from camp into one convenient Google Folder and we’ve shared it with you! Check them out here!

Grade 4 – 1:1 iPad Session

Check out this link in case you missed it or if you want a reminder of the details!

A Message from Ms. Williams

Keep reading all summer long! To find out more details on how you can access tons of books over the summer, check out this blog post!

Reminders

 

Tuesday, May 30 : Tuen Ng Holiday – no school

 

Wednesday, May 31 : $40 for G3 Celebration pizza lunch/snacks due

Monday, June : iTime Exhibition 1:20 – 2:10 12F Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 6 : G3 Celebration – no parent volunteers needed

Thursday, June 8 : Class Celebration 12:20 – 1:30 – parents welcome to attend

 

Thursday, June 8 : Last day of school!

May 19, 2017

Wow – what a busy two weeks it’s been! We’ve been to camp, on a field trip to an organic farm and we’ve had our assembly! I’m very proud of all of the hard work and effort the 3Experts have put into the last few weeks. It’s been busy, but lots of fun as always! Next week, we’re continuing the fun with a guest speaker from Grassroots Pantry who is a CDNIS alumni. She’ll share with us more about how our food gets to our plates!

In case you weren’t able to make it to our assembly today…

You can watch the entire show here! Again, I’m so proud of the 3Experts and I know you all are too! Their assembly really showcased their personalities and gave a good overview of what it’s like in our classroom community!

Camp pictures are in!

The awesome Grade 3 Camp Team has put together all of our photos from camp into one convenient Google Folder and we’ve shared it with you! Check them out here!

Grade 4 – 1:1 iPad Session

Check out this link in case you missed it or if you want a reminder of the details!

A Message from Ms. Williams

Keep reading all summer long! To find out more details on how you can access tons of books over the summer, check out this blog post! Here are a couple of important dates to remember as the end of the year rolls around.

  • Friday, May 19: Last day to check out books
  • Friday, May 26: Everything is due back to the library

Reminders

 

  • Friday, May 26 : FFF on DDD – Dress as your favorite animal
  • Tuesday, May 30 : Tuen Ng Holiday – no school

Efarm Field Trip Form! Urgent!

Yesterday, we sent home with a registration form for next Monday’s field trip to E-Farm. (Yes! we have  a full day field trip following our camp).

A Team Edventures are a highly professional team of outdoor educationalists and have your child’s safety as their highest priority, which is why they are asking for contact and health details.

If you have not already sent this form back to school with your child then it needs to be back by tomorrow morning before we leave for camp!

We’re going to camp!

Some quick reminders for camp on Wednesday:

  • Label your child’s big backpack with their name and class (use a luggage tag) and all of their belongings.
  • When your child arrives on Wednesday morning, check in with a teacher on the 9th floor lobby, who will identify their group number.
  • Big bags remain on the 9th floor according to group number. Day packs go with the child to the 11th floor as usual after check in.
  • Check the camp checklist of things to bring. Don’t forget to bring reusable dishes (a tupperware), and a 1-litre water bottle that is full for Wednesday morning.
  • Students can wear casual camp clothes on Wednesday morning.
  • No phones or electronic devices except e-readers are allowed at camp. If your child brings a phone then we will confiscate it. 
  • Interested in what is going on while at camp? Teachers will be tweeting out a small selection of photos over the course of the day. Follow the hashtag #g3camp

During camp, I will not be able to respond to personal communication from parents- phone calls, emails or Whatsapp. If you need to get in touch with us in the case of an emergency please contact the school’s office (2525- 7088). The message will be passed on to our team leader, Ms. Ross. If after office hours please use Ms. Ross’ phone number that is listed on the camp info documentation.

May 5, 2017

Another 3 day week for the 3Experts! Not to mention, camp is coming up next week. We’re so excited we can hardly focus. I know I’ll be busy this weekend preparing and packing! Remember to check out the camp page if you haven’t already memorized it.

Our new Home Learning Grid and Program Overview along with some useful websites and links are all up on our blog. You can check it out here.

We explored our prior knowledge this week as we chose a product from a bag and showed how we think that item is made and how it gets to us – the consumers.

We’re making sense of division and exploring the connection between division and multiplication in our math stations this week.

