I would like to thank our class parent, Iris Ying, for her outstanding leadership and tireless effort on behalf of 6B and the whole Grade 6.

And thank you to all parents for your support throughout the year.

Here’s an excerpt from an amusing article called, “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever,” about one parent’s perspective on the last months of school:

We are limping, limping across the finish line, folks. I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school. I haven’t checked homework folders in three weeks, because, well, I just can’t. Cannot. Can. Not. I can’t look at the homework in the folder. Is there homework in the folder? I don’t even know. Are other moms still looking in the homework folder? I don’t even care … Yesterday, Remy brought her books to me at bedtime — an hour notable for its propensity to incite rage and trauma — and chirped, “We need to read for 20 minutes!” and a little part of my soul died.

“No, we don’t have to read tonight.”


“We already read.”


“When I talk to you during the day, that’s like reading. You have to listen to the words I am saying and then make sense of them. It’s really hard work for you. It’s called auditory reading. We’ve been practicing all day. I’ll write the minutes down in your log.” Click here for the complete article.

OK, back to more serious matters … Please read below for information on reports

The second Progress Report for the 2012/2013 school year will be published electronically online. The purpose of the Progress Report is to inform about learning in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding and identify areas where improvement is required. You may access the report from 4:00pm on Tuesday 11 June using the following link. If you have forgotten how to download the Progress Report please watch the following video.

Congratulations to all Grade 6 Students!


Party for Final Afternoon

by marcderagon on June 6, 2013


Message to Parents from Upper School Vice-Principal Chris Coates, regarding Upper School Uniforms
At our Parent Information Night on May 28th, some parents asked for clarification on the Upper School uniform policy.  There are some differences between the Upper School and Lower School uniforms.

A couple of important points to note:

1.  The summer and winter golf shirts that are worn in the Lower School are not allowed in the Upper School.  Students must wear the white crested shirt or blouse that buttons up the middle.
2.  Shorts, although not commonly worn by Upper School students, are acceptable from August to October and again in May and June.

You will find all of the pertinent information relating to school uniforms on the Upper School website by going to the link listed here:


Please contact me directly if you require further clarification.

Christopher Coates
Upper School Vice-Principal

 Message from Grade 7 Team Leader Mr. Breton, regarding supplies for next year
– Two large 3-ring binders with dividers  (one binder for each “Day”)
– Pens (blue, black, and red), pencils and erasers
– Highlighter pens
– White-out
– One basic calculator (basic operations, square roots, percentage)
– A4 lined paper
– USB stick (2-8 GB recommended)
– External hard-drive for weekly computer back-up (500GB to 1TB)
– Headphones that they keep at school at all times.
– Ruler
– Set of coloured pencils (optional)
– Set of thin markers (optional)
– Scissors (optional)
– Glue stick (optional)


Update 6/1/13 – Finals: Projects and Events

by marcderagon on June 1, 2013

Book Club: A Group’s Final Project

On Thursday, Grade 6 students visited with Grade 7 teachers to get an idea of what Upper School is like. Parents also had the opportunity to hear from Upper School team members at Tuesday’s Transition Evening.

Excitement is building for next Friday, June 7, when CDNIS hosts the PYP Celebration. We look forward to sharing this exciting day with you.

Yesterday we heard from speaker Kim Saville, Director of International Relations at the School of St Jude, Tanzania.  The School of St Jude provides a free high-quality primary and secondary education to over 1,600 of the poorest and brightest children in the Arusha region, Tanzania. Ms. Saville’s role is to ensure the sustainability and financial stability of the school by raising awareness and gathering support. She gave an inspirational talk about how one person can make a difference to a whole community with one simple idea. If you are interested in helping out, please visit their website, St Jude School in Tanzania, or ask your child for more information

Next week is our last full week. Some highlights include: Transition activities on Tuesday, rehearsal on Wednesday, dress rehearsal on Thursday and the big day…. the Grade 6 Celebration on Friday!


  • A Young Americans DVD was sent home with your child yesterday
  • Please provide your child with an extra bag next week so he/she can begin taking home belongings from school.
  • Please take note of the following letter from Lolita Schmalenberg about safety

Final Project: Character Analysis, Five-Paragraph Essay (the rest of the class to be published on students’ blogs)

Sarah Leung                      
May 31, 2013

Natalie: Intelligent, Demanding and Troublesome

            Everyone has his or her very own special personality. Natalie has many traits; she is a great mathematician and can solve the hardest problem within seconds. Though she is intelligent, her autism causes her problems, which differentiates her from the other girls. This paper will explore and analyze the three traits of Natalie from the book Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. The traits are intelligent, troublesome, and demanding.

