Friday March 24th, 2017

Inquiry

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We continue to do daily reads on significant people in the world. A special thank you to Tanner and Zoe for their inspiring presentation and sharing with us how they have contributed to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Way to go!

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In addition to being exposed to factual recounts, students also read a variety of imaginative recounts including the Dot. Inspired by the book written by Peter Reynolds, the children were tasked with creating a drawing, simply by starting with a gold dot on their piece of paper. Here are some of the imaginative pieces created by the artists in 2D!

Literacy


This week we focused on writing personal recounts. Students first organized their ideas using both an orientation map (who, what, when, where, why) and a recount text map. Then, they described one specific event that happened over the weekend. The children also had a chance to peer-assess others’ work, looking closely for:
-past tense
-sequence words
-orientation
-ideas are in chronological order

Over the next couple of weeks, Mrs. Lovegrove will be coming in to teach students about locating main ideas and supporting ideas in texts. This week, students were exposed to a selection of photos and worked in small groups to find the “main idea”. Students had a lot of fun, were thoroughly engaged and look forward to seeing Mrs. Lovegrove again next Thursday!

Math
This week, we examined addition and subtraction strategies and how they are connected using the part-part-whole strategy. Students practiced formulating various addition and subtraction equations using part-part-whole. As a class, we also practiced subtraction with and without regrouping. Some of us are focusing on two-digit subtraction while others are working on multi-digit (3 or more) subtraction.

Problem of the Week

Swimming (starting next Tuesday!)
For more information: 2D Letter to Parents.doc

Book Swap
The Book Swap for Pre-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria. Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one. 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 Thursday 30th March for the Book Swap!

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

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Thurs. Mar 30th: Book Swap (before school in the 12th floor cafeteria)
  • Fri. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th ONLY: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 17th, 2017

Inquiry
This week, we focused on the word Contribution. To help students gain a better understanding, they were asked to work in small groups to build something that would be a contribution to the classroom. The possibilities were endless! Some students worked on building a 4-section recycling bin while others created a manual fan to conserve energy.

Literacy
We explored different types of recounts including personal, factual and imaginative recounts. We also brainstormed a list of common language features in them. One key aspect of recounts is sequencing events in chronological order. Students have had a lot of practice identifying important events in stories and biographies, then ordering placing them in chronological order.

Math 
We looked at a variety of subtraction strategies this week. They include zig zag, counting on, counting back, addition and doubles. Since the subtraction strategies covered in class are connected to the addition strategies learned in previous week, students are requiring less time to understand and apply the skills confidently. Next, we will begin exploring subtraction with(out) regrouping and repeated addition.

Students really enjoyed using StopMotion to represent their thinking and wanted to use it again. This time, they worked with a partner to show and explain addition with regrouping. When you have time, please check out your child’s blog for the newest post!

Here is a great example created by Sebastian and Jade. Great collaboration!

Problem of the Week

VISUAL ARTS
We just finished creating our straw-blown paintings. Here are some pictures of the students working on their abstract self-portraits.

2D NEEDS YOU!
Have you met someone who has changed your life? Do you know someone who has changed other people’s lives and made it better? Are YOU making the world a better place? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then 2D NEEDS YOU!

We are just starting our new unit on Where We Are in Place and Time and our central idea is: Significant people have made contributions to society that have changed lives. We are looking for people who can share and talk to us about individuals that have made an impact on people lives. We are eager to hear more about regular people (not necessarily famous) who are making the world a better place. Five-ten minutes of your time is all we need!

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Fr. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 10th, 2017

Inquiry and Literacy:
We unpacked the unit by exploring and analyzing the central idea for Where We Are in Place and Time (WWAPT). Students had a lot of questions related to the unit and it was wonderful seeing them formulate higher-order thinking questions using question starters such as why, what if and how.

Some students pondered over the term “significant”. To assist students with gaining a more in-depth understanding of the word, we came up with a list of synonyms. Some of the words students came up with include special, famous and important. Using graphic organizers (venn diagrams and tables), we defined and compared the terms significant and famous.

Individually, students looked at what qualities make them unique. They are now in the process of  creating a self-portrait using an art technique, paint blowing.

Parent Overview for Where We Are in Place and Time (WWAPT)

2D NEEDS YOU!
Have you met someone who has changed your life? Do you know someone who has changed other people’s lives and made it better? Are YOU making the world a better place? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then 2D NEEDS YOU!

We are just starting our new unit on Where We Are in Place and Time and our central idea is: Significant people have made contributions to society that have changed lives. We are looking for people who can share and talk to us about individuals that have made an impact on people lives. We are eager to hear more about regular people (not necessarily famous) who are making the world a better place. Five-ten minutes of your time is all we need!

