G4 Intro Letter

Dear Grade 4 Students and Parents,

Welcome to a new school year at CDNIS. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday. We are looking forward to starting the new school year and getting to know the Grade 4 community.


Below is some important information about Grade 4.


Learning to Learn Week

The first week of school is a very important time of the year to establish routines and expectations that will support the students’ learning throughout Grade 4. It’s also an opportunity for establishing a sense of class community – a critical component of any learning environment. Examples of the activities included in these weeks are:

  • Community building games
  • Creating essential agreements and a supportive learning environment
  • Chances to explore and inquire into the PYP
  • Development of organizational and self-management skills


In addition to this we will be beginning our first unit, with the central idea ‘Beliefs and values are expressed in different ways and are a part of who we are’, under the transdisciplinary theme Who We Are. Look out for ways you can support your child at home by reading the parent overview which will be posted on our classroom blogs shortly.


Parent – Teacher Communication

This year, along with regular school-wide publications, you can also receive communication in the following formats.


Class Blog

Grade 4 blogs will be up and running soon. They will have updates of important events, as well as being a format for sharing student learning and success. Messages about school events and posts from specialist teachers will also be found here.



To find out what is happening in our homeroom classrooms in real time, you can follow us or watch the twitterfeed on our blogs.

Holly Costner   HCostnerCDNIS

Steve Brown   MrbrownCDNIS

Stewart Grant   MrStewGrant

Natalie Pretty 4DCDNIS

Naz Khory 4A_NKhory



The easiest way to get a hold of your child’s teacher is via email. We check our school accounts regularly and usually respond within 24 hours. Please check your CDNIS parent email regularly as this is where all messages must be sent.


Steve Brown   stevebrown@cdsnis.edu.hk

Holly Costner hollycostner@cdnis.edu.hk

Stewart Grant   stewartgrant@cdnis.edu.hk

Natalie Pretty   nataliepretty@cdnis.edu.hk

Naz Khory   navazkhory@cdis.edu.hk


Letters Home

Letters will be sent home when we require written consent for your son or daughter to attend a field trip or participate in a special activity.



You can call the school’s reception desk and leave a message for a teacher during school hours.



Laptops will remain at school during regular school weeks. A letter will be sent home prior to October break and parents will decide if they would like the laptop to remain at school or to be sent home for the week holiday.


PE Uniforms

Students are allowed to wear their PE uniform for the entire day when they have a scheduled PE class. Please check the classroom timetables to see when you have PE.


Water Bottles

To ensure students stay hydrated during the warmer months, we request that every student brings a water bottle to school. Your child is responsible for keeping up with their water bottle during the school day.



Every student will be provided with a timetable, which can be brought home to remind them about the week’s schedule. It can also be found on classroom blogs.


Home Learning

Home learning will be different in each class and vary depending on the week. Some tasks will be optional and others will need to be completed by all students. Home learning tasks could be related to any subject, i.e. Chinese, Performing Arts, Math, etc. The total amount of time a student should spend nightly on home learning assignments is 40 minutes.


Upcoming Important Dates

  • September 11 – Curriculum Night
  • September 15 – Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • September 28 & 29 – Three Way Learning Conversations


Thank you all for your support with the transition into a new school year. We’re excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey!


Grade 4 Team

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