            First, Natalie is very intelligent. In the book, Natalie is known for her quick thinking when solving a math problem. When they had profits from their laundry business, they didn’t know how to split the change, so they immediately asked her and she answered right away. “Numbers Nat, we need you” (Choldenko, 110). She also likes reading dictionaries but only the indexes, and she very much enjoys them too. So, Natalie is intelligent because of her knowledge with math and her interest in indexes.

            Second, she is particularly troublesome. Throughout the book you can tell Natalie is not easy to handle. She has plenty of tantrums for very unusual things. One time, the main character was going to the bathroom and came back and saw her in a serious temper tantrum. “Nat was kicking and screaming, she pulled off a curtain rod, and my mom had her arms around her trying to stop her from hurting anyone” (9). This temper tantrum proves she can be very troublesome.

            Last, she is truly demanding. It is clear that she gets what she wants by demanding for it. Every morning her mom would ask her what she wanted for breakfast. Natalie would always say lemon cake, but her mother kept saying it wasn’t “right” for breakfast. Her parents gave up when she refused to eat breakfast unless she could get what she wanted (4-5), so every morning she would have lemon cake. Therefore, it is clear that she is very demanding because she wouldn’t eat breakfast unless she had what she wanted.

            By exploring and analyzing the traits of Natalie, it is clear that she is intelligent, but also troublesome and demanding, which proves she is certainly special in her own way. Her autism, has positive and negative consequences on her personality, and she can be helpful, or not, to the people around her. In conclusion, this essay explains the main points about how Natalie is different from other young girls.


Update, 5/26/13 – Next Few Weeks

May 26, 2013

On Friday, May 31, Kim Saville from The School of St. Jude in northern Tanzania, will come to the LLAC Theatre to speak with the Grades 5 and 6 students about children’s rights and how poverty can be fought through education. Kim Saville is the director of the school and will share what the school […]

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Update, 5/19/13 – Finish and Start Strong: Our Segue* into Grade 7

May 18, 2013

Check out the final draft of students’ exciting stories on their blogs (access on sidebar). Look for an engaging opening, a developed main character, a plot that has an obstacle—maybe even a twist—and a resolution that doesn’t involve: “… then I woke up” :). In Grade 7, teachers will further challenge students by asking them […]

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Update, 5/10/13 – 6B Spotlight, Sharing the Planet and Algebra

May 10, 2013

Here is 6B playing their successful and inspiring Spotlight during Festival of the Arts: “C Jam Blues in B-flat,” by Duke Ellington Unit of Inquiry We started our final unit, Sharing the Planet, an investigation into the central idea, “The use of power has consequences that affect relationships and access to opportunities.” We conducted an […]

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Update, 5/4/13 – Math Awards and Making a Difference in the World through PYP Action

May 4, 2013

Math Students who participated in the Math Olympiad were presented with their awards on Friday. Congratulations to Nicole Chau for earning one of the top Math Olympiad awards; congratulations to the other 6B students for earning Math Olympiad awards: Foster Ng, Bernice Tang, Stephen Wong, Nicole Robinson and Kenny Lu; and congratulations to the rest […]

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Update, 5/1/13

May 1, 2013

Upcoming important dates Friday 3 May – 7:50-9:00 Grade 5/6 Assembly (Please note: Sports Day awards will not be presented at this assembly. Date TBC) 6 – 10 May – Lower School Festival of the Arts Monday 6 May – 7:50-8:30 am 6B’s Spotlight Performance @ Alan Dick Forum Friday 17 May – Buddha’s Birthday […]

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Assigned through May 31

April 26, 2013

ADMINISTRATIVE Homework Agenda [due daily] √-HWA Party [May 24] Assignment Calendar √-Picture of calendar hanging at home [due Tues, 4/30] UNIT OF INQUIRY Digital Process Journal [ongoing reflection] STP Investigation (see 6B Conference) √Mask Reflection √-Outline [show Wed, 5/22] √-Rough Draft [email Thur, 5/23] √-Final [print Fri 5/24, Tues, 5/28] LITERACY √WWP4 (see 6B Conference) […]

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