If you are interested in being an inspiration to us, please contact me with a few time and day options. Thank you in advance!

Math: 
This week, we looked at other addition strategies including zig-zag and column addition with regrouping. Before exploring subtraction strategies, students completed a summative assessment on addition. All of the students were amazed to see how much progress they have made in a month!

Problem of the Week

Special Events:
Grade 2 Economy Final Sale (Movie in 2D!)

25th School Anniversary and Alan Dick Day

MHL Assembly (Way to go Bethany and Thera!)

Parent Workshop:
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 here.

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Fr. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 3rd, 2017

Inquiry:

On Thursday, we were blessed with great weather in Stanley as students in 2D and 2E navigated through the markets in search of the best deals. Not only were they on the lookout for the best quality and price, but they also had to make sure that they kept a record of the way they spent their money. We ended the trip with a nice lunch at the playground area and of course, free play. Thank you again to our parents Vivian, Toni, Dickie, Meghan, Karie-Ann and Polly for facilitating the groups.

As a class, we brainstormed ideas for what we could do with the money left from the trip. One group decided to split the money evenly while the other four groups decided to donate their money to WWF and Jane Goodall Institute. I am incredibly proud of the choices the students have made!

Students made informed choices as they bid for items that were purchased from Stanley Market the previous day. It was a learning engagement that demonstrated how the value of something is affected by supply and demand.

Next week is our final sale and students will get to spend their saved up money for some special things. Of course, the principles of supply and demand will apply and I hope that each student will get to participate in something they really want.

Literacy:


After drafting their persuasive letters using graphic organizers and self- and peer-assessing other’s writing, students spent some time revising and editing their own work. Then, some chose to publish their work using Pages while others opted for writing on paper.

Math: 
This week, students were introduced to “bridge to 10” and “column addition” to solve addition problems. They also practiced counting banknotes and coins effectively using these strategies:

  1. Grouping banknotes/coins by their denomination,
  2. Starting by counting the higher value notes/coins and working your way to the lowest value notes/coins,
  3. Counting the banknotes first and then the coins.
  4. Using start-and-stop skip counting (remember to keep the last number in your head as you transition to skip counting in a new way for a new denomination.)

Problem of the Week

Performing Arts Update:
Click here for the link to the “Fourth Little Pig” performance playlist.

Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning
In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.

Important Dates:
Wed. March 8th: Grade 2 Final Sale
Thurs. March 9th: Alan Dick Day –wear pink! (8:30AM to 10:45AM)
Fri. March 10th: Grade 2 MHL Assembly (9:30AM to 10:05AM), Lower School House Day

 

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Stanley Market Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that 2D will be going to Stanley Market tomorrow. Students can come to school in their regular uniform. For those who usually bring a home lunch to school, please pack a light lunch that is easy to carry and can be stored outside.

Thank you!

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Friday February 24th, 2017

Inquiry:

Resource Market
Students had a BLAST at the annual Resource Market! A big thank you to Vivian, Pete, Polly, Caroline and Dorothy for lending a helping hand. It was great seeing the students collaborate, problem-solve and come up with creative ideas to make and sell shapes!

Stanley Market Field Trip next Thursday- Planning Ahead
On Thursday, March 2nd we are going to the Stanley Market to apply some of the skills we have learned throughout our current unit. Students will be put into groups and each group must raise $100 to use for the activity. The students can raise the money in any way, and in their groups they will discuss ways in which they can earn this money. I recommend that they are given some responsibilities (e.g. chores) to earn this money. I will leave this up to the individual family to decide.  As the students are in groups of 4-5  they should not need to bring any more than $20 to school. Please have the money brought to school on Tuesday, February 29th, so that we are prepared. I hope that you can support us on this fun activity! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Literacy:


This week, students started writing their own persuasive letters. I truly enjoyed reading their ideas and understanding what they are truly passionate about! Here are some of the theses written by students:

  • I strongly encourage zookeepers to free animals living in the zoo back to their natural habitats
  • I think it’s best that people stop smoking in public
  • I think it’s best for children to stay away from eating unhealthy foods at home and at school
  • I strongly discourage citizens of Hong Kong from cutting down more trees

To ensure students had a clear understanding of the language and text features of a persuasive letter, we developed a writing checklist as a class and reviewed the characteristics of a persuasive text before beginning to write.

In replacement of Book Club this week, students took part in reading a script related to money. They have all been assigned a role in Reader’s Theatre and have been extremely keen on practicing their lines in class. Currently, we are focusing on reading fluently and understanding the text. Next, we will encourage students to add expressions while reading.

