BOOK SWAP

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!

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Sharing the Planet

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Sharing The Planet We are finishing up our unit on How the World Works. It has been a busy time with experimentation happening at every corner of our class! This week, we will be starting our new unit of Sharing … Continue reading

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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

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Building understanding and inspiring thinkers

It’s been a busy week of designing! We have created our prototypes for the Chain Reaction Electrical Contraption. They aren’t perfect but we learned a lot about forces, motions, simple machines, and electricity while trying to make them work. Learning … Continue reading

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CHAIN REACTION CONTRAPTIONS EXHIBITION

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Grade 5s will be hosting a contraption exhibition next week, Thursday at 11:40 – 12:15. If you’re available come by!

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Trial and Error: Prototypes and testing

We have finally started to work on our Chain Reaction Electrical Contraption. We completed the Empathy and Define stages of the #designthinking model early in the week. This is where we EMPATHISE with a user/audience and think about what they need; and then DEFINE what problem they have and how we can help solve it. On Wednesday and Thursday we were in the IDEATE stage. Ideating is where you get to play around, form ideas and try them out, experiment to see what is possible and think about what you are experiencing. See the twitter feed for some pics of what we’ve been doing in class.

We will move into the PROTOTYPE stage by the end of next week. There will still be a lot of IDEATing happening as we experiment with the best designs for our prototype. For example, most design groups have yet to think about how to include electricity in their Chain Reaction Electrical Contraption. Should be fun!

Parents are welcome to get involved in the IDEATE stage. Ask your child what they have been experimenting with and encouraged them to research better ways to solve their problems. As they explain what they are doing, ask them to use scientific language (e.g. scientific names of forces and motions, simple machines, concepts of electricity) or give them the scientific name so they can learn to communicate better. Scientists are also collaborators and can learn from other scientists/experts, so feel free to give your child ideas or help them find information on the internet that would help them.

Ladder Method 1In mathematics, we are developing a greater understanding of units of measurement. Students find converting between units a challenge and it is clear that there is a shaky understanding of relationship between units in the the metric system. To develop the concept, we are comparing the metric system to the Base 10 place value system and learning about the less known units like decimeters, decameters, and hectometers. Seeing all the units in order from greatest to least helps students see that each unit is a multiple of ten greater or less than the unit beside it in the metric system; just like in the place value system!

 

Mixed in with review/extension of the metric system, we are also reviewing/extending perimeter and area understanding. We are starting to look at how the rules developed last year for area of a rectangle can be modified for the area of other regular polygons like triangles. Mixed in with this we are looking at the names and properties of shapes (e.g. number of equal or parallel sides, types of angles).

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 at:  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/

Project Innovate needs your help!  The Project Innovate committee is looking for forward thinking parents. If you have an interest in creativity and innovation and have ideas to help build programmes that connect the school to the wider community, please let me know and I will pass your name on to the committee.

This week in 5E,
→ Inquiry/Literacy: Design Thinking Model and creating a contraption through experimentation; reflecting on learning; analysing instructions and writing instructions.

→ Mathematics: Math Centres (math language, mental math, Mathletics/Khan Academy, measurement games and activities, problem solving);  review of units of linear measurement and conversions; Perimeter,  Area and Volume

→ Literacy: Book Club (Inferring); Writing to Instruct

Next week in 5E, …

→ Inquiry/ Literacy: Design Thinking -Ideate and Prototype plan/explanation

→ Mathematics: Math Centres; Measurement, Perimeter Area and Volume; Angles; Pi day Tuesday

→ Literacy: new Book Club (Inference and Summarising strategy); writing instructions and evaluating instructions.

Monday March 13: Parade celebrating the T-Wolves Soccer championships; 11:50

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Message from club RESPECT

Hi Team, our club RESPECT, in cooperation with Sage and Freedom to Run are holding a Monthly Materials drive to collect sanitary products for refugee woman of HK. This drive runs from tomorrow (International woman’s day) until March 21- the spring equinox. Would love it if you could share this video with your students and encourage them to donate. Bins will be located in all female washrooms in the US as well as on the 9th floor near the guard and 7th floor where students wait for buses.

Hope you are able to join us in the drive. If you need more information just send me an email.
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Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

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/
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Innovation Comes From Experimentation

 

 

Experimentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have had a pretty exciting but busy week with experiments, swim gala and passion projects all in one. Today we shared our first 4 weeks of passion projects with the lower school grades and some educators as well. Sharing our interest and our big inquiry question into what our passion was and what concepts pushed our passion inquiry. We set up an exhibition like presentation  for different students and teachers to observe and formulate questions about our project. 5E also shared their attitudes and attributes with the audience along with the skills they needed for this inquiry. All though it was only the beginning phases of our personal inquiry, we all felt like we learned so much and received tremendous feedback from our peers.

