Message from the Library

The end of the year is quickly approaching and all library books need to be returned for the summer inventory. Friday, June 5 is the last date to pay for lost or damaged materials before the unpaid charges are forwarded to the Accounts Department and added to your child’s school fees for the next academic year. (Please note that the library cannot refund payments if books are returned during the summer or the next academic year.) The fee for a lost/damaged book is $90 for Lower School and $180 for Upper School payable by cash or cheque made out to CDNIS. If you have any questions please contact one of our teacher librarians: Shannon Eves at (Pre Reception to Grade 2), Colleen Williams (Grades 3-6), Joanne Jalsevac at (Grades 7-12) or Jun Niu (Chinese Library). Thank you for your help!

Home Learning – 26th May, 2015

Item 1) Maths Mate Sheet T4S4 (Due Fri)

Item 2) Unit of Inquiry: Weekly Wellness Tracker (Due next Monday)

Every day this week you will be keeping a journal to track your sleep, mood, food and water intake, and exercise. This will allow you to make observations about your health and lifestyle choices.

You should also write down five questions you have about these areas (for example: What is the ideal amount of sleep children should get every night?). We will discuss your findings next Monday.

Item 3) Final book club chapters and summary sheet (Due Weds)

Reminders: Dioramas should be taken home this week and all portfolios should be returned to the classroom.

This week in 5C

This week in 5C students got to watch (and act in!) a fantastic Faust Splat! performance that brought a range of poetic styles to the stage. Performers acted out narratives, limericks, couplets and ballads in a fun and captivating way.



Students also participated in a Grade 9 Civics Simulation, where they had to imagine themselves in a number of different situations to better understand global issues such as obesity, racism, disability and animal extinction. This was a very rewarding experience for both Grade 9 and Grade 5 students, and many came away with a new understanding of some of these issues.

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In UoI we continue to make observations about changes we experience throughout our lives, and students have been documenting the physical, social and emotional changes they have experienced so far. In math we are now starting our unit on pattern and function, which will be our final math focus for the year. This week was the final Digitime session in Digital Artwork, Movie Making, Animation, Photography and Soundscapes. Students produced amazing work so please ask your child what they worked on and learned about during this time.

With only three more weeks until the end of school please make sure that students bring their portfolios back to the classroom so that new work can be added. Have a lovely weekend!


Grade 5 Math Reports

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

For this reporting period Grade 5 have reported on the following mathematical strands:

Number: Fractions, Decimals & Percentages – modeling equivalence, converting and simplifying fractions, explaining relationships

Space & Shape – 2D and 3D shapes, inquire into transformational geometry and coordinate points

Data Handling – probability, calculating the mean, mode, median and range of data

Measurement – area, perimeter, volume, estimation, unit conversion and angles

Pattern & Function – identifying a range of patterns and describing rules and functions

Please be reminded that the math reporting format is arranged in 7 strand-related continua. Each continuum features specific ‘I can’ success criteria which, when highlighted in yellow, show your child’s current knowledge and understanding. You can navigate the continua by using the tabs at the bottom. Please refer to the email you will receive from the Lower School Vice Principal to find the specific link to view your child’s individualized continua.

The attached FAQ sheet may help you when reading your child’s set of math continua. Math Continuum_FAQ

This Week in 5C

This week in 5C we had guest speakers from L.E.A.P (Life Education Activity Programme) speak to us about positive body image and self-esteem. Students participated in some interactive activities that got them thinking about how they view themselves and how advertising plays a role in shaping our perspectives.


We have started tuning into our new unit, Who We Are, by exploring the changes that happen throughout life and the factors behind these changes. Students will continue to inquire into why people change, how we continue to change and the actions that affect personal wellbeing. As part of our unit, we also had our boys and girls puberty talks this week where students learned about the changes they can expect physically and emotionally during puberty and had the opportunity to ask questions.

In math we have had our Math Specialist, Mr Reynolds, come in to talk to us about probability. As we wrap up our math rotations on shape and space we will move into our final unit on pattern and function. Students have also been working on data collection and calculating mean, median and mode.

In literacy, we are halfway through our book club novels. We are now analyzing different forms of poetry and learning how to structure our own poems so that students can create their own book of poetry for the end of the year.


Goodbye Mr. Gibbs!

Our grade 5 EA, Matt Gibbs will be sadly leaving us for good this week (Wed 13th May). He has received a great opportunity outside of school and has decided to take it, expediting his departure from us before the end of term. It is with a very heavy heart that Matt leaves CDNIS, its wonderful students and its amazing staff. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors with his new job and his wedding later in the year. Please feel free to stop in and say goodbye!

Best Regards

The Grade 5 Team

Home Learning – 11th May, 2015

Home Learning for this Week 

Item 1) Maths Mate Sheet T4S2 (Due Fri)

Item 2) Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are (Due Fri)

For our unit of inquiry we will be looking at change that happens throughout our lives. Collect a photo of yourself from each year of your life. If it is in a digital copy you can send it to your school email. If it is a paper copy we can scan it at school.

Item 3) Book club chapters and summary sheet (Due Weds)