Math:

We worked through various math rotation that incorporated writing money amounts in different ways (i.e. ten cents, 10¢, $0.10), counting money, representing monetary values using different combinations of notes and coins, etc. Some mental math strategies we covered this week include doubles and near doubles. We also used StopMotion to represent money in different ways.  When you have time, please check out your child’s portfolio online.

Problem of the Week

Important Dates:
Mon. Feb 27th: Dental Visit
Thurs. March 2nd: Stanley Market (Polly, Jenny, Meghan, Karie-Ann/Pete, Dickie, Toni and Vivian)
Fri. March 3rd: Silent Auction in class

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One More Parent Volunteer Needed!

Resource Market
We are looking for one more parent volunteer this Wednesday on February 22nd. The event will run from 9:15AM to 10:40AM. Please email me if you are able to help. Thank you!

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Friday February 17th, 2017

Inquiry:
On Thursday, we visited the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to learn about the history of money in Hong Kong as well as the design and safety features of notes. Thank you to Vivian who helped us that day.

Some key terms we covered this week include supply, demand, gross profit and net profit.

Thank you in advance to everyone who will be volunteering their time in the upcoming weeks. We look forward to having you join us for the special UOI events!

Literacy:
After looking at the common features of persuasive text, we compiled our ideas and made a list of topics we could argue about. Some of the ideas the children came up with include:

  • Should citizens of Hong Kong be allowed to play Pokemon Go on the streets?
  • Should swimming be offered throughout the year at CDNIS?
  • Should uniform be mandatory at school?

As a class, we completed a modelled writing piece about Pokemon Go. Afterwards, students collaborated with a partner to come up with 3 arguments and supporting detail for why swimming should/shouldn’t be offered throughout the year. Next week, they will begin to work on writing a persuasive piece independently.

Math:
This week we focused on another mental math strategy: Doubles. Students played a variety of games to help solidify their understanding.

We also examined different ways to come up with a sum using Hong Kong currency. Firstly, students used manipulatives and mindmaps to assist them with jotting down their thinking and counting out loud. Now, they are working with a partner to document their understanding using StopMotion. Stay tuned!

Problem of the Week

A Message from Ms. Benusa:
Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! The Lower School Performing Arts Department is 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 an 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

Lower School Parent Morning
Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skills can have a negative impact on their school performance. Join us on Feb 23 8am-9:30am at LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more on how to help your child manage and develop executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. RSVP here.

Important Dates:
Wed Feb 22nd: Resource Market (Polly, Dorothy, Karie-Ann, Vivian)
Fri Feb 24th: Dress Down Day
Mon Feb 27th: Dental Visit
Thurs March 2nd: Stanley Market (Polly, Toni, Jenny, Karie-Ann/ Pete, Dickie, Vivian, Meghan)

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Parent Volunteers

We are still in need of parent volunteers for the upcoming class trip/activity. If you are interested in leading small groups, please let me know. Thank you!

February 22nd: Resource Market (@ CDNIS) from 9:10AM to 10:50AM

March 2nd: Stanley Market from 10:10AM to 1:30PM

 

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Friday February 10th, 2017

Inquiry:

It is without a doubt that the Trader’s Market was the highlight of the week! Students strategically bartered for items of their choice by splitting up their own personal items (Pokemon cards) or combining them (small plastic toys with paper clips) to make the trades desirable. We also discussed how unwanted items can be viewed as treasures to others.  

Throughout the week, we have been looking closely at the features of the HK currency. As a class, we labelled the common features. Afterwards, students designed their own currency as well! 

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Literacy:

In conjunction with our unit on HWOO , we are currently working on persuasive writing. A focus is on convincing our audience to believe our point of view on a certain matter. As a class, we read the book I Want an Iguana. It was a great introduction to our literacy unit as it allowed the class to analyze the structure and language commonly used in persuasive texts. Afterwards, students deconstructed samples in small groups and independently. They also identified similarities and differences of various persuasive texts. 

Math:

This week, a focus was on expanding our current repertoire of mental math strategies. Students applied the Making 10 strategy to larger numbers. Examples include 20 + 80 = 100, 300 + 700= 1,000. They also transferred their knowledge of Making 10 to making 20, 30, 40, etc..

Afterwards, we introduced the Counting On strategy (+1, +2, +3, +10). To reinforce the concepts taught in class, we played a game of  Counting On Tic-Tac-Toe using the 100s chart. 

Problem of the Week

Parent Coffee Morning (from guidance counsellor Ms. C):

Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with  Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.   RSVP here.