Field Trip Reminder

Woooo hooo! We are going on a field trip the MONDAY (May 15) after camp to E-Farm! Some students have not yet brought back their field trip forms and we need them ASAP. Please send the following items with your child on Monday to school –

  • Packed lunch (unless indicated on the permission form that your child will have school lunch) and extra snack
  • Large drink bottle filled with water
  • Hat
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunblock/Rain jacket (depending on the weather)

Reminders

  • May 10 – 12 Grade 3 Camp!
  • May 15 – Field trip to E-farm
  • May 19 – 3E Assembly in the forum at 1:40

April 21, 2017

And we’re back! We’ve been hard at work during this 3 day week as we begin to prepare for our Student Led Learning Reviews. We’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on who we are as a learner and how we learn best. We’re discussing the skills and attitudes that help us achieve our goals. We can’t wait to share our reflections with you next Friday, April 28.

We also began designing our own innovative energy solutions to an energy-related problem we identified with a partner. No solution is too big, but we are focusing on keeping our solutions simple. We’ll be creating prototypes of our creative solutions next week as we continue to navigate the design cycle.

We’re continuing to practice our multiplication skills as we discover what we know and what we need to know – or what we don’t know yet. Going further as we gain a deeper understanding of multiplication and how it works, we’ll be exploring the relationship between multiplication and division. Ask your child at home to teach you one of the multiplication games we’ve been playing in class!

Student Led Learning Reviews

Please watch this video to learn about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Reminders

  • April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews
  • May 1 – Public Holiday (Labor Day)
  • May 3 – Public Holiday (Happy Birthday Buddha)

May 10 – 12 – Grade 3 Camp!

April 7, 2017

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Spring Break already! The time is really flying by!

This week we started tuning in to innovative energy sources and creative solutions to energy problems that exist today. When we get back to school after spring break, we’ll be using the design model to create innovative solutions of our own.

We became experts in our energy sources that we chose to find out more about. We shared our knowledge with our class and completed a Plus, Minus, Interesting visible thinking routine to help us decide the best existing energy source. When we return from spring break, we’ll be preparing persuasive arguments and hosting class debates over the best existing option.

We have also started preparing for our Student Led Learning Reviews. Please see the note below to find out more about these.

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and I’ll see you all back at school on April 19!

Student Led Learning Reviews

SLLR’s are a very special day where you are invited into our classroom with your child to engage in a learning conversation about who they are as a learner. This year we’ll be taking a holistic approach to focusing on areas of strength and growth as we discuss our challenges and goals. We’re very excited to share our learning journeys with you!

Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Reminders

  • 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 31, 2017

Sorry for the late post! I was at Cultures of Thinking with Ron Ritchart on Friday – I feel so lucky to be so supported with my professional development. Please see the reminders below for important upcoming dates.  

This week we’re diving into our inquiry into our central idea – How energy is harnessed and consumed affects the planet. We’ve chosen the energy source we’re most interested in and split into expert groups to find out more. Next week, we’ll be sharing what we’ve found out with other groups.

We’ve been tracking Hong Kong’s Air Quality Index for the past two weeks. We’re discussing what causes air pollution. Next week, we’ll be using the CORI (collect, organize, represent and interpret) method to create a graph that shows our findings. This week we used the CORI to make sense of our prior knowledge assessment for this unit.

We looked at Dan Finkel’s numbers to find out more about multiplication. We made our thinking visible with our partners by using our see-think-wonder routine. Check out the numbers below and see what connections you can make. Tip – ask your child for help!

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Student Led Learning Reviews

SLLR’s are a very special day where you are invited into our classroom with your child to engage in a learning conversation about who they are as a learner. This year we’ll be taking a holistic approach to focusing on areas of strength and growth as we discuss our challenges and goals. We’re very excited to share our learning journeys with you! If you have not done so already, please check your CDNIS inbox for more information about how to sign up for a time to come in on April 28.

Additionally, please see the note below from administration that will be published in the Flash on Monday.

Please note that due to the setting up of resources in the classroom and time allotted in the school calendar, there is no rescheduling of SLLRs. Students must come and can bring other family members, a helper or even another teacher can assist. Please refrain from asking teachers to reschedule.

Reminders

  • 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 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