Today we began our day with our innovation design thinking project A.K.A Chain Reaction Contraption projects. We discussed the skills and attitudes we need to make a successful collaborative group of three

In mathematics,  we  did some pre-assessment of our knowledge and understanding of the metric system of linear measurement and see if we can make connections to fractions / decimals and the Base Ten Place Value System. We started with bringing in boxes of all sorts to open up and look at the different ways of using perimeter and area. Students know the formulas but being able to measure irregular shapes and concepts to show their thinking is quiet complex while relating it to their everyday life. Next week we will be going further into understanding how perimeter and area relate, units of measure and focus on surface area.

Reminder for parents:

– check out student blogs and portfolios as they share their learning. Each week we share our learning and snapshots of our school life.

-5E Assembly Friday, April 7th.

Student reminders-

Thursday March 9: Alan Dick Community Day and 25th Anniversary Birthday Celebration; 8:00-10:45 am
Alan Dick Community Day/25th Anniversary Celebration 
The Alan Dick community Day/25th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Thursday, March 9.

The Alan Dick Community Day is the only day of the year when the entire school community is involved in one event. Upper School students will be ‘buddied’ with  Lower School students and will accompany them through four fun and entertaining venues in the school. All grades and teachers will be traveling in their house groups. This year’s event will have added activities because it is also our 25th Anniversary – Happy Birthday CDNIS!

It is a day of community, laughter and joy! Plan to wear pink as that was Alan’s favourite colour.

For all the details you may require, please go to this link:

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask Lisa, Rob G. or me.
Thanks!
Barb
Friday March 10: Lower School House Days

Grade 6 Beginning Band

The Beginning Band will be after school every Tuesday from 2:30-3:45 starting on February 21st. Teachers, please remind students to complete the signup form if they are interested in joining.  I will be available in LLAC 613 during lunch recess and after school from February 7th to 15th for students to try the instruments before making their final choice.

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.

This week in 5E, …
Inquiry/ Literacy: electricity experiments; reading and understanding instructions for experiments; recording observations and interpreting data to draw conclusions
Mathematics: Math Centres; fraction/decimal and percentage assessment; pre-assessment for measurement (linear, area, volume)
Literacy: Book Club (Inference and Summarising strategy); Writing to Instruct: procedural writing.

Next week in 5E,…

Inquiry/Literacy: Chain Reactions Contraptions and recording experiments; Creating detailed instructions for experiments; recording observations and interpreting data to draw conclusions
Mathematics: Math Centres (math language, mental math, Mathletics/Khan Academy, problem solving Trial & Error); Area, Perimeter and Volume.
Literacy: Book Club (Inferring Questions); Writing to Instruct: procedural writing investigation; Writing clear procedures for their scientific methods, Planning for Chain Reaction Contraption.


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.
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Scientific Exploration

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Scientific Method

 

We’ve had a busy week continuing to develop our understanding of the How The World Works unit. In inquiry, we have learned about electrons and how they create electricity when they move. We have created some different circuits and also learned how to answer questions by identifying variables that can be tested in circuits. To support our understanding of how scientist learn, we talked about independent and dependent variables in experiments and how to record observations with data tables and diagrams using standard symbols. So far in our experiments, we have found out that light bulbs have different voltages: the greater the voltage the weaker the light when using one battery.  While doing this last experiment we realised that batteries and wires need to be linked properly or they won’t work.

In mathematics, we have finished off our exploration of fractions, including decimal fractions and percentage. We will have an assessment on Monday about fractions. Next week, we will do some pre-assessment of our knowledge and understanding of the metric system of linear measurement and see if we can make connections to fractions / decimals and the Base Ten Place Value System. Mathematics is all about understanding patterns and these patterns transfer from concept to concept. Seeing these connections will help students develop a more solid foundation in mathematical concepts. Talking about mathematical connection at home would be hugely beneficial.

Grade 6 Beginning Band

The Beginning Band will be after school every Tuesday from 2:30-3:45 starting on February 21st. Teachers, please remind students to complete the signup form if they are interested in joining.  I will be available in LLAC 613 during lunch recess and after school from February 7th to 15th for students to try the instruments before making their final choice.

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases

Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are 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 au 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

This week in 5E,
Inquiry/Literacy: electricity experiments; reading and understanding instructions for experiments; recording observations and interpreting data to draw conclusions
Mathematics: Math Centres (math language, mental math, Mathletics/Khan Academy, problem solving Trial & Error); decimal fractions and percent modeling; reading and writing decimal fractions
Literacy: Book Club (Inferring Questions); Writing to Instruct: procedural writing investigation

Next week in 5E, …
Inquiry/ Literacy: electricity experiments; reading and understanding instructions for experiments; recording observations and interpreting data to draw conclusions
Mathematics: Math Centres; fraction/decimal and percentage assessment; pre-assessment for measurement (linear, area, volume)
Literacy: Book Club (Inference and Summarising strategy); Writing to Instruct: procedural writing.

Experiments Scientific experiments

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