Important Dates: 

Thurs. Feb 16th: Field Trip to HKMA (Please pack extra/bigger snack for the morning. We will have lunch later that day.)

Fri. Feb 17th: 2C Assembly @ 9:30AM

Wed. Feb 22nd: Grade 2 Resource Market @ CDNIS ( 5 parent volunteers needed. Please email me if interested.) 

Mon. Feb 27th: 2D Dental Appointments

Thurs. March 2nd: Field Trip to Stanley Market ( 6 parent volunteers needed. Parent email me if interested.) 

 

 

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Permission Form to HKMA

Dear Parents,

A permission form was sent home earlier today for our field trip to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on Thursday, February 24th. Please disregard this form as HKMA has just notified us that they have to cancel our tour due to renovations. An updated permission form will be sent home later this month. Thank you!

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Thursday January 26th, 2017

CNY/Inquiry/ Literacy:

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2D class party! It sure was a big hit! A special thank you to Sam, Vivian, Dorothy and Ken’s dad for helping out with organizing the party.

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The CISPA Flower Fair was the perfect way to help tune in to our unit. Before heading to the Flower Fair, we completed a reflection about our purchases from last year. After attending the Flower Fair, we discussed how much money we spent and whether the items purchased would fit under the “needs” or “wants” category. We also defined and discussed the differences between “goods” and “services”. While the students were counting how much money they had left, some were very surprised to find out that they had spent all their money in such a short period of time! It was certainly an excellent introduction to our discussion on money.

Math: 

This week, we introduced the terms sum and addend. As a class and in small groups, we looked at multiple number sentences and identified the sum and addends in each. The students are now exploring various mental math strategies in class. We mainly focused on “making 10” this week. Next week, we will look at other mental math strategies such as doubles and counting on.

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As part of our unit of inquiry, students are familiarizing themselves with money. We sorted coins by their currency and value. Then, we completed a coin rubbing using pencil crayons. As a class, we identified the similarities and differences of each coin. We also compared and ordered the coins by size, thickness and value.

Important Dates:

  • Jan 27-Feb 5: CNY break
  • Feb 6: PD day
  • Feb 22: G2 Resource Market (in school)
  • Feb 23: 2D field trip to HK Monetary Authority
  • Feb 27: 2D Dental Day

Happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the rooster bring you many blessings including happiness, peace and health.

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Friday January 20th, 2017

Literacy/ Inquiry

Students created their own 3D paper mache planet models using lots of gooey paste and countless pieces of newspaper! We all had a great time getting our hands dirty and look forward to painting the models next Monday.

Later in the week, we began our new unit of inquiry. The theme of ‘How We Organize Ourselves” is the focus, and the central idea is the value of goods and services is connected to wants and needs. As a class, we unpacked the central idea and discussed key terminology including wants, needs and value.

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Students worked independently and collaborated with others to differentiate a need from a want. They also listed in order what they value the most to what they value the least. You will find a new post in your child’s blog.

Here is the Parent Overview for this unit of inquiry.

Math

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This week, we continued to inquire into temperature. We compared the range of temperature during the day (morning, afternoon, evening). We also compared the range of temperature in different places in the world. 

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The week ended with the children arriving to find their cubbies, desks and chairs taped off due to outstanding rental fees. As an introduction to our new unit on HWOO, we will start our economy next Monday by paying students a salary for the week with a portion of their earnings used to pay for rentals. They are keeping track of any credits and debits in their personal bankbooks. Responsibility is a word being discussed as we are learning to keep both our bankbook and wallet in safe places. As we earn/lose money we will continue to adjust the balance in our bankbooks.

Our new mathematics focus is on addition and subtraction involving regrouping and borrowing.  In this unit, your child will develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers using mental math, estimation, Base Ten Blocks, place-value mats, and pencil and paper.

Performing Arts:
2D has made an appearance on the PA blog with their “Fairy Tale in a Second” this week.
http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/ashleybenusa/2017/01/13/grade-2-explores-fairy-tale-characters/

Reminders:

Mon Jan. 23rd to Thurs Jan. 26th- Traditional Chinese Clothes all week (optional)
Tues. Jan 24th – CNY Flower Fair  (G2 visit 8:40-9:10)
Wed. Jan 25th – CNY Concert (students only), 2D Class Celebration (1:40 to 2:20)
Thurs. Jan 26th- Last day of school before CNY Holiday

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Friday January 13th, 2017

Literacy/ Inquiry

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This week, we wrapped up our unit on HTWW by finishing our independent research project based on personal choice and interest.

Some skills acquired through this project include:

  •  identify the structure and identifiable features of a report
  •  organise ideas in a logical sequence
  •  proofread and revise their writing using a simple checklist

Students have chosen one concept to focus on and recorded their writing using Tellagami. You will find your child’s video on his/her blog.

We worked with mixed media this week to create rocket blasting into space. Earlier today, the students put together the rocket with the backdrop.

Rocket Launch

Launching rockets on Wednesday was a huge success! Students created their own ‘air rockets’ and used a simple but highly effective tube and bottle launching system that launched them several stories high! Vivian from Science Jr. was our guest and science woman extraordinaire as she led the children through this activity. If you would like more information about the fantastic science programs Science Jr. offers the website is www.science-jr.com

Math

This week, we worked on recording temperature in celsius vs. fahrenheit. We also recorded temperature on a thermometer drawing based on different scales.

Next week we will begin our new How We Organize Ourselves unit related to currency.  Your child has been asked to bring a wallet (or pouch that can hold fake money) to school next Monday.  This will need to stay at school for the next 6 weeks as we inquire into earning/spending and the value of budgeting. Please label your child’s wallet/pouch with his/her name and class.

This new unit is just as jam packed as the previous one, and I’m excited for what we’ve got planned for them! It sure is going to be a fun week!

Click here for the Problem of the Week: Jan 16th to Jan 20th

Chinese New Year

Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online (Jan 6 – 19)

Online Token Reservation LINK

Looking at Progress Reports Through a Learning Lens

If you missed Ms Heinrich’s presentation on Monday about framing conversations about learning with your child around the progress reports, you can find the slides here.

Grades 1-6 Parent Workshop: The Math Continuum

On Tuesday, January 17 at 9am Lower School Vice Principal, DJ MacPherson, will lead a workshop to assist parents in reading and understanding the Math Continuum. The workshop will take place in the LLAC Lobby. All Grades 1-6 parents are welcome. Please click here to RSVP.

Internet Addiction Talk

Internet is a vital part of our world and a 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 Jan 19 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 Internet Addiction. Click here to sign up. 

Important Dates

Thurs. Jan 19th – Kids Fest Awful Egyptians

Tues. Jan 24th: Chinese New Year Flower Fair

Wed. Jan 25th: Chinese New Year Concert

Thurs. Jan 26th: Last day before CNY break (regular dismissal)

 

 

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Friday January 6th, 2017

Inquiry/Literacy

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Using the research skills acquired from previous weeks, students are beginning to complete an independent research project on a planet of their choice. First, we looked for information about our topic using the Primary Library Database and non-fiction books in the classroom library. Then, we sorted our jot notes under the concepts (form, function and connection). Afterwards, we wrote effective topic and closing sentences about our planet. We are now working towards writing clear and informative paragraphs with an emphasis on using a variety of sentence starters.

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Next week, we will edit our written work and publish our completed independent research project.

Math

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After reviewing how to read and tell time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour (quarter to and quarter past), we focused on finding the elapsed time using digital and analog clocks. We are also beginning to find the duration of time using days, months and years using weekly and monthly calendars.

Problem of the Week: PotW Jan 9th- Jan13th

Progress Reports 
Your child’s progress report is available online today. Over the next couple of days, please take some time with your son or daughter and go over their report card with them. As you read through the Progress Reports, I’d like to remind you of a few important notes.  First of all, the reports were actually written in early December and reflect your child’s progress AT THAT TIME.  They have continued an additional month of valuable learning and growth since then, so look at both the Progress Report and their digital portfolio and you’ll have a more complete picture of your child as a learner.

Secondly, the terms approaching, meeting and exceeding are meant to give you a snapshot of how your child is progressing according to our school’s outcomes.  They do not indicate how “smart” a child is or how little/much effort a child is putting into his/her learning. They really let you know about your child’s readiness for and proficiency with the knowledge, skills and understandings we have explicitly taught to date.

ASA

The new session of ASAs will begin next week. To help make the transition smoother, please write a small reminder in your child’s diary on the day of the ASA letting them know what club they have and where to wait.

Chinese New Year

Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online
Jan 6 – 19

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Online Token Reservation LINK

Message from Administration

Internet is a vital part of our world and a 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 onJan 19 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 Internet Addiction. Click here to sign up. 

Important Dates

Fri. Jan 6th: Progress reports issued electronically

Mon. Jan 9th: ASAs begin

Wed. Jan 11th – Rocket Launch

Fri. Jan 13th- House Spirit Day

Thurs. Jan 19th – Kids Fest Awful Egyptians

Tues. Jan 24th: Chinese New Year Flower Fair

Wed. Jan 25th: Chinese New Year Concert

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Friday December 13, 2016

Inquiry/ Literacy

The focus of our inquiry/literacy lessons this week was paragraph and research skills. We continued to develop our paragraph writing skills while inquiring into our solar system. Collaboratively, we located information about Earth and how it is connected to other things in the solar system using the Primary Library Database. Individually, the children practiced writing effective topic sentences and closing sentences for various types of information.

Math

After revisiting the standard units of time, we started to read and label analog and digital time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour. To help solidify the vocabulary used to describe time, we made our own analog clock with adjustable hour and minutes hand. We also started to differentiate a.m. from p.m.

Guiding questions:

What would you be doing at half past 3? Quarter to 12?

What time do you usually wake up at on a weekday? 6:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.?

If the minutes hand was missing, how can you tell the time? 

Later on, we will practice recognizing time on clocks without numbers. We will also estimate the time by the relative positions of the hour and minute hands.

Special Events 

Holiday Festivities: This week we dived into everything Christmas-themed! In preparation for the class party, we decorated our Christmas tree, painted popsicle stick ornaments, created repeated pattern tinsel and designed paper snowflakes. Every day it looked as if a glitter bomb exploded in the classroom!

One of the highlights this week was writing Christmas-themed mad lib stories. Not only did this activity help students review and practice using different parts of a sentence, it also showcased students’ creative and goofy side for inventing humorous stories.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2D Christmas celebration. A HUGE thank you to Sam and Vivian for organizing the events and to everyone else who helped out. This time, I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures as I was busy learning how to sew with the children. If you have pictures from the event and do not mind sharing them, please kindly email them to me or share them as a folder on google drive.

Shana and I are floored by everyone’s generosity. Thank you so much for the kind gifts and we look forward to treating ourselves to something special with the gift cards. We hope everyone has a fun-filled and restful winter holiday. Merry Christmas and see you all in 2017!

Important Dates

Tues. Jan 3rd: First day of school in 2017

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Friday December 9, 2016

Inquiry/ Literacy

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We continued researching interesting facts about Earth this week. We went through the research process of choosing and citing effective sources of information, recording notes in jot notes form, rewriting these notes into our own interesting sentences, and revising and editing before publishing. We also started examining how to organize this similar information into effective paragraphs. The focus was on writing clear informative topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph.

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Our gelatin planet suncatchers are finally dry! What planets do you see?

Math

We wrapped up our unit on Patterning earlier this week. We reviewed how to identify, extend and create a repeating, increasing and decreasing pattern. We also practiced skip counting by 2, 5 and 10. Afterwards, we transferred our knowledge of patterning to our unit of inquiry. As a class, we discussed different natural repeating and increasing patterns on Earth and in the Solar System. Some ideas the children came up were seasons, day/night, age, months of the year, etc.

This week we solidified our understanding of time (i.e. night/day, 24 hours (a planet’s full rotation) and years (a planet’s full orbit around the sun). We used these understandings to complete an interactive craft in class. We also examined the standard units of time including seconds, minutes, hours, day, week. Then, we documented which unit is most appropriate to measure different blocks of time. 

Problem of the Week

PotW Dec 12 to Dec 16

Special Visits

Yoga with Dorothy (Abby’s mom): Dorothy (Yoga mom) came in on Tuesday to teach a private yoga class to the students of 2D. Students were exposed to the importance of relaxation for the mind and body. Some balancing poses the students explored include tree pose, eagle pose and airplane pose. Thank you Dorothy!

Pictoboldo with Cathy Hunt: Art and iPad specialist, Cathy Hunt, visited CDNIS earlier this week to do in-house workshops with the students and teachers. During her time in 2D, she taught us special techniques when using the camera and ways to layer creatively using the app, Pictoboldo.

Coding with Ms. Fung: This week, students expanded on their current knowledge of coding by using motion and look blocks to create a program. Using Scratch Jr., the children made two characters move simultaneously. Then, they asked another student in 2D to guess what codes they used in their own program. At the end, Ms. Fung introduced and asked students to incorporate speed blocks in their current programs.

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Christmas Decorating with Vivian, Sam and Nadine: Thank you to Vivian (Kasper’s mom) and Sam (Hazel’s mom) for coming in to decorate the classroom. A special thank you to Nadine (Aiden’s mom) for sharing her expertise with us by creating a unique ladder Christmas tree. All of the decor sure helped bring the Christmas spirit to 2D! We look forward to seeing everyone at the class celebration next Thursday at 10:30am.

Portfolio and Digital Literacy Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Thursday. For those who were unable to attend, here is the slideshow for the event.

Coming soon to the Lower School: HOUSE DAYS!

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are beginning Lower School HOUSE DAYS on the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and House shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organized so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to the first Lower School House Day which will be on Friday, January 13.

Important Dates

  • Tues. Dec 8: Digital Literacy Parent Workshop (10:15am to 11:15am @ LLAC)
  • Thurs. Dec 15: 2D Christmas Party (10:30am to 11:30am)
  • Fri. Dec 16: DDD (theme TBD), Early Dismissal for Winter Break (11:00am)
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Friday December 2, 2016

Inquiry/ Literacy

We analysed the central idea and decided to inquire into the planet Earth first. As a class, we formulated questions about Earth. Then, we sorted all of the question into the connecting concepts (form, function and connection).

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Using the Primary Library database, we explored and evaluated different sources. PebbleGo and BrainPOP were two of the top choices in 2D. Please feel free to use the CDNIS Primary Library database at home. Your child can certainly give you a quick lesson on how to using the database effectively!

This week, we inquired into the features of jot notes. This is the beginning step as we begin our inquiry into report writing. By the end of the unit students will conduct research on a topic of their choice, recording facts in jot note format during the research process, using a variety of sources.

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On the side, we are making some planet suncatchers from scratch for the classroom. Using water, food colouring and lots of gelatin powder, students created a design on a plastic plate inspired by the planet of their choice. Stay tuned for the finished product!

Math

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This week we focused on identifying, describing, extending and creating increasing and decreasing patterns. Students have had a lot of practice representing patterns in a variety of ways including words, drawings, symbols, numbers and blocks.

Next week, we will practice skip counting. We will also identify natural patterns on Earth and in the Solar System. Afterwards, we will start looking at Time. Some of the concepts we will cover include:

-understanding that calendars can be used to determine the date, identify and sequence days of the week and months of the year

-read and write the time to the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour

Problem of the Week

PotW Dec 5 to Dec 9

Special Visits

Every Monday for the next 4 weeks, Ms. Fung will be coming in to teach the students of 2D how to code. For their very first lesson, the children wrote and experimented with visual blocks (motion) using Skitch.

On Thursday, Aunty Peach the storyteller retold many Roald Dahl stories in the Library Pit. Jack and Abby were chosen to volunteer in the play for their peers and teachers. We sure have some talented performers in 2D!

To top it all off, Ms. Pretty visited our class with her adorable son, Kaius. The students were thrilled to see Ms. Pretty and really enjoyed spending some quality time with her. We look forward to her next visit in the new year!

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Lower School Parent Coffee Morning

Please join us on Tuesday, December 6 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk by Virginia Spielmann, Occupational Therapist. Virginia draws on her 20 years of experience to help parents sort through contradictory information, and latest buzz terms about motor and cognitive development. She will share typical developmental milestones and in lay terms to describe behaviours that may be problematic and how parents can support. RSVP here.

Portfolio and Digital Literacy Parent Workshops

Would you like to learn more about your child’s Online Portfolio? There are two upcoming parent workshops on Thursday, December 8 in the LLAC that will help you to learn more about them. Grade 4-6 parents will meet from 8:10am-9:10am and Grade 1-2 parents from 10:15am-11:15am. Click on the links to learn more and register.

School Uniform Policy

As the colder winter weather approaches, students will be coming to school bundled up. A gentle reminder that students must wear school-issued clothing at school. Non- CDNIS sweaters/jumpers are not permitted during school hours.

Important Dates

  • Tues. Dec 8: Digital Literacy Parent Workshop (10:15am to 11:15am @ LLAC)
  • Thurs. Dec 15: 2D Christmas Party (10:30am to 11:30am)
  • Fri. Dec 16: DDD (theme TBD), Early Dismissal for Winter Break (11:00am)
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Friday November 25, 2016

2D Assembly

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2D assembly today. The “eager beavers” have been trying to contain both their nervousness and excitement for the past 2 weeks. It was absolutely wonderful seeing their shining smiles on stage while they were performing. When you have time, please congratulate your child on a job well done!

The Grade 2s have made an appearance on the PA blog with their rousing rendition of “Austrian Went Yodeling” today during the assembly. This post also introduces the new Stand Alone Drama unit we started last week. You can find the link here.

Inquiry/ Literacy:

This week, we unpacked the central idea for our unit on How the World Works. To ensure students had a solid understanding of the concept, we dissected the central idea and analyzed it in chunks.

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This week, we focused on Earth’s place in the solar system. As a class, we drew a diagram of Earth in comparison to the solar system, galaxies and the universe. We also looked at the features of the solar system by identifying the different planets. Students were extremely engaged and wanted to investigate more about the planets. Using a Venn Diagram, we discussed the similarities and differences between the rocky midgets and the gas giants. Afterwards, the students created a model of the solar system using Kidspiration and voice-recorded 3 facts and 2 questions about it on Doodlecast. To ensure the recordings were interesting for the listeners, we brainstormed a list of exciting sentence starters before writing the scripts. Please take the time to check out your chid’s blog to learn more about the solar system. 

Another line of inquiry we examined was why do Earth’s movement and tilt affects natural patterns. Through hands-on experiments, discussions and reading non-fiction books, we found answers to the following questions: Why do we have seasons? Why do seasons change? Why do we have night and day? 

Ask your child to explain the difference between a rotation and a revolution, and make connections to what these movements cause.

Math:

We wrapped up our unit on Shapes and Space and started looking at Patterns this week. First, we completed a pre-assessment to identify students’ prior knowledge. Then, we zoomed in on answering the following questions: What is a pattern? How can we represent patterns in different ways? How can patterns be represented?

Using manipulatives, students created their own repeating patterns and identified the core/unit, pattern rule and changing attributes. They also passed their patterns around for other children to answer as well.

Problem of the Week

PofW Nov 28- Dec 2

Lower School Parent Coffee Morning

Please join us on Tuesday, December 6 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk by Virginia Spielmann, Occupational Therapist. Virginia draws on her 20 years of experience to help parents sort through contradictory information, and latest buzz terms about motor and cognitive development. She will share typical developmental milestones and in lay terms to describe behaviours that may be problematic and how parents can support. RSVP here.

Portfolio and Digital Literacy Parent Workshops

Would you like to learn more about your child’s Online Portfolio? There are two upcoming parent workshops on Thursday, December 8 in the LLAC that will help you to learn more about them. Grade 4-6 parents will meet from 8:10am-9:10am and Grade 1-2 parents from 10:15am-11:15am. Click on the links to learn more and register.

Important Dates

  • Sun. Nov 27: CISPA Family Fun Fair
  • Tues. Dec 8: Digital Literacy Parent Workshop (10:15am to 11:15am @ LLAC)
  • Thurs. Dec 15: 2D Christmas Party (10:30am to 11:30am)
  • Fri. Dec 16: DDD (theme TBD), Early Dismissal for Winter Break (11:00am)
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Friday November 18, 2016

Literacy

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We allocated some time for students to complete their stories incorporating different writing techniques. The children made simple revisions to improve the content, organization, clarity and interest of their written work. They were then introduced to the editing (C.O.P.S) symbols and applied them when peer-editing other students’ work. After receiving the edited copies of their work, students used the feedback from teachers and their peers to improve their writing. 

 

Math

This week, a focus was on learning how to represent numbers and regroup them in different ways. Students modelled numbers to hundreds and beyond using the base 10 place value system. Then, they demonstrated their learning by representing different number using pictures, numbers, words and manipulatives.

At the end, the children applied their knowledge using the app, Kidspiration. You will see your child’s work on their school blog.

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We introduced Symmetry this week. Students created and described symmetrical designs and patterns using polygons and drawings. They also applied their knowledge of symmetry to problem solve in real-life situations. One of the students even suggested taking a picture of the design and posting it on her blog for others to view! Using EasyBlog Jr., students independently posted a picture of their symmetrical design on their blogs. 

 

We reviewed our understanding of shapes and space by creating our own 3D models using clay and toothpicks. Through this hands-on activity, students collaborated with others and used key terminology in their conversations such as vertices, edges and faces. Some even linked their knowledge of symmetry and attempted to find the line of symmetry on the models.

Problem of the Week

PofW (Nov 20 to Nov 25)

Inquiry

This week, we did a pre-assessment for our unit on How the World Works. In addition to completing a KWL chart as a class, students drew pictures and labelled their drawings to express what they already know. The central idea for HTWW is Earth’s place and movements in the solar system affects natural patterns. In the coming weeks, we will explore into greater detail the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies, how humans use their understanding of scientific principles and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

It has been a fun week of surprises in Grade 2, especially with the Space Dome on Thursday.

Here is the updated parent overview: HTWW Parent Overview

Upcoming Assembly

Students received their script earlier this week and were delighted to practice using it at rehearsal. Next week, we will practice using the props sent in from students’ homes and with support from the tech crew. We look forward to seeing all of our families at the assembly next Friday in the Forum at 9:30am.

Important Dates

  • Fri. Nov 25: 2D leading the G2 Assembly (9:30am @ Alan Dick Forum)
  • Sun. Nov 27: CISPA Family Fun Fair
  • Tues. Dec 8: Digital Literacy Parent Workshop (10:15am to 11:15am @ LLAC)
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